January 2021

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In the January 2021 issue…


42 When one peak is not enough
Two Kiwi mountaineers share their aspirations of completing the 100 Peaks Challenge

46 Kaitiaki of the kauri
Workers on the frontlines of kauri dieback share how the disease will shape Auckland’s recreation future

52 The year’s best destinations
Nine outdoor towns and regions that look particularly good to visit in 2021

58 Facing doubts in flying solo
A professional guide finds indecision clouding her enjoyment on a solo tramp

60 The A to Z of wild camping
Foster a more symbiotic relationship with the landscape with the Wilderness guide to Wild camping

Waypoints and Trips

20 See more… lancewood tree daisy
Four places to spot this striking subalpine plant

22 On the foot of a volcano
Holly Hut, Egmont National Park

24 Sunny side up
John Tait Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park

26 Ultimate Arthur’s Pass adventure
Barker Hut via Avalanche Peak, Arthur’s Pass National Park

28 Hidden harbour delight
Golden Stairs Track, Hokianga

29 Topping out in Taupō
Tauhara, Taupō

30 Flat amongst the alps
Shovel Flat, Mt Aspiring National Park

32 Message in a barrel
Unearthing unique geological and human history on a trip to Totara Flats Hut

38 Kaikoura unchained
Riding the 45km Kaikoura Trail in the whale watching capital of New Zealand


64 The bear essentials
Build core strength and stability with the bear crawl exercise

65 Wild cuisine
Roast pumpkin and quinoa salad

66 How to prepare for the rescue helicopter
If a chopper is on the way, here’s how to best prepare for the incoming rescue

68 Navigation
You’re not always where you think you are


69 What’s in my pack
Climber Paul Hersey opens his pack

70 Wild review
Macpac’s Tempo rain jacket

72 Gear guide
Summer hiking clothes
74 Gear for kids
76 Trail running shoes


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

14 Private walks
Kiwi walkers are helping New Zealand’s premier private tracks bounce back after a hard year

16 Wild access
An incredible service ensures blind and low vision Kiwis can access the outdoors in all its forms

18 Wild comment
Is there a better way to maintain tracks than by machete or chainsaw?

82 Track Chat
George Gibbs explores the life and work of his grandfather, the pioneering naturalist George Hudson

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