Kiwi Footprints: Family tramp to Papatahi hut via Whakanui track

Gripping tightly to the pack straps of the people next to me in the line, we took our first steps into the Orongorongo River with the roaring water buffeting us around. “Brrrrrr its freezing” I thought as the liquid snow soaked through my shoes. “Brrrrrr its freezing” I thought as I stepped out of the … Read more

Over a cuppa – July 2015

We’ve got a number of great talks this month featuring places that our members have been, starting with the Tararuas and going over the ditch to Australia: 5 August – Brendan Eckert will take us on a canyoning adventure down Chamberlain Creek in the Tararuas, where abseiling meets tramping. 12 August – Joe Harbridge will … Read more

Not the Tararuas

The Tararuas are the measure of all trips by Wellington trampers. And Tararua trips are usually wet and often cold, and therefore mostly uncomfortable. But there are other places to go where it is invariably hot and dry and therefore not really uncomfortable at all. For example there is no mud on this access track. … Read more

Jingle bells, jingle bells… mid-winter Christmas is here !

Merry Christmas everyone! Oh, I must be confused with the northern hemisphere; I thought Christmas was coming soon given the hail storm and poor weather in Wellington. But no, it is only mid-winter Christmas. Anyway, all conditions were met to spend a great weekend up in the club lodge on Mount Ruapehu, socialising and enjoying … Read more

Kaweka Forest Park – Te Puia Lodge and Hot Springs

Day 1. The drive north to Mahaku Saddle. It’s a fairly full hire van that leaves the Wellington railway station on time. Eleven people and packs and bags squeezed in.  The drive north is made longer with roadworks and delays on the Rimutaka hill. But the real challenge lies in finding decent food on Highway 2 … Read more

Membership – July 2015

This month we welcome as members: Kevin and Mary Thomas Nathaniel Thomas Eleonora Bello Julia Schacht Michael Hudson-Doyle Simon, Thomas & Oliver Wakeman and Rachel Fleet Ailsa Robertson Guillaume Roux Angelique Lefevre Emma Beaton Marti Amengol Elisabeth Jacob Pavlo & Veronika Kokhanenko and Natalia Kabaliuk    

Dundas Hut

Given that our Medium Fit minibus companions were embarking on a trip entitled ‘Dundas: the Hard Way’, one could be forgiven for thinking that there is an ‘Easy Way’ to reach Dundas Hut. This would be a mistake. Dundas is a wonderful, challenging, rewarding trip… but easy it was not. We set off from Putara … Read more