Baring Head Conservation Trip

Aerial view of beach at Baring Head

A club trip with a Saturday 9am start feels a bit decadent.  Grabbing some extra large almond croissants on the way to the meeting point, more so.  Even better though is the cause we are off to support – helping the Friends of Baring Head Trust in their work to restore the natural habit around … Read more

Breaking Free of Lockdown

Gollans Stream

When Prime Minister Jacinda Adern announced the country’s move to Level 2 effective 14 May 2020, I was poised over my laptop to organize a trip. I had very much been missing my tramping outings during lockdown. I sent out a desperate plea to a handful of recent tramping companions to come on a day … Read more

Zealandia Boundary Fence

Zealandia

We met at 8 am by the carpark opposite 31 Waiapu Road. Maj-Britt suggested an early start to avoid any overcrowding on the trail. Also, the weather forecast was not great and we hoped to get around the loop before the bad weather arrived. As it turned out we were only three so it was … Read more

FMC Regional Leadership Course

FMC Leadership

In early March WTMC got together with the Tararua Tramping Club to run a leadership course in the Orongorongo Valley. Although the WTMC runs its own leadership course each year, the two clubs were encouraged to run a joint course through an initiative from FMC to get clubs in a region to pool resources and … Read more

Daphne Hut

Daphne Hut

After an eventful Friday night camping which combined fire warning sirens and some local dance music playing at 4-5 am—both of which I managed to sleep through—things were going pretty awesomely on my first trip with the club. We were dropped off at the Daphne Hut car park and we picked up the trail behind … Read more

Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge, Ruahine Range

Six left from the railway station at 8 am on Saturday morning. After a mid-morning stop at the Church Café at Sanson—the hot chocolates (two) impressed—we turned off toward Feilding and drove via Apiti to the Petersons Road end where Malcolm was waiting in the car park to join us. I enjoyed the drive into … Read more

Turere Ridge and Turere Stream (aka last club trip before lockdown)

Turere Stream

Matt had put a huge amount of work into organizing bushcraft but unfortunately the uncertainty with the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation meant the planned course could not go ahead.  Instead Matt proposed a day trip of navigation, route finding and river travel in the Remutaka Forest Park. Eight of us set off from the Catchpool … Read more

The WTMC takes over Island Forks Hut

Island Forks

It didn’t take long for me to realize, on my second weekend back in Wellington, that I did not have the fitness to tackle the Mid-Otaki trip I had put on the schedule. Emily wisely suggested Island Forks instead, and I adopted the idea as my own. We had a romantic drive from Wellington to … Read more

Mid Otaki

Upper Otaki River

Waitangi Day offered the perfect opportunity to take an extra day off and explore a little further in the Tararuas. I had been keen for a bit of a river trip for a while and decided on the Ōtaki Our route was Poads Road to North Ohau Hut, over to mid Ōtaki, then along the … Read more

Half a Southern Crossing

Table Top

The trip was originally scheduled for October 2019 but postponed due to poor weather. Tash was no longer able to lead the trip so I took over and set a new date, inheriting a group of people who had been wanting to do this trip for a long time. The week before I had been … Read more