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Whareroa Farm, MacKays Crossing – 26 November 2017

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Whareroa Farm, MacKays Crossing – 26 November 2017

On Sunday 26 November, eight Club members went on an excellent walk at Whareroa Farm, MacKays Crossing. We did the full loop around Campbell’s Mill Road which is about 13.4kms. Conditions were beautiful as were the views. The walk with stops took us about 4 hours. We finished up with coffee at...

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Speedy’s Reserve – 12 November 2017

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Speedy’s Reserve – 12 November 2017

Seven of us had a great walk today up into Speedy’s Reserve.  Denise was my co leader and was out front leading and waiting as needed. As Linda said I was ‘camp mother’ at the rear. It is a varied walk, some up the side of the gully, three stream crossings where there are now very handy bricks to cross on, and some wonderful huge pungas on the way. There is quite a strong pull up through the pungas and out at the end up towards the park before Hill Road. The rain came in so we did not stop for lunch but had a great coffee and chat at Janus...

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City To Sea – 29 Oct 2017

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City To Sea – 29 Oct 2017

Six of us enjoyed this really interesting walk on a calm and overcast day. As it was quite warm, the cloud cover was a blessing as this walk entails lots of short hill climbs. We started from Bolton St Cemetery which was so interesting with all the early settlers graves as well as Harry Holland and King Dick Seddon at the top, that I thought it was walk over. Great stroll past the peace garden and up to the cable car taking in the amazing sculptures on the way. We called into a Victorian Perfumery before descending down to Kelburn Park where...

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Labour Weekend WCTC Lodge Whakapapa – 20-23 October 2017

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Labour Weekend WCTC Lodge Whakapapa – 20-23 October 2017

Six of us stayed in the Wellington Catholic Tramping Club (WCTC) Lodge at Whakapapa ski field, Mt Ruapehu.  The Lodge is a nice comfortable warm building, a steep climb from public car parks below the ski terminal.  We had the privilege of sharing the Lodge with a family gathering, who cooked us beautiful dinners on Saturday and Sunday evening!!! We all arrived on Friday night, and planned various day tramps on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the group split up with 5 members walking the Tongariro Crossing, and the other walking to Tama...

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Te Ahumairangi Hill Loops – Sunday, 8 October 2017

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Te Ahumairangi Hill Loops – Sunday, 8 October 2017

Only 4 hardy UHWTC members braved the drizzle to explore some of the many tracks in the Te Ahumairangi Hill Loops. Trip Leaders Mark and Helen Bassett had not previously walked the Te Ahumairangi Hill Loops but it quickly became evident that much of the route was incorporated in the Northern Walkway and Ridgeline Track. Pleasant short well graded route in close proximity to Wellington used by many of the local residents and their dogs for Sunday strolls.  Not quite challenging enough to warrant putting it on our Club Trip List...

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Otari and Johnsons Hill Loop – Sunday, 1 October 2017

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Otari and Johnsons Hill Loop – Sunday, 1 October 2017

Three of us set out on a rather gloomy day to tackle this walk which started from Otari Nature Reserve. We were met at Otari by my sister Brenda and her dog.  We set off around the Circular Walk turning off onto the Upper Yellow Trail which immediately started climbing the hill. We came unstuck when I ignored the notice for the Flax Clearing as this would have taken us straight to the top but we wound our way around to a junction which joined onto the Blue trail. Part way up this, Brenda’s dog started limping so she had to turn back. This...

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Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track – Sunday, 10 September 2017

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Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track – Sunday, 10 September 2017

Trip Leaders Mark and Helen Bassett were pleased to wake to fine weather for their Pylon Ridge and Keith George Memorial Track walk – the previous week having had torrential downpours. 8 members set off on foot from Silverstream railway carpark at 9.30am heading south to cross the Hutt River at Silverstream Bridge. River Road was crossed using the underpass which took us to Keith George Memorial carpark. From there we headed north walking adjacent to River Road for 300 metres until we entered the logging truck track on the left- hand side....

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Te Whiti Riser – Sunday, 27 August 2017

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Te Whiti Riser – Sunday, 27 August 2017

11 members of the Upper Hutt Walking and Tramping Club enjoyed a fine day and somewhat blustery conditions when walking both the Riser and Eastern hills, as we made our way to the Pueatua Bridge. Underfoot conditions were very good considering the rain that had fallen the previous week. This walk allows for many views of the Hutt Valley, Wainuiomata, Wellington and of course the snow-covered Kaikoura’s in the South Island. With the day being fine we also encountered many bike riders on the track. The track is shared, so be alert for riders...

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Stonehenge Aotearoa – Sunday, 6 August 2017

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Stonehenge Aotearoa – Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Weekend of Reaching for the Stars Friday 4 August 2017 at Space Place and Sunday 6 August 2017 at Stonehenge Aotearoa. On an extremely chilly but very clear evening, 20 of us made our way to Space Place. This was formerly the Carter Observatory. The evening began with a walk through the interactive museum which was full of short films from the Big Bang to the stars we see on a clear night, demonstrations on gravity and shifting sands in the Antarctic exhibition. We then went into the theatre which had big orange armchairs to sit in. These...

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South Coast Bays – Sunday, 30 July 2017

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South Coast Bays – Sunday, 30 July 2017

We deviated from the advertised walk and on a beautiful sunny and windless day (you can’t beat Wellington on a good day!) 11 of us met at Lyall Bay and walked up over the hill then down and around the bays past Houghton Bay and Island Bay to Owhiro Bay where we stopped for lunch.  We then walked back over the hill to Island Bay taking in magnificent views and back around the bays to Lyall Bay.  The walk took 4 hours and we finished with a...

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