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Family Mt Bike๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ Weekend, Rotorua/Whakarewarewa.

I โคโคโค a mountain ๐Ÿšฒ gang! Ain’t nothing better. Totally my happy place๐Ÿ˜Š Luckily my whole family is on this same buzz, so we all ride together quite a bit! We had a fun weekend away in Rotorua recently and it was so cool… Continue Reading “Family Mt Bike๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ Weekend, Rotorua/Whakarewarewa.”

Solo hiking-starting out

Recently a friend said she thought I was brave going on bush walks on my own. I said “You do realize I am scared? I just don’t let it stop me”. She did not!  It reminded me about a line from the Mortal Engine… Continue Reading “Solo hiking-starting out”

Four huts in the Kaimai Ranges doable with the kids ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ

We are so lucky here in NZ, to have all these awesome walks and huts on our back doorsteps. I love getting the kids outdoors and while it can be challenging at times (kids dragging their feet ๐Ÿ˜ฉ) it is always well worth it… Continue Reading “Four huts in the Kaimai Ranges doable with the kids ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ”

Te Rereatukahia Hut

This has to be my favourite hut in the Kaimai ranges. It has multiple choices for the walk in and is super cute, warm and cosy inside. The only down side is you can’t book it – which can cause a bit of anxiety… Continue Reading “Te Rereatukahia Hut”

Whanau time at Dundle Hill ๐Ÿž

During these July winter school holidays, our whanau and friends got together at Dundle Hill – A cabin perched on top of a hill 10 minutes from Waitomo (Dundle Hill is a private farm walk – check out theirย website for details and to book).… Continue Reading “Whanau time at Dundle Hill ๐Ÿž”

Kids – Great motivators but also good excuses ๐Ÿ˜œ

While we are on the topic of failing – Here is a throwback to Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Waiheke Island. This was our first holiday as first time parents. We had looked up what walks we could do on Waiheke Island and thought that… Continue Reading “Kids – Great motivators but also good excuses ๐Ÿ˜œ”

How to fail at over-nighting in a hut with teenagers ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ & kids

I was talking to my mum the other day about a tramp (hiking trip) I did with her, my step dad Graham and my two friends when we were teenagers. It is a very fond memory for me but perhaps not so for my… Continue Reading “How to fail at over-nighting in a hut with teenagers ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ & kids”

How to fail at camping with a baby

I optimistically took my first born camping at Robin Hood Bay in the Marlborough Sounds at the tender age of 3 months old. The amount of paraphernalia I took in hindsight makes me giggle. We borrowed a friends big dome tent and loaded up… Continue Reading “How to fail at camping with a baby”

School Holiday ideas!

Hi all, did you know we have a website full of awesome walks in the Bay of Plenty region and beyond, just waiting for you to take a look at http://www.forestfamilynz.com! Check it out for awesome inspiration over the school holidays. We detail the… Continue Reading “School Holiday ideas!”

How to fail at short walks with kids!

  ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธFailure to remember our child’s raincoat, so we fashioned one out of a rubbish bag!๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธFailure to circumnavigateย Lake Rotopounamu track an easy grade, 5 km track around the lake. The kids were not having it this day! Another time!?? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธMy failure to let… Continue Reading “How to fail at short walks with kids!”

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