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Outside of time

What would it be like to throw away your watch, sell your belongings and move into the wilderness, full-time? Miriam Lancewood talks about her off-the-grid lifestyle Seven years ago, Miriam Lancewood and...
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Plateau wandering

Larrikin Creek Hut, Kahurangi National Park Tucked into the southern Kahurangi, north of Murchison, is the famous Thousand Acres Plateau. This great tussock tableland is bounded by the Matiri Valley...
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The fantail is one of our best-known birds and often accompanies trampers on their bush walks. The fantail or piwakawaka would have to be one of New Zealand’s best known...
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Funding DOC

Tourism growth in New Zealand, just like our other main export earner, dairy – which is blamed for fouling rivers – is proving to be unsustainable, at least from a...
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Between pitches

Climber James Hobson cruises on a relatively easy section of the south west ridge of Cloudy Peak in Canterbury. I needed a fast shutter speed to compensate for any involuntary...
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Hut to hut

With challenging terrain and an extensive network of huts and tracks, the Hokitika backcountry is a tramper’s paradise. Mark Watson describes an eight-day journey from the Arahura to the Whitcombe Paper, scissors, rock called it:...
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WildernessWord, May 2017

Complete the crossword and rearrange the letters in the shaded squares to spell out the hidden solution. Send your answer, name and address by May 21 to: wildernessword@lifestylepublishing.co.nz, or WildernessWord,...
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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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Summer overnighters

There are 16 blistering hot weekends between New Year’s eve and Easter. Our summer play list includes breezy campsites, river splashing tramps, beachside huts and kayak adventures. Or, as you might like to put it:...
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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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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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