Waiheke Walking Festival just a month away

Waiheke Walking Festival just a month away

The annual Waiheke Walking Festival is on from 19-27 November. Now in its 7th year, the festival is going from strength to strength. With 50 walks covering a wide variety of themes, the festival has something for everyone, so we expect Waiheke Island will be buzzing!...

Waiheke walking weather is here!

Waiheke walking weather is here!

As the weather warms up we’re looking forward to guiding more and more groups and individuals over Waiheke Island to experience the best of New Zealand nature, learning about the flora, fauna and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf. We’ve had a busy few weeks...

The toughest thing I’ve ever done

The toughest thing I’ve ever done

After 22 days and 370 kilometres, today was an easy walk out to Tuolumne Meadows and the northern end of the John Muir Trail. We made it! We climbed 45,000 feet and descended 47,000 feet since our start at the top of Mt Whitney. With seven high alpine passes the John...

Day 12 on the John Muir Trail

Day 12 on the John Muir Trail

Great weather and great scenery as we complete our 12th day on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Today was easy, just six miles, including descending the Golden Staircase to the middle fork of the Kings River junction. Over the past...

Mt Whitney on the John Muir Trail

Mt Whitney on the John Muir Trail

One of the interesting things about the John Muir Trail is that it actually starts (or ends if you’re walking southwards) on top of a mountain. They don’t count that little bit of work you need to do to get to the start! We set off at 5am today, and made...

Setting out on the John Muir Trail

Setting out on the John Muir Trail

Winter walks in New Zealand are great, but sometimes you get to July and August and just crave a dose of sunshine and warmth. We’ll see how that works out over the next three weeks as I hike the 339-kilometre John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains of...

Rakitu Island – an emerging sanctuary

We had just come back from walking to the south side of Rakitu when we were hailed by Charmaine Foster, the daughter of the man who last owned Rakitu before it was sold to DOC. Over a cup of tea we learned the story of the island and of her passion to work in...