Opinion: Paul Hickey – Winter walk, most expensive fries and fun events

Ariel shot of Lake Rotorua

Image: An aerial view of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake). Photo / NZME

So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know I am no fan of winter.

And I confess that getting motivated to keep up the fitness levels by getting outdoors during the colder months has proven to be a mission this year.

Then last weekend my wife Katie convinced me to join her on a walk around Lake Tikitapu. It was a cold Sunday morning, so I couldn’t really refuse.

So off we went, and it didn’t take long for the legs to be yelling at me, and the rest of the body to be screaming about the cold wind.

But admittedly, after a couple of kilometres, I was feeling pretty darn good about being out, and happier for the decision.

On the subject of food, that is a bit of a focus, with two events coming up in Rotorua that The Hits is excited to be supporting.

You might have heard about competitive barbecue cooking, or maybe even seen it on TV.

It is huge in the USofA and is now starting to get a big following here in Aotearoa.

And now it is coming to Rotorua thanks to Boost Events, who present Campfire Cookout at the Okataina Outdoor Centre on Saturday, August 28. Entries are open to everyone, or you can just head out to take a look at how it all unfolds.

So if everyone tells you that your steak game is on point, here is your chance to show how good you are!

Or maybe your kids are keen cooks and always giving you a hand on the barbecue? Enter them in the kids’ competition.

Bring cash (no eftpos sorry) for barbecue and fire-related food vendors, merchandise and fundraising for the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

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