Susan and Dean’s Palmerston North Adventure

Susan and Dean’s Palmerston North Adventure

Posted Friday February 9, 2024

We were ready just in time for the taxi at 6.45am to take us to the airport. After waiting for nearly an hour we finally boarded the plane. We were very excited to find our seats and to take off. During our flight we were given a coffee and a cookie time and then some lollies, which was great. Ninety minutes later we arrived in sunny Palmerston North and were met by Susan’s Dad and sister Sarah at the airport. There were lots of hugs and catching up. Susan’s Dad said it will take about an hour in the car to get to the family farm. 

We had never been to the new farm and were excited. On the way, Dad showed us where Susan’s first primary school was in Whangapu near Whanganui. It was a very small rural school with only 2 classrooms and about 100 children when Susan attended. Finally, we arrived at the farm and Chief the dog was wagging his tail and barking at us. We were given a tour of the house by Sarah and we both loved the house and couldn’t wait to explore. Dad took us for a ride in the car around the property and at the highest point we could see Mt Egmont on one side and Mt Ruapahu on the other side. We saw the cattle and discovered some fish in the pond and a tennis court. We had a lovely lunch on the verandah with everyone. After lunch we put on some gumboots and Susan’s brother-in-law Damien took us for a walk to see the duck pond and showed us the little cottage that had a pot belly stove. There were lots of fantails flitting around. Damien took us on the quad bike around the paddock and we loved this activity.

Afterwards, we had a well-deserved chocolate biscuit and cup of tea. Dad and Sarah took photos of us before we needed to leave to return to Palmerston North airport. Dad took us for a tour around Whanganui and showed us where he grew up. Dad dropped us off at the airport in time to check in and wait to board our return flight to Christchurch. We had an awesome day, and the weather has been beautiful. We are both tired from our adventure but happy. Thank you to the MB Donation for helping us to make this trip. We had lots of fun. 


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