Hopefully hunting for treasure

Features

Armed with a GPS and some steely determination, Edith Leigh takes her family geocaching An earthy mushroom and compost odour fills my nostrils. Pine needles and wet leaves stick to...

Topping out 117 times

Features

People collect all sorts of things, so why not peaks? And as Edith Leigh discovers, peak bagging is great way to get outdoors and see the country If Jon Povey...

No more winging it

Wild Families

Suicide mission or feel good ride? Edith Leigh cycles the 150km Otago Central Rail Trail with her 18-month-old daughter on the back of her bike “Hi.” “Hey. Good day for...

Cosy hut in Manapouri

Wild Trips

Shallow Bay Hut, Fiordland National Park It is only a one and half hour walk to the hut we intend to sleep in, yet my pack weighs over 25kg and...

Age has nothing to do with it

Features

When it comes to tramping, age is no barrier and over-65’s who take to the hills can even expect to be sharper mentally and live longer The legs striding up...

The future is now

Features, Wild Families

Kiwi Ranger is a programme designed to connect kids with nature. Edith Leigh finds her inner child and discovers a new forest perfume and some unexplainable brown goo Have you...

An unmissable lake

Wild Trips

 Lake Marian, Fiordland National Park Deep in the Darran Mountains, sheltered in the bottom of a hanging valley, Lake Marian beckons as we climb steeply in a misty drizzle. As...

DIY dehydration

Features

Taste doesn’t have to be sacrificed to weight constraints when eating in the hills, as Edith Leigh discovers when she tries her hand at dehydrating her own tramping food My...

Technology that can save your life

Features

Lost or injured in the backcountry? You may think it could never happen to you, but then that sounds like famous last words. With mobile phone-sized personal locator beacons becoming...

Fat, salt, carbs, sugar

Wild Cuisine

Weight watchers demonise them in everyday life, but in the backcountry fatty, sugary and salty foods are the difference to plodding along and blitzing the track brim-full of enthusiasm and...

Best Tramping Towns: #3 Wanaka

Wild Comment

Edith Leigh speaks to Wanaka-based trampers who wouldn’t let wild elephants drag them away from the town. Ask any Wanaka resident if they can see themselves living anywhere else and...

Forever forest

Wild Trips

Post Office Point, Manapouri The route to Post Office Rock in Manapouri is so little known that chances are even if you ask a local about it you’re likely to...

Action-packed navigation game

Features

Rogaining combines adventure with navigation skills, fitness, a fearlessness of the dark and an ability not to get on each other’s nerves. Edith Leigh discovers why it is growing in...

Long Rhodes to recovery

Wild People

A mountaineering accident that she was lucky to survive hasn’t prevented Heather Rhodes from returning to the mountains she loves, but the road to recovery has not been easy, she...

Bright young things

Features

It’s not all tablets, video games and the internet for the next generation of New Zealanders. Edith Leigh finds many young Kiwis play an active role in conservation. In fact,...

A rocky graveyard

Wild Trips

Harwoods Hole, Abel Tasman National Park / easy Marble blocks litter the track to Harwoods Hole like the carcasses of long dead, strange and forgotten animals. Sharp ribs still protrude...

Rebel with a cause

Wild People

Erik Bradshaw won’t let age or large corporations stand in his way. When the public were told they wouldn’t be allowed to use an access road into a popular recreation...