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.

Garmin 66i GPS Device

Why I chose a Garmin 66i inReach GPS device

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I wanted an SOS device to give me two-way communication while out hiking in New Zealand. This is why I chose a Garmin 66i inReach GPS device.
Garmin 66i GSP device showing NZ Topo 50 maps

How to add NZ topo maps to a Garmin GPS device (for free)

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If you have a Garmin GPS device in New Zealand, then check out this method to download and install free NZ Topo 50 maps to your device.
Peak Design Capture Clip v3 Backpack Clip

Peak Design Capture Clip v3 Review

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If you're looking for a camera clip for a backpack or belt, don't look past the best of the bunch; the Peak Design Capture Clip v3.
Macpac Rain Cover Sizes

Macpac Waterproof Pack Cover Sizing

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I ended up with three Macpac waterproof pack raincovers thanks to sizing which didn't quite fit my expectations, so I've put them all to the test here.

Identify Peaks with the PeakFinder App

Looking for an app to help you identify peaks while out hiking and climbing? The PeakFinder app uses AR to great effect. Watch the video.
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.