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New Zealand

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • ‘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…

  • 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…