Cow Creek Hut, Tararuas

Originally this trip was going to Howlett’s Hut in the Ruahines, but looking at the weather outside on Friday and the forecast ahead, Kevin and the trip leader of the tandem EM group (Garth) made the right decision to postpone and relocate to the Tararuas. After having a pie stop en route (unusual on the … Read more

Over a cuppa – June 2015

I’ve been so busy organising exciting presentations for our Wednesday nights, that I’ve forgotten to tell you about them. Here’s what is coming up for the next month, including our WTMC Member’s only discount night at Wellington Bivouac store on 21 July. 24 June – Double feature! Paul Maxim, author of Bold Beyond Belief, will … Read more

PNTMC 50th Jubilee

Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club 50th Jubilee 27-29 November 2015 Calling all past members Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club celebrate their 50th Jubilee 27-29 November 2015 with a weekend of fun and fellowship at Camp Rangi Woods in the picturesque Pohangina Valley. If you have been a member of PNTMC and would like … Read more


The last long weekend for a while meant quite a few people headed to the Kawkeas for three days of excellent tramping. The medium’s plan was to camp out all three nights, which meant lugging our tents up hill and down dale. No huts for us, even though there were a few on the route. … Read more

Membership – June 2015

New members This month we welcome another record number of new members: Aaron, James, Hannah, Nicole, Katie Power (as part of Angela Power’s Veteran Houshold) Bob Maxwell Cecile Bergzoll Doro Mueller Frances Boyson Heather Wright Holger Fiedler Jenna Cock and Jordan Poste John Atkinson Joseph Zuba Jue Huang Katelyn, Jonty and Gabby Clark (as part … Read more

Te Matawai Hut via Mangahao River

Day 0 – Fly Camping at Mangahao Dam After Megan skilfully negotiated the windy road from Shannon to the top Mangahao Dam, we fly camped at the face of the dams. The recent rain had meant that the spillway was open and a little noisy. Day 1 – Mangahao Dams to Te Matawai Hut via … Read more

Umukarikari Range

  The adventure started before the trip even began. Heavy flooding stuck Wellington the day before, closing offices and stranding commuters. There was some concern that the road north might be closed and that even if it wasn’t driving in the direction of the weather we had just experienced was foolhardy at best. These concerns … Read more