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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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Colonial Knob – Sunday, 23 July 2017

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Colonial Knob – Sunday, 23 July 2017

  The Colonial Knob walk was attended by 9 walkers.  We met at the car park off Rahia Street in Porirua to begin the walk.  The track was firstly through a Nikau and fern bush along an easy track.  Then we progressed to steps (lots of steps), which got our bodies warmed up on a cooler winter morning.  We came out of the bush onto the top tracks to see the great views awaiting us there.  We took a brief breather beside a sheltered rock, and then progressed up to the look out point (360 views here) for another quick stop.  The wind, even...

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Mackenzie St – Eastbourne – Sunday, 16 July 2017

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Mackenzie St – Eastbourne – Sunday, 16 July 2017

The day started out as a clear crisp winter’s morning in the Valley as 5 members of the club made their way to MacKenzie Street, Eastbourne. On arriving in Eastbourne the wind had picked up. However, the conditions overhead remained fine. We started the walk by entering the track via MacKenzie St. From the onset, the track is an uphill climb for the majority of the way with great views of the harbour to stop and enjoy while catching one’s breath. After all the bad weather we had experienced the previous week, the track was in very good...

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Akatarawa Forest – Sunday, 2 July 2017

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Akatarawa Forest – Sunday, 2 July 2017

The wet, wintry weather predictions didn’t materialise on Sun. July 2 when 7 UHWTC members enjoyed a long and scenic walk in Akatarawa Forest. This is a massive Forest where a map and pre-planning are essential so that you don’t get lost in the myriad of logging roads and tracks therein. Logging and forestry work in this area also means that walks should be restricted to weekends.  Due to the remoteness and density of the bush advisable to ONLY walk in groups. We left cars at Tulsa Park, Totara Park,  being our exit point,  and...

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Onepoto Bay – Sunday, 25 June 2017

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Onepoto Bay – Sunday, 25 June 2017

Today a small group of us did the walk from Onepoto Bike sheds , around to Onepoto Bay and up the biking/walking track from there to the Onepoto Bridge. With a very pleasant stop in the bay it took us about two hours so was an easy walk by our club’s standards. There is a bit of a pull over the style at the beginning of the track which overlooks the local golf course. It was a lovely day despite rain forecasts. We had a coffee at Pataka and noted beautiful cloaks exhibited for...

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