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.

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

The Story Behind This Car in Silt Photo

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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

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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.