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The Kiwi Experience Pt.2

We've been in New Zealand for almost a year now and the time travelling around both the North and South islands while working, snowboarding and mountain biking has gone by too fast. There's still so much we want to explore and learn about this amazing country! Here's 10 more things we've learned, embraced and love… Continue reading The Kiwi Experience Pt.2

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Biking NZ Part 3: Timber Trail

Another trail with some history brings us to the Timber Trail in the Pureora Forest region between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. The trail takes advantage of the old logging Ongarue Tramway used to harvest trees of the forest in early 20th century. Rail lines were built to get the trees out, camps were built to… Continue reading Biking NZ Part 3: Timber Trail

#Vanlife

Vanlife Pt.5: Finding Balance

Winters over and we’ve decided to migrate from Wanaka to Christchurch to enjoy the summer biking around Canterbury and the rest of the south island. Living in a bigger metropolis has given us a similar feeling of home. The decision of moving to a big city like Christchurch meant we were going to risk the… Continue reading Vanlife Pt.5: Finding Balance

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Biking NZ Part 2: Tongariro National Park

The North Island of New Zealand is ground to a variety of many different landscapes, and somewhere near the middle is Tongariro National Park. In some places within the park like the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike, it could be regarded as one of the busiest places to visit, whereas other hikes/bikes have been some of… Continue reading Biking NZ Part 2: Tongariro National Park

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Biking NZ Part 1: Windy Wellington

One of the main reason for visiting New Zealand stems from the rumor that they have a dense network of bike trails across the country. It turns out this is no rumor and once we started biking, it soon became real that it was going to be quite a task to ride all the trails… Continue reading Biking NZ Part 1: Windy Wellington

Split

Snow Stoke Q&A: Rance Tuff (aka gohuckyourself)

It’s been a wicked winter for us in the southern hemisphere experiencing both the ups and downs of what a splitboard season in New Zealand is like and why the existing yet very small backcountry community is slowly growing. Even now that we’ve packed out split gear away and pulled the bikes out for a… Continue reading Snow Stoke Q&A: Rance Tuff (aka gohuckyourself)

Rants

Why Backcountry?

Why backcountry? Why go from the confides of society where all lifes amenities can be readily attained and help is only a short call away? For me backcountry is a relatively new word to my vocabulary. As a kid, cellphones were non-existent and our pedal bikes were the only thing we needed to venture away from… Continue reading Why Backcountry?

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Splitfest NZ 2016: Temple Basin

Since 1929 Temple Basin has been serving the skiing community of New Zealand. Between a mandatory 45min hike to the hill from the road and rope tow lifts, the crowds tend to be non-existent even when we were there on a powder weekend. The terrain is all time as well. With no groomed trails and… Continue reading Splitfest NZ 2016: Temple Basin

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NZ Ski Touring: STFU Brewster Hut

Within the Makarora region of Mount Aspiring National Park and heading west through the Haast Pass at Fantail Falls (pink star), we decided to tramp up with our splitboards to Brewster Hut for another epic Kiwi-style backcountry ski adventure. When looking from a topo map the tramp (black dashed line) is only 2.5km in distance,… Continue reading NZ Ski Touring: STFU Brewster Hut