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N E W Z E A L A N D<br />



ISSUE 225<br />

APR/MAY 2021<br />

NZ $10.90 incl. GST<br />





FASTER<br />

it's often the little things that matter<br />

#225<br />

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The latest seven-day lockdown for Auckland<br />

give us more time to evaluate and appraise.<br />

No restaurants, no bars, no coffee shops,<br />

no parties, no crowds, then add in a<br />

Tsunami, to be fair, it was a tough week.<br />

Sure, I know other places in the world have<br />

it a lot, lot tougher. I am not a nay-sayer; I<br />

agree and support the government’s stand,<br />

but you did get a strong feeling of here we<br />

go again.<br />

I don’t want to take credit for this, (I heard it<br />

on the radio while driving) but a life coach<br />

was looking not at the silver lining of Covid,<br />

but of the effect. He said in his opinion,<br />

that Covid and the associated restrictions,<br />

‘concentrated’ our life experiences. That the<br />

inability to do whatever we chose, reflected<br />

against what we could do. It has given us<br />

a chance to evaluate what is important and<br />

what’s not. What we need and what we<br />

don’t. The value in walking with the family<br />

on the beach compared with dinner in town.<br />

Mountain biking your local area compared<br />

to driving to the city. Even the loss of<br />

income, people are looking and openly<br />

saying ‘how much do I really need to live’.<br />

What’s the value and loss against earning<br />

less but getting more time.<br />

Sure once the restriction are lifted, we will<br />

slowly go back to swilling ten-dollar extra<br />

soy double shot, no sugar, cinnamon lattes.<br />

But hopefully we can take forward some of<br />

the experiences we have chosen because<br />

of the restrictions forward to our unrestricted<br />

life and recall the value of a walk on the<br />

beach or the hand shake of a friend.<br />

This issue is our survival issue and when<br />

talking to some of these people a common<br />

thread is that you ‘don’t know what got till<br />

it gone’. Brodie Selene comes to mind,<br />

he finished the Coast to Coast at 16, was<br />

tramping and surfing and involved in surf<br />

lifesaving and then overnight his world<br />

disappears. I read this heartfelt story and<br />

thought if it happened to me, I could say I<br />

had a good run. But Brodie was 16, he was<br />

just getting going on life and it was ripped<br />

away from him (you can read the rest). But<br />

he talks about missing all the stuff he could<br />

do and how much value it had.<br />

Maybe looking to the future we can look<br />

and value that which we so easily take for<br />

granted.<br />

I’ll leave you with a story from a friend who<br />

lives in the USA, he is older, 75, and lives in<br />

a part of LA where there is a high density of<br />

Covid cases. Last week he got the vaccine,<br />

this week he hugged his grandchildren for<br />

the first time in a year.<br />

The little things are often the most valuable<br />

and maybe, just maybe, Covid has taught<br />

us not to take them for granted.<br />

Steve Dickinson - Editor<br />


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page08<br />

page 22<br />

page 42<br />

page 84<br />

#225<br />

contents<br />

08//Defying Death<br />

Aniol Serrasolses<br />

16//Godzone Chapter 9<br />

The one that nearly got away<br />

22//Rachel Māia<br />

Learning to do more with less<br />

26//Lucy Olphert<br />

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you<br />

30//Di Drayton<br />

Turning a terrifying fall into an opportunity<br />

36//Going Solo on the Abel Tasman<br />

Sometimes you just need to be on your own<br />

42//Brodie Seelen<br />

Not content to simply survive<br />

52//Remy Morton<br />

I get knocked down, but I get up again<br />

62//Survival<br />

You thought Covid was bad<br />

84//Surviving Siberia<br />

with Bridget Thackwray and Topher Richwhite<br />

plus<br />

68. gear guides<br />

80. subs<br />

96. active adventure<br />


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It'a all about perspective. Aniol<br />

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Goðafoss is a waterfall in the very<br />

northern remote part of Iceland, and it’s<br />

very cold.<br />

The origin of the waterfall's name is not<br />

completely clear. In modern Icelandic,<br />

the name can be read as "Waterfall of<br />

the Gods” it is impressive enough to be<br />

just that!<br />

The water of the river Skjálfandafljót, falls<br />

from a height of 12 metres over a width<br />

of 30 metres. It’s cold, it is dangerous,<br />

and that for Aniol is the attraction.<br />

The cover image is taken from the top<br />

of the waterfall, looking down as Aniol<br />

takes the drop, the other is taken from<br />

a vantage point of distance. Both look<br />

intimidating and that is the draw from a<br />

kayaker like Aniol.<br />

You can read the full story about this<br />

man’s passion in this issue on page 08.<br />


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Survival<br />


Aniol Serrasolses<br />

To defy: by definition...<br />

1 : to confront with assured power of resistance.<br />

2 : to challenge to do something considered impossible.<br />

In the adventure community you don’t have to look far to find good survival<br />

stories. Kiwi kayaking legend Mike Dawson writes for us on a regular basis,<br />

and I knew he would have been in some tight situations, so I asked him. His<br />

response straight away was ‘if you wanna talk to someone who knows how to<br />

survive talk to Anoil’. So we did!<br />

You grew up in Catalonia, Spain, not<br />

the white-water kayaking capital of<br />

the world. How did you get involved<br />

with white water kayaking? We got<br />

introduced to the sport by random luck.<br />

We used to ride our bikes to school<br />

daily, on those trips we happened to<br />

ride next to our local river, the TER.<br />

Once in a while we would happen to<br />

see a few people riding their kayaks<br />

in the rapids… My brother was super<br />

impressed and decided to join them<br />

during the weekends. An entire year<br />

passed quickly, he dropped every<br />

other sport he used to play and<br />

focused only on kayaking. By then I<br />

got intrigued as well and decided to<br />

give it a try… I was instantly hooked.<br />

I used to play waterpolo and football<br />

at the time, but I dropped both and<br />

started kayaking as much as possible.<br />

We built little trailers that we attached<br />

to our bikes so we could go kayak on<br />

our own after school.<br />

You take part in both competitive<br />

and expedition kayaking. What do<br />

each offer you and do you have<br />

a preference? I like competitions<br />

because they make me focus and train<br />

towards a goal but they’re definitely<br />

not the main reason why I kayak. I<br />

see them as another aspect of my<br />

sport, the working side of what I do.<br />

Expedition kayaking and filming is the<br />

fun part for me. The side of kayaking<br />

where I can get really creative,<br />

discover incredible locations and push<br />

the limits of the sport.<br />

White water kayaking is termed<br />

an extreme sport, filled with risks.<br />

How do you help to mitigate the<br />

risks involved in your expeditions?<br />

Whitewater kayaking at the highest<br />

level is definitely one of the scariest<br />

sports in the game. Preparation, many<br />

years of experience, making good<br />

calls, having the skills is what keeps<br />

you alive.<br />

You often kayak in remote parts of<br />

the world and even more remote<br />

rivers. What is the draw to these<br />

out of the way places? The draw<br />

is to kayak/experience places where<br />

nobody has been before. To push the<br />

boundaries of what’s possible, get out<br />

of your comfort zone so you can really<br />

see what you’re made of. To have<br />

good times with friends, to see the<br />

beautiful world we live in. “The world is<br />

a book and those who don’t travel read<br />

only one page”<br />

Even with the best preparation,<br />

white water kayaking can have<br />

some extreme consequences if<br />

things do not go to plan. Can you<br />

tell us about that? Unfortunately<br />

kayaking is a pretty nasty sport when<br />

it comes down to the consequences of<br />

messing up a line. I’ve broken my back<br />

twice, ribs and shoulders… I’ve seen<br />

a friend die. I’m very aware of what’s<br />

in play.<br />


Aniol Serrasolses descends Keyhole Falls near Pemberton, Canada<br />

Image by Eric Parker / Red Bull Content Pool ADVENTUREMAGAZINE.CO.NZ 09

Aniol Serrasolses descends Site Zed on the Stikine River near Dease Lake, Canada<br />

Image by Eric Parker / Red Bull Content Pool<br />

"Whitewater<br />

kayaking at the<br />

highest level is<br />

definitely one of<br />

the scariest sports<br />

in the game.<br />

Preparation, many<br />

years of experience,<br />

making good calls,<br />

having the skills<br />

is what keeps you<br />

alive. "<br />


When have things not gone to plan? Many times…<br />

I've been lucky to make it out alive every single time.<br />

Many friends can’t say the same unfortunately. It’s<br />

crazy because the river can be super forgiving in<br />

super extreme situations and other times it’s a killer on<br />

locations you wouldn’t think they were that bad… you<br />

need to be prepared at all times.<br />

And how do you “get back up again” after a nasty<br />

injury? You just learn and move on. You do your<br />

rehab, rebuild your confidence and don’t dwell on the<br />

negatives. Life will always keep punching you in the<br />

face, nothing can be perfect for too long, it’s all about<br />

not giving up and getting back up whatever it takes.<br />

There are few in the world who can kayak the way<br />

you do. We now get to see what it is like thanks to<br />

Go Pro dropping off a 100+ foot waterfall. But can<br />

you take us through that moment. What do you feel<br />

when approaching the edge of an abyss? Scouting a<br />

100 foot waterfall is nerve wrecking. You imagine all the<br />

possible outcomes. Your speed, your line, the impact,<br />

the hazards… everything needs to be planned.<br />

When I am approaching the edge of the abyss the<br />

nerves are gone and all my self is focusing entirely on<br />

my strokes, body posture, speed… as soon as my mind<br />

wonders somewhere else I’m fuck%&, that’s what I love<br />

about waterfalls / running big rapids. They demand all<br />

of your attention and focus. Nothing else in the world<br />

matters during those seconds.<br />

The way down is amazing.. happens really quick but<br />

the few seconds of freefall are absolutely unreal. One<br />

you’ve hit the bottom and you roll back up a feeling of<br />

excitement invades your body. It's the ultimate feeling<br />

of accomplishment, thankful for the experience and for<br />

being at the bottom of a 100 footer unhurt.<br />

What is the most challenging destination you have<br />

kayaked and what has made it so unique? The<br />

Amazon in Colombia. The river itself was mostly flat<br />

water but had some huge rapids as well. Our goal was<br />

to kayak all the way to Brazil through the Apaporis River<br />

but our trip got cut short on the 1000 km mark. We got<br />

in a situation with FARC (Frente Armado Revolucionario<br />

Colombiano) who detained us and had us captive in<br />

their camps in the jungle for a few days… luckily we<br />

were able to talk it out and they let us free after 5 days.<br />

What is the most dangerous situation you have<br />

been in and what made it so? There’s been a few to<br />

just name one… I've been in car crashes, I’ve fallen off<br />

a 30 meter waterfall blind following some mates, I’ve<br />

been locked in the Stikine Canyon, forced to jump on a<br />

class V river using my watershed dry bag as a floatation<br />

device so I could chase my kayak after a bad swim. I’ve<br />

been stuck in my kayak for over 10 minutes under a<br />

log… I’ve had plenty of swims over my life. Sometimes I<br />

feel like I have a star over my head for having survived<br />

so many.<br />

For most athletes, a sponsorship with Red Bull is<br />

the ultimate reward. Can you tell us a little about<br />

the need for sponsors in the field of kayaking and<br />

the significance of being sponsored by Red Bull?<br />

Redbull is the ultimate sponsor, specially for us who<br />

practice minority sports where there’s very little money<br />

to be made. I am one of the very few who can make a<br />

living out of kayaking and for that I am very thankful.<br />

Aniol Serrasolses during his run in the finals<br />

of the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World<br />

Championships at Oetztal, Tirol<br />

Image by Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool<br />


"The draw is to<br />

kayak/experience<br />

places where<br />

nobody has been<br />

before. To push<br />

the boundaries of<br />

what’s possible, get<br />

out of your comfort<br />

zone so you can<br />

really see what<br />

you’re made of."<br />

Aniol Serrasolses runs a set of waterfalls on the Keldua river, eastern Iceland.<br />

Image by Eric Parker / Red Bull Content Pool<br />



RACing<br />

TALES<br />


CHAPTER 9<br />



AWAY By Penny Simpson<br />

It was always going to be<br />

challenging.<br />

GODZone Chapter 9 was<br />

the first New Zealand North<br />

Island edition of the world's<br />

largest expedition-length<br />

adventure.<br />

When the active volcanic<br />

plateau and thermal region<br />

of Rotorua was announced<br />

as the host location at<br />

the end of Chapter 8,<br />

teams worldwide readied<br />

themselves for an adventure<br />

of a lifetime.<br />

It was a scramble to gain a<br />

racing spot with a sell-out<br />

field of 95 team spots gone<br />

in less than 24 hours.<br />

"Each year, it's a battle for<br />

teams to gain a slot, and<br />

it is the first major step for<br />

competitors on their journey<br />

to GODZone. Rotorua was a<br />

real drawcard, and everyone<br />

wanted to experience it."<br />

But the journey proved to<br />

be trickier when the New<br />

Zealand borders shut in<br />

March 2020 due to Covid-19.<br />

“We juggled like every other<br />

event in the country and<br />

eventually pushed out from<br />

November 2020 to March<br />

2021 in the hope the border<br />

situation would improve. By<br />

September, we had to wave<br />

goodbye to our international<br />

teams and settle for a<br />

Kiwi-only field with the<br />

introduction of support crews<br />

to make life that little bit<br />

easier for teams.”<br />

Five days out from the event,<br />

Auckland went into Covid<br />

Level 3 lockdown, throwing<br />

Auckland-based competitors<br />

and the event into a spin.<br />

“We had planned the event<br />

to be deliverable in a Level<br />

2 scenario,” says Bates.<br />

“Fortunately, with great<br />

assistance from the Rotorua<br />

Lakes District Council and<br />

New Zealand authorities, we<br />

could pivot enough to deliver<br />

it as nearly every other major<br />

sporting event in the country<br />

was cancelled.”<br />

GODZone Chapter 9 will go<br />

down in the history books as<br />

the one that nearly got away.<br />

Compare the size of the people to the extent of the terrain and it may give an<br />

insight into the scale of this event.<br />



Dubbed an ultimate edition of<br />

GODZone from the get-go, Chapter<br />

9 was a real step-change for<br />

GODZone competitors given its<br />

North Island locale.<br />

“Significant native forest, some hot<br />

and cold lakes, and interesting,<br />

complex river systems,” says Bates.<br />

“The full-length course traversed<br />

666km of terrain, the longest<br />

GODZone course by far and an<br />

extremely challenging target for<br />

most teams to finish within the eight<br />

days.”<br />

“At times, teams were immersed<br />

in the bush with minimal visibility,<br />

wondering where the next exact<br />

topographical feature would<br />

emerge – at other times, they were<br />

staggered by the view. It was an<br />

epic display of this great central<br />

plateau."<br />

The highlight and surprise of the<br />

course that no-one was expecting<br />

was the Mohaka River packraft,<br />

followed by an 88km across the<br />

Kawaka and Kaimanawa ranges.<br />

“Those two stages that will no doubt<br />

live long in the memory – maybe<br />

for the incredible views and pain of<br />

over 6000m vertical of ascent,” says<br />

Bates. “Our expected winning time<br />

for the PURE event was just on five<br />

days, and that's what team Avaya<br />

achieved in world-class style.”<br />

ROUTE<br />

GODZone Chapter 9 Stages<br />

Stage 1: a 40km MTB through<br />

Whakarewarewa Forest to Western<br />

Okataina Trail and Lake Rotoiti.<br />

Stage 2: a 68km trek and pack raft<br />

between Lakes Rotoiti, Rotoehu,<br />

Rotoma, Tarawera, and Rotomahana<br />

Stage 3: a 134km MTB towards Lake<br />

Aniwaniwa, then the iconic Moerangi<br />

Mountain Bike Trail to Whirinaki trails.<br />

Stage 4: a 24km Rogaine and<br />

challenging navigation in the Whirinaki<br />

State Forest.<br />

Stage 5: a 70km MTB through the<br />

Kaingaroa Forest logging trails to Pamu/<br />

Rangitaiki Station.<br />

Stage 6: a 54km trek and packraft<br />

through the Te Iringa Track and down the<br />

Mohaka River.<br />

Stage 7: a 88km traverse across the<br />

Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges<br />

Stage 8: A short 27km MTB on Tongariro<br />

River trail to Waiotaka.<br />

Stage 9: A 57km kayak on Lake Taupo<br />

to Kinloch.<br />

Stage 10: A 56km short MTB to Lake<br />

Ohakuri.<br />

Stage 11: a 13km packraft on beautiful<br />

little Lake Ohakuri.<br />

Stage 12: a 38km MTB through the<br />

iconic Redwoods in Rotorua to the finish<br />

line<br />




Nathan Fa’avae, Chris Forne,<br />

Sophie Hart, and Stu Lynch<br />

of team Avaya clocked up<br />

their fifth win of GODZone,<br />

the world’s largest expedition<br />

adventure race, in five days<br />

four days, twenty-three hours,<br />

and 25 minutes.<br />

"The start of the race was<br />

a bit interesting because of<br />

Covid level 2 teams set off in<br />

intervals, and we were in the<br />

last wave. We just did our own<br />

thing on that first bike stage<br />

and were quite surprised to<br />

reach the front of the field<br />

pretty quickly."<br />

He said the trek was one of the<br />

big highlights of Chapter 9.<br />

“The native bush trek was<br />

incredible and a fantastic route<br />

to experience. It’s as good as<br />

it gets as far as New Zealand<br />

hiking goes. I was really<br />

enjoying it, but tough to have<br />

as part of a stand-alone event<br />

like this.<br />

The world-class team has<br />

an impeccable track record<br />

at GODZone, winning every<br />

chapter they have raced in<br />

together, including Chapter 1<br />

-Milford Sound, Chapter 2 – Mt<br />

Cook, Chapter 3 – Kaikoura,<br />

Chapter 4 – Wanaka, and<br />

Chapter 9 – Rotorua.<br />

Chris Forne has won an<br />

additional three GODZone's<br />

racing as the captain of other<br />

teams, including Chapter 5<br />

Tasman, Chapter 7 Fiordland,<br />

and Chapter 8 in Canterbury.<br />

Former All Black captain Richie<br />

McCaw also raced in fine form<br />

alongside high-profile Coast<br />

to Coast champions Simone<br />

Maier and Dougal Allen to<br />

claim second place. Theo<br />

Wordsmith was the team's<br />

navigator.<br />

“ It was a classic battle for<br />

second and third position<br />

between Richie McCaw’s team<br />

iSport and Queenstown’s Tiki<br />

Tour team of George and Tom<br />

Lucas, Mike Kelly, and Kym<br />

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came down to who had the<br />

most horsepower and desire<br />

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that was McCaw and his isport<br />

