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Secrets of

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Shelters from

the storm The important role

backcountry huts play in

crafting a Kiwi identity

rangers reveal their favourite hideaways

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Tarn Ridge Hut with Girdlestone (1546m), the Tararua's second highest peak, at centre horizon

Mark Watson finds some new track and old memories on a six day trip in Wellington’s Tararua Forest Park


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Top Forks Hut, Mt Aspiring NP, with dawn light on Mt Pollux

Every national park has its star attractions – the box office draw cards. Yet New Zealand’s 14 national parks combined cover an area the size of Otago and within that space hide scores of gems only those in the know will have enjoyed. And none are more in the know than national park rangers. Matthew Pike gets to share a few of their best kept secrets….


Where it’s always

warm and safe

They protect us from the elements and keep us warm and dry, but in a new book on New Zealand’s backcountry huts, author Geoff Spearpoint argues they do more than shelter us from storms – they are a link to the past and an important part of Kiwi culture. By Alistair Hall

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Geoff Spearpoint

Historic Martin's Hut



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