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Tramping with Science at Mitre Flats

Tramping with Science

For the tramping with science trip we wandered into Mitre Flats observing stuff on the way – such as rainbows disappearing when you wear polaroid sunglasses (a rainbow was obligingly at hand), the changing clouds in the sky and what it meant, the surface trace of the Wellington Fault, holes in putaputaweta trunks made by … Read more

Summiting Ruapimple

Two van loads of happy WTMC trampers reached our lodge close to midnight. Everything was completely fogged in. Luckily the green lights up at XXC gave a good hint where to stop and try to find the stairs to the lodge. Most of us were lodge virgins and when we arrived we were all in … Read more

Mick-ey Mouse Business in the Tararuas

Somewhere on the western side of the Tararuas, between the more popular spots around Otaki Forks and Poads Road end, is a selection of old meandering forestry tracks that go nowhere in particular. One of these, for reasons unknown to the author, is called the Mick Track. The Mick Track offers up the standard Tararua … Read more

Fly Fishing to Oamaru Hut

This was a fishing trip enabled by a bit of tramping over the 2018 Easter Weekend. Two days exploring the Tongariro River at Turangi, followed by an overnight trip to Oamaru Hut with fishing in the Mohaku river. We also were a transport enabler for the Medium Tramp around the Cascade, Boyd and Oamaru circuit … Read more

South Island High Country Access Report

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has produced a draft report for consultation on public access to the outdoors in and around the South Island High Country. The Commission is the Crown entity responsible for public access to the outdoors, and in particular for access across private land, and access that crosses multiple land tenures … Read more

Papatahi Crossing

I spotted the Papatahi Crossing tramp on the schedule and signed up straight away. I’d always been keen to do this crossing but had never quite got around to it. The crossing is a good chance to explore a more isolated corner of the Remutaka Forest Park, visit a hut and also to get to … Read more

(Aorangi Crossing) Turanganui River Return

The team assembled at Platform 9 ready for our drive over to the Pinnacles campsite. As this was my first tramp with the club I was a little confused by the selection of meeting place as I was under the impression we were driving and not catching a train. I thought it could have been … Read more

Getting away from the crowds on the Abel Tasman Inland Track

It was time to address the balance between the number of WTMC trips I have been on and the number I have led. If I enjoy 4 trips with the club, then I feel it’s only fair I give one back. I studied the trip schedule and hatched a plan. With several trips going to … Read more