Hollyford Pyke

Lake McKerrow

Hollyford Pyke packraft The Hollyford Pyke circuit seems to defy gravity. You start at the Hollyford Road end and paddle down the Hollyford River, across Lake McKerrow, and down the estuary to the wild west coast at Martins Bay. You walk north around the coast to Big Bay and then inland for 3 hours on … Read more

Jam Hut and Hornby Bivvy

Jam Hut

Jam Hut and Hornby Bivvy by Megan Sety . We had booked flights to Christchurch with the plan to go over Ball Pass in the Mount Cook area. But the weather forecast was for rain throughout the main divide and high winds everywhere. The Seaward Kaikoura Range seemed about the only place that would be … Read more

2019 WTMC Photo Competition

2019 Photo Competition WTMC Winners and runners-up in the 2019 WTMC Photo Competition judged by Grant Newton. The photos were entered in the FMC national competition which this year attracted a record 565 photographs from 35 clubs and 31 individual supporters. Above bush edge with human element Winner: Syme Hut, Tony Gazley . Runner-up: Taranaki … Read more

FMC Regional Leadership Development Course

Could be worth your time reading FMC Regional Leadership Development Course – February 2020 Earlier this year the FMC kicked off an initiative that is intended to assist tramping clubs recruit and train trip leaders. Most clubs have a systemic problem with recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of members who can capably lead trips. … Read more

Restorative Retreat Weekend at Gosling Hut

Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm we careened out of Platform 9 (¾) and skidded to a halt outside the Interislander. Personally I was thrilled to be in the van, having only ever been a foot passenger on the ferry—what a treat! We arrived in Picton around 8:00 pm and that was the extent to which … Read more

A day or two in the Garvies

Garvie Mountains

Fly to Invercargill, drive to Piano Flat and camp in the rain. Wake the next morning to a brilliant starry sky and no wind. Drop down through the snow grass to Titan Hut. This private renovated musterers’ hut is cool – one of the few tramping huts that has carpet. Next morning decide not to … Read more

Turere Stream Waterfall

Turere Stream Waterfall

One day a long time ago (at least last week) a ragtag group of five rejects from a much larger group that had hoped to climb Tongariro mountain decided instead to spend a day in a bold attempt to find the mythical Turere Stream waterfall. These intrepid travellers didn’t leave much of a record of … Read more

Corner Creek to Mt Matthews in photos

Corner Creek to Mt Matthews

Leave the Catchpool Carpark at a leisurely 10:00 am Saturday morning. Wander through to the Orongorongo River – always pleasant no matter how often you go. Climb up to South Saddle and try to avoid being blown off the ridge in the north-west gale. Scurry down into the Mukamuka to find a sheltered spot for … Read more