Whangarei, beaches and a glowworm cave

Whangarei, beaches and a glowworm cave

A few months ago, after Chris and I had taken my car apart and put it back together (long story short, poor Stanley leaked heavily!), we decided to go on our first road trip and actually sleep in the car. Looking at the forecast, all of New Zealand looked rainy and wet. The least rain was to be expected for the north, so we decided to go up to Whangarei, about 3 hours away from Auckand.

Happy New Year's tramp in the Coromandel

Happy New Year's tramp in the Coromandel

I must admit, it was a little hard at first, knowing to be out of phone reach for two days. And not just any day, it would be the days over New Years, where everyone is texting everyone and wishing each other a happy new year! I only had just sent the message to my friends chat that I will be off the grid for about 48 hours as we drove deeper into the Kauaeranga Valley and my reception died.

Beautiful lakes, breath-taking skies and a flat tyre – Waikato off the beaten path

Beautiful lakes, breath-taking skies and a flat tyre – Waikato off the beaten path

«Nah, we’re not very likely to get a puncture”- Chris said this to me as we were on the way from our secluded campground at lake Arapuni to Mangakino, where we wanted to ride a section of the Waikato River Trail. Arohena is one of DOC’s (Department of Conservation) campsites. It lies directly on the lake, there is no phone reception and to get there, we had to drive a section on gravel. And that’s where it must have happened. A mean little stone slashed Stanley’s tyre.

Rain or shine – a weekend in Mount Maunganui

Rain or shine – a weekend in Mount Maunganui

It had all looked so promising on the forecast. Friday morning the weekend looked all lovely and I my app told me that there were going to be 11 hours of sun on both Saturday and Sunday. So we decided on a last minute roadtrip down to Auckland’s favourite holiday resort, Mount Maunganui.

Becoming a Tough Mudder

Becoming a Tough Mudder

“I just discovered the most awesome challenge for you”, I said excited as I showed Chris a picture of an ad I saw a few minutes before we met up in Wynyard Quarter after a meeting. “That should get you occupied for a while”.
It was end of August and Chris had just stopped smoking. He was looking for a race or challenge he could train for so he had a good reason not to smoke.  An obstacle run in mud and dirt should probably tickle his fancy and sense for competition. So, I suggested him to run at the Tough Mudder in November.

Alex in mountain biking wonderland

The first time I’ve ever heard of Woodhill, the mountain bike park in the east of Auckland, was from Chris. He went there with a friend and immediately bought a season pass. I was so keen to find out what it was all about so I got really excited when we decided to shred the trails on the past Labour Day long weekend.