Aotearoa Adventures

Abigail Hannah

Aotearoa Adventures is the podcast for everything you need to know about travelling in New Zealand.

  • 42 minutes 40 seconds
    093: A Team Effort to Sea Kayak the North Island of New Zealand with Paddle for Purpose

    Paddle for Purpose is a group of four mates: Cared, Connor, Kurt & Drew. The team set off from Cape Reinga with a mission to sea kayak along the East Coast of the North Island to raise money for mental health and the environment. Over the 75 day journey, the group had huge challenges - from weather to physical pain to the overwhelm of the expedition before them. They discuss their "why," how they worked together as a team, the logistics of planning a trip like this and the moments of pure bliss amongst nature. The team gets vulnerable and honest reflecting on their journey and lessons learnt. They share valuable advise that anyone can learn from, whether or not you're a kayaker!

    KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. Use the code Adventure2024 for 15% off your next online order: bit.ly/458VGEG

    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Donate to the fundraiser for NZ Mental Health Foundation and Live Ocean

    Follow Paddle for Purpose on Instagram: instagram.com/paddleforpurpose/

    Follow the team on Instagram: Cared, Connor, Kurt & Drew


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    21 June 2024, 12:00 am
  • 35 minutes 7 seconds
    092: A Passion for Camping, Community and Knowledge Sharing with Jono Collins

    Jono Collins spent his childhood on a Hawkes Bay orchard, where his love for the outdoors began. His passion started with building forts and climbing trees, now he shares his love of camping with others. Through a large Facebook community group, Jono has created a space for other kiwis to share tips, advice and tricks on camping - from how to find the right tent, how to manage tasks between a family and making camping and the outdoors accessible to newbies. He also shares some of his most memorable camping experiences - from his favourite lakefront campsite to a group trip where the weather was terrible.

    KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. Use the code Adventure2024 for 15% off your next online order: bit.ly/458VGEG

    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Jono on Instagram: instagram.com/nz_fun_adventures/followers/

    Join the Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/nzfacamping

    Find NZ Fun Adventures website here: nzfunadventures.co.nz/


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    14 June 2024, 12:00 am
  • 34 minutes 56 seconds
    091: Finding Freedom in Slow Travel and Bikepacking with Nicole Koch

    Growing up between Whangaparoa and Seattle gave Auckland firefighter Nicole Koch an adventurous spirit, inspiring her solo bikepacking trip from Queen Charlotte to Cromwell. On a $500 mountain bike, Nicole chased freedom and slow travel in the South Island, choosing a route of her own. Following a difficult break up, the 1200km journey gave her 14 days of biking to take time off work, a mental escape through the natural beauty of Aotearoa. Nicole shares the day-to-day challenges of a solo adventure and the experiences that kept her motivated. She also gives advice to anyone wanting to travel as a slower pace on a bike, along with her favorite bike trail suggestions in the South Island.


    KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. Use the code Adventure2024 for 15% off your next online order: bit.ly/458VGEG


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Nicole on Instagram: instagram.com/nicolevkoch


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    7 June 2024, 12:00 am
  • 43 minutes 8 seconds
    090: A Solo Kayak Circumnavigation of New Zealand Over 5800km with Red Paterson

    Red Paterson set off on a solo kayak circumnavigation, even after many told her it would be "impossible." Instead of listening to the naysayers, Red decided she would find out for herself whether the 5800km sea kayak journey around New Zealand was actually impossible or not. She shares about her strong determination, right from getting the idea, gaining sea kayaking skills, right until completing the journey non-stop for 432 days. Red learnt many lessons along the way and talks about taking it day-by-day. She shares advice that can be applied to any outdoor expedition and to everyday life.


    Last Chance: KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. This May, KEA Outdoors is offering you a unique opportunity to invest in the brand through an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Pledgeme. Invest from $1,000 and get a 20% Off Lifetime Discount Access: bit.ly/44m62kl

    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Red on Instagram: instagram.com/redznzjourney/

    Get Red's Book: Finding Solo


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    31 May 2024, 12:00 am
  • 41 minutes 45 seconds
    089: Skiing to the South Pole on a 50 Day Antarctic Expedition with Mike Dawson

    Two-time canoe slalom Olympian, Mike Dawson, spent a lot of time outdoors as a child and has a deep love for whitewater. While kayaking expeditions are within his comfort zone, Mike takes on a new challenge, journeying to the South Pole on a fifty day ski expedition inspired by Messner’s 1989 epic Antarctic crossing. We discuss the logistics of a journey in such harsh conditions, operating camera gear, pulling a "too heavy" sled, and eventually reaching the South Pole base. Mike reflects on how this experience forced him to slow down and the challenges he experienced returning to normal life.


