We’ve arrived back in Christchurch again to spend time with family and friends and sort out last minute things before we leave New Zealand. We would have liked to head back to the Hidden Haven B&B http://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/new-601/
but Rae and Pete have family visiting from Australia and their rooms are full. Since family should always come first we don’t mind and head to another favourite accommodation spot of ours, Meadowpark. http://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/new-post-98/
We manage to book a ground floor unit (in the different block to our last New Zealand trip’s rooms) and since I want to take photographs and sort out clothes, Himself takes the kids out from under my feet to the swimming pool.
Ideal for a family, there’s a double bed in the living/ kitchenette area and two sets of bunks in an adjoining room next door.
The toilet and shower are accessed though the second bedroom, which might be a worry having to walk past the kids when I need to make night-time use of the privy, but both our kids sleep like little rocks so that’s not a problem in our case.
We’ve stayed some five or six times here since the kids were born so they know their way around and run off like homing pigeons in the direction of the playground after their swim, and after half and hour they come back to the unit with new little friends in tow.
It turns out that there are quite a few families here at the moment who’s insurance companies are using MeadowPark as four to six week temporary accommodation whilst major eathquake repairs are carried out on their houses.
The children from these families see quite a few tourist kids passing though and quickly seize on ours with delight because our bilingual kids speak English. Once we’ve made acquaintance with the parents of the other children and discussed with the kids the limits of where we want them to play, we see them scooting past like butterflies every now and again until their stomachs bring them home to roost later on.
Let’s look around our accommodation…