Ross Family


Ross Family

Mum, Dad & two girls from New Zealand

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” - Pat Conroy

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay January 26th 2016

As it's been a while since our last visit, we thought that we would whip over to Oz to see the family in Hervey Bay before Dave & Karen take off in their caravan again. Dave drove the 4 hours down to Brisbane to pick us up from the airport and Kaye & Geoff kindly moved out of their house and stayed on their boat in the nearby marina so that we could have their place all to ourselves. We felt very lucky. As the trip was basically a chance for Steve to spend maximum time with his brother and sister, the girls and I often grabbed the bikes and headed off to the pool for Jordan to train or we headed down to the waterfront for a coffee. On one of the first days, Mike ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD November 18th 2015

After working horrendous hours earlier in the year, Steve's boss insisted he take a couple of lieu days owing and ASAP, so we grabbed a cheap fare over the Tasman (first time on Qantas since the 2008 incident) to have a long weekend in Melbourne. As a couple, we haven't been to Melbourne before and as neither of us could remember much of it from our previous individual trips so long ago, it was like visiting for the first time. The Qantas flight was great - actually very impressive with a full meal and movies to watch for the same price as Air New Zealand (wtf?). We grabbed the last airport bus into the CBD and then a taxi to our hotel - The Mercure Melbourne on Therry Street. It was located right across from the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Legian May 2nd 2015

Over a few Pinot Gris' one Friday night in October 2014, the FND girls decided that we were well overdue for a little sojourn without the boys to a warm, tropical destination where we can shop, eat, drink and be merry for cheap. A few places were mooted and debated; Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Noosa, Bali??? Hmmmm, Bali sounded promising!!? We all agreed Bali would meet all the requirements and when an AMAZING deal came up for a week at the 5* Pullman Hotel in Legian, we were in! The deal was so good that there were a few non regular FND's very keen to make the journey with us too. As the saying goes, "the more the merrier" and with even numbers to make room sharing easy, twelve of us were off to Bali sans ... read more
The Pullman pool
On yer Bike
Nusa Lembongan

North America » United States » Virginia » Dulles May 1st 2014

DAY 1: AKL-PPT-LAX-IAD: Air Tahiti Nui / American Airlines After nearly 7 months of meticulous non-stop planning, the day of departure is finally here... The anticipation is so exciting, but it is mixed with feelings of anxiousness about leaving the kids behind to fend for themselves and them missing out on what will be the MOST amazing trip. Oh well, they can do all this themselves when they grow up... Jan from across the road picks us up to drive us to Auckland and we arrived in plenty of time - a good start. Our flight to LA via Papeete left early afternoon on time and despite my expectations of Air Tahiti Nui not being very high (their reviews were pretty mixed, with plenty of comments about their uncomfortable seats and unfriendly staff), I thought the ... read more
Economy Class
OK, Lets go...
The middle of nowhere

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 13th 2013

This year we decide to spend a week in Queenstown skiing at the ski fields of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona for the first time. The problem was it had been a very mild winter and school holidays were a bit early in the season to experience fantastic snow conditions. We had heard that people were skiing over tussock grass at Coronet peak and that it was very icy - yeah nah... We'll give that a miss. The Remarkables was also considered to be less than ideal and given the price of lift passes we had decisions to make... We ended up only skiing at Cardrona (which had plenty of snow) over three days and it was great. A little icy for my liking, but Steve and the girls had a blast. Jordan got the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD May 31st 2013

This year we were unable to get travel insurance for Ash, so rather than staying home we decide to hop over the ditch and visit Sydney for a long weekend and also celebrate Steve's 50th birthday at the same time. We left Auckland on Friday morning at 8:00am flying Virgin Australia with only carry on luggage (the ONLY way to travel) and were sitting in our room at the Hyde Park Inn by 10:30am having a cuppa. Brilliant! It was an absolutely stunning day weather wise so we make the most of it and walked thru Hyde Park, down thru the Botanical gardens and along the beautiful waterfront as far as "Mrs Macquaries chair". Got some brilliant photos! Then it was more walking back to Circular Quay via the Opera House and up to the Harbour ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga September 23rd 2012

For this year's holiday we decided to stay relatively close and visit one of the Pacific Islands. Rarotonga seemed to be our best option even tho' we had reservations about the often dodgy weather and wondered if there would be enough to entertain us for nearly two weeks. We decided to stay in private accommodation booked via the internet rather than in a resort and even tho' we were booking more than six months out, we found that it wasn't possible to stay in one place for the entire 12 days. Rarotonga is apparently VERY popular for weddings and is booked out over a year in advance. We booked 6 nights at the Cooks Bay Villas followed by 5 nights at Makayla Palms just down the road. Both were great choices, but the Cooks Bay Villa ... read more
Muri beach
Bliss is a hammock overlooking a blue lagoon
Looking back at Muri from Motu

We spent our last morning in Koh Samui packing the bags, dashing down the street to get some last minute goodies and relaxing by the pool. So nice! We've all really enjoyed Samui and all it has to offer. Maybe we'll be back one day. Just a short taxi ride to the airport (albeit a rip off @ B400 considering it only takes 5 minutes) and we are checking in just as a massive thunder storm erupts around us. The rain and wind came out of nowhere and was severe enough to cut power and drive water right into the check in area. Glad we weren't just arriving! The airport is probably the cutest we've ever been to. Just a little departure lounge, complete with free refreshments and wifi. No walls again - so I'm not ... read more
Hop on Hop off bus
Look at all those handbags!!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui July 20th 2011

On Wednesday after we enjoyed another massive breakfast at the Park Royal, we packed our bags and chilled out by the pool for most of the morning as absolutely NOTHING happens in KL for tourists before 11am. Then it was a super quick trip across to Sengei Wang for some last minute shopping before catching a taxi out to Subang Airport for our Firefly flight to Koh Samui. Traffic was horrendous right near the hotel and we were stuck in a traffic jam for what seemed like an eternity. Funny tho', when I told the driver that we were probably going to be late for our flight at the rate we were going, he was suddenly able to change lanes and duck and dive thru the traffic and we were on our way. It took about ... read more
Amari Palm Reef
Aothong National Park

Of course, nothing, and I mean nothing happens in Asia before 11am. So with no shops or attractions to visit we grab our togs and head for the hotel's pool for a swim for a couple of hours to pass the time. Fortunately The Park Royal has quite a pleasant pool area and it was lovely to just sit and enjoy the beautiful warm weather. After that, it was all shopping, shopping, shopping. Sengei Wang first, which was similar to MBK in Bangkok and bargaining was the way to go. It was great fun and the girls didn't take long to get into the swing of things. Best buys of the day were the ipod covers and some first aid supplies from Watsons. After a few hours the kids faded and just wanted to hang out ... read more
Petronas Towers
KL Tower
Batu Caves

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