Camping on Waitangi Day

long weekend on a summer season, is one of the days i and most kiwis look forward to. everyone is excited to go on a holiday trip and do outdoor stuff like having a backyard bbq party, walking at the park or chilling at the beach.

for us, it only means one thing. it’s CAMPING time! it’s been a year since we started camping and now, we consider it as our regular outdoor activity. camping gives us the much-needed break from our busy lives. it is therapeutic and relaxing. all we do is enjoy each others company by having real conversation with friends (due to absence of wifi which is the BEST.THING.EVER), sleeping inside the tent or under a tree, playing pinoy henyo and basically eating non stop. camping in new zealand is very safe as there are no wild animals lurking around such as snakes and crocodiles. the only thing that annoys us are the sand flies, so insect repellent is a must.

here are some of the photos from our last camping adventure. obviously, the boys love the outdoor so much and they were having a great time wading in the river. the water is crystal clear clean and you could see the bottom of it. this moment of experiencing the beauty of the nature with family and friends…are what i’m grateful for. 🙂








Camping at Lake Pearson

we are now mid-february. that means, there are few days left for summer and miserable winter is not too far away. how come we only found out about camping just recently?! we are such late bloomers. our couple friend here invited us on a weekend camping and it was lots of fun, no wonder most kiwis love camping and outdoor.

lake pearson

camping is not only relaxing but also a good time to spend quiet moments with family and friends. no telephone signal, no computers and no internet. just the beautiful view of the nature and the sound of the crickets at night. they have complete camping gears so life’s not too hard for newbies like us. since bubs just turned one, we were able to bring him for camping. it’s his first camping experience so a memorable one for all of us.

mountain view
old ladies relaxing

i borrowed a tent from a friend. initially, we were only planning for a picnic day trip but our friends convinced us to stay overnight. now we know how fun camping is, we bought our own tent so we can go camping anytime we want. yay! new zealand outdoor is too awesome.

our family van and borrowed tent

we arrived at 10-ish morning and our friends helped us to set up the tent. as a contribution, we brought marinated pork bellies “aka liempos” and my husband’s new baby – a portable barbecue grille. haha!

bbq chicken in progress
hubby and baby – haha!

everything went well except that we are not appropriately dress for the event. hubby and i were wearing shorts and the baby forgot his jacket. by the time evening came and we are about to sleep, the freezing temperature is unbearable and my legs and feet are cold. i also wake up every hour to check bubs if he’s warm and not shivering. guess what? he sleeps soundly as if he’s at home. that’s my baby bear grylls in the making, haha! we camped at lake pearson, a beautiful and tranquil lake located at south island of new zealand. there’s a nice view of the mountain when you look from inside the tent.

hello from the other side
mom and baby camper
my future adventurer

campsite is free of charge and has a long drop toilet. since long drop toilet is for everyone’s use, expect it to be filthy, yucky and stinky. the funny thing is that you will survive using it because there’s no other choice. it’s part of the experience anyway.

tada! the long drop toilet

here are some of the photos during our camping. too bad, summer is about to end. we can still camp when autumn comes and it will be a different experience then. the beauty of fall is incomparable. like my friend said to me, “each season has a different beauty”. 🙂

like father like son
bub looks grumpy as he forgot to put sunblock
freezing temperature before sunrise
finally the sun is out
first family camping

looking forward to our new tent and more adventures!