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where actions speak louder than words<br />

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TRAMP<br />

CAMP<br />

HIKE<br />

REPEAT<br />

ISSUE 240<br />

Oct/Nov 2023<br />

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Walking a path to health and wellbeing<br />

In a world where the hustle and bustle of daily life often leaves<br />

us feeling disconnected and stressed, hiking/tramping emerges<br />

as a restorative balm for the body, soul, and overall well-being.<br />

Walking, this age-old outdoor activity offers a myriad of benefits<br />

that go far beyond physical exercise, transcending into the<br />

realms of mental and emotional rejuvenation.<br />

Physical Health: One of the most obvious benefits of tramping<br />

is its positive impact on physical health. It's a low-impact activity<br />

that engages multiple muscle groups, improves cardiovascular<br />

fitness, and enhances flexibility. With each step, hikers burn<br />

calories and boost their metabolism. The great outdoors<br />

provides a gym without walls, where you can work out while<br />

immersing yourself in Aotearoa's landscape.<br />

Mental Clarity: Beyond the physical, hiking is a remedy for<br />

the mind. The simplicity of putting one foot in front of the other<br />

allows space for introspection and contemplation. Surrounded<br />

by the beauty of nature, trampers often find clarity and stress<br />

relief. The simple disconnection from screens, iPads, phones<br />

etc, that electrical and communication isolation alone is<br />

invaluable.<br />

Emotional Well-being: Tramping has an uncanny ability to<br />

lift one's spirits. The release of endorphins, often referred to<br />

as nature's mood enhancers, occurs naturally during physical<br />

activity. This can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.<br />

Additionally, the sense of accomplishment when reaching a<br />

summit or completing a challenging trail can boost self-esteem<br />

and instil a sense of achievement. I guarantee you that no<br />

matter how much you do not want to walk the dog, or hit the<br />

trail, on your return, you will feel better than when you left.<br />

Connection with Nature: In our increasingly urbanized<br />

world, the importance of reconnecting with nature cannot<br />

be overstated. Tramping allows us to forge a profound<br />

connection with the natural world. It fosters an appreciation<br />

for the environment, encouraging us to become aware of our<br />

surroundings. This connection not only benefits us personally<br />

but also contributes to the greater good.<br />

Social Bonds: Tramping can be a solo pursuit, but it also<br />

provides an opportunity to build social bonds. Whether it's<br />

sharing a trail or meeting fellow trampers along the way, the<br />

camaraderie forged in nature can be unique and lasting.<br />

Tramping/Hiking/Walking is a holistic experience that enriches<br />

our lives in multiple dimensions. It rejuvenates our bodies,<br />

clears our minds, and uplifts our spirits. It reminds us of our<br />

connection to the natural world and reinforces our commitment<br />

to well-being. So, lace up your boots and hit the trails.<br />

Your health, soul, and overall well-being will thank you for it.<br />

Steve Dickinson - Editor

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In this issue, dedicated to tramping and hiking, we are always<br />

faced a unique challenge. Capturing the essence of an activity<br />

often pursued in solitude and isolation.<br />

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Photographer: Michael Clark<br />

Athlete: Liam Fields<br />

Location: Little White Salmon River, WA<br />

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Enhancing the<br />

experience: Bigger,<br />

bolder, scarier.<br />

by Derek Cheng<br />

High foot on a granite pebble. High hand to a<br />

sloping hold of inadequate proportions. Commence<br />

uncontrollable shaking. Down-climb.<br />

I was on the east face of Snowpatch Spire in the<br />

Bugaboos, Canada – one of the most impressive<br />

alpine playgrounds in the world. But I was too busy<br />

trembling in fear to rejoice in the beauty of these<br />

impeccable granite spires.<br />

This part of the climb follows three bolts up a steep<br />

face before joining an arching corner crack. After a<br />

half dozen tries in three different directions, I didn’t<br />

have any more juice to down-climb.<br />

Involuntary shaking gripped me as I gripped the<br />

sloper once more. Above me was a tenuous-looking<br />

rail that looked like it had been hand-slapped. I<br />

glanced right and saw a distant pod, lunged my<br />

right foot to it, and then hucked for the rail. My eyes<br />

popped in disbelief as I latched it, and I quickly moved<br />

my feet up to a stance.<br />

Holy shitballs. That was exciting. I didn’t realise<br />

exactly how exciting until I was safely back at the<br />

Applebee campsite that night. When I mentioned<br />

the part of the climb to one of the local climbers, he<br />

replied: “Oh, yeah. That’s a terribly bolted pitch. I<br />

should have warned you about that. You’re looking<br />

at a horrible ledge fall trying to pull that crux. I just<br />

figured you’d climb the easy alternative to the left.”<br />

—<br />


Kiff Alcocer taking in the view of the Howser Towers from the<br />

spectacular West Ridge of Pigeon Spire, the Bugaboos, Canada

"Climbing for me started on<br />

benign top-ropes on basalt<br />

columns at Auckland's Mt<br />

Eden Quarry (currently<br />

closed), then graduated to<br />

easy trad routes that were<br />

not much more than severe<br />

hiking. When I eventually<br />

started sport-climbing on<br />

bolt-protected rock faces,<br />

it was about trying to free<br />

climb something within my<br />

known ability. Staying well<br />

within my limits."<br />

The lightning bolt corner on a climb called The Power Of<br />

Lard, in the Bugaboos, is one of the most striking features I’d<br />

ever seen, a beautiful scar on a steep, clean face. Ever since<br />

I ventured into the alpine, I’d been in awe of such features,<br />

regardless of the difficulty of the climbing. But to get to this<br />

corner, you first had to overcome climbing up to grade 25.<br />

I’d never even considered trying a climb that hard in the<br />

mountains. Climbing for me started on benign top-ropes<br />

on basalt columns at Auckland's Mt Eden Quarry (currently<br />

closed), then graduated to easy trad routes that were not<br />

much more than severe hiking. When I eventually started<br />

sport-climbing on bolt-protected rock faces, it was about trying<br />

to free climb something within my known ability. Staying well<br />

within my limits.<br />

But all that changed when I met Anna Smith, a Canuck who<br />

I had briefly crossed paths with in Paynes Ford, Golden Bay,<br />

in 2007, and who met me in the States on a whim for a two<br />

and a half month-long road trip in 2015. Every crag we hit<br />

up, Anna immediately suggested the boldest, baddest, most<br />

blockbuster line.<br />

“Let’s hit Astroman,” the classic and hard multipitch climb in<br />

Yosemite, she said within minutes of us entering the iconic<br />

Californian valley. I hadn’t climbed for two months and<br />

Astroman would’ve beaten, disemboweled, and defeated me.<br />

It was bold enough for me to be on the regular north-west<br />

route of Half Dome on my third day, despite my complete<br />

absence of experience with aiding, hauling, or overnighting on<br />

a wall.<br />

“You wanna do Cloud Tower? Rainbow Wall?” These were<br />

classic hard routes in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. And within<br />

days of arriving in Zion, we were on Moonlight Buttress, the<br />

surreally aesthetic crack line we had no business being on,<br />

with six consecutive pitches of hard crack climbing.<br />

And it’s not that she was the fastest, strongest, fittest climber<br />

to grace the planet. She wasn’t after the send. She was after<br />

the most bad-ass experience she could have, without unduly<br />

endangering her life.<br />


Above: Hayden Muller and Julian Goad on the upper pitches of<br />

Uprising (24), a 19-pitch climb on Charismatic Wall in Fiordland<br />

We weren’t strong enough to free Moonlight Buttress, but<br />

it’s an easy aid climb, so we knew we could get to the top by<br />

pulling on gear if we had to. When we topped out after an<br />

exhausting 14 hours on the wall – having fallen countless<br />

times – we were beaming. What an experience, on one of<br />

the most unforgettable lines ever to grace a wall of rock.<br />

Anna had another strong influence when she asked<br />

me what my most memorable climbs were. After much<br />

deliberation, they all turned out to be long multi-pitch climbs.<br />

Being high up and moving fast, with so many elements<br />

against you, was a more enriching experience for me. I was<br />

far more envious of strong, alpine adventurers, pushing up<br />

an intimidating wall in a sublime location, than mega-strong<br />

boulderers or sport climbers.<br />

After my US road trip with Anna, I found myself chancing<br />

my luck on harder multi-pitch routes in northern Fiordland. I<br />

didn't climb them without falling on the thin, chalk-less faces,<br />

but that didn't mean they weren't valuable and rewarding<br />

experiences – high above the line of tourist cars bound for<br />

Milford Sound, the evening sun on our faces, pushing limits<br />

in a gorgeously vertiginous landscape.<br />

—<br />

Perfect week-long sunshine and blue skies accompanied<br />

my first time in the Bugaboos, and we spent everyday on a<br />

classic line, bagging a peak. The place was breath-taking.<br />

Every night at the campsite, I could see the east face of<br />

Snowpatch and the lightning corner of Power Of Lard.<br />

On my next trip to the Bugaboos I wanted to try harder lines,<br />

and met Yuki – a diminutive girl barely breaching five feet<br />

tall – in the campsite. She lived in Squamish, and had an<br />

impressive list of hard crack climbs under her belt. Our first<br />

climb together was Sunshine Crack: a classic 10-pitch route<br />

of moderate difficulty that includes off-width, delicate hand<br />

traverses, a roof-crack, and a sensationally exposed final<br />

fist-crack. (It has since fallen down due to rockfall.)<br />

On the walk back to the campsite, I pointed out the lightning<br />

corner on Power of Lard. There were two pitches graded<br />

24/25 before the corner, and we could each try one. The<br />

final pitch was harder than that, but we could work that out if<br />

The East Face of Bugaboo Spire. The lightning bolt corner of The Power of Lard<br />

(25/26) can be seen towards the bottom right, near a red portaledge.


10//WHERE Paul Clarke looking ACTIONS down SPEAK at the Milford LOUDER Road THAN from WORDS/#240<br />

Vindication (25) in Fiordland.

She eventually succumbed to my constant badgering<br />

and, the next day, decided to lead the first hard pitch.<br />

“I should warn you – I grunt,” she said as she was<br />

about to lead.<br />

“That’s fine. I do too. Everyone does when they try<br />

hard.”<br />

“No, no. You don’t understand. People get quite<br />

alarmed if I don’t warn them first.”<br />

She pulled into the thin seam and immediately started<br />

pulling strenuous moves. The grunts erupted viscerally<br />

from somewhere deep within her. They sounded like<br />

violent dry-retching. Soon she was falling, but she<br />

pulled back on and eventually made it to the top of the<br />

pitch.<br />

The pitch squeezed me as soon as I started following<br />

it, batting me away more than once. Tiny fingers in tiny<br />

breaks in the seam. After a few metres, the line moved<br />

through an overhang to a face with razor-thin edges<br />

for the tiniest of fingertips.<br />

“That was pretty strenuous,” I said as I arrived at a<br />

luxurious belay ledge. I took a few moments for the<br />

lactic acid in my forearms to settle, looked at the easy<br />

alternative line to the left, and then at the bolted steep<br />

face above.<br />

“Well, I may as well try the face. It’s bolted.”<br />

The pitch required a committing move before the first<br />

bolt, and then some technical, moderate climbing to<br />

the crux, well above the third bolt. Involuntary shaking<br />

took hold at this point, and plenty of down-climbing, all<br />

the while running ever lower on juiice.<br />

When I finally made the move, it was easy traversing<br />

to a comfortable ledge at the base of the lightning bolt<br />

corner.<br />

Yuki led the next pitch, stemming up the base of the<br />

beautiful corner. She moved gracefully, confidently,<br />

tensioning her body between her hands on one side<br />

against her feet on the other. No grunting.<br />


The author and Tim Cziommer in Yosemite Valley, California, in front of the famous El Cap.<br />

"You never truly know what you’re<br />

capable of until you try something<br />

that you think is beyond you."<br />

The corner continued steeply above, with beautiful finger<br />

jams. After 20m or so, the crack morphed into a horizontal<br />

rail, and then moved back into a fists-corner. I climbed<br />

higher, wary of the few pieces of protection I had left.<br />

On the face to the right of the corner, I spied a feature<br />

that was scarred by the familiar black rubber of climbing<br />

shoes. Gingerly, curiously, I placed a foot into the feature,<br />

and reached blindly with my hand into … a perfect hand<br />

jam. I pulled over and, looking up, was confronted by a<br />

view of a magnificent hand crack.<br />

This time, with more moderate climbing, I could inhale<br />

the exposure and the glorious setting, chopping my<br />

hands into the crack all the way to the top of the fabulous<br />

55m-long pitch, relishing every move. These are the<br />

climbing moments that linger long after we’ve untied from<br />

the rope and are unwinding by a campfire.<br />

Two further pitches remained, including the overhanging<br />

splitter crack which was supposedly much harder than<br />

anything we had climbed up to this point. But evening was<br />

approaching, and Yuki had plans to do a classic big wall<br />

climb the following day. We rappelled down.<br />

Despite not topping out, a quiet euphoria settled as we<br />

traversed the glacier back to camp. I had free-climbed<br />

harder than I ever had in the mountains, and had climbed<br />

a striking feature that had been lingering in my memory<br />

for years. It had been some of the best pitches of climbing<br />

I’d ever had the privilege of gracing.<br />

As I walked out of the Bugaboos the following day, the<br />

sun warming my stride as I turned my back on those<br />

divine spires, I contemplated the harder, longer lines<br />

I'd tried in the Darrans, in Yosemite, in Zion and in the<br />

Bugaboos. I still have great fun on sport climbs, but The<br />

Power of Lard reinforced my love of longer routes in a<br />

grander, alpine setting.<br />

And striving for the send had also taught me another<br />

lesson, one that alpinists allude to when they talk about<br />

coming face to face with their true selves when pushed<br />

to the point of breaking: You never truly know what you’re<br />

capable of until you try something that you think is beyond<br />

you.<br />

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Rescue from<br />

Harper Pass<br />

By Eric Skilling<br />

Broken bones, helicopter evacuation, a broken X-ray<br />

machine and a series of seemingly insurmountable<br />

logistical problems solved with a big dose of famous<br />

Southern Hospitality. One of the most undeniable<br />

messages of the whole rescue is how we are all so<br />

indebted to the skills, experience, and professionalism<br />

of the members of Land Search and Rescue NZ –<br />

LandSAR. Both the full-timers and the volunteers.<br />

When the group of seven trampers set out from the<br />

peaceful Otira township in the Southern Alps they<br />

would have had no idea of the dramas lurking 40km<br />

ahead. Admittedly the Harper Pass route is described<br />

as “ADVANCED”, takes five days, involves several<br />

river crossings and a couple of passes. However, this<br />

was a well-equipped, fit, and experienced party, the<br />

sun was shining, and the weather forecast promising.<br />

What could possibly go wrong?<br />

Having crossed the Otira, Otehake and Taramakau<br />

rivers, and tackled Harper Pass itself on Day 1,<br />

everything changed on Day 2. They had reached a<br />

tiny, peaceful looking stream within smelling distance of<br />

Hurunui No.3 Hut – signalling the end of a 7-hour day.<br />

To say that Chris, one member of the group, is a<br />

proficient tramper is like saying Sir Edmund did a bit<br />

of rock climbing. Both him and his wife Annette have<br />

conquered the equivalent of several Te Araoa’s over<br />

the years. If ever you need some advice on a proposed<br />

trip, they can offer more relevant and meaningful<br />

information than any internet search. Chris is also<br />

what you would call “old-school”, which became very<br />

obvious as the events of the day unfolded.<br />


The team enjoying the adventure just before the dramas unfolded

Chris enjoying the local landscapes before reaching Hurunui Hut and the stream<br />

