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05 January 2024

MAGDALEN HUT HIKE | A walk with mum By Olivia 11yrs

After we completed the St James walkway we had talked about coming back sometime and just walking the track to Magdalen Hut. Fast forward one year we were planning our walk, and looking forward to being back in Lewis Pass.

Hiking

Huts

Tramping

Backpacking

Sarah Blair - Sarah Blair Photographer
21 September 2023

Snow | The Basics of Ski Touring

So, you want to get out in the winter months, but you’re sick of plodding through snow, falling waist-deep with every step that you take? Ski touring might be a great option to look into.

Snow

Skiing

Ski Touring

Dylan Arthur - Dylan Arthur Landscape, Travel & Outdoor Photography
17 July 2023

Next level chocolate brownie pudding | three ways

If you like messy, dripping, dreamy, mouthfuls of chocolate this is the blog for you!

Meal Recipes

Road Trip

How To

Car Camping

Vanessa Hidayat - The Camp Stove Chef
09 June 2023

Choosing the Perfect Backpacking Stove | Exploring the Pros and Cons of Different Types

When it comes to backpacking (hiking or hunting), especially on longer trips and in cooler temperatures, having a reliable and efficient cooking system is essential. A backpacking stove is a vital piece of equipment that allows you to prepare hot meals and enjoy a warm cup of coffee in the great outdoors.

Backpacking

Bikepacking

Camping

How To

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
09 May 2023

Bike Touring | The Great Queensland Rail Trail

I think it’s important to address how I decided to do these trails. To be honest, JAMMY!!! I was googling routes, I was going to go along the coast but then I heard about some rail trails. Then I found a website where this guy called Andrew had linked 3 old rail trails together and ridden 500km off-road. I was sold. He called it the, ”Great Queensland Rail Trail Adventure”. There is still a lot of renovation to be done on the rail tracks but a few sections are open- in a sense, I was one of the very few to try it out before the work is completed!

Bikepacking

Claire Wyatt
05 May 2023

SSAANZ Southern Traverse | Amuri Pass

The Amuri Pass is one of the historic routes between the Canterbury and the West Coast. It was first walked by Europeans in 1861 and by 1863 stock were being driven over the pass from Canterbury to West Coast farms. As well as a walking track there is still a horse track over the pass today.

Camping

Backpacking

Hiking

Hunting

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
27 March 2023

Bike Touring | Tasmania

The beautiful Tasmania is where my Australian solo cycle started. Over the next year I will tackle close to 16,000km of cycling in Australia and it’s safe to say I set the bar extremely high by starting in, as the locals would say…Tassie!

Bikepacking

Claire Wyatt
13 March 2023

Cape Brett Track | Northland

Located in the southern end of the pristine Bay of Islands, Cape Brett is an area of the country that is seen by many, but explored by few. Motukokako Island lies just off the tip of the peninsula, with the famous “Hole in the Rock” cruise rolling through a couple of times a day in the summertime.

Backpacking

Hiking

Huts

Tramping

Dylan Arthur - Dylan Arthur Landscape, Travel & Outdoor Photography
13 March 2023

Photography | Creating Memorable Images

We’ve all been there, you’re out hiking, in the middle of nowhere, with the most spectacular scenery you’ve ever had in front of your eyes. You take a few snaps on your camera to catch this beautiful fleeting moment in time. When you get home, you look back on this beautiful memory you’ve created, and its not at all how you remember it. We've got the solution.

Photography

Backpacking

Hiking

Dylan Arthur - Dylan Arthur Landscape, Travel & Outdoor Photography
01 March 2023

GTGO Te Araroa Stage Six | Puhoi to Orewa

For the past six months, a small team of outdoors experts from Got To Get Out have been coaching a group of relatively novice hikers to try and complete increasingly hard weekend-long sections of Te Araroa. The sixth and last video in our series documents our group of now ‘substantially less novice’ hikers (a credit to their commitment) attempting a comparatively easy section of trail, by their new standards.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
01 March 2023

GTGO Te Araroa Stage Five | Tararua Ranges

Te Araroa is the hiking / walking trail spanning the whole length of New Zealand. Together we wanted to show what can be achieved by every-day Kiwis, without taking months off work. The fifth video in this series documents our group of novice hikers attempting the Tararua Ranges SOBO (south bound).

