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I gave up using heavy padded/insulated hiking boots unless I am tramping the tops. Better to get lightweight ones that can dry quicker. I used to carry a pair of sports sandals (had Tevas) that I can ...
Leaky boots is fine, they're going to be wet after your first river crossing anyway. Assuming you're not going out in super cold conditions. But falling apart footwear is not ok :-)
Thanks everyone for the advice! Another present sorted :-)
Great walks and high quality trails certainly sneakers or trail runners will do the job. Still get good quality and a good sole. You are not going to keep water out unless you avoid water. ...
Hi There was a post started a few years ago on favourite NZ tramping books . To add to that Shaun Barnett has just put out a lovely book “Across the Pass, “ with a wide ...
Hi all :) Thank you in advance for any wisdom. I would really like to hear thoughts from the experienced :) I actually have a few mini questions about 2 topics; high-cut hiking boots vs hiking/other shoes, ...
Thanks for your kind words Honora, we've had positive feedback from trampers already that it's nice to have these options available.
I've discovered the Pics PB slugs. Great with those oversweet muesli bars as it reduces the GI when eaten in tandem. Pics PB is runnier, oilier and has more salt than our usual PB we ...
3M transpore is bloody good tape for mending holes in duvet jackets. It tears into the desired size easily and survived being washed, no trouble. It would be just as good for a sleeping bag. ...
3M transpore is bloody good tape for mending holes in duvet jackets. It tears into the desired size easily and survived being washed, no trouble. It would be just as good for a sleeping bag. ...
Worth checking out. Getting egg powder has been problematic in the past.
Hello everyone, We'd like to let you know that the following food powders are available from our online shop at https://KetoStore.NZ ... All are light weight, 100% pure ingredients and great to add new dimensions ...
The key thing whether you go for AAA or 18650 is to ensure you can swap batteries in the field. A power pack to charge a torch with is not much use in the dark ...
Eneloops are RTU NiMh (not Li-ion) and come in standard sizes like AA, AAA etc. Whereas your typical Li-ion uses sizes like 18650, which is unique to this technology ... and a bit larger/higher voltage. If you ...
Eneloops are RTU NiMh (not Li-ion) and come in standard sizes like AA, AAA etc. Whereas your typical Li-ion uses sizes like 18650, which is unique to this technology ... and a bit larger/higher voltage. If you ...
I'd agree with you on prefering Lithium ion batteries over NiCad. I use a torch rather than headlamp so can't help re mofels, but would only buy a torch with removable LI batteries such as ...
>Another question to answer is what type of battery do they want? Get a AAA headlamp and use rechargeable batteries. And carry a set of regular batteries as spares (they will last up to a decade ...
I have / like the Nitecore headlamps. Have a Nu32. https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/nu32 Things I like: IP67 (Waterproof to 1 m for at least an hour) Most important of all, a reliable 'stay off' mode for when it's in your pack. ...
Another question to answer is what type of battery do they want? If you take an USB power bank tramping for charging phones/gps watches or are concerned about the environmental footprint of single-use batteries, then choose ...
black diamond spot and storm.. all you're likely to need for tramping,, they have variable brightness setting the storm has three extra colour LED's for when you dont want to affect your night vision or you ...
I've been pretty happy with a BD Spot head-torch over 4+ years - models have changed a bit (and multiplied, it seems - more choice). Certainly waterproof, it has a good locking soft-switch to prevent accidental ...
Looking for recommendations for a headtorch that is "waterproof enough to use in heavy rain, lightweight, bright and has a good battery life" for a Christmas present. Not going to be used for anything extreme ...
For any such need, I always refer to iahas.com as their recipes are 100 percent natural and enriched with therapeutical herbs and spices that are very effective for many health conditions. Since I am a ...
For some more variety in dehy veggies, beans and soy-based proteins, have a look at HarmonyHouse Foods, website GoHHF.com, which is an US-based but they do sent to NZ (10days before delivery in Aug.2021). Select ...
Another one for you - colleague just back from an ascent of Mt Adams. 2140m vertical height difference, most of it in 5km! Ice axe and crampons - but he describes it as a scramble ...
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Good information :)
Not enough info to draw any meaningful conclusion.
I haven't been up there, I'm just reading Moirs Guidebook (North) and looking at the topomap. The topomap shows a track up the valley through the bush sections and two huts in the valley. https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-43.97614...
Hi Ian Many thanks for your feedback. Is there something like a track along the river or just bush?
Moirs says take the road on the true right of the Turnbull just before the bridge. There's a locked gate at some point, presumably leave car there then walk through the bulldozed track to the ...
Hi I‘m planning to tramp up the Okuru Valley next autumn. Is it best to drive up the Turnbull road as far as possible? Where is best to park the car? How long does it take ...
That's great thanks, I've always wanted to do the loop but never gotten around to doing it. Will definitely try to do it when I'm down at Xmas time
I'd suggest looking at a topomap when planning a trip (and obviously taking one with you when you go). They give clear indications of distance. Online topomaps are available from several sites, including: http://www.topomap.co.nz/ Most tr...
