WITH PRIME MINISTER Jacinda Ardern’s December announcement of a trans-Tasman tramping bubble* set to open up early in 2021, it’s a good time to examine the pros and cons of tramping in New Zealand, versus hiking in Australia. From tracks to wildlife to huts to weather to landscape – whose backcountry cuisine will reign supreme?

* Possibly not her exact wording

Lay of the land

You’d think it would be difficult for ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ to lose this category. Aotearoa is

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