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: 24-25 August 2019.
Trip type: Easy-Medium .
Location: Totara Flats, Tararua Ranges.
Trampers: James (leader), Gina, Meredith, Merete, Paul, Claire and Elizabeth.
The Totara Flats tramping crew was a mixture of more experienced trampers and complete newbies (myself included!). The tramp was graded an easy-medium trip, with around 4-5 hours walking to our destination of Totara Flats hut. After a very early and groggy start to Saturday morning for some of us, we met at Wellington Train … Read more
Date: 29-30 June 2019.
Trip type: Medium.
Location: Te Matawai Hut, Tararua Ranges.
Trampers: Dan, Byron, Pieter, Bart, Michael, Katie, Rosanne, James and Tash (leader).
On Saturday we set off in the van from the railway station just after 6am. We arrived at the Poads Road end carpark south east of Levin at about 8am and were greeted by a local, very friendly chicken, and made to feel welcome. Most of us had the pleasure of sampling the especially ripe … Read more
Date: 24-26 May 2019.
Trip type: Medium Fit.
Location: Jacs Flat Bivvy, Tararua Ranges.
Author: Simon B.
Trampers: Megan, Sam and Simon B.
Megan and Sam arrived at the train station to meet Simon on the Friday night, and the three of us were the only ones rattling around in the WTMC van. We stopped briefly for pizza & kebabs at Carterton, then drove to the Holdsworth road-end to arrive at about 7pm. We then hoofed up to … 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: 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: 2-3 March 2019.
Trip type: Medium.
Location: Penn Creek Hut, Tararua Ranges.
Trampers: Tash (leader), Ken, Aimee, Sophie, Dillon, Andrea, James, Katrin.
5.45am. Platform 9. A large bus load of passengers disembarks their Auckland bus, presumably arriving for that evening’s Eminem concert. It was a little earlier than usual to be meeting for an overnight tramp. We were expecting a hot day and decided to tackle the uphill section in the cool of morning. At 7.35am we … Read more
As a group of four we set out mid morning from the Holdsworth car park – choosing to take the track that passes the rocky lookout. This was a nice place to stop for a late morning snack and admire the view. We stopped for lunch at the river and enjoyed a few moments of … Read more
Date: 27-29 October 2017.
Trip type: Solid Medium Tramping.
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Ross W.
Trampers: Ross W (co-leader), Sumudu (co-leader), Henry, Fons, Zac, Holger, Bethany, Jayne, Yen-Fei and Aimee.
(Featured image: Sumudu) This one had been on the to-do list for a while, and after chatting with my workmate and fellow WTMC member Sumudu, we decided to co-lead a trip together over the Tararua Southern Crossing. After chatting to the chief guide, the trip was added to the Sep 17 – Feb 18 Trip … 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