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
I was keen for an overnight tramp despite the horrendous Tararua weather forecast. We’d decided that given the forecast for heavy rain and gales, our best bet was a trip in the valley that avoided any major stream or river crossings. We’d settled on Totara Flats as neither Kate or Emily had done the walk … 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
The trip started with an early Saturday morning meet at Wellington train station. It was a grey morning and a bit drizzly but with half the group on their inaugural WTMC trip (Ravi, Phoebe and I) and Lettie on debut as trip leader, nothing could dampen our spirits. We set off with the Sayers Hut … Read more
Sayer Hut is the oldest tramping hut in the Tararua Range and has a fascinating story to tell. In 1878 Sayer and Potts were prospecting for gold at Totara Flats and accidentally burnt much of the bush on the river banks to form the flats that we know so well. In 1889 Sayer tried introducing … Read more
The nicest place in the Tararuas for an easy tramp is Totara Flats. There are a number of good tracks to take you there, and the open river terrace with its stands of totara and manuka is a camper’s delight. In early summer there are rata trees blooming on the hillsides and native clematis covering … Read more
The idea Following the thrill and tranquillity of water-focussed South Island tramps at Christmas, I was keen for aquatic adventures closer to home. Spencer floated the appealing idea of a weekend pack float along the Waiohine river from Mid-Waiohine hut to Totara Flats. It sounded fun and challenging. The planning Meticulous research and preparation happened … Read more
Date: 17 March 2014 and 31 March 2014.
Trip type: Tubing.
Author: Harry Smith.
Trampers: 17 March: Harry Smith (leader) and Snaiet Shalav & 31 March Spencer Club (leader), Harry Smith, Sam Thornton.
What has happened to tubing in the club? Once it was an extremely popular summer activity. It’s a great way to see stretches of river that would otherwise be inaccessible. And of course it’s great fun! As Ratty said in the Wind of the Willows, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, so much fun as simply … Read more