Track [See Map]
This was the very first tramp undertaken in late 2009. Ethan, Amy, Timothy,
Ryan and Tim headed off to the Paparoa's for a three day tramp through the
Inland Pack Track. Up the Punakaiki River and across the saddle to the Pororari,
across the river and cross country to Bullock Creek where we camped the night
beside the swimming hole below. In the morning that swimming hole had totally
disappeared because of the porous limestone geology of the river bed. We
had a great camp fire with hot milo and good food. The next day was inland,
over a saddle and down to Fossil Creek. From there it was river bed walking
with multiple crossings to the Dilemma Creek junction and then down Dilemma
to Fox and up Fox to the Ballroom overhang, an amazing limestone overhang.
We saw several goats along the way. The final day was down the Fox with lots
more crossings and a final wait beside a warm fire for the car.
Amy, Ryan, Timothy and Ethan
The mysterious disappearing swimming hole at Bullock Creek
Ethan and Timothy heading to the tents
Campfire on Bullock Creek
Track [See Map]
The Croesus track was our first organised group tramp up to the top of the
Paparoa ranges staying overnight at the Ces Clark hut and then back down
the same way to the carpark above Blackball. It was a great first tramp in
fine weather over a reasonable distance and to a height of 1200m. We were
joined at the hut by a Swiss couple who went out calling for Kiwis and a
more mature aged group out for a ramble. It's a great hut and we had an awesome
time playing 500, listening to music, reading and general chit chat. Being
the first tramp it was also a good opportunity to refine my thinking about
how we organised future tramps in terms of gear, clothing, preparation and
to experiment with a couple of sticks as substitute walking poles.
Josh powering up the last stretch
Ethan, Josh and Tim Playing 500
Amy crossing one of two swing bridges
Ces Clark Hut
Daniell [See Map]
This was our second tramp and only a few weeks after the Croesus. Lake Daniell
is a short walk of about 7km of reasonably flat terrain and beautiful beech
forest finishing at a very picturesque lake with a good 32 bunk hut. Eight
of us walked in an enjoyed on arrival a fun afternoon of swimming and finding
snagged fishing lures. Jordan collected over a dozen to add to his collection.
The walk out was also great because just before the end their is a swimming
hole known as the sluice box where the Maruia river passes through a short
narrow canyon. We spent a good hour or so leaping off the bridge and drifting
down the river before climbing out to repeat the experience. The only thing
I would add is that the water even in mid January is freezing cold. Everyone
jumped though and had a good swim.
Amy, Timmy, Ethan, Jordan, Ryan, Tim, Caitlan and Regan at the Lake
Enjoying the chill of Lake Daniell
Jordan, Amy, Tim, Regan & Ryan posing
Amy, Caitlan and Ryan all smiles
Our third tramp this year was a big step up from overnighters to a four day
tramp in the Abel Tasman. It was quite an experience. We got up at 5am, left
at 5:30am, arrived at Marahau in time for a 10:30am water taxi ride up to
Totoranui and then our first walk to Awaroa Hut crossing the inlet at low
tide. A promised big storm did not eventuate. The next day we walked to Bark
Bay hut through some beautiful forest and magnificent views lunching at Onetahuti
on the way. The next day on to Anchorage. We left late to time our crossing
at Torrent Bay for low tide again. Great swimming and glow worms at Anchorage.
The last day was a 12.4km walk out to Marahau and then into Motueka for McDonalds
before heading off home. The Abel Tasman is a magnificent, scenic walk with
beautiful views and wonderful golden sand beaches. A must for any to do list.
Looking down over Frenchman's Bay
Ethan, Daniel, Timmy and Violet resting
Ryan crossing at Onetahuti lagoon inlet
Ethan, Tim, Timmy, Daniel, Jeffrey, Ryan, Violet and Amy about to
head off in the Water Taxi.
Jeffrey and Ethan relaxing at Bark Bay
Amy, Jeffry, Ryan, Ethan, Timmy and Violet building walls of
Violet, Ethan and Amy leaving Awaroa
Violet, Daniel, Ethan, Ryan, Timmy, Jeffrey and Amy about to cross
Daniel relaxing at Bark Bay
Welcome Flat [See
This was our fourth tramp this year and we had perfect weather for it.
