Otaki Forks – DOC’s alternative walking route

Everyone knows that the Otaki Forks access road is closed at the Blue Bluff slip—and most know that DOC has opened an ‘emergency’ walking track from Shields Flat to reconnect with the road near Roaring Meg. Why it should be called an emergency track when clearly it is an alternative access that is a tramper’s … Read more

Mt McKerrow

This day trip showed me just how accessible the bush is from Wellington city.  Our very organized trip leader (Clinton) gave us all the details we needed to get to the start of the Whakanui track using only public transport. In short you can take the 8.35am train on a Saturday morning from Wellington Railway … Read more

Bushcraft Weekend for New Joiners

Saturday morning all participants gathered at Wellington Station where Richard picked us up with one of the club vans. After the drive to Catchpool carpark we met up with the other trip leaders, Kevin and Pete. We started with some practice using our compass and other navigational skills taught by Kevin, analysis and interpretation of … Read more

Taranaki East Ridge

“You know you have to come back right?” Tony said to me as we were driving back to Wellington in December.  “You did the the right thing, but you have to come back now” he added. This was after a Taranaki summit trip in December 2015, where I turned back tantalisingly close to the crater. … Read more


Canyoning has become more popular in NZ recently and a small group of WTMC club members are joining in the fun. Below is a selection of photos taken on trips to the Patuna Chasm (easy), Turere Stream (not quite so easy), and Chamberlain Creek and the Eager Beaver Canyon (both definitely not quite so easy). … Read more

WTMC AGM 13 April 2016

The most exciting reading all year has just arrived to your inbox – the Wellington Tramping & Mountaineering Club 2016 Annual Report!   Read more about our record membership numbers, our trapping work to protect the whio, and peruse some of our favourite member photos.    2016 AGM If you have any questions or suggestions, come along … Read more