Escape to Lake Waikaremoana

We're just back from the bush - 3 days and 2 nights out on the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in Te Urewera National Park. Stunning views, amazing forest, sunshine and rain. The lake was FREEZING! Accommodation beforehand at the Waikaremoana Holiday Park,...

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Carbon Offset PiwiWiwi Style

Rather than putting money into dubious Carbon Offset schemes which take your money and do something unknown with it, we have initiated  the regeneration of coastal bush and wetland at Ruapuke beach, roughly 40 kilometers from Raglan. We believe this carbon offset...

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Freedom Camping New Zealand – What’s the deal?

Freedom Camping (sometimes called Wild Camping) is allowed in many parts of NZ, however it is getting more and more difficult to find good, free camping spots. The rules changed in 2011, just before the Rugby World Cup, when a new law was passed that allowed councils...

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Swiss Cheese Challenge

After a bit of an update to this website I enlisted my beta-testers to check all was well. Not long afterwards Mum, umm, the testers responded with several important and embarrassing errors. I think they were not a result of the changes and so must have been online...

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Days 91 – 96 of 97 – It’s Raglan Baby!!!!!

We have made it all the way round both Islands now, almost every town and village driven through. Time to relax in Raglan for our last few days. The Sun has been hot, unfortunately I got injured so could not surf for more than 1 day, GUTTED! But Raglan is still a cool...

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Days 86 – 90 of 97 – Rotorua and Pounamu Carving

Rotorua.... Again. We really like this place, chilled out, good walks, biking etc. Stayed at the same DOC as last time round for 3 nights (Pictured above). This time round we where doing a bit of shopping for people at home. We went into another "Jade" shop (loads...

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Day 82 – 84 of 97 – Mt DOOM! & Taupo

So we based are selves in Taupo for a few days hoping the weather would clear up to do the Tongonariro Alpine Crossing and Summit of MT DOOM from Lord of the Rings. We got up at 5am one morning to head up for the 20km hike but 110km winds stopped us from going up onto...

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Day 81 – 97 Forgotten World!!!!

Forgotten Highway starts in Strafford heads to Tongariro National Park Via SH43. Not used much anymore but is a sweet road to drive. You actually Leaves NZ half way through and head into a town with it's only republic. Loads of places to stop and camp - free. We...

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Day 79 of 97 – Mount Taranaki and Surf Highway

Have made it up to Taranaki Area. Drove up the Surf Highway, but we will come back to that. Went up Mount Taranaki for the Summit walk. Wet was the word of the day, with cloud as the back-up. Couldn't see anything hence no photos. We drove past the mountain one day...

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