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
01 March 2023

GTGO Te Araroa Stage Four | Timber Trail

Te Araroa is a hiking / walking trail spanning the length of New Zealand. We wanted to show what can be achieved by every-day Kiwis, without taking months off work. The fourth video in this series documents our group of novice hikers attempting the 84km long Timber Trail, SOBO (south bound). The Timber Trail is in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
27 February 2023

3125km Journey Cape Reinga to Stewart Island | For my Brother

My name is Yasmin Wessels and I’m a lover of anything adventurous and outdoorsy. I’ve decided to embark on a 3125km journey from Cape Reinga all the way to Stewart Island on my push bike. In early March I will cross New Zealand's three biggest islands, biking the North and the South Islands and tramping around Stewart Island to raise money for The Cerebral Palsy Society. I’ve chosen to do this trip in honor of my older brother, Matthew who was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Bikepacking

Expedition

Hiking

Yasmin Wessels
01 February 2023

Camping Finger Food | The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser

Ever wonder how to cater for larger groups or picky eaters at camp? We know making large portions can be quite a painful in the bush without having a lot to work with, don’t stress because we’ve got the answers to all your problems

Meal Recipes

Road Trip

How To

Car Camping

Vanessa Hidayat - The Camp Stove Chef
25 January 2023

Big Adventure | Little Boat

My name is Lucy Te Moananui. I am a sailor, surfer and school teacher from Kaikōura. I have decided to go for my dream of entering a solo offshore race. The Solo Trans-Tasman, 2023

Sailing

Lucy Te Moananui
21 December 2022

GTGO Te Araroa Stage Three | Hakarimata Walkway

Te Araroa (TA) walkers can attempt the Hakarimata Walkway from either its southern end, near Ngāruawāhia, or northern end, closer to Huntly. This group walked SOBO (south bound) so entered the track at Parker Road, near Huntly.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
16 December 2022

GTGO Te Araroa Stage Two | Mt Pirongia Traverse

In this second video in the Got to Get Out series Get Out & Hike Te Araroa in sections, host Robert Bruce shows what it’s like taking a group of novice hikers up and over the 16km Pirongia Traverse in the Waikato.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
15 December 2022

Hikers Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Are you a fan of street food, looking for that simple no fuss feed, or maybe something to impress your fellow hikers? This one’s for you!

Meal Recipes

Road Trip

How To

Car Camping

Vanessa Hidayat - The Camp Stove Chef
17 November 2022

Te Araroa | Cape Reinga To Whangarei Heads

I've always wanted to go on a big journey. As a teenager, I wanted to horse trek around New Zealand with my dog and my guitar. Finally, four decades later, here I am without the horses, the dog and the guitar. It's not quite as I'd pictured it, but it's what I've got.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Expedition

Jenny Massey
10 November 2022

My Adventure Hiking Mt Taranaki

Living in the South Island, I am spoilt by the endless snowy peaks in which to summit but it has always been my mission to explore the beautiful peaks of the north too, in particular Mt Taranaki, a dormant volcano.

Hiking

Tramping

Huts

Krista May Perryman - K.M Photography
03 November 2022

GTGO Te Araroa Stage One | North Shore Coastal Walk

The Get To Get Out Te Araroa group kick things off in Auckland with the surprisingly challenging North Shore Coastal Walk.

Te Araroa

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
27 October 2022

Godzone Adventure Race | Meal Planning

As a novice adventure racer, starting with one of the most challenging adventure races in the world this was not the ideal progression.

Adventure Racing

Expedition

Will Payne - Southern Institute of Technology
27 October 2022

Nature & Wellbeing

If you have followed my journey for a while, you will know that I suffer with anxiety, and before moving to New Zealand, I hadn't addressed what was happening in my brain.

Hiking

Tramping

Mental Health

Sophie Piearcey - Notes of a Northerner
20 October 2022

Top-To-Toe Hiking Clothes Tips

Some of these hiking clothes tips might be no-brainers to experienced hikers, but for me they’ve helped a heap when it’s come time for an adventure.

