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Blue duck

A rare treat on fast flowing streams in the North and South islands. An iconic endemic bird, the blue duck/whio is a mountain stream dweller that requires a specific river habitat:...
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Back to basics

Wilderness has paired with the Wanaka Search and Rescue team on a four-part series reviewing basic backcountry skills. Part I looks at river crossings, decision points and PLBs. The old adage...
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Alpine flowers

Isolate the subject to keep the viewer’s attention where it belongs   Change your perspective One common mistake when capturing small plants and flowers is to simply shoot from a standing...
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Kea encounter

Riding over Percy Saddle in Fiordland is one of the more challenging and rewarding cycling trips that can be done in New Zealand. During a section where there is no option...
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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 the...
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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 cup...
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Walk the walk

How can you ensure you’re taught by the best? It’s easy, find out which tutors not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Alistair Hall found four for starters Expedition...
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See more… lichens

Which form of life combines an algae and a fungus? Answer: a lichen. This symbiotic union between two very different life forms provides advantages for both, enabling them to exploit environments...
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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...
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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...
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