Syme Hut and Taranaki Maunga

Friday 14 January – evening drive up and stay at Konini Lodge A weekend forecast for sunny clear skies and a cooling breeze got eight keen WTMC trampers very excited to scope out Syme Hut, high on the slopes of Mount Taranaki. A long five hour drive got the crew to Konini Lodge, a nice … Read more

Maungahuka Hut

Friday 19 November – Finding fitness and a rest at Field Hut A stunning forecast had three trampers very excited to try for Maungahuka Hut. Fueled after a quick curry and planning session in Otaki, the group made a speedy Friday night scurry up to Field Hut. While Katie and Jon were conditioned from recent … Read more

Mitre Flats

Heading north  We set off from the railway station at 7:00am with the crew, heading north to Masterton and on to the Waingawa Road end. Just outside Carterton, we made a beeline for Clareville Bakery. The baked goods were stellar.  Tash left her custard square in the van overnight and it had cooked in the … Read more

Roaring Stag Hut

We had a lovely trip to Roaring Stag Hut in the northern Tararua Ranges (Mangatainoka Valley) in the first weekend of October 2021. Five of us met at the usual spot at Wellington Train Station (very grateful to be leaving on a Saturday morning!), and our leader, Anne, kindly drove us the 2 1/2 hours … Read more


So lucky with the traffic on Friday night! We got to the Urchin campsite at the end of Kaimanawa Road at around 10.15pm. Urchin campsite has ample grassy sites (compared with gravelly Waitaha Valley/Waikoko campsite); it’s about a 10-minute drive between the two. So lucky with the weather, too – a clear sky and no … Read more

Tama Lakes, Taranaki Falls, and Exploring the Skifield

The weather forecast promised one day of good weather over the long weekend, and when combined with the fact that only the very upper parts of the mountain had skiable snow, the families group opted to do the day walk to Tama Lakes. Only one of the adults had made the trip before, and that … Read more

Waterfall Hut

When I mentioned to my friends that the plan for weekend was to go to Waterfall hut, they all talked about the speargrass misery and challenging access, so I put my gaiters close to the top and my expectations close to bottom. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I felt my GCSB style background vetting … Read more

Middle Hill Hut

Not‌ ‌the‌ ‌greatest‌ ‌start‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌trip…‌ ‌  Graeme‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌AA‌ ‌was‌ ‌just‌ ‌as‌ ‌baffled‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌that‌ ‌neither‌ ‌the‌ ‌remote‌ ‌nor‌ ‌physical‌ ‌key‌ ‌would‌ ‌unlock‌ ‌the‌ ‌van.‌ ‌The‌ ‌van‌ ‌wouldn’t‌ ‌unlock‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌flat‌ ‌battery,‌ ‌but‌ ‌we‌ ‌would‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌van‌ ‌to open the bonnet to‌ ‌get‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌battery‌ ‌to‌ … Read more

Blue Lake

The trip started with the ferry crew handing out free boxes of chips to everyone on board – their way of compensation for the 2-hour delay to our departure. I bought some fish to go with my chips and the crew gave me even more free chips. Feeling fully carb-loaded, we set off for Lake Rotoroa and … Read more

Learning the Skills and Tools of Alpine Travel with Hillary Outdoors

A few weeks back I enjoyed a special opportunity to firm up some alpine skills with the support of a WTMC scholarship on a Hillary Outdoors alpine instruction course. The two days up at Ruapehu were a nice crash course in travelling in a mixed alpine environment practising the tools of the trade. Our first … Read more