A.S.L/asl: above sea level, a measure of altitude above the mean coastline
bach: (bat-ch) a small (or not so small) holiday home, usually in some Mecca of tourism (holiday home, crib)
basic/standard/serviced: These are DOC hut ratings- basic: no charge, very few amenities, standard: $5 per night, will have mattresses, toilet, water source but that may be all, serviced: $15 per night, will have mattresses, heating, toilets, water source, firewood and some have a hut warden
benched: A track that is benched has a discernible shape as they were usually cut for pack horses and wagons. There will be a bank on the up hill side of a benched track
|Classic benched track, Quail Island 2018|
brew: a hot drink, traditionally tea made in a billy, but... (a brew, a cuppa, coffee (it doesn't actually have to be coffee, it could be tea or hot chocolate)
brew kit: your equipment for making a hot drink, it is an old military term
bush: New Zealand word for a native forest or wooded area. The bush in New Zealand can be dense and impenetrable
cooker: New Zealand name for a tramping stove (stove)
|A cooker in action at Anchorage Hut|
CTC: Canterbury Tramping Club
FMC: Federated Mountain Clubs, an umbrella organisation consisting of various tramping/climbing/MTB/skiing clubs which advocates for outdoor users and the environment
|Classic high gaiters on track|
Great Walk: A special designation of track, with a superior track/hut quality. All need to be pre booked and all have track/hut wardens from October-April. There are 10 Great Walks in New Zealand
hut pass/ticket: there is a small nominal charge for using DOC huts, these are paid for using pre purchased tickets or 6-12 month passes
|Department of Conservation hut pass|
kiwi: iconic flightless native bird endemic to New Zealand. Our national bird. New Zealanders also refer to themselves as kiwis!
long drop: a back country toilet, consists of a basic shelter with a toilet seat and hopefully an empty hole underneath
Maori: The Maori (Te Maori) are the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. They have their own language, culture and customs. The Maori are very important to New Zealand identity and are often the guardians of outdoors places. The word Maori denotes both the people and the language, most New Zealanders will be able to speak at least some Maori. Ask them....
North Island: The European name for the northern of the two main islands of New Zealand. You would have thought they could think of something a little more interesting than 'North Island'. The Maori name is Te Ika a Maui, or 'the fish of Maui'...long story!
NZDA: New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, a local hunting focus group
NZFS: New Zealand Forestry Service, a precursor to the Department of Conservation
pit: a trampers sleeping bag or sleeping position in a hut or tent
|My pit laid out in Nina Hut|
pit day: a day spent in your sleeping bag or 'pit', either a rest day or bad weather day. Normally involves copious cups of tea...
road end: see trail head, the end of a road and start of the track
|A 'scree' slope in the East Hawdon Valley|
scroggin thief: The villain who steals all of the chocolate from the scroggin. Don't be a scroggin thief!
sidle: In New Zealand this means to follow a track or walk along the same contour line while tramping (sidling)
slogging: walking in a manner without conviction, usually at the end of a long hot day on a uninteresting track (plodding, yomping, humping, tabbing)
South Island: The European name for the southern of the two main islands of New Zealand. ...Yep...again with the boring names. The Maori name is Te Wai Pounamu or 'the waters of greenstone'...
swing bridge: suspension bridge usually constructed from wire, rope and wood
'swing the billy': go heat some water for tea and or coffee.
|Trampers swinging the billy on an open fire|
TA/ Te Araroa Trail: The Te Araroa Trail. This is a newish 3000 km's long distance trail from the top to the bottom of New Zealand
Topo or topo: Topographic maps, these are available on line free of charge, type topo into Google and they are the first entry
tramp/tramping/tramper: In New Zealand we tramp, we do not hike although they mean the same thing (hike, ramble, bush walking). A tramper is a person who enjoys walking in the outdoors
|Typical three wire bridge|
'two-wire': a type of bridge with one cable for the feet and one for the hands. Very hard to cross! The term 'two wire' often has words like bastard, god-damn or bloody in front of it...
water-taxi: as it says, a taxi utilising rivers, lakes or the coast as a route. Some areas are only accessible by water taxi, a good example is the Milford Track in Fiordland or Stewart Island. Water taxis are also used in places like the Queen Charlotte Track and Abel Tasman National Park