See-the-Saw Soaring into the Sky

Looking down on the full length of the Sawtooth from Tiraha

Let’s start by listing the things this trip did not have: injuries, complaints, Turkish food. That’s about it. Ok, let’s look at what it did have; everything else! Our carefully laid plans to get over the hill and enjoy a kebab in Carterton were scuppered after we found the long time WTMC favourite dinner-stop closed … Read moreSee-the-Saw Soaring into the Sky

Jacs Flat Bivvy Adventure

Two people set up at Jacs Flat Bivvy

Megan and Sam arrived at the train station to meet Simon on the Friday night, and the three of us were the only ones rattling around in the WTMC van. We stopped briefly for pizza & kebabs at Carterton, then drove to the Holdsworth road-end to arrive at about 7pm. We then hoofed up to … Read moreJacs Flat Bivvy Adventure

Corner Creek to Mt Matthews in photos

Corner Creek to Mt Matthews

Leave the Catchpool Carpark at a leisurely 10:00 am Saturday morning. Wander through to the Orongorongo River – always pleasant no matter how often you go. Climb up to South Saddle and try to avoid being blown off the ridge in the north-west gale. Scurry down into the Mukamuka to find a sheltered spot for … Read moreCorner Creek to Mt Matthews in photos

Big Country and Big River in the Kaimanawa Range

Kaimanawa Range

I had never been to the Kaimanawa Forest Park so when Tereza put this trip on the schedule I signed up.  This trip also coincided with the start of some annual leave for me, so if we had a late return to Wellington on the Sunday I didn’t have to worry about getting up early … Read moreBig Country and Big River in the Kaimanawa Range

Packrafting Course 2019

Packrafting Otaki River

INTRODUCTION Following the great success of the first WTMC packrafting instruction course our chief-guide Richard organised a second one – which helped to alleviate our feelings of envy. Packrafting is a very exciting way to travel down a river by using a special inflatable kayak weighing in at just over 2 kg and folding to … Read morePackrafting Course 2019

Packrafting the Ruamahanga River Gorge from Cleft Creek to Mt Bruce

Packraft-Ruamahanga-River

This trip was Marie Henderson’s idea. Walk into Roaring Stag on Friday night and sleep in the hut. Then  packraft down the Ruamahanga River on Saturday to a Mt Bruce exit on the highway. But at the last hour Marie was called by SAR for four days assistance in the search for a tramper missing … Read morePackrafting the Ruamahanga River Gorge from Cleft Creek to Mt Bruce

Bike Packing the Forgotten World Highway

Bike Packing Forgotten World Highway

INTRODUCTION Over Easter weekend I took a trip through and around the Forgotten World Highway, between Taumarunui and New Plymouth. This area is surprisingly beautiful for how little I have heard about it before going, and still relatively quiet in terms of traffic. As you pass through, there are stunning views of the Ruapehu massif, … Read moreBike Packing the Forgotten World Highway