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Great thanks @Matthew! Let me know if you need me to provide anything to help with that. Cheers, Tom
Hi Pascal (and other Travis-Sabine trampers out there) I know its short notice but wondered if you would consider/be able to start the Travis-Sabine circuit any earlier next week? Say Tuesday 3/Wednesday 4 March? If it ...
Thanks @bernieq. It is with one of the shown accesses so will send a message to the email you provided. Thank you.
If it's an issue with the base map (eg the topo map), I'd contact LINZ. If it's an issue with a layer (eg the green public access layer), email GIS@walkingaccess.govt.nz
Hmm, a little reticent to ask since the weather at the bottom of the South Island has been atrocious for the last several weeks, but how did your trip go, Robert?
Kia ora @tomharrisnz Thanks. I will look into this. Agree it would be a very good idea Thanks Matthew
Thanks for that Scottie, will do!
Hi Tom, You might want to send a message to @Matthew if he doesn't reply to this or you directly, he owns and runs this site.
Hi there, My name is Tom Harris and I work for the NZ Mountain Safety Council. As you may know, most of our work revolves around incident prevention tactics aimed at the wider public in the ...
Moving slightly off topic for a sec so maybe someone could PM me the answer, but I have found an inaccuracy in the maps/access in the link above. Is there anyone specific I contact to ...
The nature of your adventure will determine exactly what kind of sleeping bag you need to buy. Factors like you need to consider: Comfort rating (look for comfort rating, most sellers mention extreme rating) * Breathability (a ...
That's good to know, thanks @bernieq
Honora, I also hadn't been to WAMS for a while and had the same problem - but you can change the basemap. I'm not sure what's the difference between Outdoor and Public but select one and ...
Access, yes - thanks. Sorts are not working, though. Best and Latest give the same result (which, I presume, is Best).
Hi. Be great to meet one or a few people who are looking to tramp waikeremoana or somewhere in central north island in next couple of weeks. I have three weeks off at the start of ...
Photographs page fixed.
Spoke to Margaret Blue from Branches Station on 441 8421. Friendly and helpful, said to just call closer to the date to confirm when I'll be in that area.
The Mount Thomas park has a few peaks. Not that high at around 1000m but still a nice day trip
Here's the link to the Public Access website. http://wams.org.nz/wams_desktop/index.aspx I can't see the difference between the Outdoor Access and Public Access Maps and the maps don't seem to be as helpful as they once were when they ...
Hi I'm trying to knock off a few peaks around Canterbury if anyone is keen? So far I've done Castle Hill Peak, Peak Hill and Mt Barossa. Like to leave early generally as not to ...
Launch the bright pink drone. Bound to invite target practice from any hunters lurking out there within a 3km radius. Along the ridge to Horace Walker, the ferals had mown the grass down to ground ...
Sorry I have broken the photographs page. There was an urgent stability issue I needed to attend to. But I broke something else clearly. Should be resolved Wednesday.
Late to this thread but if you see an ad that seens particularly inappropriate, let me know. I will add a streamlined way to do this soon. Yes the ads are auto placed by Google. I ...
Keen for any advice on the actual track condition. Starting to get more adventurous with our 5 year old, and wondering if other trampers would consider the track ok for this age? I think he'll ...
Yes. Permission required for that
Do I need permission from Branches Station to go down from Shotover Saddle and up Lake Creek to Lochnagar? Thanks for the help.
I would't worry about the hunters, they only shoot their mates. Several hunters die from being shot each year, some proportion are drunk duck shooters. Maybe one tramper shot by a hunter in the last ...
The idea of course is not to get shot at by the hunters. Fortunately for us the deer don't carry guns. It's movement that the deer are likely to react to.
Not true. Deer like many nocturnal or crepuscular animals have 2 colour receptors tuned to yellow and blue/magenta unlike us who have 3 receptors for red green blue. This means they cant diffetentiate colours at the ...
wear colours that are obviously not shootable. Bright blue is one of the best. Deer are colour blind so you wont scare them towards the hunters
Reassuring news that.
Yep, was very windy on the tops. Hardly took any photos as I was concentrating on not getting blown off! Poor visibility anyway.
Arthur Borrell R.I.P.(station owner of the Branches back in the day)told us a few years before he died that a few MTB/pack rafters had carried their bikes down to the head of the lake and ...
Sounds, looks like heading down into there from above would be ill advised, I'll have think about going up to the head of Lochnagar with the packraft and having a poke around. It would be ...
I’m keen to hook up late April or May , a South Island track if your keen, Kind regards, Paul from Auckland
Looking at my pics: even getting past the waterfall at the head of the lake looks challenging! Nothing showing the spurs you are contemplating.
