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With majestic alpine scenery, a wide variety of terrain, and a family-friendly hut system, the Routeburn is an accessible classic trek YES, THE WELL-KNOWN Milfo…

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Home to some of the world's most pristine landscapes, New Zealand has much to boast about, with Milford Sound its crowning jewel. Water crashed down from its 15…

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Want to be an ice climber? A school for thrill-seekers on NZ's South Island will teach you all the skills. The first strike in ice-climbing isn't always the dee…

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Weather dominates one of the New Zealand's longest treks, but sometimes the landscape makes you forget the wet. ONLY A FEW HUNDRED METRES from the track head an…

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Is there nothing that New Zealand can’t make into a theme park? Look I get the draw of Hobbiton for people fascinated by Middle Earth and all that but a park ba…

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AS WE HOVER ABOVE the Bay of Plenty in a Robinson R44 chopper and look towards the horizon, I can almost see the curvature of the Earth. The South Pacific Ocean…

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New Zealand's Rabbit Pass trek, a technical challenge devoid of creature comforts, should probably be known as mountain goat trek. HOP TO IT Waking to valley mi…

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IF THERE'S A GOD of the outdoors, you can bet your life he/she is behind the creation of New Zealand’s South Island. With its wild landscape encompassing everyt…

THE SEARCH FOR First Descents often drives people to the most remote and disconcerting corners of the world. Names like Papua New Guinea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar…

Protecting valuable assets - whether fragile ecosystems, unique historical settlements, rare fauna and flora - is always a worthy undertaking. Now, think about…

ABOUT TO MAKE A beach landing, we fly lazily above Stewart Island, the large landmass sitting away from the rest of the country, its lush vegetation and colossa…

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What does it take to trust your life in your own knot-tying ability, 100m high? Six days, one guide and a whole lot of courage. A SMALL BEAD OF SWEAT rolls down…

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The French Ridge Track, on NZ's South Island, offers hikers a tough, near-vertical challenge. But it's well worth the effort. MIKE TYSON AND I share something i…

IT'S A CLICHÉ, but when it comes to experiencing New Zealand’s fabulous Queen Charlotte Track (QCT), in the Marlborough Sounds region of the South Island, there…

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Australia and New Zealand are chock-full of brilliant day walks for hikers of all skill levels and ages. 1. Ormiston Pound, West MacDonnell Ranges NP, NT Time:…