Hiking

Tramping

How To

Georgia Mackay - Neat Social
13 October 2022

Emergency Food | A Quick Guide

Having a supply of emergency food on hand, for big and small events, provides peace of mind that you can be covered for the situation at hand.

Back Country Cuisine Meals

Hiking

Tramping

Expedition

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
29 September 2022

Got To Get Out Hiking Group Takes On Te Araroa

For the past few months Got To Get Out and Back Country Cuisine has been seeking, and then training, a group of rookie hikers to take part in an innovative filmed experiment on the Te Araroa trail.

Hiking

Tramping

Tracks

Te Araroa

Robert Bruce - Got To Get Out
12 September 2022

Lake Angelus Hut | Nelson Lakes National Park

The Robert Route to Lake Angelus Hut path starts with a leg burner, gaining elevation quickly with every calf-crushing step. So be prepared to wipe those beads of sweat dripping down the brow.

Hiking

Huts

Tramping

Tracks

Krista May Perryman - K.M Photography
01 September 2022

Plan A Road Trip | Back Country Style

Road tripping and camping are the things we all look forward to at some point on our travels. Combine the two and you get an awesome adventure out of it!

Car Camping

Road Trip

How To

Meal Recipes

Vanessa Hidayat - The Camp Stove Chef
25 August 2022

An Intro To Backcountry Fly Fishing In NZ

No matter how you skin it, the backcountry represents how the New Zealand fly fishing experience has been sold to the world, and rightly so.

Fly Fishing

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
25 August 2022

A Spare Meal In The Pack Is Worth Two In The Bush

A supply of snacks in an easy-to-reach part of your pack is an excellent way to keep the energy up and make your experience more enjoyable.

How To

Hiking

Tramping

NZ Mountain Safety Council
21 July 2022

Sefton Bivvy | A Hike To Trump Them All

Ever wonder what that tiny orange dot is, peaking across the valley from Mueller Hut? That's Sefton Bivvy, and you need to go there.

Huts

Hiking

Krista May Perryman - K.M Photography
30 June 2022

Mt Ruapehu Summit Winter Missions

The Mount Ruapehu summit, being the tallest mountain in the North, gives you a brilliant, as well as a rewarding climb, which is often a lot of people’s first venture into the alpine.

Expedition

Hiking

How To

Winter

Dylan Arthur - Dylan Arthur Landscape, Travel & Outdoor Photography
23 June 2022

Five Must-Do New Zealand Hikes

After travelling around this country I call home it’s only natural that I’ve been on a couple of gorgeous New Zealand hikes here and there!

Hiking

Tramping

Mel White - Melanie White Creative
16 June 2022

The Maimai Hilton | Duck Hunting NZ

Duck hunting has been on my to-do list for the longest time, but I knew once you go quack, you never go back. Welcome to the Maimai Hilton!

Duck Hunting

Hunting

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
03 June 2022

St James Walkway Review

We made it back to the car with a hint of sadness at the realisation our amazing adventure on the St James Walkway had ended but that didn’t last long because we all knew we’d definitely be back!

Hiking

Huts

Tramping

Sarah Blair - Sarah Blair Photographer
19 May 2022

How To Pick A Mountain Weather Forecast

Over the years I've dialled my resource of mountain weather forecast sites down to a handy five links. They all offer something unique and by using a few different sources you can quickly establish a trend of what to expect.

How To

Hiking

Tramping

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
05 May 2022

How To Pack A Tramping Pack

So you're packing for an easy weekend jaunt in the backcountry but don't know which are your essential pieces of gear? Don't worry, 45th Traverse legend, Tanya Bottomley, is an expert in this field and shares how to pack a tramping pack.

Expedition

Hiking

Tramping

How To

Tanya Bottomley - Run Like Tanya
21 April 2022

New Zealand's 45th Parallel Traverse

Tanya’s 45th Parallel Traverse is a personal wilderness challenge, and the next chapter in the story of her inspiring life. As an advocate for women’s empowerment, with this journey, Tanya demonstrated what happens when you choose bravery over fear while choosing a path less travelled.

