I have been living in Wellington for nearly 6 months now, yet I haven’t written about any of my hiking adventures. How shocking! Rest assured; I have done plenty of walking since then. It’s time to change that. At 468 metres, Colonial Knob is one of the highest hills in Wellington. It offers gorgeous views […]Read More A good Wellington hike to do.
Also known as Mount Maunganui, Mauao is an extinct volcanic cone in Tauranga. It is well known as a sacred site for local Maori, where it plays a role in their mythology. Nowadays, it is also a popular walking spot, with gorgeous views of the harbour and beyond. I have lost count of the number […]Read More Caught by the Dawn.
Nestled in the heart of the Waikato Region is a secret known only to a select few for hundreds of years. A pristine source of life for many, beautiful and protected against man’s desire for material advancement; I bring you the Blue Spring. What is the Blue Spring? The Waihou River is entirely spring fed, […]Read More Discovering the Spring of Youth.
I have been doing running on and off for the past four years, but recently I have been getting into some off-road trail running. In fact, last Saturday I ran a 21 km trail (or was it 23?) in a forest in Rotorua. You can read about that here, if you haven’t done so already. […]Read More Four things I learnt doing a 21 km trail run.
Last Saturday I completed one of the hardest things I had ever done, and it was certainly my most difficult ever run. I ran a 21 km off-road trail through the Whakarewarewa forest, titled ‘We Run the Forest’. The lead up to the big day. I had been training for this event since February, running […]Read More Rising above a challenge.
So it is just three days until my 21km trail run! Here is a summary of my training last week: Monday: 10km run. Tuesday: 30 minute walk. Wednesday: 12km run. Thursday: 7km run. Friday: 13km trail run. Saturday: Tokorangi Pa Trail Walk (11.5 km). Sunday: Rest. So that’s a lot of running and walking! Things […]Read More Three days until the big day.
Recently I have been spending some time in the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua. I have been doing some short walks around there, as well as doing some trail running as training for my half marathon in August. I will be doing my half marathon there so it makes sense to do some training. Whakarewarewa is […]Read More Exploring the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Last weekend, me and some mates went for a walk over the Kaimai Ranges. These mountain ranges are significant as they separate the Bay of Plenty region, which was where I grew up, and the Waikato region, which is where I live now. Our plan was to hike up the Kaimais and stay the night […]Read More Up and Over the Hill We Go!
Last weekend, a few friends and myself went for a day canoe down the Whanganui River. I had done kayaking several times before, but going in a two person canoe was a different and new thing for me. First we stayed the night in a small town called Owhango, and had dinner at a pub […]Read More Whanganui River Adventures.
New Zealand has a variety of unique bird species, and in fact, before humans came along, there were virtually no land mammals here. This changed of course, when humans came along and ruined everything, as we tend to do. As a result of deforestation, and the introduction of several predators (possum, stoats, cats and dogs), […]Read More Watch the Birdie: New Zealand Edition.