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: 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: 2-4 March 2018.
Trip type: Medium-Fit Tramp.
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Emily (Leader), Simon (Photos), Fons.
We headed into Cone Hut from the Waiohine roadend on Friday night (after getting Chinese takeaways in Greytown – recommended!), and got to Cone at 9.45 that night. Cone is a great little hut and is renowned in arachnologist circles for having some of the hugest spiders in the Tararuas. We crashed almost as soon … Read more
Date: 27-28 August 2016.
Trip type: Medium Tramp.
Trampers: Amanda (leader), Megan, Simon, Michael, Matt.
The trip was originally planned as a navigation trip to Alpha hut via the Quoin Ridge, and then returning via the Eastern Hut river. Amanda’s initial email warned that this would likely be at the upper end of the medium grade with two longish days of up to nine hours. In the end there five … Read more
Some people, particularly trampers, rejoice when heading into our wilderness while others have a fearful attitude towards these areas that they believe should be completely avoided—for they are places that they consider are hideous, desolate and uncomfortable—where people suffer and sometimes die. However, nowadays it seems that many of those who do actually want to … Read more
Date: 12-13 February 2011.
Trip type: Easy-Medium tramp.
Author: Paul Christoffel .
Trampers: Paul Andrews, Barbara Keenan, WeiMin Ren, Annie Vherck, Karl Stapleton and Paul Christoffel.
Having a spare weekend in mid-February, I decided to sign up for a club trip. There were two trips going from the Kaitoke road end, meaning a Saturday morning start (yay!). The Medium trip appeared to involve a long slog along the Marchant Ridge, which I’ve never done, having been deterred by its reputation. The … Read more