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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Long live the long weekend: 3 tips for 3 active days in Auckland

It seems to be a phenomenon that everyone seems to flee Auckland as soon as there is a long weekend on the horizon. If you decide to stay home this time, here are 3 tips for 3 active days in Auckland

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Spring skiing on Mount Doom

Spring skiing on Mount Doom

Ok, it’s technically not Mount Doom (aka Mount Ngauruhoe) but its volcano neighbor, Ruapehu. But doesn’t this sound amazing? For me as a skiing and volcano lover, being able to actually ski on an active volcano is the best thing that can happen to me.

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