September 2015

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Table of contents, September 2015

34 What’s in store?
What can independent outdoor stores do to stay afloat?

40 Nine great walks that aren’t Great Walks
Tramping alternatives for those who are sick of crowds and expensive huts


52 Opposites attract
Five foreign walks unlike anything in New Zealand

54 Girls in the Gammons
Five days of waterfall climbing in South Australia’s desert gorges

58 A remote subantarctic paddle
Rugged coastline and extraordinary birdlife


18 A Wintry plunge
Taranaki Falls, Tongariro National Park

20 The last day of winter
Glenthorne Station, Canterbury

22 Any which way
Five alternate routes to Brass Monkey Biv

22 See more
Historic buildings in national parks


6 Editorial

8 Pigeon post
Letters to the editor

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

11 Walkshorts
News and events

14 Reader tips
Readers recommend recently discovered secrets

14 Wilderness Word

16 Wild people
The 78-year-old who runs the Kepler in a day

26 Wild families
Bad weather doesn’t have to mean bad trip

28 Off the Beaten Track
Plenty of yarns from the Marlborough backcountry

94 Out There
Why Te Araroa is more than our longest pathway

96 Hotshot
Hidden ravine off Haast Highway

The Manual
Trips, skills, health, gear

64 Mt Tongariro via Tama Lakes, Tongariro National Park
66 Mt Alford Track, Alford Scenic Reserve, Canterbury
67 Daly’s Clearing Loop Track, Kaimai Range
68 Green Lake Hut, Fiordland National Park

69 Wild Range
Hawkdun Range, Oteake Conservation Park

72 Skills, fitness and cuisine
Your hut etiquette checklist
Yoga – stretch like an eagle
Avoiding frost nip and sunburn in the snow
Prevent blisters on the trail
Try this lovely homemade pesto

74 Buyer’s guide – footwear
74 Sports Sandals
77 Trail running shoes
79 Hiking and approach shoes
82 Three-season boots
86 Three-four season boots
89 Four-season boots