Is any person familiar with the distance between these two points? DOC give you the times but not the distance.
Six months ago I walked this track. It's undulating but easy as. Track down to Makaretu Hut is good. At the bottom head straight to the river and cross. The hut is up on the ...
How did you find the track along the tops from Longview to the turn off?
In 2018 I did a nice loop from Kashmir Rd up to Longview, along the ridge before dropping down to Makaretu Hut. The walk down Makaretu River the next day was very pleasant, and there ...
@nzbazza cheers for the tenacious tape idea. I also asked on an overseas hiking forum and the unanimous suggestion was Tenacious Tape. Looks like good stuff.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/452775/focus-on-improving-tramper-safety-for-angelus-hut-a-hotspot-for-accidents >Fatalities and a high rate of search and rescue incidents near one of the most popular huts in the Nelson Lakes has led to sev...
I've used Tenacious Tape to repair snags in the kids down jackets. Quite a permanent repair. Rather spendy though. https://www.bivouac.co.nz/gear-aid-tenacious-tape-repair-tape.html
What glue would you use to patch a hole in an old-but-good sleeping bag? Nylon to nylon. Preferably something available from Mitre 10 or Bunnings. Cheers!
I've got nalgenes from 5ml, 20ml, 30ml, 60ml, 100ml, 120ml, 250ml, 500ml etc. Round ones, square ones, different plastics etc. They're out there. A daywalk with a half packet of crackers. I might have vegemite too, or ...
Would 100ml cut it? Pro-active (OP) was talking about 18oz - 450 to 500g. The smallest nalgene (that would be big enough) I could find was the 1L variety. That's what I thought you were ...
Yeah but a 60 - 100ml nalgene could be sufficient and i wouldn't take a whole jar of peanut butter. If i only have a half jar or less there is the space to consider ...
PB is a lunch staple on vita-wheat biscuits for me. I carry it in the plastic jar the pb comes in - jar weighs 38g. For a 30g difference, ziploks aren't robust enough imo. Shorter ...
At the bridge over the Ashley just north of the road the whole place looked like a war zone. Obviously the approaches to the bridge had been rebuilt but the piles of gravel suggest water ...
Nalgene containers are light, watertight and easy to fill, clean and re-use.
Track to deer fence was unaffected. Would be ok in 2wd with good clearence. From deer fence to forks recently buldozed so uncompacted & spongy. For those that can get a key. Youngman Str hut unaffected by ...
Or maybe just take the pladtic jar it came in.

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Hi There was a post started a few years ago on favourite NZ tramping books . To add to that Shaun Barnett has just put out a lovely book “Across the Pass, “ with a wide ...
Hi all :) Thank you in advance for any wisdom. I would really like to hear thoughts from the experienced :) I actually have a few mini questions about 2 topics; high-cut hiking boots vs hiking/other shoes, ...
Hello everyone, We'd like to let you know that the following food powders are available from our online shop at https://KetoStore.NZ ... All are light weight, 100% pure ingredients and great to add new dimensions ...
Looking for recommendations for a headtorch that is "waterproof enough to use in heavy rain, lightweight, bright and has a good battery life" for a Christmas present. Not going to be used for anything extreme ...
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Hi I‘m planning to tramp up the Okuru Valley next autumn. Is it best to drive up the Turnbull road as far as possible? Where is best to park the car? How long does it take ...
Is any person familiar with the distance between these two points? DOC give you the times but not the distance.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/452775/focus-on-improving-tramper-safety-for-angelus-hut-a-hotspot-for-accidents >Fatalities and a high rate of search and rescue incidents near one of the most popular huts in the Nelson Lakes has led to sev...
What glue would you use to patch a hole in an old-but-good sleeping bag? Nylon to nylon. Preferably something available from Mitre 10 or Bunnings. Cheers!
Any Cantabrians know if the Lees Valley Rd is open? DOC say no access to Wharfwdale from Lees but say nothing about Youngman/Tarn and I can't find anything on any on the Canterbury or national ...
Heya folks, Does anyone know if you can access makaretu hut from manawatu River road end out the back of norsewood? On the topo website it looks like there are tracks that go in via happy daze ...
Stuck in the Atiwhakatu headwaters north of Jumbo (down the spur ESE of McGregor if the big read circle in the Stuff article is accurate) after attempting to get around Baldy and McGregor without overnight ...
An enterprising lad has started to document back country huts in NZ https://www.youtube.com/c/LostKiwi/videos
Hi all, I’m looking for a tramping partner/buddy who has got some experience around Wanaka/Hawea/Mt Aspiring areas as I’m new to the area and am very keen to get out and explore. I’m a 45 year old ...
I own several other tents and tend to tramp alone so no longer have a need for this guy. Be about 20 years old but only used a few times so in pretty good nick. Seems ...