I think a lot of tracking software isnt working right at the moment.Probably due to a common point in the delivery chain. Ive had a couple of aliexpress orders show up before they were posted
fastway are crap at tracking their orders, i set for email updates.. it tells me the order is delivered a week after the fact...
Okay. Thanks, guys. Shipped from USA thru 'DPD' (UK). Delivered, 5 days earlier than expected, by 'Fastway'. Signature required, tho not offered nor selected in the purchase process. Amazon tracking didn't really keep up ...
Hi Ian, I've got some photos I can send you from my time at the lake. PM me your email and I'll send them to you. My personal opinion is they are not ridges that I would ...
Hi, checked through some old emails and couldn't find anymore specifics for hut ownership as must have discussed this via phone calls. Your best first step is as you suggest, talking to Rob Hamilton at Glenlee Station. ...
Thanks much for your prompt replies. I'm going up Molesworth way this weekend and will stop at Glenlee Farm/Station to ask if they can provide some insight....
theres huts further west that are showing on the map. I know those are old forest service huts. i'd doubt they are public huts if the other huts arent showing.
I will need to do some digging to double check but I did figure most of these out. My above post may have one hut incorrectly assigned. I have not made it into the area yet ...
Hi folks, I have read with interest your posts, as I'd also like to do some tramping in this area in the near future. I've found virtually no information on access or hut ownership and am wondering ...
Thanks for the thoughts. It could make sense to head over Shotover Saddle first and up to Lochnagar, paddle up the north side of the lake to the head and have a look from there. ...
I've been looking at this issue for a while and i'm not as yet convinced it isn't possible to reach the head of Lochnagar. With relative ease that is. And likely from the Snowy Ck. ...
Cant help you on the ascent from the head of lochnagar. But the sidle west of 2182, 2176 looked doable from where I descended into the snowy. Just don't be tempted to descend direct from ...
Looking at route guides, thinking about a round trip from W Matukituki, Cascade Saddle,Snowy Creek, Lochnagar, Shotover Saddle. http://www.routeguides.co.nz/routes/799 Looks a bit hairy along that sidle above Pine Creek, second picture down: ht...
A tramping mate (AndrewP over on www.bushwalk.com) has been producing contour maps (Aus, state by state) for use in Garmin GPS for quite some time - now he's added New Zealand North & South Island ...

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Hi there, My name is Tom Harris and I work for the NZ Mountain Safety Council. As you may know, most of our work revolves around incident prevention tactics aimed at the wider public in the ...
Hi. Be great to meet one or a few people who are looking to tramp waikeremoana or somewhere in central north island in next couple of weeks. I have three weeks off at the start of ...
Hi I'm trying to knock off a few peaks around Canterbury if anyone is keen? So far I've done Castle Hill Peak, Peak Hill and Mt Barossa. Like to leave early generally as not to ...
Sorry I have broken the photographs page. There was an urgent stability issue I needed to attend to. But I broke something else clearly. Should be resolved Wednesday.
Keen for any advice on the actual track condition. Starting to get more adventurous with our 5 year old, and wondering if other trampers would consider the track ok for this age? I think he'll ...
Looking at route guides, thinking about a round trip from W Matukituki, Cascade Saddle,Snowy Creek, Lochnagar, Shotover Saddle. http://www.routeguides.co.nz/routes/799 Looks a bit hairy along that sidle above Pine Creek, second picture down: ht...
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A tramping mate (AndrewP over on www.bushwalk.com) has been producing contour maps (Aus, state by state) for use in Garmin GPS for quite some time - now he's added New Zealand North & South Island ...
Hello all, I was hoping someone might be able to provide some advice on how to get to the aircraft wreck near Jumbo Hut. My son and I tried to get there when he was around 11 ...
Like many I’m always looking for new ways to spruce up the tramping menu. Thinking a couple slices of bread toasted over a stove each morning is easily achievable, using a piece of toaster gauze ...
Hi all, I am a mum to a 3 year old hiking mad toddler and an 8month baby girl. My toddler has been hounding me to do an overnight camp on one of our hikes. I've had quite ...
How does Amazon.US stuff get delivered in NZ, please ?. Can you make it signature required ?.
Hello people. I have been away for a while and I would love to share with you my latest experience. I recently came back from Nepal where I spent one month. It was a great experience tramping around ...
Hi people Just saw the DOC Facebook page and apparently bad weather has been hitting hard.. Milford track close for 3 weeks,routeburn closed permanently for all this season. Hope everyone is ok.
