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In the October 2021, 30th Anniversary Special Issue…


12 Walk1200km in 2022
Join Wilderness in walking 1200km over the next 12 months

26 Not bad for the frontcountry
Sometimes the most memorable trips are also the shortest and easiest

42 30th Anniversary Issue
Come on a journey down memory lane as we relive the highs and lows of our 30 best trips

45 Wilderness beginnings
The founding publisher tells the story of how Wilderness came into being

50 The winding path
Thirty years of change in the life of Wilderness

66 How young is too young
The benefits of exposing children to challenging and risky outdoor adventures extend beyond the bush


28 See more… cones
These five cones make great tramping destinations

30 Wānaka’s spectacular alpine crossing
Cascade Saddle, Mt Aspiring National Park

32 A shining example
Shine Falls, Boundary Stream Mainland Island Reserve

34 Parapara Peak Track, Kahurangi National Park
For outstanding views of Golden Bay this full day tramp cannot be beaten

36 Mt Pureora Track, Pureora Forest Park
This trail is the easiest way to gain exceptional views of the Waikato from the summit of Mt Pureora

37 Dromedary Hill, Lindis Conservation Area
A straightforward hike that’s away from the crowds

38 Kapakapanui Circuit, Tararua Forest Park
This circuit can be done as a day trip or an overnighter by staying at Kapakapanui Hut

39 Aotea Track, Great Barrier Island
The best way to explore Great Barrier Island is on this two-three day track

40 Kōhanga Atawhai – Manson Nicholls Hut, Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve
A modern new hut awaits visitors to Lake Daniell


72 How to respond when things don’t go to plan
73 An illustrated guide to packing a pack
74 Cuisine: Fennel lentil pot
75 Fitness: Healing heel pain


78 Broken in
Wilderness staff and gear reviewers test their kit for you

79 What’s in my pack
Outward Bound outdoor educator Lacey Beadle

80 Gear review
Two-person tents suitable for every conceivable trip

82 Three-season boots
How to choose your next pair of hiking boots, plus 11 of the best models

84 Multi-day packs
A buyer’s guide to 2021’s best multi-day packs


4 Editorial

5 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

6 Last weekend
What did you get up to last weekend?

8 Walkshorts
News from the wild

22 Wild people
A Te Anau man used his sewing machine to make face masks, now he’s creating ultralight packs

24 Opinion
A focus on catering to tourists rather than domestic trampers has made a great flop of the promised new Great Walks

90 Track Chat
Ron Hay reflects on five decades of outdoor adventure in his book The Spirit of the Mountains

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