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Takeaways from the Forest & Bird NZ national conference

There’s a remarkable amount of energy created when you fill an auditorium with like-minded people. Now, if only we could harness THAT and use it for carbon credits! Recently I attended Forest & Bird’s national conference held at Te…

Hiking to the Pinnacles hut with kids

The Pinnacles hut, located near Thames in the Coromandel Forest Park, is a great hut to visit with children in tow. Sleeping 80 people in two large, airy bunkrooms, it is the largest Department of Conservation hut in the country.…

INSPIRATION SERIES – Coast to Coast with Germaine Srhoy

Every year in New Zealand, there are tons of fantastic outdoor events held throughout the country. From trail running, to mountain biking, orienteering to kayaking, sometimes all of the above, and all in spectacular settings, these events are challenging…

Just GO! Get Outdoors Week

New Zealanders are blessed with one of the most exciting ‘backyards’ on the planet, perfect for family adventures. This week it is being celebrated by NZ’s outdoor recreation, outdoor safety, and tourism community. GO (Get Outdoors) week is an…

How to encourage your kids to hike

Hiking with your kids can be so rewarding. It can also be a total mission! But persevere. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had with my littles have been out in nature, examining things together. They really engage,…

The Hollyford Track, Fiordland

How is it that there can be places which are completely overwhelming, and totally calming at the same time? Recently, Mum and I hiked down the verdant Hollyford Valley. This gem of a track begins near Milford Sound in…

How to find more TIME to get outdoors

Coming up with practical ways to get more quality time outdoors either with your kids, your friends, your partner, or by yourself is a challenge well worth tackling. There’s a heck of a lot of evidence out there proving…

50 outdoor activities for kids

There are so many reasons why our children need as much time outdoors as possible. Our high tech world can be over-stimulating and overwhelming, and children need ‘green time’ to counter-balance all the noise. Nature will teach them more…

Things I’ve learned from Conservation Week

Why are New Zealand’s native birds so easily decimated by introduced pests like stoats, weasels, and rats? It’s not just that the rascals find birds’ eggs delicious. There are a few other factors to consider, too… For a very long time,…