"Triggering the PLB was a story in itself. Try as they<br />

might, no one could get the cover off the panic button."<br />

A warm sun was sparkling on the waters of the stream<br />

as the group approached. Chris was indulging himself<br />

in the thought of a hot brew and a crisp gingernut ahead<br />

as he stepped into the ankle-deep, crystal-clear waters<br />

of the stream. A split second later he simultaneously felt<br />

and heard the crack as his tibia snapped, followed by a<br />

“pirouette with all the grace and finesse of an intoxicated<br />

hippopotamus”, and collapsed into the shallow water.<br />

Within minutes the group had responded, relieved Chris<br />

of most of the gear in his pack, then lifted him up and<br />

carried him to the bank of the stream. Unbelievably, Chris<br />

insisted the group “wait a while and see if it settles down”<br />

before making any decisions about setting off the Personal<br />

Locater Beacon (PLB). After yet more discussion the<br />

group agreed to get to the hut and reassess. With help<br />

from the others, Chris limped “the longest few hundred<br />

metres of the entire trip” and eventually reached Hurunui<br />

No.3 Hut.<br />

Strangely, once inside the hut, pressing the button on<br />

the PLB became a confronting and intimidating obstacle.<br />

Chris’s stoicism didn’t help - he felt they should wait until<br />

morning. Admittedly, Chris had not fallen 1,000 metres<br />

from the top of La Perouse in a blizzard, but nevertheless<br />

he was never going to be walking anywhere. In hindsight<br />

he must have gone into some sort of shock and was in<br />

denial of everything he had experienced in the stream.<br />

Unaware that Chris had two broken bones, the group were<br />

in a bit of a quandary. Help was a long two-days walk<br />

away. A helicopter rescue was the only viable option. Air<br />

rescue was limited to daylight hours, yet the patient was<br />

suggesting they wait. The implications of waiting until the<br />

next day was not worth thinking about, particularly if his<br />

condition deteriorated during the night.<br />

Clearly someone needed to step up and make a call.<br />

Fortunately for all, someone who knew Chris very well,<br />

his wife Annette, took control. Annette’s patience reached<br />

breaking point and after a “few firm words” Chris agreed<br />

that evacuation was necessary. In hindsight it seems<br />

ridiculous that there had been any discussion about this<br />

at all, considering they were half-way into the 80-kilometre<br />

trip, and there was no way Chris was going to be able to<br />

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Confucius might have said – if casualty is an old-schooltough-guy,<br />

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Triggering the PLB was a story in itself. Try as they might, no<br />

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After a series of signals and messages involving satellites<br />

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Darron, a highly experienced helicopter pilot, and volunteer<br />

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Screws inserted into the Tibia<br />

PLB left to do its<br />

thing<br />

Interesting log entry

Setting off unaware of dramas ahead<br />

"Chris is still very grateful for the Land SAR, and humbled by the<br />

sense of community he enjoyed in Hamner and Culverden."<br />

While Chris was being attended to, the group were<br />

confronted with a new dilemma – how do you turn off<br />

the PLB? Somewhat trivial compared to Chris’s ankle<br />

but important nevertheless– firstly to stop the signal, and<br />

secondly, they needed the PLB for the remaining three<br />

days of the trip. Despite the combined intelligence of all<br />

the remaining members, they were forced to hand it over<br />

to the helicopter crew to switch off. Something to consider<br />

if you find yourself faced with choosing a PLB.<br />

A little later Chris was enjoying his first and second dose<br />

of Southern Hospitality, as Joe gave him a lift the 2km<br />

to the Hamner Springs Medical Centre to be treated.<br />

En-route Joe told Chris not to worry about finding<br />

accommodation at short notice in the town - there was<br />

always a bed available at his home - a very thoughtful<br />

and generous offer as the town would be clogged with<br />

tourists at that time of year.<br />

Once at the Medical Centre, the staff assessed Chris was<br />

more likely to have a sprain rather than a break, but he<br />

needed to get to Christchurch Hospital – 135km away -<br />

for an x-ray. The problem - how to get to Christchurch? It<br />

was too great a risk for the local ambulance to be away<br />

for the six hours it would take to complete the return trip<br />

to Christchurch. Instead, the staff at the Medical Centre<br />

did what you do when there is a strong local community -<br />

posted a request on the local Facebook community page.<br />

Southern Hospitality was also the theme of the next day.<br />

Early in the morning, just as he was about to give up and<br />

try and book a bus trip, Chris received a text. One of the<br />

local police was travelling to Culverden, 36km away. From<br />

there a volunteer from the community centre would drive<br />

him the remaining 100km to the hospital.<br />

Unfortunately, once at the hospital, the x-ray could only<br />

confirm a bad sprain. It wasn’t until after he had returned<br />

to home several days later that his leg “ballooned”, and<br />

he was sent for another examination which confirmed the<br />

leg was broken in two places. Two screws were inserted,<br />

and it was many weeks before Chris found himself<br />

enjoying the outdoors again.<br />

Chris is still very grateful for Land SAR, and humbled<br />

by the sense of community he enjoyed in Hanmer and<br />

Culverden.<br />

Lessons Learned<br />

We can only imagine the possible outcomes without that<br />

PLB. Thanks to the beacon, Chris had received attention<br />

within hours of the incident. For the rest of the group,<br />

once Chris had been evacuated, they could continue their<br />

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There was no way Chris could have hobbled the 40<br />

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and off!<br />

“Common-sense” stuff.<br />

And how was the rest of the trip? That will have to wait for<br />

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saving the world<br />

one ski run at a time...<br />

Words and Images compliments of Untamed Borders<br />

Crossing the infamous Khyber Pass<br />

between Pakistan and Afghanistan,<br />

isn’t quite how you expect a normal ski<br />

excursion to begin.But that’s exactly how<br />

James Willcox, Founder of adventure<br />

travel company, Untamed Borders, arrived<br />

for their latest ski trip to Afghanistan.<br />

Untamed Borders thinks a little differently<br />

to most conventional ski and travel<br />

companies – in fact, it became the first<br />

international company to organise ski trips<br />

to Afghanistan back in 2011 and they’ve<br />

ventured into the peaks of the country’s<br />

Bamian Province ever since.<br />

James has played a central role in the<br />

development of ski tourism in Afghanistan,<br />

where an intrepid international contingent<br />

head every spring with Untamed Borders<br />

to take on backcountry routes, many which<br />

have never been skied before.<br />

For the adventurous tourists who join<br />

James and his team, they’re treated to<br />

a truly unique skiing experience – with<br />

the opportunity to ski virgin routes, often<br />

alongside Afghans using wooden skis.<br />

The company also runs annual ski trips<br />

to Northern Iraq and private guests have<br />

been on ski excursions with Untamed<br />

Borders to Tajikistan, Iran, Western China,<br />

Pakistan and Lebanon.<br />

An increasing number of tourists are<br />

looking for more adventurous destinations<br />

to ski in, fuelled by a boom in the<br />

backcountry skiing industry.<br />

Sales of backcountry skis increased by<br />

81% in 2020, according to Snowsports<br />

Industries America, and the sector has<br />

continued to be buoyant since – with<br />

backcountry snowboard sales also spiking<br />

by 146%.<br />

That’s good news for Untamed Borders,<br />

who are increasingly getting more<br />

requests for unusual and off-the-beatenpath<br />

ski trips.<br />

For James though, Afghanistan is well<br />

trodden territory, and fresh off the back of<br />

his latest visit – the first ski trip since the<br />

Taliban retook control of the country, he<br />

tells us how the Untamed Borders Afghan<br />

ski adventure all began.<br />

“At the beginning of the winter of 2010<br />

almost no-one had skied in Bamian<br />

Province, despite the region boasting<br />

snowy peaked mountains.<br />

The region is phenomenally beautiful,<br />

not only due to its mountains, but<br />

also due to the crystal blue Band-e-<br />

Amir Lakes & the fascinating history,<br />

including its Buddhist cave complex<br />

(which used to house enormous<br />

statues, some of the most important<br />

ancient Buddhist relics. Sadly blown<br />

up by the Taliban) and rich culture.<br />

The New Zealand government funded<br />

an international development agency,<br />

called the Aga Khan Foundation,<br />

who saw the potential in the area as<br />

a tourism hotspot, to help the local<br />

economy, which suffers from a high<br />

level of poverty.<br />

Slowly the building blocks began to<br />

form for what we see today, with 2<br />

American skiers coming in to chart<br />

out potential ski routes in the region.<br />


Afghan Peaks Ski Race - Afghan Peaks Charitable Trust

It quickly became clear that the Koh-e-Baba mountains were<br />

perfect for backcountry skiing – we were already organising<br />

cultural tours to Afghanistan and are passionate about adventure<br />

sports, so the opportunity to be part of the Afghan skiing story<br />

from its inception, was an opportunity we couldn’t see pass us by.<br />

Around the same time a Swiss journalist formed the Afghan Ski<br />

Challenge race, now known as the Afghan Peaks Ski Race. The<br />

annual event brings together international visitors and a hardy<br />

Afghan contingent, who often use homemade skis, made out of<br />

planks of wood.<br />

We coincide our annual ski trips to Afghanistan with the race<br />

– guests take part in the competition, but it’s also a wonderful<br />

opportunity for visitors to mix with the Afghan ski community.<br />

Some guests help by offering ski coaching for Afghans, others<br />

help raise funds to improve local facilities, take part in work to<br />

reduce avalanche risk and everyone enjoys a wonderful cultural<br />

exchange, with a shared love of skiing.<br />

"Some guests help by<br />

offering ski coaching for<br />

Afghans, others help raise<br />

funds to improve local<br />

facilities, take part in<br />

work to reduce avalanche<br />

risk and everyone enjoys<br />

a wonderful cultural<br />

exchange, with a shared<br />

love of skiing."<br />

We’ve watched the Afghan ski community blossom, with ski rental<br />

services now available in Bamian, thanks to funds raised by the<br />

Gear 4 Guides organisation and other groups.<br />

Afghanastan - Image by Neil Silverton


Afghan Peaks Ski Race - Afghan Peaks Charitable Trust<br />

It hasn’t always been plain sailing when it comes to ski<br />

tourism in Afghanistan. Some of the elders in a few of the<br />

villages around the province were very suspicious about it<br />

all at the start, particularly concerned that young local men<br />

would injure themselves, potentially ruling themselves out of<br />

vital farming work.<br />

There was also concern that skiing may open the flood gates<br />

to un-Islamic, western culture.<br />

We’ve always aimed to tread carefully and be culturally<br />

sensitive about our work in Afghanistan, working with Afghan<br />

guides to ensure things run smoothly.<br />

We always pay our respects to village leaders when we<br />

arrive in an area, and try to give back to the community – by<br />

donating money to go towards clearing roads of snow, for<br />

equipment or offering other support in the region.<br />

It’s always about toeing a fine line. On one trip, with a group<br />

of professional snowboarders, we headed to some very<br />

challenging terrain, which had never been skied before.<br />

An Afghan village leader allowed us to pass after much<br />

persuasion, but the project created a lot of suspicion, with<br />

nigh on the whole village coming out to watch, standing on<br />

rooftops to get a vantage point.<br />

Soon later the team of professionals were launching off big<br />

drops and the Afghan villagers were engrossed in the action.<br />

We returned to the same area 3 days in a row and by the<br />

end of the trip we were being invited in for tea and welcomed<br />

warmly.<br />

Key to our operations in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, is that<br />

we give back positively to the countries we serve – leaving<br />

a lasting good impression both guests and importantly, the<br />

Afghan community too.<br />

We’ve returned year after year, taking 100s of foreign ski<br />

tourists to Afghanistan.<br />

We’re under no illusions that skiing won’t solve Afghanistan’s<br />

many problems, but in the communities we operate in, we<br />

can make a small difference – providing opportunities for<br />

Afghan villagers, supporting the areas’ businesses, helping<br />

to improve ski infrastructure and providing a valuable cultural<br />

exchange.”<br />

It isn’t just hobby skiers who Untamed Borders guide in these<br />

off-the-beaten track locations.<br />

The company organised the first ever ski ascent and descent<br />

of Halgurd, Iraq’s tallest mountain, back in 2017.The project<br />

was turned into a film called <strong>Adventure</strong> Not War, produced by<br />

the North Face.<br />

The company also organised logistics for Afghanistan’s first<br />

ever snowboard film, an Australian production called The<br />

White Silk Road.<br />


Truly unique skis - Image by James<br />

The company doesn’t just operate in the world of skiing, it<br />

also organises many different cultural group tours to nations<br />

such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and<br />

many other countries across Central Asia, the Middle East<br />

and Africa.<br />

Untamed Borders also organised the first every Afghan<br />

Marathon and the first ever Somaliland Marathon, and<br />

organises regular trekking trips to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and<br />

Afghanistan.<br />

If you would like to join Untamed Borders on a skiing<br />

adventure, they are running their next group ski trip to<br />

Afghanistan in February 2024, and they’re also returning to<br />

Iraq for a ski trip in February 2024.<br />

If you have a private trip proposal you can email them on –<br />

info@untamedborders.com<br />

For more information about any of the company’s trips visit -<br />

www.untamedborders.com/<br />

It also organises hundreds of private trips every year –<br />

including projects such as kayaking in Afghanistan, scuba<br />

diving in Libya and motorbiking the Silk Road.

