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.

Looking north from the intersection of the Ridge Track and the track to Bob's Bivvy

Mount Thomas Walk in North Canterbury

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A steep but rewarding climb to the top of Mount Thomas (1,023m), North Canterbury, with an option to loop back via a gully or along a ridge.
The Stanley Shortstack Adventure Travel Mug 8oz

Review of the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug 8oz

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With the demise of my glass Keep Cup 8oz, the time came to find a new travel mug. Suitable for both medium and large coffees, easy to wash, classy for the office and suitable for hiking, I was pleased to find the Stanley Adventure Shortstack Travel Mug ticked all boxes.
Maori Rock Art in Waikari

Māori Rock Art Walk at Waikari

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Keen to see Māori rock art within reasonable driving distance of Christchurch? Check out this 90 minute walk in Waikari, North Canterbury.
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.