Off track with the goblins in East Holdsworth

Trampers in the goblin forest, East Holdsworth

If you go off track in the Tararuas, beware of the enchanting goblin forests. The morning started with my favourite way to start a tramp, taking photos of amazing mushrooms before crossing a nice swing bridge. About an hour in we met a couple of veteran club members coming out of the bush to get … Read more

A very short and circular “SK”

When I put an “SK” on the schedule for Easter weekend, I envisaged four glorious sunny windless days on the tops of the Tararua Ranges. More than one fellow club member laughed at me for such an ambitious trip over a typically mixed bag weather weekend. However, right up until the week before, I was … Read more

Penn Creek Hut

Penn Creek in the Tararua Ranges

5.45am.  Platform 9.  A large bus load of passengers disembarks their Auckland bus, presumably arriving for that evening’s Eminem concert.  It was a little earlier than usual to be meeting for an overnight tramp.  We were expecting a hot day and decided to tackle the uphill section in the cool of morning.  At 7.35am we … Read more

Mt Aspiring/Tititea

The usual trio of Elisabet, Nick and myself had been talking about Aspiring for at least a year, and plans finally came together for Christmas 2018. It was on. We’d had the helicopter booked for months, I’d be in Wanaka on the 26th, Nick and Elisabet would fly down to meet me, we’d have a … Read more

Taranaki West Side Story – the missing chapter

Taranaki west side

The policeman standing at the end of the track asked me, “did you see any pink ribbons?”  And then immediately said, “I hope you didn’t try to climb to the summit from Kahui Hut.”  When I answered with the second ‘yes’ he scowled. A few weeks previously Emily President had led a club trip to … Read more

Snowy in the Summer

Trampers were offered up one last golden weekend at the end of March, before being plunged into the darkness of daylight savings. Tereza, Mike M, Tom, Fain and I used this opportunity to bag perhaps the most famous of the “secret huts” in the Tararua Ranges – Snowy Hut. After some rental car difficulties, which … Read more

Makara Beach to Owhiro (Ohiro) Bay

Terawhiti

What better on a fine and calm Wellington day than to walk around the coast from Makara Beach to Ohiro Bay. Sarah had suggested the trip, Marie had sort of organised it, and so on a glorious Saturday at about 7:45 am we started off. And what a great day it was – lots of … Read more

West Side Story…the recce mission

Kahui

This trip was inspired by a crazy overnight ascent of the south side of Taranaki back in November when I realised I had now climbed Taranaki from the North, East and South sides which left only the western aspect to complete the compass points. A lot of googling and asking around revealed very little information … Read more

SK Main Range Traverse in sub-48 hours

I first heard about this challenge a year or so ago when I found out about the book full of all the previous trip reports, most recently updated and published by Tony and Megan from our club. The challenge itself started out with the simple rule that you need to work until closing time Friday, … Read more

A tramp of two halves

Aorangi crossing

When the Aorangi Crossing has been on the schedule in the past it has attracted a handful of signups. This time however, there were two handfuls – in fact a round baker’s dozen of keen beans signed up. The reason for this, I believe, is simple – people love a challenge. The last club trip … Read more