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 product reviews – focusing on products that would appeal to parents (particularly dads) – thrown in for good measure.

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.
A car in a hole caused by liquefaction following the Christchurch earthquake

The Story Behind This Car in Silt Photo

This photo of a car face down in a hole caused by liquefaction following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake has drawn a bit of attention over the years. I decided it's time I told its background story.
Fairyland Painted Rocks

Visiting Fairyland in Canterbury

If you have young children, whether you're a painted rock enthusiast or not, you're going to love Fairyland at Leithfield Beach. And if you don't have young children... go anyway. It's a nice walk with something that will appeal to anyone.
A boy walks through forest at Ashley Gorge

Ashley Gorge Loop Track and Waterfall

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If you're looking for a less-than-half-day forest nature walk within a short drive from Christchurch that's easily accessible, varied and interesting for young children, and offers the reward of a waterfall for those want to add a more challenging extension, then the Ashley Gorge Loop Track ticks a lot of boxes.