Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail – Mar 2017

The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail has got to be one of THE most stunning cycle trails around. Superlatives abound when describing the trail and they are well justified.  With its snowy mountain ranges, wide open grassy plains, shady tree lined streams, intensely blue canals and lakes……its beauty is...

Art Deco Festival – Feb 2017

If you love dressing up, dancing, music, parades and all the style and fun of the 1930’s/40’s then you would love the Napier Art Deco festival.   Held over 4 days, this festival is absolutely jam packed full of fun things to do and see.  It was very hard to choose...

Sunset Kayaking Adventure – Feb 2017

One definition of the word "adventure" is not 'knowing what the outcome is going to be.'  That was certainly the case in this kayaking adventure! A group of 7 of us met up with our guides from Auckland Sea Kayaks at St Heliers beach .  It was a bright, sunshiney...

Nikau Cave Adventure – Jan 2017

Did you know we have our own spectacular cave pretty much right on our doorstep, (if you're from Auckland or the Waikato)?  That's right.  On the back road to Port Waikato is a wonderful hidden gem, called Nikau Cave. A group of 10 of us travelled out west of Mercer,...

Tongariro Crossing – Jan 2017

What a perfect day we had for this adventure!  We certainly appreciated that fact when we found out that the day before had been unfavourable conditions and as it turned out, the day after was thick with fog! We headed off from Auckland on a very hot, sunny afternoon and...

Kayaking at Mahurangi – Dec 2016

Gliding through the grey still water, gentle misty rain caressing my face, a sense of calm and being at one with nature, I smiled as I thought, 'there's nowhere I'd rather be right now.' Yes, the forecast wasn't good at all.  Yes, we all were having second thoughts before we...

Living Life On The Edge – Blokarting – Oct 2016

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 or crashing into some poor beach walker....... I've never really...

Bay of Islands – August 2016

Well, what a weekend that was!  We had perfect weather, a great group of women, a lovely place to stay, an absolutely beautiful walk on both days.....the Bay of Islands really turned it on for us and definitely lived up to its reputation as the "winter-less north." What we hadn't...

Tiritiri Matangi – July 2016

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 pretty much to be a perfect winter's day! If you've never...

Great Barrier Island – May 2016

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 terminal in Auckland for what was supposed to be a...