NZ Hut Bagging

Hiking in New Zealand is unlike anywhere else in the world. Yes, the scenery is amazing (AHH-maz-ing!), but what is unique about hiking in this country is the network of shelters, huts, and lodges available throughout NZ’s wilderness for public use. There are over 950 huts throughout both islands; they range in shapes, sizes, and price from basic, small, two-person shacks (free - $5) to 50-bed, spacious huts with heating and cooking facilities ($50). There’s a trend among the hiking community of “bagging peaks” by summiting as many mountains as possible. Well down here, there’s a similar trend called "hut bagging", and we’re on a mission.

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It was an overcast, but warm, morning as I pulled back the curtains of our bedroom window to reveal the day’s weather. It was the start of our weekend and we were excited to embark on our first over-night mission of the summer.

21 kilometers over Pyramid Saddle and Flanagan Pass led us from Twizel to the shore of Lake Ohau. The track passed through wetlands, exotic forest, and open valleys, which was a nice change from the damp...

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You know the moments in time when you find yourself standing in front of somewhere unbelievably beautiful and think "how can this possibly be real"? Well, this is about those moments; those connections with nature, people, and food as experienced by me, Amanda.


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