Date: 10-12 Feb 2023.
Trip type: Tramp (M).
Location: Southern Crossing - Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: James W (leader), Tracey, Michael, Jozef.
Friday 10 February The Southern Crossing in the Tararuas has been on my to-do list for the last few years and when I saw it on the trip schedule for February, I did not hesitate to sign up for the walk. The plan was to have two groups of trampers do the Southern Crossing, with … Read more
Date: 10 - 12 March 2023.
Trip type: Tramp (MF).
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Sam Davis.
Trampers: Sam D (co-leader), Anne DF (co-leader), Erik B, Leo P, Jamie HE, James W.
While it was not the trip we had planned originally, our 50km+ Ōtaki Forks circuit tramp had a little bit of everything: views, blue skies, slugs and slips. Our intention had been to stay at Maungahuka Hut on Saturday evening. Maungahuka is known as a difficult hut to reach. It involves climbing a steel ladder, … Read more
The first stop on this trip was the mysterious Mount Holdsworth Pizza restaurant. This joint – a Canadian Rockies style log building located close to the Mount Holdsworth camping area – is only open on Friday nights during summer. It’s a full-blown pizza restaurant however, serving delicious pizzas to an enthusiastic clientele. I can recommend … Read more
I have been keen to complete the Southern Crossing after visiting Kime Hut in the snow last year. We had two groups completing the Southern Crossing; one from Otaki Forks to Kaitoke starting Friday afternoon, the other from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks starting first thing Saturday morning. I liked the concept of an early start … Read more
Date: 17-19th February 2023.
Trip type: Glamp(M).
Location: Shingle Slip Knob - Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Emily S.
Trampers: Anne DF (Leader), Emily S, Michael L, Anna S.
Friday This trip was all about the pizza. The plane wreck as well, but mostly the pizza. The pizza can be found at the secret Mill Bakery, just near Holdsworth Road End on Friday nights. We’d pre-ordered bases and had a table for 7pm. The traffic up the Hutt Valley on SH2 was crawling even … Read more
Date: 12 February 2023.
Trip type: Train/ Bike/ Tube (M).
Location: Tauwharenīkau River - Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Paul M.
Trampers: Harry (leader), Hayden, Mark and Paul.
Trains, Tubes, Bikes and Boots ‘The 9.55 am train to Masterton has been delayed’ boomed the loudspeaker at Wellington Railway Station. Harry was unfazed. ‘This always happens to me’ he sighed. With a tight timeframe, we planned to train to Woodside, cycle to Bucks Road, tramp to the Tauwharenīkau River, tube the gorge and then … Read more
Date: 29 January 2023.
Trip type: Day(M).
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Megan M.
Trampers: Megan M (leader) Tereza, Jack and Daniel .
Due to poor weather, the plan for this trip ended up changing quite a bit. Originally, this was meant to be a Howletts Hut overnight trip in the Ruahine Ranges, but due to this walk having a decent portion of ridge travel and river crossings, we decided to do a loop walk a little closer … Read more
Date: 7-9 December 2022.
Trip type: Tramp(MF).
Location: Totara Flats Hut, Neill Forks Hut, Maungahuka Hut, Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Sarah F.
Trampers: Sarah F and Tony G.
Maungahuka Hut is my favourite Tararua hut, and the hut that inspired my tramping journey (see my report here on why). So when Tony and I heard from Derrick Field, from Greater Wellington Backcountry Network (GWBN), that Maungahuka Hut needed the tap to be fixed after months of being broken, and a new hut book, … Read more
Date: 14-15 January 2023.
Trip type: Tramp(M).
Location: Island Forks Hut - Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Tracey A (leader), Rose, Phoebe, Jamie.
After a busy work day and a mission to find dinner at Paraparaumu, our tramp began at the Ōtaki Forks carpark. Being a hot summer weekend, there were plenty of cars parked. We zoomed along the road and over the slip track, making it to Parawai Lodge in about 45 minutes. It was very full … Read more
Date: 3-4 September 2022.
Trip type: Tramp (EM).
Location: Burn Hut, Tararua Forest Park.
Author: Jane L.
Trampers: David B (leader), Elisabeth, Jamie, Jane, Kate.
Our group met at Wellington Railway Station at 8am on Saturday morning. We drove to Shannon, and then into the hills behind the Mangahao Power Station. Opened in 1924, this was New Zealand’s first large hydro power station. The road is very windy and it seemed to take a very long time to reach the … Read more