Powell Hut Rebuild Survey

We received the following survey request from DOC. Please submit your views. Powell Hut in the Tararua Forest Park is being rebuilt in the summer of 2018 and DOC would like your input. To help ensure the new version of Powell meets the needs of its users, DOC is seeking your feedback via an online … Read more

Lake Rotoiti Circuit, Nelson Lakes

This trip was an EM tramp heading for Cupola Hut in the Travers Valley, Nelson Lakes, led by Richard. Six of us signed up for the trip and several of us had been on trips led by Richard before. We were to share the trip with a medium group led by Mike Moore, who were … Read more

Te Puia Lodge Tramp and Camp

The Te Puia Lodge area in the Kaweka Ranges is well known for more than just its stunning scenery; it is one of the few tracks in New Zealand where trampers can relax in spring-fed hot pools at the end of each day. With the winter chill beginning to set in and fine weather predicted, … Read more

Angelus Peak – Nelson Lakes

My optimism was slowly fading as the week progressed. The forecast was predicting strong winds, rain, and near freezing temperatures. But as we baked in the afternoon sun waiting for the ferry, that forecast seemed like a distant reality. After a sunset across the Cook strait, a sail through the sounds lit by the full … Read more

Bushcraft Weekend for New Joiners

Saturday morning all participants gathered at Wellington Station where Richard picked us up with one of the club vans. After the drive to Catchpool carpark we met up with the other trip leaders, Kevin and Pete. We started with some practice using our compass and other navigational skills taught by Kevin, analysis and interpretation of … Read more

Heaphy Track – November 2015

Day 1. No one showed up at Platform 9 Wellington train station. Richard, Matt, Joe, Emily and David were off on a Heaphy track adventure, pack weigh in was at Wellington airport. A short flight into Nelson, and a three hour drive later we arrive at Brown Hut. It’s raining. Were close to the West … Read more

Jingle bells, jingle bells… mid-winter Christmas is here !

Merry Christmas everyone! Oh, I must be confused with the northern hemisphere; I thought Christmas was coming soon given the hail storm and poor weather in Wellington. But no, it is only mid-winter Christmas. Anyway, all conditions were met to spend a great weekend up in the club lodge on Mount Ruapehu, socialising and enjoying … Read more

Kaweka Forest Park – Te Puia Lodge and Hot Springs

Day 1. The drive north to Mahaku Saddle. It’s a fairly full hire van that leaves the Wellington railway station on time. Eleven people and packs and bags squeezed in.  The drive north is made longer with roadworks and delays on the Rimutaka hill. But the real challenge lies in finding decent food on Highway 2 … Read more

Burn Hut

Saturday 9 May 2015 Departed Wellington 08:00 am Mangahao Lower No2 Dam 10:25am Burn Hut 2:25pm (6km, 300m to 800m) Near vertical hill. Grabbing tree roots and toeholds in the muddy earth. Right leg starts crammping during climb. Raining as we hit the ridge  tramping out of the forest. Three of us Claire leads with … Read more