November 2017

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Table of contents, November 2017

22 Seven reasons NZ reigns supreme
An outgoing Brit reflects on what makes New Zealand the world’s best tramping destination

30 Off the beaten track
Curves with teeth – four sunny days traversing the Ruahine tops

36 Get outside without breaking the bank
How to complete your kit on a budget

38 Crowd control
With record numbers of tourists arriving, how will DOC cope?

42 Ranger secrets
DOC rangers share their must-do, must-see tracks, valleys, huts and viewpoints.

58 Photo essay: Abel Tasman National Park
A week in the life of a trainee DOC ranger

62 A foothold in a fractured landscape
As another alpine hut closes, we ask if they have a future in the rapidly changing Southern Alps


24 Let’s dance
Ball Pass, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

26 Wet and wonderful
Papakauri Stream, Russell Forest

28 See more… kakabeak
Three places to see this stunning and rare plant


2 Editorial

4 Last weekend
What did you get up to last weekend?

6 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

8 Walkshorts
News from the wild

11 Wilderness word
Enter our crossword competition to win great prizes


14 Wild people
Outgoing Environment Commissioner Jan Wright reflects on a decade in
the role

16 Wild people
After losing his leg in an eruption on Mt Ruapehu, William Pike returns to
the peak

18 Bird spotting
One of New Zealand’s most elegant birds, the southern crested grebe

20 Photo school
Tips for capturing alpine light

96 Hotshot
The early bird catches the view

The manual

Wild trips
Waiohine Gorge to Otaki Forks via Neill Ridge, Tararua Forest Park
74 U Pass, Fiordland National Park
75 Whakapapaiti Hut, Tongariro National Park
76 Camp Creek Hut, West Coast

77 Wild range
Burnett and Wakamarama ranges, Kahurangi National Park

80 Wild review
Three-to-four season boots and two new and innovative packs

82 Gear news
The latest gear news, innovations and trends

83 Buyer’s guide
Your guide to 2017’s best tents

83 Three-season tents
87 Four-season tents
89 Family tents


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