Considering a light-to-midweight insulated jacket for mild-to-cold weather hiking? Read my review of the Picture Takashima first.
Walks & Hikes in New Zealand
Guides and reviews of short walks and longer hikes in New Zealand, with a focus on those in the Canterbury area.
Includes a mix of great solo hikes as well as hikes suitable for young children.
View photos, walking stats, and more.
Recent Hiking Reports
A few of the best family-friendly waterfalls of Canterbury and the West Coast through the middle of the South Island of New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keen to see Māori rock art within reasonable driving distance of Christchurch? Check out this 90 minute walk in Waikari, North Canterbury.
A blog about living in New Zealand, with a focus on the outdoors, parenting, and the odd gear review.