Tag Archives: New Zealand

April 9, 2015 Summit of Mount Luxmore on the Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

One Photo, One Story: Trekking New Zealand’s Kepler Track

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By Michael Lanza

After my friend Jeff Wilhelm and I reached the Luxmore Hut, where we planned to spend the first night of our three-day trek on the Kepler Track in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, we quickly decided there was no way we were just hanging out there for the rest of the afternoon. The sun was shining—which, in Fiordland, is rare enough that a smart trekker takes advantage of it: This corner of the world receives a mind-boggling volume of rain, up to about 400 inches a year, about 10 times as much rainfall as Seattle gets annually. So instead of resting, Jeff and I went for a hike. Continue reading →

March 17, 2015 Dusky Track, Pleasant Range, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

One Photo, One Story: Trekking New Zealand’s Dusky Track

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By Michael Lanza

An hour after my friend Jeff Wilhelm and I were dropped off by helicopter at the Lake Roe hut on the Dusky Track in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, I captured this image of him hiking across a gorgeous lakes basin in the park’s aptly named Pleasant Range. Just last week, we started that four-day, hut-to-hut trek on a morning of misty clouds and rain showers, but good views nonetheless of deep valleys carved eons ago by glaciers and kept vibrantly green by several meters of rain annually. Notoriously rugged, wet, and insanely muddy (even, we can attest, at the tail end of a relatively “dry” summer in Fiordland), the Dusky was one of the hardest multi-day hikes I have ever taken—and I loved it. Continue reading →

December 4, 2014 Dart River, Cascade Saddle route, Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand.

Ask Me: What Gear Do We Need for Backpacking in New Zealand?

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Hi Mike,

My buddy Nolan and I are backpacking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand starting in January, and I’ve got a few gear questions I’d like to ask you. We’re just graduating high school and will be selling ourselves into slavery for the next six months to make money for this trip, so we’re certainly on a budget but I think we can still afford the middle/lower end of the high-end gear spectrum. We’ll be in hostels/huts about a quarter of the time. Continue reading →

October 29, 2014 On the rim of Red Crater in Tongariro National Park, North Island.

4 Top Outdoor Adventures in New Zealand

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By Michael Lanza

Have you adventured in New Zealand yet? If not, then why not? Some of my all-time favorite assignments for Backpacker magazine have involved trekking and paddling on this island nation with an amazing bounty of natural beauty and a outdoors-loving culture to match it.

This is the time of year to start planning a visit during the upcoming austral summer; for many trips, you need to make travel arrangements and hut reservations months in advance. I’ve listed below a series of five-star, multi-sport adventures that could fill a two-week (or longer) visit to New Zealand. This itinerary includes dayhiking volcanoes, canoeing a wild river, a hut trek in the Southern Alps, and sea kayaking a remote fjord in the country’s largest national park. Click on the links (or any photo) to read the complete story about each trip. Continue reading →

Featured Video: Hiking the Steaming Volcanoes of New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park

February 2, 2013  |  In Hiking, International Adventures, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Tongariro National Park, on New Zealand’s North Island, was the world’s fourth national park, established just five years after Yellowstone. Hiking its active volcanoes is a wild journey across a stark and brilliantly colorful landscape. Watch the video below about 12.1-mile loop over three of the main volcanoes and craters of Tongariro, read the story and view a gallery of photos.

 

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