Tapuae-o-Uenuku. Well almost.

I had been looking forward to this trip for ages. The plan was to catch the Friday evening ferry—but which then got delayed due to a bit of a storm passing through. We were rebooked on to the Saturday morning ferry and despite getting up early we then spent an additional two hours waiting for … Read more

Iron Gate Hut

We went up to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge for the night. Very nice and tidy hut about half an hour from the road end. We were joined by two hunters who camped outside on the deck and carried in a full load of beers! On Saturday occasional fine breaks with high clouds and clagged … Read more

Tutuwai instead of Alpha

The trip was originally planned as a navigation trip to Alpha hut via the Quoin Ridge, and then returning via the Eastern Hut river. Amanda’s initial email warned that this would likely be at the upper end of the medium grade with two longish days of up to nine hours. In the end there five … Read more

Red Rocks Sunday Stroll

On a clear bright winter’s day with little breeze there are few places more fun and interesting for kids than the easy walk around the southern coastline to the seal colony at Sinclair Point in the Te Kopahou Reserve. A group of nearly 40 of all ages gathered on a Sunday afternoon for the 1 … Read more

Delightful Daphne Hut

After the usual Friday departure, a quick trip out of Wellington, and the regular Friday night stop for dinner we got to the road end for the EM group near Dannevirke at a reasonable time on Friday night. The next morning we drove to our road end, Kashmir Road, with a quick stop in Dannevirke … Read more

Pell Stream – Blackadder Rest – Lake Daniell

This trip was a merger of the Pell Stream (Easy) and Lake Daniell (Easy-Medium) trips. David’s original plan was to camp at Kawatiri Junction on Friday night, get to Pell Stream Hut on Saturday night, and continue to Manson-Nicholls Memorial Hut at Lake Daniell on Sunday night. In retrospect, it’s clear now that the Easy … Read more

A Snowy Sojourn at Lake Dive

On Friday night we ended up going to Waigongoro Hut, which was less than an hour from the road end to save us a chilly night camping. The track is reasonably straight forward with one creek crossing, which can be avoided by taking a slightly different track lower down from the carpark. It climbs gently … Read more

Wainuiomata Trapping Trip

Eight of us set off from Wainuiomata Golf Course, keen to learn the ins and outs of possum and rat control from maestro Mike Phethean. Our other task was to do a bit of work on the track to make the job easier for the fortnightly checks. We successfully avoided getting clouted by golf balls … Read more

Wednesday social night talk on Kiwi First Ascents in Cordillera Blanca

New Zealand Alpine Team captain Steven Fortune is coming to our Wednesday social night on September 21st to give a talk about first ascents in Cordillera Blanca. In June a group of kiwis visited the beautiful mountain range of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. A mixture of experienced climbers and young up and coming alpinists, they climbed some classic ice … Read more