First Alcohol Free Holiday

Hello again, dear blog, I missed you! I was in Te Anau, New Zealand for 3 nights having a wonderful soul food break. It was magical. I haven’t been there since I was a child with my parents, too young to remember it. As an adult with my children, it was as though I too, was seeing it for the first time.

After four and a bit hours driving, we arrived in Te Anau (a lakeside town). It was a beautiful sunny evening and once we found the house we were staying in, we went for a walk down to the lake. The sun was on its way down, casting the most magical light.


The next day we took a boat over to the other side of the lake and visited the Glow Worm Caves. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Deep inside the caves, in complete darkness, the glow worms produce a glittering display that is purely magical. Photography was not permitted so I nabbed this pic from Google images:


We went to a pub for dinner that night. As soon as I walked in I was assaulted by the stench of stale beer. It was obviously in the carpet. It was GROSS.  It had an area for diners so we sat there with the kids and I had a yummy warm chicken salad. Definitely not tempted to drink at all!

The next day was Saturday and we needed to be up and out by 9/9:30 to drive to Milford Sound where we were taking a boat. Here’s the driving route:


It was pure magic. I’m feeling so very grateful to live in such a special, unspoilt country. The rest of the pictures on this blog post are all mine from the camera on my phone. Imagine how amazing they would be with a real camera!


Eglinton Valley – where part of the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. 


The iconic Mitre Peak in Milford Sound


 Stirling Falls in Milford Sound (photo taken from the Go Orange boat cruise)


 How close can we get??!! Beautiful but I got very wet (as did my phone)


It’s complete soul food. I could post another bunch of photos but really, Milford Sound is somewhere that needs to be experienced because photos don’t do it justice. 

After our long day trip we returned to Te Anau and found a lovely little pizzeria to eat. Excellent food! The only negative would be the drinks menu. It was 3 A4 pages of beer and wine and at the bottom of the beer page were 5 alcohol free options. All sugary, fizzy drinks, clearly for kids and not adults that don’t drink alcohol. I looked longingly at my friend’s glass of wine and once I realised I was doing so, gave myself a mental bitch slap and stuck to my water.

My first alcohol free holiday. It was WONDERFUL. I probably would have consumed 2-3 bottles of wine on that holiday in my past life as a drinker. What a waste of life. Being sober is truly living life to its fullest!


I’ve found the right path.



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