One man's land

Wild People

Whilst the Canterbury township of Akaroa is best known for its French influence, just around the corner is a nature reserve of international importance – and it’s all thanks to...

Easy going up the Waimak

Wild Trips

Carrington Hut, Arthur’s Pass National Park Ask any experienced tramper about expeditions in the Waimakariri River catchment and chances are they’ll mention Carrington Hut as a good base, or the...

The sound of music

Conservation

Inspired by the cacophony of bird song enjoyed by Captain James Cook, a Banks Peninsula man is hoping to bring back the dawn chorus What do an ancient Spanish castle...

Staying healthy on the trail

Skills

It’s tempting to throw personal hygiene to the wind on a long tramping trip, but, as trampers found during a norovirus outbreak at Nelson Lakes National Park earlier this year, the consequences can be...

Grab a good night’s sleep

Skills

Boost your self-inflating mat: If you’re anticipating a cold night, take a closed cell foam mat and place it under your self-inflating mat. It’s a light and cheap way to increase the...

Navigating a scree slope

Skills

Crossing a scree slope will add a thrill to any adventure – so here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of it. Cover up Cover your legs, arms and hands...

Staying hydrated in the hills

Skills

The long, warm days of summer are ideal for tramping – but there’s also increased risk of dehydration. Here’s how to keep your fluids up. Start off right In the days leading...

Avoiding chafing

Skills

Put heat, sweat and movement together and you’ve got the perfect environment for developing painful chafing. Think about your smalls: Wearing moisture-wicking underwear goes a long way towards preventing chafing around...

Happy feet

Skills

Our feet are without a doubt the powerhouse behind a successful tramp, yet we often ignore caring for them – to our peril. The following tips will ensure you have...

Avoid tramping meal fatigue

Skills, Wild Cuisine

Think outside the square to keep your meals interesting Another weekend in the hills, another round of mac’n cheese… or not. Combine a little creative thinking with some time spent scouring the...

Clothing for all conditions

Skills

The New Zealand outdoors is renowned for its changeable weather. It’s not unheard of to be sweltering in the sun on the walk into a hut, followed by a miserable...

Hiking in the rain

Skills

Look for vents No matter how breathable a waterproof jacket claims to be, it’s unlikely to be able to cope with the amount of sweat generated when puffing up a...

Looking after your electronics

Skills

How to ensure your expensive devices make it back from your tramp.  In a world of ever-expanding mobile coverage, coupled with the expectation that you’ll share photos of your latest tramp on...

Fire-lighting

Skills

There’s nothing quite like the comforting glow that emanates from a well-stoked fire. Whether it’s in the open or inside a woodstove in a backcountry hut, here are a few...

Storm-proofing your tent

Camping, Skills

The dark of night in a rain-sodden valley is not the time to discover that your tent isn’t up to the rigours of the weather. Here are a few handy...

The freedom of the hills

Wild Comment

A tramper’s good intentions may spoil a remote experience for others, writes Tania Seward So close to Wellington, with a storied history encompassing triumph and tragedy, the Tararua Ranges have...