March 2019

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Table of contents, March 2019

14 Fine-tuning your fuel
When it comes to planning trip food, a basic understanding of nutrition goes a long way

18 A fraction too much friction
How to overcome, and even prevent, blisters

48 Haven of the west
The Heaphy Track leads you on a journey of such diversity, no two days feel the same

54 Finding Lake Madness
Standing on the shore of a meltwater lake high on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu

58 Camping with strings attached
How does hammock camping compare to tenting in the great outdoors?


20  Auckland’s best
Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland

22  Hilltop fortress
Awapoto Hut, Abel Tasman National Park

24 Wild town
A weekend of discovery in Karangahake

26 See more
Four of the backcountry’s most fabulous flats

28 Northland’s nerve wracking nose
Kairara Rock (Dukes Nose), Northland

30 A hut with entrancing views
Kirwans Hut via Montgomerie Hut, Victoria Forest Park

32 The five gorges
Te Puia Loop, Kaweka Forest Park

33 Peaking out
Grandview Mountain, Hawea

34 Off the beaten track
Fighting vertigo on the Tararua Peaks circuit

40 Classic track
Discover why the Dusky Track deserves its reputation as NZ’s most difficult classic tramp

44 Mountain biking
The endless possibilities found at Hakatere Conservation Park


64 How to orient your map
65 Banish the wet from inside your tent
66 Strengthen your core without the sit-ups
67 Wild cuisine: Teriyaki mushroom dumplings
68 Bird spotting: The whitehead


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

16 Wild conservation
Why you shouldn’t leave banana skins and apple cores in the bush

Gear Reviews

70 Three season tent review
With these five tents, it’s all about volume

Gear guides

73 Sleeping mats
76 Sleeping bags

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