Date: 22 - 24 Jan 2022.
Trip type: Tramp: Medium-Fit.
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Daniel M.
Trampers: Jamie, Amy-Louise, Eoin, Dan.
Our group of four decided to take advantage of the long Wellington Anniversary weekend to get up onto the Main Range of the Tararuas. Starting (and finishing) at Holdsworth carpark, we’d gain the Main Range via Powell Hut, Mid Waiohine Hut and finally a climb up onto Aokaparangi, before traversing the Main Range to Maungahuka … Read more
Date: 15-17 June 2018.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: High Ridge, Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Tony S.
Trampers: Matt (co-leader), Maj-Britt (co-leader), Tony S and Yenfei.
I had last visited Mid Waiohine hut many years ago and I’ve been keen to go back there for a while. So I signed up for Matt and Maj-Britt’s trip there. We met at Wellington station on the Friday evening and departed for the Wairarapa. As we were driving we were already discussing other options … Read more
Date: 12-13 March 2016.
Trip type: Familes.
Location: Jumbo-Holdsworth, Tararuas.
Author: Barry Cuthbert.
Trampers: Barry Cuthbert (Leader), Constanze, Sarah, Ella (13), Grace (13), Gustav (8), Eesha (16), Estah (11), Lily (16).
After the last attempt to go around the loop was stopped due to bad weather in the Tararuas (how surprising!), some of the punters were more than keen for another shot. Fortunately a good weather window coincided with the trip schedule. Some us were left waiting at the road end ready to go, wondering where … Read more
Date: 24-27 October 2014.
Trip type: Family.
Author: Barry Cuthbert.
Trampers: Ella Cuthbert (11), Ollie Cuthbert (8), Joey Cahill (13), Gustav Schwind (7) and Theo Jennings (7); Porters: Barry Cuthbert (scribe and leader), Constanze Schwind and Romana Jennings.
For once the Metservice long term weather forecast for the Tararuas was accurate, promising a three day potpourri of sunshine, gale force winds and heavy rain following on from a snow storm on the Friday. This necessitated a change from the original plan of the Jumbo-Holdsworth Loop due to the gale force winds on the … Read more
Date: 17-19 October 2014.
Trip type: Easy Tramp.
Author: Jane Latchem.
Trampers: Richard House (leader), Barbara Keenan, Jane Latchem, Ken Lee.
On Friday night at the Holdsworth roadend our group decided not to bother setting up a tent and a fly. As it was fairly gusty but reasonably warm and only lightly drizzling, it seemed simpler to set up mats and sleeping bags in the semi-open shelter by the carpark (including underneath the picnic table), and … Read more
Date: 18-21 April 2014.
Trip type: Medium (Fit) Tramp.
Author: Sarah Fisher.
Trampers: Megan Sety (leader), Tony Gazley (leader), Leanne Jenkins, Stuart Beban, Tony van Horik, Sarah Fisher and Taxi service: Kevin Cole.
Be sure to check out all of Tony G’s photos. Megan had advertised in a newsletter earlier in the year that she would be leading a sensible SK trip over the Easter. Sensible in that it would be done over 4 days and all punters would keep their trousers on for the duration of the … Read more
It was going to be a great weekend with light winds and sun shine for Weimen’s trip to Tarn Ridge hut. I had been in that area many times, so I asked Weimen what he had planned and I gave him the times I thought the different options would take. After he had studied the … Read more
Date: 11-13 October 2013.
Trip type: F Daywalk.
Author: Rob Edwards.
Trampers: Debbie Buck, Rob Edwards, Tony Gazley (leader), Megan Sety, Emily Shrosbree.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” And so they did. What was to be a three day trip to climb Tappy became a furtive dash in the Tararuas during marginal conditions between crappy weather and really crappy weather. The revised plan was to be a fast and light jaunt over … Read more
Date: 14-15 April 2012.
Trip type: Family tramp.
Author: Andrew Bichan.
Trampers: Mike Gilbert (leader), Benjamin Lewis, Adam Lancaster, Leo Lancaster and Andrew Bichan.
Pretty much perfect weather all weekend: overcast for the climb on Saturday clearing during the night to a brilliant, cloudless Sunday. Virtually no wind. The trip starts with pie and chips for breakfast in Carterton at the Goodness Food Café. Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior, the food is good and they threw in … Read more
Date: 3 July 2011.
Trip type: Private day walk - Medium (huh!?).
Author: Anita Su’a.
Trampers: Shirley Wells, Anita Su’a and Heather (from Masterton).
I had one of those days where serious lapse in judgment overtook me. This coming Sunday weather was going to be a stunner. So, what do I do? I decide to enquire with Shirley (Queen of the Tararuas) if she’d like to do a day walk on the Sunday. Left it entirely up to Shirley … Read more