Editor’s note: WTMC has been testing out a new way of signing-up for trips via the website MeetUp.com and partnering with the Wellington Tramping Group MeetUp. The following trip report is from a joint trip.
I think this was the first tramping trip with a mix of well the Meet up the Wellington Tramping Group and the Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club.
Mike, Steve, Barbara, Paul, Kim, Peter Claire, Matt and Brian met at Wellington train station platform 9 to head off to the Wanganui to stay at the Ashley Park Tourist Resort. This was a great motor camp that was a really good place to stop off for the night if travelling (I will remember if heading this way again). We all stayed in our tents so not so sure about the resort part in the title.
After a relaxed start we packed up and headed off the start of the tramp. We drove for nearly an hour till we arrived at the start of the tramp. Was a nice day and the walk went just off along the side of the river. The tramp was relatively flat and took us the 4 hours that was estimated.
When we arrived at the hut, the keen people headed off for an adventure while the rest of us relaxed for a while enjoying the sunshine.
Barbara cooked us a fantastic green curry followed by amazing chocolate fondue (going to make this at home some time as really easy and tasty).
Paul started a ripper bonfire we sat around and watched the stars, and yes it seemed there were lots of shooting stars out that night, when no one else was looking.
Next morning was a fantastic sunny day, which was way better than forecast and we headed back to the van and then home.