Sunny Trip to Snowy Hut – Tararua Forest Park

We decided on a day trip to Snowy Hut, after a changing weather forecast swept away our plans for a 6-day expedition. Starting out from Otaki Forks just after 8am, we walked for about an hour on the road until we reached the start of the Waiotauru Hut track. In the first few kms of … Read more

Manawatu Gorge Track

Ten of us left Wellington Train station at 9am on a Sunday morning for the approx 2 hour drive to the start of the track. We took 2 cars – one group started at the Ashhurst end and the other group at the Woodville end. The plan was to meet in the middle and have … Read more

Eastern Hills (Hutt Valley) to Days Bay

We met at Woburn Station and set off on a clear, but chilly, morning for Te Whiti Park and the Te Whiti Riser track – with our ultimate destination being Days Bay.  The conditions were ideal for a day walk. The Te Whiti Riser track climbs at a gentle incline up to the Electricity Corporation … Read more

South Saddle via Goat Stream – Remutaka Forest Park

Six of us left the Catchpool carpark just after 9 am in slightly cool conditions. We were soon in the Orongorongo Valley and headed upstream to Goat Stream. At Goat Stream Hut we had morning tea. We didn’t see the person staying at Goat Stream Hut, but the door was unlocked and there were signs of habitation in … Read more

Whareroa Farm Loop Day Walk

Five of us met at the Wellington Train Station at 8.30am on Sunday to catch the bus out to Paremata Train Station – where Elodie and Megan met us in their cars and where Valentina was also waiting for us. We then drove out to the main entrance of Whareroa Farm via Transmission Gully. The … Read more

Kapiti Island

Eight of us headed to Paraparaumu Beach on Sunday morning in the club van for an 8.30am check in at Kapiti Island Nature Tours – the tour operator that would be taking us over to Kapiti Island. We had to brush our boots down and have our bags checked to ensure we weren’t taking any … Read more

Dobson Loop Track

The Dobson Loop Track is located in one of the most southern points of Tararua Forest Park. The great thing about this walk is you get a good day out walking in what feels like a remote and very scenic back country area yet it’s only a 30 minute drive from downtown Petone – so … Read more

A Sunny Southern Walkway

After a busy Easter break, I was looking forward to an easy day walk with a lovely bunch of people. And Wellington certainly turned on the weather for us! We started at Oriental Parade, by the pedestrian crossing near Carlton Gore Road. After some huffing and puffing, we obtained the highest point on our trip … Read more

WTMC Matiu Somes Island

Group at the start of Matiu/Somes Island

A trademark Wellington day was in store as our group came together in front of the East by West ticket office. The early morning cloud cover was in full retreat as people scouted out a coffee shop and made introductions. It would turn out that we had ample time for both activities, due to a … Read more

Summertime Daywalks

In the brief fortnight of summer this year the family group went out for a couple of day walks to explore the rather foreign concept of warm sunshine. Hemi Matenga Reserve Sunday 26th February 2017 The Hemi Matenga reserve in Waikanae on was first up, and up it was, a good 400m climb between carpark … Read more