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June 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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Lifestyle Publishing Ltd
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EDITOR Alistair Hall alistair@lifestylepublishing.co.nz DEPUTY EDITOR Matthew Cattin matthew@lifestylepublishing.co.nz ART AND DESIGN Pelin Hall pelin@lifestylepublishing.co.nz ROVING EDITOR Shaun Barnett shauncbarnett@icloud.com ADVERTISING SALES Cherie Final Cherie@lifestylepublishing.co.nz SUBSCRIPTIONS Andrea Cowan subscribe@lifestylepublishing.co.nz Mandy Mattison Mandy@lifestylepublishing.co.nz PUBLISHER David Hall COLUMNISTS Pam Hutton, Sarah May Little, Maddy Bellcroft, Megan Sety, Matt Winter, Noel Bigwood CONTRIBUTORS Francesca Governali, Dave Mitchell, Kathy Ombler, Jack Austin, Lachlan McKenzie, Sam Harrison, Hazel Phillips, Nic Roderick, Michael Andrew, Dennis Radermacher, Mark Sedon…

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letter of the month

WAITING IT OUT SITTING AROUND the table in Whakapapaiti Hut on Easter Weekend, my daughters (11 and 14) listened as their dad and I discussed our options for the following day. Our initial plan had been to tramp through to Mangaturuturu Hut, but now we considered a weather system on the way, trampers arriving from that direction commenting on the difficulty of the walk, a full hut, and a river crossing which could be dangerous in the forecast rain. My husband and I are experienced, well equipped, physically fit and goal-oriented to the point of finding it difficult to ‘give up’ on a plan. We are learning to adapt for family tramping!In the end, the deciding factor was that we want our girls to have the skills…

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your trips, your pix

The Yeoman and Smith families biked into Aspiring Hut for the night Laura Jolly and Lauren Alexander encountered poor weather at Barker Hut, Arthur’s Pass National Park Hamish and Geoff visited Walker Pass in Arthur’s Pass National Park Matt and Jackson Liddicoat enjoyed the ‘view’ from the top of Rainbow Mountain near Rotorua Alex, Jack, Ethan, Cameron, George and Eric climbed Mt Pirongia Jude Davies, Gwen Dunning (7) and Lucy Dunning (10) walked the Tongariro Northern Circuit Grant, Rhys, Max, Steve, Arthur, Steve, Harvey and Daniel walked the Milford Track Leah and Richie Hart visited A Frame Hut in Ruahine Forest Park Jill Morgan and Joanne Hooper visited Harris Saddle on the Routeburn Track Austin Roxborough (12) camped near the summit of Mt Grey in Canterbury with his dad…

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Lake Gault Track reopens in Fox Glacier LAKE MATHESON’S famous mirror views of the Southern Alps have new competition in town.The neighbouring Lake Gault Track has re-opened after a 20-year hiatus, thanks to a partnership between Fox Glacier Community Development Society and DOC.The 3-5hr return track cuts through mossy undergrowth and ancient podocarps to arrive at the reflective Lake Gault, with panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps.The project has taken over a year, with the majority of the work taken on by community volunteers.DOC’s Owen Kilgour said the track offers a more isolated experience than the neighbouring Lake Matheson Track, which pulls in around 400,000 walkers a year.“Once you get up there, it’s quite an immersive experience, standing at the lake edge…

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best of the fest

A scene from the French ski film Between the lines AS ONE OF THE JUDGES for the film competition, I am looking for movies that tell a story and take the viewer on an adventure. It doesn’t have to be hardcore, although many of these are. We give scores for cinematography, editing, story, music, and general vibe. One of the films I’ve selected below, Sustainable Nation, won our Best Environmental Film and this was because it showed some amazing solutions to fixing polluted water in third world countries. Here are seven films you don’t want to miss this year: 1. Surviving the Outback 43min. Director, Michael Atkinson, Australia Could you escape alone across hundreds of kilometres of remote bush, trekking and then sailing on a makeshift…

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the island of eden

CHRIS RILEY PAUSES the group beside a kōwhai tree and describes its vibrant spring flowers, now lost to the breezes of autumn.He recalls planting it with a young visitor a decade ago, and as three piwakawaka flit into view, he emits a passable imitation and extends a branch – to my surprise, the bravest of the birds touches down for its photo opp.Riley is at home here on Mou Waho, the largest of Lake Wanaka’s four islands – he knows every bird, critter and tree, and they seem to know him too.On the track to the summit on a rainy afternoon, he pauses often to gouge drainage into the gravel, or extricate huhu grubs from a rotting log – the grand gardener of his adopted island.The forest is alive…