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: 31 Dec - 3 Jan.
Trip type: M.
Location: Tararua FP.
Trampers: Monique (leader), Tash, Jamie, Anne.
Day 1: Poads Rd to Te Matawai Hut (31st Dec) Poads rd to Waiopehu: 5hWaiopehu to Te Matawai: 4h We met at 8am at Ōtaki Forks, left a car there and drove up to Poads Road. It was 9am and already pretty hot when we started heading up Waiopehu track, which was suspiciously dry. After … Read more
Date: 31 July - 2 August 2020.
Trip type: Medium-Fit Tramping.
Location: Anderson Memorial Hut, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Tony and Aimee.
After failing to badger various acquaintances into taking me on a tramping trip, Tony took pity on me and said I could come with him to attempt a Southern Main Range. Tony’s favourite camping spot at Otaki Forks was closed, so I showed him my favourite camping spot, which happened to be inside Parawai Lodge! … Read more
Date: 14-16 February 2020.
Trip type: M tramp.
Location: Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Emile S, Aimee.
It didn’t take long for me to realize, on my second weekend back in Wellington, that I did not have the fitness to tackle the Mid-Otaki trip I had put on the schedule. Emily wisely suggested Island Forks instead, and I adopted the idea as my own. We had a romantic drive from Wellington to … Read more
Our adventure began at 7:45am on the Saturday. We rendezvoused at platform 9 at the railway station. Everyone was very prompt and raring to go which meant we were on the road at 8am. The day was stunning: beautiful big blue skies and with the traffic playing nice and some skilful driving from Tash on … Read more
Date: 20-21 January 2019.
Trip type: Off Track silliness.
Location: Mick, Tararua Forest Park.
Trampers: Aimee (hapless leader), Caryl, Yenfei, Patrick, Steph and Ken.
After my previous adventures up the “Mick”, you would have thought I could safely leave this area of the Tararua alone. Not so. Apparently I love getting lost in this Bermuda Triangle of bush. However, I am not on my own in this. Every now and then on the eastern slopes of the Mick, you … 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
The tramp to Waitewaewae Hut on the Saturday took us approximately 8 ½ hours, and 6 ½ on the Sunday. We believe we walked about 15kms each way, and may have got to over 600 meters above sea level. The route We started from Otaki Forks at the swing bridge by the picnic area. We … Read more
Date: 30 - 31 August 2014.
Trip type: Tramping - EM.
Location: Waitewaewae Hut.
Author: Rachel Fisher.
Trampers: Barbara, Ben, Bernie, Craig, Dan, Erik, Lisa, Rachel & Sarah (trip leader).
More photos from Sarah & Rachel – Album 1 & Album 2 After several changes to the original trip plan due to the alpine trips been canned and storms dumping a whole heap of snow along the tops of the Tararuas, a tramp to Waitewaewae was eventually decided upon. The group of nine, including team … Read more
Date: 21-23 March 2014.
Trip type: Fit.
Author: Alistair Young.
Trampers: Mike McGavin (photographer), Andy McDonagh, Shay Bendall, Alistair Young (leader).
It had been five years since I’d last been to Maungahuka, so I signed up to lead the southern main range, a physically demanding trip which takes you across the tops between Bridge peak and Crawford. Friday night: Tramped to Field hut. Saturday: We arose with some hunters at 5:30 am and were away by … Read more