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19 May 2022

How To Pick The Best 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

Packing For Hiking On Multi-Day Tramps

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 has done all of the hard work for you.

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 Great Rides NZ Coastal Bike Tracks

Why walk when you can pedal? You still have to earn your turns but taking in the best back country seaside vistas in NZ by bike is an adventure 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

Tony Caudwell - Back Country Cuisine
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

Five NZ Spring Hiking Considerations

Once June hits we’re already starting to look ahead to spring 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