    Last chance: KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. This May, KEA Outdoors is offering you a unique opportunity to invest in the brand through an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Pledgeme. Invest from $1,000 and get a 20% Off Lifetime Discount Access: bit.ly/44m62kl


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Mike on Instagram: instagram.com/mrmikedawson/

    Watch the documentary at the NZ Mountain Film Festival 2024


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    24 May 2024, 12:00 am
  • 37 minutes 19 seconds
    088: Waterfalls, Beaches, Geothermal Wonders and Other Hidden Gems in the North Island with Barbie Sharma

    Barbie Sharma is multi-passionate and loves spending her weekends exploring local gems. Based in Auckland, we talk about some of the natural attractions that are often overlooked in surrounding regions. One of Barbie's most memorable trips was a birthday getaway to Waikawau Tunnel Beach, where they had the beach to themselves and saw, "the best sunset I've seen on the North Island." Barbie shares practical tips for others that work a 9-5, advice for planning where to go next and spills the secrets on some of her favourite locations, including the Forgotten Highway. During lockdown, Barbie started to share content from her past trips and soon discovered this motivated and inspired other people's travels. Now she continues to share hidden gems, upcoming events and more on Instagram to help kiwis and international visitors plan their next trip!

    KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. This May, KEA Outdoors is offering you a unique opportunity to invest in the brand through an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Pledgeme. Invest from $1,000 and get a 20% Off Lifetime Discount Access: bit.ly/44m62kl

    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)

    Follow Barbie on Instagram: instagram.com/barbiesharmarj/

    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    17 May 2024, 12:00 am
  • 41 minutes 25 seconds
    087: Overlanding in New Zealand up the Godley and Havelock Valleys with Jack Laurent
    Jack Laurent has travelled over 600,000 km in his Land Cruiser Prado, saying he has explored every corner of New Zealand. Based in Taranaki, his favourite places to travel are the Far North and "anywhere" in the South Island. Jack shares about a mission up the Godley Valley and Havelock Valley in the central South Island. He shares about their unique experience, likely being the first people ever to kayak across the glacial lake. Despite meticulous planning, the weather took a turn for the worst in the Havelock Valley. The crew woke up to a magical snow dump overnight, but rain made the rivers impassable and there were some difficult decision to be made. Jack is also a co-founder of Roam Vehicle Outfitters, born from the desire to share his passion for exploring this beautiful country with like-minded individuals. He shares advice for people wanting to start out and acknowledges that everyone has different needs, "money is best spent on petrol or diesel in the tank, just go out there and explore". KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. This May, KEA Outdoors is offering you a unique opportunity to invest in the brand through an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Pledgeme. Invest from $1,000 and get a 20% Off Lifetime Discount Access: bit.ly/44m62kl Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :) Follow Jack on Instagram: instagram.com/roamwithjack_/ Follow Roam Vehicle Outfitters on Instagram: instagram.com/roamoutfittersnz/ Follow Will on Instagram: instagram.com/will.scown/Roam Vehicle Outfitters Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/ Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/
    10 May 2024, 12:00 am
  • 32 minutes 26 seconds
    086: From Fly Fishing Guiding in New Zealand to Starting an Outdoor Gear Brand with Matt Butler

    Matt Butler says he was born with an innate desire to fish, although his family wasn't outdoorsy. He started fishing in local Waikato rivers at age twelve and it took Matt three years to catch his first fish. After moving to Wanaka to pursue his passion for fly-fishing, he decided to spend his 20s doing what he loved. Matt would spend a few months each year as a fly fishing guide, then travel around the world and fish for the rest of the year. In 2020, that season of life came to an abrupt halt and Matt pivoted into starting an outdoor brand, KEA Outdoors, launching off a kickstarter campaign. He shares about his business journey and the unique investment opportunity currently open to the public.


