March 2021

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In the March 2021 issue…


20 Highways to the trails
The great Kiwi road trip is enjoying a revival in 2021. Here are five of the most enjoyable routes in Aotearoa for hikers

32 Tararua tops feast
An extended version of the Tararua Northern Crossing takes in the most spectacular peaks

40 The Food Issue
40 The science behind why food tastes so good in the outdoors
42 The A to Z of sustainable food habits
44 Breakfast recipes, including ways to improve your porridge
46 Four snack ideas, including uncrumb-able muesli bars
50 Seven delicious dinner ideas
55 Tools of the trade – the cooking accessories every chef needs
56 Desserts that provide a fitting end to a trip

Waypoints and Trips

18 See more… Backcountry Trust hut projects
Five Backcountry Trust projects to add to your list

26 A range of your own
Umukarikari, Kaimanawa Forest Park

27 From paddock to peak
Davies Track, Egmont National Park

28 The guardian of the southern lakes
Sentinel Peak, Hāwea Conservation Park

30 A bird’s-eye view
Awapoto Hut via Porter Rock, Abel Tasman National Park

38 From humble beginnings
Riding the network of tracks around Queenstown’s Moke and Dispute lakes


16 Skirting gender norms
Tramping skirts appear to be having a revival

58 What’s in my pack
Fastpacking New Zealand Alpine Team member Alastair McDowell spills his pack

Gear guides
2021’s best sleeping bags and sleeping bag liners
65 2021’s best multi-day tramping boots

69 Wild review
An exclusive first look at one of Macpac’s new family 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

13 Paparoa helicopter dissent
A plan to fly riders and their bikes onto the Paparoa Track Great Walk has raised concerns

14 Wild comment
Covid-19 has knocked the wind out of the outdoor guiding industry

74 Track Chat
Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan shares her priorities and hopes for a more sustainable future

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