This school holidays, boost the family’s botanical prowess by going bush on a nature trail, urges NZ Herald. Arataki Plant ID Loop, at the Arataki Visitor Centre in Auckland’s Waitākere ranges, is a popular spot for those who want to be literally surrounded by green. The kid-friendly loop lives up to its name, with dozens of native plant signs to help school you up on all the native flora you’ve ever pondered over. Allow 20 minutes for the loop, which is suitable for buggies after the kauri dieback cleaning station. Dogs are to be kept on leads.