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Survival<br />


Learning to do more with less<br />

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I knew very little about Rachel Māia when I was asked to interview her for<br />

this issue of <strong>Adventure</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>. I knew she was from Whanganui, I knew<br />

she was a mother of three, I knew she had injured her leg rock climbing<br />

when she was just 16 years old, and I knew she had gone on to become a<br />

successful NZ para-athlete and below the knee amputee, but I didn’t know<br />

anything about Rachel as a person.<br />

However, now I feel very fortunate to have taken a look inside her world; the<br />

challenges, the trials, the heartbreak and her resolve to live her life to the<br />

fullest.<br />

Can you tell us a little about growing up and how you got into climbing<br />

when you were younger? My family moved a lot throughout my childhood,<br />

and I struggled with no real sense of belonging, to both people or places.<br />

Climbing was a sport at my second High School, when I was 16. It was a<br />

place where we all learned labels don’t apply. You were not 'a cool kid' or<br />

the 'new girl'. You were a climber. You dropped your bags at the door and<br />

climbed. We were an eclectic group that wouldn’t necessarily find ourselves<br />

sitting together at lunch time, but for the first time I felt like I really completely<br />

belonged somewhere that felt like home.<br />

How did/do you feel towards the climbing centre for being negligent<br />

in their safety equipment? It’s never really occurred to me. I don’t think<br />

about it. Life feels brutal sometimes, but I love who I have become through<br />

it all and if I went back in time, was given the same scenario and knew the<br />

outcome, I would still let go.<br />


" When you hear negative labels often<br />

enough you eventually begin to wear them<br />

like a comfortable old sweater.”<br />

" Showing up for me is learning to get up,<br />

day after day, come as I am, be fully in the<br />

moment, feel all the feels, and let it flow.”<br />

After the fall you were unable to walk<br />

for a long while, can you tell us a<br />

little bit about your recovery? Initially I<br />

had major reconstruction surgery on one<br />

ankle, including bone grafted from my hip<br />

with some gnarly metal. The other ankle<br />

was also broken, but I could weight-bear<br />

on that one to use crutches. I spent two<br />

weeks in Hospital in Christchurch then<br />

when I returned to school in Southland<br />

with two legs in below the knee casts I was<br />

determined that I didn’t need a wheelchair.<br />

I crutched 10 blocks to the school bus,<br />

missed getting a seat, and I refused to ask<br />

anyone to stand up for me, so I balanced<br />

standing on one broken foot for the 15km<br />

bus ride into town, changed to the city<br />

school bus and then went to class. By the<br />

end of the day I was too stubborn to admit<br />

it had absolutely broken me and I did the<br />

whole thing in reverse. That afternoon I<br />

let my mum order a wheelchair and I spent<br />

the next maybe three months in it. I didn’t<br />

love it but I made lots of jokes and just<br />

tried to stay positive.<br />

I had 9 surgeries prior to amputation but<br />

I was never able to claw my way back to<br />

sports like football. I was never able to<br />

tramp or explore far. Every surgery gave<br />

me back a chance at connecting with<br />

small outdoor things and being engaged<br />

with the people around me because I<br />

could join in. Then I would slowly lose<br />

that and have to go through the grief<br />

process of becoming less mobile, the<br />

anxiety of wondering if I would fully get<br />

it back, the loss of my sense of self and<br />

feeling disconnected, surgery, recovery,<br />

repeat. For nearly two decades. I asked<br />

twice for an amputation, and by the time<br />

they said yes 20 years after the accident,<br />

I could have dropped a chainsaw on it<br />

myself if the surgeon had said no again.<br />

Jokes. Maybe.<br />

You have talked about feeling a lack of<br />

inclusion in your recovery journey and<br />

the cruelty of society growing up with<br />

a disability. Can you tell us more about<br />

that. It seems to me this is something<br />

harder to survive than the injury itself.<br />

It’s easy to say “I broke two ankles at<br />

the same time.’" It’s harder to say “I feel<br />

broken”. It’s even harder still to admit<br />

that we see ourselves as ‘broken’ or<br />

‘damaged goods’ and that we need help.<br />

When you hear negative labels often<br />

enough you eventually begin to wear<br />

them like a comfortable old sweater.<br />

When I was 16 I was told by an adult, "if<br />

you were a horse, I’d shoot you myself."<br />

Later as an adult myself I heard, "you’re<br />

just a fucking cripple, I’m not attracted to<br />

you anymore." By this point I had spent 2<br />

decades letting the negative voices in my<br />

life rent space in my head. There came<br />

a point where I had to shake myself to<br />

wake up and push back. I had to decide<br />

those label’s don’t fit, choose my own<br />

internal dialogue, and challenge so called<br />

limitations. And that’s the hard, hard,<br />

road. That’s the road that leaves you<br />

feeling battered. Learning to retrain your<br />

own sense of worthiness whilst choosing<br />

not to hold on to hurt or trauma, this is<br />

by far more difficult than learning to walk<br />

again or cutting a leg off. Climbing was a<br />

place where, like when I was 16, I could<br />

drop my bags and baggage at the door,<br />

and be free to be me. No labels.<br />

You wondered if you “could you<br />

do more if you had less?” Can you<br />

explain this and what it meant in your<br />

decision to amputate. I could see I<br />

was losing years that could be spent<br />

exploring. Amputation was letting go of<br />

what can’t be fixed and moving on in the<br />

hope that a new reality, less, would give<br />

me more adventure.<br />

What was the biggest fear about going<br />

back to climbing real rock when you<br />

recently visited ? A big fear was that I<br />

wouldn’t be ‘good enough’. Coming from<br />

the world of international competitive<br />

sport climbing, performance and sending<br />

things clean the first time, no error, with<br />

the world watching and your country's<br />

pride on the line, had been the entire<br />

focus of my learning and training and<br />

I had lived and breathed that. Being<br />

able to accept ‘failure’ is not final and<br />

understanding the concept of a project<br />

outdoors was hard. Now though, hooked.<br />

Take me back!<br />

It was emotional watching the video<br />

“Back to Real Rock” of your first climb<br />

back on a real rockface. Can you<br />

explain the emotion/fears you felt at<br />

the bottom of the rock face? Frustration<br />

at myself for not making it happen twenty<br />

years ago. Fear that I wouldn’t be any<br />

good. But I felt an overwhelming sense of<br />

coming home, a whisper of new freedoms<br />

and adventures.<br />

What did it mean to get back into<br />

climbing real rock again after so many<br />

years? It was another step in proving<br />

to myself that we get to choose our own<br />

home, our own pathways, our own limits<br />

and our own labels.<br />

You said that “success is just showing<br />

up”. Can you explain what that means<br />

to you? I’ve learned I don’t have to wait<br />

until I feel ‘better’ or less battered or less<br />

pain or more confident, or less stressed<br />

or stronger or more powerful or more<br />

enduring or less fearful. Showing up for<br />

me is learning to get up, day after day,<br />

come as I am, be fully in the moment, feel<br />

all the feels, and let it flow.<br />

You are a Macpac ambassador, can<br />

you tell us what this means to you?<br />

I love that Macpac has it’s history in New<br />

Zealand. I love that my kids are proud<br />

to be a part of the Macpac family too.<br />

And I love that each time I get to put one<br />

new piece of gear on the gear shelf it is<br />

a suspense filled promise to myself to<br />

thrash it and watch it endure while I get<br />

to make memories. I love that when I<br />

compete internationally I’m taking a little<br />

part of New Zealand’s history with me.<br />

What’s your favourite piece of Macpac<br />

equipment?I don’t go outdoor climbing<br />

without the Macpac C3 Trekker poles to<br />

assist. And I am pretty much always in<br />

Eyre Tank Top either outdoors or indoors.<br />

If you could go back in time what<br />

advice would you give your younger<br />

self? I would tell her not to sit in her fear,<br />

because it goes nowhere. To trust herself<br />

more. And I would tell her she is worthy<br />

when she feels broken and worthy when<br />

she feels strong.<br />

You obviously suffered a lot for a<br />

long period of time. Did you learn any<br />

techniques to deal with that? Selftalk.<br />

I write a mantra on my mirror in my<br />

bathroom and I wake up and start the day<br />

visualising it and repeating it to myself<br />

until it feels real. No one has the right to<br />

rent space in your head, but to set those<br />

negative voices aside you do need to<br />

make the positive ones scream at you.<br />

Turn up the volume on the good stuff!<br />

Make it louder.<br />

What’s your future plans or projects<br />

you are looking forward to? The<br />

competitive climber in me still wants to be<br />

world number one in paraclimbing. And<br />

outdoors I am working on lead. This is<br />

another whole new mind bend of learning<br />

not to sit in my fear. The prosthetic foot<br />

is never a secure point of contact so<br />

clipping feels way more treacherous than<br />

it used to! But the more I use the Evolv<br />

climbing leg the more it’s beginning to<br />

feel a part of my body, not just something<br />

I wear. Climbing in many ways has<br />

been a big part of rehabilitation and will<br />

continue to be.<br />

I’m also working toward more public<br />

speaking. There is power for others in<br />

our stories and I love those opportunities.<br />

Follow Rachel @rachelmaianz<br />



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Besides chronic sleep<br />

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slogging through many many<br />

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of strategic suffering - even<br />

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condition known as Freiberg’s<br />

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It appears to go far beyond a<br />

desire to stay thin or healthy.<br />

Who are these people, and<br />

what does their radical hobby<br />

say about them?<br />

I became obsessed with these<br />

questions after losing a bet at a<br />

hen’s party 12 months ago and<br />

running a 50km ultramarathon<br />

completely untrained just four<br />

days later. Despite the odd<br />

niggle and ache, my body held<br />

up and I surprisingly had a<br />

rather good time. I came away<br />

from this experience eager to<br />

push the limits a bit further.<br />

Which is how I found myself<br />

lining up for the famed yet<br />

feared Tarawera Miler. A ultra<br />

endurance race involving a<br />

165km circumnavigation around<br />

9 of the 14 lakes in the Rotorua<br />

district before eventually<br />

returning back to civilisation<br />

some 36 hours later! In theory it<br />

sounded like an above average<br />

way to spend a weekend...<br />

“Who are these people, and what does their<br />

radical hobby say about them?”<br />

Except what conversations<br />

does one have with themselves<br />

for THAT long?<br />

Unless you've done one, it's<br />

virtually impossible to know how<br />

your mind (and body) will react<br />

to running such a long way −<br />

like you can be driving along<br />

one day and it strikes you, 'I<br />

don’t even want to drive 100<br />

miles, how on earth am I going<br />

to run that far!”<br />

So why would I want to endure<br />

such an event? Ultimately, to<br />

see if I could! I have long been<br />

inspired by those who seek<br />

to push themselves beyond<br />

their perceived limits. In ultra<br />

running, time on your feet is<br />

key. The infarction in my foot<br />

would be a huge barrier but I<br />

was weirdly intrigued to see<br />

how far I could push it.<br />

I also decided to seek out an<br />

external motivation, opting to<br />

run a fundraiser alongside for<br />

Lifeline Aotearoa, a mental<br />

health charity with a specific<br />

focus on increasing awareness<br />

and understanding of suicide<br />

prevention in New Zealand.<br />

Saturday 13th February, 2021 -<br />

It’s race day!<br />

2.15am: After a sleepless 8<br />

hours of tossing and turning it<br />

was an almighty relief to finally<br />

get cracking. The next 45<br />

minutes flew by as I donned my<br />

running costume, scoffed down<br />

some cereal, squeaked out a<br />

poop, and psyched myself up<br />

with a rousing playlist.<br />

3.00am: En route to the start<br />

line, my faithful crew in tow. I<br />

shut my eyes for the 25 minute<br />

drive, desperately hoping for a<br />

miracle power nap.<br />

3.30am: We arrive at Te Puia<br />

on schedule. I duck away for<br />

one more nervous poop before<br />

making my way to the start line.<br />

3.45pm: A powerful haka<br />

followed by a few choice words<br />

of encouragement by the race<br />

director and commentator set<br />

the tone for the gruelling day<br />

ahead. Every nerve, muscle<br />

and fibre in my body felt alive.<br />

I hug my crew one last time,<br />

switch on my head lamp and<br />

prepare for the mammoth task<br />

ahead.<br />

4.00am: The resounding blast<br />

of the horn sounds and we<br />

are off through the winding<br />

trails of Te Puia’s spectacular<br />

geothermal valley. There is a<br />

stickiness in the air and beads<br />

of sweat quickly started to roll<br />

down my face as the course<br />

shifted into single lane tracks<br />

fraught with tree roots and<br />

natural drop banks.<br />

4.45am: The endorphins have<br />

well and truly kicked in and I’m<br />

buzzing, but hold a conservative<br />

pace knowing the shallow<br />

depths of hell may try to grapple<br />

with me later in the course.<br />

5.15am: I rounded the corner<br />

to the sweet sound of bells<br />

ringing, signalling the first aid<br />

station on the course! Yippee!<br />

For those unfamiliar to ultra<br />

running, these are exactly what<br />

they sound like. Aid stations<br />

are a runner’s lifeline. They are<br />

beacons of hope that turn these<br />

long distance races into 8-15km<br />

kilometre increments. Visualise<br />

smiley faced volunteers and<br />

a smorgasbord of jet planes,<br />

potato chips, peanut butter<br />

and jam sandwiches, flat coke,<br />

bananas, oranges, electrolytes,<br />

and sometimes if you’re lucky,<br />

even pizza!<br />

This may sound like a glorified<br />

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ton of calories and it is vital<br />

you keep cramming them in if<br />

you want to avoid the dreaded<br />

“runners wall.”<br />

8.30am: Despite the lack of<br />

sleep, my mind and body still<br />

feel great as I flew into the<br />

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9.15am: Not long after Buried<br />

Village I entered the Tarawera<br />

forest trail and encountered<br />

my first major blunder.<br />

Unfortunately I severely<br />

underestimated the steepness<br />

and technicality of this section<br />

and quickly found both my pace<br />

dropping back significantly.<br />

12.28pm: I arrive at Lake<br />

Rotomahana, the first of two<br />

boat crossings and a welcoming<br />

reprieve for my poor feet which<br />

were starting to suffer the<br />

effects of the 8.5 hours already<br />

surpassed.<br />

2.20pm: The heat is stifling and<br />

I’m now a sweaty, blistery mess<br />

as I stagger into Rerewhakaaitu<br />

nearly 1.5 hours later than<br />

planned but importantly, still<br />

ahead of the 4pm cut off. It’s<br />

a huge relief to see my crew<br />

and an even greater relief to<br />

plunge my feet into the ice cold<br />

foot bath they had thoughtfully<br />

prepared. My spare pair of<br />

socks and shoes also get the<br />

call up.<br />

2.45pm: It’s a brief 7km to the<br />

next station. Five minutes into<br />

this leg however I am instantly<br />

regretting the lack of cushioning<br />

in the new shoes. My infarction<br />

begins to rear its ugly head,<br />

haunting me with each step...<br />

4.00pm: I’m back into my<br />

faithful Hoka’s and bid farewell<br />

to my crew - the last time I<br />

would see them until Outlet, the<br />

third checkpoint on course and<br />

a mere 43km away! Thankfully<br />

my foot has calmed down and I<br />

now have a new buddy to keep<br />

me company. Introducing Paora<br />

Raharara aka Gumboot man.<br />

A former Black Power member<br />

who turned his back on a life<br />

of crime four years ago and<br />

decided to run the entire race in<br />

GUMBOOTS for a kids charity.<br />

Wild!<br />

After more than 12 hours on the<br />

trails, the banter with this good<br />

bugger was just the remedy I<br />

needed. My body surges back<br />

to life and we crack forward with<br />

a newfound vengeance.<br />

8.30pm: The sun is well and<br />

truly on its way out. By my<br />

calculations we are less than<br />

2km away from Puhipuhi station<br />

and what would ultimately<br />

signal the halfway mark! The<br />

wide forest trails bring with them<br />

a steady gradient, reducing<br />

my legs to jelly. I calculate how<br />

many hours I probably have<br />

left— and immediately wish I<br />

hadn’t. I know that as bad as<br />

things feel now, they will feel<br />

worse later, especially after<br />

dark.<br />

9.00pm: After what felt like<br />

a lifetime, we finally rounded<br />

the corner and crawled in to<br />


Puhipuhi. I sunk into the nearest<br />

chair whilst the volunteers<br />

spring into action, refilling our<br />

flasks, taping limbs and even<br />

giving Paora and I a brief<br />

shoulder massage!<br />

9.15pm: We are back on the<br />

trail with just 21km until we<br />

reach the Outlet. It is pitch dark<br />

by now but the heat from earlier<br />

in the day has cooled and the<br />

body is feeling good again.<br />

11.30pm: Running a 100<br />

miler race is like living all the<br />

emotions of a lifetime in one<br />

day. One minute you're on top<br />

of the world. The next minute<br />

you’re at rock bottom. Not long<br />

after we passed Titoki - morale<br />

high and just 6km from Outlet,<br />

my foot once again started<br />

to come apart. I hobbled on<br />

hoping desperately the storm<br />

would pass but at some point<br />

around midnight, I realised that<br />

things were most definitely<br />

no longer alright. I was now<br />

clocking 30 minute kilometres<br />

and limping badly. Deep down<br />

I knew that even if I kept going,<br />

the clock would catch up to me,<br />

and I would be cut from the<br />

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go on. One of us had to make<br />

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chances were looking slim.<br />

