Tramping: Kapakapanui track day walk

A last-minute organisation on a the new Wellington Region Trampers meetup group has me meet with two other trampers on a rigourous daywalk around the Kapakapanui track. Loretta joins me in Wellington and we meet Dale at the Ngatiawa road end. Weather forecasts were for a bit of wind, but not a breeze greets us as... Continue Reading →

Tramping: Holdsworth > Jumbo Circuit

Jonesing for a challenging solo tramp but still unsure of my current abilities, the weather gods agreed - Saturday was a time to tackle the Holdsworth-Jumbo Circuit, the 'great walk of the Tararuas'. I wake at 5:30am and am treated to a stunning sunrise over the Remutaka range driving to the road end. I'm not the... Continue Reading →

Guide to tramping with randos

The bush is an amazing place and it does me a world of good. I run public tramps fairly often to meet trampers, help others get into tramping and welcome our foreign friends to this most-kiwi pass-time. I've written this to help you gain a common understanding, know what is expected, avoid surprises and have... Continue Reading →

Tramping: Tutuwai Hut via Mt Reeves

We meet at the Waiohine carpark. We're a party of six randos from the Meetup tramping group on a repeat of my first meetup tramp. To mix things up and make the most of the weather we take the loop in the opposite direction from last time. We've got Kev, Mark, Mich, Nik, Carol, me and Carol's young... Continue Reading →

Tramping: Papatahi Hut

Late one night many months ago as I scrolled about the topomap in search of tramps I spotted the Papatahi Crossing, the Orongorongo valley's longest DOC trail. It's a long tramp and needs a break in the middle. I investigate the sole-occupancy Papatahi Hut and find it free on a Saturday many months in the future... Continue Reading →

Tramping: Totara Flats

With my mate R we took a car-swap tramp out to Totara Flats Hut, organised via the Meetup Wellington Tramping Group. R's party of four came from Holdsworth Roadend, and mine came from Waiohine. I have shown my groups timing in my photo, but we were bloody casual about our pace. Stopping for rests, views,... Continue Reading →

Tramping: Hawdon Hut

My Tour Aotearoa was a success and on the way I got to know Claire, an amazing lady I met tramping a while back. I am writing the whole adventure into a book hence the silence, but I still want to record my tramps in the meantime so here's one Claire and I did on a little... Continue Reading →

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