Bums back on seats

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A group of trampers has helped restore a historic Ruahine hut after furniture in the hut was destroyed by vandals. Built in 1958, Top Maropea Hut is one of the...

Schools take on Ruapehu lodge 

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After 70 years, Auckland Tramping Club has had to hand over the keys to its lodge on Mt Ruapehu. The SnowSport lodge was gifted to a trust representing five central North...

WanakaSAR stalwart recognised

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Wanaka Search and Rescue volunteer Phil Melchior has been awarded a life membership to the service. Melchior has been a search and rescue volunteer for 16 years and was head...

Your trips, your pix, October 2018

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Surmounting mountains

Track Chat

Tramper Tracey Hall, 38, is heading to Machu Picchu to fundraise for multiple sclerosis. She talked to George Driver about how tramping has helped her manage the disease How did...

Your trips, your pix, November 2018

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Your trips, your pix, December 2018

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Pigeon Post, December 2018

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Letter of the month Not more helicopters I don’t really want to have to wax cantankerous about what really is a laudable goal, getting more people out into the hills,...

Your trips, your pix, January 2019

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Pigeon Post, January 2019

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Letter of the month The diversity on our doorstep Many families these days have to fund an overseas school trip for their children. But how many Kiwi parents are aware...

Your trips, your pix, February 2019

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Pigeon Post, February 2019

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Letter of the month Inspired to tramp with bubs Regarding the article ‘Babe in the woods’, thank you for the motivation to change my status quo. I am the father...

Your trips, your pix, March 2019

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Pigeon Post, March 2019

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Letter of the month Moving from the fast lane Five years ago I left New Zealand to move to London. I thought it was the right thing to do for...

Your trips, your pix, April 2019

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Pigeon Post, April 2019

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Letter of the month Great ranger on Great Walk My wife and I had the pleasure of tramping the Heaphy Track recently. Everyone we met on the track was friendly...

Your trips, your pix, May 2019

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Pigeon Post, May 2019

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Letter of the month Weed control website needed The story about the hut bagging website got me thinking about doing something similar for noxious weeds and wilding pines. I admit I...

Your trips, your pix, June 2019

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Letter of the month Waiting it out Sitting around the table in Whakapapaiti Hut on Easter Weekend, my daughters (11 and 14) listened as their dad and I discussed our...

Pigeon Post, July 2019

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Letter of the month The few giving the majority a bad name It’s a sad fact that any backcountry hut three hours or less from a road end, particularly if...

Your trips, your pix, August 2019

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Pigeon Post, August 2019

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Letter of the month Hypothermia never far away Two articles in the June issue – one about the Timber Trail cycle trail which was billed as an ‘all-weather track’ and...

Your trips, your pix, September 2019

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Wilderness wins again

Walkshorts, Web exclusive

Wilderness was once again recognised at the Magazine Publishers’ Association awards in early September. Alistair Hall was named Best Editor and Kathy Ombler was named Best Journalist in the Consumer...

Readers confess left at home blunders

Walkshorts

It’s a feeling everybody can relate to – the stomach-plunging, heart-stopping moment you realise you’ve left something vital behind on a tramp. Wilderness asked contributors to fess up and share...

Wilderness wins again

Walkshorts

Wilderness was once again recognised at the Magazine Publishers’ Association awards in early September. Editor Alistair Hall was named Best Editor and Kathy Ombler was named Best Journalist in the...

Southern Lights in the west

Walkshorts

The Southern Lights have been captured from an unlikely northern destination – Taranaki’s Pouakai Tarn. Usually only seen from the South Island, the Aurora Australis display was a dream come...

Taranaki Crossing for 2022

Walkshorts

Move over Tongariro – there’s a new volcanic crossing in town. The $19.3 million Taranaki Crossing Project has been given the green light and is set to open in December...

Helping hand for Duke of Ed trampers

Walkshorts

An FMC grant scheme is helping Duke of Edinburgh trampers to take their expeditions to the next level. The Adventurous Journey Grants scheme is aimed at trampers undertaking their Duke...

Your Trips, your pix, October 2019

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Mixing music with miles

Track Chat

Harp and fiddle duo Mickey O’Donnell and Michelle Doyle are walking the Te Araroa Trail to promote their new album by playing gigs along the route and raising money for...

Packrafting Safely

Skills

Packrafts are an inherently stable vessel and it’s possible to hit the river and blunder through. But a capsize can see rafters suddenly swimming in rapids they wouldn’t dream of...

Location awareness

Skills

Location awareness is the knack of staying in tune with your surroundings for accurate navigation, writes Noel Bigwood While you are walking it’s important to look, listen, feel and smell...

This is why we do it

Features, Getting started

1996. That was the year we started. Facebook and Google didn’t exist. There was no Netflix, Twitter, Instagram or Uber. Sean Fitzpatrick was the captain of the All Blacks and...