1.15am: Sadly, after 21 hours<br />

and 103km on the trail I was<br />

forced to call it a day.<br />

As gutted as I was to DNF, I<br />

have learned over the years<br />

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part of the game. If you go<br />

through life afraid of failure<br />

you’ll never attempt anything!<br />

Paora crossed the finish line in<br />

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Survival<br />


Turning a terrifying fall<br />

into an opportunity<br />

by Derek Cheng<br />

It looked like a harmless ledge covered in leaves.<br />

It had been a wet day, and Di Drayton went to stand on a<br />

leafy part of the track before leaping over a wet rock. But<br />

there was nothing under the leaves except for a 15m drop<br />

into Lake Taupo.<br />

She plunged through the leaves, but seemed to slow<br />

momentarily on the steep bank. She remembers grabbing<br />

frantically at something, anything.<br />

“I just grabbed and looked at my hand, and it was just dirt,”<br />

she recalls. “Then I was in the lake.”<br />

It’s been more than 16 years since that fateful day, which<br />

may have had a more deadly outcome were it not for the<br />

swift action of her friend and the heavy pack she was<br />

wearing; the pack shouldered some of the impact and kept<br />

her head out of the water.<br />

She still broke her back and damaged her nerves in a way<br />

that severely weakened her right foot and leg - but has since<br />

become an ice and mixed climber, marathon runner, and a<br />

New Zealand representative para-climber.<br />

Climbing Spoon on Bringstinden, WI4, Senja<br />

Island, Norway 2014 - Photo Aksel Sveum<br />


She had been rock climbing<br />

that day at Whanganui Bay,<br />

on the eastern shores of Lake<br />

Taupo, with her good friend and<br />

climbing buddy Jono Clarke.<br />

She had spent the day climbing<br />

harder than she ever had and<br />

was in high spirits, but that<br />

was all about to come crashing<br />

down.<br />

Clarke, who was about 10m in<br />

front of her, heard her scream<br />

and then crash into the lake. He<br />

ran down the steep slope after<br />

her, finding her gurgling and on<br />

her back in shallow water.<br />

“He pulled my head into his<br />

lap so that I was out of the<br />

water,” says Di, who is based in<br />

Wellington.<br />

“I had a lot of pain. I knew that<br />

I'd broken a lot of ribs and<br />

I couldn't really talk. It was<br />

actually painful to breathe.”<br />

The alarm was raised and<br />

soon a boat arrived. She was<br />

carefully lifted onto it via a large<br />

piece of wood and taken to<br />

shore, where a medic-helicopter<br />

was able to land and take her to<br />

Waikato Hospital.<br />

“They actually didn't find my<br />

back was broken for three<br />

days,” Di says.<br />

“At one point, they helped me<br />

stand up on the side of the<br />

bed, and they said, ‘Walk to the<br />

top of your bed.’ But I couldn’t<br />

move my legs. That's when they<br />

checked my back.”<br />

She had broken vertebrae in<br />

her thoracic and lumbar spine,<br />

leading to muscle paralysis<br />

which made it almost impossible<br />

to lift her right foot, or use her<br />

right calf or medial gluteal<br />

muscles.<br />

“I can’t high-step. I can’t tip toe.<br />

Anything on a high shelf, I can’t<br />

reach it.”<br />

She spent six weeks in hospital,<br />

followed by nine months of<br />

recovery at her parents’ home in<br />

Napier - firstly needing a walking<br />

frame, and then crutches.<br />

“At one point, they helped me stand<br />

up on the side of the bed, and they<br />

said, ‘Walk to the top of your bed.’ But<br />

I couldn’t move my legs. That's when<br />

they checked my back.”<br />

Describing her slow but steady<br />

progress, she says: “My walk<br />

was just to the end of my<br />

parents’ drive and back. Then,<br />

one day, I crossed the road."<br />

She returned to Wellington<br />

when she was able to walk<br />

independently and, with the use<br />

of a plastic foot brace, she was<br />

determined to try rock climbing<br />

again - if only just to use some<br />

of the new gear she had.<br />

“I thought I might not climb<br />

again, but I’d organised a<br />

friend of mine to buy me some<br />

climbing shoes while he was in<br />

Europe, and I didn't want to tell<br />

him I didn't need them.<br />

“So I had this new pair of<br />

climbing shoes, but my foot<br />

wasn't strong enough to push<br />

into the shoe. The toes would<br />

just curl up.”<br />

When she finally got the shoe<br />

on and went to the indoor<br />

climbing wall, she found she<br />

couldn’t put any weight on her<br />

right foot.<br />

“It was frustrating at the start<br />

because my foot didn’t work<br />

well. But I had all these rules<br />

about not sulking or complaining<br />

about what I used to be able to<br />

do.<br />

“It’s not worth wishing things<br />

were different because that<br />

doesn’t change anything.”<br />

Slowly she learned to use other<br />

muscles to compensate for<br />

the ones she could no longer<br />

use, and, less than a year after<br />

her accident, she returned to<br />

Whanganui Bay.<br />

“It took me three hours to pack<br />

my bag - I thought I was going<br />

to die this time. But Jono kept<br />

sending my silly text messages<br />

to make me laugh.<br />

“It was a good trip. The worst<br />

part was seeing where Jono had<br />

ran down after me, and knowing<br />

he could have easily injured<br />

himself.”<br />

Within 18 months of the<br />

accident, Di had climbed routes<br />

much harder than anything she<br />

did before her fall.<br />

“I wasn’t any stronger, but I was<br />

thinking more about how I was<br />

climbing. Previously I just did<br />

a move without thinking about<br />

it, but now I had to think about<br />

inventive ways to do moves.”<br />

Before the accident, she<br />

had also been prepping to<br />

try ice and mixed climbing,<br />

a more extreme discipline of<br />

climbing involving ice tools and<br />

crampons.<br />

She didn't want her injuries to<br />

deter that pursuit, but with an<br />

unstable leg, she wasn't too<br />

eager on the long approaches<br />

to New Zealand’s technical<br />

winter climbs. So she ventured<br />

overseas.<br />

Her ice climbing adventures<br />

took her to the US, Switzerland<br />

and Norway. And as her mobility<br />

improved over the years, she<br />

became a frequent attendee<br />

at the ice and mixed climbing<br />

festival in the Remarkables,<br />

where she has established a<br />

number of new routes.<br />

“I felt like I was more scared of<br />

what I’d miss out on if I didn’t do<br />

stuff.”<br />

One of her new winter routes,<br />

on Ruapehu, is called Nervous<br />

Connections.<br />

"Every time you achieve<br />

something, I feel like I'm a<br />

person again, and Nervous<br />

Connections is about things<br />

working again.”<br />

Then, five years ago, she came<br />

across a game-changer: a<br />

new brace that attaches to the<br />

outside of the shoe, so it doesn't<br />

touch the skin.<br />

“This makes it way more<br />

comfortable, but it’s also<br />

mechanical. When your heel<br />

strikes, it transfers energy to lift<br />

the ankle to provide spring.”<br />

First assent Nervous Connections, Ruapehu<br />

Photo by Jono Clark<br />

"Every time you achieve something,<br />

I feel like I'm a person again, and<br />

Nervous Connections is about things<br />

working again.”<br />

Di's old braces above<br />

made climbing hard.<br />

The new brace (image<br />

right) worked so well<br />

she was even able to<br />

run, completing both<br />

the Rotorua and Boston<br />

Marathons<br />

Di's climbing boot in the Turbomed<br />

Display at OTWorld Leipzeg Germany<br />

First day standing at Waikato Hospital.<br />

Photo by Ian Drayton. July 2004<br />

Running the Boston Marathon<br />

in 2018<br />

Back where it all began: Eternity Road, Whanganui bay<br />

Photo by Steve Minchin<br />



Looking down to Ersfjord - Senja Island -<br />

Photo by Johannes Eberhard<br />

She ended up meeting with the makers of the<br />

brace while travelling in Europe, and they gave her<br />

a more aggressive version just for her.<br />

“The day I put it on, I thought, ‘I can run with this.’”<br />

So she did - firstly the 26km tussock traverse trail<br />

race in the North Island’s central plateau, and then<br />

the Rotorua marathon. In 2018, she ran the Boston<br />

marathon.<br />

Di, who is an accessibility advisor for the IRD<br />

and turns 50 next year, then set her sights on the<br />

international climbing scene.<br />

“I wanted to mix climb competitively against people<br />

with similar injuries, and there was a move to get<br />

mixed para-climbing started in Europe.<br />

“So in the meantime, I started hassling [national<br />

sporting organisation] Climbing NZ to include paraclimbing<br />

in their competitions - which they did.”<br />

She competed for three years and, in 2019, went<br />

to France for the world championships, where she<br />

came seventh in her mobility category.<br />

“It was really cool. It was the biggest overhang I’ve<br />

ever climbed,” she says of the event.<br />

“The other women in my category, especially the<br />

top three, were really amazing climbers. It's given<br />

me a really clear idea of how much harder I need<br />

to train.”<br />

But Di’s competitive climbing aspirations have<br />

been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.<br />

Never one to remain idle, she is turning her mind to<br />

other challenges.<br />

“I’d like to climb Mt Aspiring. I can now move a<br />

lot further than I used to and can do some longer<br />

approaches again.<br />

“I want to tackle some things on the bucket list I<br />

thought I’d never get to do.”<br />



hiking<br />

TALES<br />



By Eric Skilling<br />

Sometimes you just need to be on your own.<br />

Hiking puts a whole lot of perspective back into life. Apart from living for several<br />

days with what you can carry in a backpack and experiencing the beauty and<br />

diversity of the New Zealand wilderness, there are few more enjoyable or better<br />

ways of sharing time with family and friends. Personally, I have found tramping has<br />

helped make some new friends and cemented some long-standing relationships.<br />

So tramping solo never been a priority for me, but when I was given the chance<br />

to walk the Abel Tasman track, I decided it was time to step out on my own. This<br />

track is undoubtably world famous, and visitors have raved about how much they<br />

enjoyed the unique experience. Somehow, I had always felt I was missing out, and<br />

now that I have been, I can confirm that that was true.<br />

Heavy spring rains had given the Nelson region a good soaking over the two days<br />

before I left Marahau on my way to Wairima Bark Bay, some 20km away. It was all<br />

a bit eerie with dark skies, wind gusts and a track devoid of any people, but that<br />

only added to the buzz I felt at the thought of spending a couple of days on my<br />

own. A light drizzle was to hang around for the first few hours of the trip, but the<br />

upside was that everything had that bright, varnished look, with beautifully clear<br />

streams and plenty of noisy waterfalls.<br />



Solitude at Abel Tasman National Park<br />

Image by Tyler Lastovich

" I will always remember the bay for the<br />

glorious sunrise the next morning. The<br />

ridge to the east hid the exact moment<br />

of first-light, but moments later the sun<br />

appeared over the still, glassy bay and I<br />

got to enjoy one of the finest sunrises I<br />

can remember for a long time."<br />

It wasn’t long before I had some<br />

company even if it was only the first<br />

of many weka encounters. A family<br />

of five were crossing the track ahead<br />

of me. Dad was full of confidence<br />

and circled me a couple of times<br />

obviously expecting some tasty<br />

morsel before he decided there was<br />

nothing for him and followed his less<br />

brazen family foraging for real food<br />

on their way down the gully.<br />

Golden Sands<br />

Abel Tasman does not have the<br />

imposing rugged mountain peaks<br />

and glacial valleys of the Fiordland<br />

Parks, but the golden-sand beaches<br />

make for a quite different but equally<br />

spectacular experience. Within the<br />

first hour of the walk, I heard the<br />

slap-and-crash of waves hitting the<br />

beach. Even though I had a good<br />

eight hours of tramping ahead of<br />

me the temptation became too great<br />

and I headed down a short but steep<br />

track towards Apple Bay.<br />

That phrase “golden beaches” is so<br />

over-used but there is no better way<br />

to describe those beautiful bays. I<br />

challenge anyone to resist those<br />

clear waters – even in November.<br />

My first swim of the season.<br />

Shared with a paradise shelduck.<br />

Refreshing. Liberating. Going solo<br />

got an A+ at that stage.<br />

Each of the many bays are lined with<br />

those golden sands but each have<br />

their own unique beauty. I reached<br />

the semi-circular Anchorage Bay<br />

just after midday. By then the wind<br />

had dropped away completely, the<br />

sky was trying to clear, and small<br />

surf was gently sliding up and back<br />

along the water’s edge. I got so<br />

distracted by the serenity of it all that<br />

I completely missed the turn-off back<br />

onto the track and had to retrace my<br />

steps.<br />

Warima Bark Bay where I camped<br />

that night is different again. A<br />

small spit of sand with enough<br />

Pohutukawa, flax and other coastal<br />

plants to shade campers, a sandy<br />

beach on one side and tidal estuary<br />

on the other. I will always remember<br />

the bay for the glorious sunrise the<br />

next morning. The ridge to the east<br />

hid the exact moment of first-light,<br />

but moments later the sun appeared<br />

over the still, glassy bay and I got to<br />

enjoy one of the finest sunrises I can<br />

remember for a long time.<br />

Birdlife<br />

Native birds are thriving in the Park,<br />

and a shout-out must go to all the<br />

folks who are doing such a great<br />

job of keeping pests at bay. Project<br />

Janszoon has been going hard for<br />

well over a decade, and thanks the<br />

perseverance of those involved<br />

and many other volunteers and<br />

professionals, the native birdlife<br />

is thriving. The bush is full of the<br />

cheerful sound of robin and tui,<br />

with the regular appearance of the<br />

cheekily charming piwakawaka.<br />

One of my most blissful experiences<br />

occurred early morning at Bark Bay.<br />

I was lying back in my tent enjoying<br />

the sound of waves slapping the<br />

beach just a few metres away,<br />

when a bellbird landed in the tree<br />

just above me and began to greet<br />

the day with its unique one-bird<br />

orchestra of calls. A priceless<br />

experience. Bellbirds are few and<br />

far between but with the efforts of<br />

so many they have more hope now<br />

than they have had for some time.<br />


The beauty of the Abel Tasman - Image by Ricardo Helass<br />

Weka are abundant. Sometimes<br />

annoyingly so. I had the pleasure<br />

of having my lunch stolen off me at<br />

Stillwater Bay, and holes pecked into my<br />

tent cover at Observation Bay. It felt like<br />

a weka or two had taken up residence<br />

at every possible stop, waiting for the<br />

opportunity to pilfer from the weary visitor.<br />

It was only thanks to the cliffs at Stillwater<br />

Bay and an almost flightless bird that I<br />

managed to recover my lunch, but the<br />

truth is I would not have it any other<br />

way. Let us face it, they were here first<br />

so just applaud their ability to adapt and<br />

take advantage of our arrival. Kaka and<br />

saddlebacks are also listed as birds to<br />

look out for, but I never had the pleasure<br />

of coming across either. Next time.<br />

Side Trips<br />

Missing the tide at Torrent Bay was a<br />

blessing as it gave me the chance to visit<br />

Cleopatras pool. A gentle walk through<br />

cool forest alongside the Torrent river<br />

leads to the rapids and several pools,<br />

and the chance of a cool, refreshing fresh<br />

water swim.<br />

The DOC brochure has several<br />

recommendations for side trips along the<br />

way, although I chose to spend most of<br />

my spare time enjoying the many bays.<br />

Most of the bays are just a short walk<br />

from the main track, and excellent stops<br />

for a break, lunch, or a swim.<br />

The Solo Experience<br />

Abel Tasman was the perfect choice for<br />

my first solo tramp. This is a genuinely<br />

Great Walk, remote enough to offer some<br />

pristine wilderness, but popular enough<br />

to make it a relatively safe place to tramp<br />

alone. It also helped that it was mid-<br />

November, with longer days and warmer<br />

seas and relatively quiet, so I got to enjoy<br />

most of the trip with only the birds for<br />

company.<br />

Going solo has its advantages. I got to<br />

walk at my own pace and took the time<br />

to appreciate everything around me. My<br />

only stops were for several swims each<br />

day and a quick lunch break which I took<br />

when it suited me. Very self-indulgent<br />

but entirely excusable. I made up time<br />

by drinking as I walked, not stopping<br />

for scroggin breaks and avoiding the<br />

regathering that always happen at the<br />

summits of each hill when sharing a walk<br />

with a large group.<br />

Personally, I found the tracks well<br />

maintained and gently graded which<br />

made it easy to pick up the pace. The<br />

recommended hiking times were easily<br />

achievable – perhaps they have been<br />

set knowing that everyone will stop and<br />

enjoy at least one of those magnificent<br />

sandy bays.<br />

But the verdict on the merits of tramping<br />

on your own – as soon as I reached<br />

civilisation I could not wait to get on the<br />

phone and post on social media to share<br />

the experiences of the previous two<br />

days. So, nah, I think shared experiences<br />

are just that much sweeter. It is no<br />

coincidence that I enjoyed the walk so<br />

much that I have since persuaded several<br />

other friends to share the experience with<br />

me in the next few months. However,<br />

don’t get me wrong, it was a memorable<br />

and unique experience, and finding<br />

myself in the same situation again I could<br />

be persuaded to go alone once more.<br />


Thanks go to Macpac, Go Native, Keen and Jetboil.

Survival<br />


Not content to simply survive<br />

At 16 years old he became the youngest<br />

competitor in the Coast to Coast event,<br />

completing the 2 day individual event in<br />

14 hours and 27 minutes. He loved it so<br />

much that he signed up straight away to<br />

compete again in 2021. Little did he know<br />

that his world as he knew it would come<br />

crashing down in less than two weeks<br />

time…<br />

Brodie grew up in Tahunanui, Nelson,<br />

in a family that enjoyed spending time<br />

outdoors; whether it be camping in the<br />

summer, going on tramps, mountain biking<br />

or surf lifesaving. As a result he now<br />

loves kayaking, rock climbing and getting<br />

out in the mountains. He’s also a keen<br />

sportsman, multisporter and surf lifeguard.<br />

He’s into rowing, surfing, surf lifesaving<br />

and plays basketball, underwater hockey<br />

and volleyball. You get the picture? He’s<br />

one active outdoorsy kid.<br />


So, it was no surprise to his family<br />

when he decided to enter the Coast<br />

to Coast in 2020 and became the<br />

youngest competitor in the two day<br />

individual event. He loved the race, the<br />

comraderie, the challenge.<br />

“Growing up I have always done a lot<br />

of team sports and I was looking for<br />

a way to really push myself and see<br />

how far I can go. After talking to a few<br />

different people, one of my outdoor ed<br />

teachers mentioned the Coast to Coast<br />

and since then I knew I wanted to give<br />

it a go."<br />

After the gruelling Coast to Coast,<br />

Brodie, not surprisingly, had a few<br />

aches and pains, including a sore back.<br />

Two weeks later, when the pain was<br />

not healing, Brodie went for an MRI<br />

scan……...the news was not good.<br />

“After I had just had an MRI scan, I was<br />

rushed upstairs, and was told to skip<br />

the full waiting room and go directly<br />

to the specialist. After sitting down the<br />

specialist put his head in his hand and<br />

I think that was the first time I knew<br />

something really wasn't right.”<br />

Brodie was diagnosed with extensive<br />

cancer of the spine and pelvis.<br />

“When I was first diagnosed with cancer<br />

it didn't feel like there was much time<br />

to think that I was in trouble, the next<br />

3 weeks of testing went really fast and<br />

I was always more focused on what<br />

the next step was, rather than worrying<br />

about what was really going on.”<br />

After months of tests, diagnosis,<br />

bone biopsies and many sleepless<br />

nights, it turned out that Brodie didn’t<br />

have cancer but a very rare (one in a<br />

million) life threatening autoimmune<br />

blood disease called Aplastic Anaemia.<br />

Basically he had zero bone marrow left<br />

and with his platelet levels so low he<br />

was at risk of bleeding out. The good<br />

news was that Aplastic Anaemia was<br />

curable with a bone marrow transplant,<br />

but the family were warned that there<br />

was an 85% chance of survival.<br />

“After the final bone marrow biopsy<br />

result came back saying that I didn't<br />

have cancer I had a rush of lots of<br />

different emotions. I was thankful to<br />

hear that it wasn't cancer but I still had<br />

a concerned feeling as we were unsure<br />

of what was really going on. I think the<br />

moment I knew this would be a very<br />

hard and long road ahead was the first<br />

time I was sent down to Christchurch<br />

for further testing. One day I remember<br />

having to talk to all the doctors and<br />

specialists for 3 to 4 hours about all the<br />

different potential risks and the side<br />

effects that chemo can have and as a<br />

17 year old being told that you’re dying<br />

and that the treatment could also kill<br />

you was very confronting.”<br />

"As a 17 year old being told that you’re<br />

dying and that the treatment could<br />

also kill you was very confronting”<br />

Day of the transplant, December 11th, 2020 In hospital recovering, December 2020<br />

