Together at Home / March 28, 2020

It's the weekend!

Can you tell? 

And we've all survived a week that may have seemed unimaginable just a month ago. We've 'flattened curves' and stayed in 'bubbles'. We've observed 'social distancing' and changed our language inside 24 hours to call it 'physical distancing'. Other people have been 'panic buying', but not us. And next week it will happen again as we live our lives in lock-down.

But all is not lost. And to prove it, consider the story below. In fact consider it together, with your family—inside your bubble or over your technology of choice. Then check out the talking points and activities that follow.

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The longest walk

Last October, Chris and Jorinde Rapsey and their two children set off from Cape Reinga to walk Te Araroa, the 3000-kilometre track that runs the length of New Zealand. They lived outdoors for five months and walked an average of 20 kilometres a day. For nine-year-old Elizabeth and six-year-old Johnny, it was an immersive education—a form of learning increasingly absent from the lives of young New Zealanders, even as international research affirms the importance of children spending time in nature. Read their story.


Talking points

Try discussing these ideas with your family at home or over video conferencing. Find ways to involve as many people as possible, especially those who you know are isolated by the lock-down.

  • What looks like fun for the kids in this family?
  • What would you find challenging?
  • Do you think the family get lonely being on their own? Why or why not?
  • Does your family enjoy outdoor adventures like this?
  • Do you wish you could do more of them? Why or why not?
  • What steps could you take to do more tramping or outdoor adventuring?

Task for the day

Have a go at a bushcraft—whittling. Use a potato peeler and peel it down the length of a stick from the garden. Repeat this until you have removed the bark from the stick and it is nice and smooth.  Work on making a point if you want to. Work over an old chopping board if you are inside.


Kids respond...

Kids are getting crafty with NZGeo's Together at Home—see more at If you've produced some masterpieces, send them through to and we'll put them online too! Nice work Jupiter, Conrad, Portia, Summer, and everyone who has contributed—you're world famous in New Zealand!


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