Second time lucky

Features

A classic tramper’s mountain proves good for skiing too, reports Neil Silverwood Below, on the Tongariro Crossing, I watched guided parties and freedom walkers venture out across the Devils Staircase....

Back to the front country

Wild Trips

Blue Range Hut, Tararua Forest Park Along with an enormous array of huts built by the New Zealand Forest Service and Department of Conservation there are also many built by...

In search of solitude

Wild Trips

Lake Morgan Hut, Greymouth Stewardship Land The Crooked River is tucked away on the West Coast, near Greymouth. Its tracks and huts see few visitors and make a good place...

A track to a watery cave wonderland

Wild Trips

Pearse River resurgence, Kahurangi National Park The first challenge with any trip to the Pearse Resurgence is getting there. The road is eroded and lined with large rocks – just...

Last of the winter snow

Hotshot

I captured this image on a camping trip to a basin on the western side of Mt Ngauruhoe. The snow line had been retreating fast in the warm spring weather...

Tramping in cave country

Wild Trips

Hole in the Hill, Charleston, West Coast The West Coast is renowned for its dramatic karst scenery. For me, what really stands out is its limestone arches. In the upper...

Snowy seclusion

Wild Trips

Waipakihi Hut via Waipakihi River, Kaimanawa Forest Park  My billy simmered gently on the MSR stove. I could already taste the hard-earned cup of tea. I was chilled and my...

Into the deep

Features

Neil Silverwood joins an expedition to explore New Zealand’s unchartered canyons We live in a tamed world where almost every corner of the planet has been explored and mapped. Yet...

Cave man

Wild People

By heading deep underground, Kieran McKay explores places where no-one has been before. While almost all the peaks in New Zealand have been climbed and significant white water rivers descended,...

The longest cave

Off the Beaten Track

Neil Silverwood reports from the 31st annual expedition to explore the extensive cave network known as Bulmer Cavern beneath Mt Owen The Hughes 500 climbs steeply above the bluffs of...

Finding the dark

Features, 25th Anniversary

Explorers continue to find new ground in our deepest, darkest places. By Neil Silverwood In New Zealand we have two worlds: the surface, and a complex network of underground caves....

Roaring across the Tin Range

Off the Beaten Track

A windswept Tin Range, where rimu grow like bonsai, provides a wilderness experience in Stewart Island/Rakiura’s southern reaches. Stewart Island lies between latitudes 46 and 48 degrees, smack in the...

The world from above

Features, Wild Photography

We are overwhelmed daily by thousands of images, be it on social media or magazine articles. From a professional photographer’s perspective, our audience is in danger of becoming jaded. To...

A hard little number

Off the Beaten Track

It’s not every day you come across a six-bunk hut just minutes after leaving your car. The sign on the khaki-coloured, Forest Service-era hut read ‘Frew Hut’. But we were...