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HI Trampers, I'm looking for recommendations for a multi-day hike. We are a group of Aussie mums wanting to take our kiddo's on a multi day 'coming of age' and 'bonding' hike when they finish primary ...
Yeah, this is a really informative & useful website (I've contributed quite a bit considering I'm not a kiwi) but the spam has become a real problem. Perhaps Matthew should consider enabling a handful of moderators ...
Even on facebook the amount of spam is astounding. On the page I look after Ive taken to declining membership of every application from facebook accounts less than 3 days old. Over the last month ...
It's a shame, forums are a better format for in-depth conversation, archiving information and more considered input (I notice on facebook groups, responses to things I ask are often barely relevant). But the low traffic ...
its all expensive huts in the front country now that soaks up all the money.... encourages too many people to compete for the upmarket huts...
I’d read earlier this year that their finances were a mess because central govt had changed their funding. Now it looks like it’s impacting their ability to maintain huts,, and to help others do so. ...
Thanks Ian H and Moh Oz......much appreciated.
@Moh_Oz, thanks for the link to Entranced by Wilderness, it's good to visualise almost all of that route. Interesting how much (what appears to be old) snow is in [his picture from January 2020 looking towards ...
https://www.entrancedbywilderness.com/serpentine-high-lakes-traverse/ After looking at the above link (Jan 2020) I’d be planning to take an ice axe if it was me. Having said that, many years ago I did go over north col in late Feb ...
I did from the North Col - Lake Nerine - Park Pass in December 2020, did need an ice axe on the last bit up to the North Col. When I did it, it needed careful ...
Hi there. I'm doing the above trip in February and was wondering if an ice axe was needed going from North Col to the Route Burn North Branch. Plus, how exposed / tricky is the the walk ...
thats a weakness of facebook. It seems to go out of its way to stop you reading old posts. As for this forum it is run by one person as a volunteer project. I assume ...
There's a NZ FB one which I joined up with but it would be hard to find archived topics so it doesn't suit me. Things here are under categories which is really good. Also the quality ...
This one seems pretty quiet these days, and spam often dominates. Where do you go to ask questions about NZ related tramping topics. Cheers from Dunedin.
Hi Pascal I forwarded on your post to my brother who has Swiss connections in Nelson. He says he'll forward your post on to some fit Swiss trampers he knows. cheers, Honora
Hi I'm from Switzerland and staying in Nelson at friend's home until Christmas. Looking for people for doing advanced tramping in the area here. Would love doing some off the beaten track hiking and also climbing ...
the parks is still open, its just The huts that arent. some roadends are bad for vandalism and theft.... there are places that will look after your car for a small fee. the TUT managing authority ...
Does anyone have a sense of whether it is possible to tramp and camp and or kayak and camp on/by the lake and the rest of the Urewera? Can you drive and park at a ...
This is devastating, Ive wanted to visit many of these huts. Even a great deal of maori are unhappy about this too. I think the best way to save these huts is to get a group of ...
Join our voices to save Te Urewera huts constructed by volunteers and paid for by all of us. Save our taonga, our mahi, our huts! https://chng.it/6pG4yLgML9 In this video you can see one of the Te ...
a photo gallery of all the huts are here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678617252359271/posts/3275880005966313/
It is unclear how many new structures will be built and what they will look like. Sources told Stuff the estimated total replacement cost of the 50 or so huts in Te Urewera would be ...
Does anyone Know where we can find a timeline for this, or a list of huts to be removed? I cant believe Rogers Hut will be taken out! Surely thats quite significantly historic?
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/476295/te-urewera-backcountry-huts-will-be-gone-by-christmas-critic-says "A former Department of Conservation ranger says plans to remove 55 backcountry huts in Te Urewera is "a shocking abuse of departmental powe...
I don’t see the point of removing a public resource ? They are functional, could well do with upgrades, but that could take place on a case by case basis Is this just like a dog marking ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/300705837/dozens-of-huts-to-be-removed-from-te-urewera-as-thoe-plan-bespoke-replacements Dozens of back country huts are to be removed from Te Urewera Ranges by the Tūhoe iwi authority. Tony Wall reports....
Light and up to the job has a value that can only be appreciated by those willing to pay. My winter bag has a similar rating 1 2/3 times the weight and quarter the price. ...
2 working pens in the biv and the fire beautifully laid so I suspect that was the hand of Richard Jaansen, the awesome broom-cutter who was there at QB w/e. The canvas bunk had been ...
Splashed out on a Sea-to-Summit Spark model which only weighs 800g and is rated for -8 degrees, but the amount I paid to keep me warm, safe and enabled to do particular trips earned a ...
We categorized all kinds of bags as per user and their need. If you are a working woman of multi facets and multi commitments; Like you are mother, working lady and a responsible house lady ...
Many thanks nzbazza — much appreciated! Cheers, Alan
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I assume you mean no-one with sufficient literacy to write a name & date in the visitors book ... not quite the same thing! But yes, many places - Takitimus for example where huts get years ...
They have gas canisters at the 4 Square although on our last visit they had none due to supply chain issues. Also the backpackers had plenty of gas canisters from people departing the island by ...
