Akatarawa Forest – the Secret Seven and the quest to find 73

Akatarawa Forest

Way back in 2010 Tony and Jackie entered the Akatarawa 24 hour Rogaine with the idea of being totally non-competitive and just cruise around the course for fun. Although the forest is not an ideal area for a rogaine given its often dense bush and acres of even denser supplejack these were outweighed by having … Read more

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

Kapiti Island

Photos by: James Wratt (professional looking ones of birds) and Tash (group shots from the top of the trig). A bleary-eyed group of strangers met at Wellington train station at 7am on Sunday morning. We drove north and arrived at Paraparaumu Beach in good time for our 8:30 sailing with Kāpiti Island Eco Experience. Our … Read more

Broken Axe Pinnacles day walk

Broken Axe Pinnacles

We arrived at the Holdsworth carpark at 8 am just in time to see the full moon setting below the western hills. Twelve hours later on the ridge between Jumbo and Mt Holdsworth we saw a blood-red full moon rise slowly above the eastern horizon. In between we enjoyed a glorious Tararua early-winter day travelling … Read more