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Tips for taking your child on an overnight hike

Going on a hike to stay out in nature overnight, either in a hut or in a tent, is bound to become a standout childhood memory for your little one. Hopefully your first experience with them will be successful,…

The Lord of the Forest – visiting Tane Mahuta

Kauri trees are unique to northern New Zealand. Their enormous height and girth are seriously impressive when they are ‘fully grown’, but unfortunately that has contributed to their downfall – most of the ancient kauri forests have long been…

Northland’s Peach Cove Hut

The DoC hut at Peach Cove, Whangarei Heads is very popular with families – many young children have their first ever overnight tramping experience here. We took Nate (4) recently and can understand its popularity! The hut is easily…

Children and Sculpture – a visit to Gibbs Farm

There’s something awesome about the way that children look at art. They don’t have any pre-conceived ideas about the ways things ‘should’ be, as we often do. Children just take things as they come, at face value. And they’re…

Adventure planning for kids

It’s mid Spring here in NZ. This is the time of year we start to dream of summer adventures – where are we going to go? What are we going to do? Who are we going to go with?…

Dressing your kids for the snow!

Here in NZ we’ve got plenty of opportunities to get our kids out playing in the snow over winter. From the North Island’s Central Plateau to the Southern Alps…to Snowplanet in Silverdale?!…kids just love throwing snowballs, making snow angels,…

Stormy weather – playing outside on a rainy day

What to do with the kids when it’s raining outside? At this time of year in New Zealand we can get a lot of rain. And in our house, that results in endless requests for watching TV, DVDs and…

Why is the sea salty?

Ah, the ocean. What is it that is so calming about the sea? The small one and I spend as much time as we can next to it, on it, in it, looking at it, talking about it, learning…

Why do birds sing? The shining cuckoo and the grey warbler

Over spring, and now into summer, Nate has been fascinated by the innovative, yet pushy antics of the shining cuckoo (pipiwharauroa). He wanted to know why birds sing, and we talked all about communication and the kinds of things…