Thinking of doing the Three Passes route in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have an update on the snow conditions. Can you get by without crampons? I have done the route a couple of ...
Who has or has used one (presumably the Garmin Inreach or Spot Messengers? What's your experience, how reliably do they get messages in and out, do the out messages always come with a GPS position tag, ...
This cute little bivvy is in North Canterbury just west of Mt Thomas, along the ridge. It hasn't rained for a while and the seepage in the red tussocks up the slope is now dried ...
Hi, hiking community. I’m heading from Hamilton into the mighty Kaweka Forest for a four-day adventure starting from Makahu Hut with the destination being Manson Hut. I have loosely planned to also stay at Kiwi ...
I have an old Macpac Canyon pack that I need the straps replaced. Does anyone know if they have replacement for old packs? ... what sort of prices do they charge?
What's possible from the head of the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau? http://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-45.272772,167.414474&z=13 I understand it butts onto the Special Takahe area, but I can't find a map that clarifies the boundaries o...
I'm considering purchasing a PLB just so I never have to think about it again and was wondering what people recommend? I don't know anything about them or their other functions (if any), the purpose of ...
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I have recently seen some really striking long thermal Polypropylene bottoms that are made of clashing patterns and colours. For example, each leg might be different colour and the central gusset a clashing colour. Does anyone ...
Where: More or less the route Danilo Hegg documents here, perhaps without the deviations for peak bagging: https://www.southernalpsphotography.com/Tramping/Aspiring-Region/Whitbourn-Arawhata/ When: Just after Easter, leaving Easter Mon...
I recently started wearing Altra trail runners (Olympus model) for short trail walks around Melbourne and love the wide toe box. I’m wondering if they would be OK for the Kepler/Rakiura which I’ll be starting in ...
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We're considering taking our kids aged 3 and 5 on their first tent-camping tramping trip. We've taken them to Rod Donald (twice), Packhorse (twice), Woolshed Creek, and parts of the Queen Charlotte (twice). Looking for ...
Hi there, I'm Doro from Germany and currently travelling on the South Islands until the 12th of March. I'm looking for some tramping partners for some tramps in Fjordland and on Stewart Island. In case anyone ...
Historically we have the "The water provided in this facility is generally safe to drink but". But now in the St James Walkway (and probably elsewhere) we now we see these: https://zoneblue.nz/files/P1088155.JPG And more formally these: h...
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Hi All Will be visiting in April for a couple of the DOC tramps. Will hire a car and am interested to find out if there are any cheaper but reliable car hire outfits then the ...
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Hi Folks. Putting together a Great walk - it's our first one since moving to this paradise 5 years ago. I am planning on taking my kiddos - they are good little trampers and able to tackle ...
can anyone confirm to me if this 10m wide marginal strip up the Te Ekaou stream to access the Te Ekaou hut and forks hut,is what it is ,i made an inquiry with WAMS and ...
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My one-year old Pertex fabric (lightweight) rainjacket is pilling where my pack has rubbed - down the back, under one of the arms and on the hipbelt area. I took it back to the shop and ...
Hi Folks. Will be attempting the above walk with my family next weekend. Looking for a little insight on the following: 1. Are the river crossings deep (will have a 7 year old with me) 2. The hut ...
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Kia ora all. Can people share their thoughts on using microspikes. Are they at all useful? Are they helpful for crossing slippery rocks? What are people's experiences of using them?
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Ive just acquired a Terra Nova Quasar tent. The inner is too good to throw away but the 2 short poles need replacement. Thats easy enough but the fly has seen far to much sun ...
My wife and I (Retirees in our 60s) are 30 days away from beginning our first ever tramp in NZ. We have Abel Tasman, Milford, Keplar, Routeburn, Mt Cook/Mueller treks all scheduled and huts reserved ...
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Looking for a car swap with someone or group starting from The Divide end. 20th, 21st or 22nd April 2020. Anyone keen?
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""At CES 2019, The North Face revealed what sounded like an impossible product. A waterproof fabric that repelled the elements like rain, snow, and spilled coffee, while allowing warm air to escape in the other ...
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Hi, I’m planning to take a group of novice trampers up to Powell Hut on 25 January 2020, however I have just found out that the Holdsworth Circuit Trail Race will be on that same ...
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/118011616/biker-could-be-prosecuted-for-going-through-closed-section-of-newest-great-walk The man said he wanted to complete it anyway and passed "Do not Proceed" signs along the way. "It's really disappointi...
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Hey, I’m planning to do some off route tramping in the Fiordland area (inspired by moir’s guide south ) such as lake quill, light and dark valley, te au tops and others. Looking for partner/s ...
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