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The Hills are alive
Them thar hills appear to be winning a bigger place in the hearts of New Zealanders.
Many thought that the absence, largely, of overseas visitors would mean our tramps, tracks and trails would be much, much quieter.
And it is true that tens of thousands of young and not-so-young Germans, Americans and others from far-flung places have not been exploring our backcountry and byways.
New Zealanders on the Te Araroa Trail down the length of the country, on the Great Walks and in other places used to feel like a minority in their own land.
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