Tag: New Zealand

Stream crossings: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Stream Crossings can be so much fun, though generally speaking only when you get to the other side safely and with dry boots. On this tramp to Lane Cove Hut in Totara North, Northland, 14 of us, 7 adults and 7 children had to…

My Pinnacles Hut Adventure

The Pinnacles walk in the Coromandel is an awesome 2 day walk to take the kiddies on! It can be done in one day, but who doesn’t love a hut stay? I had been wanting to do this walk for so long, and finally…

Hut Etiquette

Here in NZ we are so lucky to have lots of amazing DOC-managed huts dotted all over the country for everyone to use when tramping (aka hiking), and more often than not you will find yourself sharing these choice spaces. Unfortunately my last couple…

Walking at kids pace

I find that kids have two paces, the slow, almost painful, one for when they are walking with just their family and the fast, fun run, one for when they are “walking” with their friends. Most of the time when I’m out bush walking,…

20 Free kid friendly outdoorsy School Holidays ideas!

Here at Forest Family we love a list (oh and bullet points)! There’s something satisfying about ticking the jobs off and summarizing things succinctly… therefore we’ve made a list of school holiday outdoor ideas for you guys! Cheap wholesome fun for the whole family…

Maungatautari – Sanctuary Mountain

This amazing eco sanctuary is a must explore. Its 47 km pest-proof fence has created a 3,400 hectare inland mountain island, where native bird life and forest has flourished due to the eradication of all mammalian predators. We spent just over 2 hours exploring the southern…

“They are us” – what it means to me

It has been a very sad time here in Aotearoa, and it has had me, Anita, reflecting on the phrase “they are us” and what it means to me, to be a Kiwi/New Zealander. And since I have this platform I may as well…

Waimama Reserve, Whiritoa- Barefoot👣

I rediscovered Whiritoa which is on the Coromandel peninsula, a few years ago, when I met up with some old school friends, who also have two boys of a similar age and a bach there. It is a great place to visit with the…

Looking for an adventurous roady? Then you can’t pass French Pass😉🌿🐟🤢👍

Hand’s up if you’ve ever been to French Pass? …I’m betting it’s not many!  Remotely located in the Marlborough Sounds, top of the South Island, New Zealand. Turn off SH6, north of Rai Valley and buckle up for an epic ride! For about half…

Oxfam trailwalker training- Leyland O’Brien to Hurunui Hut return

In March four of my friends are doing the Oxfam Trailwalker event as a team, from Edgecumbe to Ohope finishing in Whakatane. In total they will walk 50 kilometres, across farmland, beaches and forest, they anticipate this will take in excess of 12 hours. Myself…

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