Entries by Ash Carden

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Road Trip New Zealand Style

30/11/2019 – 10/12/2019 Auckland > Whatipu > Tawharanui > Uretiti > Opononi > Kai Iwi Lakes > Muriwai > Auckland > Pauanui. A stunning, relaxing and fabulously fun week and a half showing Tom what NZ is made of. We saw glow worms at Waipu, we tracked kiwis for my 30th, swum with phosphorescence at […]

Turangi in photos

Awesome time spent down in Turangi, dog-sitting for my Aunty and Uncle (shout out to Heather + Peter, thanks for lending us your beautiful place!). Wow what a get away! From swimming in the freezing Tongariro river (my skin actually hurt) to hiking Tongariro Crossing, making friends with Piwakawakas (fantails) at Wairakei Hotsprings, exploring the […]

Karangahake Gorge Walk

Spent the day at Karangahake Gorge with the wonderful Theresa Bridge. Exploring old gold mining tunnels where we found glow worms living, hiking, collecting leaves and even braving the waters for a fresh spring swim. Love an NZ summer I tell ya. Karangahake Gorge Walk – 13/11/19

Rangitoto Island

A short ferry from Central Auckland brings you to Rangitoto, a relatively young, dormant volcanic island you can easily  climb. You are walking on lava, surrounded by singing Tui and Piwakawaka and you feel like you are on another planet! Rangitoto Island – 02/11/2019

Piha

Had to take Tom to Piha – without a doubt one of my very most favourite places on this planet. Piha is a beautiful and wild west-coast beach, nestled within the huge Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. A lot of the tracks I love were closed to help combat Kauri dieback disease, but we still managed […]

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We ticked off something that has been on my bucket list for ages – Tongariro Alpine Crossing! What an awesome day hiking in the cold sunshine, soaking up the gorgeous natural landscapes of New Zealand with the stunning backdrop of Mt Ngauruhoe. Tongariro Alpine Crossing – 19/11/19