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.

Kairaki Beach Flood Damage at Waimakariri River Mouth

Flood Damage at Kairaki Beach, Kaiapoi

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Check out video and photos of the damage caused to Kairaki Beach at the Waimakariri River mouth following the Canterbury floods of 2021.
Glentui River Bridge Flood Damage

Flood Damage at Glentui Loop Track

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Check out photos and video of flood damage to one of Canterbury's walking tracks following a heavy rain storm in June/May 2021.
Trig Point at Mt Grey Summit

Mount Grey via Lake Janet

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A 2.5-hour 'out and back' in North Canterbury that sees you at a fire watch lookout point in 50 minutes and Mt Grey summit in 90 minutes. At the summit you'll be treated to 360° views; mountain ranges to one side and the ocean to another. 
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.