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March 2019

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.

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12 Issues


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the thrill of discovery outside

THIS MONTH, I’ve been reminded just how much tramping and getting outside is about discovery and experiencing something new.Of course, every tramp involves discovery in some way or another, whether it’s walking a track for the first time, staying in a hut or finding a quiet corner to sit and reflect amongst nature. But the meltwater lake found on Mt Ruapehu takes discovery to a new level. The lake appears most summers, but seldom, if ever, as early as it has this year. With climate change melting glaciers faster than ever before, it’s a phenomenon we’re likely to be seeing more of on the high slopes of Mt Ruapehu. You can see the dramatic photos on p54.And then, on p48, we find how tramping the Heaphy Track offers…

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letter of the month

MOVING FROM THE FAST LANE FIVE YEARS AGO I left New Zealand to move to London. I thought it was the right thing to do for my career, to live in the fast lane and grow culturally. And while I ticked those boxes, when I set sail I underestimated how nourishing is the New Zealand outdoors.Living in the big city, I couldn't shake the memories of breathlessness from scrambling up mountains, the restorative silence of grassy flats or the thrill of spotting colourful native birds. In the end, I couldn't shake the memories enough and decided last month to pack it all in and return to our shores.After a weekend hiking in Mt Aspiring National Park, I already feel that though I have given up a lot,…

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your trips, your pix

15-month-old Airi Naka went camping with mum Kimiko at McNulty Tarns, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Jen Ross and Nicole McCross walked the Dusky Track in Fiordland James, Jack, Alice and Anna climbed Travers Peak in Lewis Pass Jeremy McMinn’s friends and family had a chilly dip at Taranaki Falls, Tongariro National Park William Higgins tramped the Edwards River in Arthur’s Pass Maddy and Brody Hyland climbed Mt Dewar near Queenstown When Sam Walker (8) demanded a harder tramp up the Earnslaw Burn, his grandparents obliged Ben and Ari Johnson visited Tent Camp in the Cobb Valley, Kahurangi National Park Fliss Murdoch got a tad muddy in the D’Urville Valley, Nelson lakes National Park Hanne, Bente and Hans enjoyed the sunset at Maungahuka Hut, Tararua Forest Park GET YOUR PHOTO…

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busy summer for backcountry trust

A team from Permolat West Coast stripped, re-clad and re-roofed Crystal Biv in the Toaroha Valley (ROB BROWN) THE OLDEST HUT in Fiordland is one of many to receive maintenance during a productive season for the Backcountry Trust.Stage one of the rebuild of the 1928 Hankinson Hut was completed in early February by a team from Fiordland Wapiti Foundation.The floor, subfloor and piles of the 14 bunk hut were redone, the framing was fixed and the hut re-clad around the original iron.It was discovered during maintenance that much of the interior linings will need replacing, and grooved plywood reconstruction is planned to retain the aesthetic of the historic hut.Backcountry Trust manager Rob Brown says the hut is back functioning, but a completion date is not known.A rebuild of…

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generous gift subscription rewarded

BUYING A GIFT subscription to Wilderness paid off in a big way for one lucky subscriber.Chris Beech of Blenheim is the winner of the Wilderness 2019 Super Summer Subscription promotion, walking away with more than $5000 of top-of-the-line tramping gear from MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Bridgedale, Vasque, Light My Fire, BioLite, Bushnell and Silva.A long-time subscriber herself, Beech’s name was drawn for the gift subscription she bought for her daughter and her partner. The email informing her she’d won was “a complete surprise”.“Initially I thought it was spam, so I called the Wilderness office and it was confirmed straight away,” she said. Chris Beech was thrilled to win the Wilderness super summer subscription promotion “Usually whenever we’ve ‘won’ something on an email, it comes from Nigeria or Thailand.”Beech and…

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te araroa trail app released

A TE ARAROA Trail app designed to improve walker experience has been released.The Trail App is the first to be developed for the 3000km thru-hike, and is available for free on Android and iOS devices.Wellington software developer Landon Breidenstein designed the app after walking the trail in the 2016/17 season.Breidenstein said it was his way of giving back to the trail, which he described as “the best thing I’ve done in my entire life”.Including annotated route navigation, full trail notes, elevation profiles, and links with both Google Maps and topomap.co.nz, Breidenstein hopes the app will help walkers make informed choices about their daily distances, campsites and utilities. The app also allows users to receive alerts on track updates.Te Araroa Trust chief executive Mark Weatherall is excited about the…