May 2019

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May 2019

22 What goes in, always comes out
Behind the scenes on the job nobody wants – maintaining backcountry toilets

30  The world from above
Drones have made aerial wilderness photography accessible

46 Pride on the Paparoa Track
The people building the Paparoa Track – the country’s newest Great Walk

52 Plight of the pekapeka
How the citizen science movement is helping solve the mysteries of New Zealand’s native bats


24 An arresting panorama
Shallow Bay, Fiordland National Park

26 The crumbling monument
Te Heuheu, Tongariro National Park

28 See more…

36 A tramper’s peak near the cloud piercer
Sebastopol, Aoraki/Cook National Park

38 The Ruahine’s southernmost hill
Wharite Peak, Ruahine Forest Park

39 Historical heights in Wellington
Puke Ariki, Belmont Regional Park

40 The other Routeburn
Route Burn North Branch, Mt Aspiring National Park

42 Mountain biking
Riding the Dun Mountain cycle trail in Nelson


58 Wild cuisine: Savoury chickpea pancakes
59 Photographing a stylish silhouette
60 How to combine map and compass
61 Bird spotting: Banded rail
62 Driving lightly in the backcountry


65 What’s in my pack?
Outward Bound’s Meg Ryan

66 Wild review
Three-season sleeping bags

Gear guides
2019’s best gaiters
69 2019’s best wet weather jackets


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

14 Near misses
Escaping the fury of Farewell Spit

16 Wild people
The faces of Te Araroa Trail walkers

18 Wild people
Kayaking the Inside Passage in North America

20 Wild conservation
How to get involved in backyard pest trapping

74 Track chat
Author Robert Vennell on the history of New Zealand’s native flora

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