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Went through midweek in july 2018 and saw noone the whole way. Weekends & shoulder season may be busier. And border lockdown may have upped the numbers a bit - seems to have on the ...
Your proposed additions make sense. If someone wanted to bag multiple "original" SOTA peaks in a day, fine, they're pretty spread out and you've got at least an 150m ascent/descent between them, but only one ...
Hello All, Has anyone been put off walking the Heaphy during the MBiking season? Any positive or negative experiences with MBikers? I don't facing to have my calf shattered by a bike but perhaps the risks are low? Thanks, Alan
@bagger - good point re 'not enough local peaks'. == If we were to address that, then how's this for a solution? Keep the SOTA-like rules to identify principal peaks (e.g. Mt Hector - WL-004, Tararuas). ...
Hi I’m looking for some suggestions for a day walk around Mt Taranaki. I’m heading up to New Plymouth at the end of May and it will be the first time I’ve tramped in that area. ...
Interesting. The points based system is a good idea. My beef with the SOTA rules is that unless you live near a major range, you quickly exhaust the short drive day trip options, and have ...
Thanks ! Helpful
We need 10 degree frosts not snow. Even better 4 inches of rain in 30 minutes followed by 10 degree frosts. Not good for the roads or farms I know but that should turn wasp ...
Dettol/baby oil mix ?. Don't think the dettol did much. But sandflies don't like the baby oil. But .. if u make 2 stripes of it on your arm, they will bite the space that ...
What's this about homebrew repellant? I'm always keen to try new stuff especially if its DIY. The current natural repellant I have works for about 5 minutes. Not the biggest fan of DEET either not ...
How about u unzip the bag some percentage if it's too warm or add/remove sleepwear ?. Early Feb sounds like full-on Summer, tho March could be more changeable autumnal nights ?. Zero degrees rated bag ...
i dont think 350 is the rating thats the weight of the down in the bag. rating is fill rating of the down, how fluffy it is for a set weight. the weather can do anything, ...
Hi Am planning tenting the Routeburn Track Early Feb or poss March. Updating my compact sleeping bag. What warmth rating do you think I’d need please Looking at a Macpac down 500 - comfort about zero Celsius ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/300276910/slip-closes-walking-track-near-nelson
Maybe the Dettol/baby oil home brew could be tweaked ?. Not keen on the Deet myself. Just sayin'.
Reading up on wasps it seems like peppermint is the repellant of choice. Wasps hate it so much a few drops of peppermint oil at the entrance to a nest will see the nest abandoned. ...
Tourist who died hunting may not have been aware of rules - Coroner rules? they arent really rules, they are guidelines, and without knowing how he died, you wouldnt necessarily have saved him or found him anyway, ...
Fellow SOTA activator here. The points system is quite cool and gives another kick of motivation to get out there. I'd be keen for a pure peak based system as sometimes it's painful trying to ...
There is an international peak bagger site called Peakery. It has a NZ section but not a lot of active users for the NZ peaks. Here is a link.https://peakery.com/
It could be a temporary thing given the circumstances because there was very short notice. In any case I don't think direct expertise of a Minister is nearly as important as an ability to know ...
i looked at her profile on the labour website, if she had any background in conservation you'd expect to see it there.. and there was none
Ayesha was in my hall of residence at uni and in my med school class. She was a specialist in infectious diseases (I think - though it could have been microbiology- she was involved in ...
Yep, I don’t think ministers have to have any expertise in whatever portfolio they end up with Unfortunately
Erins above average fitness.. https://www.walkingwithwired.com/pct-2011
Hey has anyone here actually completed the PCT ? 120 days seems quick, but maybe seems the average ? Wow so that’s 4 months you’d need to allow ?
From that article “Nobody’s used these agents before for biocontrol,” Brown said. “There’s not a manual we can follow; we have to figure it out ourselves.” Does anyone want to calculate the chance of success? Didnt they ...
Look at Maggi whatwashername. She had a gardening tv show as a qualification.
