July 2021

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In the July 2021 issue…


18 Driven towards species protection
A future where Rakiura is predator-free and kākāpō boom in southern Fiordland are not just pipe dreams

24 Unforgettable trips
Done the Great Walks and looking for the next level? These 10 trips will progress your tramping career

38 A Grave adventure
Retracing the route of early explorers over Fiordland’s Marshall Pass

46 Getting started in packrafting
Five of the best beginner trips, plus everything you need to know to get into packrafting

52 The fun business of hut bagging
There is a lot of backcountry huts in New Zealand and some people want to visit as many as possible

60 Safe storage for long-distance walkers
The remote businesses that have become important supply depots for Te Araora Trail walkers

Waypoints and Trips

19 See more… coppermines
Walk these four trails for their mining history and stay for the magnificent scenery

22 Way up on Wakefield
Wakefield Ridge, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

30 Pinnacle Bivouac, West Coast
A high bivvy near the edge of a precipice commands a superb view into the Kokatahi Valley

32 Hihikiwi Track, Pirongia Forest Park
A bite-sized section of Te Araroa Trail leads to a dramatic lookout and Pahautea Hut

33 Mt Barrosa Summit Track, Hakatere Conservation Park
A steady climb and rewarding views for trampers who want to make it home by dinnertime

34 Shorts and Knights tracks, Ruahine Forest Park
A beautiful – and challenging – full-day hike up and along the Ngamoko Range

35 Lake Marian, Fiordland National Park
Winter is the perfect time to visit this alpine lake

36 Lower Tama Loop, Tongariro National Park
This circuit gives the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a run for its money and you’ll barely see a soul

44 Wellington from on high
The Puke Ariki Track is an end-to-end walk or ride of Wellington’s Belmont Regional Park


64 Blitz your winter worries

65 Cuisine: kumara gnocchi with buttery greens

66 An illustrated guide to layering

67 Five equipment extras for your winter pack


68 Wild review
Four very different insulated jackets tested and rated for how well they handle the cold

70 First look review
The Stash stove is Jetboil’s most compact and lightest personal cooking system

71 What’s in my pack
West Coast tramper and caver Neil Silverwood

Gear guides
2021’s guide to tramping socks
76 2021’s guide to winter tents


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 Wild people
After seven decades of tramping, Val Latimer still has plans for more

16 Wild people
The stunning 273km mountain traverse from Arthur’s Pass to Aoraki/Mt Cook undertaken by two Arrowtown residents

74 Track Chat
Matt Butler has designed a comprehensive survival kit which he has crowdfunded on Kickstarter

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