“My Love Affair<br />

with China”<br />

Hiking in the Southern Provinces<br />

of the Middle Kingdom<br />

Words and Images by Michael Queree<br />

I can still remember the day I first “fell in love” with the country I consider to be one of the<br />

greatest travelling destinations in the world. It was the fourth day of my first trip to China<br />

in the (northern) autumn of 2012. I was lodging in the aptly named Lazy Bones Hostel in<br />

Chengdu , the capital of Sichuan province. I had chosen the south-western provinces of<br />

Yunnan and Sichuan for my first venture into China because of my horticultural background<br />

and prior knowledge of the adventures of the intrepid European Plant Collectors of the 19th<br />

century. I had read of their adventures in this mountainous area of China from where many<br />

of the species introduced into European gardens originate from. Camellias, rhododendrons,<br />

orchids etc… but I diverge…back to the “love affair”…<br />

While in Chengdu I had planned to visit a World Heritage listed area , Qingcheng Mountain<br />

and the nearby 2000 year old (still functioning) Irrigation Scheme of Dujiangyan. By good<br />

luck I had meet a young German traveller in the hostel who was working in a hotel at the<br />

foot of Qingcheng Mountain. He told me that a new fast train service had been opened up<br />

between Chengdu and Qingcheng mountain. He suggested if I used this service he would<br />

meet me at the station, take me to his hotel and offered the use of a hire bicycle from the<br />

hotel. I could use it to bike the 14 kms through to Dujiangyan. With very basic mandarin and<br />

only my fourth day in China, you can imagine my apprehension as I set off from the hotel<br />

into the countryside equipped with my cycle and a basic map. At every intersection I took a<br />

photo of a landmark so I could re-trace my steps back should I get lost!<br />

As I had planned, I followed the Minjiang River upstream, then, as I approached<br />

Dujiangyan, crossed the bridge to the town. On reaching the other side of the river, I turned<br />

left into a wide tree-lined avenue that I intended to follow down to the World Heritage area.<br />

No sooner had I turned into the avenue than a beautiful young local woman, hair flowing in<br />

the breeze, biked up alongside me with the intention of “practising” her English. She asked<br />

where I was going and I explained that right now I was looking for a teahouse to quench my<br />

thirst. To my delight she said “Follow me” ! When we arrived at the canal-side teahouse,<br />

Lena introduced herself and explained that she was a Radiology student based in the<br />

local hospital and today was her day off. When I told her of my plans she offered to be my<br />

personal guide in Dujiangyan for the day in return for the opportunity to practice English<br />

with a native speaker. How could I refuse! It was my good fortune on that day to meet such<br />

a bubbly, happy young woman, full of life and the excitement of youth. She was a delightful<br />

guide, most hospitable and we have remained friends to this day. In my many subsequent<br />

travels across China I have encountered hundreds of friendly and helpful locals such as<br />

Lena, so who wouldn’t “fall in love” with such a place and its people.<br />

Trying my hand at "Pole Rafting" on the Nine Bends River, Wuyi National Park<br />



Along the trail on Jiuhua Mountain -each padlock represents a promise made by pilgrims or perhaps lovers<br />

Aside from the hospitality of its people, China is a country of<br />

immense diversity, stunning landscapes and a rich 5000 year<br />

history. Of course, everyone is familiar with the Great Wall,<br />

the Terracotta Warriors of Xian ( found in the first emperor’s<br />

excavated tomb) and the bright lights of Shanghai and Hong<br />

Kong. But I have come to know China and its mountains as so,<br />

so much more! If you travel widely across this country as I have,<br />

you will know of the many reasons that make adventuring in its<br />

mountains , national parks and off-the-beaten-track villages so<br />

special. As a matter of comparison to my other adventures across<br />

the globe no other country compares to what China has to offer:<br />

• China currently has 56 UNESCO World Heritage sites<br />

(second only to Italy which has 58 sites)<br />

• 225 well managed and graded National Parks<br />

• A continuous history and civilisation spanning five<br />

millennium<br />

• A richness of language and culture arising from this 5000<br />

years of civilisation<br />

And then… there is the food , but it’s absolutely nothing like a<br />

Chinese takeaway in the west. Arguably China has the world’s<br />

greatest food culture, with 1000’s of different dishes across eight<br />

distinct regional cuisines. From my experience no two meals are<br />

ever the same in China. Every region, town and village has it’s<br />

own specialities that locals will proudly boast as the “best dish<br />

in China” ! Food and dining are critical components of the travel<br />

experience for the Chinese. When relating a recent trip to you the<br />

first thing they mention is, not the scenery or activities they went<br />

on, but the food they ate!<br />


Oh, and did I mention the excellent infrastructure<br />

available to access the sights and hiking areas<br />

• China’s fast train network is second to none in<br />

this world and an experience all of its own. Since<br />

2008, in only 15 years, China has constructed<br />

over 40,000 km of fast train tracks with 600<br />

new specialist stations criss-crossed across the<br />

continent. Many of these stations are situated<br />

close to the parks and mountains of national<br />

significance. The train network is backed up<br />

by modern inter-provincial highways that make<br />

travel by road just as comfortable.<br />

• I have always found that the management of<br />

China’s National Parks is highly organised.<br />

Although you will need to pay an entrance fee to<br />

gain access to most parks the funds generated<br />

are used to build excellent infrastructure within<br />

the park boundaries. The revenue generated<br />

provides intra-park bus services , gondola’s<br />

enabling ease of access to the trails on the<br />

mountain tops, cantilevered walkways to<br />

maintain an easy gradient on elevated trails,<br />

landscape management and the restoration and<br />

maintenance of cultural assets.<br />

So you can see that, as an adventure hiking<br />

destination, China has so much more to offer than<br />

the trails, fauna and flora and stunning mountain<br />

landscapes offered by other countries. It’s hospitable<br />

locals , its 5000 year history, rich language and<br />

culture, amazing food experiences, excellent<br />

infrastructure, and numerous other unique features<br />

add to the experience.<br />

The beautiful southern gateway to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in Anhui province<br />

Sunset over Xihu (West Lake) , Hangzhou city<br />

Beautiful stone paths that have stood the course of time<br />


A quiet moment of reflection in the presence of<br />

Guanyin- the Goddess of Mercy<br />

Ferry crossing a small lake on Qingcheng Mountain,<br />

Sichuan Province<br />

Asthetic bamboo water wheel lifting water from<br />

the Li River to irrigate fields near Guilin<br />

"China will always be calling me<br />

back, tempting my return for one<br />

more adventure."<br />

I have many other wonderful memories of hiking in China that<br />

will never leave me and here are just a few that come to mind as<br />

I write:<br />

• Beautiful stone paths in the mountains, that have stood the<br />

course of time over hundreds of years, crafted by the monks<br />

and stone masons of centuries past.<br />

• The landmarks and legends, the cultural and historical<br />

elements along the trails.<br />

• The temples, the teahouses, the local vendors, the friendly<br />

domestic tourists who will accompany you along the trail.<br />

• Pavilions and arched stone bridges, representative<br />

architecture of past dynasties and the various religions of<br />

China’s past.<br />

• Monkeys that may try to steal food from your hand along the<br />

trail!<br />

• Sichuan fauna that etched in my mind:<br />

• The richly fragrant orange flowers of the Osmanthus trees<br />

that bloom in autumn and lined the avenues of Dujiangyan.<br />

• The stunning colours of the autumn foliage of the ancient<br />

Gingko trees that line the avenues and parks of Chengdu.<br />

• Floating down the “Nine Bends” River, in Wuyi Mountain<br />

National Park, on a raft constructed from giant bamboo<br />

stems strapped together, with friends I had met along the<br />

trail.<br />

The Chinese name for China is Zhongguo, meaning the “middle<br />

kingdom”. Some consider the name refers to China as the centre<br />

of the world, some the guiding influence China has had as the<br />

centre of East Asia, and yet others conject that China lies as<br />

the greatest nation between heaven and earth. But for me the<br />

“Middle Kingdom” is more like a lover from the past. China will<br />

always be calling me back, tempting my return for one more<br />

adventure. And I know that as long as I can get out of bed in the<br />

morning and my left leg will still follow my right, my Chinese “love<br />

affair” will endure.<br />

If you are interested in joining me and my beautiful Chinese wife<br />

Georgia on our next escorted adventure to the "Middle Kingdom"<br />

feel free to contact me on michael@blueskiestravel.co.nz<br />

Trails have practical uses as well- moving goods the old-fashioned way<br />


The Clark Family in Whistler<br />

Mountainbiking<br />

in Canada<br />

Words and images by Phil Clark//Mad about Travel<br />

If Marin county, just out of San Francisco, is the<br />

father of mountain biking, Vancouver’s North<br />

Shore is its caring mother!<br />

This is where mountain biking was nurtured by<br />

a group of enthusiasts into a world-wide sport.<br />

Beginning on the forestry roads, fire breaks<br />

and natural forest parks above the city the<br />

trail builders developed single tracks, bridges<br />

and wooden cat walks in order to span boggy<br />

areas and creeks. In doing this mountain biking<br />

developed from hurtling down fire roads to<br />

specialist trails where complex structures were<br />

developed including rock rolls, drops, skinny<br />

bridges and jumps. Tech was born and the<br />

revolution began!<br />

In the 1990’s mountain bike development<br />

exploded, 21 gears, V brakes , hydraulic brakes<br />

and finally disc brakes were developed. Frames<br />

became aluminum, carbon fibre and if you<br />

were really rich titanium. Front suspension was<br />

developed with more travel and plusher setups,<br />

clipless pedals were stolen from road biking<br />

and modified and the first full suspension bikes<br />

dreamed up.<br />

Then between 2010 and 2015 the next bike<br />

revolution began. Carbon fibre and aluminum<br />

full suspension bikes became the norm. Wheel<br />

size grew from 26 inches to 27.5 and 29 inches,<br />

bikes were separated into Cross Country, Enduro<br />

/ Freeride and Downhill. Handlebars became<br />

wider, gear sets were simplified, suspension<br />

travel got bigger, disc brakes became the norm,<br />

and flat pedals started replacing clipless pedals.<br />

E bikes were also invented meaning people could<br />

ride longer, harder and do more laps. This meant<br />

those of us who started mountain biking in our<br />

20’s could keep going as hard as our kids, now<br />

that we are in our 50’s!<br />

All through this revolution the trails also<br />

developed, like skiing they became green,<br />

blue, black and really black (proline), they also<br />

separated into flow, tech and multiday adventure<br />

trails were invented. City councils throughout the<br />

world discovered that mountain bike families had<br />

money and didn’t mind spending it. Throughout<br />

the world mountain bike specific parks and<br />

facilities are being developed at a huge rate.<br />

These days almost every major city has cycle<br />

facilities and some sort of mountain bike facility<br />

nearby.<br />

Mountain biking is an incredibly social sport,<br />

which combines fitness, risk taking, risk<br />

assessment judgement and a high level of skill.<br />

There is always something more to learn and<br />

always people to discover from and enjoy with.<br />

Ski resorts discovered that mountain biking<br />

offered a huge opportunity to develop a<br />

summer business which would make use of<br />

their infrastructure, accommodation and offer<br />

employment for staff year round.<br />

No-one took advantage of this more than the<br />

Canadian resorts. Whistler was first off the block<br />

in the 1990’s. Surrounded by natural beauty,<br />

with a huge vertical drop and an abundance of<br />

infrastructure Whistler keeps developing its trail<br />

network to complement the local cross-country<br />

trails.<br />

Mt Seymour, North Vancouver<br />

Image by Julien Kettmann//unsplash<br />


Silverstar and Sun Peaks followed suit soon after and developed<br />

bike parks and have been offering lift accessed trails since around<br />

2010. Latterly Revelstoke, Big White, Panorama and Kicking<br />

Horse have joined the fray all developing bike parks since around<br />

2015.<br />

Whistler is characterized by huge descents and the huge jump<br />

lines on A line, Dirt Merchant and Top of the World. Two major<br />

gondolas operate out of Whistler and Creekside villages offering<br />

1500 metres of descent and 250km of trails. This is separated into<br />

several zones, The original being Fitzsimmons and the newest<br />

being Creekside where there is an awesome range of flow and<br />

tech trails. Despite being known for advanced riding, Whistler has<br />

trails for everyone, beautiful scenery, wildlife and loads of nonriding<br />

activities.<br />

Big White is huge in quality<br />

park has long flow trails, tech and some big jumps! Revelstoke<br />

gives riders a BIG mountain experience!<br />

Big White, is embracing mountain biking as quickly as it can get<br />

the trails built. Not only is Big White developing some of the best<br />

trails in BC, it is hosting Crank Works style Big Air and Slopestyle<br />

competitions on a purpose built arena. While not huge in number<br />

the trails are huge in quality, variety and take in the beautiful<br />

landscapes found at Big White. Flow, jumps, rocky tech, rock rolls<br />

and drops are all in abundance at Big White.<br />

No matter what kind of mountainbiking you’re into, whatever level<br />

you are at you, will find it in Canada. On top of this you will find<br />

the most wonderful people, fantastic craft beer, awesome food,<br />

amazing scenery and wildlife.<br />

Silver star another one of the original ski resorts to offer mountain<br />

biking as a summer activity. Located in the Okanagan valley, Silver<br />

Star has a compact village halfway up the mountain and one lift.<br />

The trails range from fast flowing cruisers to steep tech. Another<br />

resort known for traditional wooden structures, seesaws and<br />

skinnys. Silverstar is a destination not to be missed.<br />

Sun Peaks, a natural addition to Whistler on a Canadian MTB trip.<br />

With its large friendly village at the base of the mountain, beautiful<br />

grassy slopes and range of trails Sun Peaks offers a wide range<br />

of experiences. The flow and jump trails of Canada line and Stella<br />

blue contrast well with the tech of Super Nugget, Sugar and Arm<br />

Pump.<br />

Revelstoke, one of the newer additions to the world of lift<br />

accessed mountain biking. Deep in the Selkirk Tangiers mountains<br />

Revelstoke is quickly acquiring legendary status with its 15km long<br />

Fifty Six Twenty trail which is named for the 5620 feet of vertical<br />

the trail travels down. Accessed by one of the longest gondola’s<br />

in BC, plus a 7.8km climb this trail takes you from the summit of<br />

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Get out!<br />

One man’s mission to get<br />

kiwis exploring NZ<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> recently caught up with Robert Bruce, founder of the domesticfocused<br />

socially-good adventure company called Got To Get Out. Robert’s group gets<br />

kiwis exploring their back yard, visiting tourism operators and supporting the regions<br />

of NZ. We’re keen to find out what adventures are hot at the moment for locals, and<br />

advice for those who want to be a tourist at home.<br />

For those who’ve missed past interviews, tell us a bit about Got To Get Out? Got To<br />

Get Out is a domestic tour company I set up back in 2015 after leaving a super full-on job in<br />

the corporate world. I decided my mission was to try and get kiwis outdoors, fit, healthy, and<br />

enjoying the amazing outdoor experiences this country has to offer - with a group. I decided<br />

that tourism shouldn’t just be for tourists.<br />

I firstly set about growing a local audience of outdoor lovers, simply by sharing photos and<br />

videos of my own adventures online,<br />

It all started in Nepal actually, I left that corporate job and went to Mt Everest Base Camp. I<br />

shared a lot of my adventures online, and people started hitting me up asking when I would<br />

arrange a trip when I got back home.<br />

My first trip (a tour to Waitomo Caves) sold out really quickly, after I did a Facebook post<br />

asking “who’s #gottogetout with me this weekend?”. I soon realised that local people felt<br />

underserved in terms of group activities and tours. People told me they wanted group<br />

experiences that looked a like a ‘tour’ but were more focused on mental health, fitness, and<br />

friendship.. They didn’t want the whole ngaff touristy experience. Another insight is they only<br />

had a weekend spare due to work commitments. The Got To Get Out crowd are busy workers<br />

who don’t have time to arrange adventures themselves, but do want to get out with a group.<br />

Since that first trip in 2015, we’ve now hosted hundreds of events around New Zealand. Got<br />

To Get Out has viisted most of the major (and many minor) tourism operators and activities<br />

around the country, and also in many cases delivered the tours ourselves: I am a qualified<br />

hike and bike guide (NZOIA) and have DOC concession for commercial guiding in most<br />

of the forest parks around NZ. So about half our trips are guided internally, and others are<br />

outsourced these days.<br />

Why focus on domestic tourism and not international visitors? When I began Got To<br />

Get Out (from 5000m above sea level on the way to Base Camp) I had a clear goal of shifting<br />

some of the bad mental and physical health stats locally. So my kaupapa (*mission) was<br />

about mobilising local people - in particular city dwelling / office workers - outdoors and into<br />

nature. I suppose I never gave much thought to international visitors, I felt they were pretty<br />

well catered for with bus tours taking foreign visitors around the country. For me, instead of<br />

month-long tours, I needed to focus on ‘micro adventures’ that helped recharge stressed-out<br />

adult workers, give them a break from reality, put down their phone / turn off the internet, and<br />

help them connect with some likeminded people.<br />

Robert Bruce from Got To Get Out, photo credit Chris Chase Photography<br />



Clockwise from top left: Got To Get Out group hiking The Pinnacles Coromandel, photo Chris Chase Photography / Kayak Whanganui River, Photo Credit<br />

