Te Awa Kairangi – a walk along Hutt River

It has been so long since I have been here.

Months in fact.

I want to spend some time exploring places closer to home and to try and see the places as a tourist does. When you see a place over and over again, you can miss the beauty amongst the familiar. I had forgotten how beautiful Te Awa Kairangi is.

Stretching from the Southern Tararua ranges out to Wellington Harbour at Petone, you can walk beside it’s river bank for miles.

I am out with my dogs, Frank and Ed who are having an excellent time. There are so many exciting things for them to sniff. Unfortunately there is a toxic algae that grows in the water during the summer months which is deadly to dogs, so I always avoid the place from November through to April.

Frank and Ed are a bit like toddlers. They are curious and love exploring the world by putting everything in their mouths, so it’s just not worth the risk to take them here in the warmer months.

Its an easy flat walk and I often find I’ll walk to an hour without even realising it, forgetting that this also means and hour walk home! Along the edge of the river bank is the off lead dog walking area, up above is a sealed pavement that makes it a popular route for cyclists. There are also may spots perfect for an afternoon picnic in the sun.

It’s autumn now. The day is still, the river is like a mirror and the trees are a display of autumnal colours. We see lots of bird life, from seagulls and ducks to black swans, pukeko and kereru. Also monarch butterflies. We are so close to the city, but nature abounds.

If I were a tourist, I would think this place was pretty beautiful. As a local (it’s a 5 minute drive from my house) I think I take it for granted sometimes.

What’s on your back doorstep that you have maybe taken for granted?

Our Backyard

Exactly one year ago today, I was in Italy.

In Tuscany, to be more precise. Exploring hill top towns, indulging in gorgeous food and enjoying the simple things in life.

How different the world of travel looks now. Over the last few months we have watched the impact of Covid 19, seen it spread it’s way around the world, literary putting whole countries into lockdown.

With international travel looking like it will be off the cards for sometime, I am really hoping that Kiwi’s will use this as an opportunity to explore their backyard.

An adventure holiday, a relaxing holiday, a nature holiday, a gastronomic holiday; mountains, lakes, glaciers, beaches, caves, forests. Whatever type of holiday or experiance you are looking for, you will find it right here in Aotearoa.

As New Zealanders, we are so lucky. We live in such a diverse, beautiful land. People travel thousands of miles to see this place and we have it right here on our doorstep.

There has never been a better time to explore your back yard.

With the impacts of lockdown, I have begun to see incredible deals popping up around the country and already have 2 trips locked in.

In July, my husband and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are heading to Queenstown, staying at a beautiful boutique hotel that looks out over the shotover river. I got it at an incredible price of $110 per night. Check out Nugget Point Hotel Queenstown for some awesome deals.

In September we are ticking of a bucket list item, that, to be honest, I never really thought we would do. When I saw that Wharekauhau in the Wairarapa were having a ‘back you backyard’ special, I couldn’t help but book it.

There are so many awesome experiences out there to be had.

Where are you heading to next?

Leave me a comment below. I would love to know what part of the Long White Cloud you are planing to explore next.