Objective – Ringatoto East Ridge from Rangipo Hut

Friday – Wellington to Rangipo Hut Excitement was in the air as we left Platform 9 at 5pm on Friday – we had a great group, a promising forecast and a full moon to look forward to. 4.5 hours later we turned on to the Tukino Access Road. It’s a bumpy ride at the start … Read more

Getting mobilised – Ngāuruhoe and beyond

Some trip specifics Friday night – 2.45pm left Wellington. Arrived Mangetepōpō hut (1,190m) about 8.30pm (20 min walk in from carpark) Saturday, circa.9am (well hydrated and fed) – Tongariro Crossing track to South Crater. Track started getting icy near the top of Devil’s Staircase. Good place to put on crampons. Met tour group at junction. … Read more

WTMC 75th Anniversary

You are invited to join in the celebrations of the Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club’s 75th Anniversary 4th to 6th November 2022.  Banquet Dinner 6pm, Friday 4th at Little India, Blair Street, Wellington ($55 non-vegetarian or $45 vegan/vegetarian) Sign up online at https://forms.gle/5cALtfNfnmJ43F4M6 Overnight Paua Hut Trip Saturday 5th – stay in the hut or … Read more

Lake Waikareiti and Kaipo Lagoon

Gorgeous Dracophyllum plants whenever we neared the edge of the Lake

We were all really looking forward to this trip! – it had originally been on the trip schedule for Waitangi Day weekend, but could not go ahead as the local iwi had closed down the area for a time. We left at 3pm on Thursday afternoon from Wellington train station. There were 11 of us in … Read more

Upper Makaroro

Our trip planning got off to a shaky start when James Wratt, the original trip leader, needed to isolate as a Covid close contact. Finding out I would lead an overnight trip for the first time, two days before the trip was due to start, was a bit of a shock. However James had done … Read more

Matariki weekend trip to Kawekas

Our delightful bunch of 8 bubbly people departed from Platform 9 on Thursday night and made our way to the Makahu road end carpark. A stop was made to scoff burgers in Sanson. All this seemed promising until our headlights beamed on 4 other cars at the road end and realised we’ll have to set … Read more

The Triangle Trio – Triangle hut via Rangiwahia

We started walking about 8.30pm, easily finding the path in the dark aside from one accidental diversion (missing the hairpin turn in the track). At 10pm we arrived at Rangiwahia hut to our dream scenario of many spare bunks and a blazing fire. (Note: DoC’s new booking system is finally open and you now need … Read more

2022 Best of the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival National Tour coming to Wellington

Mountaineer climbing on snow

The best of the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival National Tour is once again coming back to Wellington with a double feature! We’ll be screening the best of the festival for both NZ made and international films. The festival started in 2002 and is internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival … Read more