Our search for the phantom bridge…

Lazing about at Macintosh Hut

Macintosh Hut car park – Lakes car park – lower track to Macintosh Hut – Macintosh car park, 21 May 2016 Banner photo: Lazing about at Macintosh Hut It was a smaller group than usual, setting out at 7.30am. The weather forecast had been rather doubtful and suggested strong winds with possible rain. That led… [Read More]

Tramping, the way it should be!

Galbraith Hut

Galbraith Hut-Maungaharuru Range-Taraponui, Saturday 7 May 2016 Banner Photo: Walking the farm track to historic Galbraith Hut We left the car park earlier than usual, mainly because many of us had been woken by a ship’s continuous foghorn as early as 4am. As we travelled out of Napier, less fog was present. In fact, it… [Read More]

Stunning views and lots of sunshine in the Kaweka’s

Heading to Castle Camp

Kaiarahi circuit Wednesday 27 April 2016 Kaweka FP, Map BJ37 We arrived at the Lakes car park, Kuripapango, at 8.30 on a beautiful clear, calm, but cool day. Murray, Dorothy and Kelvin set off to walk the Macintosh circuit, while Vic, Peter and John were exploring Kuripapango. The remaining seven headed for Kiwi Saddle Hut,… [Read More]

Team Fluoro in the Kaweka Ranges

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Kaweka FP, Anzac Weekend: 23-25 April 2016 Map: BJ37 We were all aware that the hunting season is at its peak, so Team Fluoro was born. Geoff had his orange beanie, Juliet her bright pink top, Alison her fluoro biking top, and Julia had a fluoro vest tied onto her backpack. We intended to be… [Read More]

Another disappearing track from NZTopo50 BK37

The Makaaroro River

Yeomans/ Parks Peak/Barlows Hut, Ruahine Forest Park, Saturday, April 9 2016 Map: BK37 and BK36 Early in April seemed a good time to have the season’s final walk involving multi-river crossings. However, unseasonable drizzle and cool weather meant that anticipated plunges into the river weren’t to be! It wasn’t raining when we left Napier with… [Read More]

A great fungi expedition

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Whirinaki Forest Park, Upper Whirinaki Circuit Saturday February 27 2016 Eight trampers travelled by van halfway up the Napier-Taupo highway, turned into Waipunga Road and followed the logging roads to the Plateau car park. Everyone set off up the Upper Whirinaki Hut track, climbing to the summit then dropping down to the junction of the… [Read More]