Trip reports

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Excursion to Kauritatahi

Excursion to Kauritatahi

Kauritatahi Hut at the top of the Kaimai Ranges has been on my to-visit list for several years and I finally decided to stop talking about it and actually make the trip happen. Unfortunately the cloud was down around 500m ...   More ▶︎
Pirongia Perambulation

Pirongia Perambulation

A weekend excursion around Tahuanui & Bell Tracks on Mt Pirongia.   More ▶︎
Exploring the South Opuha

Exploring the South Opuha

A new trip with a new hut to bag in a hunter's paradise north of Fairlie.   More ▶︎
Long Weekend in the Kaimanawas

Long Weekend in the Kaimanawas

Three day circuit in the Kaimanawa Ranges over Waitangi Weekend 2017. Te Iringa - Oamaru - Maungaorangi - Cascade - Hinemaiaia.   More ▶︎

Kopuwai Circuit (old man range in Central Otago)

2 day circuit involving 2 high points on range and visiting 2 back country huts.   More ▶︎
Rees - Dart (a variation)

Rees - Dart (a variation)

Two weeks of climbing and tramping in the Wakatipu region.   More ▶︎
Climbing Egmont

Climbing Egmont

An account of my first trip up Mt Egmont back in 2009.   More ▶︎
Coast to Coast: Kaikoura to Karamea - part 2

Coast to Coast: Kaikoura to Karamea - part 2

Part two of a coast-to-coast journey across the north of the South Island.   More ▶︎

Kelly Tops, Dry Creek, Taipo Circuit

A 3 day circuit from 7 Mile Creek to the Kelly Tops, down to Hunts Saddle and then over Hunts Ridge down to the Taipo via Dry Creek. Then downstream to 7 Mile Creek again.   More ▶︎
Circuit of Sth Hurunui, Bull Creek & Ant Stream Huts, Dampier-Crossley Range, Sth Hurunui

Circuit of Sth Hurunui, Bull Creek & Ant Stream Huts, Dampier-Crossley Range, Sth Hurunui

4 day circuit passing through Roche Pass and Dampier Corner.   More ▶︎

Castle Hill Peak Heli-Tramp

Helicoptered to top of Castle Hill Peak   More ▶︎

Mt Somers Hut to Manuka Hut in the E. Stour

Easy ridgeline traverse from Mt Somers Hut along to Quaker Saddle and a fast descent to the saddle between the West and East branches of the Stour.   More ▶︎
Mt Stevenson in the MacKenzie Country

Mt Stevenson in the MacKenzie Country

This mountain looms over the northern slopes between Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. It has been made accessible by tenure review of Mt Cook Station and now lies in the Gamack Conservation Area.   More ▶︎

Stag Saddle circuit

An alternative for those of us without the resources to have transport arranged at both ends of this section of the Te Araroa trail.   More ▶︎

Kaimai overnighter

A well intended overnighter that became the most difficult track that my mate and I have ever done.   More ▶︎
Ice Lake

Ice Lake

a remote high and beautiful place up the Whataroa river in Westland.   More ▶︎

Alpine Lakes Circuit, Nelson Lakes National park

An eight day expedition taking in Lakes Ella, Thompson, Constance & Blue.   More ▶︎

Lake Daniel to Lake Rotoroa

Spectacular multiday hike as an alternate route to the more heavily traveled Matakitaki/Waiau routes   More ▶︎

Boyd Creek to The Divide via Kiwi Burn and the Mavora Walkway

A New Year's trip through the Snowdon Forest and on to The Divide. Heavily affected by weather, I had to change my initial plans as rain and a bit of snow blasted the lower South Island. The following is my ...   More ▶︎
A Raukumara Crossing

A Raukumara Crossing

The first leg of a trip from East Cape to West Cape via the main divide.   More ▶︎
Trudge Col

Trudge Col

A day trip to an iconic spot in Arthurs Pass.   More ▶︎

Landsborough via Broderick Pass to Haast Rd

From Huxley lodge car park to the Haast Rd via Broderick Pass   More ▶︎

Wild Mans Brother Range Circuit II

A longer circuit of the range with a stay in a refurbished musterers' hut in the head of the South Ashburton River.   More ▶︎

Mt Plenty, Ghost Creek Circuit

A day trip involving a 700 m climb then descending a creek with 2 challenging sidles past waterfalls.   More ▶︎

Kahurangi Peak Bagging - Hailes Knob and Hoary Head

2 summits in the backyard of Motueka.   More ▶︎

Labour Weekend Traverse of Black Hill Range

3 day weekend traverse of retired pastoral lease in the upper Rakaia on the former Black Hill and Redcliffe runs. This involves a crossing with a total height gain of 1500m between 2 headwaters of the North Ashburton river and ...   More ▶︎
Roding River - Dun Mountain

Roding River - Dun Mountain

My route through the Nelson Mineral Belt.   More ▶︎

Circuit from Binser Saddle to Hallelujah Flat

Overnight camp on Binser Saddle followed by 9 hour circuit along tops north of saddle and down to Hallelujah Flats, then out to Andrews Shelter.   More ▶︎
Mt Tuhua and a start on Mt Turiwhate

Mt Tuhua and a start on Mt Turiwhate

Attractive climb of a little mountain giving spectacular views of Lake Kaniere and surrounding ranges.   More ▶︎

The Pyke

A continuation(as we did it) of the Hollyford tramp.Once past Martins Bay,the white line fades a bit,but the route is marked & pretty hard to lose,unless you rushed things a bit.Inland from Big Bay,you cross the Pyke & complete a ...   More ▶︎
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