    KEA Outdoors is a kiwi brand on a mission to build innovative, versatile and reliable outdoor gear for the every-day adventurer. This May, KEA Outdoors is offering you a unique opportunity to invest in the brand through an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Pledgeme. Invest from $1,000 and get a 20% Off Lifetime Discount Access: bit.ly/44m62kl


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Matt on Instagram: instagram.com/traveltruly/

    Follow KEA Outdoors on Instagram: instagram.com/keaoutdoors/

    keaoutdoors.com


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    3 May 2024, 12:00 am
  • 37 minutes 2 seconds
    085: Bikepacking as a Beginner and a Solo Trip from Christchurch to Queenstown with Katy Binchy

    Katy Binchy is in New Zealand on a working holiday visa and decided this is the year to try new things and enjoy being in nature. Together with a friend, they bought second hand bikes off TradeMe and went on their first bikepacking trip from Christchurch to Nelson. While in New Zealand, Katy is house-sitting in different cities so when they were moving from Christchurch to Queenstown, Katy thought to herself, "why don't I just cycle?" She set off on her first solo adventure, over ten days and it proved to have challenges, learnings and of course some beautiful views. Katy shares advice for other people that are planning bikepacking trips or want to get started.


    For quick and easy meals for all your outdoor adventures, use the code ABIGAIL for free shipping on your next Back Country Cuisine order: bit.ly/44uFDAB


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Katy on Instagram: instagram.com/kt.travelgram


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    26 April 2024, 12:00 am
  • 38 minutes 42 seconds
    084: Low Carbon Adventures Around New Zealand on Foot, Bike and Public Transport with Shanti Mathias

    Shanti Mathias is an Auckland-based journalist who is passionate about getting around without a car. Shanti also loves tramping and trail running, and uses public transport or a bicycle to get to her destination. She shares about a recent adventure from Auckland to Miranda, using a train, bike and ferry for the weekend trip. For Shanti, travel without a car leads to creativity and fun, poring over maps, forcing you to slow down and practice gratitude. While acknowledging the limitations and frustrations of low carbon travel, Shanti talks about why it's so important to reduce our carbon emissions and debunks some of the myths around our car-centric society. Having lived in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, she shares ideas for people wanting local trips and getaways on public transport and a bike. Next, Shanti wants to explore Northland, and one day cycle across the Himalayas from Pakistan to Nepal.


    For quick and easy meals for all your outdoor adventures, use the code ABIGAIL for free shipping on your next Back Country Cuisine order: bit.ly/44uFDAB


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Shanti on Instagram: instagram.com/shantiwritesthings/

    Mostly Good Ideas: Low Carbon Adventure: Steaming roads and beaming loads


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    19 April 2024, 12:00 am
  • 44 minutes 19 seconds
    083: Finishing Te Araroa as a Family Two Years Later with Deanna Gerlach

    Mother of three, Deanna Gerlach says the idea to walk Te Araroa was conceived during covid lockdowns, from their suburban home in Sydney. The family sold everything in Australia, spent two weeks in hotel quarantine in New Zealand and then started walking the length of the country from Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) to Motupo-hue (Bluff). Day 1 on the trail was the family's first overnight tramp, but within three weeks they were trail-fit. Deanna reflects on the experience saying, "we loved it," but there were tough days for everyone. Flooded rivers in Canterbury meant that they had to skip large sections between Arthur's Pass and Takapō. The Gerlach family revisited these missed sections with now-teenagers and Deanna says it was quite a different experience, though once again it had it's highlights and it's struggles. She shares advice for others that want to start tramping and says, "don't run in and do what we did!" Deanna says to consider your motivations, what you want to get out of it and the importance of giving kids a sense of purpose and playing to their strengths.


    For quick and easy meals for all your outdoor adventures, use the code ABIGAIL for free shipping on your next Back Country Cuisine order: bit.ly/44uFDAB


    Thank you so much for tuning in and coming along for the ride. If you love the show and enjoyed listening, please take the time to leave a review on Apple or Spotify. I would also love to connect with you, so send me a DM on Instagram, leave me a voice message and I can’t wait to see you next time. Until then, keep adventuring :)


    Follow Deanna on Instagram: instagram.com/dgerl/

    Follow Noodles for Brekky on Instagram: instagram.com/noodlesforbrekky/

    www.noodlesforbreakfast.com


    Read the Blog: www.abigailhannah.nz

    Follow Abigail on Instagram: instagram.com/abigailhannnah/

    Follow Abigail on TikTok: tiktok.com/@abigailhannnah/

    12 April 2024, 12:00 am
  • More Episodes? Get the App
© MoonFM 2024. All rights reserved.