What colour was the permolat? If not white colour it may not be a track/route but a vegetation, animal or bird research line?
i had to look her background up, its medical. cant find any reference about her being involved in conservation... maybe she grows roses?
Wasp-nest beetle and hoverfly get EPA nod for war on wasps https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/wasp-wipeout/124271025/waspnest-beetle-and-hoverfly-get-epa-nod-for-war-on-wasps
It has gotten so bad in the last few years that APNP and foothills are off limits from Dec to after the first good frosts. The wee beasties really take the enjoyment out of it.
Ha! 1st day out in canterbury since my temporary move here ... 10m into bush off the riverbed ... wasp sting! Maybe you're all correct to comment.
Wasps are at alarming numbers in the Canty foothills... as a local near Mt Grey I'd say this season has been one of the worst. Went for a picnic near Andrews Shelter at APNP last ...
Looking on Wams the start of the track is private property but most is Mount Grey forest park. Its a bit of a mess
Is the land owned by Rayonier? They may not be baiting in the Mt Grey area. Bating is carried out when the wasps are feeding on protein which usually happens from late Jan to Feb ...
I didnt see any vespex bait stations up there Is it still too early to hit them?
Nope, vespex needs to be put in those special enclosures to keep birds and other animals away from it. Any leftover after a week is taken away and disposed of. It's not possible to correctly ...
Can vespex by air dropped like 1080?
Certainly that whole range is out of bounds for me from now till after the first couple of hard frosts
I can't find much of a reference yet besides a one-liner on The Spinoff, but following Kiri Allan's news of a cancer diagnosis, and her taking medical leave as a consequence, it seems Ayesha Verrall ...
I've heard talk of the first couple members of a group passing thru & 3rd, 4th, 5th on the track got stung. Probably prudent not to have lingered !. Red's not a good ...
Will probably pass on the citronella. Bought some citronella repellent on the west coast as we had forgotten to pack any. Excellent on sandflys but we got swarmed by bees. Eucalyptus and mint though worth ...
Eucalyptus, citronella, mint. Or maybe it just makes them angry ?. Let us know ?.
Tried to go up Mount Grey today. Nearly made the top of the bush when confronted by a fallen log just crawling with wasps. No way to cross it without exposing hands and legs to ...
izogi, thank you - I had 2 windows open and copied the wrong one (dumb*rse!) edited above to this link : https://tramper.nz/forums/thread/8887?offset=1
"Inflatable Kayak" includes an enormous range of products and prices. There's also packrafts as madpom said. I wouldn't go for a $20 one from The Warehouse. There are thousand dollar + ones with some frame structure ...
There are also semi-rigid ones - which is what I assumed the OP meant. When I was looking it was a toss-up between those and a packraft both at the $1500 price start price. Got ...
You get what you pay for. The $20 Warehouse ones are kids toys. Paddling at the beach why not but watch the wind and tide. There have been a couple of recent incidents overseas of ...
Hi guys, does anybody know a good route to Mt Garfield in Lewis Pass? Last year I spotted some permolat markers around pt1239 / pt1261 and I wonder where it goes... respectively where the track ...
Also, are inflatable kayaks any good or is this a waste of money? Are they difficult to inflate/deflate and are they durable? I’m thinking portability key for me because I’m pretty small and it’s hard for ...

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Hello All, Has anyone been put off walking the Heaphy during the MBiking season? Any positive or negative experiences with MBikers? I don't facing to have my calf shattered by a bike but perhaps the risks are low? Thanks, Alan
Hi I’m looking for some suggestions for a day walk around Mt Taranaki. I’m heading up to New Plymouth at the end of May and it will be the first time I’ve tramped in that area. ...
Hi Am planning tenting the Routeburn Track Early Feb or poss March. Updating my compact sleeping bag. What warmth rating do you think I’d need please Looking at a Macpac down 500 - comfort about zero Celsius ...
https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/300276910/slip-closes-walking-track-near-nelson
Tourist who died hunting may not have been aware of rules - Coroner rules? they arent really rules, they are guidelines, and without knowing how he died, you wouldnt necessarily have saved him or found him anyway, ...
