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Waitawheta Hut, Bay of Plenty – Part two

This is not the first time I have done this walk yet the stunning landscape still takes my breath away. It is however the first time I have brought my daughter on this walk and the first time walking in a large group, 6…

Waitawheta Hut, Bay of Plenty- Part one

  Nutshell  Location: Kaimai Mamaku Forest, Bay of Plenty. Click here for Waitawheta hut information. Access: Franklin Road, off Waitawheta Road in the Karangahake Gorge DOC Duration: 3-4 hours one way     Forest Family: 4-5 hours one way with 6 adults and 7 children aged 4-10 years old….

What should I take on an overnight tramp with the kids?

Hi, I’ve just got home from an overnight tramp to a hut with a group of friends and their kids. There were 13 of us in total, 6 mum’s and 7 kids aged 10 to 4 years. For some it was their first overnight…

Otanewainuku Trig Loop, Bay of Plenty

Late night, tired ratty kids, and maybe one too many wines at the BBQ the night before …. but it was winter and the sun was shining, I simply had to get out amongst it, breathe in the bush air and soak in some…

Windows Walk in Karangahake gorge

Confession: If you, like me, have been driving past the Karangahake Gorge main car park (for years…) and have never stopped to do this walk, I’m here to tell you (now that I’ve finally done it), that you simply must check it out the…

Leyland O’Brien Tramway, Bay of Plenty

To prepare for my youngest’s first hut stay in September, I thought it would be a good idea to test out how long he can endure on a bush walk… So first things first, I need to find him a friend to walk with….

Puketoki Scenic Reserve, Bay of Plenty

Puketoki Reserve is pretty much my local and I feel like I know it like the back of my hand. My kids have been walking the long loop since they were around 2 1/2 years old. I also do regular monitoring work there (off…

Kiaora welcome to Forest Family!

Anita and I are so freaking excited to welcome you to the launching of Forest Family! We will be delivering a fresh family perspective on a range of walking tracks in NZ and from abroad, including short day walks to over night hiking trips….

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton  

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