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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,…

Getting your child involved in conservation

NZ Conservation week is coming up this month, offering plenty of ways to foster a strong conservation ethic in our kids. Why is it important to get children involved in conservation? We all want our kids to develop a sense…

‘NZ BEST SHORT WALKS’ Mt Manaia Track

Here’s a fabulous short walk at the Whangarei Heads, two hours drive north of Auckland. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has started promoting several tracks around the country which are remarkable as short walks for the whole family to enjoy…

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,…