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Tarn SK - Making History!

Tarn SK - Making History!

by Eleanor Arnst

18th May 2021

A late summer attempt to become the first known women to run the legendary Tarn SK traverse of the mighty Tararuas in under 24 hours.... it's bound to be a gripping and inspiring read.... it is just that!

The S-K Valleys

The S-K Valleys

by Katie Wright

14th October 2020

Katie is best known as the woman who forever changed the idea of a 'Last Man Standing' event, forcing the rename to 'Last Person Standing' after taking the outright win at the inaugural Riverhead Relaps. But there's so much more to this intrepid Brit turned Kiwi. Her thirst for adventure knows no bounds and in this Trail report she shares the story of her recent Tararuas Traverse with fellow Wild Thing, Elly Arnst.

Otago Central Rail Trail Miler Mission

Otago Central Rail Trail Miler Mission

by Isaac Walker

9th September 2019

When Isaac Walker's plans to run the Great Naseby Water Race miler were disrupted by a family crisis he didn't want the training to go to waste. At least that was his excuse for taking on this monstrously flat run!...

A Wild Things trail running holiday

A Wild Things trail running holiday

by Jenny Hirst

26th March 2019

It's perhaps every diehard trail runner's dream - a two week escape, far away from the madding crowds, and a chance to run heavenly trails every day. Jenny & husband Pete did just that in early 2019, using the Wild Things Trail Directory for inspiration...

Hakarimata Scenic Reserve Trail

Hakarimata Scenic Reserve Trail

by Steven Blackburn

26th April 2018

Good keen Auckland-based Wild Things Steve Blackburn & Matt Orange go in search of some new trails south of the Bombay Hills. They find what they're looking for in the Hakarimatas...

Welcome Rock Trails weekend

Welcome Rock Trails weekend

by Vicki Wooley

17th January 2018

"Welcome Rock Trails is a unique and delightful wee adventure best enjoyed with good friends" concludes Vicki. Lucky for us, we were the friends that she took along for an awesome weekend of trails and tales (but no ales!) Read all about it here...

Running the Heaphy Track

Running the Heaphy Track

by Andre van Barneveld

15th November 2017

On a quick trip back to his native New Zealand from his home in Ireland, Andre van Barneveld was looking for a new adventure - something a little different from the Tararua trails that he knew so well from living so long in the Wairarapa.
A full traverse of the Heaphy Track - our longest Great Walk - in just one day seemed like the ideal plan. It was also one that would remind Andre of how lucky we are to be Kiwis.

West Coast Wanderings

West Coast Wanderings

by Mal Law

9th November 2017

Wild Things co-founder Mal Law recently took a road trip from his home town of Wanaka to Taupo to run in the Taupo Ultramarathon.
Seizing the opportunity to go exploring some new trails along the way, he discovered some wee beauties on the West Coast of the South Island.
This is his report on that part of his big roadie.

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