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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…