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Wilderness Word, September 2012

Pam Hutton


  1. Non-native animal that is pest in NZ bush (7)
  2. Spotless _____ – bird of rail family found in NZ (5)
  3. Peace and _____ – what you find in true wilderness (5)
  4. Introduced plants and trees that are not native (7)
  5. Crampons are needed for this condition on mountain (3)
  6. Watching wildlife, maybe? (9)
  7. Situated away from civilisation (3-2-4)
  8. Charge for DOC huts (3)
  9. How you feel on boating adventure in rough conditions? (7)
  10. Dense low-growing brushwood vegetation (5)
  11. Lace hooks in tramping boots are made of this (5)
  12. Descents of vertical cliffs made by using rope (7)


  1. Irritating biting fly in wilderness (8)
  2. Funnel-shaped sinkhole or basin (6)
  3. Remains of campfire (6)
  4. Sound created by shout across deep valley (4)
  5. Island on NZ’s west coast near Wellington that is nature reserve (6)
  6. Use these to secure tent (4)
  7. Starts wilderness tramp (4,3)
  8. Tries to use cell phone – won’t work in isolated regions (5,2)
  9. Lives rough in wilderness (4,4)
  10. Expanses of terrain (6)
  11. Taranaki coast beach designated as environmentally sustainable Blue Flag beach in 2007 (6)
  12. Animal pest that has contributed to decline in NZ native bird population (6)
  13. Rock that forms continuous lower layer of earth’s crust (4)
  14. Not active – not a description of outdoor enthusiasts! (4)

Hidden Solution: Bird you might see on coast (7,4)

August’s hidden solution: Fiordland

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