Hey has anyone here actually completed the PCT ? 120 days seems quick, but maybe seems the average ? Wow so that’s 4 months you’d need to allow ?
I can't find much of a reference yet besides a one-liner on The Spinoff, but following Kiri Allan's news of a cancer diagnosis, and her taking medical leave as a consequence, it seems Ayesha Verrall ...
Tried to go up Mount Grey today. Nearly made the top of the bush when confronted by a fallen log just crawling with wasps. No way to cross it without exposing hands and legs to ...
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Hi guys, does anybody know a good route to Mt Garfield in Lewis Pass? Last year I spotted some permolat markers around pt1239 / pt1261 and I wonder where it goes... respectively where the track ...
Also, are inflatable kayaks any good or is this a waste of money? Are they difficult to inflate/deflate and are they durable? I’m thinking portability key for me because I’m pretty small and it’s hard for ...
In my secret life as a radio ham, I've recently go into SOTA - Summits on the Air. This scheme lists all peaks* worldwide and allocates a number of points for each, based on difficulty ...
Hi guys, My name's AJ, and I'm the New Zealand rep for 'Micklagård' - a Swedish manufacturer of high-quality, woolen outdoor garments. I'm based in Southland, and I'm a keen hiker and deer stalker. I'd like ...
I've got a week of kayaking on Lake Manapouri and maybe Te Anau, and I'm looking for tips on great camping spots by the water. Just me and my hennessy hammock, so I'm not even ...
Fri night I dislocated my elbow at Woolshed Creek hut. A mate (ex army medic) tried to relocate it but wasn't able to. We had a PLB and in this situation (not life or limb ...
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Human remains found on West Coast likely missing tramper Marni Sheppeard https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300260621/human-remains-found-on-west-coast-likely-missing-tramper-marni-sheppeard
What websites do you use for mountain weather forecasts? Metservice, yr.no, and mountain-forecast.com (the latter of which I have never used before and found just now on a google search) are giving differing forecasts for ...
Somebody a while ago was looking for a picture of the old waihaha hut. I’ve got a photo but not sure how to load it onto this site
Hey guys! We are Y13 high school students and we are doing an innovation business project on “single use soaps”. As for our primary target market is towards 'Trampers in NZ', we would really appreciate it ...
Can you still camp here? I did in 2005 but the DOC website isn't clear, not sure if you still can? Can anyone comment on how bad the wasps are at present? Looking for a ...
I loved the Old Ghost Rd tramp. The geology, bird and plant life was spectacular. The planning into the track formation and the huts was admirable. Everyone we met was considerate and companionable except for ...
Looking to do an overnighter in Tongariro in April and was wondering what is better, Oturere Hut from Mangatepopo Road and return via Tama lakes, or Rangipo hut from desert road. I would consider myself ...
Has anyone bought gear from Mountain Warehouse? How did it hold up? *Looking to buy a new pair of mid-height lightweight boots to replace my destroyed Salomons for the Te Araroa - open to suggestions*
Hi, Having never used a Great Walk hut (always camped before), am now about to do so in March. I've no idea as to the caliber of these huts and if I should still be packing ...
This is my little alpine tent. 850g including poles, pegs and lots of guys. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50964712206_483500da9e_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50964711871_9a7894316b_z.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65...
Hi there Am thinking of tramping from Waiohine Gorge to Maungahuka hut via Cone on day 1, then to Totara Flats the next day, maybe stay the night there or carry on back to the start ...
A while ago I bought some MSR Groundhog tent pegs. I was looking at buying some more but no one seems to sell them in NZ anymore. Have they discontinued this product? If so what ...
Hi all. I'm new to the forum and new to the tramping community. I would love to take my 8 year old out to a bush tenting adventure somewhere around Auckland (Hunuas?,Waitakeres?). We're obviously not shy ...
So far I've only done day trips or overnight tramps, but after joining the local tramping club I am looking for a high quality multi day tramping pack. Currently I've got a cheap 75 liter ...
