#myslice Local Places to Love - Ryan's Picks

#myslice Local Places to Love - Ryan's Picks

We talk about this so often we are blue in the face but here at Cactus we are proudly NZ made, NZ owned and NZ operated with amazing New Zealanders creating and crafting our tough as apparel and outdoor gear - that's a whole lot of NZ fan-personing. 

With all things kiwi running through our veins, it's only right that we do our tiny part to help our fellow local businesses and regions get into the domestic spotlight. 

#myslice - Supporting Local
We got in touch with some of our customers around NZ to hear about their slice of paradise and where to head to for the best brews, the best adventures and the best action.  Be sure to check it out next time you do your $29 campervan trip or minibreak and #supportlocal.

Ryan - Titahi Bay
What is awesome about your slice of NZ? We overlook Titahi Bay and out to the South Island which is great to come home to but the best part is we're two minutes from the coast in one direction and less than an hour to the Rimutaka Forest Park, the Orongaronga Ranges and Tararua Ranges in the other. The great range of options for a good beer or two after a day in the hills is also a pretty big bonus!
Best spot for coffee/lunch? Central Wellington, it's hard to go past Loretta for a long lunch! But equally if we're heading out we ALWAYS make it a priority to get a pie and pastry at Olde Beach Bakery in Waikanae. These were the first two places I visited after lockdown ended. 
Best spot for a bevvy? Definitely on top of a mountain but if you're after a less sweaty option it would have to be Husk on Ghuznee street.
Places you take your aunties when they come to visit? Whitireia Park which is a short walk from home and has a great 8ish km loop which is great for most fitness levels.
Places you like to play and explore regularly? The Tararua Ranges! The Tararuas were where I first ever went hiking and where I found my love for the peace and solitude of hiking and running in the bush and along the tops. It's changeable weather and rugged terrain also very quickly gave me a huge respect for mother nature and the importance of planning well, being well equipped (my Cactus Mountain Jacket is always the first thing in the pack) and carrying a beacon! My favourite place in the world is sitting on top of Mt. Hector under the cross that was erected by the Tararua Tramping Club to memorialise members who had died in WWII. The combination of 360 degree views and the realisation that I'm so incredible fortunate to have the opportunity to be out doing these sorts of things is a pretty amazing feeling I haven't found anywhere else.