Welcome to my blog!

Having adventures in the New Zealand bush, hills and mountains...


Hi, Jon here, I have been visiting the forests and mountains for many years, with particular attention to the parks and forests close to Christchurch, my home town.


Jon Moake, at Ryde Falls in the Oxford Forest Park, 2012


Travers River swing bridge, Nelson Lakes National Park, 2016


In this blog you will find information about tramping, hiking, equipment, tramping food, the history of tramping in New Zealand, environmental issues, mountaineering and other outdoor concerns of interest to me.


The Fairie Queene, Spencer Mountain Range from the St James Walkway, 2015

I will also have reports about the trips I do, including photos and information about the tracks, facilities and huts I use while visiting the iconic New Zealand back country.

Lytelton Harbor and Canterbury from high on Mt Herbert, Banks Peninsula

Its a pleasure to have you on this journey with me.....let's see where we can go!