Blue Duck Station/ Exploring Whanganui River, Photo Credit Blue Duck Station/ Got To Get Out group on Mt Ruapehu, photo Chris Chase Photography<br />

The other, more practical consideration about my<br />

focus on locals rather than tourists, is I have grown this<br />

socially-good business almost entirely on Facebook.<br />

At first I began a page for promoting free inspiring<br />

content and posting event invites (see www.facebook.<br />

com/gottogetout, now 21,000+ followers) then I was an<br />

early-adopter of using Facebook groups. I set up groups<br />

that people could join regionally, or by their interest.<br />

For example we set up the Got To Get Out Auckland<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong>rs, Got To Get Out Wellington <strong>Adventure</strong>s,<br />

Got To Get Out Snow Club, Riders, Runners and so-on.<br />

So, you might say my audience are pretty much ‘inside’<br />

those groups, and by default live here in New Zealand.<br />

I simply don’t get enquiries from Gernany China or India<br />

with tourists asking to join a trip on their arrival to NZ. My<br />

audience are locals who have heard about GTGO - often<br />

from a friend - and trust us to join a trip, often a few<br />

times per year vs just once.<br />

I am not so interested in a tourist joining me once and<br />

never returning: I love that people join my trips several<br />

times a year, get to know myself and each-other on the<br />

trips. I’m even OK with them joining me a few times, then<br />

branching out and doing their own adventures (without<br />

me) - I’m happy they gained their confidence through<br />

GTGO! You don’t get that ‘longitudinal’ history, with a<br />

one-off tourist. I like that there’s familiar faces on my<br />

trips.<br />

How many events have you hosted now (how many<br />

people?) I have delivered (personally) over 800 outdoor<br />

experiences since 2015. When taking into account trip<br />

leaders / volunteers or contractors we’re up to about<br />

850. So I have led most of them myself, driving the tour<br />

bus and guiding the hike / bike / paddle board or ski<br />

trip. Sometimes we outsource to adventure companies<br />

who hold the right guiding concession and training,<br />

like Canyonz (canyoning) at the Sleeping God Canyon<br />

Coromandel, or Adrift Tongariro for guided Ruapehu<br />

climbs or Tongariro Crossings. Other times where I do<br />

have the right concessions, I personally lead hikes or<br />

mountian bike trips. I also have some awesome people<br />

alongside me, guides (sometimes voluntary) who get<br />

involved and want to encourage more locals to get<br />

outdoors too. Got To Get Out has a large impact from a<br />

relatively small team!<br />

What trends are you seeing with kiwis exploring<br />

their back yard? Now that Got To Get Out is more than<br />

8 years old, I’ve obviously hosted many adventures<br />

already, hundreds in fact. I think the tricky part now,<br />

in my line of work, is constantly offering new trips for<br />

people to try, to keep the interest high. For example, I<br />

have noticed some of the more popular hikes close to<br />

Auckland have fizzled a bit in terms of interest when I<br />

put tickets online (hiking Pinnacles or Mt Pirongia for<br />

example). I think locals feel they could do these sorts of<br />

activities themselves and don’t need an organised tour<br />

(Or, perhaps they did it with me already and don’t see the<br />

need to go again). In contrast, I arranged two horse treks<br />

this year for the first time ever; one horse trek to Kawhia,<br />

and another at Blue Duck Station. They both sold out<br />

quickly. I think people are keen on trying something<br />

new, and horse trekking seems to be popular presently -<br />

maybe it’s the Yellowstone effect! I also charted a plane<br />

and flew to Great Barrier Island to hike the Aotea Track<br />

this year. I only had 10 seats on the plane, and it sold out<br />

within a day - even at one of the highest price-points I’ve<br />

ever offered. That trip really told me a lot, that people are<br />

willing to spend a chunk of their hard earned money to<br />


Clockwise from top left: Got To Get Out backcountry tour, credit Lars Wyatt / Got To Get Out Everest Base Camp credit Eonel Barut /<br />

Got To Get Out mountain bike tour, Waikato River Trails, credit Robert Bruce / Jetboat Whanganui River, Photo Credit Blue Duck Station<br />

get an unmissable experience they will never forget. And<br />

to think, I’ve always tried to be ‘cheap’!<br />

What do you think locals have got to go see? I think<br />

trying something different is good, especially if your<br />

usual holiday is the ‘same every year’ to the family bach<br />

or holiday spot. In the past year alone I have taken<br />

busloads of people to Blue Duck Station (Whakahoro)<br />

and we all absolutely loved the ‘no phone signal’ country<br />

vibe, and learning about the conservation going on right<br />

there next to the Whanganui River. Visiting Aotea Great<br />

Barrier Island was like stepping back in time, and is just a<br />

short flight from the mainland. Rotorua biking just keeps<br />

getting better and better; these days ‘The Redwoods’ has<br />

some incredible, well groomed bike trails including the<br />

new ‘Forest Loop’ which is perfect for e-bikers or those<br />

who want a fun ride without going all-out. Obviously,<br />

DOC (Department of Conservation) tracks are usually<br />

always fun around NZ. In the past year I’ve hiked<br />

Hakarimata Pirongia and Coromandel Forest Park in the<br />

Waikato, Tararua Ranges near Wellington, Te Whara<br />

Walkway (Whangerei Heads), Tongariro Crossing..<br />

There’s a lot of trails (both ‘great walks’ or not) there for<br />

people to explore, often free of charge. You can’t beat<br />

an overnight stay in a hut with a group of friends, or<br />

strangers!<br />

Tell us about your upcoming events, what’s next?<br />

We’ve got a SUPER busy period of events coming up.<br />

You can see all our events at www.gottogetout.com<br />

(follow the links to our Facebook or Eventbrite pages to<br />

see them all). In October we’re headed to Mt Ruapehu<br />

for a skiing and snowboarding weekend. Later that<br />

month we are driving to Cape Reinga and hiking down<br />

90 Mile Beach to Ahipara as part of a colab series with<br />

BackCountry Cuisine freeze-dri foods. 27th October<br />

we’re doing a kayak on the Whanganui River - starting<br />

at Blue Duck Station (love it there). In November we bike<br />

the Timber Trail and then Hauraki Rail Trail. In December<br />

I am taking a group to Mt Everest Base Camp.. readers<br />

are invited on any of these trips!<br />

Lastly what advice do you give to first-timers,<br />

thinking about getting into adventure? Obviously,<br />

joining a group like Got To Get Out provides a friendly,<br />

safe, welcoming vibe for those who are new to the<br />

outdoors, and want to get started. If you don’t live near<br />

us (Auckland departures usually) then people should<br />

look into local hiking / biking / ski clubs to go meet<br />

up with likeminded locals and start getting invites to<br />

activities. Just keep in mind that at GTGO we don’t have<br />

any working-bees, or membership fees! It’s something<br />

that makes us unique: you don’t have to pay to join our<br />

online whanau, but you do pay a bit more (than a club or<br />

incorporated society might charge) per activity to attend.<br />

In terms of safety and enjoyment in the outdoors for first<br />

timers, it’s really important to wear the right stuff, have<br />

adequate water and food, take emergency kit and some<br />

way of calling for help (noting that phones don’t always<br />

have signal in many parts of NZ). It’s a good idea to tell<br />

someone where you are going, and when to raise the<br />

alarm if you don’t come back on time. Getting out with<br />

someone more experienced than you is a good way to<br />

learn from them and potentially borrow gear. Got To Get<br />

Out has Facebook groups in Auckland/Waikato/Taranaki/<br />

Palmerston Nth/ Wellington/Nelson/Queenstown/<br />

Christchurch, so if you want to make a friend in those<br />

towns, or better-still want to arrange a trip, please be our<br />

guest and get involved!<br />


A Gruelling Test<br />

Amidst the Swiss Alps<br />

Images by Tim Marcour/Red Bull Content Pool<br />

In the heart of the Swiss Alps,<br />

a captivating and formidable challenge<br />

awaits those who dare to test their courage<br />

against the breathtaking peaks: the vertical<br />

marathon. Renowned Freeskier Nadine<br />

Wallner and Swiss mountain guide Simon<br />

Wahli have redefined the boundaries of<br />

human achievement with the unprecedented<br />

record-setting ascent of the Vertical Jungfrau<br />

Marathon.<br />

A vertical marathon is a fusion of rock<br />

climbing and long-distance running that<br />

blends together endurance and skill, sheer<br />

determination, and a profound connection<br />

with nature. Unlike traditional marathons<br />

that stretch across horizontal distances,<br />

this unique discipline propels athletes<br />

skyward, where towering rock faces become<br />

their course, and elevation gains replace<br />

conventional miles. It converges physical<br />

prowess and mental strength, demanding<br />

climbers to navigate intricate pathways,<br />

overcome formidable obstacles, and rise to<br />

altitudes that touch the clouds.<br />


Nadine Wallner and<br />

guide Simon Wahli at<br />

the Silberhornrücken<br />

on their way to<br />

accomplish the Vertical<br />

Jungfrau Marathon<br />

in Lauterbrunnen,<br />

Switzerland<br />


Nadine Wallner and<br />

guide Simon Wahli on<br />

their way to accomplish<br />

the Vertical Jungfrau<br />

Marathon in Stechelberg,<br />


Wallner and Wahli’s unparalleled challenge<br />

consisted of conquering two distinct rock faces,<br />

traversing 23 individual climbing segments<br />

characterised by moderate difficulties at an<br />

altitude of 3,600 metres (11,811 feet), and<br />

undertaking a ridge climb towards the summit<br />

of the iconic Jungfrau Mountain. To put it<br />

into perspective, the elevation of the hike is<br />

a remarkable four times that of Dubai's Burj<br />

Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.<br />

“In the Bernese Oberland, this route represents<br />

a logistical link from the valley to a 4,000-meter<br />

summit. That's what makes this location so<br />

special,” said Wallner, as she explained the<br />

decision to tackle this path. “It's an intriguing<br />

route with a diverse range of technical features.<br />

For me, the interplay of talents is what makes<br />

this unique challenge so captivating. Routes<br />

that remain unconquered or rarely attempted<br />

hold even greater allure. It's like piecing<br />

together a puzzle, assembling data into a<br />

larger picture – a genuine adventure, just the<br />

way I like it!”<br />

The adventure commenced before sunrise,<br />

at 3:45 a.m. local time. Guided by the stars<br />

and driven by a relentless spirit of exploration,<br />

Wallner and Wahli embarked on their quest.<br />

Wallner said: “There are so many small details<br />

that need to align on a day like this. Despite<br />

meticulous planning, you're ultimately at the<br />

mercy of nature.” She added: “If the weather<br />

doesn't cooperate, if there's wind or rain, or<br />

if you're not at your peak performance – all<br />

these factors come into play. That's why the<br />

appreciation for everything falling into place is<br />

still with me today.”<br />

The formidable challenge required teamwork,<br />

precise risk management and diligent<br />

preparation to ensure a safe ascent and<br />

descent. Wallner revealed: “It's always<br />

about understanding your capabilities, your<br />

companions, and accurately gauging your<br />

performance in every situation.” She continued:<br />

“The risk lays in the combination of the tour's<br />

length, its difficulty, speed, and the 'light<br />

equipment' we carried. We only had minimal<br />

gear to facilitate speed. I also had Simon<br />

Wahli, a local hero from Grindelwald, as my<br />

mountain partner. We hadn't climbed alpine<br />

routes together before, but his style aligned<br />

with mine, and he was highly motivated.”<br />

Wallner and Wahli’s Vertical Jungfrau Marathon<br />

was a trailblazing mission. Wallner stands as<br />

the first woman to accomplish this formidable<br />

endeavour, while the duo also etches their<br />

names in history as the first to complete this<br />

route as a one-day expedition. As the sun<br />

dipped below the horizon, they completed the<br />

marathon in a staggering 16 hours and 20<br />

minutes – a feat that marked their legacy.<br />

Wallner enthused: “It was a significant<br />

undertaking. I hope our ascent can inspire<br />

outdoor enthusiasts, particularly women, to<br />

tackle this route. It doesn't necessarily have to<br />

be done in one day.”<br />


The Zen and the Art<br />

of Fly fishing<br />

Images courtesy of Orvis<br />

Fly fishing means different things to different<br />

people, but for those who participate a lot,<br />

there becomes a time when it is less about<br />

fishing and more about the process. Flyfishing<br />

is like a spiritual temple for folks who<br />

thrive on the unseen.<br />

Before I started fly fishing (at an older age), I<br />

dove headfirst into stories about this intriguing<br />

pastime, I read everything I could get my<br />

hands on, my wife still laughs at the number of<br />

books that line our shelves. Some were about<br />

the nitty-gritty techniques, while others delved<br />

into the craft of creating those teeny-tiny lures<br />

called "flies." And then, there were the tales<br />

of fly-fishing as a journey of the soul. People<br />

using it to relax, to untangle life's perplexities,<br />

to be one with nature or simply find inner<br />

peace. Somehow, fly fishing seemed to hold<br />

the key to all of life's mysteries.<br />

After a time of trying to perfect the craft on<br />

my own, I decided to reach out to a local fly<br />

fishing guru, John Summerville, (now sadly<br />

passed). A hobbit of a man, full of life stories,<br />

a twinkle in his eye, a packet of krispie<br />

biscuits in one hand and a love of adventure<br />

in the other.<br />

We embarked on our fishing journey<br />

equipped with boots, waders, and a sense<br />

of exploration. We were venturing into the<br />

unknown, deep into the heart of the local<br />

bush, where no roads dared to tread. After<br />

an hour of walking, we eventually emerged<br />

beside a serene river, quietly undisturbed<br />

flowing through a bush-covered landscape.<br />

John stood in silence, eyes fixed on the<br />

water's surface, searching for elusive fish<br />

rising to catch mayflies.<br />

We stood in silence too, not for the last time<br />

and simply watched, John broke the silence,<br />

sharing his evolution as an angler. It started<br />

with catching fish, then catching many fish,<br />

and eventually, catching bigger fish. But now,<br />

his satisfaction now lay in helping others<br />

achieve their piscine dreams.<br />



"Fly-fishing," John mused, "is all about focus, you’re<br />

doing only one thing. You're here and nowhere else."<br />

The intensity of this focus heightened our senses.<br />

After a day’s fishing, a day full of casting and landing<br />

fish, we emerged from the river and it felt like the best<br />

meditation or yoga session ever. Every sight, sound, and<br />

scent became amplified. The stillness of the stream, the<br />

rustling of leaves, the hidden fish that could sense our<br />

presence—all converged in a cacophony of nature.<br />

Navigating the river's ever-changing currents demanded<br />

your full concentration. The right fly had to land within<br />

that tiny radius where the fish lurked, and if the stars<br />

aligned, you might just hook one. Often, though, you'd<br />

find yourself casting again and again.<br />

John summed it up perfectly: "This intense focus fills your<br />

senses. The coolness of the water, the gentle flow of the<br />

current, the soothing sounds of water over rock, all end in<br />

natures blender. You emerge from it as if you've just had<br />

the most profound mindfulness meditation. Your mind is<br />

crystal clear, and you feel like it's operating at its peak."<br />

He continued, "Fly-fishing replenishes your energy. I go<br />

fishing just because I want to. I want that surge of good<br />

energy and positive thoughts only this place can give.<br />

Once you start fly-fishing, you're hooked for life."<br />

So, there you have it—the Zen of fly fishing, the<br />

mesmerizing world, where mindfulness meditations and<br />

vision collide, and every cast of the line is a journey into<br />

the unknown. It's more than a sport; it's an entry to a<br />

world where time slows down, and the mysteries of life<br />

unravel one cast at a time.<br />



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Outside our first nights accommodation ready for our first days hike. In the<br />

