Tramping in New Zealand

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Lonely Planet, 2006 - Travel - 392 pages
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Make tracks across the spectacular range of New Zealand landscapes. The deep valleys of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring beckon, the Marlborough Sounds call, the volcanoes of Tongariro are steaming. Explore on foot the natural wonders of this country from coast to Cook.

In This Guide:
Foreword by New Zealand adventurer Peter Hillary.
53 detailed trail descriptions for trampers of all levels.
Color section on the Great Walks of New Zealand.
Two-color contour maps for all featured tramps.
Essential accommodation and transport information.
Expert advice on equipment, health and environmentally responsible walking.
  

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A wonderful guide that I was glad to have with me on every step of every tramp I did in New Zealand. It was probably slightly out of date by the time I used it, but all of the important details were ... Read full review

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This is a recommendation specifically for Sanjib Adhikari Independent trekking guide tour Operator based in Kathmandu, Nepal) My partner and I had chosen to trek the Annapurna Circuit for 18 days in Feb end 2014 and as we were new to the region and high altitude in general we were not going to attempt this without a guide. After trawling online forums (including here) for recommendations and requesting recommendations from family and friends back home who do have some experience we posted out requests for information to 3 or 4 of the most promising reviewed individual guides, this included Sanjib Adhikari responded promptly with the most comprehensive and detailed response we received with a background of our kit requirements (Clothes, Equipments and First Aid recommendations), route to be taken what was or was not included in terms of food and accommodation and transport details. We requested some small changes to our itinerary (walking an extra section instead of taking a bus). Sanjib was quite flexible and proposed an alternate plan that did what we wanted. He also highlighted from the beginning that as we had chosen this route in the winter that it may not be possible to complete and that whilst the high pass en route (Thoroung La) was open at the time that if snow fell during our ascent there was some risk that the pass may be closed. During the trek we both found Sanjib to have plenty of experience and familiarity with both the trail conditions and route and had particular preferred Tea Houses in each town. However when these Tea Houses were not available due to closure off season, alternatives were always found and we certainly felt we were staying in good accommodation whilst there was a choice of it lower down. Sanjib consulted us where there were options to press on if we were making good progress or if we felt we needed to stop earlier than planned for a break and he was vigilant with our altitude conditioning on the higher trail. He also outlined the plan for the next day with options depending on progress and each day over 3500 metres included a plan for acclimatization training with side treks, to take us higher and back down to sleeping altitude if this had not already happened during the days trekking (this also meant we saw some other interesting sites, monasteries, viewpoints of glaciers or lakes etc). He was also a good host and shared a wealth of information about the local environment, culture, history, religion, politics and Nepal in general. He was happy to stay with us and chat or play cards after the days trekking was finished and was also happy to head off and chat with the tea house owners or other guides porters so there was no pressure either way. He was very diligent in keeping us topped up with included drinks and making sure we were fed with all we needed to keep us going. This was nice to see as the food was included as part of the package but there was no attempt to scrimp on our food or drinks bills! Sanjib always sorted us first and made sure that breakfast was ordered the night before for a prompt departure the next day. Sanjib is also a nice guide to get on with and speaks good English. The way in which the trekking package was structured with included food and accommodation made our lives a lot easier and more straightforward when things got a little tougher. During our trek we had many comments (compliments) from others both with and without guides that we had been lucky with our choice of guide and after 2 weeks on the road in various conditions including heavy snow I have to agree! We did hit the first snow of the winter the very night before we were due to climb the highest pass and we did attempt to cross the pass before the snow grew too deep. A couple of hours in and with the knowledge of how long we had to go the other side of the pass, Sanjib made the call to turn around and return to our last camp (High Camp). The snow worsened and we were safely backe in camp as it continued through the whole day and essentially snowed us in. Sanjib advised we wait another day to see 

Contents

Table of Tramps
12
WaimakaririHarman Pass
14
Planning
18
Fishing
34
Rangitoto Island Loop
41
Cape Reinga Walkway
47
Great Barrier Forest
53
Kauaeranga Kauri Trail
59
DUrville Valley Track
190
Banks Peninsula Track
196
St James Walkway
205
Kaikoura Coast Track
211
Avalanche Peak
220
Route
226
Casslagoon Saddles Track
234
PAPAROA NATIONAL
240

Central North Island
65
WhakataneWaikare
73
Whirinaki Track
79
Tongariro Northern Circuit
85
KAIMANAWA FOREST
91
EGMONT NATIONAL PARK
99
Marlborough
129
Nydia Track
138
MORE TRAMPS
145
Great Walks
153
PARK
164
Wangapeka Track
172
NELSON LAKES
181
AORAKIMT COOK
247
Mueller Hut
254
Routeburn Track
261
Caples Track
269
Park
287
Rakiura
317
Health Safety
357
Equipment
363
Glossary
369
Index
376
Fiordland
384
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