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Macpac Motatapu 2017

Experience the Legend The Macpac Motatapu is back for 2017! There’s something for everyone in this iconic event where competitors can once again make their way by foot or bike through some of New Zealand’s most stunning high country terrain … Read More > The post Macpac Motatapu 2017 appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Mission Mt Somers Gear List

The season of adventure is here… and what better way to kick it off than with Mission Mt Somers. With four events of varying difficulty, there’s something for everyone – from seasoned marathon competitors, through to aspiring runners. Set around … Read More > The post Mission Mt Somers Gear List appeared first on Macpac Blog.

New Zealand Alpine Team: Peru Expedition 2016

It was two years in the making, and on May 27, the Expedition Climbers Club set off for Peru on one of the largest international mountaineering expedition to leave New Zealand in four decades. Based in the Cordillera Blanca mountain … Read More > The post New Zealand Alpine Team: Peru Expedition 2016 appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Our New Zealand Winter Adventure Bucket List

The last few weeks have left us all scratching our heads, wondering – will winter ever arrive? Well, it’s certainly chilled down over the last few days with snow, rain and frost all over the country.  So now that the … Read More > The post Our New Zealand Winter Adventure Bucket List appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Best NZ Summer Hikes: Our Top Picks

Nothing beats a Kiwi summer! The weather is fantastic (most of the time), and there’s always somewhere new just waiting to be discovered… if only we’d step away from civilisation, for just a moment. You see, summer can be so … Read More > The post Best NZ Summer Hikes: Our Top Picks appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Best travel accessories for summer

Whether you’re heading across the world, or exploring a little closer to home, it’s the little things that will really make the difference to your journey. A quick search online will reveal an abundance of travel checklists, but these often … Read More > The post Best travel accessories for summer appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Study: Superfine Merino Wool Helps Eczema

We love 100% Macpac merino wool because it’s super soft, breathable, naturally temperature regulating and anti-odour… perfect for a range of adventures year-round. Turns out, it’s also great for alleviating eczema symptoms. Unlike regular wool, merino is made up of … Read More > The post Study: Superfine Merino Wool Helps Eczema appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival 2016

It’s back in its fifth year – the Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival is gearing up for what’s hoped to be the biggest year yet. The largest climbing meet in New Zealand – the festival, run by the Expedition Climbers Club, … Read More > The post Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival 2016 appeared first on Macpac Blog.

Racin’ in the Dark …

Last Saturday the Northern Sports Car Club held its 11th annual 6-Hour Endurance Race at the Pukekohe Race Track, just south of Auckland http://www.motorsport.org.nz/Circuits/pukekohe.htm. This event is part of the North Island Endurance Race Series with two other enduros (both 4 hour) held at Manfield and Taupo race circuits in the past few weeks. The […]

A Handful of Gravel …

Next weekend is the second round of the New Zealand National Rally Championship http://www.motorsport.org.nz/Rally/ to be held in and around Whangarei http://www.whangareinz.org.nz/ which altho’ is a few 100 kms from Auckland is the closest this city gets to a round of the NZRC presently. Anyhow, this year’s event is also a round of the Asia- […]

Auckland’s Very Own Magazine

For a number of years … how many …? Auckland has had its own magazine – http://www.metrolive.co.nz/. Reformatted in the last few years to a larger tabloid version it’s full of glossy advertisements, very interesting articles about today’s relevant regional topics and plenty of suggestions for things to do, place to see, food to eat, […]

A Great Gift for Easter

With the celebration of the resurrection of Christ only ten days away I thought I’d highlight for you one of my favourite specialty chocolate shops in Auckland – for glorious, handmade, boutique chocolates it’s hard to go past Devonport...Show More Summary

Raise a Little Dust

Greetings World – sorry for the long pause – but I’m back. Had to tell you about one of our Auckland Summer Institutions which I just caught the very last bit of this season on Saturday night … Speedway at Western Springs! http://www.springsspeedway.com/ Speedway at the Springs is one of the very noisiest, exciting, action-packed […]

The break is over

Like the rest of Auckland, I’ve been taking a summer break. While I was at the beach, some stuff happened but with a view like this, I wasn’t really bothered. In fact, living with no phone and no internet at the end of a dirt track in the middle of nowhere was a nice reminder […]

Opera in the Park

During Summer in Auckland the City hosts a number of free music gigs in our fabulous parks – click here for details … http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/events/mips/default.asp. On Saturday in a very spontaneous and unrehearsedShow More Summary

Zoo Music and Fun Stuff

One of the cool things about being in Auckland in the summertime is that there are so many fun things to do. This is a novel one – an evening at the zoo chilling out to your favourite local sounds and helping conservation at the same time – brilliant! http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/events/index.php?PHPSESSID=b55df8a4779a84496d70d46f7348af0c … at $25/person or $60 […]

Rally in Norway!

Greetings once more! As you may have figured from my username – I am a rally fan! I have been a spectator for years (mum & dad took me to my first rally when I was three!) and when I grew up I got involved with WRC Rally NZ as an assistant with the organisation […]

National Delurking Week is almost over!

It’s the last day of National Delurking Week where blog readers are encouraged to reveal themselves – and a little about themselves – to the blog authors and other readers! To celebrate, I’ll take a leaf out of my fellow Metroblogger Annika Barranti‘s book and ask Metroblogging Auckland readers to share a little bit about […]

Timeout: A great Auckland bookshop

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Suck it up

bignoseduglyguy: Ninety volunteers in Auckland will try a new nictotine lozenge developed by Swedish researchers in a trial run by Auckland University's Clinical Trials Research Unit. Almost three quarters of a million New Zealan...

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