background our bags are packed ready to be transported to our next stop<br />

Slackpacking<br />

the joy of catered Hiking<br />

As soon as someone says we are going tramping<br />

my first response is ‘where and for how many<br />

days?’ and then in my mind I begin making lists of<br />

what to pack, asking the never-ending question of<br />

what do I have to carry.<br />

It’s often the whole planning and gear-carrying that<br />

can make some people go, "Nah, not for me."<br />

Words by Lynne Dickinson<br />

Images by Lynne Dickinson and Vicki Knell<br />

"drinks" for the three-day tramp. What greeted us?<br />

A charming farmhouse fully stocked with food, four<br />

bedrooms with ‘real’ beds and duvets!<br />

The fridge was stocked with everything we needed<br />

for our first night’s dinner, complete with easy<br />

cooking instructions, as well as provisions for<br />

breakfast and lunch the following day.<br />

Recently (possible as a result of getting older) I<br />

came across something the South Africans refer<br />

to as “slackpacking” and I kind of like the term.<br />

It's like the VIP treatment of hiking, where you've<br />

got a ‘sidekick’ to lug your gear, babysit your<br />

belongings, and even set up camp (or in this case<br />

our farmhouse) while you sip on your trailside tea.<br />

There are those purists out there who'll insist<br />

that unless you're meticulously planning your<br />

entire expedition, schlepping every last morsel of<br />

dehydrated food, and toting your own cookers,<br />

plastic spoons, and all the camping paraphernalia<br />

into the wild, while erecting your own tent with<br />

blood, sweat, and maybe a few tears, then you're<br />

not truly tramping. But I beg to differ.<br />

Earlier this year, I embarked on my inaugural<br />

"slackpacking" tramp in the Tora Ranges, just a<br />

stone's throw north of the Kiwi capital, Wellington.<br />

We rolled up to the hike's kick-off point with our<br />

bags, sleeping bags, and a clandestine stash of<br />

The hike was restricted to 12 people so after<br />

getting to know the rest of the crew over dinner<br />

that we cooked together, we settled in for a good<br />

night sleep.<br />

We were leaving our cars here and walking the<br />

39km loop over three days. Each night we would<br />

be arriving at a different location where our bags<br />

would be waiting for us and our meals preprepared<br />

and ready to be cooked by us. All we had to<br />

carry was our lunch and enough clothing for the<br />

changing conditions.<br />

Each day we set off at our own pace and with the<br />

help of markers on the trail and a map we made<br />

your way to the next accommodation where our<br />

bags, drinks and meals would be waiting for us.<br />

On this particular slackpacking experience, the<br />

accommodation varied from cute farmhouse vibes<br />

to luxury beachfront villas, each delightful in their<br />

own way.<br />

Enjoying the spectacular views up the coast<br />


The scenery, the food and the friends,<br />

made this a trip to remember<br />

The trail itself meandered through<br />

private farmlands, virgin forests,<br />

untamed coastal stretches, and<br />

ascended notably steep inclines that<br />

revealed breathtaking vistas along the<br />

coastline. And the best part? We carried<br />

only what we needed for the day—no<br />

more, no less.<br />

Think of it as hiking without the<br />

headache. Slackpacking has done for<br />

hiking what e-bikes did for mountain<br />

biking—made it accessible to a whole<br />

new tribe of outdoor enthusiasts. It's the<br />

key to unlocking a world of wilderness<br />

that would otherwise remain beyond the<br />

grasp of many.<br />



Our final night's accommodation with new found friends.<br />


Now, don't get me wrong;<br />

"slackpacking" isn't a cakewalk by<br />

any means. It's still a challenge,<br />

albeit a more approachable and<br />

secure one compared to the<br />

traditional hardcore format. Plus,<br />

it takes the stress and worry out<br />

of planning, which can be a major<br />

deterrent for many.<br />

Over the past decade,<br />

"slackpacking" has exploded in<br />

popularity, offering everything<br />

from month-long odysseys<br />

in seemingly unreachable<br />

destinations to bite-sized, singleday<br />

adventures. These hikes<br />

come with an array of subplots—<br />

history treks, nature strolls,<br />

wellness wanderings, and even<br />

cultural immersions.<br />

With a bit of research, I've<br />

compiled a list of private multiday<br />

slackpacking hikes in New<br />

Zealand, akin to the one I<br />

undertook. But remember, this<br />

is just the tip of the iceberg.<br />

Dive into your own research and<br />

consider giving one of these a<br />

whirl. Trust me; I wholeheartedly<br />

recommend it.<br />

Oh, and a word to the wise:<br />

due to their soaring popularity,<br />

booking well in advance is the<br />

name of the game. Happy trails!<br />

Tora Trail: Three day fully catered walk<br />

set in the heart of the Wairarapa.<br />

www.toracoastalwalk.nz<br />

Pahi Coastal Walk: Environmentally<br />

sustainable, private, fully catered 3-day<br />

walk in coastal Coromandel.<br />

www.pahicoastalwalk.co.nz<br />

Kawaka Station: A spectacular threeday<br />

walk offering breath-taking views<br />

of the rugged natural landscape of New<br />

Zealand high country.<br />

www.kawakastation.co.nz<br />

Kaikoura Coast Track: A breathtakingly<br />

beautiful two day walk. Discover a coast<br />

with abundant marine life, tussock<br />

covered tops and farmland.<br />

www.kaikouratrack.co.nz<br />

Banks Track Three Day Classic Walk:<br />

Three days and three nights, 31km<br />

journey that starts and finishes in Akaroa<br />

www.bankstrack.co.nz<br />

Whareama Coastal Walk: A fantastic<br />

2-Day / 2-Night fully catered New<br />

Zealand walking experience over private<br />

farmland with beautiful Wairarapa.<br />

www.whareama walk.co.nz<br />

On The Track Lodge: Offers a two<br />

dayhiking package on the Nydia Track.<br />


All-inclusive<br />

package from<br />

$440 per person<br />

(twin share)<br />

Package includes:<br />

• Track transfers<br />

• Coffee and cake on arrival at<br />

On the Track Lodge<br />

• 2 nights in comfortable chalet<br />

accommodation*<br />

• All meals (Day 1 dinner & dessert,<br />

Day 2 breakfast, packed lunch & dinner<br />

& dessert, Day 3 breakfast & packed<br />

lunch). Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free<br />

meals available)<br />

• Use of On the Track Lodge kayaks<br />

and all other amenities, including a<br />

hot-tub.<br />

*Upgrade to stay in the newly<br />

renovated vintage train carriages<br />

(with private bathroom).<br />

Discover the hidden wonders of the Nydia Track, it is not as well known or<br />

busy as the Queen Charlotte Track but just as beautiful.<br />

The track takes you through coastal forest (rimu, nikau and beech) with<br />

superb views and is suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness,<br />

boots are recommended and some of the streams are not bridged.<br />

• Start from Havelock and take a shuttle to historic Kaiuma Bay, (4-5 hours).<br />

• Dine then stay at On the Track Lodge in a comfortable chalet<br />

or train carriage accommodation.<br />

• Spend the next day relaxing at the lodge, kayaking or taking some shorter walks.<br />

• The next day complete the rest of the tramp (carrying your freshly<br />

prepared packed lunch) to Duncan Bay in time for another shuttle ride back to Havelock.<br />

On The Track Lodge<br />

Nydia Track, Marlborough Sounds<br />

+643 579 8411 | stay@onthetracklodge.nz<br />


Comprehensive Guide to Choosing<br />

the Right Tramping Boots<br />

Selecting the Ideal Hiking Boot<br />

Choosing the right hiking boots involves considering various factors to ensure they align with your specific hiking needs. While a<br />

wide range of footwear options may appear suitable for hiking, it's essential to find the perfect balance between comfort, support,<br />

and functionality. This guide will help you navigate the selection process and find the ideal hiking boots for your adventures.<br />

Benefits of Hiking Boots<br />

Hiking boots offer several advantages, making them a preferred choice for many outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're concerned<br />

about ankle stability, traversing challenging terrain, or dealing with adverse weather conditions, hiking boots provide valuable<br />

support and protection. They are available in various styles and materials to cater to diverse hiking preferences.<br />

Types of Hiking Boots<br />

Hiking boots can be categorized into three main groups:<br />

lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight boots. Each<br />

category is defined by its weight, ankle stability, and level of<br />

foot support. Understanding these distinctions is crucial for<br />

making an informed decision when selecting the appropriate<br />

hiking boots for your specific hiking style.<br />

• Lightweight Hikers: Ideal for day hiking on smoother<br />

trails or experienced backpackers seeking additional<br />

support without the weight of heavy boots.<br />

• Midweight Hikers: Offering higher ankle collars, sturdy<br />

midsoles, and durable uppers, these boots provide<br />

enhanced ankle stability and foot support for extended<br />

hikes and rough terrains.<br />

• Heavyweight Hikers: Heavier, more durable, and<br />

exceptionally waterproof, heavyweight boots are<br />

designed for carrying heavy loads and tackling rugged<br />

environments. They offer maximum foot support and<br />

ankle stability.<br />

Key Components of Hiking Boots<br />

To better understand hiking boots, it's essential to<br />

familiarize yourself with their key components:<br />

• Outsole: The outermost layer of the sole that makes<br />

contact with the ground, providing traction.<br />

• Midsole: A layer of material between the sole and inner<br />

boot that reduces impact and shock.<br />

• Insole: Also known as a footbed, this removable insert<br />

offers arch support and shock absorption.<br />

• Upper: The material covering the toes, sides, and heel<br />

of the foot, available in various natural and synthetic<br />

options.<br />

Considerations for Choosing Hiking Boots<br />

When selecting hiking boots, several critical factors should<br />

influence your decision:<br />

• Waterproofing: Decide whether you need waterproof<br />

boots or prefer breathability for dry conditions.<br />

• Weight: Consider the trade-off between weight and<br />

stability; lighter boots are more comfortable for shorter<br />

hikes, while heavier ones offer increased support.<br />

• Traction: Examine the lug pattern on the outsole to<br />

ensure it suits the types of terrain you'll encounter.<br />

Finding the Right Fit<br />

Achieving a proper fit is crucial for comfort and foot health.<br />

Follow these steps to ensure your boots fit well:<br />

• Measure Your Foot: Use a Brannock device to<br />

measure both the length and width of your foot.<br />

• Toe Room: Ensure there's enough room for your toes<br />

without touching the front of the toe box when laced<br />

up.<br />

• Sock Choice: Try on boots with the type of socks you<br />

plan to wear and consider minor swelling that may<br />

occur during hikes.<br />

Fine-Tuning the Fit<br />

Advanced techniques can further enhance the fit of your<br />

boots:<br />

• Insole Adjustment: Experiment with different insoles or<br />

layering to fine-tune the fit.<br />

• Sock Choices: Test various sock combinations to find<br />

the most comfortable fit.<br />

• Lacing Techniques: Explore lacing options, such as<br />

Heel Lock and Surgeon's Knot, to customize the fit.<br />


SALEWA WILDFIRE 2 $349.90<br />

Engineered for technical terrain, the Wildfire<br />

2 is a lightweight, agile and precise tech<br />

approach shoe with a breathable recycled<br />

synthetic mesh upper, and a 360° protective<br />

rand. The climbing lacing allows for fine<br />

adjustment in the toe-area, and a lateral net<br />

system with Kevlar® cables allows for better<br />

overall performance and sensitivity. The<br />

POMOCA® outsole is designed for precision<br />

and sensitivity in mixed mountain terrain.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight: (M) 355 g (W) 305 g<br />

(Pictured)<br />



Designed as a lightweight, versatile, yet<br />

protective technical shoe with an ecofriendly<br />

Powertex® membrane for waterproof<br />

protection, and good breathability. The strong<br />

ripstop mesh upper and TPU rand offer high<br />

abrasion resistance. The EVA midsole delivers<br />

optimal rebound, and the Pomoca Speed<br />

Hiker Pro outsole works well on mud, grass<br />

and rock.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight: (M) 345 g (W) 260 g<br />

(pictured)<br />



The breathable recycled cotton and hemp<br />

canvas upper is protected by a full 360°<br />

TPU rand. Our 3F system with nylon-coated<br />

Kevlar® cables provides additional support<br />

and greater stability at the heel, while ensuring<br />

a precise fit. The dual density eco Ortholite®<br />

footbed promotes superior cushioning, and the<br />

Pomoca outsole offers secure grip during light<br />

hiking activities.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight: (M) 305 g (pictured)<br />

(W) 256 g<br />


SALEWA ALP TRAINER 2 GTX $429.90<br />

The Alp Trainer 2 GTX has a suede<br />

leather and stretch fabric upper with a<br />

protective rubber rand for protection<br />

against rock, scree and debris. The<br />

GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort lining<br />

provides optimal waterproofing and<br />

breathability. The EVA midsole provides<br />

superior cushioning and excellent comfort<br />

for a technical shoe. Climbing Lacing right<br />

to the toe allows for a more precise fit,<br />

while the Vibram® Alpine Hiking outsole<br />

covers a wide spectrum of mountain<br />

terrain.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight (M) 470 g<br />

(pictured) (W) 370 g<br />


scarpa Terra GTX $399.99<br />

Our tried-and-true, all-leather classic<br />

that's perfect for travel, trekking and<br />

hiking. The comfy, easy-wearing Terra<br />

GTX features modern styling and a<br />

polyurethane midsole construction for<br />

support and stability.<br />


Anatom V2 Suilven Light Hiking Boots $279.99<br />

Comfortable and supportive boot for<br />

trekking and light hiking adventures.<br />

The Vibram® outsole and cushioned<br />

midsole provide excellent traction,<br />

stability and shock absorption over<br />

uneven terrain and combine with a<br />

waterproof, breathable membrane<br />

system to keep your feet comfy and<br />

dry. 980g (pair, size 42)<br />



The Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX has a suede<br />

leather and stretch fabric upper with a<br />

protective rubber rand. Featuring a GORE-<br />

TEX® Extended Comfort lining for optimal<br />

waterproofing and breathability, and the<br />

customizable Multi Fit Footbed (MFF)<br />

with interchangeable layers allows you to<br />

adapt it to the unique shape of your foot;<br />

Climbing Lacing right to the toe allows for<br />

a more precise fit, while the Vibram® Hike<br />

Approach outsole covers a wide spectrum<br />

of mountain terrain.<br />

Fit: STANDARD / Weight (M) 552 g (W)<br />

482 g (pictured)<br />


scarpa Rush Trek GTX $449.99<br />

The Rush Trek GTX dials up the support<br />

and protection a notch with a suede<br />

leather upper and a rubber toe rand,<br />

backed by GORE-TEX® for guaranteed<br />

protection from the elements. The upper<br />

balances the light and agile feel of a<br />

trail running shoe with the support and<br />

protection you expect from a hiking boot.<br />

Men’s and women’s models available.<br />


scarpa Kailash Trek GTX $499.99<br />

Our best-selling trail boot that provides<br />

flexible mobility without sacrificing support<br />

or protection, the Kailash Trek GTX<br />

occupies the sweet spot of features for<br />

versatile performance on long hikes and<br />

lightweight backpacking trips.<br />

Men’s and women’s models available.<br />



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Extending the Lifespan of<br />