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While I very rarely visit the kind of huts that have supplied gas, I imagine if these recommendations on LGP would mean the end of supplied gas at some of the more popular DOC huts? https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/300219624/cli...
I enjoy making my own gear, partially as hobby and partially to get what I want. In Europe there was a decent supplier. The US has a few good suppliers. But I haven’t found any ...
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Does anyone know how safe it is to park for an overnight tramp in St Arnaud (say Kerrs Bay) or if there is anywhere safe nearby? Naturally keen to avoid break-ins where possible and I ...
Kia ora koutou, I've booked a shuttle From Dart Ford, east end of Wangapeka Track to Nelson airport 16 March 2021. Good opportunity to share the shuttle cost if you want to fly in to Nelson and ...
Hi Matthew, FYI: on the home page, in the What's new? section, the 1st 4 items link to their appropriate article. However, the next 4 items actually link to the 1st 4 articles and the remaining ...
Hi I’m seeking some updated advice for a day walk with family in the weekend. It’s some time since I’ve done the loop from Kaitoke to the old Dobsons hut site, down to Smith Creek shelter ...
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Hi guys, Just wondering if the borders between Aus and NZ would be open I would love to do the milford track. Now,I checked already the website and as usual everything it's fully booked for the tramping ...
East Cape ... http://tramper.nz/files/objectversions/28401/east-cape.jpg To West Cape. http://tramper.nz/files/objectversions/28400/20210101_102512.jpg Finally!!!
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MetVUV is showing good stable conditions over the SI from the 27th onwards. A few things 'lurking' off coast, but nothing making landfall. MetService is showing rain or showers every day. Not exactly the certainty I'd like ...
Hi guys, Hope you are well... I was wondering how the absence of tourist and travellers from around the world have impacted the mountains and treks ? More space in the huts ? More silence in the mountains with ...
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HI Wondering if anyone has some accurate info on how to find this Bivvy as the Moirs guide is pretty vague,saying that the bivvy is a couple hundred meters from the river on the TR where ...
I'm definitely a tentaholic and these must go, it's embarrassing how many unused tents I have so have priced them at giveaway prices. Can be picked up in Titahi Bay Wellington or shipped if need ...
New to the area, and these look like the closest spots for me. Not interested in great walks or highly manicured tracks really (but, I have never done the Lake Waikeromoana great walk so i ...
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Hi all, I am after some accurate times for heading into the Beans Burn? I have only made it to the first flat before by way of jet boat a few years ago now. In Moir's it says ...
Worth a look: https://felixpalmer.github.io/new-zealand-3d/ Any other sites that do similar? This seems a step up in quality to the 3D views on google earth.
Hi. Posting this as I often see enquiries whether people need to take a tent on particular trips. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123459054/tourist-died-of-hypothermia-while-tramping-to-angelus-hut-in-nelson-lakes Seven recommendations we...
"A backcountry expert is calling for a fundamental rethink at the Department of Conservation - away from a focus overseas visitors, towards better serving growing numbers of New Zealanders getting into outdoor recreation. Peter Wilson is ...
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I've run off some up to date 'atlases' for the Backcountry Navigator app - if anyone is interested. These allow you complete NZ coverage of topomaps and WAMS-style access maps when not in coverage. They ...
Edit hut failing with error: === I don't understand this location: "NZTM2000 E1210740, N4932060". === These are the existing coordinates from the previous version of the hut and have not been changed by the edit.
Today was a scorcher and I loathe wearing sunscreen. I’ve been just wearing shorts and a short sleeve top in the heat but am getting more wary of protecting myself against UV exposure. Ideally without ...
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I understand the bridge across the Dart was destroyed during the floods beginning of this year, assume it hasn't, won't be replaced for this summer? Does anyone have an idea how easy it is to cross ...
Hi Guys! My friend and I are keen to explore the South Island by tramping but we dont have any experience. Any of you willing to adopt us in your tramping plans in the south ...

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