February 2019

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Table of contents, February 2019

12 Whale strandings
After several strandings late last year, Wilderness finds out what to do if you stumble upon stranded whales

14 NZ’s best jump spots
Four places to cool down by taking a leap of faith

48 Camping perfection on Abel Tasman
With plenty of campsites to choose from, it’s possible to plan your Coast Track trip with solitude in mind

54 Near misses
Four close calls reveal how suddenly things can change in the outdoors and why we must always be prepared


20 Skeleton in the harbour
Kayaking the wreck of the Rewa in the Hauraki Gulf

22 High light
Mt Robert via Paddys Track, Nelson Lakes National Park

24 See more
The northern subspecies of NZ dotterel is adapting to a changed environment

26 Tackling the North Island’s tallest falls
Wairere Falls Track, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

28 Auckland forest fix
Wairoa Loop Track, Hunua Ranges Regional Park

30 Ladies of the lake
Teal Bay Hut via Lake Hauroko, Fiordland National Park

31 Ultra beautiful Lake Alta
Lake Alta, The Remarkables Conservation Area

32 A lovely little loop
Awatere Hut via Makaretu Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

33 Memorial climb
Braun-Elwert Peak, Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park

34 Off the beaten track
Following in the footsteps of early explorers, miners and musterers across the Lockett and Douglas ranges of north-west Nelson

40 Mountain biking
Why Lake Taupo’s Great Lakes Trail is the best and most rewarding cycle trail in the North Island

44 Classic track
The Mingha-Deception route in Arthur’s Pass National Park has been on the tramper’s menu for generations


62 Foot confidence: Learning to trust your feet

63 Photo school: How to photograph people doing what they love

64 How to seam seal your tent

65 Wild cuisine: Five ways with pasta

66 Bird spotting: The wrybill

67 Spinning wheels: How to get your vehicle out of a rut


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

10 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes

10 Trail life
Cartoons from the track

11 Wild comment
The SPCA’s hapless stance on 1080

16 Wild people
Anthony Marra is climbing every ‘ultra-prominent’ peak in the country

18 Wild people
Veteran multi-sporter Steve Gurney shares his three favourite Queenstown hikes

74 What’s in my pack
Wildlife biologist Corey Mosen and his kea-hunting dog Ajax Gear guides

Gear Reviews

68 Biolite’s FirePit
Jetboil’s Flash 2.0 personal cooker
69 Fjällräven Kaipak 38 overnight pack

Gear guides

70 Personal locator beacons
71 Navigation aids

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