Month: September 2017

Kayak Wanganui River With Gavin

Ohakune - gateway to Mount Tongariro
Ohakune – gateway to Mount Tongariro

I guess it is a sign of the type of lifestyle myself and my friends live the fact that this post is about another friend in the tourism industry. Gavin has lived in Ohakune National Park at the base of Mount Tongariro now for 20 years years and was investing in the area 5 years before that. Gavin first started off investing in and building the reputation of one of the older lodges in Ohakune up on the hill. It was King Georges Lodge I think?! Anyway he continued investing in property in the area and notably owned and ran the YMCA in the main street. After a few years and many times having to turn people away due to being full; he purchased what was then Matai Lodge which sat on the adjacent property. This was a perfect fit as it doubled the size of his offering and majorly increased the beds available. He didn’t stop there either; the keen skiers needed to get up the mountain so Gav purchased a few rental cars and also a couple of buses to take people up for their day on the beautiful Tongariro Mountain. This was an ideal lifestyle for Gavin; plenty of happy adventurous people around, lots of parties (often instigated by him) and plenty of work to keep him and his business partner Don busy and moving forward.

Wanganui River Canoe Trips
Kayak the Wanganui River with Yeti Tours

Then came the next chapter! Seeking more fun and adventure, they purchased Yeti Kayak Hire and Tours on the Wanganui (Whanganui) River. Gavin purchased Yeti tours about the same time I started my internet career so working on his site and my New Zealand Flower Delivery website called FloristNZ just made it easy. What I learned for myself I could apply to Yeti Tours! Yeti Tours offer anything from bare kayak and Canoe rental through to fully guided and catered tours down the beautiful Wanganui River past native New Zealand trees full of birdlife. There are other offering trips on the river; however if you want a true adventure with people that absolutely love what they do; then I would look no further that Yeti Tours. Update: Gavin has replaced his entire fleet of boats to the new 2017 models that are all blue now. The website has had an overhaul in September 2017 as well.

Motorbike Tours With Nigel

Tour on a Triumph with MCR
Iconic Triumph ready for a Tour

I first met Nigel when we were both involved in Hot Air Ballooning in Christchurch. Nigel is a qualified Balloon Pilot and I worked many times as his ground crew and chase vehicle driver. Like my other friends, Nigel has a real attraction for adventure and business. For a few years now, he has run a Motorbike Tour Company out of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch in recent years has become infamous for the devastating earthquakes, especially Feb 2011. I was there through it all back then as well but have since moved to the far north of New Zealand. Anyway Nigel rode it out and now has a very successful business that allows people to either hire a bike and take off on their own or join one of his fully organised tours around the picturesque South Island. The thing about the South Island is you get really open roads and amazing scenery as you ride along. But wait theres more ­čÖé Nigel does not hire just your ordinary bikes; he has iconic bikes in mint condition from days gone by. You know the bikes when you were younger you wished you could afford. He covers all the main brands from BMW to Yamaha with a bike to suit any rider. I haven’t been back down to Chch for a while, but when I do, a cruise on one of Nigel’s bikes is at the top of my list. Update: Nigel now has a 2nd site called “Cool Car Hire” where you can hire an Aston Martin! and a range of other cool cars – Wicked eh!

More About Hobbies

TIP! Reading is a good and enjoyable hobby that many individuals have. You are instantly transported to another world when you open a book.

A hobby can easily be the answer to many questions. It ends your boredom and allows you a way to enjoy your spare time. Read the below article for some excellent ideas on new hobbies and how to completely utilize them.

TIP! Take up music as a fun hobby. You simply have to determine the type of instrument you want to play.

Reading is an interesting hobby that many enjoy. Reading is amazing because it can transport you into another world. You also can read almost anywhere; just ensure that it’s quiet. There are various genres, so you can surely find one that you like.

TIP! A hobby is a great way to relieve some anxiety. A hobby isn’t something you have to do for a career.

Try out fishing as a hobby if you really want to relax some. You need some water and fishing gear. Make sure you have the permit you need to fish in that spot. Once you’re able to fish a little bit you’ll learn that you can use it to get away from a busy day.

TIP! Hiking is a great hobby that gets you out in nature. New paths to explore and the wonders of Mother Nature will keep your hobby interesting.

For anyone thinking of making a business out of the hobby, it is important to choose a name. Your company name is a key part of your business. You should create a catchy, unique name that fits your business well.

TIP! Don’t allow your hobby to rule your life. Hobbies are great to have, but you do need to be mindful of personal boundaries and keep enough time to meet your personal responsibilities in life.

Go online to find out more about your hobby. If there is not a lot of information available, why not consider spreading some yourself. Your hobby is something you love, but you may be able to profit from it as well.

TIP! If you would like to use your hobby to make money and don’t know where to start, try figuring out what makes you unique. Do you have certain skills others don’t? Think about things that only you want to do.

Garage sales can be a fun hobby. There are many cool things to buy at these sales. There may be art stuff, kitchen appliances, household goods and much more. You won’t know what you’ll pick up and that’s why it’s exciting.

TIP! Sculpting may be a relaxation hobby that appeals to you. To create something from clay is, after all, the genesis of experiences.

Share your hobby. IT allows you to share yourself in ways you may not normally encounter. For example, your hobbies. Share your hobby with others for maximum enjoyment. Let everyone know what takes up some of your time. You may make some new friends.

TIP! For those in ideal areas, caving could be a good hobby. You should know what it entails and all things you need to do in order to prepare.

Never allow guilt to overwhelm you when you are having fun. Hobbies make you well-rounded, and give you a balance between enjoyment and responsibility. Both of those things are important, so make sure you commit yourself to your hobby.

Cooking Class

TIP! It is fun to collect seashells as a hobby, and you can have a lot of great memories of seashore vacations. This collection will not only make a cool display for your home, but allow you a teaching opportunity with your children about ocean animals.

You can also enjoy a hobby that includes your mom. You could take a cooking class with each other. You don’t have to be an excellent cook to have a great time taking a cooking class. You’ll learn a lot and also get plenty of enjoyment out of cooking. There are likely cooking classes that you can take in your neighborhood. Simply talk to other people, or look online.

TIP! Do not start a hobby that is too expensive. Golf is known to be a favorite hobby for many, but it is expensive to play regularly.

Hobbies give you an outlet for your free time as well as an opportunity to connect with your family members and friends. If you want to increase the fun you get from hobbies, this article has likely helped you. Reread it if you must and keep the boredom away.