Not the Polar Range

Saturday morning saw us heading off up the four wheel drive track leading to Temple Basin in the clag. The morning was misty and cool, with a chilly breeze but we hoped it would clear as the really bad stuff was not supposed to arrive until tonight. Sure enough, as we gained height the cloud … Read more

Mini tubing trip on the Hutt River (Birchville)

Planning any outdoor trip, especially a river activity around Wellington is dicey before you even set off. We managed to get a hot, sunny day with very strong winds. The recent rainfall caused a change of plan upon arriving at the river, which was three times its normal size and looking mighty turbulent at the … Read more

Waiohine-Cone-Neill Forks Hut-Totara Flats-Waiohine

  Five keen trampers set off from Wellington on Friday night, sustained by a Carterton Turkish dinner. We were not  too enthusiastic about the rain and the gale-force winds that greeted us at the Waiohine road end campsite. After one casualty in the wind – Gareth’s tent pole – our fearless leader and one other … Read more