What's the cheese with the longest life at pack-temperature, that you have seen in supermarkets in NZ? I had some yak cheese in Nepal which lasted weeks without refrigeration, maybe months. It was as hard ...
Nice to see Kreig is still out and about https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/experiences/hiking-holidays/126167144/tramper-on-stewart-island-unaware-of-nationwide-lockdown
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/milford-sound-master-plan-government-confirms-work-will-progress-to-next-stage/YZJO3MS3B7UWAZADOH6SRIBUT4/ >Milford Sound is set for change, with the possibility of a ban on fixed-wing aircraft, overseas visitors h...
Couple of questions: 1. Now (late July), are ice axe and crampons advisable? 2. Does anyone know of any ridge sites where you could put down a tent with access to water? I suspect there aren't any, ...
Just wondering if there is anyone here who is currently using the Garmin Instinct Solar (or non-solar) for multi-day hikes? I'm really interested to learn a couple of things in terms of how you use it ...
Anyone been through there and down the Landsborough? Travel along the north shore of Lake Douglas not too bad? (Moirs says ‘difficult, eroding, rockfall', though that could be avoided with a pack raft) Iceaxe needed for Douglas ...
Kia ora koutou, My name is Danielle and I am seeking a like-minded tramping partner. Ideally, I'd like to meet someone who is open-minded, kind, and in my age bracket (30s). I'm keen to connect with ...
Hey folks, After graduating college this December, I'll be leaving my home in Minnesota to explore NZ for the month of January. I'd love to hit Mt. Aspiring National Park and am thinking about doing ...
Just wondering how feasible this is switching as necessary between high and low level routes to accommodate the weather. I'd be carrying a tent, axe & crampons but obviously need to avoid avalanche routes as ...
A couple of mates have recently caught the tramping bug and are keen to do a 2-6 day tramp in the next month or two. We all recently live on the north island, so aren't ...
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This is absurd, but it seems every pair of socks I've purchased in the last year are cr*p, no matter how much or how little I spend on them. They've all developed holes within a ...
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Anyone got visibilty of the Seaward Kaikoras from where they are? A guess asto the altitude of the snowline, and the depth of snow up to say 1600m would be appreciated. Before close-of-business Thursday if ...
Sorry if this has already been asked & answered before, but I'm really after some good ideas for overnight bush walks about 2-3 hours drive from Auckland, ideally without the use of DOC huts. I ...
hey this year I've been working on a designing a lightweight portable boot dryer to dry boots on the go while out hiking. I currently have two designs one using a micro fan and low ...
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For those who are familiar with the Tararuas… Does anyone know what this building might be on the top of Maymorn 851? Thanks Aerial https://goo.gl/maps/oW9XvUGhdbpexY856 Topomap http://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-41.017696,175....
I have had someone tell me that they couldn't download one of my GPX files in the system. I had a look and I think the problem is that she was clicking on the file, expecting ...
Loss looks at the devastating effect introduce mammals have had on New Zealand’s unique wildlife. https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/fight-for-the-wild/story/2018793166/1-loss-fight-for-the-wild
Documents leaked to National suggest DoC shake-up is on the cards https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/documents-leaked-to-national-suggest-department-of-conservation-shake-up-is-on-the-cards/ The document, which National passed on to ...
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The Remote Huts website (which is awesome) says to allow 3-4 hours from the Taipo Bridge to the Rocky Creek Biv. Bwa-ha-ha-ha! I've got a box of beer for anyone that can do that in ...
I'm looking to buy a PLB, and I saw this affordable PLB at SafetyBeacons: https://www.safetybeacons.co.nz/catalog/product/view/id/27/s/cetcme-vpl8-plb It meets all my requirements, but I can't find a lot of reviews about it. Looking through ...
From the hut book at Martins Bay: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158391472_0f1b280148_h.jpg 68 days from Nelson Lakes to the Hollyford. Just about all the high country in between. OK, I don't think she went anywhere west of the ma...
What is the biggest vertical height gain in one go on tramping terrain in NZ? Not including real climbing - eg excluding doing Mt Aspiring as a day trip from the road end or the ...
Recently did a trip with 12 days food and packraft with my Macpac Amp 40 pack. (Carrying 15 kg total, had tent, packraft and mattress on the outside to start). Things I found: Though I liked the ...
I hadn't heard of this accident until now, but the article's interesting as an expression of FMC's view of the difference between club trip leaders and commercial guiding. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/124989932/expert-hig...
Coming weekend I'll be doing the Jumbo Circuit counter clockwise with my 8yo daughter. We'll be sleeping in Powell Hut, which should take about 8 hours (via Jumbo Hut). Planning to be on the track ...
Just got back from 9 days. Routeburn Shelter to Harris Saddle, down Deadmans, down the Hollyford to Martins Bay then Big Bay Gorge River Barn Bay Cascade Martyr Saddle and then finally a ride from ...
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 ...

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