Each issue of Wilderness takes its readers to the most beautiful areas in New Zealand, whether by foot, mountain bike, sea kayak, raft, pony or dream.
GREAT HARD LOO TO FIND VIEWS
Your Trips, YOUR PIX • What did you get up to last weekend?
BOOK ONLINE WITH BACKCOUNTRY PASSES
New $3.4m hut opening ON MILFORD TRACK
DOC investigating hiking weekend hut fees
BUSY SUMMER FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE DESPITE COVID-19
LEARNING THE LOST ART OF WHITTLING • The age-old craft of whittling is making a comeback, but how do you go about doing it in the bush and what tools do you need? Ricky French asks the experts
WHITTLING TOP BUSH TIPS
Broken BUT not deterred • All it took was a moment’s inattention for Jane Evans’ Te Araroa journey to be over
Learning the lyrics of BIRDSONG • A lot can be learned from studying birdsong, and new technology may be instrumental in the future of bird conservation.
Seemore ... Pinnacles • There are dozens of ‘pinnacles’ in the New Zealand backcountry, but these five are especially worthwhile to visit, writes Shaun Barnett
Hut amidst mountain drama
A welcome change • Table Ridge,
WILD TRIPS • IRON LAKE, Kahurangi National Park
BARLOW HUT, Ruahine Forest Park • The tramp to Barlow Hut offers a chance to experience historical sites, enjoy a swim in any number of swimming holes and view the varied vegetation of Ruahine Forest Park.
GRETA TRACK, Ruataniwha Conservation Park • Overlooking Lake Ōhau, the 1522m Ben Ohau imposes its tussocked body onto the land and entices day walkers upwards.
MAUNGA KĀKARAMEA (RAINBOW MOUNTAIN), Bay of Plenty • This walk is a treasure for families; it provides a good level of challenge, without being excessive in terms of time and length.
MOUNT HOLDSWORTH TRACK, Tararua Forest Park • Taratahi/Mt Holdsworth stands at the eastern end of the Tararua Range and is the most accessible major peak in Tararua Forest Park. A trip to the summit can be done in a day and doesn’t require the same level of experience as do other tramps in the park.
TAUTUKU HUT, Catlins Conservation Park • Venture beyond McLean Falls to visit an unusual hut given a new lease on life after a restoration has seen it become an easily-accessible overnight destination for trampers.
A NIGHT UNDER A DRUNKEN SAILOR • A six-day journey along the famed Dragons Teeth low route includes evening dips in sun-warmed tarns, multi-course dinners in fine company and a great bird-song soundtrack.
WANAKA WILD SIDE 'S • AN EXPOSED RIDE THROUGH A HIGH COUNTRY STATION ON WANAKA’S LAKESHORE.
CHALLENGED AND TESTED AT CAPE BRETT • A family tramp to Cape Brett Hut almost ends in a thirsty disaster when the water tanks are found empty, but the adventure was worth every moment, writes Polly Greeks
GO BIG or GO HOME • Struggling to find tramping gear in sizes bigger than large or extra-large? Retailers are fast waking up to an emerging gap in the market, with new gear proving you don’t have to change your body to enjoy the outdoors. By Hazel Phillips
GREATER ROLE FOR MĀORI IN DOC’S FUTURE • THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION HAS RELEASED ITS FIRST VISITOR AND HERITAGE STRATEGY IN 25 YEARS. JACQUI GIBSON LOOKS AT THE CHANGES
Overnight oat pancakes • These quick and easy overnight oat and chia pancakes will keep you full and fueled for a good day of hiking.
How to avoid shoulder and back pain when tramping • If you finish a hard day of tramping with sore shoulders or a sore back, don’t just blame a heavy pack. There are a couple of culprits you...