Welcome to NZ Raw

This is a blog about living in New Zealand, with a focus on exploring the outdoors, parenting, and photography. You’ll also find a few outdoor gear reviews – focusing on products that would appeal to those who love hiking and campaing – thrown in for good measure.

Liv Vecta Seat Bag

The Best Small Bike Seat Bag: Liv Vecta

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My review of the Liv Vecta Seat Bag, the best small seat bag whether you're a lady or a fella. Includes comparison photos with the Topeak.
Hydro Flask Trail Series Water Bottles

Hydro Flask Water Bottle Trail Series Review

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On the hunt for a light weight water bottle for hiking and camping, I discovered the Hydro Flask Trail Series water bottle range. Perfect for my needs.
The author at the Te Ara Matairangi Monument

Tiromoana Bush Walkway

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The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is a hilly coastal walk in Waipara, North Canterbury. It features a number of points-of-interest along the way.
A route in the Footpath app

3 Mapping & Route Planning Apps for Hikers

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Three of the best mapping and route planning apps for hikers. Apps that allow you to export a route to a GPS device.
Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 Size

Kathmandu Kids Kite V2 Review

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I reviewed the Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 because I couldn't find any photos or info it on the web. So check out mine here before you buy.
Hydro Flask Coffee Mug Size

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug with Flex Sip Lid

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I researched a few coffee mugs and chose the Hydro Flask 12oz with Flex Sip Lid. Perfect for throwing in a hiking pack without fear of leaks.
The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L rain jacket in Andes Blue

Review of the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket

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The time has come to get a new, light weight, waterproof jacket. I wanted to make an ethical choice, and after a heap of research I finally settled on the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L. Find out why.
Reusable Masks

Reusable Face Mask Options in New Zealand

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I've carried out some research into some reusable mask options available in New Zealand. It can be a minefield as there are many craft-style mask makers making very cheap masks, but then pointing out that the masks don't necessarily offer the protection you need.
How to be a good dad

How To Be A Good Dad

I came across a great Reddit discussion recently on the topic of how to be a good dad. I learnt some great tips, so I've compiled some of the best responses here.