Waitangi Weekend in the Canterbury High Country


A long Waitangi Day weekend produced a fantastic bit of summer weather with a family ride along the Hogs Back Track with the Maddigans on Waitangi Day itself, followed by a decent day tramp the next day up to Temple Basin in Arthurs Pass.

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Skiing in Avoriaz


We’d deliberately selected a high European resort for our weeks skiing as we were aware that a lot of recent European winters have been fairly late starting, and we were so glad we did.  Avoriaz is at an altitude of approx 1800m, and when we arrived there was little snow…

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Ireland, New Year 2015


New Years 2015 was spent over 10 days in Belfast with a fair bunch of the UK Boyd family, and as always, it was great to catch up.  Highlights included visiting the Titanic Museum in the new (to me anyway) Titanic Quarter of the Belfast dock area, a wintry walk…

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Scotland, Christmas 2014


After a long but relatively uneventful series of flights via Singapore (met up with the Reids in the open-air pool at the transit hotel in Singapore at 11pm which was very refreshing) and Heathrow (Terminal 5 building and staff both much more welcoming than our memory of the last trip),…

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Canterbury downhilling


Been only managing a little biking myself recently (including first ride out along the new-ish Coal Pit Spur track in the Craigieburn Trails with Richard one evening), but have also been involved in the first summer workparty this year working on Hut Creek track with the rest of the volunteers…

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