Date: January 2022.
Trip type: Tramp: Family.
Location: Orongorongos, Remutaka Forest Park.
Author: Amelia W.
Trampers: 25 Parents and Kids (aged 11mo to 10 years).
The last Friday of the school holidays was the closest the group could get to a Friday night at Turere Lodge, so we grabbed it. And we absolutely hit gold with the weather! Unlike friends who were in there in the 10 days before us, we had golden sunshine and light breezes all weekend – … Read more
Date: 13-15 October 2017.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: Mt Matthews and Ocean Beach, Remutaka Forest Park.
Trampers: Bram (leader), Sam, Ingleborg, Barbara (chief photographer), Cindy (scribe).
Long summery evenings are a most wonderful thing. It was still light as we bounded along the Orongorongo Valley track on Friday evening; dark only settling down upon us as we reached the river. Using a waypoint that Bram had marked on his gps we successfully navigated in the, suddenly rather dark darkness, to the … Read more
Date: 11-13 August 2017.
Trip type: Instructional.
Location: Orongorongo Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park.
Trampers: Kevin, Richard, Matt, Emily, Bram (instructors) and Natasha, Jue, Rene, Mike, Cindy, Marieke, Helen, Uta, Rohan, Aimee.
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: 1-2 April 2017.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: Papatahi Crossing, Rimutaka Ranges.
Trampers: Richard, Ross 1, Ross 2, Annika, Anne, Yenfei, Aaron and Aimee.
I was not brimming with confidence about leading this trip as I had not done a medium trip before, let alone led one! However I not only survived the trip, I actually enjoyed it, which I put down to the awesome group I was walking with. We were picked up by our chauffer for the weekend … Read more
Date: 11-12 March 2017.
Trip type: Family.
Trampers: Porters: Rachel, Simon, Masako, Nina, Robert, Andy; Punters: Anna (11), Lara (9), Thomas (7), Alia (6) , Yoichi (5), Oliver (5).
It was a rainy Saturday morning when a group of 6 porters and 6 punters met at Catchpool Valley for an overnight to Paua Hut. The plan was originally to have a few people tent outside, but given the forecast, we we decided to squeeze everyone in to the hut and leave the tents behind. … Read more
Date: 27 February 2016.
Trip type: Easy medium day walk.
Location: Mount McKerrow, Rimutaka Forest Park.
Author: Aimee Paterson.
Trampers: Clinton (leader), Margaret, Sophie, Michelle, Anne, Beth, Christopher, Alex and Aimee.
This day trip showed me just how accessible the bush is from Wellington city. Our very organized trip leader (Clinton) gave us all the details we needed to get to the start of the Whakanui track using only public transport. In short you can take the 8.35am train on a Saturday morning from Wellington Railway … Read more
Date: 11-12 July 2015.
Trip type: Families.
Location: Whakanui Track, Papatahi Hut, Orongorongo River, Rimutakas.
Author: Ella Cuthbert with comments from Hamish Lyth.
Trampers: Punters: Ella 12, Gustav 7, Hamish 11, Alice 14, Beth 14 - Porters: Barry Cuthbert, Constanze Schwind (Leader), Richard Lyth, Steve Williams.
Gripping tightly to the pack straps of the people next to me in the line, we took our first steps into the Orongorongo River with the roaring water buffeting us around. “Brrrrrr its freezing” I thought as the liquid snow soaked through my shoes. “Brrrrrr its freezing” I thought as I stepped out of the … Read more
Date: 14-15 March 2015.
Trip type: Instruction.
Author: Matt Conway.
Trampers: Kevin Cole (leader), Richard House (Leader), Pete Gent (Leader), Stephanie Turner, Rodger Campbell, Rachael Ferguson, Rory Ferguson, Emma Myhill, Jerry Govender, Matt Conway, Anna Newth, Kris Chappell, Caryl Ramos..
The Bushcraft course was a great opportunity to gain or refresh tramping skills and find out about how the club trips operate. The group was a mixture of people wanting to get into tramping for the first time, others wanting to get back into it after time away, and some who have tramping experience – … Read more