Brodie competing in the 2-day Individual at the 2020 Coast to Coast<br />



"His only hope of<br />

survival was a bone<br />

marrow transplant, and<br />

fortunately Brodie’s 13<br />

year old brother, Liam<br />

was the perfect match.”<br />

With no bone marrow left and platelet<br />

levels low, his only hope of survival was a<br />

bone marrow transplant, and fortunately<br />

Brodie’s 13 year old brother, Liam, was<br />

the perfect match. So on 30th November<br />

2020, the family headed to Christchurch<br />

for Brodie to start his intensive rounds<br />

of chemotherapy (the most aggressive<br />

form there is) and on the 11th December<br />

he had his bone marrow transplant. He<br />

spent 26 nights in hospital and was finally<br />

discharged on New Years Day, the best<br />

start to a new year ever.<br />

His mum explains. “Throughout this all<br />

Brodie has been an absolute inspiration<br />

to everyone around him, taking it all in his<br />

stride, with his relentless positivity and<br />

determination. He also organised a Shave<br />

for a Cure at his school and had 28 friends<br />

and staff join him in a massive outpouring<br />

of aroha and support - collectively they<br />

raised over $27 000 for Leukaemia<br />

and Blood Cancer NZ which was pretty<br />

special.”<br />

Brodie is determined to get back to his<br />

outdoor life as soon as possible. The<br />

guys at Coast to Coast have transferred<br />

his entry for this year to 2022 so that’s<br />

something he’s looking forward to. He<br />

also just signed up to do his first half<br />

ironman this year, a year to the day of his<br />

transplant on December 11th. Then he<br />

hopes to follow this up with a full ironman<br />

the following March to help raise funds for<br />

the Bone Marrow Transplant Trust.<br />

When speaking with Brodie and can’t<br />

not help but be impressed by his positive<br />

outlook on life and he speaks with a<br />

maturity beyond his years…<br />

It looks like your recovery is going well,<br />

what do you put that down to? I believe<br />

that mindset has a huge impact on our<br />

lives. I think one of the reasons why my<br />

recovery is going well at the moment is<br />

because of the positive mindset I have<br />

towards it. Don't get me wrong, there have<br />

definitely been some very hard and tough<br />

moments but what I think has impacted<br />

me most is just taking it one day at a<br />

time, focusing on future goals and staying<br />

positive.<br />

What’s the thing you have struggled with<br />

the most? As a 16/17 year old, I wasn't<br />

planning on missing half the school year<br />

and spending my summer in hospital,<br />

I think the hardest part of being unwell<br />

has been the things I've missed out on. A<br />

year ago I would spend most of my time<br />

just outside doing things like training for<br />

multisports or going on adventures with<br />

a bunch of mates. To go from that to not<br />

being able to do anything was definitely<br />

a challenge and at times could be very<br />

frustrating.<br />

Have there been any positives come<br />

out of this? I think as hard as it can be<br />

sometimes, there has been a lot of good<br />

to come from this. The support from the<br />

community has been very humbling. In<br />

November, I ran a fundraiser for Shave<br />

for a Cure through school to raise funds<br />

for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ. 27<br />

students and staff joined me in shaving<br />

their heads at a full school assembly and<br />

in under 2 weeks we managed to raise<br />

over $27,000! In the future, I plan to do<br />

more fundraising for two other incredible<br />

organisations that I have been helped by:<br />

the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer<br />

Service and Ranui House.<br />

Brodie in the 2020 Coast to Coast is now looking forward to training for the 2022 event<br />

Brodie stoked for his first surf - 80 days after his bone marrow transplant<br />

Looking forward to getting back to the saddle<br />

It has also given me more awareness<br />

of serious health issues a lot of people<br />

go through every day. Through this time<br />

I have had the opportunity to connect<br />

with some very inspirational people, the<br />

likes of Jake Bailey and Aaron Fleming<br />

as well as the incredible team of medical<br />

professionals who have helped care for<br />

me.<br />

What adventures are you missing the<br />

most? I've always loved the water, it could<br />

be surfing, racing around in the boats<br />

with surf life saving or even kayaking but I<br />

think the adventures I've missed the most<br />

are the ones where I try something new. I<br />

love getting outside my comfort zone as I<br />

feel like it's one of the best ways to learn<br />

new things.<br />

Any advice for people facing similar<br />

challenges? I think everyone faces their<br />

own individual challenges in life. I'd tell<br />

them that no matter what, you can beat<br />

it. The saying “dream, believe, Achieve”<br />

comes to mind. There will be some hard<br />

times and it can be scary but there will<br />

always be people around you to help push<br />

you along when you need it. Coming up<br />

with a list of things you want to do when<br />

you’re well again can also be very helpful.<br />

But most of all I'd tell them that the best<br />

things in life start off with a challenge.<br />

What has this year taught you? I think<br />

it's made me realise how lucky I am to<br />

be here. It has made me appreciate all<br />

the small things so much more that I<br />

might otherwise not have appreciated as<br />

much. It's made me grateful for all the<br />

opportunities I have had and above all<br />

excited for what's to come.


No other region compares to the depth and breadth of raw elements<br />

than Ruapehu. We’re talking about in-your-face nature that commands<br />

attention. Carved by thousands of years of ancient lava flow and alpine<br />

glaciers, the magnitude and magnificence of Ruapehu as a natural<br />

wonderland will ground you and elevate you at the same time.<br />

So as you breathe it all in, a heady mix of excitement and stillness,<br />

you realise that you are perfectly at peace with where you are in the<br />

moment. Earth, air, water, fire - the elements are calling, and this is<br />

exactly where we belong.<br />

Earth, air, water, fire –<br />

elemental gateways to<br />

awe-inspiring travel journeys<br />

Earth<br />

Treading lightly across Tongariro National Park (New Zealand’s<br />

oldest national park) it is a common thing to be humbly awed<br />

by the unsurpassed cultural and spiritual landscape of this<br />

UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site. And as you venture further,<br />

weaving through rural towns tucked between vast wilderness<br />

and enchanting forests, the grace of Papatūānuku, Mother<br />

Earth follows your every footstep.<br />

Water<br />

From ever-flowing rivers to alpine lakes and spectacular<br />

waterfalls, Ruapehu is a land with abundant waterways. A<br />

significant element that bridges people and place, seek and you<br />

shall find, a wonderful source of recreation and source of life.<br />

Jet boat to the Bridge to Nowhere<br />

A sacred natural resource and living entity, the Whanganui<br />

River became the first river in the world to be recognised as<br />

a legal person in 2017 – with guardians upholding the river's<br />

environmental, social, cultural, and economic well-being. An<br />

immersive experience like no other, take an unforgettable jet boat<br />

journey upriver to the Bridge to Nowhere with Whanganui River<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong>s. And as you wind along deep river gorges and lush<br />

canyons, surrender to the moment and absolute beauty of this life<br />

force.<br />

Chasing waterfalls at Waitonga Falls Track<br />

At 39 metres tall, Waitonga Falls is the highest waterfall at<br />

Tongariro National Park. Wind your way through a well-formed<br />

4km return track through mountain beech and evergreen<br />

kaikawaka forest. As you follow the boardwalk, you’ll pass through<br />

an alpine wetland area and weather permitting, take in some<br />

breath-taking views of Mount Ruapehu. Mirrored against the<br />

Rotokawa pools and suddenly it’s magic. Every step along the<br />

Waitonga Falls Track is – so savour the journey there.<br />

Forest bathing in Mangawhero Forest Walk<br />

A term originating from Japan, forest bathing doesn’t involve<br />

bathing in water. It’s a mindful practice immersed in the nature<br />

around you, connecting with the elements to help boost your<br />

well-being. Under a canopy of trees, let your footsteps slow and<br />

senses awaken to the sights and sounds of the Mangawhero<br />

Forest Walk in Ohakune. Bask in a lush native forest of kāmahi,<br />

broadleaf and five finger with giant rimu, mataī and kahikatea<br />

standing guard. Easily accessible from Ohakune Mountain<br />

Road, this 3 km loop track is a leisurely short walk that’s also<br />

popular with runners.<br />

Discover hidden gems at Kakahi Glowworms<br />

Something to experience after dark – intrepid travellers rise with<br />

the sun and dance in the moonlight so don’t be surprised if you<br />

start swaying at the sight of the entrancing Kakahi Glowworms.<br />

A 20-minute drive from Taumarunui, this natural wonder near<br />

the banks of the Whakapapa River can be found under a<br />

canopy of native bush and between two cliff faces, where an<br />

evening stroll becomes an ethereal experience.<br />

Fire<br />

Giver of light, bearer of heat, the fire element has a strong<br />

presence in Ruapehu, a warmth you can feel in your bones.<br />

Home to the Tongariro Volcanic Zone, fire breathes life into the<br />

triple peaks of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngāuruhoe and Mt Ruapehu -<br />

the largest active volcano in Aotearoa.<br />

Unearth ancient lava flows at Tama Lakes<br />

An equally impressive alternative to the Tongariro Alpine<br />

Crossing, the Tama Lakes Track is a 17 km return tramp that<br />

takes about 5-6 hours to complete. With some of the oldest<br />

lava flows on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro<br />

found at Tama Saddle, traverse a jaw-dropping landscape of<br />

explosion craters, pristine alpine lakes, and volcanic terrain.<br />

Tokaanu Thermal Walk and Hot Pools<br />

Fire meets water at Tokaanu Thermal Pools. Soak in private<br />

mineral hot pools and immerse yourself in the therapeutic<br />

waters of natural thermal springs. Ranging from 39˚C to 41˚C,<br />

the private hot pools are part of a larger complex which also<br />

include an outdoor swimming pool. After a day in the elements<br />

enjoying our greater outdoors, there’s no better place to<br />

reinvigorate the senses. Pop around and enjoy the free<br />

geothermal walk showcasing bubbling mud pits and steaming<br />

mineral pools surrounded by picturesque native bush.<br />

Air<br />

Surrounded by Tongariro National Park and Whanganui<br />

National Park, the vast wilderness that sprawls across<br />

Ruapehu makes our greater outdoors a breath of fresh<br />

air. Take a deep inhale, and breathe in that crisp, clean<br />

mountain air, like sunshine for your soul.<br />

Journey into the clouds with Sky Waka<br />

Rising, reaching, towards the air up there, journey into<br />

the clouds with Sky Waka. New Zealand’s most unique<br />

gondola experience, Sky Waka takes you on a 1.8 km<br />

adventure across Tongariro National Park – one of New<br />

Zealand’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes as<br />

a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site. As breath-taking<br />

over the summer as it is a winter experience, no two<br />

journeys on Sky Waka are ever the same. From sundrenched<br />

volcanic rocks to snow-capped mountain<br />

tops, the view is definitely better at the top.<br />

Sunrise mission on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing<br />

Watch magic in the skies unfold before your eyes with<br />

a private guided sunrise hike on the Tongariro Alpine<br />

Crossing with Adrift Tongariro. A pre-dawn start means<br />

an incredible Dark Sky experience and a rare sighting<br />

of Aurora Australis if your lucky stars align. Each guided<br />

expedition is as unique as the sunrise, with each route<br />

decided on the day as you venture out into the elements<br />

for an epic sunrise on the Red Crater - topped off with<br />

an alfresco breakfast on top of the world. For those<br />

with limited time, 2-hr guided sunset tours are available<br />

year-round.<br />

Start your adventure at www.visitruapehu.com<br />




You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy a New Zealand winter.<br />

While colder temperatures and shorter days can make it<br />

easy to lock your bike in the garage and take up residency<br />

inside, you may be surprised to hear many of the New<br />

Zealand Cycle Trails are fully rideable throughout the winter<br />

months.<br />

Winter provides a refreshing opportunity to experience some<br />

of New Zealand's most stunning landscapes through a new<br />

lens. Mountains come alive with fresh layers of snow, and<br />

the often crisp sunny days are perfect for cycling, soaking in<br />

steamy hot pools, indulging in mulled wine and hearty food,<br />

or relaxing by a roaring fire.<br />

Of course, winter weather’s not always butterflies and<br />

rainbows, but getting outdoors sure beats sitting on the<br />

couch. This is why <strong>Adventure</strong> South NZ have launched 2<br />

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The Winter Alps 2 Ocean Cycle and Winter West Coast<br />

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bottles is never far away and if it gets cold, a short drive will<br />

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Our e-bikes make it easy to beat the early sunset, or<br />

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Don't save all your adventures for summer. In the words of<br />

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Winter West Coast Wilderness<br />

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Inclusions: All accommodation,<br />

