Trip reports

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Casey/Castle Hill Return

Casey/Castle Hill Return

A weekend trip with the Peninsula Tramping Club where we ascended to Castle Hill from the Surprise/Casey Stream junction and camped by the tarns under the summit of Castle Hill.   More ▶︎

Three passes + Pope's pass

Variant to standard three passes from Klondyke corner back to SH73 via the Taipo. Watch out for the lower Julia creek!   More ▶︎

Southern Circuit Stewart Island

Trip Report   More ▶︎
4 Day Comyns, Cookies Huts circuit

4 Day Comyns, Cookies Huts circuit

Easter trip in 2018, involving a descent of the Nth Ashburton to Cookies Point and the hut and then north along the Turton Tops back to A-Frame Hut.   More ▶︎
Double Crossing of the Wild Man Brothers Range

Double Crossing of the Wild Man Brothers Range

A 3 day trip going from the head of the Cameron River in the Hakatere over the above range to the headwaters of the South Ashburton River and then back over to the roadend via a low saddle on the ...   More ▶︎
Mt Enys - Finally!

Mt Enys - Finally!

An account of our 4 attempts to climb Mt Enys directly via Deadman Spur.   More ▶︎

Annavale Circuit from Benmore Hut

A new track enabling a circuit as a day trip or an easy weekend trip. Plenty of tracks to explore around the hut too.   More ▶︎
Gunsight Pass

Gunsight Pass

With a couple of spare days in South Canterbury the forecast gale nor'westerlies and heavy rain on the main divide did not bode well.  We settled on the Temple Valley as a good overnight tramping option, being east enough to ...   More ▶︎
An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor

An Unexpected Ascent of Mt Taylor

A day trip to climb the highest peak in the Canterbury foothills.   More ▶︎

Croisilles Hill, Marborough Sounds

A day trip for our top of the topo's project from Okiwi Bay.   More ▶︎
Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut

Double Crossing of Mt Thomas into the Pinchgut Hut

Weekend trip in recent snow with the Okuku River running too high for people to cross it and stay at Pinchgut Hut. So guaranteed bunk space.   More ▶︎

First NZ tramps report

Longtime lurker from Qld. Just finished my first tramps. Initial track was the Routeburn but unable to continue past Harris saddle owing to the excess snow on the track and avalanche warnings. Warden advised that possibility of getting through day ...   More ▶︎

To Puketeraki Biv and back (again on Labour Weekend) 2018

3 day return trip up to Black Hill hut, down to Salmon Ck Biv then over to Puketeraki Biv via a low saddle upstream and a very unpleasant sidle through beech regen that wasn't there 17 years ago!   More ▶︎
Hawea Solitude

Hawea Solitude

Who would have thought you could have huts to yourself on a long weekend within an hour’s drive of one of New Zealand’s most outdoorsy towns!   More ▶︎

Mt Fyffe, Hapuku, Kowhai Circuit

4 day Easter circuit to check out old haunts and the new lake formed in the Hapuku Valley by the Kaikoura earthquake of Nov, 2016   More ▶︎

Hut bagging Stony Stream Biv

A weekend trip into the Hamner Conservation Area to visit a wee biv in good condition.   More ▶︎

Boscawen Saddle, Rough Creek route

A description of a weekend tramp up the Nina River, over Boscawen Saddle, sidling to Robinson Saddle, down one branch of the Blue Grey to L. Christobel Hut, then the next day up over the Lewis Tops and down Rough ...   More ▶︎
Not The Routeburn

Not The Routeburn

A six-passes trip through the Humboldt Mountains from Glenorchy to the Milford Road. Six untracked rocky passes. Seven little-visited catchments. The dying remnants of glaciation in the range.   More ▶︎

Magdalen Hut to Jervois Hut via the Opera Range and return

4 day circuit on St James Conservation Area.   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 ▶︎
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