Pouaki Circuit and Taranaki/ Mt Egmont

Taranaki East Ridge

Ten of us drove to Taranaki/ Mt Egmont on Friday evening and camped at a picnic spot along the North Egmont Road. Saturday was forecast to have a strong southerly wind with a minus 10 degrees C wind chill on the summit, while Sunday was forecast to be an absolutely stunning day. Needless to say, … Read more

Tapuae-o-Uenuku

Our trip started on Easter Friday morning when we left our road-side camp next to the Hodder River bridge. From here we took the 4wd track from Gladstone Downs upriver to the south. After about 20 minutes we passed an old red container and a small overgrown single track tapered off to the left of … Read more

Canyoning Scholarships

The Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club is excited to announced that we are offering scholarships to help our members gain experience and skills with canyoning. In addition, Abel Tasman Canyons and the NZ Canyoning School are offering special discounts for people who receive a scholarship. Canyoning season is now! So don’t wait, apply before you … Read more

The Lodge and Not Girdlestone

Ngauruhoe

As a brand-new member of WTMC, I was informed by the trip leader that the newest members have to write the trip reports. I think it’s a freshly made-up rule, but here it is anyway. The aim of the trip was to climb Girdlestone on Ruapehu.  We never actually saw Girdlestone, nor did we even … Read more

Cathedral Rocks

I’ve been ice climbing and I’ve been camping before, but never at the same time. And I suppose the spoiler of this story is that I’ve still never been ice climbing and camping. From an initial sign up of eight, disease, injury and maybe even a little pestilence took it’s toll and come the day of … Read more

Whanganui River – Te Awa Tupua

Whanganui River

On a nice sunny Thursday evening in mid-November we drove up to Ohakune feeling very excited to be having yet another long week-end—and with no need to carry any heavy packs! I was eager to get back on the river (which now has its own legal status) after a break in my annual pilgrimage, but … Read more