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Survival<br />


"In 2019 Remy<br />

Morton crashed<br />

on a 24m jump<br />

and broke 23<br />

bones, punctured<br />

both his lungs and<br />

was told he might<br />

never walk again."<br />

Images by Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool<br />

"I get knocked down, but I get<br />

up again, you're never gonna<br />

keep me down."<br />

This song could have been written<br />

for mountain biker, Remy Morton,<br />

he’s been knocked down more<br />

times than he can remember, yet<br />

he’s not learnt to take a softer<br />

approach. As we went to write this<br />

feature we reached out to Remy for<br />

some additional input - he was slow<br />

replying - he had broken both arms!<br />

Born in the Gold Coast in Australia,<br />

Remy was riding a PeeWee<br />

motorcycle by the time he was<br />

3 and started BMX riding and<br />

competing, when he was just 4<br />

years old.<br />

According to his dad, Remy always<br />

showed a no fear attitude. When he<br />

was just 6 years old he took a nasty<br />

tumble at his local BMX club and<br />

instead of quitting, simply said, “oh,<br />

I didn’t do that very well” and took<br />

his bike back up to the top to do it<br />

all again.<br />

Remy became an exceptional<br />

downhill rider, winning competitions<br />

up and down the coast of Australia,<br />

so he headed to Europe and<br />

Canada with the family, racing in the<br />

Junior World Cup series in 2015 and<br />

2016. From here he gained a raft of<br />

sponsorship and was on his way to<br />

becoming a professional athlete.<br />

It was in 2017, at Loosefest, a fiveday<br />

freeride event in Belgium, that<br />

Remy had the best day riding in<br />

his life taking some of the biggest<br />

jumps he’d ever seen. Unfortunately<br />

he overshot the landing on the<br />

final jump landing on flat ground.<br />

His friends told him that he stood<br />

up straight after signalling he was<br />

all OK, but he was very far from it<br />

and collapsed seconds later. He<br />

remembers nothing after the fall,<br />

waking up nearly a month later in<br />

hospital in Belgium.<br />

He had broken a total of 20 bones,<br />

collapsed both lungs and ruptured<br />

his kidneys, all in one single<br />

mountain bike accident. The doctors<br />

described the injuries as being<br />

consistent with falling from a threestory<br />

building and hitting the ground<br />

at 75km an hour.<br />

Remy spent the next month in an<br />

induced coma and although he was<br />

unable to remember anything after<br />

the accident, he was plagued with<br />

daydreams and nightmares. In the<br />

daytime he dreamt he was a Red<br />

Bull sponsored athlete/influencer,<br />

travelling the world riding and<br />

making big bucks. But in the nights<br />

he suffered nightmares where<br />

people were trying to murder him.<br />

The nightmares were so real and<br />

took place in “real places'' that even<br />

now he struggles to visit certain<br />

places as he is haunted by the<br />

reality of his nightmares.<br />

Right: Remy Morton in action in Queenstown, September 2020<br />



"Incredibly only 11 weeks<br />

after the accident he was<br />

back in the mountain<br />

bike park and a year after<br />

the crash he was back in<br />

Europe competing.”<br />

As the doctors began to bring Remy out of the coma<br />

they warned him he would not be able to ride again<br />

and he’d be lucky if he could walk. However it did not<br />

take long before Remy proved the doctors wrong and<br />

was up and walking across the ward with the help of a<br />

couple of nurses.<br />

Unable to fly due to the damage to his lungs, he spent<br />

the first 7 weeks in hospital in Belgium before he was<br />

eventually given the all-clear to return to Australia to<br />

continue his rehabilitation in his home country where<br />

he had to relearn to walk, talk and eat.<br />

Undeterred by his prognosis, Remy set himself a<br />

goal to be back riding in 6 months’ time. This seemed<br />

incredibly optimistic, however, Remy explained. “The<br />

more positive I stay the faster I am going to heal – I<br />

think a lot of it is to do with mindset, if I’m positive<br />

about it my body will be positive about it.”<br />

9 weeks after the accident, despite still being hardly<br />

able to walk, Remy began to ride his bike up and<br />

down the beach in Surfers Paradise. Incredibly only 11<br />

weeks after the accident he was back in the mountain<br />

bike park and a year after the crash he was back in<br />

Europe competing.<br />

With a few setbacks, including another leg break<br />

while in Europe, it took a couple of years for Remy’s<br />

confidence to return fully and he knew he had to<br />

reattempt the jump that nearly killed him.<br />

So in 2019 he returned to the site in Belgium with<br />

his dad and prepared to take the jump again. After<br />

spending months preparing, he got padded up, ready<br />

to jump but decided something was not quite right.<br />

He was wearing protective clothing but knew he had<br />

no intention of crashing, so he changed into his street<br />

clothes and headed for the jump.<br />

You can’t help but wonder why anyone would want<br />

to repeat a jump that nearly took his life, but Remy<br />

realised that without overcoming this obstacle he<br />

would never be able to get back to the level of riding<br />

he wanted to achieve. Needless to say the jump was<br />

clean and the crowd went wild, so to speak, and the<br />

rest is history.<br />

In 2020, Remy picked up the Red Bull sponsorship<br />

that he had dreamt of during the days in his coma. He<br />

has just finished filming the Sound of Speed, a unique<br />

video shot in Queenstown. There is no chain on his<br />

bike and no blaring music to accompany the action,<br />

just the sound of tires on dirt. It is compelling watching<br />

and shows mountain biking in its raw beauty. Check it<br />

out here https://www.redbull.com/int-en/episodes/mtbraw-s2-e19<br />

Remy Morton performs during filming of Red Bull Sound of Speed<br />

in Queenstown, New Zealand on November 6, 2020<br />


"I don’t want to be a<br />

competitor in the sport, I<br />

want to change the sport.”<br />

We fired a few questions to<br />

Remy about fear, risk taking and<br />

injuries...<br />

Fear – are you aware of it and<br />

how do you handle it? Fear<br />

is definitely a major issue that<br />

I have to deal with on a daily<br />

basis. Over the years it has<br />

progressively gotten worse and<br />

I definitely question myself a lot<br />

today. Although one thing that<br />

always takes any fear away is<br />

getting on my bike and riding.<br />

As soon as I’m going, it all<br />

disappears.. it’s a fine balance in<br />

trust and faith of my abilities.<br />

Is your risk taking calculated<br />

or instinct – what do you look<br />

for when making a decision?<br />

The more injuries I have the more<br />

calculated I would like to think I’ve<br />

become. To learn precision I think<br />

it takes a lot of failure... I think<br />

I’m pretty good at calculating my<br />

risk/ reward values now ha!<br />

Going downhill fast and<br />

leaping over stuff obviously<br />

does not make you fearful –<br />

does anything? Spiders, cats ?<br />

A lot scares me, but I’d prefer not<br />

to think about those options, I’d<br />

rather look ahead without those<br />

in mind, you have to believe to<br />

achieve !<br />

The old saying what does not<br />

kill you make you stronger – do<br />

you think that’s true did your<br />

major accident in 2017 focus<br />

you on your career or distract<br />

you? My bad accident in 2017<br />

changed my whole perception<br />

on life. It didn’t distract me from<br />

what I wanted to achieve but it<br />

definitely changed the direction I<br />

was going in. You never realize<br />

how much you have till it’s all<br />

taken away... The values I learnt<br />

whilst learning to eat, walk and<br />

talk again are a lesson I hope<br />

none of my friends ever have<br />

to experience, but I really am<br />

grateful that I had to go through<br />

that experience.<br />

A few decisions which were made<br />

mentally and also a few physically<br />

as certain body parts haven’t<br />

healed as well as they once were,<br />

my outlook on mountain biking<br />

still remains the same:<br />

“I don’t want to be a competitor<br />

in the sport, I want to change the<br />

sport.”<br />

Now I’m focusing on changing it<br />

a different way than I had once<br />

planned..<br />

And I’m really proud and excited<br />

for the future!<br />

Injury list<br />

Neck: c6-c7<br />

Back: t4 and compressed disc<br />

Collarbone: left x2<br />

Shoulders: shattered left in 9<br />

places<br />

Sternum: x1<br />

Elbow: left x1<br />

Ribs: full rib cage<br />

Wrists: right x2 left x1 + severe<br />

radial nerve damage.<br />

Hands: right x1<br />

Hips: left broken and dislocated<br />

Legs: right tib and fib<br />

Feet: right x1 left x1<br />

Kidney: ruptured x1<br />

Lungs: both punctured and<br />

collapsed<br />

There’s probably more haha.<br />

That’s off the top of my head :)<br />

Last thoughts...<br />

I'd like to thank my parents Lisa<br />

and Jim. And also redbull with<br />

out their support I’m not sure<br />

if I would be able to ride at the<br />

level I am today.. they helped a<br />

huge amount with my medical<br />

attention!<br />

Remy Morton in action during filming of Red Bull Sound of Speed<br />

in Queenstown, notice there is no chain...<br />



There are many age-old debates<br />

still raging around the world. Which<br />

came first, the chicken or the egg?<br />

Vegemite or Marmite? Is Marvel<br />

better than DC? Cycling or walking?<br />

Should cereal be eaten with hot milk<br />

or cold? Does the map say we turn<br />

left, or turn right? World over, these<br />

questions are far and wide and<br />

often spark the most interesting of<br />

conversations and heated debates<br />

with the two or more people involved<br />

in them. I bet right now you are<br />

thinking about your answers, but is<br />

it the same as your partners, friends<br />

or colleagues, or is it a matter of<br />

personal opinion and perception?<br />

The debate over whether it is a<br />

walk, hike, trek or tramp has been<br />

a hotly contested subject in the<br />

walking community. When does a<br />

walk become a hike? Is it when<br />

the terrain is perhaps rougher and<br />

the walk harder going? In my mind<br />

the definition of a trek is the easiest<br />

to decipher – it’s something that is<br />

more remote and longer than a hike.<br />

But what was a hike?<br />

Are you confused yet?<br />

Let’s break it down according to the<br />

consensus of our outdoor travellers<br />

on what these words might mean.<br />


Walk – a walk tends to be done<br />

on defined tracks and reasonably<br />

smooth surfaces without too many<br />

obstacles in the way. Walking<br />

does not tend to need special<br />

equipment apart from a day pack<br />

with the essentials and generally<br />

walks are around regions where<br />

accommodation is readily available.<br />

Walks are shorter in duration and<br />

able to be enjoyed by any age group<br />

with relative fitness.<br />

Hike – hikes tends to be longer and<br />

harder walks that are usually on<br />

trails through the mountains or trails<br />

through bush or countryside terrain.<br />

The trails are generally visible trails<br />

but not the smooth surfaces of a<br />

walk. Hikes tend to be longer than<br />

walks and require proper equipment<br />

and footwear as terrain and trails are<br />

more rugged. Hiking tends to see<br />

you move from lower to higher as<br />

you progress and are generally more<br />

undulating than a walk.<br />

Trek – trek is used to define a walk<br />

or hike which tends to be multiday,<br />

remote, little in the form of<br />

accommodation (generally camp<br />

based) with trails that are either<br />

partially visible, or not visible at<br />

all and where altitude or other<br />

rugged terrain and crossings may<br />

be encountered. Treks require the<br />

most specialised equipment and<br />

will see you probably without a<br />

shower for days on end. Treks are<br />

generally in regions where other<br />

forms of transport other than being<br />

on foot are not possible and where<br />

you tend to carry your own gear and<br />

backpack.<br />

The most interesting of all is<br />

tramping. Seems this is something<br />

us Kiwi’s came up with to define<br />

a walk in the bush and where the<br />

Aussie’s would call it ‘bushwalking”.<br />

Tramping – elsewhere in the world<br />

it would be called backpacking,<br />

rambling, hill walking or<br />

bushwalking. Us Kiwi’s see it as<br />

walking over rough terrain often with<br />

a backpack and wet-weather gear<br />

and needing to carry equipment<br />

for cooking and sleeping. Did us<br />

Kiwi’s not like the word ‘hike’ or did<br />

we think this was a ‘walk’ but for us<br />

outdoors enthusiasts?<br />

Well we weren’t the only ones to<br />

come up with our own terms. Here<br />

are some more quirks from the<br />

walking community:<br />

Rambling – mostly used in the UK<br />

is used for walking in the countryside<br />

with many rambling clubs and groups<br />

meeting to take part in this outdoor<br />

pastime. Rambling was an outdated<br />

English expression meantime to walk<br />

without purpose, but Ramblers walk<br />

with purpose and on defined routes.<br />

Hill walking is also commonly used<br />

for walking in the mountains and hills<br />

in the UK.<br />

Nordic Walking – now I am sure you<br />

have seen them around. Walkers<br />

with sticks! It evolved from a type of<br />

ski-training out of the snowy season<br />

and seems to not only have stuck but<br />

become popular around the world.<br />

Specially designed poles give more<br />

power and support whilst walking and<br />

a great all body workout.<br />

Pilgrimage – this one is a walk with<br />

purpose. Usually it can be defined as<br />

a journey to an unknown or foreign<br />

place. A journey of discovery. An<br />

inner journey to find meaning in<br />

oneself or nature. A pilgrimage tends<br />

to be long distance, challenging<br />

the body and the mind at the same<br />

time and often leading to personal<br />

transformation and development.<br />

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Most on a pilgrimage have a reason<br />

for taking part and completing it<br />

which stems deeper than simply a<br />

love of walking and the outdoors.<br />

I am sure the debate between what<br />

makes a walk a hike or a hike a<br />

tramp will be around for years to<br />

come. I didn’t set out to answer<br />

the question, rather to open the<br />

discussions next time you think about<br />

heading outdoors. Will you walk?<br />

Will you trek? Just get out there and<br />

experience nature at its best, on two<br />

feet, and take it all in no matter what<br />

you call it.





Let the kids lead the way<br />

It's easy to keep an eye on them and<br />

watching if they are tired, falling or<br />

going in the wrong direction. Give<br />

them time and permission to take a<br />

closer look at the interesting things<br />

along the way while giving them<br />

responsibility.<br />

Set up camp<br />

If you are taking on a multiday-trip,<br />

create a fixed camp and do smaller<br />

missions each day. Staying in one<br />

place gives the children - especially<br />

younger ones - something familiar and<br />

safe to come home to every day.<br />

Enjoy!<br />

Reaching the end goal is not the most<br />

important thing. Instead, focus on<br />

keeping everyone happy here and<br />

now. Think about alternative routes in<br />

advance if the weather and wind (or<br />

bad mood) put an end to the original<br />

plans. And remember - it's not a<br />

shame to turn around in good time.<br />

It's better than risking an unpleasant<br />

experience later. Do your part to<br />

preserve the magic of the trip!<br />

Where to go?<br />

If you don't want to carry food, handle<br />

logistics and do all the planning,<br />

Wanaka based Aspiring Guides can<br />

take you and your kids on one of NZ's<br />

most memorable treks in Mt Aspiring<br />

National Park.<br />

The 4 Day Upper Wilkin trek is a<br />

great place for a family holiday with<br />

no stress. Logistics, food, planning,<br />

guiding. Everything is sorted so that<br />

you can enjoy some quality time with<br />

your kids.<br />

The beauty of the Upper Wilkin<br />

Experience is that it can cater to a<br />

range of abilities. A scenic helicopter<br />

flight gets you into the remote Top<br />

Forks Hut, where you're spending all<br />

three nights. Each day you can hike in<br />

a different direction. The Upper Wilkin<br />

is known for its gorgeous glacial lakes,<br />

dense forests, steep waterfalls, and<br />

beautiful viewpoints. There is plenty of<br />

time to stop and enjoy the scenery or<br />

have a refreshing swim in the ice-blue<br />

lakes as Lake Diana, Lucidus, and<br />

Castilia.<br />

Because there isn't a new daily<br />

camping destination, you have the<br />

flexibility to go as far and as hard as<br />

you'd like or turn back early if needed.<br />

You can even stick closer to the hut<br />

and enjoy the riverside, playtime, and<br />

good books.<br />

After exploring the Upper Wilkin, the<br />

trip ends with a fun jet boat ride back<br />

to civilization.<br />

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offer 50 percent off kids on this trek.<br />

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your family holiday.<br />

By Aspiring Guides<br />

Go easy!<br />

Kiwi families like a challenge, but sometimes finding the right<br />

adventure to keep both parents and kids happy can be tricky.<br />

Will the route be too difficult? Will it be too easy? Tip number<br />

one is to go easy! You do not have to go far, cook on a stove or<br />

do a multi-day trek. Take it one thing at a time. Start with day<br />

trips, small distances and long breaks.<br />

Involve your children<br />

Start by saying, "we are going on a trip together", instead of<br />

"I will take the children on a trip". Let the children be involved<br />

in the planning. Hear their opinion on everything from the<br />

destination, activities, what to bring with you clothes, books<br />

and food to what you can do along the way. Help the children<br />

to visualize the trip for themselves before you take off. Tell<br />

them about the terrain and what will happen along the way, for<br />

example, where you can take a break.<br />

Food prep<br />

It's no secret that food, snacks and drinks have a huge impact<br />

on your own and your childrens' mood, and you generally need<br />

more than usual when you're out tramping. Plan your breakfasts,<br />

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than usual. Re-pack as much food as you can to save space.<br />

Breakfasts can be everything from granola, porridge with nuts<br />

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Wraps, sandwiches, crackers with cheese, veggies and salami<br />

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such as a stir-fry or your favourite one-pot pasta dish. Don't feel<br />

limited about cooking in the outdoors. You don't have to live<br />

off dehydrated food, and involving kids in outdoor cooking can<br />

sparkle their interest for cooking at home.<br />

Don't go hangry<br />

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fruit, nuts, muesli bars, lollies. Whatever works for you and your<br />

children. A quick snack along the way is a<br />

good distraction if your children are getting tired, and it will keep<br />

them from being hangry - and you from being at ease.<br />

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trip and can sparkle even more interest."<br />

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Survival<br />

AND YOU<br />


WAS BAD<br />

Surviving a zombie apocalypse<br />

And you thought Covid was bad!<br />

I read a post recently on Facebook.<br />

‘One day in the future you will reach<br />

down into our coat pocket and pull<br />

out a little blue mask and smile to<br />

yourselves and think ‘2020 what<br />

a year’. Then you’ll put your mask<br />

back in your pocket, pick up your<br />

machete and then wander out into<br />

the zombie apocalyptic landscape’.<br />

We have all said it, ‘Covid won’t<br />

be the last pandemic, maybe the<br />

next one will be worse’, but maybe,<br />

instead of getting a cold you’ll get a<br />

thirst for blood and then be destined<br />

to wander the earth looking for<br />

flesh… let us hope not.<br />

But imagine my surprise when I<br />

found on the world CDC website,<br />

the very formal and serious ‘Center<br />

for Disease Control’, a section on<br />

Zombie Preparedness. I thought it<br />

was a joke, but - it wasn’t!<br />

The Pentagon developed a zombie<br />

strategic scenario titled, “CONPLAN<br />

8888” in 2014, and the Center for<br />

Disease Control created a guide for<br />

zombie preparedness in 2015. It<br />

is not that these governing bodies<br />

have been watching too much<br />

TV and after season seven of the<br />

Walking Dead, decided they better<br />

get ready, but they did choose to<br />

capitalise on the interest, because<br />

the emergency preparedness,<br />

whether it be zombies, Tsunami,<br />

Ebola or Covid, remains pretty much<br />

the same.<br />

There are many types of<br />

emergencies out there that we<br />

should prepare for. Even a zombie<br />

apocalypse. The first element with<br />

being prepared is that you get it<br />

done before you need it. There is<br />

no point running around trying to<br />

find a machete when the zombies<br />

are already climbing through the<br />

window. So whether it’s zombies,<br />

pandemics, earthquakes, tsunami it<br />

is better to be prepared.<br />

Top of the list should be an<br />

emergency kit. You can purchase<br />

these already made up, but it should<br />

include things like water, food, and<br />

other supplies to get you through the<br />

first couple of days before you can<br />

locate a zombie-free zone (or in the<br />

event of an any major issue it will<br />

buy you some time until you are able<br />

to make your way to an evacuation<br />

area or civil defence designated<br />

area).<br />

Below are a few items you should<br />

include in your kit,<br />

• Water (4 litres per person per<br />

day)<br />

• Food (stock up on nonperishables)<br />

• Medications (this includes<br />

prescription and nonprescription<br />

meds)<br />

• Tools and Supplies (utility knife,<br />

duct tape, battery powered<br />

radio, etc.)<br />

• Sanitation and Hygiene<br />

(Antiseptic, soap, towels, etc.)<br />

• Clothing and Bedding (a<br />

change of clothes for each<br />

family member and blankets)<br />

and we suggest a survival<br />

blanket.<br />

• Solar battery charger - For<br />

phones, radio<br />

• Important documents (copies of<br />

your driver’s license, passport,<br />

and birth certificate to name a<br />

few)<br />

• First Aid supplies (although<br />

your number is up if chewed on<br />

by one of the walking dead, but<br />

you can use these supplies to<br />

treat basic cuts and lacerations<br />

that you might get during an<br />

earthquake or cyclone)<br />

Once you have made your<br />

emergency kit, you should sit down<br />

with your family and come up with<br />

an emergency plan. This includes<br />

where you would go and who you<br />

would call if zombies started to<br />

shuffle down the street. You can<br />

also implement this plan if there is<br />

a flood, earthquake, fire, or other<br />

emergency.<br />

Identify the types of emergencies<br />

that are possible in your area.<br />

Besides a zombie apocalypse,<br />

this may include floods, tsunami,<br />

or earthquakes. If you are unsure<br />

contact your local civil defence for<br />

more information.<br />

Pick a meeting place for your family<br />

to regroup in case zombies invade<br />

your home…or your town evacuates<br />

because of a Tsunami as coastal<br />

towns did in early March this year.<br />

Identify your emergency contacts.<br />

Make a list of local contacts like the<br />

police, fire department, civil defence,<br />

neighbours to check on. Also identify<br />

a contact that you can call during<br />

an emergency to let the rest of your<br />

family know you are ok.<br />

Plan your evacuation route. Hungry<br />

zombies and be pretty determined to<br />

eat you so you need to act fast. You<br />

need to plan where you would go<br />

and multiple routes of escape, plus<br />

how you are going to get here for<br />

example it might pay to bike rather<br />

than drive.<br />

Lastly don’t be dumb. If there is a<br />

pandemic and you are asked to<br />

stay home – stay home. If there is<br />

tsunami warning do not go down to<br />

the beach to have a look – follow<br />

civil defence warnings as if they are<br />

100% correct and then hope that<br />

they are not.<br />

Get a Kit. Make a plan. Don’t be<br />

dumb. Be Prepared.

