Waterfall Hut

Walking up a shingle spur

We set off on Friday after work with the club van and headed for Hawke’s Bay. After dinner in Carterton and a few driver changes, we parked at North Block Rd end at 10pm, and were asleep by 10:30pm at Triple X Hut. On Saturday we could take it easy and have a relaxed breakfast … Read more

Mangatoetoe Hut

The trip in pictures What people thought of the trip Well organised and it provided a really good introduction to club trips. I gained some useful tips on the basics, like how to properly pour out of a billy when it’s full of boiling water! and what ongaonga looks like. I liked the scenery, the … 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

Crooked Spur Hut

Snow covered mountain

DATE: 29 August to 1 September 2019 TRIP: ALP1 LOCATION: Crooked Spur hut, Two Thumbs Range AUTHOR: Byron TRAMPERS: Byron and Tiffany “A bit overweight, but that’s alright,” said the Air NZ staffer, as they attached a “heavy” label to my bag. “Excellent,” I thought to myself. “I look forward to putting that on my … 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

Totara Flats Hut

Totara Creek Hut

The Totara Flats tramping crew was a mixture of more experienced trampers and complete newbies (myself included!). The tramp was graded an easy-medium trip, with around 4-5 hours walking to our destination of Totara Flats hut. After a very early and groggy start to Saturday morning for some of us, we met at Wellington Train … Read more

Pouakai Circuit

The classic shot of Mount Taranaki (near sunset)

This was my second time on the Pouakai Circuit. The last time I went, just over a year ago, the track was underwater and there was no mountain to be seen – the pictures in that trip report  say it all. While I absolutely enjoyed that trip, I was hoping for much better weather. This … Read more

Mt Uwerau yes, Mt Manakau no (again)

Descending Mt Uwerau

In June 2018 we attempted to climb Mt Manakau, the highest peak in the Seaward Kaikouras. We turned around at ~1500m on the Surveyor Spur as the snow conditions were slowing us down considerably and the weather was showing no signs of improving. After the weather conditions for the Southern Alps were forecast to be … 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

Totara Flats via Waiohine Campsite…in the rain

I was keen for an overnight tramp despite the horrendous Tararua weather forecast. We’d decided that given the forecast for heavy rain and gales, our best bet was a trip in the valley that avoided any major stream or river crossings. We’d settled on Totara Flats as neither Kate or Emily had done the walk … Read more