I've just been to Stony Stream biv to check out a new track cut from the stream up to the biv. No one had been in the biv since June when the track was completed.
https://www.furtherfaster.co.nz/ and https://www.packgeargo.co.nz/ are local retailers that have a lot of ultralight gear. https://fiordlandpacks.nz/ or https://www.southernlitepacks.co.nz/ or https://www.heliumpacks.nz/ can make you a custom U...
Greetings Everyone, My GoLite Odyssey tramping pack is now the worse for wear and I need to start thinking about replacing it. I carry an indecent amount of camera gear, tripod etc so 80 l maybe OK ...
Thanks everyone for the feedback. We have booked our flights and will be flying into Queenstown on March 28th and out of Christchurch on April 13th. Due to the time of year we are not ...
Thanks Ian will check it out. Phil
I think there's a Four Square supermarket still there. Give them a call, I'm pretty sure they have gas canisters. 03 219 1069 https://www.foursquare.co.nz/south-island/southland-and-stewart-island/stewart-island Rules on flying in with ga...
From memory are gas canisters available for sale at Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre? Phil
Neato, will check out farmlands next time I'm there!
For socks I do not use recognised sports chains but go to Farm Supply outlets. Reinforced wool blend socks do the trick. Straight wool socks lack durability as you have found out. I'm a member ...
If you plan to hike for a few miles for about one to two hours, then running shoes should be fine. However, if you are planning for a hike that covers a longer distance, I ...
I went up there a few weeks ago in the 4wd but still in 2wd and it started to bog in that ford. Interesting but no drama. Went to the top came back and wondered ...
Thanks for the update Geeves. I've been up there many times but 28 July was the first time the ford caused my heart to skip a beat.
Bound to be some small ones
Are there any unexplored valleys left in Fiordland?
Bummer - did not know about that, so no I didn't. Still, they were the worst of the lot (and the most expensive) in terms of durability. Very comfortable, but yeah. I don't want to ...
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HI Trampers, I'm looking for recommendations for a multi-day hike. We are a group of Aussie mums wanting to take our kiddo's on a multi day 'coming of age' and 'bonding' hike when they finish primary ...
I’d read earlier this year that their finances were a mess because central govt had changed their funding. Now it looks like it’s impacting their ability to maintain huts,, and to help others do so. ...
Hi there. I'm doing the above trip in February and was wondering if an ice axe was needed going from North Col to the Route Burn North Branch. Plus, how exposed / tricky is the the walk ...
This one seems pretty quiet these days, and spam often dominates. Where do you go to ask questions about NZ related tramping topics. Cheers from Dunedin.
Hi I'm from Switzerland and staying in Nelson at friend's home until Christmas. Looking for people for doing advanced tramping in the area here. Would love doing some off the beaten track hiking and also climbing ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/300705837/dozens-of-huts-to-be-removed-from-te-urewera-as-thoe-plan-bespoke-replacements Dozens of back country huts are to be removed from Te Urewera Ranges by the Tūhoe iwi authority. Tony Wall reports....
Greetings Everyone, My GoLite Odyssey tramping pack is now the worse for wear and I need to start thinking about replacing it. I carry an indecent amount of camera gear, tripod etc so 80 l maybe OK ...
From memory are gas canisters available for sale at Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre? Phil
Are there any unexplored valleys left in Fiordland?
Wool socks I've had from Crapmandhu, Icebreaker, Macpac, etc have all been expensive and comfy, but develop holes very quickly. Merino was lovely but fell apart very fast. I'm lucky in that I don't really ...
As of 28 July, a slip across the road (between the first and second gates) was blocking access to the View Hill car park. It would be great if someone could provide an update when ...
68 yr old boy in Tauranga looking for others to share adventures with anywhere in NZ. I mostly go bush for 2-3 nights during the week, when it isn't full of brats, but willing to ...
I have a lot of experience in summer conditions (or what americans call "3-season"). I came to tramping from a trail running background, and continued wearing trail runners happily - so I know f all ...
Anyone tramped the eastern track Ruahine to Shutes Hut? It looks a big days walk. Any information appreciated.
Hi everyone, I was out in the weather over the weekend and decided I need new overtrou - my current ones are 30+ years old. I have been thinking about the 'Hunters Element' obsidian trous. Is ...
Bait the rat trap without getting your hands dirty. You will hear a buzzer which will confirm that it has been engaged.This rat trap is very easy to clean. Just wash the trap with soapy ...
Hello fellow trampers. I have several items of gear and apparel on sale on Trade Me at the moment. - Hilleberg UL 10 Tarp and poles. Never used. - Outdoor Research Cathode hoodie (synthetic insulation.) Pristine ...
Hi all, Stretching the definition of gear perhaps, but, my trusty MP3 player has just sadly died. Having noticed people laugh at it more and more the last couple of years, for those that listen to ...
Kia ora everyone! I'm palnning my visit to Aotearoa at the coming winter. I come from a warmer country, so I build an entierly new kit for this trip these days. Since I wouldn't be using much of ...
