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The Thunder-box at Tarn Biv, Ruahine Forest Park. Photo: Shaun Barnett

The backcountry long-drop might not be the sort of place you want to spend much time; no longer than necessary anyway. But some are superbly located, and offer better views than the nearby hut. The one at Pioneer Hut in Westland Tai Poutini National Park affords unsurpassed views of the Fox Glacier névé, and on a clear day you might even be able to see the line of breakers crashing into the distant shores of the West Coast. Perched on a cliff-edge, it’s an eerie place, or perhaps an eyrie, depending on your state of mind. The other three sites described here, while not quite so lofty, are certainly worth visiting.

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1- Tarn Biv, Ruahine Forest Park

Tarn Biv is a classic dog-box style shelter situated on Black Ridge in the eastern Ruahine Range. It’s most often approached via...

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