Check out photos and video of flood damage to one of Canterbury’s walking tracks following a heavy rain storm in June/May 2021.
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.
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Recent Hiking Reports
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.
The Tiromoana Bush Walkway is a hilly coastal walk in Waipara, North Canterbury. It features a number of points-of-interest along the way.
Three of the best mapping and route planning apps for hikers. Apps that allow you to export a route to a GPS device.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A blog about living in New Zealand, with a focus on the outdoors, parenting, and the odd gear review.