Sleep in, then walk the TAC

Walkshorts, National Parks

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will be better managed this summer, although it’s unlikely there will be any major management changes in place. DOC’s regional director of operations, Allan Munn, said...

The contender

Features, Great Walks, National Parks

Taranaki’s Pouakai Crossing has been hailed as ‘the next Tongariro Alpine Crossing’ and an opportunity to boost the regional economy. But with increased use comes increased challenges in this fragile national park environment. Last...

Weathering change in Westland

Features, National Parks

Wherever he looks, DOC South Westland operations manager Wayne Costello is faced with a challenge. In the front country, the glamour glaciers hog the attention of thousands of camper-vanning, helicoptering...

Pay to play

Features

At the Fox Glacier Guiding base the (slightly) older women clad in Kiwi classic shorts over long johns stood out among the queues of puffer-jacketed, heli-hiking tourists. Our guides said...

Inland solitude

National Parks

Take a tent, they said. Abel Tasman is so busy at this time of year. Not on the Inland Track. Two nights, three days, and not a (human) soul was...

Ice, ice, baby

Features, Wild winter

I like the way you’re looking at the ice before putting your axe in. People waste a lot of energy just bashing around wildly.” Did guide Adrian Camm have any...

The best of friends

Wild People

Maryann Ewers co-founded the Friends of Flora conservation group to help bring birdsong back to Kahurangi National Park. Kathy Ombler bumped into her at Whariwharangi Hut and took the opportunity...

More than a track

Great Walks

Even before it opened, the Paparoa Track had star billing as New Zealand’s only purpose-built, dual-use Great Walk: for walking and mountain biking. It’s set in a special landscape; traversing...

A brave new wall

Features, Wild Climbing

Felix Galloway just broke his personal speed record for a 12-metre climb. “Write it down, 59.88 seconds,” he urges, pointing to the notes I’m writing. Very soon he’s back with...