Never enough time

11 Dec

A month in Hawaii? What are you going to do in Hawaii for a whole month?  And nine months, what a long time you’re away for!

And it is a long time, but the world’s a big place, as we’re finding out.  We went to three Hawaiian Islands, all beautiful, all different.  We could have gone to one or two more.  There were things we missed, places we wanted to go to and we simply ran out of time.  We didn’t see flowing lava, or surfing competitions on Oahu’s North Shore, or go out on a boat to swim over the deep reef.  We were there at the wrong time of year to see the whales, but never mind, we can see them in New Zealand.

Except we can’t.  Because the world is a big place, and there’s never enough time.  We’re currently on New Zealand’s South Island, trying to see what we can before Christmas.  After initial plans to see Glaciers, penguins, whales and lakes, we’ve decided to trim our plans to save driving hundreds and hundreds of kilometres.  Driving all day to see a lake in the evening, before moving on the next day, doesn’t really appeal.  We’d rather see most of what one place has to offer, in this case bizarrely Scottish Dunedin, with it’s two types of penguins, delightfully retro newspaper office with classified ad forms, and a bagpiper in the high street.

We’ll hopefully see some wild animals, bounce on the trampoline in the campsite, visit the local museum and drink proper coffee in the many excellent cafes.  It’s not a bad way to spend a week.  And maybe we’ll catch up with those whales in Australia…

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10 Responses to “Never enough time”

  1. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 11/12/2010 at 9:09 pm #

    I am getting tired just reading! xx

  2. Paula 11/12/2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Meh, who needs Whales? xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/12/2010 at 7:03 am #

      We saw a hugely fat seal today. That was pretty good.

  3. Anna 11/12/2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Well there’s whales just up the road from us in Ceduna, South Australia and we do free accommodation to world traveling families… But the whales don’t arrive till late June which is probably a bit late for you guys!

    I studied in Dunedin, our kids always like going through the Cadbury chocolate factory and the hydroslides are worth a few hours too. Tangente cafe on Moray Place has utterly divine pastries and pain au chocolat if that’s your thing.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/12/2010 at 7:02 am #

      We’re going to be in Australia in Feb and March, so yes, a bit late. Never mind, I’m sure I’ll see whales one day.

  4. Rachel 12/12/2010 at 9:52 am #

    Don’t fret about the whales – the sperm whales in Kaikoura are quite boring to watch as they mainly just float and then dive for hours at a time. No breaching or playing etc. Will you get to Northland?? The dolphin in Paihia are much more fun…
    If you’re in Dunedin, one thing that IS worth the trip is Mount Cook and the Tasaman glacier, and Lake Tekapo – it’s a pain as you can’t do a loop, but an easy climb up from the Mt Cook campsite to see the whole glacier and the highest point in the southern hemisphere. 2 Day trip probably = AWESOME.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/12/2010 at 6:32 pm #

      We saw dolphins yesterday. Who needs whales?

  5. Amy 13/12/2010 at 9:16 am #

    I would HIGHLY recommend Nature’s wonders on the peninsula, amazing access to wildlife and very entertaining guides x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/12/2010 at 7:01 pm #

      We’ve seen them around and they do look good, but we’ve done pretty well on the wildlife front already thanks.

  6. Sarah 15/12/2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Sounds wonderful and definitely better to stop and really enjoy a place, rather than spend hours driving – especially with children 😉

    No worries about the whales – the dolphins, penguins, seals & albatross are so beautiful and amazing x happy travels x

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