First up, a nod to the concept of homeswapping. It is awesome, just awesome, not only has it saved us bundles of cash on accommodation costs and we get to stay in amazing properties, but we have also got to meet with some wonderful people. Our latest swappers Grant and Alison were exceptional hosts. We were lucky that this swap was a Non Simultaneous one and we had them just next door. They were extremely helpful and welcoming and even helped us source objects for the girls school projects. We were also invited to a family gathering that they were hosting, the kids had a swim, the guys played tennis, and the girls chatted over some wine. It was topped off with some awesome NZ Fish and Chips, Kiwi's love their fish n chips more than the Brits do! Samuel was especially drawn to Grant and Alisons son Sam, as of course they had the same name and same coloured hair and are both the youngest of four children, so naturally they became best mates!
We explored some of the peel forest walks that took us to the biggest tree in the forest and also to the river bed. But not before we had to traverse a small creek, which proved quite challenging, but fun!