January 2016

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Table of Contents, January 2016

22 The perfect week in Abel Tasman National Park
The best day’s walk, the best swimming hole, the best hut, the best campsite and more

30 NZ’s best family tramps
The child-friendly Pouakai Circuit offers it all: mountains, huts, tarns, waterfalls and bridges

36 Nine other trips great for kids
Including Kaweka Flats Biv, Rangiwahia Hut, Mt Somers Track, Lewis Pass tops

38 Sky high on Christchurch’s doorstep
The new trail opening a whole new world to Cantabrians

44 Outdoor heroes
21 amazing Kiwis inspiring future generations to explore, conserve and lead


16 Small gem, bright sparkle
Elder Hut, Tararua Forest Park

18 A pristine location
Valley of the Trolls, Mt Aspiring National Park

20 See more
Cableways – the most exciting way to cross a river


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

12 Wild birds
The shining cuckoo

14 Photo school
How to take compelling portraits

26 Wild comment
The future of the Mackenzie Country should not be decided behind closed doors

28 Wild comment
Valuable hut experiences could be lost to the DOC booking system

88 Hotshot
Young River campsite

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

66 Manawatu Gorge Track, Manawatu Scenic Reserve
68 Falls Creek, Fiordland National Park
69 Bob’s Camp Biv, Mt Thomas Conservation Area, Canterbury
70 Mid Waiohine Hut, Tararua Forest Park

71 Wild Range
Browning Range, Westland

74 Skills and cuisine
Put your tent up in a howling gale
Avoid stenchy feet
Master the clove hitch knot (it’s easy!)
Date cocoa energy balls
Gingerbread alps

76 Wild review
Hiking shoes for lightweight summer excursions

78 First look review
Macpac’s Epic sleeping bag and Suunto’s Traverse watch

79 Buyer’s guide
Your guide to buying walking poles, water filters and purifiers, and backcountry stoves