Hello, having visited and tramped in places where Cook landed in NZ, have often wondered if there is evidence in his journals that supports the idea that he found the scenery beautiful in places such ...
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/how-to-secure-a-spot-on-milford-track-and-great-walk-booking-myths-busted/ILNYMXI26MBPKJ5K5YLXYNS6IA/ **How to secure a spot on Milford Track and Great Walk booking myths busted** >The first Great Walks op...
Hi all, my husband and I have done a lot of tramping but always on recognisable tracks to official huts or campsites. We've never just said 'hey, that looks like a beautiful valley, let's walk ...
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Looking to do an overnighter this weekend in Tararua, but have some vehicle issues (and no friends overly keen to do long lifts). I am not overly familiar with Tararua - what are some entrances/exits ...
Hi. Does anyone know how the Pike29 Memorial Track is meant to fit in with the Paparoa Track? On the DOC website it says it will be open by the end of the year. Bookings ...
Hi all, I've been wondering about the use of ropes on tramping trips. Occasionally see or hear comments suggesting they be used on certain sections of a route but not sure how. I'm imagining tying it ...
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I live in a small remote mountain town in the state of Colorado in the USA surrounded by a million hectares of public land. We are planning a round the world trip from March 2023 ...
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Has anyone got any updated news when the Heaphy track will be fully open?
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Hiya, Trying to find out if and where there is a decent track.... Have just walked in and out the south-eastern approach from Glenhope-Tadmor road (Kaka settlement) to Granity Pass Hut / Mt Owen bassin. Just 1k ...
Hello all, Looking at doing a day trip up Mt Erebus via the Deadmans track. Would be interested in any comments regarding the state of Deadmans track (there seems to be a few conflicting opinions) and how ...
Hi Guys Now that NZ's borders are opening, my thoughts are once again turning to some adventure on your fine shores. I’m keen to hear any throughs on the following trip (for Feb-March 2023). I was ...
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HI All I was wondering if anyone on here is a previous staff member of Macpac or knows of anyone who may have been between 1995-2005. I have a classic old Torre pack with a 25years Limited ...
A mere three hours from the Poulter Hut but a world away in terms of remoteness. An absolutely beautiful setting with the hut perfectly positioned to capture the views both up-valley and down-valley. Only 12 ...
I got some Keen mid height boots, which are great for wider feet. But I am now looking for some lightweight trail shoes for casual trail walking. So far I have found Asics Sonoma 5 (4E ...
Planning to head into Roaring Lion Hut on via Karamea Bend on thursday 10th and coming out on Sunday 13th March. Route will be via Karamea Bend hut. I live in Motueka and can provide ...
The strap has come off one of my Fairydown poles, I have lost the “wedge” which holds it but figured I can get something else to go in there if only I could get the ...
Google tells me my password has been breached on this website. I have been trying to change it but only find a recovery link if I cannot log in. Do I use this? I have ...
Having recently suffered from "foot maceration" after a long day of tramping with wet feet, here's an interesting link that will answer all the questions you might have to prevent this (although not always possible). https://www.blister-preventio...
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Hello Everyone My grownup up kids and I have a Heaphy trip booked for early March. However, it is looking increasingly likely that it will be a no go, with increasing Covid numbers and risk that ...
I've only recently started trekking, and find my internal personal GPS isn't so good! So I'm looking for a device to carry that I can use (without data or signal, perhaps on preloaded maps). I ...
Who's still using a liquid fuel stove such as a Whisperlite, and if so, why? (Not knocking peoples choices, just curious) I'd have used a Whisperlite or a Coleman liquid fuel stove in the past for bigger ...
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Hi again trampers, Does anyone have any recent experience of crossing Lennox Creek and Lennox Pass, more specifically the Kea Basin track to Lennox Creek and the crossing. I've read Moir's description and Southern Alps Photography's ...
I was wanting some help with the route for the Tin Range on Stewart Island and wondered if anyone has the coordinates / way points for the route that I could use to put into ...
It's been discussed many times before, but always good as a reminder. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/458674/police-urge-campers-trampers-to-carry-distress-beacon >**Police urge campers, trampers to carry distress beacon** >Police and...
Kia ora, happy holidays. I guess I'm old school for not having a smart phone or GPS (and even if I did, I'd want back up paper). Anywho, with the LINZ and topomap websites having quite functional ...
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I'm going to walk the Tongariro Northern Circuit in 3 days, starting at Mangetepopo and finishing in Whakapapa. Going to walk with my 9yo daughter. I've calculated that I need 3500 calories a day, my daughter ...
Just wondering if anyone has had issues getting up Paratu Stream recently. On a planned overnighter up to Pfeifer Biv this weekend we managed to lose the main stream and ended up somewhere in thick ...
Hi trampers, Just wondering if anyone has been up Twenty Five Mile Creek recently. I'm looking to head into this area soon with a tramping club group and we have been advised by the station owner ...
Hi, I am in the market for a new rain Jacket for tramping. Ideally I would get something like the Earth Sea Sky Hydrophobia. But I am keen to get something that has a PFC ...

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