The Fight for Survival: Volunteering with the Takahē Recovery Programme

April 2023 Ka tū te moho, kia ora ake anō. The takahē stands, in order to live again. Suddenly a royal blue head pops up in front of me while I’m walking along checking a trapline. I stop and stand still, so I don’t startle the pair of noisy takahē that have just wandered out … Read more

Lodge Update. Our Maunga. February 2021

Whakapapa Cafe Window Reflection

Recently, the lodge sub-committee held a special meeting to discuss the future of the lodge and to reaffirm the purpose and usefulness of this club facility. More details of our thinking will follow in a month or two. Now more than ever the importance of the lodge to the club is becoming evident with RAL … Read more

Faerie Queene – climbing a peak near Lewis Pass

Faerie Queen title

As many WTMC holiday weekend trips do, this trip started with the Interislander ferry to Picton and a drive to a DoC campsite. This time Kawatiri just beyond St Arnaud and handily situated right next to the both SH6 and SH63 (handy for access that is, less handy for sound sleeping). Queueing for the loo … Read more

Otaki Forks temporary walking access


Ōtaki Forks temporary walking track Update July 2022: As at July 2022 there is a new walking access track across the debris of the latest slip at Blue Bluff. This has apparently been funded by the KCDC and it provides a much easier and quicker way from the existing car park to the Forks. For … Read more

Taranaki West Side Story

Taranaki Maunga West Side Story The unexpurgated version Contents CHAPTER 1 This latest collapse sent a massive avalanche of volcanic debris … CHAPTER 2 … and many of us were feeling a bit nervous about the loose rock situation … CHAPTER 3 … dozens of stones had now started ricocheting down the slope … CHAPTER … Read more

Finding dinosaurs and magic on the Leatham-Molesworth Circuit.

‘Dolphins’ shouted a crew member as we travelled through the Marlborough Sounds on the Interislander. I sprinted over to the railing as dolphins are my favourite animals and saw a huge pod of dolphins swimming joyfully alongside the ferry. Just magical! This seemed like a good start to our five day tramp as did the … Read more

President’s report May 2020

President’s report May 2020 I hope you’re all staying safe and well, and are able to get out on some tracks now that we’re at Level 2. I’ve managed a few walks on my local steps, some with my pack and my trusty boots, and including a wonderful morning recently around the Zealandia Fenceline with … Read more

NZ Sub Antarctic Islands

Southern Islands

Aimee visited the Sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica in January 2020 and writes about the part of her journey that fascinated her the most – the wildlife. The hurricane force winds, towering waves and bitter cold of the Southern Ocean might lead one to think that the Sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica must be inhospitable and lifeless … Read more