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November 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.

New Zealand
Lifestyle Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues


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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 Mandy Mattison subscribe@lifestylepublishing.co.nz PUBLISHER David Hall COLUMNISTS Pam Hutton, Noel Bigwood, Dave Mitchell, Maddy Bellcroft, Matt Winter CONTRIBUTORS Diana Noonan, Ray Salisbury, Peter Sim, Jo Carpenter, Peter Laurenson, Marios Gavalas, Pat Barrett, Jacqui Gibson, Ross Stitt, Anthony Behrens, Martin Robertson, Alexis Belton, George Driver, Hazel Phillips, Penzy Dinsdale, Rob Drent…

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your trips, your pix

Get your photo published here to receive a double pack of BPA-free, biobased plastic Sporks worth $13. Learn more about Sporks at ampro.co.nz. Last Weekend submission criteria can be found at wildernessmag.co.nz…

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DOC BOOKING SYSTEM UPDATE SEES PRICE SPIKE DOC HAS OPENED the summer season with updates to their online booking system and price increases for some of the backcountry’s most popular huts. Ten DOC campgrounds and five huts – including Liverpool, Aspiring and Woolshed Creek huts – have been added to the online booking system and 15 huts have increased in price. DOC Booking Services manager Ross Shearer said the booking system increases safety by giving visitors the assurance of a bunk. “It ensures people are not pushing it to reach their destination early and taking unnecessary risks to do so,” he said. The huts will remain open and unlocked to all, and shelter in a storm is “guaranteed'', Shearer said. “Safety is our number one priority – if you're out on the track and the weather…

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see more… corners

I GAIN great satisfaction searching names on topomap.co.nz, because it throws up all sorts of places I’ve never heard of. Type in ‘corner’ for example, and four pages of names pop up. Most of them, it turns out, are various road intersections on the Canterbury Plains, of little interest to trampers. But in the backcountry a smattering of interesting places appear with ‘corner’ in the title. Here are seven. 1 RUAHINE CORNER, RUAHINE FOREST PARK, Hawke’s Bay Ruahine Corner occupies the northwestern part of Ruahine Forest Park, and it’s a magnificent place. Rolling red tussocklands border a sharp line of pahautea forest, and there’s a comfortable six-bunk hut perched with views towards the north. Approaches are possible from several directions, most of which will take at least two days. 2 BUSH CORNER, TARARUA…

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nature’s super bowl

IF YOU’RE road-tripping to Raglan, you should consider an hour’s detour to the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, which is a strong contender for the North Island’s best waterfall. From the car park, cross the bridge and follow the easy gravel trail through a lush and surprisingly active patch of native forest. The track sticks to the true right of Pakoka River for 600m, before reaching an abrupt halt where the ground drops away ahead, as though gouged by a giant ice cream scoop. You’ll find the first – and most nauseating – viewing platform here, perched on the edge of the falls. If you’re acrophobic, move on, but if being inches from a 55m drop appeals, drink in the view of nature’s superbowl. From the lookout, the track continues, looping down dozens of stairs to…

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stagger into paradise

As the thunder of a thousand white hooves hammered the rocks below this impressive 60m waterfall, we stripped off our clothes and plunged into the deep glacial green pool below. Upstream, the iconic six-bunk Ivory Lake Hut is only 30-minutes’ climb away, requiring some nerve to negotiate the ledges on an exposed route to the cirque lake and remnant glacier. Back in 1892, explorer Charlie Douglas said of the Waitaha Valley: ‘For grand scenery and difficulty getting to see it, this river very nearly holds first place in Westland.’ The only word I can think of for this postcard-perfect scene is ‘breathtaking’. I was certainly out of breath by the time we arrived at these falls on Stag Creek, a feeder of the Waitaha. To reach these headwaters, one must follow an uncompromising route…