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Searching for a Needle in a Haystack

Camping by a tarn on the 1000 Acre Plateau

The Matiri Range and 1000 Acre Plateau Searching for a Needle in a Haystack Tony assured me that I would be able to find The Needle in The Haystack easily. Well, he wasn’t wrong but the bush bash to get to The Haystack was legendary. Any trip with Tony, regardless of where you go, is … Read more

St Arnaud and The Camel

Eating breakfast on the St Arnaud Range

How long have you tramped for? I have tramped for about 13 years. Tony suggested that we head to The Camel, on the St Arnaud Range, a place where as teenagers he and his two brothers went for their first South Island tramping trip. The clincher for me was Tony’s story of a tin under … Read more

Irongate Hut

Irongate Hut in the Ruahine Forest Park

Introduction Taking the long way round via Tunupō loop we were well rewarded for our 8 hour tramping effort, by the Irongate Hut.  She is an awesome hut – new, clean, spacious, well insulated, central heating, swimming pool and a waterfall! The Ruahine Ranges pulled out all the stops for this tramp, with varied terrain, … Read more

Taranaki surfing

Taranaki surfing

I was so happy when I saw there was a surf trip on the WTMC’s online schedule. I love tramping, but how cool is it to get to do other activities with your tramping friends!As there was no leader yet, Werner and I signed up to lead the trip. The sheet already had Opunake as base … Read more

Mitre Flats Waingawa River

Mitre Flats Waingawa River

What better way to spend a fine weather Sunday than an easy WTMC day walk into Mitre Flats Hut via the Barra Track and then back to the roadend via the Waingawa River. Four of us enjoyed the perfect conditions for an approximately 8 hour round trip. Here is a 3 minute video of some … Read more

Draft WTMC Mission Statement and Values

The General Committee has started thinking about a Mission Statement and Values for our club. We’d appreciate your feedback on having a Mission Statement and values, as well as what we’ve come up with so far. Email by 6 April 2021 DRAFT MISSION STATEMENT “Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club is an outdoor activities club … Read more

Mount Taranaki Summit

View from top of Mt Taranaki

We’ve regrouped at the top of a 300m long stretch of steep scoria on the way down the north ridge of Mount Taranaki. The sun blazes from a cloudless sky, there’s no wind and it’s hot – a heat haze shimmers off the dusty slope. Having climbed over 1500m today our legs are tired and … Read more