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If The Shoe Fits
What’s the first step in a comprehensive boot fitting? The first thing you want to do is measure the customer’s foot – that gives you the information for where to start the fitting. But you also need to know how your range of boots fit in terms of s
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Greater Role For Māori In Doc’s Future
THE DEPARTMENT OF Conservation is calling on iwi across the country to help the agency better manage visitors and run New Zealand’s nature, culture and heritage sites. The call is set out in a new visitor and heritage strategy, He Rautaki Taonga Tuku
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Are We There Yet?
ESTIMATING HOW long it will take to reach a destination is a vital part of trip planning. It helps you decide what time you should leave and whether your group is fit enough to do the trip. During the trip, you can gauge how well the group is going a
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Plus-sized Trampers
IT SEEMS AMAZING that five months into 2021, we’re only just beginning to see outdoor gear manufacturers tentatively begin making clothing for larger hikers. I get that the logistics involved in making an expanded size range is tricky and I am sympat
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TAUTUKU HUT, Catlins Conservation Park
TAUTUKU HUT IS essentially a shed that was donated to DOC by ex-All Black and the local Skyline Garages franchisee Laurie Mains. Mains converted the garage and donated it to DOC to be placed in what’s known locally as ‘Sandys Clearing’ as a temporary
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Busy Summer For Search And Rescue Despite Covid-19
DESPITE BORDERS being closed to international visitors, South Island search and rescue crews have been kept busy with Kiwis getting into trouble in the hills. But there’s been a promising rise in people carrying personal locator beacons. WanakaSAR bu
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Wild File
Access Upper Waingawa Road (The Pines car park) Grade Moderate-difficult Time 3-4 days. To Mitre Flats Hut 4-5hr; To Cow Creek Hut, 3.5hr; To Table Ridge, Brockett, Mitre and Mitre Flats Hut 7-9hr. Distance 31.4km Total ascent 2668m Accommodation
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Whittling Top Bush Tips
Safety first. Whittling knives are razor-sharp (not to mention the hatchets). You’ll be using them close to your body and more than likely using techniques you’re unfamiliar with. Learn how to use your tools safely and don’t whittle when you’re tired
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BARLOW HUT, Ruahine Forest Park
HERE’S A CHANCE to experience historical sites, enjoy a summer swim in some of the deeper pools of the Makaroro River, and enjoy the varied vegetation of Ruahine Forest Park. The old Yeoman’s Mill Site, the centre of a thriving native timber milling
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Your Trips, YOUR PIX
Get your photo published here to receive a $30 Silva Pocket Thermo Compass for accurate wayfinding and temperature-sussing. Learn more about Silva at e.ampro.co.nz. Last Weekend submission criteria can be found at wildernessmag.co.nz
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Marmot EvoDry Clouds Rest
Features: Marmot claims this jacket is the most sustainable it’s ever made. Using Marmot’s proprietary three-layer MemBrain Eco fabric, which has been upcycled and has a PFC-free durable water repellent that is said to never wear out, it certainly lo
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GRETA TRACK, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
WITH STUNNING views from Ben Ohau summit and the ridge-line traverse, the Greta Track is worth walking in every season. Beginning at the car park on the southern bank of Gretas Stream, walkers are greeted with signs warning of wallabies and rolling h
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Great Hard Loo To Find Views
Reading Peter Laurenson’s article ‘Tararua tops feast’ (March 2021), one sentence triggered a reaction in me: ‘The nearby loo has an even better view.’ Fantastic views from loos have vanished as DOC seems to have decreed to its contractors that ‘all
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Access From the north, the route starts on the track to Boulder Lake Hut from the end of James Road near Bainham Grade: Difficult Time 5-6 days Distance 60km Total 5613 ascent m BN23 Topo , BN24 50 , BP map 23, BP24 ■
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THE CENTRAL BAY of Plenty is an adventure-seekers’ playground and climbing the gem-coloured jewel in this crown makes for the perfect family-friendly outdoor experience. Just south of Rotorua, Maunga Kākaramea and the Rainbow Mountain Scenic Reserve
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Whittling Knives
Get your wood into shape with these specialist whittling tools. Mora 106 Woodcarving Knife $49.90 An 82mm laminated carbon steel blade for whittling, marking and detail work. Full tang with customisable birchwood handle. e.ampro.co.nz Mora 164 Wo
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A TRIP UP Taratahi has so much going for it: amazing views, a short traverse along the tops, a choice of routes and the possibility of an overnight stay in a hut. All of which makes it ripe for piquing the imagination of those new to tramping. The tr
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Broken BUT Not Deterred
IT IS the one piece of gear that you hope will never be used. Trampers often moan about the cost. However, when walking Te Araroa, a personal locator beacon (PLB) becomes a safety net. It provides peace of mind to your family and friends while giving
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New $3.4m hut opening ON MILFORD TRACK
A NEW $3.4M HUT on the Milford Track is set to open in mid-April, replacing the 30-year-old Mintaro Hut which is closing due to earthquake risk. The 40-bunk hut is the second hut trampers encounter on the track, just before McKinnon Pass. DOC’s South
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Wild Trips
The Cobb Valley is a well-known jewel in the tramping crown of Golden Bay. While the popular main valley can draw flocks of trampers in summer, a lesser-known sidetrack from the Cobb Dam leads to a cluster of tranquil alpine lakes perfect for camping
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Overnight Oat Pancakes
These pancakes make the perfect start to your tramping day and all the prep is done the night before, making them a good option for those early starts. Make the pancake mix at home and then simply add water the evening before you want to eat them. Th
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Pigeon Post
Returning on a real high from my first ever solo overnight tramp in the Tararua Ranges, I was really interested to read ‘Alone on Te Araroa’ (April 2021). A lot of what the author, Emma Connell, wrote resonated with me, even after only doing a mere o
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Access From the end of Wakarara Road, near the historic mill site Grade Easy (at low summer flows) Time 3.5hr Distance 7.6km Total ascent 335m Accommodation Barlow Hut ($5, eight bunks) Topo50 map BK36, BK37 ■
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Book Online With Backcountry Passes
BACKCOUNTRY HUT passes can now be used to book huts online after DOC upgraded its booking system, but there’s a catch: the passes cannot be used at all bookable huts. Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) has been pushing for hut passes to be included in DO
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Gear Tailored Just For Women
All-purpose three-season bag with 650-fill-power water-resistant down, wrap-around footbox with heater pocket, stretch tricot baffles, multi-baffle hood with drawcord, full-length two-way zipper with draft tube, fold-down secondary ventilating zipper
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Seemore ... Pinnacles
NOT SURPRISINGLY, New Zealand’s mountains and coastlines are full of features with names like crag, bluff, precipice, buttress, spire or pinnacle. Search ‘pinnacle’ on online maps and locations pop up for most regions of the country, from Northland t
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What's In My Pack
Danilo Hegg works part-time as the executive officer for Federated Mountain Clubs. He enjoys tough, mostly off track, multiday tramps as well as easier walks where he can photograph New Zealand’s smallest animals. “The contents of my pack vary wildly
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Broken I N
When I through-tramped Te Araroa I wanted to reduce my packed base weight to compensate for the several kilos of photography equipment I was planning to carry. After looking at lightweight 50–60 litre packs, I chose the Lightning 60, which weighs in
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A Night Under A Drunken Sailor
I’ve had a few tramping romances in my time but until this trip never a night under a drunken sailor. The dramatic scenery clearly evoked by such names as the Dragons Teeth and the Drunken Sailors is a major feature of this area of Kahurangi National
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