Entries by Thais Saito

Wellington (NZ) with kids

Wellington is the capital of NZ. It’s at the bottom of the North Island, and it’s a chilly and windy city. We’ve been there a few times, the last time being in May of 2016. There’s a lot to do and see. It’s hard to get bored!     A family travel guide to Wellington, […]

Mount Maunganui (NZ) with kids

Mount Maunganui is a beautiful town on NZ‘s North Island. It’s a peninsula, so it’s surrounded by beaches, and everything is within walking distance from anywhere. If you imagine paradise with beaches, this might be it: beautiful beaches, Mauao (the mountain), little islands around, and all the amenities you might want close by. Continue to […]

Our mistakes – first edition

I know we haven’t been on the road for long, you know, enough to share our expertise and all that, but we’ve had our share of mistakes, so I’m here to share them with you.   The mistakes we’ve made in our first months traveling full time with kids First of all, don’t over pack. […]

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

We went to Kelly Tarlton’s around 4 years ago and, even though the kids loved it, we, the grown-ups didn’t. It is pretty expensive (NZ$39 adults and NZ$22 children, in 2016) and it took us, with four children under 7, one hour to go through everything. After Japan’s huge aquariums, it was quite sad. We […]


I am writing this post less than 2 weeks before the start of our trip. I’m sitting on the couch, surrounded by boxes – some empty, some full, some half full – a cup of tea, a huge pile of fabric to make bigger bags for my boys to carry their e-book reader in. A […]

Road trip with kids

We’ve always done loads of road trips. We just love hitting the road. We didn’t stop when the kids were born and, honestly, have no plans for it. There are two main differences between road trips with and without kids: the load and the time. With kids, you just have to take a lot more […]

Otorohanga Kiwi House, NZ

When we left Tongariro National Park, we had to go back to Auckland to deal with a few things, like banks and doctors. We had a 4+ hour drive, so we stopped at Otorohanga and visited the Otorohanga Kiwi House. It’s one of the places that work for the conservation of NZ wildlife.     It’s […]