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A Tramper's Guide to the Tararua Ranges

by Merv Rodgers
was first published by the Canterbury University Press in 1996.
Acknowledgements

To my wife Beryl for her support, for those weekends in the hills meant many home tasks undone or postponed.
To all those good companions over the years who have lightened and brightened the days on the hills.
And thanks to the friends who have encouraged and assisted me with this endeavour.
To Teenagers – our most valuable people.

The aim of this guide is to aid the tramper (walker, backpacker, hiker) of moderate fitness who is going on a particular trip for the first time. A few trips are simple road-end walks, but the majority are tramping trips that need boots, pack, and the usual tramping gear. The region covered is the Tararua Forest Park and its foothills; bounded roughly by the main roads along the Wairarapa and Horowhenua; the Akatarawa–Waikanae road; the Manawatu Gorge and the Rimutaka Hill.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand License.

LIVE life at the full ;
blend dream with the deed ;
drink deep of the draught.
The men who moved before us,
the mountain maids who bore us,
dared the roar of the pool,
raced from the hills of speed,
hunted the high winds, and laughed
as they drove their sea-freight home
slant to the fall of foam.

Geoffrey Winthrop Young, from Motion


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