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Tramping escapades, adventures, yarns, trip reports, various updates and general inspiration from New Zealand’s wild south…

  • Milford Track Bookings – 2014 / 2015

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    Bookings are now open for the Milford Track Independent or Freedom walk options. They are filling fast so get in quick. As of 17 July 2014 the Milford Track is fully booked from early December 2014 to late January 2015 ! We do keep a pretty close eye on availability so if you are desperate […]

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  • Guides Trip report- Dusky Track

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    A recent trip report from one of our guides, Graeme on the Dusky Track. Dusky Trip 29/11/13  Guide – Graeme Clients – Howard and Hilda Dusky Track – Supper Cove to Lake Hauroko Barreled up to Te Anau on the Bottom Bus, arriving at around 4:00pm where I contacted Jill from Fiordland Helicopters. Rounded up […]

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  • Guides Trip report – Stewart Island

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    Stewart Island Report 03/01/2014 Guides: Chrissy and Leo We arrived to meet everyone in Invercargill on the 3rd, and enjoyed a delicious meal at the Victoria Railway Hotel. Making up the party were myself and Leo,  Jan and John , Joann,  Glennis and David and Janet.  For the most part everyone got on very well, […]

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  • Community rallies to save historic viaducts

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    A recent article from the Southland Times about the awesome community work going on to save the historic viaducts at Port Craig. – Neil Ratley Four historic viaducts along the Southland coastline look set to be saved from rot and ruin. The Port Craig Viaduct Trust, the Department of Conservation, Tuatapere Amenities Trust, the Southland […]

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  • Walking the Waitutu Track

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    Tuatapere  – Port Craig – Wairaurahiri River and the Waitutu Forest. Kiwi Wilderness Walks Guide Chrissy Hamill  goes for a wander on the Waitutu Track… The Waitutu Forest is New Zealands largest piece of unmodified lowland forest,  once famously labelled by Dr David Bellamy, as “probably the most important forest in the world.” It lies […]

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  • Tramping escapades in the Hollyford Valley.

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    In which it rains, I build a raft, and we are marooned on McKerrow Island for two days surviving only on emergency potatoes and oxidised wine… Chrissy Hamill one of our guides, reports on a previous trip into the Hollyford Valley… Note: She has since grown up a little and has substantially more knowledge about […]

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  • Falling in love with Stewart Island

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    Chrissy reports on a recent trip to New Zealand’s mysterious third island I’ve just got back from my first trip to Stewart Island, and I have to confess: I’m a little bit in love with the place. If nothing else particularly exciting crops up in the next few years I will think very seriously about […]

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  • Sarah Bonner – Guide!

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    Check out this article from BRUCE FRASER of the The Southland Time detailing the recent back country exploits of Kiwi Wilderness Walks guide, Sarah Bonner. Winton trampers beat conditions A 10-day springtime hike in remote Fiordland mountains last week turned into a soaking 13-day marathon of snow and ceaseless rain for two Winton trampers. Police […]

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  • Dolphins at Dusk – Port Craig

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    Dolphins at dusk, pikelets at the Percy Burn Viaduct and poetry at Port Craig . . . the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track sure turns on the charm, writes Shane Gilchrist of the The Otago Daily Times…… It is three days since I opened the door to a four-wheel-drive, slid the remnants of the driver’s lunch […]

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  • Kiwi Whispering on Stewart Island

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    Ryan Donmoyer of the New York Times,  reports on his trip to Stewart Island with Kiwi Wilderness Walks and the intrigue of New Zealand’s enigmatic national bird The Kiwi Realm By RYAN J. DONMOYER Stewart Island has far more of New Zealand’s mascot and other rare birds, than people. It was almost midnight and my girlfriend, […]

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