New hut for Kaimai ranges

Walkshorts

A new hut has opened in the Bay of Plenty’s Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park. The 12 bunk Te Whare Okioki is a collaborative project led by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust,...

Kiwi photographer snaps big award

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A moment which brought a Kiwi videographer to tears has won him a major photography award. Coromandel’s James Muir snapped the emotive image of an Antarctic iceberg on a “dream...

Your trips, your pix, November 2019

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Pigeon Post, November 2019

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Letter of the month Pirongia proof of 1080 effectiveness In regard to Kevin Hague’s request for trampers to speak up on the benefits of 1080, a friend and I started...

A Wilderness Christmas

Gift guides, Christmas

From stocking fillers to essential outdoor kit, the Wilderness guide to Christmas has something for every budget. Post-it Extreme Notes $10Perfect for leaving messages in the outdoors, these notes can...

Unlikely trampers

Getting started

It was five years ago, and we had returned to our Kiwi mate’s place in Mt Eden after watching a rugby game at Eden Park. In high spirits, fuelled by...

Driving out the predators

Conservation

A four-wheel-drive club in Wellington is transporting predator traps to remote locations that would otherwise need to be delivered by helicopter, writes Diana Noonan. They’re the clubs we love to...

Behaviour pledge for Te Araroa Trail

Walkshorts

Te Araroa thru-hikers are being urged to take The Trail Pledge this season. Developed by the Te Araroa Trust, the pledge asks trampers to respect the environment, Māori culture, private...

LandSAR to launch online community

Walkshorts

LandSAR NZ is launching an online community hub called Friends of Search and Rescue (FOSAR).  The forum will coincide with a dedicated donor programme that will allow supporters to commit...

A pocket ranger

Walkshorts

DOC’s trapping skills have been collated and published for the first time in A Practical Guide to Trapping. The guide teaches best practise trapping techniques for mustelids, rats and possums,...

Clubs celebrate their jubilees

Walkshorts

Two North Island tramping clubs have celebrated their 50th anniversaries.  Auckland’s Pukekohe Tramping Club and Parawai Tramping Club – which caters for the Paraparaumu and Waikanae areas – both marked...

Pigeon Post, December 2019

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Letter of the Month TA Trail needs more money Reading Katrina Megget’s story ‘A trail of two halves’ had me reminiscing about my own experience walking the Te Araroa Trail....

Kit out your kids

Wild Gear

Kit out your kids this summer with these gear recommendations. Outdoor Research Kid’s Helios Sun Hat $49.99Lightweight fabric with UPF50+ sun protection, foam-stiffened brim that floats, moisture-managing headband to pull...

A fall from from Mt Rolleston

Near miss

Christchurch climber Lauren Smith shares her death-defying escape from a 600m fall near Arthur’s Pass. “I don’t trust this rock.” Those were the last words I said before tumbling 600m...

Waikato TC celebrate 70th

Walkshorts

Waikato Tramping Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary in May this year. There will be an afternoon tea and dinner function in Hamilton as well as a tramp on Sunday...

Club pulls pines

Walkshorts

Waikato Tramping Club members have pulled more than 2000 wilding pines from the slopes of Mt Tarawera. Twenty club stalwarts were bussed onto the lower slopes of the mountain and...

Red rocks of New Zealand

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In the December 2019 issue, expat American Matt Kambic lamented that since moving to New Zealand he had not seen many red rocks – a much-loved feature of the hiking...

Septet quits Te Araroa Trail

Walkshorts

The George family has stopped walking the Te Araroa Trail after 685km. The Melbourne family of parents Daniel and Kelly, Gabrielle (15), twins Holli and Asha (14), Rex (13) and...

Wanaka drone use on the rise

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Drone operators are flying in the face of aviation laws in Wanaka. Despite a local ban, three unauthorised drones have been reported to the DOC hotline at the popular Roys...

Pigeon Post, February 2020

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Letter of the Month The humble rubbish bag Recently I read about how day walkers are the most vulnerable in survival situations as opposed to those going on longer overnight...

Whio find safe harbour

Conservation

A rugged weekend of volunteering turned into a life mission for a Wellington couple. By Geoff Whittle you won’t be alone if you’ve never heard of the ‘Apias’. It’s a...

Stop before you cross

Walkshorts

The recovery of two bodies from the Makarora River has prompted a reminder to take extra precaution near flooded waterways. Kevin Kum Fike Lee, 22, of Dunedin and a woman,...

Super Summer subscription winners

Walkshorts

Congratulations to all the winners in our super summer subscription promotion. Our 14 winners took home a share of more than $5000 worth of the world’s best outdoor gear, supplied...

