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OK, I admit it, I was a bit nervous about doing this adventure.  I had visions of the blokart speeding uncontrollably along the beach, me hanging on for dear life or the blokart flipping over and me getting hurt...
Well, who would have thought it.......?  The weather forecast wasn't looking too good and it was touch and go whether the trip to Tiritiri Matangi Bird Sanctuary was going to be called off or not, but it turned out...
A rushed ride to the ferry and a panicked ride to the airport bracketed the beginning and the end of what was otherwise a fabulous four days of exploring  Great Barrier Island. We left at 8am from the Sealink ferry...
Wow! What a fun day out we had over on Waiheke Island!  We hired electric bikes and off we went!  This has got to be THE way to get around on hilly Waiheke. You get to see so much...
Take 8 lively women, add in a huge dose of laughter, fun and humour, some fine wining and dining, a bit of sausage making and a bonfire on the beach and of course, some cycling through the sunny Hawkes...
The forecast wasn't looking that great for the weekend but we headed off anyway, feeling positive and optimistic that we'd cope anyway (and think of a Plan B just in case!) We did a bit of a "tiki tour" on...
I don't think we could have fit more into this weekend if we tried! We covered all the bases from screaming exhilarated excitement to blissful sighs of relaxation. We arrived at our motel - Malones (that had these awesome huge...
Bali…..just the mere word conjures up a mosaic of unique, exotic, colourful, cultural experience like no other. From its mountainous interior, through villages full of temples and sweet wafting incense past its vibrant green, rice paddies to its long...
This was a real mixed bag of an adventure! We had some lovely weather and some really foul weather. We had days of easy tramping and days where we really struggled. We missed our final ferry but ended up...
There I was sitting up the front of the little 6 seater plane, (we’re talking ‘front’ as in right next to the pilot with my own little steering wheel and foot pedals wiggling away in front of me) zooming...
Heading off in the shuttle van to the start of the Tongariro crossing on a mild, sunny, blue sky morning, we were quite sure the met service had got the weather report wrong. It wasn't going to rain, even...
Speeding flat tack down the bumpy forest trail, cold wind whipping past, eyes watering, intensely focused on the rutted, pot-holed, muddy, branch strewn track. Standing, crouched low on my pedals, body leaning forwards over the handlebars, fingers splayed lightly...
Day One: Arrival Day Ahh Samoa……soft warm sunshine embracing us as we step off the plane, guitars strumming, melodic voices harmonising as we go through customs, flowery shirts, lava lava’s, jandals and smiling brown faces…..We have arrived and are feeling...
The forecast didn't look that great as 9 of us headed over to Waiheke Island for a day of cycling, visiting wineries and exploring. Thank goodness we went anyway as the day turned out perfectly!   We arrived and met up...
Six of us headed off down to the "sunny" Hawkes Bay for 3 days exploring the cycle trails that run in, around and through the beautiful Hawkes Bay. Our accommodation were these warm, cosy cabins in Clive.  Once we got...
We didn't quite get to see the central Otago area in all it's Autumnal glory but it was such a lovely adventure anyway! A warm, sunny, blue sky day , the bikes were sorted and we were on our way! Nine...
If you want to combine fine wining and dining and sleeping in white sheets and pillows with 4 full days of tramping in one of THE MOST picturesque places in New Zealand, then doing the Queen Charlotte track as...
Pulling on the reins, trying frantically to control a horse that just wants to gallop madly along the wild deserted Murawai beach, was quite an exciting and scary challenge for a relatively beginner rider like myself!  Thankfully my horse...
A picture perfect absolutely stunning weekend!  16 of us travelled down to Ohakune for a weekend of cycling and walking and what a weekend it was!  We found out when we got there that the Old Coach Road that we...
Saturday morning 8.30am and my van was loaded and packed with 7 other women and our gear for our tramping weekend in the Bay of Islands - and what a perfect weekend it was! We arrived at the Base X...
Day One –Thu May 30th 2013 – Auckland to Samoa We were an excited bunch of 11 women arriving at Auckland airport in 2’s and 3’s for our early morning flight, sitting together in a departure café, tentatively getting to...
Safety Tips for Hiking in New Zealand When hiking (at any time of the year) it is important to remember that New Zealand conditions can become treacherous, so you need to be well-prepared for any change of weather or mishap! A...