70th Birthday at Shoal Bay

I celebrated my 70th Birthday at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Shoal Bay with 23 family and friends. Friday and Saturday nights staying in various size apartments.

Upon arrival, my family and friends were very well looked after by staff as coordinating and directing this big group to find my unit for dinner was the task on Friday evening.

On Saturday we went to the Nelson Head lighthouse reserve for scones jam and cream at the cafe overlooking the bay. You can see the history of the bay and the Marine Rescue Centre all free to the public except cafe. Parking there is limited. All run by volunteers and there are donation tins scattered around. Also, the Community Arts and Craft Centre is amazing just along the road back towards the resort. Several purchases from handmade cards to paintings.

On Saturday afternoon/evening the party was held in the 2 bedroom Grand which has a larger veranda than other units. Staff were very accommodating with all requests. The weather was kind with some of us swimming in the internal pool as well as the external pool.


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We were amazed by the beauty of New Zealand and especially the stunning Lake Wanaka.

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“Ramada Paihia was pure luxury situated opposite the beach”

Everyone loves to celebrate birthdays. After 50 it is your friends that you like to celebrate your big day with. This was the case when one of my friends turned the big 70. Even though she is a born Kiwi, she had never been to the Bay of Islands. I was able to book a 3-bedroom apartment through Wyndham, at Ramada Paihia which was pure luxury situated opposite the beach.


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Our spirits weren’t dampened in Fiji!

Wyndham Fiji welcome drinks

Grandson Jack, grand daughter Georgia, eldest daughter Kylie and me

I have been an Owner since 2004. This was my 5th visit to Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, Fiji, the most beautiful paradise, and beautiful people.

My three adult children and partners, and two grandchildren joined me this time, which was really special. The first week was beautiful weather, but the second was rain, floods and passing cyclones. Continue reading

‘Think up a caption’ to our Fiji experience!

Daikoku Japanese Teppanyaki Judy and I have been friends since teaching together in New Zealand in the 80’s. Now that Judy is working in Christchurch supporting families displaced by the earthquakes, she really needed a warm and sunny mid-winter break.

My husband and I are now living in Adelaide and have been Wyndham Owners since 2001. We have had many happy holidays at Denarau, Fiji, so it seemed easy for Judy and I to meet up there.

We had a wonderful relaxing catch-up and lots of laughs! The great thing about staying at Denarau is that you also have easy access to Nadi town. Continue reading

Discovery Bay reunion

What a great place to have a reunion!  My husband and I live in Fiji, and my best friend from primary school days in New Zealand  –  almost 60 years ago – lives at Gig Harbour WA.  Our daughter and partner live in Whistler BC Canada  – a half days drive from the Wyndham resort at Discovery Bay.  This was the  perfect location for us all to get together and holiday.

We had often stayed with both of them at their homes, but decided this year to invite them to “our place” on the Olympic Peninsula and booked 6 months ago. Continue reading

My Fiji family

Ever since we became Owners I have wanted to take my family to Fiji, finally in July after not having been there for 20 years,  I returned to Fiji for my 28th visit.  My husband, James, and son, Jacob, had never been but as I spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years visiting Fiji, I longed to be able to take my family to see what they had heard so much about and to meet my “Fiji family”.  On my first visit to Fiji in 1968 at the age of 5 I had met a man who became a family friend and who would one day marry and have a daughter he would name after me, my Yaca (Yatha) or name-sake. Continue reading

Sharing our holiday with special friends

My story starts with my husband and I taking our first  adventure by walking the Milford Track in New Zealands’ South island where we met a very special young Japanese girl  who was on her own adventure having left Japan for New Zealand without speaking a word of English.  By the time we met her on the track she was quite good with her English and we established a very good friendship. Before leaving for home, we invited her to come and visit with us if she managed to travel to Australia. Continue reading

Teenage turbulence – November winner!

In 2004, WorldMark posted a voucher to us, asking if we would like to spend four nights at WorldMark Kirra Beach, at a reasonable price. My husband Bruce and I, our youngest daughter Nikola and her friend Kiara booked into a Hinterland Unit which happened to be on the eighth floor. We knew about WorldMark prior to going there, as we have a friend who is a chartered accountant, who had researched the Club and he and his family joined in 2002. Continue reading

A Much Needed Getaway

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No time more than Easter this year. My husband and I had split up in February. It was not an easy time (is it ever?) and by April, I just needed to get away from everything. I wracked my brain thinking of how I was going to get away… Fiji? Too expensive. Bali? Too crowded. Europe? Too far. Continue reading