January 2019

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Table of contents, January 2019

16 The peak of pick-me-ups
When it comes to backcountry coffee, you deserve the full flavour of fresh grounds

28 Getting a grip on the Heaphy
It’s the most logistically demanding Great Walk, so how do you organise your end-to-end transport?

50 The 2019 tramper’s diary
The best trips for every month of the year

66 The touch of the wild
Stories of determination, change and hope – in the outdoors


22 A winning combination
Hinerua Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

24 Land of the long blue lake
Mt Campbell, Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

26 See more
The alpine areas where you can find the cut-leaved mountain buttercup

30 Extraordinary alpine garden
Mt Stokes Track, Marlborough Sounds

32 A hidden alpine valley
Canyon Creek Route, Ahuriri Conservation Park

34 Coromandel weekender
Tararu Track to Crosbies Hut, Coromandel Forest Park

35 Steepest in the Tararuas
Cattle Ridge Hut, Tararua Forest Park

38 Historic Track at Mt Taranaki
Waimoku and Sefton Ridge tracks, Egmont National Park

39 A magnificent hummock
Mt Mason via Mt Rosa Track, Central Otago

40 Classic track
A three-day circuit exploring the Kawekas – one of the North Island’s highest ranges

40 Off the beaten track
Is Lochnagar the perfect lakeside getaway in Mt Aspiring National Park?


70 Driving across a river

71 Photo school: A guide to architectural photography in the backcountry

72 Effective breathing for tramping endurance

72 How to provide a grid reference

73 Wild cuisine: Fried banana splits with coconut caramel

74 Bird spotting: Yellowhead



4 Editorial

6 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

12 Trail life
Cartoons from the track

18 Emily Miazga’s top West Coast walks
The three-time Coast to Coast winner shares her favourite tramps

18 The edge of so much more
A Tuatapere local’s new tramping guidebook aims to get people to stay

90 Track chat
Tim Leatherman discusses his iconic multi-tool


76 What’s in my pack
Long-distance tramper Stefan Fairweather

Gear guides

80 Hiking poles

82 Backcountry stoves

84 Water filters and purifiers


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