Survival<br />

IT'S NOT<br />




CAN AN<br />





The survival of adventure business and tourism in a covid world<br />

Aspiring Guides Director Vickie Sullivan (operator):<br />

In a world of cataclysmic change since March 2020 – <strong>Adventure</strong><br />

and tourism businesses have had to find a way to survive or<br />

simply disappear which is a polite word for die. But one thing we<br />

have seen is that the same tenacity that drives us to eke out a<br />

living in the adventure and tourism industry, that same tenacity<br />

has driven many to adapt, change and evolve. We asked a<br />

number of businesses linked with <strong>Adventure</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> how they<br />

were coping with the challenges of Covid...<br />

Rafting New Zealand Turangi (operator):<br />

During 2020 we sought and organised rent relief, reduced our wages,<br />

organised interest only terms on all our loans and worked really hard<br />

to maintain staff and business morale, while maintaining our online<br />

marketing presence. We foresaw the 2021 Winter season as the<br />

"crux" period for business survival. Hence, we took measures in 2020<br />

to attempt to successfully navigate this period. We personally sold our<br />

house, so we as Managers of the business had the ability to reduce<br />

our incomes if and when required. We have put our businesses base<br />

and facility on the market as we look to rescale to the demands of a<br />

reduced domestic market while also further reducing the businesses<br />

fixed overhead costs and we are currently seeking alternative income<br />

streams for the business by way of training initiatives.<br />

The saying "Adapt or Die" is very much in the forefront of our mind<br />

as we work to maintain and continue our award-winning tourism<br />

business, which ironically this year, is celebrating its 30th year of<br />

operation. God Willing, through being intelligent, resourceful and<br />

adaptive, we can see out the effects of C19. NZ will be a much poorer<br />

place if businesses like ours cannot.<br />

World Expeditions (tourism):<br />

We created a New Zealand<br />

division. We had started the<br />

process of a NZ division 2<br />

years ago, but never had the<br />

time or resource to get it up<br />

and running as we needed<br />

to create content, establish<br />

trips, research and design<br />

websites and structure for it.<br />

Covid gave us the time and we<br />

seized the opportunity to pivot<br />

our thinking and to create our<br />

NZ brand and launched it just<br />

in time for the new booking<br />

season in September 2020,<br />

not only plugging a gap in our<br />

own company, but plugging a<br />

gap in NZ trip offerings.<br />

" In just three weeks<br />

Aspiring Guides had<br />

put together a new<br />

product line, created<br />

a fun promotional<br />

video, and launched<br />

what is understood to<br />

be the country’s first<br />

ever virtual lessons for<br />

mountaineering skills.<br />

The concept was simple.<br />

Learn more now so we<br />

can play more later. ”<br />

Vickie Sullivan<br />

The first thing we did as a team was make a decision<br />

that we would take up the challenge and work hard on<br />

finding some new ideas and solutions!! Established in<br />

1990, we’ve seen a lot of changes through the years,<br />

but this was the biggest challenge we had faced in our<br />

long history. Following the announcement that the<br />

country would be ‘shutdown’ on the 26th of March 2020,<br />

the team decided on the 27th of March to start work on<br />

re-thinking how we could bring learning in the mountains<br />

indoors! In just three weeks Aspiring Guides had put<br />

together a new product line, created a fun promotional<br />

video, and launched what is understood to be the<br />

country’s first ever virtual lessons for mountaineering<br />

skills. The concept was simple. Learn more now so we<br />

can play more later.<br />

We were pleasantly surprised by how positive, receptive<br />

and supportive our clients were of the idea! The<br />

lessons are not designed to replace outdoor learning<br />

and experiences but rather spend the time in ‘lockdown’<br />

learning some of the theory behind the mountains<br />

and have some fun doing that ‘face to face’ with our<br />

experienced guides in an enjoyable and relaxed<br />

way.” Our new online courses covered avalanche<br />

theory, mountain weather, navigation, and more! This<br />

approach provided a great opportunity for our past and<br />

new clients to engage directly with our very qualified<br />

guides to upskill from the comfort of home. The online<br />

courses proved to be a great new product line and<br />

are something we will now continue into the future.<br />

However, as we can now get back out there, we all<br />

know deep down that real is better than virtual, so that's<br />

what we are doing.<br />

The future of NZ tourism may be changing, but for<br />

Aspiring Guides, one thing remains the same: a passion<br />

for taking people on adventures in amazing backyard.<br />

With the opportunity for Kiwis to tick home-turf<br />

objectives off their bucket lists, the team hope they’ll be<br />

able to share this passion with more NZer’s and make<br />

the most of 2021 and beyond.<br />

Nomad Safaris Queenstown (operator):<br />

David our Director has a quote he would like<br />

included: “I believe it is premature to be talking<br />

survival or recovery. Currently the language<br />

from the Government is increasingly negative<br />

towards a trans-Tasman quarantine free travel<br />

arrangement. Without this boost to numbers<br />

arriving in Fiordland, southern lakes, west coast<br />

and Kaikoura, survived will be used in the past<br />

tense preceded with the words, did not. “<br />

I remember the 1980s well, the early<br />

days of River Valley. White water<br />

rafting is what we then did, and up<br />

to recently, rafting was still a critical<br />

part of our business. In those days,<br />

we did not even identify with being<br />

an "adventure" business. The term<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> Tourism had not yet been<br />

coined as an identifier for that whole<br />

segment of activities that we are<br />

now familiar with. A component of<br />

the tourism industry that presently<br />

includes rafting, kayaking, sky diving,<br />

bungy jumping, mountain biking, zip<br />

lines and much more.<br />

Driving the growth of this industry<br />

over the last three decades has been<br />

the increase in overseas tourists. A<br />

common perception for the type of<br />

customer might be that these people<br />

were all young backpacker types.<br />

While many were, this is certainly not<br />

the whole story. Instead, the adventure<br />

tourism industry's customers wanted<br />

to experience all that New Zealand<br />

had to offer. This desire often involving<br />

participating in exciting activities in<br />

beautiful surroundings.<br />

Many of the operators in the adventure<br />

tourism sphere are, or were, small to<br />

medium-sized family businesses such<br />

as River Valley. This was especially<br />

true outside of the Queenstown area.<br />

The industry has always had a certain<br />

glamour with images of people doing<br />

exciting, adventurous things at the<br />

heart of much tourism advertising.<br />

Beneath the glamour of beautiful<br />

photos, the operators were doing<br />

okay. Few fortunes were being made,<br />

but adequate livings were, while<br />

thousands of people, often young,<br />

found employment.<br />

And then the coronavirus came along.<br />

I don't have the information for others,<br />

so I can only share our experience<br />

here at River Valley. Overnight we<br />

lost between 85% and 90% of our<br />

clientele. Staff numbers, including<br />

working family members, dropped<br />

from 25 to 10 (most of the latter being<br />

working family). Income fell through<br />

the floor. Profit is a distant memory.<br />

We thanked Saint Jacinda for wage<br />

subsidies and signed up for any other<br />

government help that was on offer.<br />

Part of that offer was some help with<br />

strategic planning. I do not think at<br />

that stage any of us, except a few<br />

pandemic experts, really knew what to<br />

expect or what this new world would<br />

look like. Consequently, in retrospect,<br />

our planning was based more on<br />

tweaking our existing business model<br />

with the expectation that give it a year<br />

to 18 months, everything would be<br />

moving back to normal. Early in the<br />

planning process, we decided that we<br />

would not close or mothball our lodge,<br />

roll up and store the boats in a dark<br />

corner, or sell the horses or find longterm<br />

grazing. As much as possible,<br />

we would stay open and keep paying<br />

wages.<br />

Now is the time for an admission.<br />

We found that, other than the financial<br />

difficulties, we quite like not having<br />

hordes of people. We like having<br />

the time to spend talking to guests<br />

and having more one on one type<br />

of experiences. We like having the<br />

mental space to think about the future<br />

of River Valley. We have discovered<br />

again just what is important to us as<br />

individuals, be that family or long term<br />

staff.<br />

These quiet times have made us<br />

relook at our priorities and values<br />

and how we express them through<br />

our business. Making all these<br />

likes, values and priorities into a<br />

profitable business model will be more<br />

challenging and take some time, but<br />

we feel we are on the right track. I<br />

don't think we have had anything less<br />

than a 5-star review for months, so<br />

it would appear our guests like the<br />

change as well.<br />

Our focus now is concentrating on the<br />

niches. This is in stark contrast to our<br />

previous position of trying to be all<br />

things to all people.<br />

Having time to return to our base<br />

values has reaffirmed our commitment<br />

to mother earth, papatuanuku, and<br />

our relationships with other people.<br />

"We presently have this<br />

opportunity to remodel our<br />

industry as a force for good.<br />

Good for our guests. Good for<br />

the environment. Good for local<br />

communities, and finally good<br />

for those who own and work<br />

within those businesses.”<br />

A River Valley experience needs to<br />

stand apart from others, not above,<br />

not necessarily better, but certainly<br />

different. The ideas we have are not<br />

fixed, still being somewhat fluid, so<br />

they are subject to change as we try<br />

various plans and discard those that<br />

do not resonate. Some ideas may not<br />

withstand the passage of time.<br />

I am of the school that thinks that<br />

the tourism industry as we knew it is<br />

never coming back, and that is not<br />

necessarily a bad thing. We presently<br />

have this opportunity to remodel our<br />

industry as a force for good. Good for<br />

our guests. Good for the environment.<br />

Good for local communities, and finally<br />

good for those who own and work<br />

within those businesses. We can be<br />

regenerative. We can make things<br />

better.<br />

Will this journey be easy? No.<br />

Will this journey be worthwhile? I think<br />

Yes.<br />

Brian Megaw<br />

River Valley Lodge<br />


Survival<br />


BUT NOT<br />

A DROP TO<br />

DRINK!<br />

The average rule of thumb is that you<br />

cannot last more than 3 to 4 days<br />

without water. You can last for weeks<br />

without food, but water is the top<br />

priority. The other prime ingredient of<br />

water is that it needs to be clean. Clarity<br />

alone is not enough to assume the<br />

water is pure.<br />

Even fresh water from a tap can contain<br />

harmful nasties like microorganisms,<br />

viruses and chemicals. These nasties<br />

can either cause you to be sick within<br />

hours or build up in your system over<br />

time like the heavy metals causing<br />

issues to your health later on in life.<br />

So how can you filter/purify<br />

freshwater?<br />

There are many ways to filter/purify<br />

water on the go. Single-stage filters are<br />

one method of filtration and two and<br />

three-stage filtration is a combination<br />

of two or three methods. The more<br />

methods combined; the more harmful<br />

nasties are removed from the water.<br />

Single-stage methods.<br />

• Boiling water: (Easy to do if you<br />

have a heat source but does not<br />

remove dissolved substances,<br />

suspended sediments, or heavy<br />

metals.)<br />

• Hollow fibre: (Quick and easy<br />

to use, filters microorganisms and<br />

large particles but not viruses and<br />

dissolved substances and it can get<br />

clogged.)<br />

• UV Light: (Easy to use but runs<br />

on batteries and doesn't remove<br />

dissolved substances.)<br />

• Activated Carbon Filters:<br />

(Absorbs most dissolved substances<br />

and some bacteria but limited<br />

volume.)<br />

• Chemical Tablets: (Easy, able<br />

to do large volumes but only kills<br />

microorganisms and removes nothing<br />

else.)<br />

• Ceramic Filters: (Able to do large<br />

volumes and removes bacteria but<br />

not able to filter viruses and dissolved<br />

substances.)<br />

Water-to-Go has created drink bottles with a 3-stage filter that purifies the<br />

water. Their 3-stage filter (1 traditional and 2 nano) technologies are combined<br />

in one filter cartridge to remove up to 99.9999% of microbiological and harmful<br />

