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Delightful two

Youngman Stream Hut, Puketeraki Forest Conservation Area Mountain beech trees flecked with lichen rise on one ridge above the Ashley River, while tawny grasses flank the opposite bank. That’s the...
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Fernbird

This songbird is difficult to find – unless you know where to look. The sparrow-sized fernbird (matata) is more often heard than seen. It prefers thick vegetation, reeds and grasses,...
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The Tararua Mountain Race is considered by mountain runners as one of New Zealand’s hardest trail runs. The event goes from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks across the inhospitable tops of...
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Walnut truffles

A decadent treat that uses the natural sweetness of kumara and the goodness of goji berries. Profile Makes 16 truffles Cook time 30min Prep time 10min Cost $10-$15 Ingredients ¼...
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Wily weka

Watch your gear at these four places – there’s weka about Explorer Charlie Douglas reckoned that weka, not kiwi, should have been our national bird. He considered the flightless rail...
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Only two for Everest

How a first ascent by Riddiford and Cotter shaped climbing history By Lyn McKinnon Otago University Press, $49.95 FROM THE first look at this book there is a hopeful expectation of something...
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Canyoning

Gorge-ous descents

From abseiling down waterfalls to cliff jumping into deep blue pools, canyoning offers an experience few have tried PERCHED ON MASSIVE boulders amongst pools of sparkling waters at the top of Sleeping God...
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NZ's Scariest Tramps

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Island paradise

A five-day kayak circumnavigation of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places, Great Barrier Island. When the first salty wave crashed over my face, soaking me thoroughly and blurring my...
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Rosehips

Description: Small thorny shrubs growing between 1-3m tall, flowers are white to pink about 5cm in diameter with yellow centres and multiple stamen. They bloom in the spring, and turn...
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