We're so stoked to have the Sawyer Squeeze system in stock, to compliment our best selling Sawyer Mini system. These are our favourite water filters and are ideal for use around NZ! #tramping #trampingnz #hiking #hikingnz #outdoors #outdoorsnz #teararoa #teararoatrail
Tales from the trails - A weekly post in which one of our staff recounts a trip that taught them a lesson, or was particularly memorable for its spectacular nature. This week week Christian tells us about an old favorite hut of his: Cascade hut is cute 6 person hut tucked away in the Kaimanawa forest park. After a scenic 6 hour walk from the Clements Mill Road end through the idyllic beech forest and over a sizeable ridge, I found myself at a tucked away hut by the flowing Tauranga Taupo river. The tramp is relatively easy for an experienced tramper, therefore I allowed for plenty of time to swim and wallow in the many pools formed by the river on a hot summer's day. The river is the main reason why I have returned to this hut nearly 5 times now. There are also many tracks around the hut that allow exciting multi day trips and loops such as over the Kaipo saddle to Te Iringa or a 12 hour trip over Maungaorangi to the Oamaru river and Hut. The walk over the Kaipo saddle is especially interesting in the rain as I found out one wet July weekend. Since the track finds itself through the river for a few kilometres, 8 hours of continuous rain resulted in us practically swimming down the track. Fortunately we had adequately prepared with dry bags and pack liners so nothing got too soaked, however if we didn’t prepare it might not have ended as well. Whether you are an experienced tramper looking for a fun weekend away in the bush or introducing someone to tramping in the picturesque New Zealand bush, the Hinemaiaia track into the Cascade Hut is always a walk to consider. - Christian.
Congratulations to Armand Gyver for his record breaking Self Supported completion of the Te Araroa trail. 73 days, 19 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds! Awesome! #tramping #trampingnz #hiking #trailrunning #trailrunnz #trailrunningnz #fastpacking #thruhiking #teararoa #longdistance #thruhike #thetrek #sobo #adventure
Tales from the trails - A weekly post in which one of our staff recounts a trip that taught them a lesson, or was particularly memorable for its spectacular nature. This week we continue with Rob's summer of walking and his walk through the French Alps. With almost 300 miles of walking under our belts that summer, we ventured south to Spain for a couple of months travelling. Suitably rested, fed and watered, we headed back across France to Lake Geneva, to start our 400 mile walk south through the French Alps. The summer had been a glorious one and the good weather continued into the early autumn and for the duration of our walk. The only persistent rain we encountered was when we were resting up at Chamonix, for a couple of days break, but otherwise we had sun pretty much all the time! It was great to walk the length of the Alps, as the terrain and climate changed numerous times over the weeks. We walked through every type of terrain imaginable, from soaring rock peaks around Mt. Blanc, to rolling herb scented hills closer to the Mediterranean. We walked through a handful of national parks, staying in the huts provided, but the majority of the time we were wild camping under the stars. cont. #hiking #tramping #beautiful #talesfromthetrails #earthisbeautiful #gr5 #frenchalps
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Tales from the trails - A weekly post in which one of our staff recounts a trip that taught them a lesson, or was particularly memorable for its spectacular nature. This week Aidan takes us on an adventure through the winding river valleys of Te Urewera - In March of 2018 I was invited by a good trail running friend of mine to go ‘Hut Bagging’ in the Ureweras. After a long drive, parking up at Ruatahunua, we headed along a 4x4 track in the blazing heat until we hit the bush, where the track dropped down to Whakatane River. After the drive in we took a short day, reaching the lovely Ngahiramai hut in the early evening, passing Tawhiwhi hut and its horses along the way. The next day dawned bright and clear, and we followed the river upstream, perfecting our river crossing technique and stopping often to swim in a few of the dozen or more excellent swimming holes we found along the way. We spent most of our time walking in the river itself as it was much easier going than the trail along the banks. After lunch at Hanamahihi hut we hopped over a steep hill (an unpleasant surprise for the legs after all that flat river walking) and took to the river again, which had now widened out. We made excellent time and stopped for the night at the less nice Waikare Junction Hut. The next day was when the adventure really started. Doubling back we took the fork of the river to head down the Waikare before turning down one of its feeder streams, Kiekie stream, and then down Motumuka stream. Along here the track was in very rough condition, and we took a few wrong turns. The highlight of the trip was climbing over a fallen tree and sliding down the other side, then me jumping in a deep water hole to portage the packs across while the others climbed around only to be blocked by a waterfall. This led us to backtrack, where we found a fallen track marker at the top of a very tall, very loose, very, very steep slip that had apparently demolished the track. After climbing that precarious slope, it still wasn't over!