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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

Orongorongo Valley Hut Bagging

There are over 60 private/club/DOC huts in the Orongorongo valley. Our mission was to see how many we could find from out base at Paua hut.I had worried about the weather for the weekend as the forecast had predicted some rain. However, the Friday was warm and sunny and we had a pleasant tramp over … Read more

Hiking The Burtton Track

Up bright and early to start our day trip meeting at the Railway Station: 7AM. It was really great having two cars for this trip as the starting and finishing points are different. The road to the start of track is gravelly and potholed, take care when driving.  The start of the track is Scott’s … Read more