A day at the Auckland Zoo
Our good friend Deb, wanted to treat us to a day at the Auckland Zoo. Even when we were just living around the corner from it four years ago, I've never actually been in it, and now that the kids are old enough to recognise and name animals (their favorites are giraffes and elephants), I thought it would make a great family day out. It'll also be a good chance for us to test the waters by having the boys out for a longer period of time instead of rushing home in time for their lunchtime nap.
We've been on a pretty strict schedule with feeds, naps and bedtimes over the past three years, mainly because it's worked so well for Liam. But he doesn't really have an afternoon nap anymore (even though we still put him down for a rest at the same time everyday) and Nolan will really nap anywhere if he's tired, so we decided to give it a shot.
|Entrance to the Auckland Zoo|
|The baby giraffe was adorable!|
|Father and son|
|With our beloved 'Aunty' Deb|
|Can you spot the elephant?|
The zoo was a lot bigger than I expected, and really quite beautiful with plenty of grassy areas to rest and have a picnic, spots for kids to explore and play, plenty of beautiful animals to look at and learn about (although I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole animals in captivity thing), quite a few cafes and ice-cream stands, which was perfect for a day like today, and plenty of benches to sit and rest!
|Found a little rocky nook to explore|
|A traditional Maori carving|
|Graceful otters! Wished I could jump in too!|
|Mummy, look! A wheel!|
|An old boat to explore|
All in all, it was a really wonderful morning and a pretty awesome zoo! We didn't get to see all the animals or explore every part of the zoo, but the boys certainly had a good time, and so did we. If the boys were older, we'd definitely have stayed longer, packed a little picnic and probably stayed for the day.
As it is, we went home after a little midday snack as the boys were getting really
wired tired, and the heat was getting to all of us. Nolan fell asleep in his stroller as we were walking to the carpark!
|Pretty in pink|
Animals also have a way of helping you to tap into your inner child. I loved the elegant giraffes, laughed at the orang-utans who'd covered themselves with big sacks to protect themselves from the scorching heat, and was amazed to see a Kiwi-bird for the first time after living in New Zealand all these years! And yes, they're magnificent creatures!