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Kōwaowao: Supporter

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Kōwaowao or hound's tongue fern is a pretty groundcover fern that thrives in the shade of a native forest. It crawls across the ground forming rich, beautiful blankets of leaves. 

This tier includes:
  • Our deep gratitude to you for helping us pay website hosting costs
  • Patrons-only monthly updates including tips, tramps, and updates
  • Founding supporter digital badge (first 250)

Tier pricing is in US dollars.

Makomako: Sustaining member

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Makomako or wineberry has a can-do attitude: when a tree falls or a slip scours out a hillside, makomako is there with its colourful leaves to fill the gap and bring back the forest. 

This tier keeps everything from Kōwaowao and adds these!
  • Ad-free website (excludes sponsorships)
  • The opportunity to vote on and help prioritise upcoming ideas, changes or features
  • Private website forums only available to sustaining members (activated once sustaining membership reaches 50)
  • Acknowledgement on the website's supporters' page
  • Enhanced avatar on the website to highlight your support

Tier pricing is in US dollars.

Tawhai: Helping us grow

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Tawhai or silver beech forms whole forests on the wetter slopes of the South Island. The beech gap on the West Coast is thought to be a result of the ice ages, with beech spreading slowly to fill the gap. 

This tier of support makes a world of difference to the ongoing development of the community. By way of thanks we can offer:
  • Everything in the Makomako tier
  • Ad-free website for life (excludes sponsorships) -- that's right: if you change or cancel your support, you still get ad-free
  • Annual Christmas swag draw
As we grow our Patreon support, we look forward to offering some fun additional benefits at this tier. But ultimately, by choosing this tier you are choosing to accelerate us on our path to sustainability and for that you have our everlasting thanks.

Tier pricing is in US dollars.



About has been a part of the outdoors lifestyle in Aotearoa / New Zealand for over 20 years. I started this project as a way to share track information and photographs. I soon realised I couldn't do it alone -- there were just too many tracks and routes. So I adopted a "wiki" model where anybody can add or edit content. I donated my time to build the platform, and an amazing community formed and started the work of adding and fixing up content.

The platform itself represents about 10000 hours of work, all wedged into my spare time -- weekends, evenings, early mornings. I work full time elsewhere to pay my bills and support my family. I have managed to cover the website hosting costs by running website advertising but this approach has not enabled me to give the platform the time it needs in order to flourish. 

Now, with the COVID-19 outbreak, ad revenues have flatlined and I have lost my primary income. I need to take a new approach. I am asking for your help.

The site will always be free: that is not negotiable. But it might not always be there. With your support we can keep the lights on, and keep the community working. But we need to do more than that. There is a lot of work to do. With enough support, I would love to be able to remove advertising and to dedicate more time in improving the site and the community. This could be my part-time or even full-time job.

At our community mission is to promote and share our love for adventure, wilderness, and self-reliance. We believe in getting people off the couch, out of the city, into the outdoors, and into the wild. We believe in self-reliance, in conservation, in wilderness, and in adventure. If you believe in these things too, join with us as a Patreon supporter at a level that works for you.

If you can't do this right now, I understand, it's a tough time for me and it's a tough time for everyone -- you can help jumping into the forums, telling a friend, sharing and updating our content. Your voice makes our community stronger.

Thanks for your time and support,
Matthew Walker
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At $120 per month, we are now safely covering hosting costs. Just keeping the lights on is not enough in itself, but it is critical.
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