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WildernessWord, June 2017

Crossword by Pam Hutton

Complete the crossword and rearrange the letters in the shaded squares to spell out the hidden solution. Send your answer, name and address by June 21 to:, or WildernessWord, PO Box 251566, Pakuranga, Auckland 2140. All correct entries go in the draw to win one of five twin packs of Absolute Wilderness Blackcurrant Chia Pudding.


7. _____ Desert – barren area in Tongariro National Park (7)
8. Colour of clear unpolluted sky on sunny day (5)
10. Person who goes into wilderness without proper gear, eg (5)
11. Lake _____ – in Nelson Lakes National Park (7)
12. Type of grass growing around Desert Road in NZ’s North Island (7)
14. __ ___ move – tramping again after rest (2,3)
16. Haast’s _____ – extinct bird of prey that once lived in NZ wilderness (5)
18. _____ Boulders – large spherical boulders on Otago coast (7)
20. Insects you might see in forest leaf litter (7)
21. What you carry tramping gear in (5)
22. Environmentally friendly (5)
23. _____ __ the challenge – reacts positively to rigours of outdoor experience (5,2)


1. ___ __ ___ Park – conservation initiative in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges (3,2,3)
2. Type of banded metamorphic rock (6)
3. Gritty mud deposited by river or lake (4)
4. Retrace your steps (2,4)
5. Small tree that grows in coastal waters (8)
6. Stages in long tramp or wilderness trip (4)
9. This describes your path when headlamp battery dies (5)
13. Description of trek on terra firma (8)
15. Man-made fume or discharge that can damage environment (8)
17. Small compact-bodied aquatic bird found in NZ also called dabchick (5)
18. Mt _____ Hut – basic hut in Nelson Lakes National Park (6)
19. Means of reaching place – easy or hard (6)
20. Areas of wet marshy land (4)
21. Unwanted visitor that destroys environment – like rabbit in NZ, eg (4)

Hidden solution: Handy wilderness gadget (9)
May’s hidden solution: The Remarkables

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