Date: 2-3 October.
Trip type: Tramp: Easy-medium.
Location: Tararua FOrest.
Trampers: Jacqui, Ren, Natasha, Monique, Anne (leader).
We had a lovely trip to Roaring Stag Hut in the northern Tararua Ranges (Mangatainoka Valley) in the first weekend of October 2021. Five of us met at the usual spot at Wellington Train Station (very grateful to be leaving on a Saturday morning!), and our leader, Anne, kindly drove us the 2 1/2 hours … Read more
Date: 8 June 2019.
Trip type: Packrafting.
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Jenny Cossey.
Trampers: Ben Kurtz, Andrew Esler, Jenny Cossey.
This trip was Marie Henderson’s idea. Walk into Roaring Stag on Friday night and sleep in the hut. Then packraft down the Ruamahanga River on Saturday to a Mt Bruce exit on the highway. But at the last hour Marie was called by SAR for four days assistance in the search for a tramper missing … Read more
Date: 18-21 April 2019 (Easter weekend).
Trip type: Medium Fit...downgraded to Easy Medium .
Location: Dundas Hut, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Aimee (leader), Tony S, David and Cindy.
When I put an “SK” on the schedule for Easter weekend, I envisaged four glorious sunny windless days on the tops of the Tararua Ranges. More than one fellow club member laughed at me for such an ambitious trip over a typically mixed bag weather weekend. However, right up until the week before, I was … Read more
Date: 4-5 August 2018.
Trip type: Easy Tramping.
Location: Roaring Stag Hut, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Rosanne (leader), Bart, Teresa, Alan, Brad, Nick, Cindy and Beth.
The eight of us met at 8am Saturday, many clasping coffees to assist with the early start. I’ve done plenty of tramping, but this was my second trip with the club, so I was looking forward to meeting other “easy” going trampers. As I’d hoped, the conversation flowed readily with everyone. Lots of rain was … Read more
Date: 28-30 July 2017.
Trip type: Medium-Fit Tramping.
Location: Dundas Hut, Tararua Ranges.
Trampers: Tereza (leader), Dan (co-leader), Natasha, Sam, Matt, Gareth, Shay and Jessie.
Tramping to Dundas Hut with a medium/fit group for my first WTMC trip isn’t the best decision I’ve made in my life. I thought I was fit from running around hilly Wellington but the muddy, tree-root covered, relentless steep climbs and descents of the Tararuas made me feel like I’d never exercised in my life. … Read more
Date: 29-30 July 2017.
Trip type: Tramp (EM).
Location: Tararua Forest Park, Putara Road, Roaring Stag Hut.
Trampers: Richard (leader), Erika, Della, Ross, Marieke, Bram, Heather, Guillem, Joseph, Shauna.
Our group left Wellington first thing on Saturday morning and encountered a great snow scene driving over the Rimutakas. Luckily the weather was feeling friendly and we soon left the snow behind – a beautiful weekend was ahead. A stop at the Clareville Bakery, just north of Carterton, was a given for pre-tramp calories and … Read more
Date: 9-10 July 2016.
Trip type: Easy medium grade tramping.
Location: Roaring Stag Hut, Tararuas.
Author: Aimee Paterson.
Trampers: Maarten (leader), Aimee, Erika, Karen, Matthew, Igor, Andrew, Chris, Nick, Elisabet, Sophie and Andrea.
Roaring Stag Hut had been described to me as a typical Tararuas tramp and a staple on the WTMC tramping schedule, so as a fully -fledged member now I thought it was one that I must do. The tramp started at 9.00am on Saturday morning at the Railway station. Ten of us piled into the … Read more
Date: Sat Sun 28 – 29 November .
Trip type: E-M Tramp.
Location: Roaring Stag Hut.
Trampers: Andrei, Caryl, Claire, David, Erika, Kerry, Rachel, Illona (leader) .
Have you ever been tramping with a leader who carries a textbook and binoculars in their pack? Illona Keenan is one such leader. She led Andrei, Caryl, Claire, David, Erika, Kerry, Mark and Rachel up the Mangatainoka River and over a ridge into the Ruamahanga on an overnight fauna and flora extravaganza to Roaring Stag … Read more
Date: 26-28 June 2015.
Trip type: Medium Tramp.
Trampers: Dan, Frances, Henry (leader), Holger, Inky.
Given that our Medium Fit minibus companions were embarking on a trip entitled ‘Dundas: the Hard Way’, one could be forgiven for thinking that there is an ‘Easy Way’ to reach Dundas Hut. This would be a mistake. Dundas is a wonderful, challenging, rewarding trip… but easy it was not. We set off from Putara … Read more
Date: March 2015.
Trip type: Canyon tramping.
Author: Marie Henderson.
Trampers: David Jewel (leader), Michael Schier, Brendon Eckert, Marie Henderson, Tony Gazley.
I saw the trip on the planning schedule and asked David about it—being generally curious about any Tararua epic close to the wilder side of things. This revealed it was a trip David was really keen to do. My advice was therefore stick to the A-team folk to be sure it’d get done and avoid … Read more