We almost made it to Smith Stream Hut


Smith Stream Hut, Ruahine FP, 14 September 2016 Map: BK36/BL36 Banner Pix: Elly checking out Smith Stream Hilary (our very responsible leader, as neither Alison or Kelvin were available) drove us close to the Waipawa River where we started walking on a cloudy day. We tramped on a well-marked track through undulating open land with… [Read More]

An amble from Bell Rock to Taraponui Mast


Bell Rock – Taraponui Mast, Wednesday 31 August 2016 Map: BH38/39 It had been more than three weeks since a winter storm dropped metres of snow over the North Island, from the Kaweka Forest Park, over the central plateau and the Napier-Taupo road, Whirinaki FP and beyond, causing mayhem and massive damage. Remnants of snow… [Read More]

Stags roared in the hut

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Roaring Stag Hut, Tararua Range, 27 August 2016. Map: BN34 The weather forecast wasn’t brilliant, but still there were eight hardy souls intent on a weekend in the Tararua Ranges. Two carloads left town at 7am and made the way South. It was a rather uneventful trip until Woodville, where the local constabulary were breath-testing… [Read More]

What a Sunrise: The finest spell of weather there in living memory

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Waipawa Saddle, Ruahine FP, Map: BK36. Wednesday 17 August 2016 The ducks were all in line for this trip. Recent snow and now an anticyclone was bathing Hawke’s Bay, promising clear fine weather for a tramp to the tops. The plan was to reach Waipawa saddle via part-way up Sunrise Track before dropping down to… [Read More]