Your Hiking Boots: Care and<br />

Maintenance Tips<br />

To ensure the longevity of your hiking boots, various measures can be taken, ranging from routine<br />

cleaning to pre-emptive treatment of high-wear areas.<br />

1. Leather Treatment: Leather hiking boots can greatly benefit from waterproofing and increased<br />

durability by applying a leather treatment. Although GORE-TEX membranes keep your feet dry<br />

inside, leather can absorb water, reducing breathability and flexibility over time. Nikwax offers<br />

an array of leather and fabric conditioners, including options for suede, nubuck, and full-grain<br />

leather. These treatments are available in spray-on or liquid forms, the latter applied using a<br />

sponge. For leather boots, consider Atsko SNO-SEAL, a beeswax-based waterproofing agent.<br />

Reapply leather conditioners periodically, with the frequency depending on your usage.<br />

2. Fabric Treatment: When dealing with lightweight hikers featuring mixed-material uppers, opt<br />

for fabric treatments designed to maintain the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) properties of<br />

synthetic materials. This helps reduce water absorption, maintains breathability, and accelerates<br />

drying. Nikwax products formulated for synthetic fabrics work well in this context.<br />

3. Seam Sealing: A cost-effective method to extend the lifespan of your footwear is applying a<br />

seam sealer to high-wear areas where stitching is vulnerable. A small investment in a seam<br />

sealer, coupled with about 20 minutes of application, can double the lifespan of these critical<br />

areas. Commonly, wear occurs on the seams inside and outside the forefoot, which endure<br />

constant flexing during each step. Dirt and sand particles infiltrate these seams, accelerating<br />

thread wear. Moreover, these regions are prone to scuffing on rocky surfaces. Seam Grip or<br />

similar sealers serve to block out dirt, enhance scuff resistance, and prevent water infiltration.<br />

For those planning to subject their footwear to rugged conditions, sealing every visible thread on<br />

the upper is a wise precaution.<br />

4. Cleaning: Maintaining cleanliness, both inside and outside your boots, is essential for<br />

prolonging their lifespan. A soft bristle brush and warm water are effective tools for cleaning the<br />

exterior. Apply gentle pressure to remove visible mud, dirt, and debris. Afterward, allow your wet<br />

boots to dry slowly, away from direct sunlight.<br />

5. Insole Care: Regularly remove your insoles and clean them. When on the trail, take them out at<br />

the end of the day or after any breaks to shake off debris. Warm water and a soft brush are ideal<br />

for cleaning insoles. Avoid washing your shoes or boots in a washing machine, and never use a<br />

clothes dryer. Insoles that have become particularly odorous may benefit from a gentle machine<br />

wash cycle, followed by air drying. In some cases, replacing old insoles with new ones may be<br />

the best course of action.<br />

By following these care and maintenance practices, you can significantly extend the life of your hiking<br />

boots, ensuring they continue to serve you well on your outdoor adventures.<br />


The new Ikos Tent with Tension Ridge: providing more living<br />

space, better ventilation and unmatched versatility.<br />

Complete comfort in nature.<br />


Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow<br />

$64.99 Regular<br />

A luxurious high performance<br />

pillow without the weight and<br />

bulk. Perfect for travel and<br />

camping where you can risk a<br />

couple more grams for a great<br />

night's sleep. The pillow case<br />

construction allows the outer shell<br />

to retain maximum softness while<br />

still being supported by a high<br />

strength TPU bladder.<br />

Sea to Summit Reactor Liner Thermolite $99.99<br />

The Reactor adds up to 8°C of warmth<br />

to a sleeping bag or can be used alone<br />

as a warm weather bag. Our bestselling<br />

sleeping bag liner. The Reactor is made<br />

from 80g/m² Thermolite®—the lightest<br />

weight Thermolite® fabric available.<br />

Thermolite® is a hollow core fibre that<br />

provides amazing warmth for its weight<br />

and remains extremely breathable.<br />

Sea to Summit Spark II | Flame II Sleeping Bags $749.99<br />

Engineered to keep you warm at the lightest<br />

weight and smallest compressed size.<br />

Ultralight does not mean ultra-tight: The Spark<br />

mummy sleeping bags are snug but still have<br />

adequate wiggle room for the performanceoriented,<br />

backcountry user.<br />

The women's specific Flame mummy fit is<br />

narrower at the shoulder and wider at the<br />

hip, and features extra down compared to<br />

the unisex Spark models. Each model uses<br />

premium materials and no-frills design to<br />

provide cutting-edge performance.<br />

Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated mat<br />

$349.99 Regular<br />

Three-season warmth in a lightweight<br />

package. At four inches thick, the Ether<br />

Light XT Insulated Mat brings Air Sprung<br />

Cell comfort to the realm of thicker<br />

air sleeping pads. Using two types of<br />

insulation for three-season warmth, this<br />

sleeping pad is lightweight and quieter<br />

than a traditional air pad. The XT Air-<br />

Sprung Cells are constructed using loops<br />

of strong, flexible material to provide a<br />

plush sleeping experience. The uprated<br />

30D/40D face fabric is quiet and durable,<br />

and the lamination technology continues<br />

Sea to Summit’s class-leading reliability.<br />

Women’s specific model available.<br />

Sea to Summit Camp Kitchen Clean Up Kit 6Pce $69.99<br />

Everything you need for convenient and<br />

Leave No Trace - compliant washing in the<br />

outdoors in one compact kit.<br />

10 Litre Kitchen Sink is perfect for small<br />

to medium group clean-up. Double-sided<br />

washcloth for easy cleaning. Wilderness<br />

Wash bottle stows in pot scrubber, then flips<br />

around for easy dispensing. Double-sided<br />

washcloth for easy cleaning and super<br />

absorbent, quick-drying DryLite dishtowel<br />

Scrubber and Wilderness Wash<br />

available seperately: Wilderness Wash<br />

is biodegradable, and great for camp<br />

clean-up, clothes and personal washing<br />

Sea to Summit X – Series Dinnerware<br />

X-Mug $19.99 / X-Bowl $22.99 / X-Plate $34.99<br />

Mug & bowl set $49.99<br />

Mug, bowl & plate set $79.99<br />

X-Series are multi-purpose and<br />

functional pieces of dinnerware.<br />

X-Mug has a 480 ml capacity that is<br />

also calibrated as a measuring cup.<br />

X-Bowl and X-Plate have a Nylon base<br />

that may be used as a cutting board<br />

when flipped upside down.<br />

Available as individual pieces or<br />

in sets.<br />

Sea to Summit Camp Kitchen Tool Kit 10Pce $69.99<br />

Hang this compact kit in your camp kitchen and<br />

you'll have most things you need on hand to<br />

create - and clean up after - gourmet outdoor<br />

meals.<br />

Folding nylon spatula is large enough for flipping<br />

pancakes and folding collapsible serving spoon is<br />

perfect for soups and stews.<br />

1 x 100ml and 2 x 50ml leakproof bottles for oil<br />

and condiments.<br />

Wilderness Wash bottle stows in pot scrubber,<br />

then flips around for easy dispensing.<br />

Double-sided washcloth for easy cleaning and a<br />

super absorbent, quick-drying DryLite dishtowel.<br />

Hang cloths to dry using snap attachments.<br />

Multiple attachment / hanging points<br />

Scrubber, Wilderness Wash and folding utensils<br />

also sold separately<br />

Sea to Summit Camp Cutlery 3Pc Set $6.99<br />

Our lightweight all-purpose Camp<br />

Cutlery Set takes a full-sized fork, spoon<br />

and knife and clips them together with a<br />

custom-sized carabiner.<br />

Easy to use, both bare handed or gloved,<br />

the glass-reinforced polypropylene is<br />

BPA-free and provides strength and<br />

durability. Shaped handles allow cutlery<br />

to nest together for compact packing.<br />

Dishwasher safe.<br />


osprey Sportlite 25 $199.99<br />

Confidently step out on the trail with the<br />

Sportlite 25, one of our most minimalist<br />

technical day packs. Carry all of your<br />

essentials with the convenience of<br />

panel-loading design and simple, clean<br />

internal organization. While this pack<br />

may look minimal, it's not so stripped<br />

down that it'll sacrifice comfort. An<br />

AirScape® backpanel and suspension<br />

system moves with you dynamically and<br />

keeps your carry stable and ventilated.<br />

Made with 100% recycled materials.<br />

Also available in 20L and Extended Fit<br />

osprey atmos/aura ag 65 $529.99<br />

For heavyweight weekends or<br />

weeklong backpacking trips<br />

where comfort and ventilation are<br />

paramount, people know to reach for<br />

the Atmos | Aura AG 65. You'll forget<br />

how much you really packed with its<br />

AntiGravity suspension, delivering<br />

an incredible fit that seamlessly<br />

envelopes your back and hips in<br />

3D-suspended mesh. The Aura AG<br />

65 is a women’s specific fit.<br />

sea to summit big river dry 13L $89.99<br />

The first choice in dry storage for<br />

hardcore adventures on land and water.<br />

Big River Dry Bags are a durable and<br />

abrasion-resistant option that uses<br />

a strong 420D nylon fabric. A white<br />

interior laminate affords greater visibility,<br />

and lash loops allow secure stacking or<br />

attachment to watercraft, motorcycles<br />

and other equipment. The hypalon nonwicking<br />

roll-top closure keeps water<br />

out. It also was designed with an oval<br />

base to save space when packing and<br />

prevent it from rolling away.<br />

Available in multiple colours and sizes.<br />

sea to summit light weight dry 13L $39.99<br />

The updated Lightweight Dry Bag is<br />

our most versatile design. It's flexible<br />

in both senses of the word - soft,<br />

pliable, and ideal for many different<br />

uses. The interior polyurethane coating<br />

is white to improve visibility and make<br />

it easy to find small items in poor light.<br />

Available in various sizes and colours<br />

to optimise colour-coded packing.<br />

Helinox Chair Zero $249.99<br />

Packing smaller than a water bottle,<br />

Chair Zero is exceptionally light and<br />

compact, yet delivers impressive support<br />

and strength. Its advanced materials,<br />

disciplined design, and innovative<br />

construction hit the precise balance of<br />

minimalism and comfort. This is our go-to<br />

chair for backpacking, multi-day kayaking<br />

trips, bike tours, and moto-touring;<br />

activities where shaving weight and<br />

minimizing volume are critical.<br />

Black Diamond Pursuit Trekking Poles<br />

$329.99<br />

Move fast through mountainous<br />

terrain in comfort.<br />

• Ergonomic grip and grip top<br />

designed to improve comfort<br />

and reduce hand fatigue<br />

• Grip extensions for additional<br />

hand positions<br />

• Natural cork grips provide<br />

comfort and manage moisture<br />

• Soft-touch FlickLock+<br />

makes for quick and easy<br />

adjustments<br />

Black Diamond Trail Trek Poles<br />

$199.99<br />

From casual weekend jaunts<br />

to extended backpacking trips<br />

in the mountains, the Black<br />

Diamond Trail trekking pole<br />

expertly balances comfort,<br />

features, and durability.<br />

• Updated soft-foam grip<br />

adds comfort<br />

• Double FlickLocks offer<br />

complete adjustability for<br />

terrain<br />

• Interchangeable<br />

carbide Tech Tips, (sold<br />

separately)<br />

Black Diamond Moji R+ $79.99<br />

The Moji R+ is the rechargeable lantern<br />

to always keep with you.<br />

• Compact and lightweight<br />

• 150 lumens of solid or strobing<br />

white light<br />

• Relaxing campfire lighting mode<br />

• 4 magnets for quick, on-the-go<br />

attachment<br />

• Integrated Micro-USB charge port.<br />

Black Diamond Cosmo 350 Headlamp $69.99<br />

For multi-use camping, around the house,<br />

and outdoor adventures that require a<br />

simple light with both an all-purpose beam<br />

as well as night vision.<br />

• Dual-Fuel: 3 AAA Alkaline cells or<br />

rechargeable BD 1500 Li-ion battery<br />

and charger (sold separately)<br />

• 350 Lumen max output<br />

• Settings include dimming, strobe, red<br />

night-vision and lock mode<br />

Black Diamond Spot 400 Headlamp $89.99<br />

For a technical user who expects allaround<br />

performance and features out of<br />

their headlamp but still values a small size<br />

and compact package.<br />

• Dual-Fuel: Rechargeable Lithium Ion<br />

BD 1500 battery or Alkaline cells<br />

• 400 Lumen max output<br />

• PowerTap Technology allows<br />

instant adjustment<br />

• dimming, strobe, red LED night-vision<br />

and lock mode<br />

Find a Stockist: southernapproach.co.nz<br />

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Kiwi Camping Light Bar Kit 4 x White/Orange $199.00<br />

This all-encompassing light bar kit with white/<br />

orange LED light bars is ideal for camping by<br />

providing a broad spread of light to illuminate<br />

your large family tent or camping setup.<br />


Kiwi Camping Flexi Light Strip White/Orange $69.99<br />

A 1.3m long LED strip fitted with white/<br />

orange LED lights to illuminate your tent<br />

and deter bugs and insects. IP65-waterresistant<br />

and includes carry bag.<br />


rab SilTarp 2 $439.95<br />

Versatile and durable, the<br />

SilTarp 2 can be easily<br />

stashed, pulled out, and<br />

setup up quickly to provide<br />

additional shelter to sit.<br />


Kiwi Camping Rover King Single 10CM Self-Inflating Mattress $249.00<br />

The Rover mat has a 10cm thick mat that inflates easily<br />

with a 3-way valve. Ideal for camping, the king single is<br />

2000mm long and 760mm wide with an R-value of 13.3.<br />


klymit Insulated Static V $259.95<br />

Designed with improved thermal<br />

comfort, this sleeping mat delivers<br />

support and comfort no matter<br />

how you sleep – on your side,<br />

stomach or back.<br />


rab Stratosphere 4 $189.95<br />

Designed with reliable insulation<br />

in a lightweight package, this<br />

all-round sleep mat balances<br />

maximum warmth with minimum<br />

weight for a comfortable night’s<br />

rest.<br />


Kiwi Camping Weka 3 Hiker Tent $399.00<br />

Kiwi Camping's most popular hiker tent with<br />

double-sided entry, sturdy vestibules, and a userfriendly<br />

design. With a fly that handles rain and<br />

snow, the Weka 3 is perfect for hiking adventures.<br />


Exped ULTRA 1R Mummy Sleeping Mat (Medium)<br />

$239.99<br />

The lightest, most packable mats in<br />

the new Exped range and, being air<br />

filled, best suit adventures in summer<br />

and fair-weather conditions. Features<br />

a recycled 20D ripstop face fabric, a<br />

7cm thick air cushion and fatter air<br />

chambers at the sides to reduce the<br />

chance of rolling off. Certified carbon<br />

neutral by myclimate. 380g<br />


Exped Mira II HL Tent $1099.99<br />

2-person low-weight, 2-door, 3-season tent<br />

with free-standing canopy design. A ridge pole<br />

increases the space inside for comfortable<br />

sitting, the canopy with its mesh panels can be<br />

used solo for warmer weather, fly provides two<br />

sizable vestibules when fully closed. The clip<br />

system and inter-connected pole set pitches<br />

quickly. 1.3kg packaged weight.<br />


Kiwi Camping Morepork Deluxe Swag $499.90<br />

Designed with 2 large storage vestibules and<br />

2 entrances, porch for added shade, generous<br />

inner height, ‘no-see-um’ mesh, 11.3kg pack<br />

weight and handy storage pocket.<br />



customise your campsite with savanna shelters and accessories<br />

kiwi camping Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Tunnel $89.00<br />