No rain for several weeks meant the rivers were low and safe and the track
dry but a little frosty in places. Sixteen of us heading up the Copland track
for what became a 7 hour 17.4km endurance walk for some, but everyone made
it and enjoyed a relaxing soak in the amazing hot pools at the end, surrounded
by majestic snow clad mountains. Truly a magic setting. Tea, a few games
of cards and off to bed for an early start the next day as we made our way
back down the track to the carpark. 2.5 hours of driving later we stopped
off in Hokitika for Fish'n'chips where some of us realised how old we were
when we got out of the car and staggered the short distance to the
takeaways. Overall a fantastic achievement. Well done everyone!
Looking back down the Copland River.
The group just before setting off from the start of the Copland
Josh, Jordan and Ried fooling around with ice.
It was cold!
Bridie, Jess and Timmy in the Welcome Flat Hut.
The group at the lunch stop.
Welcome Flat hut. A very welcome sight. Warm and toasty
Timmy crossing Shiel Creek bridge.
The mountain backdrop to the hot pools and hut.
The hot pools.
Timmy using a chain up a steeper section of track.
Lake Angelus [See
This was our last trip for the 2010 year and what a trip it was. Three days
doing the Lake Angelus loop. The weather had been very bad for a month before
the trip but a week before we left we had a break of 6 days of fine weather
which melted a lot of the snow (but not all) and made the trip possible.
Day one was up Mt Robert and along the ridge to Lake Angelus hut. Climbing
700m up Mt Robert was tough but along the ridge, crossing scree slopes, snow
fields, and rocky ridges was even more exciting. We capped the day off
with a slide down to the new Lake Angelus hut with double glazed windows
and a toastie fire. 20min after we arrived the weather arrived with brief
whiteout conditions. Water for drinking and cooking had to be got through
a hole in the ice. The next day saw a small dusting of powder snow as
we headed off down cascade stream. This was an exhilerating descent requiring
ice axes and crampons and finished with another slide at the end. Then followed
a trek down the bush valley with snow up to our waists in places. The
valley had obviously been hit by a storm because there were trees and branches
down everywhere and it made the going tough at times. Once out of
the valley we followed the Travers river down to lake Rotoiti and crossed
the river with linked arms to spend the night at Lakehead hut. A great night
of cards and good company. The next day we crossed back over the river which
had risen with rain another 200mm and walked out to the car complete with
rain most of the way and snow for the last half hour. It was an amazing trip
with a bit of everything. One to remember for a lifetime! Click
Ethan, Elizabeth, Fran, Tim, Tim, Daniel and Brad at the Mt Robert
carpark at the tramp start.
Timmy posing on top of Mt Robert with Lake Rotoiti in the background.
An amazing shot of the happy face on the mountain side.
Crossing one of the many snow fields.
River crossing day three.
Lakehead hut relaxing.
The Heaphy is NZ's longest great walk at 78km and we did it over five glorious
days of fine weather just after Easter 2011. We walked in from Karamea to
the Heaphy Hut and slept in the shelter. The next day was a short jaunt to
Lewis hut with only Tim being bold enough to brave the freezing cold river
for a swim. Sadly Claudia and Brad had to walk back out due to illness while
Stu, Corey and Tim went on. The next day took us past Mackay hut to Saxon
hut up on the Gouland Downs and personally this is the best part of the trip.
Beautiful wide open spaces, golden tussock and frosty mornings. From Saxon
we made our way to Perry Saddle hut enjoying the caves at Gouland Hut along
the way and a quick climb to Perry peak for some amazing views This was the
longest day at 24.3km. The last day saw us walking out to Browns hut carpark
just as the car was dropped off. Perfect timing! Lunch in Takaka and a long
drive home. A great trip and one more great walk off the list.
Corey, Tim, Brad, Claudia and Stu at the start of the Heaphy Track
on the West Coast.
Stu, Corey and Tim posing on some rocks on the first day of the
Claudia, Brad, Corey and Stu enjoying our dinner at Heaphy shelter.
Ahh the beautiful sunrise streaming through the bush on the climb
to James Mackay Hut.
Gouland Downs at Saxon Hut. A frosty but stunning morning.
One of those giant Powelliphanta snails that grow up to 10cm across.
Stu crouching inside one of the limestone caves near Gouland Down's
Tim, Corey and Stu on top of Mount Perry 1238m high.,
Corey, Stu and Tim about to leave Perry hut for the last part of the