I'm Matthew and I started this website way back in December 1996. It has been evolving and growing ever since.

With a young family, I mostly content myself with day walks at the moment, around the Canterbury Plains.

Waitākere and Hunua Ranges closure

Waitākere and Hunua Ranges closure

All Waitākere Ranges forested areas are closed to public access from 1 May. 10 high risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges are also closed. Updated 6 May.   More ▶︎
History in the hills: Stamper batteries

History in the hills: Stamper batteries

Stamper batteries were massive iron machines, hauled into remote locations in the search for gold. Many are still there today.   More ▶︎
Discover Hakatere / Ashburton Lakes

Discover Hakatere / Ashburton Lakes

The open postglacial tussocklands between the Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers make for a great winter destination.   More ▶︎

Online mapping links

A collection of resources to help you plan and explore.   More ▶︎

Forums rules

tl;dr: Be friendly, be respectful, acknowledge our community values, stay on-topic, de-escalate.   More ▶︎

Community values

Your values are your own. However, these are the values we stand for as a community. Content on this site will be managed in line with these values.   More ▶︎

Awaroa Beach added to Abel Tasman National Park

Yesterday, an 8-hectare block of bush and sand was added to the conservation estate: Awaroa Beach became part of Abel Tasman National Park.   More ▶︎
Pike29: memorial money-maker

Pike29: memorial money-maker

Today, Nick Smith, Environment Minister, announced plans to construct New Zealand's tenth Great Walk as a memorial to the 29 miners who died in the Pike River Mine Disaster of November 2010. The Pike29 Memorial Track will be 45km in ...   More ▶︎

Beginners' guide to... your first time out

How to get started on your first overnight tramp.   More ▶︎

Beginners' guide to...staying safe

Key risks to be aware of in the back country, plus a few non-lethal annoyances!   More ▶︎

Forums moderation

This document outlines the protocols for moderation of forum content.   More ▶︎

Proposed track grading changes

A document describing proposed changes to the way tracks are graded on this website.   More ▶︎
Member since 3 June 20013 June 2001
Status Administrator