Tag: New Zealand

Forest Family’s Top 5 Xmas ๐ŸŽ…adventures with the kids in โ˜€ Abel Tasman and Golden BayโœŒ๐Ÿ•

When I lived in the south island of New Zealand, I was only a few hours drive from these beautiful places so it’s very hard for me to only choose 5… but here’s where I’d go in a flash for a mixture of beautiful…

A Christmas Giveaway!

Us antipodean folk get to start December (& therefore Christmas) around 12 hours before the rest of the world๐Ÿ˜‰ so to celebrate that and the jolly season we are having our first ever facebook giveaway! To be magically whisked ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ„ off to our Facebook…

My โ˜€๏ธ summer school holidays adventure wishlist ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ—’

In the spirit of ๐ŸŽ…ย – “making a list and checking it twice”, I’ve decided this year, to make a wish list of some of the adventures I will to try and explore with the kids over the coming summerย holidays. This is my way of…

Taking the kids to a hut overnight solo … things get a little spooky๐Ÿ‘ป, 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!!!!๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป Heart hammering I got up and went to investigate and…

Taking the kids to a hut overnight… solo๐Ÿ˜ฒ! 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 ๐Ÿž – let go of your expectations ๐Ÿง˜

So I had a great ideaย 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 ๐Ÿ‘งย ๐Ÿ‘ฆย along – all those “what if’s” that…

When the teacher’s go on strike we go… fishing๐ŸŸ(of course!)

Earlier this week Primary School teachers throughout New Zealand went on strike for better pay and conditions. I have some insight into the life of a teacher as my partner was one for a time and it’s a tough job! Over here the classroom…

Bike Trails … and my bugbear ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿป when riding them with kiddos.

I love a good bike ride, though I don’t do it often and I am more of a cruiser. I like to take my time, look around and take it all in, I also generally have one or more child with me, so having…

Aongatete, short loop: a quick bush fix๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ•ŠโœŒ

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 ๐ŸŒŠ – 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 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟย and releases water 3-4 times a day, transforming the gorge from a calm trickling stream into a raging torrent ๐ŸŒŠ….

Spot X- Orakawa Bay, Waihi Beach

So this is a pretty special spot “off the beaten track” and well, in truth a Spot X type of place. So shhh!๐Ÿคซ I love this quote “blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures”. I’m all up for getting away from the…

Girls birthday ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฐ weekend hike, Pirongia

Though it is nice to take the kids out bush walking, it is also fantastic to have a kid-free girls weekend tramp and every year since my 30th birthday I make that happen, here’s how it started …. When thinking about what I wanted…

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