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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Hollyford-Pyke Route: Bush Bastards

Rick lost in the undergrowth on the Pyke Route
Rick lost in the undergrowth on the Pyke

The New Zealand bush is wild, and the bush on the Pyke Route is no exception; it's laced with some of the most unfriendly plants you could ever hope to meet. Forget familiar forest friends like waist-high thistles and huge clumps of stinging nettles, because the bush is full of bush bastards – there's no other word for it.

A marker buried in the undergrowth
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