Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Nelson Tramping Club

The Nelson Tramping Club is based near some of the finest tramping opportunities in New Zealand. Our club conducts an active, year-round programme of trips for members of diverse interests and abilities. Non-members are welcome to join our trips (subject to being properly equipped and undertaking trips consistent with their fitness and experience); we are always looking for new members! 

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Subscriptions

July 1st is the renewal date for club subscriptions.

Make Your Voice Count

DOC are reviewing two park management plans; Westland and Mt Cook.

Work on this plan has now been paused while DOC consider the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision on Ngāi Tai.


Upcoming Events

[See Programme for more details.]
19 April
Ahuriri Valley Fit

 

Easter / Anzac trip taking advantage of the holidays! Going further afield to the Mt.Cook area. 

Deadline for trip participants to join is April the 12th.

*****Trip has been revised to suit combined med/fit & med party members.****
Fri Apr 19 - Drive down and stay overnight at Ahuriri Base Hut. 9 hours 750km
Overnight in Canyon Creek 
Sat 20 - Drive to end of road. Hike into Canyon Creek, possibly camp at tarn between Mt Rigel and Mt Heim (9km)
Sun 21 - Return to cars and overnight at Ahuriri Base Hut
Watson Stream - South Temple - Ahuriri circuit, 5-6 days, 62km
Mon 22 - Drive to roadend. Hike up Watson Stream and camp at bushline at grid BZ14 334013, (9km)
Tuesday 23 - Enter east branch of Watson stream and continue past Mt Maitland over the saddle  to camp at tarns on northern side of saddle. (7km) If weather unsuitable continue down to bushline and camp around grid BZ14 391069 (10km) or the hut (11.6km)
Wed 24 - Continue down stream to South Temple hut and then climb up the South Temple to camp where streams merge grid BZ14 391125(9.5km)
Thurs 26 - SPARE DAY
Fri 27 - Climb over saddle into the Ahuriri and camp on terraces below Mt Huxley at grid BZ14 348135.(5km). If weather unsuitable continue down valley to Top Hut.(another 5km)
Sat 28 - Descend to valley floor and walk down valley to vehicles parked at roadend. (21km) 
OR if we didn't use our spare day we could either:
  • we could split valley walk into two days
  • OR if back at Ahuriri Base camp Friday night walk up to ridgeline above hut and check out views in the Dingle Burn.

POOR WEATHER ALTERNATIVES

  • 1-2 days at Top Dingle Hut
  • Day/overnight trip to Canyon Creek
  • Hike up Ahuriri and visit Shamrock, Hagens and Top Huts. (2-3 days)

 

 

Tents required as Huts maybe full. As Ahuriri Base Hut is accessible by road a larger tent could be used there with a few extra comforts.

Doc Ahuriri Brochure

https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/canterbury/twizel/ahuriri-conservation-park.pdf

 

Ahuriri, Top Dingle Burn Hut and return via Mt Gladwish 1 or 2 days (Med)

 https://www.wildernessmag.co.nz/scrambling-dingle-burn/ 

Canyon Creek (Easy/Med)

https://www.wildernessmag.co.nz/trip/canyon-creek-route-ahuriri-conservation-park/

 

28 April
Cowins Spur Fit

Drive to the Baton Valley and follow the 4WD track to the Cowins Spur track. It's steep at first then eases up as we gain the main spur up tp the bushline at about 1300m. Depending on time we can continue on further or just enjoy the views before heading back down. All up about 1100m climb over 16km.

If we have enough 4WDs we can ford the river at the road end and shave about 6 kms off the valley walk

28 April
Booths Cottage Howard Vly Easy

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Historic Booth's Cottage | Easy Day Trip

Glenhope Scenic Reserve, 16km from St Arnaud via Howard Valley.

Situated in a small forest clearing, above Louis Creek on an old miners’ track, is historic Booth's Cottage, built back in the 1930s.

30 mins on 4WD track to Louis Creek fossicking area & DOC sign. Then a 1.5 walk on a track to the cottage. Carry on up to Poraka Road for some views and a loop return to vehicles.

4 - 5 May
Starveall, Alpine Route Grade TBD

Option 1

2 days

Starveall Hut overnight trip.

Starveall Hut.  A steep route up from the Hackett track, Climbing to 1250 at the Hut (6 Beds). In the morning climb Mt Starveall 1501M and then descend back to Hackett and car park by the same route.

Option 2 

5 days

If weather is good the plan is that a small group goes on from Starveall Hut to do the Alpine route - Old Man Hut, Rintoul Hut, Tarn Hut, and out via Wairoa rd end.

See Doc info on Alpine Route for further information.

Please let me know early if you are interested in doing the Alpine Route.

Cost: Starveall option $5; Alpine Route option $16 plus $5 per hut or hut pass.

 

7 May
Pub Night Social

Prince Albert, Nile St (note change of date and venue)

Tuesday

Come along from 7pm for a casual drink and catch-up with other clubbies - a great opportunity to meet other members and get some ideas for your next trip!