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Rebecca Hayter meets a map maker who creates visually-stunning topo maps specifically for trampers During his 40 years as a cartographer with LINZ, Geoff Aitken put his mark on a...
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Pass with care

Browning Pass/Noti Raureka, Arthur’s Pass National Park Most keen trampers will have either been, or plan to go, over Browning Pass at some time in their outdoor career. The pass...
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Into hot water

Sally Jackson has released the fourth edition of her book Hot Springs of New Zealand. She shares some soaking tips with Ashleigh Martin. What’s it like to travel the country...
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Multi-day packs

Seven large-capacity multi-day packs put to the bush-bash test   Montane Grand Tour 55l $249 This is a midsize top-loading alpine pack with an emphasis on simplicity, comfort and weight-saving....
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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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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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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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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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