Date: 28 Feb to 1 Mar, 2020.
Trip type: M tramp.
Location: Ruahine Forest Park.
Trampers: Byron, Bethany, Kesh, Matt C, Dan (leader).
In the quest to explore more of my backyard, I signed up for the Howlett’s Hut tramp, my very first with the WTMC. We met Dan, our leader, at Platform 9 on Friday evening, to gather along with Tash’s Easy-Medium group heading to Ruahine NP. All eleven of us piled into the van to drive … Read more
Date: 28 - 30 June 2019.
Trip type: ALP1 + Fit.
Location: Sawtooth Ridge, Ruahines.
Trampers: Nick (leader), Elisabet, Emily, Fiona, Gus, Lukáš, Zuzana.
Let’s start by listing the things this trip did not have: injuries, complaints, Turkish food. That’s about it. Ok, let’s look at what it did have; everything else! Our carefully laid plans to get over the hill and enjoy a kebab in Carterton were scuppered after we found the long time WTMC favourite dinner-stop closed … Read more
Date: 30th June - 2nd July 2017.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Author: Beccy D.
Trampers: Richard (leader), Juliette, Sharon, Tony, Beccy.
The weather forecast for this trip was pretty bad, and we debated whether it was a good idea, with a forecast of heavy rain and gales, to go into a hut where the only way out was via ridge or river. After some careful analysis of the weather maps, our leader, Richard, encouraged us to … Read more
Our epic journey started quite calmly at the railway station on Friday night. In a full club van we drove 3 hours up to Noreswood, stopping for an evening meal at the Istanbul in Caterton. The ANZAC Park campsite just north of Norsewood is a basic but pretty campsite (toilet but no water available). Next … Read more
Looking at the weather report on a daily basis I felt we would have at least one good day – and that would be the day we would go across the tops. We camped at the road end which made it easy for setting off the next morning and we could take our time tramping. … Read more
Date: 5-7 December 2014.
Trip type: Fit Tramp.
Author: Tim Dunning.
Trampers: Victims: Jessie Go, Maarten Ruiter, Tim Dunning (leader).
Up the hill we went in the dark – not an inky dark, lit by a huge oculus-moon highlighting the jagged terrain amid fragmenting cloud. Not a breath of wind and a landscape bathed in ivory light made for a glorious hour up to Longview Hut for the night. Jessie’s headlamp threatened to add to … Read more
Date: 22-24 March 2013.
Trip type: Medium Fit Tramp.
Author: David Heffernan.
Trampers: David Heffernan (leader), Debbie Buck (photos), Mariusz Drozdowski.
The Howlett’s Hut loop trip via Te Hekenga has been on the schedule for a while now, repeatedly postponed by weather, and it was great to finally knock it off. After driving up with the Rangi Hut trip group and having a good feed in Levin we stopped off at Mangaweka campsite for a few … Read more
Date: 17-19 June 2011.
Trip type: Medium Tramp.
Author: Anna King.
Trampers: WeiMin Ren, Chris Davies, Colin Bouttel, Mika Verheul, Hans Wiskerke, Anna King, Ivan Andrews.
The trip began at platform 9, Wellington Station. Our group of 7 plus another group of 6 going on the EM trip to Daphne Hut filled all spaces in the van. We all headed off to the eastern Ruahines to Kasmir Road end arrived sometime after 10pm. We brought tents as the weather forecast predicted … Read more