|Hiking and camping became a regular part of my childhood just after I turned 5, when my father became the first Lands and Survey Park Ranger (*1), assigned to create what later became the Bay of Islands Maritime Park.(*2)|
At that time the park was mostly only on paper. As a result my brother and I spent a lot of time following our father on Hiking and Camping trips, while he explored the new reserve lands on foot. These trips often included exploring and defining the routes for new tracks, as was the case in the photo below when we were scouting the route for the Kerikeri River Track.
all these experiences, growing up ensured that the Outdoors and Hiking(also called Tramping in New Zealand) has remained an essential recreation for me as an Adult.
Early in my adulthood, I found a passion for showing others that hiking could with the right people, preparation and gear become their favourite lifelong sport also.
This Blog aims to share my learning, in what I hope will be a useful resource for beginners and experienced Hikers alike.
29 January 2018
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Disclaimer; This Blog and all associated posts, is a record of my personal experiences, observations and learning along the way. It is not intended as an authoritative guide to New Zealand Hiking.
(*1) After many years of trying to persuade my computer literate Father(now in his 80’s) to start recording his life time of adventures around the world, his response to this blog was to start his own, Titled: In a Corner. (This link takes you in to his story where my love of hiking started.)
(*2) At that time all parks and reserves in New Zealand were administered by the Government Department of Lands and Survey. In 1987 the department of Lands and Survey combined with the New Zealand Forest and Wildlife Services to create the Department of Conservation. I understand that the Bay of Islands Maritime park then lost its unique name and simply became part of the Northland Conservancy.