Tararua calendar 2016

For those of you who think the Tararuas are a nice place to go tramping you may be interested in a 2016 Calendar that will continually remind you just how nice they really are and that you must go back there on a club trip sometime very soon. Those who dislike the Tararuas can still buy a calendar – and … Read more

Not the Tararuas

The Tararuas are the measure of all trips by Wellington trampers. And Tararua trips are usually wet and often cold, and therefore mostly uncomfortable. But there are other places to go where it is invariably hot and dry and therefore not really uncomfortable at all. For example there is no mud on this access track. … Read more

First aid doesn’t happen by accident

The club recently ran a very successful two-day first aid course with a special emphasis for trampers. Sixteen club members have now updated their first aid to First Aid Level 2 under the enthusiastic instruction of Margaret from St John. They revised their CPR skills, stemmed serious bleeding, tended to fractures and wasp stings and burns, warmed hypothermic … Read more

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

Some changes to the newsletter

Megan Sety has moved on from the role of newsletter editor and left me (Tony Gazley) to try and maintain the blog to the standards she set. Well that’s going to be difficult. So to make it a bit easier I’m proposing a couple of changes. Instead of emailing a manually produced monthly notification to newsletter subscribers … Read more

Hauhungatahi – the accessible wilderness

New Zealand has 14 National Parks (counting Te Urewera) that cover over three million hectares, or about 11 percent of our land area. Together with numerous conservation parks, including forest parks, we are fortunate to have many of those scenic and bio-diverse areas that remain under some form of protection. But we have relatively few true wilderness … Read more

Mount Titi

This walk is in the Akatarawa Forest, and starts and finishes at Maungakotukutuku Road near Paekakariki. It’s no problem finding the turn-off for Maungakotukutuku Road, just look for the two metre long road sign requiring two posts. The Road took us well up the hill, cutting down the amount of climbing we had to do … Read more