WTMC whio protection

It is depressing to all those that love the outdoors that so many of NZ’s native birds are either recently extinct, or are now classified as nationally critical or nationally endangered. Kea that were once common in large flocks are now rarely seen on tramping trips in the South Island mountains, falcons and rock wrens … Read more

Totara Flats

After stopping at Carterton’s Wild Oats Café for the obligatory pre-tramp and in a few people’s cases, necessary, morning coffee, our party of 12 arrived at the Holdsworth carpark mid-morning. After divvying up group gear and food we started walking in fine but crisp weather. Unnaturally for the Tararuas, we had clear skies and virtually … Read more

Waipakihi Hut via Urchin

  Having scheduled a couple of trips to the Kaimanawas only to see them founder from a lack of interest I was getting pretty desperate to explore this unknown Forest Park. It was fortunate therefore that it now appeared on the schedule as both medium and easy medium trips, so I keenly signed up. Following … Read more

Membership – May 2015

New members We have a record number of new members this month. Welcome to you all! Graeme Hearfield Nick Horrell Ian Hammond Tereza Bublikova Amie Lightbourne Caryl Ramos Brad Crowley Diarmuid Murphy Dan Pasco Yuki Fujita David Harris Annemarie van der Slot-Verhoeven and Martijn, Fien and Luc Verhoeven Are your contact details correct? Please let … Read more

Mt Arthur, Tablelands and Rock Shelters in the Kahurangi NP

The serious bit for those wanting useful details: We took the 6:30pm ferry to Picton, and drove 1hr 30mins to camp overnight at Kowhai Point beside the Wairau River ($6pp). Saturday morning we drove 2hrs to Flora Saddle road end. There is a phantom bridge across the Motueka River marked on the road atlas. Make … Read more

Maps for tramping

One of the most important pieces of kit we carry when heading into the hills is a map – especially for those heading far away from marked tracks. LINZ provides the data for the maps we use – and are lost (literally) without. So have a read of the info from them – we cannot … Read more

Lake Waikaremoana

INTRODUCTION This tramp was over the Easter four-day weekend, and the huts were booked out so we decided to camp each night. As such, we had big and heavy bags with the tents and food we needed, and so I tried to organise the trip to have easier days to suit the Easy-Medium (EM) listing. … Read more

Mitre Flats and summit

  INTRODUCTION This was listed as an Easy-Medium (EM) tramp, so we decided to begin on Saturday morning, rather than Friday night, because there is nowhere to camp at The Pines road-end. Some people also highlighted that they were not experienced trampers, and so I didn’t want to risk a long night-walk to the hut. … Read more

Luna Loop

Ok, change of plans I thought.  Dragon’s Teeth is out of the question, a 11 hour round trip not counting the ferry, no way. But what else is there? Preferably in the Mt Owen area of Kahurangi? Looking at the topo I thought, well you could go from virtually the same place, up and over … Read more