Expedition

Tanya Bottomley - Run Like Tanya
20 April 2022

The Craigieburn Range Traverse

In part two of our Tai Poutini Polytechnic adventure series we have Cole Beeman and a group of friends taking on the Craigieburn Range traverse.

Expedition

Hiking

Cole Beeman - Tai Poutini Polytechnic
19 April 2022

Paparoa Track Review

Recently we helped out with an amazing initiative from the outdoor department Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth. The mission? The students plan an expedition and the winning teams get some Back Country meals to fuel their trip!

NZ's Great Walks

Hiking

Georgia - Tai Poutini Polytechnic
17 April 2022

Rehydrating Freeze Dried Food

Let’s talk about the water you need when rehydrating freeze dried food, such as Back Country Cuisine meals.

Meal Recipes

Back Country Cuisine Meals

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
30 March 2022

Dreaming Of Wapiti Hunting

Emil Hansen of NZ Hunter Adventures is usually stuck behind the camera dreaming of his chance at a Fiordland Wapiti deer, this time his dreams came true.

Hunting

Expedition

Emil Hansen - NZ Hunter Adventures
30 March 2022

5 Epic Coastal Rides

Why walk when you can pedal? You still have to earn your turns but taking in the best coastal rides by bike is worth experiencing.

NZ's Great Rides

Bikepacking

Expedition

Gary Patterson - Great Hikes App
23 March 2022

50 Tips For The The Roar NZ

We’ve been lucky enough to extract fifty of the best roar hunting tips from The NZ Hunter Adventures legends, Willie and Greg Duley.

Hunting

Willie Duley - NZ Hunter Adventures
18 March 2022

The Back Country Cuisine Outback Burrito Recipe

Trying to freeze dry an entire burrito is out of the question, for now at least, but you can still have your favourite Mexican meal in the middle of nowhere by following this simple recipe!

Back Country Cuisine Meals

Meal Recipes

Vanessa Hidayat - The Camp Stove Chef
02 March 2022

How To Make Tramping Food Simple

Let’s start at the simple end because getting organised for an overnight hike or multi-night hike is hard enough without having to worry too much about your tramping food!

Tramping

Hiking

Back Country Cuisine Meals

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
02 February 2022

Mansion Hut Upgrade Trip

So, how did I come to spend two days in the bush with some great characters doing up a an ironically named Mansion Hut? The hut’s name is ironic because before the work we did, the little two bunk hut was anything but a Mansion...

Huts

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
26 January 2022

Retracing The Waiatoto River, The Wild Way

Matai Wells and his Dad set out into the Waiatoto Valley to retrace some very old, family footsteps traversing the Volta Glacier back across to Lake Wanaka.

Expedition

Hiking

Matai Wells
14 January 2022

What's Your Ideal Camping Food Method?

Who would of thought that just adding boiling water to a pouch could be so complex and at the same time so entertaining!

Back Country Cuisine Meals

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
08 December 2021

Top Five New Zealand Great Walks Summits

Love scaling to the heavens to catch the greatest views? Then consider trekking to the tops of these Great Walk NZ summits, it might cost you a little bit of sweat but you’ll be glad you made the effort.

NZ's Great Walks

Gary Patterson - Great Hikes App
27 November 2021

Three Brothers Cycle The Paparoa Bike Trail

This trifecta formed a literal bikepacking brotherhood. With grand plans of bikepacking their way from Paparoa to Motueka, the brothers were fired up and ready to hit the road, but the first challenge of the trip presented itself almost immediately.

Bikepacking

Expedition

Peter Gardner - GNS Science
27 November 2021

Spring Hiking | 5 Tips For A Good Trip

Once June hits we’re already starting to look ahead to spring hiking missions with fresh memories in our minds of carefree summer campsites, but buyer beware...

Hiking

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother
03 November 2021

First Time Fiordland Wapiti Ballot Tips

If there’s one area of New Zealand back country that has a reputation for providing a true wilderness hunting experience, it’s Fiordland.

Hunting

Chris Sharland - Camp Mother