contaminants from freshwater.<br />

The three technologies that Water to go filter use are:<br />

• Mechanical filtration with a very small pore size<br />

• Activated carbon<br />

• Hydrostatic electrical charge which absorbs<br />

dissolved substances and reduces pore size<br />

even further to enable very small viruses to be<br />

trapped.<br />

Once the filter is activated you can fill it up from any<br />

tarn, stream, lake, DOC tap, or puddle and it purifies<br />

the water as you drink. Ideal for everyday use, hiking,<br />

biking, fishing, travel, and your survival kit for the<br />

day a disaster happens. The filter has been tested<br />

from labs around the globe and used by people and<br />

companies who want the knowledge that they will be<br />

protected.<br />

The bottle come in 2 sizes and 3 shapes.<br />

The Go! 500ml bottle is small and lightweight great for<br />

that urban environment. It comes with a 130l filter.<br />

In the 750ml range, the Classic and the Active bottles<br />

both come with a 200l filter. The Active is the only<br />

filter bottle that is designed for most bike drink bottle<br />

holder.<br />

All come with a flip lid to reduce cross-contamination<br />

protecting the mouthpiece and are BPA free. The<br />

200l filter is equivalent to over 266 single-use plastic<br />

bottles and works out to 20 cents a litre.<br />

Find more information at www.watertogo.co.nz<br />


Survival<br />

Gasmate High Output Cooker & Pot Set<br />

Cooking on the go. Monitor and control the<br />

temperature easily. All parts pack away into the<br />

20L aluminium stock pot, then into the carry bag.<br />

RRP $249.00<br />


black diamond Stride Headlamp /<br />

Strobe Light<br />

Versatile, lightweight strobe light that<br />

attaches to any standard headlamp<br />

for rear illumination and visibility in low<br />

light conditions. It also functions as a<br />

standard headlamp or as a visibility<br />

beacon on a backpack, bike or dog.<br />

Switch between red and white LEDs<br />

with the option of solid or strobe<br />

lighting. Comes with an elastic strap<br />

for stand-alone functionality. USB<br />

recharging. 35g.<br />

RRP $69.99<br />


SteriPEN Classic 3<br />

Patented handheld water purifier uses<br />

ultraviolet light to kill up to 99.9999% of<br />

all waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of all<br />

viruses. Pre filter included. Takes four AA<br />

batteries. Purifier life 8000-litres Output<br />

1-litre/90sec Weight 225g.<br />

RRP $199.99<br />


water to go<br />

500ml water bottle with unique 3-in-1 filter<br />

technology that eliminates up to 99.9999%<br />

of all Bacteria, Viruses, Chlorine, Fluoride<br />

and Heavy Metals leaving you with safe,<br />

healthy water.<br />

Filter lasts for 130 Litres<br />

60 days use at 2L/day<br />

Weighs just 98 grams<br />

BPA Free<br />

Filter 100% recyclable<br />

Available in a range of colours<br />

RRP $64.99<br />


Edelrid Rescue Canyoning Knife<br />

Rescue and rope knife for cutting rope and<br />

webbing when climbing/canyoning.<br />

Ergonomically-shaped handle with finger<br />

hole. Light and compact.<br />

RRP $99.95<br />


ortovox Avalanche Rescue Set 3+<br />

All the top products combined into one set that can<br />

save lives in an avalanche emergency.<br />

Includes: 3+ Transceiver, Badger shovel and Alu<br />

240 probe.<br />

RRP $799.95<br />


Survival Kit Company First Aid Tramper Plus<br />

First Aid Kit for 3+ people going tramping for a few<br />

days. Contains all the essential safety products.<br />

Comes tightly packed in a sturdy,<br />

zipped case.<br />

RRP $79.95<br />


Sunsaver Super-Flex<br />

14-Watt Solar Charger<br />

Capable of charging your<br />

smartphone and USB gadgets<br />

straight from the sun, making it<br />

perfect for hiking, camping, or an<br />

emergency situation.<br />

RRP: $199.00<br />


water to go 750ml ACTIVE Bottle<br />

The filter is an ideal deal for hiking, camping,<br />

international travel, and emergencies, it<br />

allows you to take any non-salt water from<br />

a stream, river, or tap and filter it instantly.<br />

Once the filter is activated and your bottle is<br />

full you are ready to drink! No need to keep<br />

removing the lid and filter until your ready to<br />

fill your bottle again.<br />

RRP $89.99<br />


Black Diamond revolt<br />

Now running on our new modular BD 1800<br />

rechargeable battery, the Black Diamond ReVolt 350 is<br />

a powerful, versatile and rechargeable headlamp that<br />

has now been fully redesigned. The ReVolt 350 can run<br />

on standard AAA batteries in addition to the included BD<br />

1800 Battery.<br />

RRP $129.99<br />


kea kit<br />

KEA KIT is a compact, modular survival<br />

system to suit any adventure. Including<br />

everything you need and nothing you don't to<br />

help you survive and thrive in the wild.<br />


Sunsaver Classic 16,000mAh Solar<br />

Power Bank<br />

Built tough for the outdoors and with a<br />

massive battery capacity you can keep all<br />

your devices charged no matter where<br />

your adventure takes you.<br />

RRP: $119.00<br />


Outdoor Research Helium Bivy<br />

A perfect shelter for solo fast-andlight<br />

adventures. It features durable,<br />

waterproof, breathable Pertex® Shield+<br />

fabric, a clamshell opening with a No-<br />

See-Um mesh so you can breathe<br />

freely without letting the weather<br />

or insects inside and an optional<br />

single pole you can leave<br />

behind or take for overhead<br />

space. 459g.<br />

RRP $299.99<br />


Black Diamond Storm<br />

Featuring a more compact design, updated user<br />

interface, and a multi-faceted optical lens design that<br />

saves battery life and provides 400 lumens of powerful<br />

light, the Storm 400 is still the burly, fully-sealed<br />

waterproof and dustproof headlamp ready for any<br />

rugged adventure.<br />

RRP $99.99<br />


kiwi camping Rover Queen 10CM Self-<br />

Inflating Mat<br />

10cm thick mat with compressible foam that<br />

easily inflates with a 3-way valve. Generous<br />

queen size, 2010mm long and 1500mm wide.<br />

Weight 7kg.<br />

RRP $379.00<br />


Rab Mythic Ultra<br />

The Mythic Ultra 180 redefines<br />

what it means to be ‘ultralight’.<br />

Using a world-first, heat-reflective<br />

fabric treatment called Thermo Ionic<br />

Lining Technology, this is premium<br />

protection for those counting every<br />

last gram.<br />

RRP $1099.95<br />


exped Waterbloc Pro -5 Down<br />

Sleeping Bag<br />

Lightest water-repellent sleeping<br />

bag in the world! Welded Pertex®<br />

Quantum Pro shell, a proportional<br />

differential cut and 850 fill-power<br />

down insulation for efficient warmth<br />

even in wet and humid conditions.<br />

890g.<br />

RRP $999.99<br />


exped SynMat UL Sleeping Mat<br />

(Medium)<br />

Comfort and warmth, ultralightweight<br />

and compressible.<br />

Stable baffle construction with<br />

top and bottom laminated highly<br />

compressible microfibre filling, a<br />

new anti-slip GripSkin coating and<br />

Exped's FlatValve Technology.<br />

Comes with Schnozzel Pumpbag<br />

UL (60g) for easy inflation. 183cm x<br />

52cm x 7cm. R-Value 3.3. 450g.<br />

RRP $219.99<br />


nalgene Tritan Wide-Mouth Bottle – 1L<br />

A best seller, super durable and leakproof.<br />

These wide-mouth impact resistant bottles<br />

will withstand the most<br />

rugged conditions. BPA free and<br />

dishwasher safe. Hydrate or Die.<br />

RRP $29.95<br />


jetboil stash<br />

The Lightest and Most Compact<br />

Jetboil Ever. We know your dreams<br />

are big and ambitious. Which is why<br />

we designed the all-new Stash to be<br />

lightweight and compact, maximizing<br />

your pack space without sacrificing<br />

that iconic Jetboil performance. At<br />

7.1 oz or 200 g, the .8L Stash is 40%<br />

lighter than the .8L Zip.<br />

Weight: 200g | Power: 4,500 BTU/h<br />

(1.52 kW)<br />

RRP $299.95<br />


jetboil fuel<br />

Jetpower fuel contains a blend of propane and isobutane.<br />

Propane provides higher vapour pressure to the<br />

fuel which means better performance in cold weather.<br />

Fuel efficiency translates to weight, space, and money<br />

savings. Since Jetboil is up to twice as efficient as<br />

conventional stoves, you can take half as much fuel on<br />

your trip, thus saving weight.<br />

RRP $7.99 - $16.99<br />


kiwi camping Country Cooker Double Burner<br />

Made from high-quality cast iron with brass controls,<br />

this country cooker outputs 21,000 BTU to cook meals<br />

efficiently. Complete with 1.2m hose and QCC regulator.<br />

RRP $79.99<br />


marmot Winter 650+ Fill Down<br />

Sleeping Bag (-1)<br />

The Never Winter Sleeping Bag is ideal for<br />

warm-weather camping and river trips—with<br />

added upgrades that’ll keep you comfortable<br />

even when you’re far from home. Its lofty<br />

650-fill-power-down insulation and waterresistant<br />

Down Defender treatment will keep<br />

you warm and dry in mild conditions.<br />

RRP $499.00<br />


marmot Helium 800+ Fill Down<br />

Sleeping bag (-9)<br />

Remarkably light and compact, the Helium<br />

Sleeping Bag delivers impressive insulation<br />

during three-season backpacking and<br />

mountaineering treks.<br />

RRP $1199.00<br />


kiwi camping Morepork 1 Deluxe Swag<br />

Designed with 2 storage vestibules and 2 entrances,<br />

porch for added shade, 320g polycotton ripstop walls,<br />

400g heavy-duty PVC floor, 5cm high-density foam<br />

mat, 12.9kg pack weight and ‘no-see-um’ mesh.<br />

RRP $499.00<br />


kiwi camping Tuatara 2.5 x 2.5 Awning<br />

Offers 6.25m² of covered area for sun or rain<br />

protection. 200g polycotton canvas awning, twistlock<br />

design, adjustable height and mounts directly to<br />

existing roof rack.<br />

RRP $399.00<br />


kiwi camping Morepork 1 Swag<br />

Complete sleeping system. Zip-open<br />

ventilation ports, 320g polycotton ripstop<br />

walls, 400g heavy-duty PVC floor, 5cm<br />

high-density foam mat, 7.8kg pack weight<br />

and ‘no-see-um’ mesh.<br />

RRP $399.00<br />


Gear GUIDE<br />

merrell Ridgevent Hybrid Vest<br />

Be warm and dry with a blend<br />

of 65% responsibly sourced<br />

waterproof goose down and 35%<br />

Primaloft. Your go-to layer of<br />

warmth with innovative BackVent<br />

technology that is designed to<br />

vent while wearing a pack on trail<br />

and also look smart off the trail.<br />

Available in Women’s and Men’s<br />

colours.<br />

RRP $299.00<br />


Macpac Nitro Polartec® Alpha®<br />

Pullover — Men's<br />

Made to maintain warmth in the<br />

mountains, the lightweight Nitro is a<br />

versatile mid layer that works best when<br />

you’re pushing your limits. It’s made from<br />

insulation designed for the U.S Special<br />

Forces — who required superior warmth<br />

and incredible breathability for active use<br />

— and it’s available in sizes up to 2XL.<br />

Also available in a women’s style.<br />

RRP $169.99<br />


marmot Featherless Hybrid<br />

Jacket<br />

The light-weight Men's<br />

Featherless Hybrid Jacket<br />

will keep you warm and dry in<br />

chilly, damp weather without<br />

weighing down you or your<br />

pack. 3M Thinsulate<br />

Recycled Featherless<br />

Insulation is made with 75%<br />

recycled loose-fill fibres that<br />

feel just as warm as 700 fill<br />

power down, but still perform<br />

in wet conditions. DriClime®<br />

Bi-Component lining wicks<br />

away moisture to keep you dry.<br />

Weight: 255.1g<br />

RRP $349.95 (some previous<br />

season colours reduced to<br />

clear)<br />


Rab Nexus Pull-on<br />

Thermic stretch fleece, regular fit,<br />

flatlock seams, YKK zips, deep venting<br />

zippered chest pocket, double cuff,<br />

raglan sleeves. 270g (m), 225g (w).<br />

RRP $139.95<br />



Rab Alpha Flash Jacket<br />

Polartec Alpha fabric, insulates and wicks<br />

moisture, slim fit, flexible fleece side panels,<br />

Polygiene odour control, YKK zips, zippered<br />

chest pocket, chin guard, flatlock seams, half<br />

hem drawcord. 273g (m), 201g (w).<br />

RRP $199.95<br />


Rab kaon<br />

Hybrid jacket with 70g of 800-fill power RDS-certified<br />

hydrophobic European goose down in hood and body,<br />

Stratos synthetic insulation in shoulders, cuffs and<br />

hips. Ripstop nylon fabric, stitch-through construction,<br />

YKK reverse coil chest pocket, YKK front zip, half hem<br />

drawcord, stuff sack. 250g (m), 235g (w).<br />

RRP $399.95<br />


merrell Moab Speed Mens Black<br />

The boot trusted by 50million feet now<br />

made into a light hiker so you can go<br />

faster. Using recycled materials in its<br />

upper and a brand new technology in the<br />

midsole to give you a lightweight ride that<br />

lasts and lessens your impact. Available<br />

in Men’s and Women’s colours. Goretex<br />

version coming soon.<br />

RRP $249.00<br />


Scarpa Mescalito Approach Shoe<br />

Designed for long approaches and more<br />

technical scrambling providing comfort<br />

on extended use. Vibram® Dynamis sole<br />

with Lite Base Technology combined with<br />

a dual-density EVA midsole. Vibram®<br />

Megagrip outsole for maximum grip and<br />

traction.<br />

RRP $299.99<br />


marmot EVODry Clouds Rest Jacket<br />

Thanks to the Men's EVODry Clouds Rest Jacket,<br />

you'll stay dry during multi-day rain spells at basecamp<br />

and downpours on the mountain all year round.<br />

3-layer Marmot® MemBrain® Eco fabric is waterproof<br />

and windproof, and combined with a PFC-free DWR<br />

(Durable Water-Repellent) finish and 100% seam<br />

taping, offers complete leak-proof protection.<br />

RRP $599.00<br />


Macpac Amp Ultra 1.1 Running Vest<br />

A technical trail running vest for athletes and<br />

adventurers alike. Its 6-litre capacity (size M) provides<br />

ample room for a hydration bladder, extra layers and<br />

snacks, while a combination of elasticated and zipped<br />

pockets keep small items secure. Both HydraPak<br />

500ml soft bottles are included.<br />

RRP $249.99<br />


Macpac Fiord 1.1 40L Hiking<br />

Pack<br />

A lightweight pack that doesn’t<br />

compromise on performance,<br />

the Fiord 40 weighs in at just<br />

1.1kg. Its combination of Titan<br />

Grid and Cordura® fabrics<br />

can handle almost anything<br />

it’s thrown at, and you can<br />

adjust its size by tightening the<br />

compression straps or unrolling<br />

the extendable top.<br />

RRP $299.99<br />


merrell Whisper Rain Jacket<br />

This highly waterproof 4-way stretch jacket has<br />

a 3-layer construction and silent and soft fabric<br />

that feels as comfortable as a softshell so you<br />

have zero distractions while out in nature. Rated<br />

at 20K/20K and fully seam-sealed gives you<br />

protection against the elements. Available in<br />

Men’s and Women’s colours.<br />

RRP $399.00<br />


Patagonia Women's<br />

Centered Tights<br />

High-performance, stretchy<br />

recycled polyester/spandex knit<br />

fabric provides a compression<br />

fit; wicks fast, dries quickly and<br />

feels soft, with HeiQ® Fresh<br />

durable odour control. Flattering<br />

wide waistband features hidden<br />

elastic to keep pants in place<br />

as you move, while contoured<br />

side seams are built for forward<br />

motion and allow for ease of<br />

movement, and low-profile<br />

flatlock seams prevent chafing.<br />

Fair Trade Certified sewn.<br />

RRP $139.99<br />


Back Country Cuisine<br />

CHICKEN CARBONARA: A freeze dried<br />

chicken and pasta dish, served in a creamy<br />

italian style sauce. Available in small serve<br />

90g or regular serve 175g sizes.<br />


Mushrooms with tomato in a savory sauce,<br />

served with noodles. Available in small<br />

serve 90g or regular serve 175g sizes.<br />

RRP $9.29 and $13.89<br />


take on chocolate self-saucing pudding,<br />

with chocolate brownie, boysenberries and<br />

chocolate sauce. Gluten Free. Available in<br />

regular serve.<br />

RRP 150g $12.89<br />


Back Country Cuisine<br />

ICED MOCHA: Our mocha is made with<br />

chocolate and coffee combined with soft<br />

serve to give you a tasty drink on the run.<br />

Gluten Free. 85g.<br />

RRP $4.09<br />


NZ'S NO. 1<br />


MEALS<br />

Wherever your next<br />

adventure is about to<br />

lead you, we’ve got the<br />

goods to keep you<br />

going.<br />

Est. 1998 Back Country<br />

Cuisine specialises in<br />

a range of freeze-dried<br />

products, from tasty<br />

meals to snacks and<br />

everything in between, to<br />

keep your energy levels<br />

up and your adventures<br />

wild.<br />

backcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />

Deep creek REDWOOD: APA<br />


ABV: 5.4%<br />

A kiwi take on an American classic,<br />

inspired by the Pacific Northwest.<br />

Our everyday American Pale Ale has<br />

both classic and modern American<br />

hops with flavour and aroma ranging<br />

from pine and citrus to tropical fruit.<br />

All on top of a rich but dry malt<br />

backbone. Full of flavour. Extremely<br />

smashable.<br />

Available in all local liquor stores,<br />

supermarkets and in our online store<br />


Deep creek HAZE: Hazy Pale<br />

ABV: 4.7%<br />

This juicy pale ale is full of<br />

Motueka & Mosaic hops, with<br />

a hazy base of malted barley,<br />

oats and wheat. Haze is well<br />

balanced, with low bitterness,<br />

light bodied and easy drinking<br />

with flavours of mango,<br />

stonefruit and orange. All the<br />

flavour of a Hazy IPA, but<br />

with a fraction of the alcohol<br />

percentage, making it a great<br />

sessionable alternative.<br />

Available in all local liquor<br />

stores, supermarkets and in<br />

our online store<br />


gu energy liquid energy<br />

Introducing GU Liquid Energy Gels,<br />

delivering the same portable and fastabsorbing<br />

carbohydrates as our original<br />

Energy Gel in a refreshingly light and smooth<br />

liquid form. Each 100-calorie serving not only<br />

delivers a great-tasting blend of complex<br />

and simple carbohydrates, electrolytes,<br />

and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs),<br />

it offers you an alternative form factor to<br />

fine-tune your nutrition plan and give you a<br />

powerful finish line kick just when you need<br />

it. All Liquid Energy Gels are Vegan and<br />

Gluten Free.<br />

RRP Box of 12 $47.99, single sachets<br />

$3.99 each<br />


gu energy Roctane Energy Gels<br />

Created for demanding training and<br />

competition, GU Roctane Energy Gel stands<br />

out from original GU Energy Gel with more<br />

sodium, an electrolyte that aids in hydration,<br />

and even more branched-chain amino acids<br />

(leucine, valine, and isoleucine) that reduce<br />

mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage<br />

than our original GU Energy Gel.<br />

RRP Box of 24 $143.50, single sachets<br />

$5.99 each<br />


gu energy Roctane Energy Gels<br />

Created for demanding training and<br />

competition, GU Roctane Energy Gel stands<br />

out from original GU Energy Gel with more<br />

sodium, an electrolyte that aids in hydration,<br />

and even more branched-chain amino<br />

acids (leucine, valine, and isoleucine) that<br />

reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle<br />

damage than our original GU Energy Gel.<br />

RRP Box of 24 $143.50, single sachets<br />

$5.99 each<br />


Radix Nutrition keto 400<br />

Grass-Fed Lamb, Mint & Rosemary<br />

These 400kcal meals are the ideal<br />

option for someone on a low carb<br />

diet. They feature 8g of carbs, 28g fat<br />

and 24g protein.<br />

RRP $12.90<br />


Radix Nutrition performance<br />

Mixed Berry Breakfast<br />

Our Performance range is designed<br />

to enable optimal energy levels,<br />

muscle preservation, repair, recovery<br />

and mental function.<br />

RRP $8.50<br />


Radix Nutrition performance 600<br />

Mexican Chilli with Organic Beef<br />

These 600kcal meals are the perfect<br />

lunch or dinner option for hikers and<br />

adventurers wanting to take their<br />

performance to the next level.<br />

RRP $14.90<br />


Radix Nutrition EXPEDITION 800<br />

Plant-Based Turkish Style Falafel<br />

These 800kcal meals are designed<br />

for extreme energy requirements.<br />

They’re light weight, taste delicious<br />

and suitable in all environments.<br />

RRP $16.90<br />


GMO<br />

BPA<br />



Like a ‘perfect storm’, we have seen a dramatic growth and<br />

development in online stores over the past 5 years. Now as we are<br />

made to keep our ‘distance’, online, ecommerce takes on a whole<br />

new meaning and value. We are dedicating these pages to our client’s<br />

online stores; some you will be able to buy from, some you will be able<br />

drool over. Buy, compare, research and prepare, these online stores are<br />

a great way to feed your adventure addiction while you are still at home.<br />

Ultra lightweight running shoes, made by runners. No<br />

matter where the trail takes you, Hoka One One will<br />

have you covered.<br />

www.hokaoneone.co.nz<br />

New Zealands largest independent Outdoor and<br />

Paddle store.<br />

www.furtherfaster.co.nz<br />

Never have a dead phone<br />

again! Because now you can<br />

charge straight from the Sun<br />

with SunSaver. Perfect for<br />

that week-long hike, day at<br />

the beach, or back-up for any<br />

emergency. Check us out at:<br />

www.sunsaver.co.nz<br />

www.packraftingqueenstown.com<br />

Specialising in<br />

small group guided<br />

packrafting trips and<br />

courses from our base<br />

in Queenstown New<br />

Zealand.<br />

Bivouac Outdoor stock the latest in quality outdoor<br />

clothing, footwear and equipment from the best<br />

brands across New Zealand & the globe.<br />

www.bivouac.co.nz<br />

Shop for the widest range of Merrell footwear, apparel<br />

& accessories across hiking, trail running, sandals &<br />

casual styles. Free shipping for a limited time.<br />

www.merrell.co.nz<br />

www.adventuresouth.co.nz<br />

Whether you enjoy<br />

cycle trails, road<br />

cycling, mountain<br />

biking or walking,<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> South NZ<br />

can help you to explore<br />

New Zealand at<br />

your own pace.<br />

Full-service outfitter selling hiking<br />

and mountaineering gear and<br />

apparel, plus equipment rentals.<br />

Specialising in ski & snowboard<br />

touring equipment new & used;<br />

skis, boards, bindings, skins,<br />

probs, shovels,transceivers &<br />

avalanche packs.<br />

www.smallplanetsports.com<br />

Whether you’re climbing mountains, hiking in the hills<br />

or travelling the globe, Macpac gear is made to last<br />

and engineered to perform — proudly designed and<br />

tested in New Zealand since 1973.<br />

www.macpac.co.nz<br />

Living Simply is an outdoor clothing and equipment<br />

specialty store in Newmarket, Auckland. Your go-to place<br />

for quality footwear, packs, sleeping bags, tents, outdoor<br />

clothing and more.<br />

www.livingsimply.co.nz<br />

Our motto is “Going the<br />

distance” and we pride<br />

ourselves on providing top<br />

quality outdoor and travel<br />

equipment and service<br />

that will go the distance<br />

with you, wherever that<br />

may be.<br />

www.trekntravel.co.nz<br />

Gear up in a wide selection of durable, multifunctional<br />

outdoor clothing & gear. Free Returns. Free Shipping.<br />

www.patagonia.co.nz<br />

Offering the widest variety,<br />

best tasting, and most<br />

nutrient rich hydration,<br />

energy, and recovery<br />

products on the market.<br />

www.guenergy.co.nz<br />

Fast nourishing freeze dried food for adventurers.<br />

www.backcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />

Stocking an extensive range<br />

of global outdoor adventure<br />

brands for your next big<br />

adventure. See them for travel,<br />

tramping, trekking, alpine and<br />

lifestyle clothing and gear.<br />

www.outfittersstore.nz<br />

Specialists in the sale of Outdoor Camping Equipment, RV,<br />

Tramping & Travel Gear. Camping Tents, <strong>Adventure</strong> Tents,<br />

Packs, Sleeping Bags and more.<br />

www.equipoutdoors.co.nz<br />

Jetboil builds super-dependable<br />

backpacking stoves and camping<br />

systems that pack light,<br />

set up quick, and achieve<br />

rapid boils in minutes.<br />

www.jetboilnz.co.nz<br />

Supplying tents and<br />

camping gear to Kiwis<br />

for over 30 years, Kiwi<br />

Camping are proud to<br />

be recognised as one of<br />

the most trusted outdoor<br />

brands in New Zealand.<br />

www.kiwicamping.co.nz<br />

Reusable, BPA free water bottles containing a unique 3-in-<br />

1 filtration technology providing clean safe drinking water<br />

from any non-salt water source anywhere in the world.<br />

www.watertogo.co.nz<br />

Our very own online store where<br />

you will find hard goods to keep you<br />

equipped for any adventure.<br />

www.pacificmedia-shop.co.nz<br />

Radix provides freeze dried<br />

meals and smoothies made<br />

with all natural ingredients.<br />

These are perfect for<br />

athletes and adventures<br />

who care about their health<br />

and performance. Gluten<br />

free, Plant-based and Keto<br />

www.radixnutrition.com<br />

options are available.<br />

Get 10% off your first order online.<br />

Excellent quality Outdoor<br />

Gear at prices that can't<br />

be beaten. End of lines.<br />

Ex Demos. Samples. Last<br />

season. Bearpaw. Garneau.<br />

Ahnu. Superfeet.<br />

www.adventureoutlet.co.nz<br />








PRIZE<br />


• Five nights in a Premium Garden Suite<br />

for two people<br />

• Free use of kayaks, snorkelling gear,<br />

beach towels and sun loungers.<br />

• Daily Tropical Breakfast at Sandals<br />

Restaurant.<br />

• Free scheduled daily activities at the<br />

Beach Hut.<br />

• Free Kids Club (for children aged 6-12).<br />

• Daily guest welcome orientation on the<br />

beach.<br />

www.pacificresort.com/adventure-nz-special-offers/<br />


• Travel is valid 01 November 2021 to 31 May 2022<br />

(with blackout dates from 25 Dec 2021 to 10 Jan<br />

2022}<br />

• Accommodation is subject to availability at time of<br />

prize redemption.<br />

• This prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.<br />

• International and domestic flights are not included in<br />

this prize.<br />

• This Prize cannot be combined with any live specials<br />

and tactical campaigns in the market place and<br />

cannot be booked via any travel professional or<br />

travel wholesaler.<br />

• All other expenses are the responsibility of the prize<br />

winner.<br />

• Pacific Resort Hotel Group strongly recommends the<br />

prize winner purchases travel insurance at the time<br />

of booking the prize accommodation.

