Big Country and Big River in the Kaimanawa Range

Kaimanawa Range

I had never been to the Kaimanawa Forest Park so when Tereza put this trip on the schedule I signed up.  This trip also coincided with the start of some annual leave for me, so if we had a late return to Wellington on the Sunday I didn’t have to worry about getting up early … Read more

Fly Fishing to Oamaru Hut

This was a fishing trip enabled by a bit of tramping over the 2018 Easter Weekend. Two days exploring the Tongariro River at Turangi, followed by an overnight trip to Oamaru Hut with fishing in the Mohaku river. We also were a transport enabler for the Medium Tramp around the Cascade, Boyd and Oamaru circuit … Read more

Waipakahi Hut via Umukarikari: mist, hobbits and chocolate fondue

I hadn’t been to the Kaimanawa ranges for over a decade. Would it be as awesome as I remembered? The answer: yes. Even without the clear weather that would have given us views of Mt Ruapehu, this is still a fabulous track. In fact, awesomeness was waiting for us as soon as we stepped from … Read more

Waipakihi Hut via Urchin

  Having scheduled a couple of trips to the Kaimanawas only to see them founder from a lack of interest I was getting pretty desperate to explore this unknown Forest Park. It was fortunate therefore that it now appeared on the schedule as both medium and easy medium trips, so I keenly signed up. Following … Read more

Gettin’ Jiggy with Jamonadez – Waipakihi Hut via Umukarikari Range, Kaimanawas

Author’s note:  Here are boring track details for those that look for this sort of thing first. Overall my impressions are that it’s a relatively wide, well formed track along a scenic range overlooking the volcanic plateau. Approximately 5-7 hours from roadend to the hut via the ridge. Generally quite good track with only a … Read more