adventure

Van Life: Aotearoa

We named him Reggie the very first day we got him. Just like a boat, every adventure vehicle worth its salt needs a name, and one look at this staunch vessel – with its boxy lines, knobby mud tires, and flat-top wooden roof rack – had us convinced it was...
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BIG SIX ’21

When Brian McFarlane from Rheem called Te Awamutu plumber Brent Palmer and told him he had won the latest Rheem Big Six Challenge, he was ‘gobsmacked.’ “I couldn’t believe it, and going out with GT! I met GT at the Motutapu fishing contest years ago and that was the biggest...
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OLIE LE NOEL: GLASS TO LAST

There was a storm on Monday 30th May. We met at 6:30am – well, 6:50am for some – and I made coffees. Despite the early hour, Olie Le Noel was no different from the first time I met him: bright, alwayson-the-cusp-of-laughing, fashionably late – everything you’d expect from a 26-year-old...
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M2 Over Our Land

It sounds silly, but sometimes the stars align and you land your dream gig. For a punter who constantly chases his passions and a laugh, these types of opportunities only come once in a life time. I’ll be straight with you: I’m no outdoor, living off the land connoisseur, or a classic...
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The ColorCote Tradie Profile: Penny Thackwray

It all started as a joke for Penny. “Why don’t you just become a sparkie?” one of her good friends quipped at her one day, when Penny at a loose end and out of work. He wasn’t serious, but Penny Thackwray doesn’t shy away from a challenge. “That was that,”...
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A Dream Day on the Tools

Earlier this year, I got a brief from a client to photograph a bunch of new spearfishing gear. The only issue: I’m based in Canterbury, which is not known for its great water clarity – most of the year I’m lucky if I can see the end of my fins....
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Packrafting adventure at it’s best

There are an ever increasing array of movies about packrafting on YouTube, and like most sports, it’s only the extreme version that ends up on the internet. But packrafting does not always need to be that intense. These unique crafts are also being used by trampers, families, fishermen and hunters...
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