Creates a water-tight seal connection<br />

between a Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Shelter and<br />

most Kiwi Camping Tents.<br />

kiwi camping Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Pod $199.00<br />

Convert your Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Shelter<br />

into the ultimate shelter with our new Pod.<br />

This Pod can be used as a sleeping area,<br />

changing room or storage area.<br />

kiwi camping Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Shelter Guttering<br />

$34.99<br />

This guttering system joins two Savanna 3.5<br />

Deluxe shelters together, keeping you dry<br />

while enjoying loads of undercover space.<br />

kiwi camping Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Shelter $699.00<br />

Our Savanna 3.5 Deluxe Shelter is an awesome addition to any<br />

campsite. When combined with the Savanna Shelter Tunnel, it<br />

can seamlessly connect to our Takahe 8/10/15 and Kea 4E/5E/6<br />

tents. With a robust 4000mm double-aqua coated water rating<br />

and added rain and zipper guards for a secure seal, you can<br />

expand your campsite's living space for an impressive setup.<br />

Personalize your shelter further with our pod, tunnel, gutter, and<br />

wall accessories.<br />


kiwi camping Takahe 10 Blackout Family Tent $1499.00<br />

Introducing our Takahe 10 Blackout, the ideal<br />

choice for families seeking extra space. With<br />

three spacious rooms and two entrances, this<br />

versatile tent is perfect for families on the move.<br />

The blackout fly lowers interior temperatures<br />

by up to 5 degrees during hot days, ensuring a<br />

comfortable night's sleep for all. Customize the<br />

tent to your liking with internal room dividers,<br />

numerous accessory pockets, and LED light<br />

attachment points.<br />

kiwi camping Kea 6 Blackout Recreational Tent $699.00<br />

The Kea 6 Blackout tent is a game-changer for<br />

camping enthusiasts. The blackout fly creates<br />

a peaceful sleep environment, ensuring you<br />

wake up rejuvenated and ready to seize the<br />

day. Ideal for couples or small groups of friends<br />

and family, this tent offers ample internal<br />

space with increased headroom and a robust<br />

5000mm double-coated aqua rating, tried and<br />

tested against New Zealand's harsh weather<br />

conditions. With four entrances, enjoy the<br />

flexibility to come and go as you please.<br />

kiwi camping Takahe 8 Air Family Tent $1999.00<br />

Designed for families who love to camp! This ultra-durable 3-room<br />

family tent features nearly vertical walls, allowing full mobility inside.<br />

The convenient inflatable air frame simplifies setup, making your<br />

camping adventures more manageable. The Takahe range is a perfect<br />

fit for larger families, offering ample space and thoughtful features to<br />

enhance your camping experience. Backed by a 5000mm doublecoated<br />

aqua rating and proven to withstand New Zealand's unforgiving<br />

wind and rain. Choose from 6, 10, or 15-person options (with variations<br />

in frame and fly design) to suit your needs.

hydro flask trail series collection $79.99- $109.99<br />

25% Lighter Hydration. Hydro Flask’s Trail<br />

Series collection keeps your drinks cold<br />

for up to 24 hours while keeping your pack<br />

as light as possible.<br />



The first thing you’ll notice is that the front<br />

label on their pouches have changed for the<br />

better by adding Health Star Ratings and<br />

energy, protein, fat and carbs per pouch. They<br />

have also improved the readability of our back<br />

labels.Back Country Cuisine is available at<br />

leading retailers. For more information or to<br />

find your nearest stockist visit:<br />

www.backcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />

KEA kit go $80.00<br />

KEA KIT GO is a personal outdoor<br />

survival system built for hiking,<br />

camping, hunting, fishing and<br />

anytime you’re on the go. Pack<br />

and organise all your essential<br />

safety/survival gear in the modular,<br />

compact kit so you are fully<br />

prepared on your next adventure.<br />


tasty chicken mash $10.99 - $16.99<br />

With smoky flavoured freeze dried<br />

chicken, cheese and vegetables.<br />

3.5 Health Stars - Gluten Free<br />

Available small serve (90g) or<br />

regular (175g)<br />


KEA kit xl $120.00<br />

KEA KIT XL is a modular survival system<br />

built for your vehicle or basecamp.<br />

Designed to pack all your essential<br />

safety/survival gear, the removable<br />

Medical, Tools & Gear cases help you<br />

to organise your gear so you're ready to<br />

respond when it’s needed the most.<br />


hydro flask coffee collection $69.99- $64.99<br />

Hydro Flask’s Insulated Coffee Flasks<br />

are leak-proof and will keep your<br />

favourite hot bev steamy for up to 6<br />

hours! Available in a 12oz (354mL) &<br />

16oz (473mL) size.<br />


Apple & Berry Crumble $14.99<br />

A sweet mix of freeze dried apples and<br />

berries topped with a delicious gluten<br />

free cookie crumb.<br />

3 Health Stars - Gluten Free<br />



Inspired by the innovative,<br />

everchanging drinks scene,<br />

we instinctively knew how a<br />

drop of Jägermeister and a<br />

backbeat of cold brew coffee<br />

could transform any night. The<br />

enviable result? A brand-new<br />


BREW COFFEE. A unique<br />

fusion of JÄGERMEISTER’s 56<br />

botanicals and intense cold brew<br />

coffee.<br />


Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch<br />

Born from <strong>Adventure</strong>: Shackleton<br />

Blended Malt Scotch is based on<br />

the spirit supplied to the 1907 British<br />

Antarctic Expedition, expertly crafted<br />

using a selection of the finest Highland<br />

Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Available<br />

at various Liquor Retailers .<br />


INSTANT PASTA $5.99<br />

Just add boiling water for perfectly<br />

cooked pasta.<br />

3.5 Health Stars<br />

Sizes – Family 120g<br />



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zerofit//Heatrub Ultimate Leggings<br />

RRP:$129.95 (AUD)<br />

The Ultimate Leggings are<br />

made from the same material<br />

as the award-winning Heatrub<br />

Ultimate baselayer. The<br />

leggings are comparable to<br />

fleece lined overtrousers, but<br />

with the added benefit of ease<br />

of movement.<br />

zerofit//Heatrub Neckwarmer<br />

RRP:$49.95 (AUD)<br />

The Neck Warmer uses the<br />

same ‘heat threads’ that<br />

feature in the award-winning<br />

Ultimate baselayer, which has<br />

been independently proven to<br />

be five times warmer than a<br />

standard product.<br />

zerofit//Heatrub move<br />

RRP:$109.95 (AUD)<br />

The Move features a 45%<br />

polypropylene inner / hollow<br />

polyester shell that work in<br />

tandem to regulate body<br />

temperature, so as you work<br />

harder for longer, you don’t<br />

overheat in the conditions.<br />



zerofit//Heatrub Ultimate<br />

RRP:$129.95 (AUD)<br />

The award-winning Heatrub<br />

Ultimate is best-in-class baselayer<br />

that uses enhanced Heat Threads<br />

inside the garment that are<br />

activated through movement,<br />

gently brushing against the skin to<br />

generate positive warmth instantly.

GLERUPS The Boot Honey Rubber $199.00<br />

Made from 100% high-quality wool that provides<br />

exceptional comfort & warmth. glerups boots are<br />

soft and cosy, allowing you to rejuvenate your<br />

tired feet after a long day.<br />

glerups boots provide comfort, durability, grip,<br />

and breathability, making them an excellent<br />

choice for your outdoor adventures.<br />

Go with natural this season, go with glerups.<br />


outdoor research Cirque Lite Pants $249.99<br />

Designed for mobility and protection<br />

on your shoulder-season alpine<br />

adventures. Breathable, wind, water<br />

and abrasion-resistant and stretchy,<br />

have a gusseted crotch and articulated<br />

knees for freedom of movement and<br />

scuff guards for durability. Women’s<br />

version also available.<br />


outdoor research Helium AscentShell Jacket $699.99<br />

Combines lightweight durability of Pertex® Diamond<br />

Fuse technology with the breathable waterproof comfort<br />

of AscentShell keeping you agile and comfortable<br />

in wet conditions. Other features include a helmetcompatible<br />

hood, Dynamic Reach underarm panels,<br />

a double-separating front zip and harness and hipbeltcompatible<br />

pockets and hem. 326g (men’s large).<br />


Patagonia Patagonia R1® Air Zip-Neck $229.99<br />

A lightweight, breathable and quick-drying technical<br />

fleece for high-exertion activities in cold conditions. The<br />

R1®'s 100% recycled polyester fabric is structured for<br />

comfort during movement and it's made in a Fair Trade<br />

Certified factory. Available in M's and W's styles and<br />

a range of colours.<br />


Kiwi Camping Small 40L Duffle Bag $129.00<br />

Rugged and durable, new Kiwi Camping duffle<br />

bags have detachable padded backstraps that<br />

convert them into an expansive backpack.<br />

Features lockable YKK zippers and waterresistant<br />

PVC and polyester.<br />




Like a ‘perfect storm’, we have seen a dramatic growth and<br />

development in online stores over the past 5 years.<br />

We are dedicating these pages to our client’s online stores; some<br />

you will be able to buy from, some you will be able drool over. Buy,<br />

compare, research and prepare, these online stores are a great way to<br />

feed your adventure addiction.<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 />

Building versatile and reliable gear so you<br />

can adventure with purpose.<br />

www.keaoutdoors.com<br />

Temerature. Taste. Transport.<br />

Hydroflask, more than just a water bottle.<br />

www.hydroflask.co.nz<br />

The place to go for all the gear you need whether you're skiing,<br />

snowboarding, hiking, biking or just exploring.<br />

www.thealpinecentre.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 />

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 />

Marine and industrial supply story<br />

www.lusty-blundell.co.nz<br />

Our very own online store where<br />

you will find hard goods to keep you<br />

equipped for any adventure.<br />


Waterfront accommodation on Nydia Track, Marlborough, NZ<br />

www.onthetracklodge.nz<br />

Meals bursting with flavour, combined with home compostable<br />

packaging, means you really can have it all in the mountains.<br />

Designed by ‘foodies’ for maximum plant-based deliciousness<br />

and wrapped in earth positive, lightweight, packable pouches.<br />

www.localdehy.co.nz<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 />

Top NZ made health supplements delivered straight<br />

to your door, with same day dispatch.<br />

www.supps.nz<br />

This small, friendly family-run company is based in Lake<br />

Tekapo, New Zealand, specializing in guided outdoor<br />

adventures throughout New Zealand's Southern Alps.<br />

www.alpinerecreation.com<br />

www.glerups.co.nz<br />

glerups shoes, slippers<br />

and boots are known for<br />

their exceptional comfort<br />

and unique design.<br />

Over the years we have<br />

perfected the wool mix<br />

by blending Gotland<br />

wool with quality wool<br />

from New Zealand<br />

farmers.<br />

Fast nourishing freeze dried food for adventurers.<br />

www.backcountrycuisine.co.nz<br />

Your adventure travel specialists, with over 20 years<br />

experience! They live what they sell.<br />

www.madabouttravel.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 />

NZ world class climbing centre.<br />

Your climbing experience is at<br />

the heart of what they do. They<br />

provide trained and competent<br />

professionals that are psyched<br />

on climbing and passionate<br />

about supporting others.<br />

www.northenrocks.co.nz<br />

Purveying the finest singleorigin<br />

roasted Espresso<br />

and Filter coffee in NZ since<br />

2013 for you to enjoy at<br />

home or work.<br />

www.redrabbitcoffee.co.nz<br />

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Beautiful Samoa awaits you, and we are welcoming our international aiga<br />

with open arms! Experience Samoa’s untouched beauty, unique cultural<br />

experiences and rich heritage. Self drive, bike or stroll through the wonders<br />

that make this island life one to cherish just like the locals do.<br />


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What does a yacht charter in Tahiti offer<br />

you? Paradise at your fingertips.<br />

Tahiti and her islands is a vast<br />

expanse: 118 islands and atolls spread<br />

over a territory the size of Western<br />

Europe. Where you go will, therefore<br />

depend on the time you wish to devote<br />

to your cruise. Longer charters will take<br />

you to the Marquesas Islands, a wildly<br />

beautiful archipelago. You’ll discover<br />

the magnificent anchorages at every<br />

location.<br />

Tahiti is the easiest in terms of<br />

navigation, with relatively short<br />

distances. The landscapes are varied,<br />

combining high volcanic islands and<br />

enchanting lagoons.<br />

There is a Tahitian yacht charter to<br />

suit everyone’s needs in the most<br />

breathtaking location in the world, and<br />

perfect for charters. Tahiti offers you<br />

a blank canvas on which to paint your<br />

own holiday masterpiece. Culture,<br />

nature, beauty, and wildlife in the most<br />

amazing sailing destination on earth,<br />

Tahiti and her islands.<br />

Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Yacht Charter:<br />

1. Island Hopping Extravaganza: With a yacht charter, you can explore multiple<br />

islands during a single holiday. Experience the diverse landscapes, cultures,<br />

and activities of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, and more, all in one<br />

unforgettable journey.<br />

2. Affordable Luxury: Contrary to popular belief, a yacht charter can be<br />

surprisingly affordable, especially when traveling with a group of friends or<br />

family. By sharing the cost, you can indulge in a lavish holiday without breaking<br />

the bank.<br />

3. Availability Advantage: The Islands of Tahiti are a sought-after destination,<br />

and hotels often have limited availability. With a yacht charter, you bypass this<br />

issue entirely, ensuring that your accommodation is always with you, offering<br />

complete flexibility and peace of mind.<br />

4. Privacy and Exclusivity: Escape the crowds and enjoy the utmost privacy<br />

and exclusivity onboard your chartered yacht. The entire vessel is yours to<br />

enjoy, creating a serene and intimate environment for you and your loved ones.<br />

5. Tailored Itineraries: Customise your itinerary according to your preferences<br />

and interests. Whether you desire adventurous water sports, relaxing<br />

beachside escapes, cultural immersion, or a blend of everything, a yacht<br />

charter allows you to craft the perfect journey.<br />

6. Unmatched Freedom: Say goodbye to fixed schedules and hello to the<br />

freedom of sailing. Enjoy the flexibility to anchor in secluded bays, explore<br />

hidden gems, and set your own pace as you embark on a truly liberating<br />

adventure.<br />

7. Uninterrupted Tranquility: Unlike traditional holidays, where you move<br />

from one crowded tourist spot to another, a yacht charter offers uninterrupted<br />

tranquility. Find solace in the serenity of secluded anchorages and untouched<br />

natural beauty, away from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist areas.<br />

8. Seamless Luxury Onboard: Indulge in the epitome of luxury as you sail<br />

the pristine waters of Tahiti. Immerse yourself in the opulence of spacious<br />

cabins, gourmet cuisine prepared by private chefs, and personalised services<br />

delivered by a dedicated crew committed to creating a memorable experience.<br />

