December 2018

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Table of contents, December 2018

40 Golden days
A weekend of adventure in Golden Bay

46 Christmas gift guide
Outdoor gear to brighten your Christmas and summer

48 The stay-sane guide to summer holiday walks
21 short North and South Island trips for all ages

60 Babe in the woods
A new mum hasn’t let the birth of her baby prevent her from doing some ‘active relaxing’

62 The groundbreakers
How three community-built trails could provide a template for the future of New Zealand’s track network


20 Tussock wonderland
Meg Hut, Pisa Conservation Area

22 Just like the South Island
Waipakihi River campsite, Kaimanawa Forest Park

24 See more
Eight places with names that dare you to stay away

28 Simply stunning
Pouakai Crossing via Kokomai, Egmont National Park

32 Tararua all-rounder
Totara Flats Hut via Tutuwai Hut, Tararua Forest Park

34 Historic huts always worth a visit
Dillons Homestead Hut, West Coast

35 The long ridge
Mt Wakefield, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

36 Classic track
The St James Walkway Track is a superb introduction to multi-day tramping


68 Driven to tramp

69 Photo school: Mountain selfies

70 Anatomy of a map 

72 Bird spotting: Australasian shoveler

73 Wild cuisine: Mountain Christmas cake

73 When to see a health professional 



4 Editorial

5 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

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

10 Walkshorts
News from the wild

12 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

14 Trail life
Cartoons from the track 

16 The kea and the canine
Meet the team hunting kea to help save the species

18 Preserving the past
A day in the life of a heritage ranger

26 The naked truth
Pondering the various types of nudity found in the backcountry

90 Track chat
Traversing the South Island… on scooters


74 Wild review 

Five pairs of gaiters put to the spaniard test

76 What’s in my pack
WanakaSAR volunteer John Burke shares what

Gear guides

78 Sport sandals

81 Hiking clothing

83 Multi-tools and pocket knives

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