Category: Walks

Taking the kids to a hut overnight solo … things get a little spooky👻, Part 2.

So there was an almighty CRASH! Needless to say I almost had a heart attack! I lay there listening, my heart hammering, but there were no torch lights and no one was talking. Spooky!!!!👻👻👻 Heart hammering I got up and went to investigate and…

Taking the kids to a hut overnight… solo😲! I know #yolo right? Part-1

Yes, I am that mad! Let me explain…it was the 2nd week of the school holiday’s and at this point I may have been going just a little stir crazy, so after weighing things up with my rational and irrational thoughts I bravely decided…

Exploring a new track 🏞 – let go of your expectations 🧘

So I had a great idea to check out a track close by home (<30minute drive) that I hadn’t been on yet. I don’t know about you but sometimes this can make me nervous especially with the kiddies 👧 👦 along – all those “what if’s” that…

Aongatete, short loop: a quick bush fix🌳🕊✌

In need of a quick bush (forest) fix? Not too far down the road from where I live, is an area of the Kaimai Mamuku Forest Park called Aongatete. There are a bunch of different walking tracks you can access from the car park…

Calm peaceful stream to raging torrent 🌊 – Aratiatia Dam.

The walks near the Aratiatia Rapids offer a great little adventure for the young and old. The Aratiatia Dam is just north of Taupo 🇳🇿 and releases water 3-4 times a day, transforming the gorge from a calm trickling stream into a raging torrent 🌊….

An ugly old quarry transformed into an arty garden paradise🌵🎨🌴🌻😍

Looking for a walk that incorporates nature and the arts? Then put Te Puna Quarry Park, in the Bay of Plenty on your to do list + the kids will love this place too! Donations welcome as it is run by volunteers. There is…

Awesome short easy walk- Castlepoint, Wairarapa

This is a stunning, easy walk suitable for everyone. If you visit the Wairarapa checking out Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, it is simply a must do! Check out this short video of my visit up to the Lighthouse, and for more track info click here to…

Swans, a scavenger hunt & a serendipitous meeting

It’s the school holidays at the moment. Last week I took my two boy’s aged 6 and 7 to McLaren’s Fall Park in Tauranga to take part in a scavenger hunt. In my mind I was like “Capital -A- for Awesome, they are going…

Part 2 – A sick child in Waingongoro Hut, Taranaki

In the morning I awoke to find that my daughter had a very high temperature and did not want to get out of bed. Oh oh, alarm bells, that is not normal! Hmm… we are meant to be walking out this morning, how am…

Part 1 – Waingongoro Hut, Taranaki

A fevered child, in a hut, on a mountain …. It was school holiday time and we were at my sisters place in South Taranaki.  We had the time, we had the crew and on the doorstep we had the stunning Maunga (Mt Taranaki)! My…

Looking for something cool to do this school holidays?

This is such a cool place to take the kids this #schoolholidays check out #lookingglassgardens 🐰in #tepuke #tauranga . Why not take a #picnic 🍉🍌🍇🍎🥑🍕and make a day of it!

Pa Kereru Loop Track

At the end of Whakamarama road, at the base of the Kaimai ranges is a little place locally known as “The Blade”. The driveway down there is a 900m gravel road to a car park (note: this is single lane so go slow, there…

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