Upcoming Events

[See Programme for more details.]
19 - 30 January
7 Pass trip Hard

Arthur's Pass has its 3 pass trip, and Southland has its 5 pass trip; Nelson Lakes lends itself perfectly to a 7 pass trip. Link the Travers, Sabine and D'Urville valleys (with small incursions into the Waiau and Matakitaki ) by crossing Travers Saddle, Waiau, Thompson and D'Urville Passes, David Saddle, and Moss and Gunsight Passes. 7 days tramping of 5 to 10 hour days. Allow up to 2 extra days for rest or weather. Tents required for 2 nights; maybe more if huts are busy. Ice axes and crampons are not required. Agility on rough ground is required. Start and/or finish the trip with the Rotoiti water taxi ($30 each way). Celebrate NTC's 85th birthday with a notable trip in our backyard. 

Flexible start date to time fine weather for the first 5 crossings (4 days). There are plenty of alternative routes if inclement conditions are encountered. If snow is persisting on the passes the trip will be postponed.

20 January
Ben Nevis Fit

Sunday

Follow the Wairoa Gorge Road into the right branch then up Ben Nevis Road to the start point. The track leads through beech forest and open clearings on Gibbs Spur then steeply to the summit of Ben Nevis at 1619m.  Four wheel drives preferred for the road in.

25 - 27 January
The South Twin (1796 m) Fit

Friday: Drive to Flora carpark and walk in to Ellis Basin Hut (6 bunks).

Saturday: Climb the South Twin and return to the hut for the night.

Sunday: Climb back out of Ellis Basin and return to the cars.

Off-track on second day. Tents may need to be carried. Ellis Basin Hut 1 standard ticket per night.

30 January
Presentation - Waimea TC Grade TBD

Presentation by Jake Harris, Dylan Lester, Matthew Fox, and Sally Mains who were awarded a FMC Youth Scholarship to traverse the Tasman Wilderness Area in Kahurangi National Park.  This 20 day trip last December took them off track through one of the most remote and least visited parts of the national park.

Hosted by Waimea Tramping Club at the Fish and Game Rooms in Champion Road, Richmond at 7.30 pm.

2 - 4 February
Arthur Tableland circuit Medium

Saturday: From Flora carpark follow Flora Stream through Upper and Lower Junctions to Asbestos Cottage (1 standard hut ticket).

Sunday: Retrace steps to Lower Junction and follow the Bullock Track through to the Cobb, then past Lake Peel to Balloon Hut (1 serviced hut ticket)

Monday: Complete the circuit back to Flora via Salisbury Lodge.