Date: 12 - 14 February 2021.
Trip type: Easy Medium.
Location: Blue Range Hut, Tararua Ranges.
Author: Meredith S.
Trampers: Maarten (leader), Jane and Meredith S.
Blue Range Hut is the perfect spot for newbie trampers to test their fitness and learn some navigation skills. Who knew that tramping-fit is totally different to walking-fit? Or that ending up slightly off track from your planned route, does not mean you are lost? Or that lightly salted mango and biscuits are considered gourmet? … Read more
Date: 18-19 May 2019.
Trip type: Solo - Navigation.
Location: Bannister to Ruamahanga, Tararua Ranges.
Author: Andrew B.
Trampers: Andrew B.
The plan: a two day traverse via an interesting looking spur from Bannister to the Ruamahanga. 4.30am Saturday – the cell phone buzzes. Mike has dragged himself out of bed and is heading my way. It’s pleasant to have company for the trip to Poads Road and good to be walking by 7am under lights. … Read more
Date: 4 May 2019.
Trip type: Medium day navigation trip.
Location: East Holdsworth.
Trampers: Marie H (leader), Matt C, Jaz H, Maj-Britt.
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
Date: 20-21 January 2019.
Trip type: Off Track silliness.
Location: Mick, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Aimee (hapless leader), Caryl, Yenfei, Patrick, Steph and Ken.
After my previous adventures up the “Mick”, you would have thought I could safely leave this area of the Tararua alone. Not so. Apparently I love getting lost in this Bermuda Triangle of bush. However, I am not on my own in this. Every now and then on the eastern slopes of the Mick, you … Read more
Date: 24-25 November 2018.
Trip type: Navigation (Medium).
Location: North Mangahao Bivvy, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Aimee (sort-of leader), Paul, Sharron and Meredith.
North Mangahao Bivvy’s claim to fame is being the most northern official hut in Tararua Forest Park. As a part-time hut bagger, I needed to tick this one off the list. However, rather than coming from the eastern side which requires permission to cross private land, I decided to challenge myself navigationally (and in other … Read more
Date: Saturday 7 April 2018.
Trip type: Easy Medium Navigation Day Trip (more like Medium though).
Location: Mick Track, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Aimee (leader), Tony S, Dan, Ken, Ed, Viola, Jue and Charlie.
Somewhere on the western side of the Tararuas, between the more popular spots around Otaki Forks and Poads Road end, is a selection of old meandering forestry tracks that go nowhere in particular. One of these, for reasons unknown to the author, is called the Mick Track. The Mick Track offers up the standard Tararua … Read more
Date: 2-4 March 2018.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: Turanganui River, Aorangi Forest Park.
Trampers: Uta (leader), Daniel, Erin, Bethany, Holger, Jennifer and Thomas.
The team assembled at Platform 9 ready for our drive over to the Pinnacles campsite. As this was my first tramp with the club I was a little confused by the selection of meeting place as I was under the impression we were driving and not catching a train. I thought it could have been … Read more
Date: 15-17 December 2017.
Trip type: Navigation.
Location: Mitre Flats, Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Tony S.
Trampers: Tony S (leader), Emily, Fons, Momo.
I signed up for this tramp in order to brush-up on my navigational skills and also to travel over Pinnacle Ridge between the Atiwhakatu valley and Barton track. However, soon after signing-up I found myself organising and leading this trip with the expectation that I would be instructing on navigation! On the Friday evening we … Read more
As the next step in my transformation from city slicker to baby bear grylls, I signed up to the Intermediate Bushcraft course run by Kevin, Richard, Matt, Emily and Bram on the weekend of 11-13 August 2017. I had high hopes for this course. Until that time, GPS devices were just cumbersome old-school mobile phones … Read more
Date: 27 May 2017.
Trip type: Navigation.
Location: Mid King Biv, Tararua Ranges.
Trampers: Leader, scribe and party: Andrew.
This is the soggy tail of an overnighter-turned day trip. The plan: Donnelly Flats, Pinnacle Ridge, Baldy, South and Middle Kings, Mid King Biv, South Mitre Stream, the Pines and over the ridge to Holdsworth Lodge. The weather is glum for a 7.25am kick off. I’ve picked a handy looking spur below the first marked … Read more