Bushfire ash still on NZ glaciers

Walkshorts

Ash from the Australian bushfires is still visible on many of the South Island’s glaciers, according to NIWA scientists. NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington scientists completed their annual post-summer...

Climate change concerns for Great Walks

Walkshorts

The increasing frequency of monster storms has DOC concerned for the future of Great Walks. For most of February, the Routeburn, Milford and Paparoa tracks were completely or partially closed...

Record time for Tararua canyon route

Walkshorts

Three keen Wellingtonians have splashed and dashed their way through a classic Tararua route in record time. The trio of Lee Denhaan, Dave Leppard and Tim Sutton completed the Chamberlain...

Rusty Ruahine bivvy replaced

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A beloved ‘dog-box’ bivvy in Ruahine Forest Park has been replaced by the Backcountry Trust. Toka Bivouac, which sits on a high shelf on the Ngamoko Range, was installed by...

Your trips, your pix, April 2020

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Pigeon Post, April 2020

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Letter of the month It’s never too late Despite a brief flirtation with tramping in my twenties, I sadly did not really discover its delights until my mid-fifties when I was...

2020 guide to women's gear

Wild Gear

Four gift ideas for outdoor women. PETZL Borea $135A durable, versatile helmet suitable for climbing, mountaineering, caving, canyoning and more. The design, sizing and headband harness allow it to be...

The Wilderness 100

The Wilderness 100

Welcome to the inaugural Wilderness 100 – an annual list of the best trips in the country. As you’d expect with such a list, we’ve applied careful thought and discussion,...

Your trips, your pix, May 2020

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We asked readers to share how they brought the outdoors indoors during lockdown. Here’s a few of the entries. Get your photo published here to receive a SOL survival blanket...

Pigeon post, May 2020

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Letter of the month I returned to the trail, too Thank you to Nikki Slade Robinson and others who contributed to ‘Return to the trail’. Hearing other women’s stories is...

Returning to Te Araroa

Walkshorts

For Elli Kämpf and Anouk Loman, quitting the Te Araroa Trail was like leaving a chapter in a book unfinished. After meeting on the trail near Kaitaia, the south-bound pair...

Lake Rotoiti shines in wedding album

Walkshorts

The register wasn’t the only document signed on Chris and Felicity Hawke’s wedding day. The keen tramping couple, who tied the knot at Lake Rotoiti last November, snuck in a...

Covid budget big on conservation

Walkshorts

Conservation has been a big winner of the government’s Covid-recovery budget – the largest spending package in New Zealand history. The $50 billion relief budget has allocated almost $1.1b to...

Pigeon Post, June 2020

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Letter of the month Track times and tectonic plates Your correspondent David Holroyd revives the hoary issue of track walking times. When I worked as a park ranger, track users...

Your trips, your pix, July 2020

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Pigeon Post, July 2020

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Letter of the month Good advice Earlier this year I was considering walking an upper South Island tramp. Settling on the St James Walkway, I searched the Internet for likely...

Risky Cape Kidnappers track will reopen

Walkshorts

Walking access to Cape Kidnappers will reopen later this year, despite an ongoing risk of landslides. The 19km Te Kauwae-a-Māui Walking Track via Clifton Beach has been closed since January...

Your trips, your pix - August 2020

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A Wilderness 100 omission

Pigeon Post

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Wilderness 100’ (May 2020). however, there is one glaring omission. I completed the Anatoki Kill Devil Track in Kahurangi National Park six months ago. It pushed...

Best huts on the Great Walks

Features, Great Walks

Waihohonu Hut – Tongariro Northern Circuit – 28 bunksHuts don’t come much more modern than Waihohonu. Not only does it feature a massive living space with an efficient wood burner...

The Great Walks by the numbers

Great Walks

We polled 250 Wilderness readers to see how the Great Walks stack up. Is the Milford Track really the finest in the world? Which track tops Kiwi trampers bucket lists?...

Pandemic podcast makes a comeback

Walkshorts

A landscape photographer’s pandemic podcast project was resurrected for Auckland’s second lockdown. The series, Creation in Isolation, was started on the first day of the nationwide Level 4 lockdown by...

Share your story and win a PLB

Walkshorts

If you ask any tramper what their least used piece of gear is, chances are they will say it’s their personal locator beacon. Carried on every trip, but seldom –...

Lydia Bradey awarded Order of Merit

Walkshorts

Climbing icon Lydia Bradey has been honoured for her services to mountaineering. The Wanaka local, who was the first woman to climb Mt Everest without supplementary oxygen, was awarded an...

Pigeon Post, September 2020

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Letter of the month The article ‘Subscribe to outside’ confirmed for me that I’m on the right track. I’ve started a private Facebook group called ‘Lunchtime Hikes’ for an invited...