TECH REVIEW: the power of protein<br />

When you think of protein powders<br />

you immediately visualize the musclebound,<br />

singlet clad, gym junkie sipping<br />

on a protein shake in an effort to get<br />

“more buff”. Protein, after all, is the<br />

building block for our bodies, helping to<br />

build muscles, tendons and a multitude<br />

of other organs.<br />

But what about the rest of the<br />

population? How important is<br />

maintaining a good level protein to<br />

the rest of us? Some of the benefits<br />

of protein include: increased muscle<br />

mass and strength, better bone health,<br />

reduces cravings, boost in metabolism<br />

and lower blood pressure.<br />

The recommended daily intake of<br />

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48 grams for a 60kg sedentary woman.<br />

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This year’s North Island Spirited<br />

Women’s event kicked off on the beach<br />

at Matapouri, northeast of Whangarei.<br />

This increasingly popular all-women’s<br />

adventure race has run annually since<br />

its maiden event in Rotorua in 2016. It<br />

moved to Taupo in 2017, Ohope in 2018,<br />

Gisborne in 2019 and was scheduled for<br />

Hawkes Bay in 2020 before the Covid 19<br />

pandemic put the country into lockdown<br />

and saw the event cancelled.<br />

So, there was much excitement about<br />

the return of the event this year to<br />

Whangarei in early March and everyone<br />

breathed a sigh of relief when Auckland<br />

came out of their third lockdown just in<br />

time for the event to take place without<br />

restrictions.<br />


I am not sure what it is that makes<br />

adventure racing so much fun, but I think<br />

it's because it has so little to do with<br />

winning. Admittedly there are the teams<br />

in there who are super fit and this is “their<br />

thing” but most of the nearly 2000 strong<br />

competitors are just everyday women,<br />

drawn to get together with some mates<br />

for a day of adventure.<br />

Our team of four had been friends for<br />

over 30 years and with our combined<br />

ages totaling 215, we were in the<br />

“masters” division and for us the<br />

event was all about having fun. We<br />

had entered the “short course” which<br />

suggests a finishing time for the winning<br />

team of 3 hours. From past experience<br />

we’ve usually taken between 4-5 hours<br />

so we set expecting to make it back in<br />

Team Mis-<strong>Adventure</strong> L-R: Trudi Neill, Linda Lennon, Lynne Dickinson and Vicki Knell<br />

Images by Photos 4 Sale (www.photos4.sale / www.facebook.com/Photos4saleNZ)<br />

time for the America’s Cup racing at<br />

4pm. We should have known better…<br />

The race started on the sand dunes in<br />

Matapouri at 11am and after a short jog<br />

along the beach we found ourselves<br />

wading across the estuary to get to the<br />

kayaks on the other side. By the time our<br />

group had set off the tide was on its way<br />

out but it was still waste deep. Images of<br />

earlier teams showed them neck deep<br />

with packs held high above their heads.<br />

Crossing the finish line 6 hours,<br />

40 minutes after we started<br />

The water activities are always one of<br />

our strengths and we blasted this section<br />

in good time, ticking off the checkpoints<br />

along the way before heading to our<br />

bikes for the next leg of the race. The<br />

bike section took us up into the farmlands<br />

behind Matapouri and out to the northern<br />

beaches of Woolleys Bay, Sandy Bay and<br />

Sheltered Bay. Although hilly in places,<br />

the ride was made sweet by the incredible<br />

scenery.<br />

From here we left our bikes for the<br />

“trekking” section of the event. Searching<br />

for clues over the farmland made for hard<br />

work. We zigzagged up hills, following the<br />

ruts left by the sheep and goats to keep the<br />

cramps out of our calf muscles and quads.<br />

Before long we were back on our bikes,<br />

heading to the mystery activity, which is<br />

always one of the highlights of adventure<br />

racing and in particular, the Spirited<br />

Women’s Race. This year we had to jump<br />

fully clothed into the ocean and swim to<br />

7 buoys which each contained a letter<br />

and make a word out of them. By now our<br />

brains were a little scrambled so it took us<br />

a wee while to work out the word they were<br />

looking for was OCTOPUS.<br />

Then it was back on our bikes to Woolleys<br />

Bay and the final hiking leg back to<br />

Matapouri Beach. By the time we crossed<br />

the finish line we had been on the go for 6<br />

hours 38 minutes with the Americas Cup<br />

done and dusted for the day.<br />

Being out on the course for that long and<br />

all crossing the finish line smiling, says<br />

something about our teamwork. I read a<br />

quote that described excellent teamwork<br />

as, “when a group of people work together<br />

cohesively, towards a common goal,<br />

creating a positive working atmosphere,<br />

and supporting each other to combine<br />

individual strengths to enhance team<br />

performance.” That was us to a tee.<br />

When our results came in the following<br />

morning, we saw we had placed 14th out<br />

of 124 teams with the winning team coming<br />

in after 5 hours 31 minutes. Not bad a for<br />

a bunch of friends who were just out for a<br />

“fun day”.<br />

Anyone who has not yet done an adventure race, I would thoroughly recommend you sign up for one now. It’s a great way to stay<br />

fit, or a good excuse to get fit, and it is so much fun. The 2022 Spirited Womens’ <strong>Adventure</strong> Race will be held in the Hawkes<br />

Bay and the South Island event is to be held in Wanaka. Entries open June 1st. Check out www.spiritedwomen.co.nz<br />




By Bridget Thackwray and Topher Rickwhite<br />

We began our journey into the Yamal peninsula from<br />

Salekhard, a small Siberian shipping port sitting on the<br />

polar boundaries of Russia’s Arctic Circle. Strategically<br />

positioned in the delta of the Ob river, Salekhard<br />

is completely inaccessible by car outside of winter<br />

months. The only way in or out of the Yamal region<br />

is to wait until the rivers have frozen thick, forming<br />

‘Russian snow roads.’<br />


Having battled our way through the<br />

scorching deserts of Northern Africa<br />

and the length of the Americas the year<br />

prior, we were feeling confident we<br />

could tackle Siberia’s snow roads in<br />

our now well-equipped Jeep ‘Gunther’.<br />

The Yamal peninsula, which translates<br />

to 'End of the World' is ranked as<br />

having the world’s most volatile<br />

weather pattern so solo driving is<br />

extremely risky. We were accompanied<br />

by a local guide called Roman and his<br />

Jeep which sat on over 20" wide tires.<br />

We carried an extra 160 liters of fuel<br />

on the roof of Gunther. This would be<br />

enough fuel to get us to and from our<br />

destination as well as some extra for<br />

our Webasto engine heaters which<br />

would keep us and our engine from<br />

freezing. Outside temperatures were<br />

fluctuating between -25C and -50C.<br />

After two excruciating days of plowing<br />

through thick snow and ice, we crawled<br />

into our camp at 3am. We were<br />

greeted by two men cloaked head to<br />

toe in reindeer hide who ushered us<br />

into their Chums for some tea.<br />

The Nenet people do not bathe during<br />

the winter months. There is limited<br />

ventilation inside the chum to prevent<br />

heat loss, so with a family of 4 living,<br />

cooking and sleeping inside the tent<br />

with their family of dogs, we were<br />

greeted with a very strong odor. With<br />

a wood burning stove in the center of<br />

the chum, the inside is a comfortable<br />

temperature. The floor of the chum is<br />

tundra earth with a few reindeer hides<br />

to sleep upon.<br />

Exhausted after our long drive, we<br />

managed to catch up on some muchneeded<br />

sleep. We found ourselves<br />

waking up in the night with the<br />

dogs inside our sleeping bags, also<br />

escaping the cold.<br />

Our time with the Nenets was spent<br />

ice fishing through the 3-meter-thick<br />

ice sheets upon the Ob River, keeping<br />

an eye on their 400+ herd of reindeer<br />

and learning about their traditions and<br />

beliefs. With their population sadly<br />

decreasing, the Nenet people and their<br />

culture will soon be lost.<br />

The Nenets live without any internet<br />

or cellular connection to the outside<br />

world, so we were completely unaware<br />

of the dramatic developments that<br />

were happening with Covid. After a<br />

week and a half in Yamal we returned<br />

to Salekhard, to find that Russia was<br />

only 4 days away from closing its<br />

borders. We received word from the<br />

embassy in Moscow, letting us know<br />

that almost all countries along our<br />

Leg 3 route had now closed their land<br />

borders. The situation didn't look<br />

good.<br />

Our only option was to remain in<br />

Northern Russia until the next winter<br />

or drive non-stop to reach Moscow<br />

and return home to New Zealand. With<br />

so much uncertainty around borders<br />

reopening, the latter option seemed<br />

much more appealing.<br />

After a 68 hour drive over ice, snow<br />

and sludge, we arrived at Moscow<br />

with a broken brake caliper, frozen<br />

headlights and a permanently<br />

damaged coccyx on Topher. We<br />

parked Gunther outside Domodedovo<br />

airport, in a long stay car park and<br />

raced our way to the first flight heading<br />

south that night. Still in our clothes<br />

from the Chums, we flew all the way to<br />

New Zealand unaware of the stench<br />

we must have been carrying from our<br />

time up north.<br />

"The Yamal peninsula, which<br />

translates to 'End of the World' is<br />

ranked as having the world’s most<br />

volatile weather pattern so solo<br />

driving is extremely risky. We were<br />

accompanied by a local guide called<br />

Roman and his Jeep which sat on<br />

over 20" wide tires."<br />

Inside one of the chums<br />

Yamal child with dead fox toy!<br />

Driving the Yamal Peninsula<br />


Aerial view of Yamal<br />

Since being back in New Zealand, we have been<br />

working on building our new Jeep Gladiator which<br />

we will take on future expeditions. The car is named<br />

'Roman' after our Siberian friend that guided us into<br />

the Yamal Peninsula. We hope we will eventually<br />

be able to have both Roman and Gunther in convoy<br />

to complete our world expedition.<br />


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Torba Province is the northernmost province of Vanuatu, just<br />

a half hour flight above Sanma Province. Torba is made up of<br />

over 15 islands, which are divided into the Torres and Banks<br />

Islands. Torba has an estimated total population of around<br />

9,500 people who are friendly, welcoming and cannot wait to<br />

show you their island home!<br />

Relatively new on the international tourism scene, Torba<br />

is Vanuatu’s best kept secret. Famous for its white sandy<br />

beaches, world-class fresh seafood, unique culture and dense<br />

rainforests, you can be sure that your visit to the northern<br />

islands will be an experience you will never forget. Each<br />

island is unique and offers its own adventure. Choose to visit<br />

Gaua, Vanualava, Motalava, Rah or Loh Island – or island<br />

hop between them all to get the ultimate Melanesian island<br />

experience!<br />

While there are no standard hotels in Torba, the island style<br />

bungalows, home-stays, tours and activities on offer are high<br />

quality and have been developed collaboratively by the local<br />

community. In fact all tourism operations in Torba are Ni-<br />

Vanuatu owned ventures! This means that when you visit these<br />

islands you can be sure that your money is returned directly to<br />

the community.<br />

Gaua is the largest and second most populous island in Torba<br />

and is known for it's stunning landscape. Boasting an active<br />

volcano, Vanuatu's largest lake and highest waterfall - it's the<br />

perfect destination if you're after an adventure!<br />

As you fly in to airport you will see the rugged coastline and<br />

dense jungle that covers most of the island - with small villages<br />

and gardens dispersed through out. The majority of the island's<br />

population live on the east coast, close to the airport, which is<br />

the perfect place to start exploring the island.<br />

The best way to see Gaua is by foot. Meet the locals and<br />

wander through nearby villages or head out on a full day or<br />

multi-day guided trek through untouched rainforests. Gaua is<br />

also home to the world famous water music. This extraordinary<br />

cultural practice is unique to the women of Gaua and is<br />

not practiced by anyone else in the world. It's an amazing<br />

experience that has to be seen (or heard) to be believed and<br />

definitely isn't to be missed!<br />

If you are looking for an adventure that offers pristine natural<br />

environments and unique Melanesian culture, Gaua is the<br />

island for you!<br />


To everyone eagerly dusting off their passport,<br />

Vanualava - Sulfur River on the way to Mt Sere'ama 2 - Image by Joel Johnsson<br />

If this last year has taught us anything, it is the value of human connection. We’ve all missed sharing good<br />

times with friends and family. And the thrill of exploring our beautiful world to meet new people.<br />

Vanualava is home to Sola, the provincial capital of<br />

Torba. Fringed by black sandy beaches and thriving<br />

coral reefs, and home to rapids, rivers, waterfalls<br />

and an active volcano, this island has far more to<br />

offer than just business!<br />

During your stay trek through old-growth bush,<br />

snorkel on coral reefs, visit sea caves or one of the<br />

nearby islands. While you are here make sure you<br />

keep an eye out for one of the resident saltwater<br />

crocodiles - decedents of the original four crocodiles<br />

who escaped a passing missionary ship in the<br />

1800s!<br />

Motalava is the island for you if you want to<br />

experience true Melanesian hospitality.<br />

The people of Motalava are a close-knit, welcoming<br />

community who mostly live-in villages along the<br />

island's coast. Away from the hustle and bustle of<br />

everyday life, the community maintains a mostly selfsufficient<br />

lifestyle getting what they need from their<br />

surrounding environment.<br />

This is the perfect destination for a home-stay style<br />

experience - learn to weave, attend a church service<br />

or go to a local nakamal, join in on the evening<br />

fishing trip and visit a family garden to help pick fresh<br />

fruit and vegetable, which will be used to create<br />

a delicious Melanesian meal for you that night. If<br />

you are lucky, you may even be able to join in a<br />

community event in the main square!<br />

The island itself is fringed by white sandy beaches<br />

and clear lagoons teeming with blue starfish and<br />

tropical fish. Coconut plantations, bright flower,<br />

thriving gardens and jungle cover the land all way<br />

to the island's highest point - Sleeping Mountain.<br />

Motalava is just like the classic tropical islands you<br />

dream of.<br />


Rah is the smallest but most well-known island in the Banks<br />

region, thanks mostly to British photographer Jimmy Nelson who<br />

featured Rah in his Before They Pass Away series. This tiny<br />

island has a population of 90 people and sits just off the coast of<br />

Motalava. You can get to Rah from Motalava by Taxi-Canoe or by<br />

wading across the channel at low tide.<br />

Though it is located close to Motalava, Rah island maintains its<br />

own distinct culture. Most famous is the Rah Island Snake Dance,<br />

which is performed by the men in the village, accompanied by<br />

traditional drums and kastom songs. To experience more of Rah's<br />

unique culture you can visit the Rah Kastom Village, learn how<br />

shell money is made and climb the famous Rock of Rah!<br />

During your visit, you will be staying right on the beach and will fall<br />

asleep to the gentle sound of waves. You can swim, snorkel and<br />

fish straight from your bungalow and walk around the island at low<br />

tide. Your host will be more than happy to accompany you and<br />

give you a personal tour of the village!<br />

Men wearing traditional attire perform the Sea Snake dance,<br />

Ra Island, Banks Islands, Torba Province, Vanuatu.<br />

Photo: Vanuatu Tourism Office/Nicolas Jupille & Louise Levrat<br />

For more information of Torba Province, Vanuatu visit www.vanuatu.travel<br />

As things start to return to normal, we’ve made sure our welcome party is ready and waiting. The people of<br />

Vanuatu have forged many strong bonds with our close neighbours in Australia and New Zealand, and can’t<br />

wait to invite you back. Nothing makes us happier than sharing our beautiful country with friends.<br />

So please keep us on your list when international travel is deemed safe for both you and us. We know a<br />

thing or two about how to let your hair down and throw yourself headlong into the moment – something<br />

we are all longing to do. You don’t always need music to dance.<br />

From our white sandy beaches to our pristine rainforests and rumbling volcanos, we have kept it beautiful<br />

for you. All our COVID Safe Plans are also in place, to ensure you can enjoy a safe, clean and caring Vanuatu.<br />

If it’s your first time to Vanuatu, we’d love to introduce you to our kastom and culture, natural wonders and<br />

relaxed way of life. And at the end of the day, talk about it over a drink or a shell of kava. You really don’t<br />

need to go far to experience a different way of living.<br />

We would love you to answer the call of Vanuatu in 2021. We think there is no better place to find your<br />

travel groove again. From everyone at the Vanuatu Tourism Office, we wish you happy travels and look<br />

forward to welcoming you to our islands very soon.<br />

Discover our islands of adventure<br />

at vanuatu.travel


Where glorious mountain peaks melt into elegant white sand<br />

beaches, the little paradise of the Cook Islands is home to<br />

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relaxation or an adventure of a lifetime, we offer the Cook Islands’<br />

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Images by David Kirkland and Cook Island Tourism<br />


The Cook Islands are renowned for many things, amongst those<br />

being one of the few countries in the world to remain COVID-19<br />

free, lush green landscapes, crystal blue lagoons, the friendliest<br />

people, and the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.<br />

While the borders have been closed to travellers for the past<br />

year, the people of the Cook Islands have been hard at work to<br />

ensure that the islands are looking better than ever (if possible),<br />

and that all future visitors will be well taken care of when the<br />

long-awaited travel bubble opens with NZ. In anticipation of this,<br />

we thought we would share some of the best things to see and<br />

do when you come to this little slice of paradise.<br />

Only around a four-hour flight from New Zealand, the islands<br />

have long been a favorite vacation spot for those looking for rest<br />

and relaxation or adventurous thrills. With no building higher than<br />

a coconut palm, no traffic lights, fast food or hotel chains; it is<br />

often said that the Cook Islands is like Hawaii was 50 years ago<br />

– beautiful and un-spoilt, but still with plenty to do and see.<br />

You will land in Rarotonga, the largest island of the 15 Cook<br />

Islands, and soon after arrival you can be kayaking, sipping<br />

your first cocktail or relaxing by the pool at your resort. The main<br />

island is only 32 km in circumference so there’s no traffic jams<br />

here and with plenty of activities, restaurants, bars, things to see<br />

and do, your days will be packed with adventure in the sun.<br />

One adventure that awaits hiking enthusiasts, is the Cross<br />

Island Trek spanning across the 16 km diameter of Rarotonga.<br />

The trek is one if the most rewarding and challenging of those<br />

in the Cooks and takes you from the north coast right over the<br />

mountainous centre and back down to the south coast (or vice<br />

versa) and along the way, will lead you to the top of Te Rua<br />

Manga, otherwise known as ‘The Needle’ – a 413m high volcanic<br />

point that sits in the centre of the island – perfect for a showstopping<br />

photo.<br />

Another fabulous feature of Rarotonga is the water sports with<br />

a range of activities on offer, from deep sea diving, swimming<br />

with turtles, kiteboarding, lagoon cruises, night SUP tours, and<br />

kayaking… or just grabbing your snorkel and flippers, hopping on<br />

a scooter, and finding your own fun at one of the many beautiful<br />

spots around the island’s lagoons.<br />

Only a short 45-minute flight from Rarotonga, the second most<br />

populated island is Aitutaki, considered a ‘must do’ while in the<br />

Cooks; with a lagoon so stunning it is widely known as the most<br />

beautiful in the world. Offering an array of water sports from day<br />

cruises, sailing, private charters to snorkelling. Another amazing<br />

adventure to experience is the ever-popular bone-fishing, of<br />

which excursions are offered by the many operators on the<br />

island.<br />

The Cook Islands are also considered among the best<br />

kiteboarding locations in the world, offering up perfect conditions<br />

for lessons. The trade winds passing through the Cook Islands<br />

between May to October, combined with the passing lowpressure<br />

systems in the tropical belt (and the sandbars in<br />

Aitutaki), make for ideal kiteboarding conditions for all skill levels.<br />

Between July and October, you will also more than likely find<br />

yourself whale watching as these friendly giants of the ocean<br />

pop up so say hello while migrating close to the reefs of<br />

Rarotonga and Aitutaki.<br />

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p: 027 451 8255 e: dave@seapa.co.nz<br />

www.seapa.co.nz<br />

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A: 19 Rifle Range Road, Taupo 3330 | T: +64 7 378 7174 | F: +64 7 378 7555 | M: +64 21 800 118<br />

E: stay@acapulcotaupo.co.nz W: www.acapulcotaupo.co.nz<br />

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