9. Unbeatable Scenic Views: Revel in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Islands of<br />

Tahiti from the deck of your chartered yacht. Enjoy panoramic views of majestic<br />

mountains, vibrant coral reefs, and turquoise lagoons that stretch as far as the<br />

eye can see.<br />

10. Unforgettable Memories: A yacht charter in the Islands of Tahiti guarantees<br />

memories that will last a lifetime. From swimming with manta rays and<br />

exploring hidden waterfalls to savouring Polynesian delicacies and witnessing<br />

breathtaking sunsets, every moment is a treasured experience that will stay<br />

with you forever.<br />

For more info: www.tahititourisme.nz/en-nz/top-tahitian-activities/cruises-and-sailing/onboard-charter/<br />


TAHITI<br />



LOOK IN<br />

Words and Images by Steve and Zac Dickinson<br />

After a lifetime of visiting Tahiti and her islands,<br />

every trip is still an invigorating experience, a<br />

mash of colour, food, beaches blue water, but<br />

it is on repeat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a<br />

‘bad’ repeat; you can’t eat enough Tahitian raw<br />

fish nor see too many sunsets over Moorea<br />

while sipping Hinano in the evening sun, but it<br />

is still a repeat.<br />

But this trip in 2023 was a little different. We<br />

spent a few days watching the world's best<br />

surfers fight it out at Teahupoo's famous wave,<br />

the bustle and hustle of boats in the channel,<br />

watching the euphoria of winning and the<br />

devastation of loss.<br />

We then spent a day out on the water game<br />

fishing off Moorea with Moorea Fishing<br />

<strong>Adventure</strong>, hunting the elusive white marlin,<br />

mahimahi and tuna with Matahi and his brother<br />

Tauhere, (world-renowned for his famous<br />

banana bread) and learning about the rare<br />

Tahitian penguin (but that is another story for<br />

another time). We had done these before and<br />

loved it, but it was a repeat.<br />


theislandsoftahiti<br />

Teahupoo - even when it is small looks menacing<br />


The view across to Moorea<br />

Gabriel Medina, doing what he does best<br />

Moorea Fishing <strong>Adventure</strong>s - the rare White Marlin<br />

We then took a day away from repetition to bike<br />

to the interior, never biked anywhere in Tahiti<br />

before. Never been, always wanted to go and<br />

literally had no idea how amazing it would be.<br />

When you arrive in Tahiti, you are forever looking<br />

out, out at the sunset, out at the blue sky, out at<br />

the surf, out at the lagoon. But then all you need<br />

to do is simply turn around and look in. There is<br />

a whole new world waiting, a mixture of Jurassic<br />

Park meets Milford Sounds, as breathtaking as<br />

any wave or sunset and it is virtually unknown.<br />

You will need a guide – we went with Local<br />

Motion Tours; Teiki picked us up from the hotel,<br />

and we drove for more than an hour around the<br />

famous Tahiti ring road (there is only one road)<br />

to the legendary valley of Papeari, the land of the<br />

Teva warriors.<br />

We pulled into a back street area at the base of<br />

what was the foot of the valley, refreshed with<br />

cold coconut juice, e-bikes unloaded, helmets<br />

fitted, gloves supplied. Teiki explained how the<br />

bikes worked. These are top-end e-bikes and<br />

there was going to be very little effort if you tuned<br />

them on full noise. After a few minor instructions<br />

on downhill and uphill performance and safety<br />

expectations, we were off.<br />

First stop on the Inward Bike Trek<br />



Small river crossing - a lot more fun on the way down<br />

The trail was very clear and straightforward to ride,<br />

not technical at all. Teiki explained there were more<br />

technical options, but we were on the main track.<br />

Encased by native bush, trees and vines, we got the<br />

odd glimpse of blue sky and the peaks that lay ahead,<br />

the infamous valley of Titaaviri. Vegetation-covered<br />

mountains, like dragons’ teeth, pointed out of the<br />

island. We often stopped to talk of birds, plants, trees,<br />

and the culture of the area. Teiki had a vast local<br />

knowledge and a natural retelling of historical tales that<br />

just fitted well with the trip.<br />

It was hot, and at times it was wet. It rained, and we<br />

were told it rained a lot, ‘it’s that green for a reason’. But<br />

the rain only added to the enjoyment. There were some<br />

small river crossings, we passed by swimming holes<br />

that were marked for the return trip. It is around 9 km<br />

till you come to the dam. Let me make this very clear,<br />

this is not a hard ride, the idea of mountain biking in the<br />

tropics might seem like a no-go, but it was easy, and the<br />

gentle intermittent rain just added to the fun.<br />

When you arrive at the dam at Titaaviri dam – you<br />

stand on the dam wall, and the lake rolls out before<br />

you. The other end of the lake is just mountain walls,<br />

peaks and more valleys. It really looked like prehistoric<br />


Pterodactyls should be flying around. The word<br />

majestic does not begin to describe what lies before<br />

you. As a travel writer and photographer, on occasion,<br />

you come across something you cannot put into words<br />

or take a photo to explain how remarkable it is: The<br />

Grand Canyon, Milford Sounds, Zion and now Titaaviri.<br />

Weak as it sounds, it must be seen to be believed.<br />

We stayed and sat in awe, trying to capture a moment,<br />

a scene that was far beyond anything you could<br />

capture with a camera or write in words.<br />

‘What goes up must come down’, and although the<br />

uphill track didn’t seem that daunting the down hill<br />

run back to the water ‘baths’ (as the locals call them),<br />

basically pools of water was fast and fun. A ride<br />

through some streams, a dip in the ‘baths’ and we<br />

were back at the start.<br />

Repeatedly I have tried to explain how impressive this<br />

experience was, but simply you can’t. It just needs to<br />

be experienced.<br />

So on your next trip to Tahiti don’t just look out, look in!<br />

Thanks to:<br />

www.mooreafishingadventures.com/<br />

www.facebook.com/Local.Motion.Tour.Tahiti/<br />

www.tahititourisme.nz/en-nz/<br />

Jungles everywhere...

"On your next trip<br />

to Tahiti don’t just<br />

look out, look in!"<br />



v a n u a t u<br />

Mt Yasur, Tanna Island<br />


As you might expect from a jungle-covered<br />

volcanic archipelago, Vanuatu has some of<br />

the best tropical trekking in the world. And<br />

it’s not all stunning mountain vistas either.<br />

Where else can you hike to the rim of an<br />

active volcano, sleep in kastom villages,<br />

sip kava with Ni-Vanuatu chiefs, or cool off<br />

beneath aquamarine limestone waterfalls?<br />

More developed islands like Santo and<br />

Efate are great for short, half-day hikes,<br />

or you can head further afield, to Malekula<br />

or Ambrym, and tackle sweaty, multi-day<br />

jungle treks. Wherever you walk, you’ll be<br />

greeted with megawatt smiles and some<br />

truly epic scenery.<br />

Trek Tanna, Tanna<br />

The island of Tanna is lucky to have one of the most<br />

active volcanoes in the world, the smoking Mount Yasur.<br />

Exploring Mount Yasur is easy, you can charter a 4WD<br />

to within about 150 metres of the crater rim (from there<br />

it’s just a 10-minute walk). But for more of a challenge,<br />

travellers can embark on a proper journey, which starts<br />

on Tanna’s moon-like ash plain, and winds up past the<br />

dry Siri Lake and through the island’s famous John Frum<br />

village. The full hike takes around 4 hours. Just be aware,<br />

there are no guard rails or viewing platforms on Mount<br />

Yasur, and it is an active volcano. If you want to trek the<br />

sulfuric slopes, it’s best to find an experienced local guide.<br />


Mt Garet Gaua Island<br />

Mt Yasur, Tanna Island<br />

Mount Garet Hike, Gaua<br />

Rising from the sea in the north of Vanuatu’s<br />

archipelago, Gaua is the country’s unofficial adventure<br />

capital. Mount Garet is the island’s highest peak,<br />

an active somma volcano (it last erupted in 2011)<br />

surrounded by a horseshoe caldera, the beautiful Lake<br />

Letas. Travellers can embark on a 3-day hike to climb<br />

and explore Mount Garet. You’ll climb to 711 metres<br />

above sea level, see bubbling lava and volcanic mud<br />

pools and swim beneath the stunning Santa Maria<br />

waterfall (but not directly beneath…it is 120-metres<br />

high). At night, sit around the campfire on the shores of<br />

Lake Letas and swap stories with your local guides.<br />


Mt Benbow, Ambryn<br />

Benbow Crater Hike, Ambrym<br />

The mystic island of Ambrym has always<br />

been one of the more mysterious in Vanuatu’s<br />

archipelago. It’s known as the Black Island,<br />

thanks to its volcanic soil and history of dark<br />

magic. But it’s also home to two of Vanuatu’s<br />

more active volcanoes, Mount Marum and Mount<br />

Benbow, and there are dozens of hiking options<br />

through the surrounding jungle. Fitter travellers<br />

can try the 1-day hike to Benbow’s crater rim (a<br />

10 hour round trip), or you can sign up for 2, 3 or<br />

4-day treks that allow you to explore the whole<br />

volcano field. If you’re planning a trekking holiday<br />

on Ambrym, travelling between August and<br />

January is generally best.<br />

Losinwei Cascades Walk, Malekula<br />

Not all Vanuatu’s treks require a fully<br />

stocked backpack and several days<br />

up your sleeve. Malekula’s Losinwei<br />

Cascades Walk is the perfect example.<br />

It’s a half day hike into the misty<br />

foothills of central Malekula. Guides will<br />

lead you through the forest, surrounded<br />

by tiny orchids and flowering irises,<br />

to the picturesque Losinwei Waterfall.<br />

You can swim beneath the falls, climb<br />

the rock face to find hidden limestone<br />

pools, and just generally laze the day<br />

away before trekking back down to<br />

Losinwei Beach.<br />

Mt Tabwemasana, Santo<br />

Mount Tabwemasana, Santo<br />

When you think ‘mountaineering’, you don’t usually think Vanuatu. But<br />

the archipelago is home to one of the highest peaks in the Pacific, the<br />

mighty Mount Tabwemasana, which rises from the surrounding cloud<br />

forest and supplies most of the fresh water on Santo. Not many people<br />

actually summit Mount Tabwemasana (around 6 per year), but it can be<br />

done. Just make sure you arrive in the dry season (May to October),<br />

when the river crossings are possible. Be warned, it’s a tough journey<br />

that takes around 10 hours hard trekking to basecamp at Kerepua<br />

village, then another 4 hours to the summit. You can organise guided<br />

tours through local Santo operator, Wrecks To Rainforest.<br />

For more information visit www.vanuatu.travel/en/experiences/hiking<br />


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If you’re seeking an adventurous getaway, look no further<br />

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travellers.<br />

One of the best ways to explore the exotic landscapes and<br />

unique activities of New Caledonia is by embarking on a<br />

self-drive adventure around the main island, Grande Terre.<br />

Travelling around the island in a car gives you the freedom<br />

to stop whenever and wherever you like. With the option<br />

to stay in gites/traditional huts with local tribes throughout<br />

the island, you’ll be able to go fully off the beaten track. On<br />

your self-drive journey, you can also opt to camp out under<br />

the stars and see the remote, unspoilt areas that are rarely<br />

visited by tourists.<br />

Grande Terre is around 400 kilometres long and takes<br />

about eight hours to drive from end to end. The island’s<br />

well-maintained road system and signage will allow you to<br />

comfortably traverse the landscape. You can easily pick<br />

up a rental car at the La Tontouta International Airport just<br />

outside the capital Nouméa to begin your memorable selfdrive<br />

adventure.<br />

Noumea & the Great South<br />

Before you start making your way up to the northern parts<br />

of the Grande Terre, make sure you take some time to<br />

explore the Great South. Home to the largest park in New<br />

Caledonia, the Blue River Provincial Park, with its deep red<br />

earth, is an adventure lover’s playground. Hiking routes,<br />

cycling tracks and kayaking in the flooded forest are all<br />

exhilarating experiences that await you in the Great South.<br />

Boulouparis<br />

As you leave the capital of Nouméa and head north, make<br />

sure to stop at Boulouparis. As New Caledonia’s third<br />

largest city, Boulouparis is considered the ‘gateway’ to the<br />

New Caledonian wilderness - making it the perfect spot<br />

for an off-road adventure. Exploring the enormous grassy<br />

plain and paperback savanna on horseback will give you a<br />

true sense of the region's rugged beauty.<br />


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La Roche percee-© M. Dosdane<br />

Neuméni viewpoint - Thio-© Oneye Production<br />

La Foa<br />

Located halfway up the West Coast,<br />

La Foa is the ideal place to make<br />

an overnight pit stop. A farm stay at<br />

Pocquereux Randonnée offers a chance<br />

to meet real-life stockmen and immerse<br />

yourself in New Caledonia's bush culture,<br />

taking part in a hunt, horse riding and<br />

mountain biking. You can choose to camp<br />

out under the stars, stay in a dormitory<br />

or private rooms. While visiting La Foa,<br />

travellers should also take a day trip to the<br />

Giant Fern Park in Farino. Home to almost<br />

500 plant species, 70% of which are<br />

endemic to New Caledonia, hiking through<br />

the Giant Fern Park is mesmerising.<br />

Roche Percee Beach<br />

Further north, Roche Percee Beach is<br />

home to several stunning, quartz rock<br />

formations that have been sculpted by<br />

the ocean over hundreds of years. The<br />

illusive Baie des Tortues (Turtle Bay)<br />

has breathtaking cliffs, stretches of long<br />

white beaches and majestic pine trees<br />

overlooking the UNESCO World Heritagelisted<br />

Lagoon. You might even catch a<br />

glimpse of a turtle or dugong frolicking<br />

beneath the water’s surface!<br />

A Fork in the Road<br />

At this point, you can either choose to<br />

continue up the West Coast or cross<br />

Grande Terre to the East Coast, looping<br />

back around the northern tip, for a change<br />

of scenery.<br />

For those wanting to continue along<br />

the West Coast, the famous Heart of<br />

Voh is a must. A naturally formed heart<br />

shape inside the West Coast’s mangrove<br />

forest, the best way to view the Heart<br />

of Voh is from above with an ultralight<br />

flight. Once finished, head to the village<br />

of Voh to meet the locals, learn their<br />

customs and traditions and check out the<br />

Coffee Ecomuseum to learn about New<br />

Caledonia’s coffee history.<br />

For those heading up the East Coast<br />

route, Hienghène with its coral forests,<br />

black-stone cliffs, impressive waterfalls<br />

and lush vegetation cannot be missed. The<br />

road leading to the waterfall of Tao is one<br />

of New Caledonia’s most beautiful, with<br />

the ocean on one side and coconut trees<br />

lined up on the other. For an up-close look<br />

at New Caledonia’s biodiversity, visitors<br />

should try diving at the ‘Coral Cathedral’,<br />

where tropical fish are abundant.<br />

If you are open to a more spontaneous<br />

road trip itinerary, the accommodating and<br />

friendly New Caledonian residents can<br />

give you some great suggestions that will<br />

take you off the beaten path like a true<br />

local.<br />

Top Tips:<br />

• Book your rental car well in<br />

advance to ensure you have a<br />

car upon arrival.<br />

• Pick up a WIFI box at the<br />

airport to connect to your<br />

GPS.<br />

• Be mindful of fuel as petrol<br />

stations may be closed on<br />

public holidays and Sundays.<br />

• Motorists in New Caledonia<br />

drive on the right-hand side of<br />

the road.<br />

Road trip-© Masaaki Hojo Hiking Hienghène - Image © Marine Reveilhac Voh's heart Image © Ben Thouard, The Explorers<br />



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