OK, I know what you are thinking and I THOUGHT THE SAME THING.
When I arrived in NZ we picked up the rental car at the airport. Next, we pulled into a parking lot at the airport to change into summer clothes. I took a few laps of the airport to get used to right-hand drive and being on the other side of the road. I was fine. I drove us down to the Viaduct in Auckland to look at the boats. [Mum is really into sailing and has a boat, sailed from Ontario to the Bahamas and lived there for a year.]
We went into a sailing shop and I saw this mug…
We walked out of the store and very serious I came close to mum, and whispered in her ear “mum, what is tramping?“
I was so serious. Tramping?
What is a tramping club?
Mum, WTF IS TRAMPING?
Because to me, ‘tramping’ would be something to do with tramps or going out to find a man. Something you might have done in college that involved a lot of shots. Nothing I would ever do, now.
In New Zealand…
TRAMPING IS HIKING!
Tramping, known elsewhere as backpacking, rambling, hill walking or bushwalking, is a popular activity in New Zealand. Tramping is defined as a recreational activity involving walking over rough country. Wikipedia
WELL, THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW.
Here I am thinking something bad and it’s totally hiking.
So, I went tramping on Piha beach and it was AMAZING.