December 2017

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Table of contents, December 2017

64 Christmas gift guide
The most desirable outdoor gifts for outdoors people

68 Flying high
Our native birds are capturing the interest of people around the world

74 Confessions of a mountain rescuer
Chris Prudden reflects on nearly 40 years as an alpine cliff rescue specialist

78 Limiting appeal
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is at the forefront of a new approach to managing crowded tracks during a tourism boom


18 Jewel in the crown
Lake Wanaka Lookout Track, Diamond Lake Conservation Area

20 Dawn at ‘Taradise’
Lake Mangamahoe, Taranaki

22 See more
Three places with the best views of the Southern Alps

24 Uplifting Kaikoura
The best walks in the rejuvenated seaside town

28 Off the beaten track
Explore the Serpentine Range in Mt Aspiring National Park

34 A break in the storm
Kelly Range tarns, Arthur’s Pass National Park

38 A firm favourite
Brewster Hut, Mt Aspiring National Park

40 Bird song on Te Au
Te Au and Parata tracks, Hemi Matenga Memorial Parks Scenic Reserve, Wellington

42 Peninsula getaway
Coromandel Walkway, Coromandel Forest Park


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

11 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

14 Wild people
Al Fastier has spent 20 seasons on the ice, restoring historic huts in Antarctica

16 Wild people
Sam Caldwell creates art from topomaps

96 Q+A
New Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage promises a renewed focus on conservation


45 Grab a good night’s sleep

46 Descending steep terrain

48 Staying healthy on the trail

50 Cuisine: Red lentil dahl

51 Bird spotting: the little owl


84 Wild review

Three lightweight boots and a first look at Fjallraven’s Keb Trousers

86 Buyer’s guide

86 Sports sandals

89 Knives and multitools

91 Hiking clothing

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