Exploring the Tuki Tuki

Our newest cycle route follows both sides of the Tuki Tuki river – what a great sounding word!

Exploring the Tuki Tuki

It flows 117km from the Ruahine Ranges to the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of Hawke`s Bay near Hastings and has cycle trails running along parts of it from our little town.

As soon as our much anticipated container arrived from the UK, with all our outdoor gear, the bikes were the first things to be re-assembled and helmets donned and we were free to ride again!

Bikes are such a great way to explore local landscape and we are so lucky to have a couple of great river side cycle trails to get on. Eomer has progressed to the Ila bike – with 7 gears, so exciting! – and Ramona now has a bike with a bigger frame than mine! Off we go!

Eomer (hence forth known as The Eagle, as the pictures will explain) travelled alongside me experimenting with gears, progressing from super spin to toughie and all the way back through them, as we rode while Ramona in her awesome Bern helmet shot on ahead to each next bend in the river.

At the natural end to the trail we stopped to play, paddle and admire the gorgeous river views and skies. Early winter time in Hawkes Bay and still

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Ruth Lively-Masters

Ruth Lively-Masters

About Me & Mine

Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.

Favourite place in the world:

Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.

Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.

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