Category Archives: tramping

Trip: Sparrowhawk, Maropea Forks, Colenso and Upper Makaroro

Easter of 2013 comes towards the latter part of a lengthy drought, especially in the North Island. Rivers are low or dry, municipal water use restrictions are in place, and total fire bans are active. Gareth approaching on the tops, … Continue reading

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Trip: Powell, Totara Flats and Sayers

Saturday night sunset on Totara Flats. This is meant to be a tramping club trip, though really it’s just √Čamonn and me. We’re the “social” trip, but I think people bailed on the social idea when it became clearer that … Continue reading

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Trip: Stanfield, Cattle Creek, and Mid Pohangina

I’ve not been to the Tamaki West Road entrance to the Ruahines for a few years, but recently we went back with an intent to cross to the other side, following what seemed to be the most obvious route along … Continue reading

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Trip: Pouakai Circuit (slightly modified)

It wouldn’t be right to visit Egmont National Park in an uncommon state. That’s why I was thrilled to see that after three continuous weeks of dreadful looming sunshine, our planned weekend would be smothered with buckets of welcoming hydration. … Continue reading

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Trip: Arete Forks via Cow Saddle and Waingawa

Last weekend we ventured out to reach Arete Forks, which lies near the upper reaches of the Waingawa River in the Tararua Range. Rather than take the most direct route, a fairly boring sidling track, the four of us intended … Continue reading

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Trip: Purity, Pourangaki, Kelly Knight (in Winter)

Last weekend I went out with some trampey club friends, and repeated a Ruahines trip from October 2007, in which we’d gone past Purity Hut, around Iron Peg and down to Pourangaki Hut, then out via Kelly Knight. We’d intended … Continue reading

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Trip: Tararua Moonlight Southern Crossing

Near Marchant Ridge, 5.35am. Last weekend Sam, Craig and myself were able to get through a Tararua Moonlight Southern Crossing. I wrote about an aborted attempt to do this just over a year ago when Craig and I were ready … Continue reading

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