A route in the Footpath app

3 Mapping & Route Planning Apps for Hikers

Three of the best mapping and route planning apps for hikers. Apps that allow you to export a route to a GPS device.

Kathmandu Kids Kite v2 Size

Kathmandu Kids Kite V2 Review

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

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

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

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

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.