Canyoning – Phillips Stream

Phillips Stream

Canyoning is heaps of fun. Don’t believe me? Well read Megan’s newsletter story of No 1 Canyon. Or take a look at our video of Phillips Stream. There is a small group within the club that is regularly canyoning – and now summer is here it’s time for lots more trips. So seven of us … Read more

Pell Stream Pioneers – Mission Accomplished! (mostly)

Background As far as we can tell, no WTMC club trip has visited Pell Stream hut in the Lewis Pass area in recent years. The hut is considered to be ‘remote’, receiving few visitors. This was the club’s third attempt to get to Pell Stream hut since January 2016, and Catherine, David, and I had … Read more

Tararua’s No. 1 Canyon – putting new skills to the test

A few of us did a canyon instruction course over Easter this year with the NZ Canyoning School. Winter shortly settled in and there was no more canyoning for the season. Once daylight savings had switched over, we got ready with a refresher of anchors, abseiling, rope management, ascending and more at Titahi Bay. Then … Read more

Not Girdlestone

Ngauruhoe

As a brand-new member of WTMC, I was informed by the trip leader that the newest members have to write the trip reports. I think it’s a freshly made-up rule, but here it is anyway. The aim of the trip was to climb Girdlestone on Ruapehu.  We never actually saw Girdlestone, nor did we even … Read more

Studholme Saddle Hut

Labour weekend was a good chance to venture further afield so four of us set off from Wellington for the Kawekas on the Friday evening. Kuripapango campsite, on the Napier-Taihape road, is a long-way from Wellington and with holiday weekend traffic and a pizza stop in Carterton we didn’t arrive until 11.45 pm.  Kuripapango campsite … Read more

Mount Matthews and Ocean Beach: wild and wonderful weather

Long summery evenings are a most wonderful thing. It was still light as we bounded along the Orongorongo Valley track on Friday evening; dark only settling down upon us as we reached the river. Using a waypoint that Bram had marked on his gps we successfully navigated in the, suddenly rather dark darkness, to the … Read more

Cathedral Rocks

I’ve been ice climbing and I’ve been camping before, but never at the same time. And I suppose the spoiler of this story is that I’ve still never been ice climbing and camping. From an initial sign up of eight, disease, injury and maybe even a little pestilence took it’s toll and come the day of … Read more

Whanganui River – Te Awa Tupua

Whanganui River

On a nice sunny Thursday evening in mid-November we drove up to Ohakune feeling very excited to be having yet another long week-end—and with no need to carry any heavy packs! I was eager to get back on the river (which now has its own legal status) after a break in my annual pilgrimage, but … Read more

Old Ghost Road

INTRODUCTION This adventure strangely and quite accidentally ended up being a joint venture, with two WTMC members and two Tararua Tramping Club members. I’m not sure if there is a history of rivalry between the clubs, but I would like to at least try to start some rivalry here by pointing out that the WTMC … Read more

Battling the wind and the blue item thieves at Top Maropea Hut

We set off from the railway station on Friday afternoon together with the Easy group and drove the 4.5hrs to the trailhead (I highly recommend our kebab stop at Istanbul in Carterton along the way). The road to the trail head has probably seen better days, so the last few kilometres were a bit bumpy … Read more