Casey Hut rises from the ashes

Walkshorts, Web exclusive

A popular overnight opportunity in Arthur’s Pass National Park is available once again thanks to two generous donors, the Department of Conservation has said. “The newly-built, 12-bunk Casey Hut offers...

DOC’s best campgrounds

Camping

DOC rangers help Wilderness rank the best conservation campgrounds in the country. Waikahoa Bay, Northland Located right on the water’s edge, campers can enjoy the secluded beach by day and...

Gear for camping perfection

Camping

Make your summer camping holiday that little bit more comfortable. Featured: Kiwi Camping Kea 4E $329Single room four-person tent with two entrances and an extendable vestibule, two windows with ‘no-see-um’...

The time I wish I had a PLB

Near miss

Readers responded with harrowing tales of misadventure when we asked them to share their near misses in the outdoors. Here’s a selection of the best entries. Winning entryFrostbittenBy Danielle NicolsonAfter...

Funding boost for backcountry huts

Walkshorts

The Backcountry Trust has received a $2 million expansion as part of the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme. The boost is expected to create 108 contract jobs that will be...

Your trips, your pix - October 2020

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Pigeon Post, October 2020

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Letter of the month: Know-how, can do The article ‘Subscribe to outside’, resonated strongly with me – and provided some really helpful advice. I get many comments, particularly when photo...

In-tents moments in the hills

Wild Gear

Peter Clough takes us on a tenting trip down memory lane. On misty, wind-gripped days, huts provide a welcome respite from the elements, except when they’re full or not where...

Bushcraft Manual to be digitised

Walkshorts

The Mountain Safety Council’s Bushcraft Manual is getting a 21st century makeover. The iconic backcountry manual, which has been an invaluable resource to Kiwi trampers for decades, is in the...

Wairarapa looks to the stars

Walkshorts

Wairarapa is aiming to become the world’s largest dark sky reserve. Led by Wairarapa Dark Sky Society, the goal has been backed by local astronomers, businesses, conservationists and councils and...

Your trips, your pix, November 2020

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Pigeon Post, November 2020

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Letter of the month Light gear is the answer to tramping longer I am in my 80’s and still enjoying the outdoors. In my distant youth, I was not an...

A Wilderness Christmas

Gift guides, Christmas

From stocking fillers to essential outdoor kit, the Wilderness guide to Christmas has something for every budget. Marmot Trestles 30 $189.95Don’t cancel your next overnight adventure just because the forecast...

Gear to improve your ride

Great Rides, Features

Crankbrothers Klic Co2 Inflator $19.99 (pictured above)A quick-fix tyre inflator that can be used as a standalone CO2 inflator or added to any Klic hand pump. www.rouleurcycles.co.nz   Macpac Tempo $499.99Designed...

The 22 Great Rides

Great Rides, Features

Twin Coast Cycle Trails, Northland / Grade 1-3, 87km, 2 days From the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour, Pou Herenga Tai is an excellent trail for beginners. The...

Taranaki eyes future Great Ride

Walkshorts

A community-led trust has set its sights on developing a Great Ride in Taranaki. “There is a big empty space where Taranaki sits on the map,” Taranaki Trail Trust trustee...

Awards success for Wilderness

Walkshorts

Wilderness has again been honoured at the annual magazine industry media awards. In a year that has seen several magazines close doors or change ownership, Wilderness has held steady and...

Your Trips, your pix, December 2020

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Pigeon Post, December 2020

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Letter of the month Microdosing LSD less dangerous than tramping I wish to commend Wilderness on the open-minded article, ‘A trip on the wild side’. I note a correspondent was...

2021 summer hiking clothes

Gear Guides

This summer’s hiking clothes are all about keeping the wearer comfortable in scorching temperatures – they’re breathable, quick-drying, stretchy and offer high UPF sun protection. MaterialSynthetic materials tend to dominate...

Kaitiaki of the kauri

Conservation, Features

Like great lungs, the Waitākere and Hunua ranges straddle the heart of Auckland to the east and west – though they both have very different stories to tell. With its...

Wheels in motion

Walkshorts

A new wheelchair promises to open up access to many tracks and trails for those who cannot explore them on foot. By Roy Sinclair “Here it is,’’ wheelchair designer Peter...

Kiwi YouTube star begins Te Araroa

Walkshorts

Thru-hiking filmmaker Elina Osborne has set off on Te Araroa. The west-Aucklander, who became popular on YouTube for her videos of the Pacific Crest Trail, started from Cape Reinga in...

Your trips, your pix, January 2021

Last Weekend

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Pigeon Post, January 2021

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Letter of the month A spectacular perch indeed The story, ‘A spectacular perch’ kindled memories of my first-ever climbing trip. I joined my first climb in 1971 with seven others...