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: 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: 16-18 May 2014.
Trip type: Easy Medium tramp.
Author: Claire D.
Trampers: Richard (leader), Claire, Sarah.
See more of RIchard’s Photos. A great walk and a great hut! Not without its steep climbs as is to be expected in the Tararuas – but this time we were lucky to dodge the bad weather that has become associated with the ranges. After a cosy van ride on friday night to the Waiohine road end, … Read more
Date: 28-29 September 2013.
Trip type: M.
Author: Debbie Buck.
Trampers: Debbie Buck (leader), Spencer Clubb (leader, trip photographer), Elizabeth Claridge (leader).
After Ngauruhoe high camp was cancelled, I decided I needed a weekend of tramping to keep my fitness for Tappy in a few weeks. For family reasons, Spencer was about to enter a period of tramping abstinence and wanted a good solid tramp. As well as keeping tramping fit, Elizabeth needed an excuse to avoid … Read more
Date: 29-31 July 2011.
Trip type: MF Trip.
Location: Neill Forks.
Author: Ian Harrison.
Trampers: Amanda Wells (leader), Kate Cushing, Megan Banks, Sharon Brandford, Paul Christoffel, Ian Harrison.
I grew up happily located between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks. As a youngster tramping for me was an enviable choice between silver beech in the hills or golden beach on the coast. So naturally, when I first moved to Wellington I looked down my nose at the Tararuas. A fellow Mainlander, John Pascoe, … Read more