Makara’s West Wind Farm Recreation Area: An Intrepid Little Year-ender

Gosh – aren’t we practically scooting towards the year’s end?

Obviously I can’t speak for you, but I know I tend to take-stock at this time of year, and sometimes that means a spectacularly wide-ranging myriad of emotions – right??

Personally-speaking, 2015 feels different.

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Te Kopahou Reserve’s Waipapa Loop: A Christmas Day Adventure

I believe everybody should have something poignant, and/or relevant, to say about their Christmas Day.

I believe this more and more, with each year that passes.

My reasons are simple; your Christmas Days are indeed limited (please, never ever fall into the time trap – time’s finite, fo’ shizzle), and you only get one shot at each of them.

So, make ’em count.

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Putangirua Pinnacles: Summer “Feels” Make These A True-Blue Kiwi Hot-Spot Contender

Had another little play out at Putangirua’s Pinnacles this past weekend (*for a thorough run-down, and instructions on how to get yourself there, see here – we’ve visited before, eh).

I’ve been pondering this post these past couple days, and in that time I’ve discovered that I’m actually seriously enamored of this place.

Seriously, enamored.

Seriously (*grins*).

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Wainui Water Collection Area: A Free Guided Tour

*Nov ’16 (update): This post comprises the beginnings of my volunteering career with ‘Greater Wellington’.  Basically, I buddy’d-up with one of the fabulous volunteers on this tour, met the ranger and really liked him too, and decided to tag-along on a regular basis.

I’ve since been into the heart of the ‘Mainland Island’ that I mention in this piece, and my first official “gig” as a volunteer involved exploring this total taonga-of-a-place at night-time, with glow-worms and everything.

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Butterfly Creek: Picnicking That’s Picture Perfect

As time continues to march us all ever-forward into the impending Christmas break, I’ve been contemplating what I might end up doing on December 25.  The day itself has never held any type of religious significance for me, and these days my own personal circumstances also mean that it actually holds very little social significance either.

Sure – I have people I’ll honour during the holiday period, and we’ll do stuff, but on Christmas Day I plan to be out…

Hiking…

All day.

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