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Baring Head Lighthouse – Sunday, 11 June 2017

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Baring Head Lighthouse – Sunday, 11 June 2017

Ten of us set out on this walk on what was a brilliant day weather wise. We certainly got our fill if Vitamin D. We did experience some wind, which was rather chilly, however, that did not last long as the sun had some real warmth to it. We commenced our walk at the start of the track with a number of other folks who were planting out on behalf of Wellington Regional Council. It was great seeing family members out doing the planting, of which all us will enjoy sometime in the future. We followed the hill track until we came onto the road to...

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Onepoto Loop Walk – Sunday, 28 May 2017

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Onepoto Loop Walk – Sunday, 28 May 2017

Nine of us set off on the Onepoto Loop Track on Sunday morning at 10. We met at the Onepoto boatsheds in Titahi Bay where there was a very cold wind but fortunately we were all wrapped up well!  As we walked round the curve of the foreshore we were more sheltered from the wind and it was pleasant walking. There were a few muddy puddles after the rain earlier in the week, but generally good underfoot conditions. We stopped at Onehunga Bay for a snack and then carried on up the hill to the cliff tops where we encountered the cold wind again!...

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Speedy’s Reserve – Sunday, 14 May 2017

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Speedy’s Reserve – Sunday, 14 May 2017

Seven of us did this walk. The weather previously had been wet so there were some concerns about the state of the track as it is mostly in bush.  It was slippery in parts and the creeks were a little high but the conditions were better than expected. It is a walk with variations including some impressive giant Punga , great bush, views from a Maori pa site, and finally two gentle walks through the Park Road reserve. It takes about two hours so is not long but it does have some uphill which needs poles or convenient trees to hold on to. It...

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Mt Climie – Sunday, 7 May 2017

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Mt Climie – Sunday, 7 May 2017

On a delightful May Autumn day, ten of us walked the Mt Climie Track which is located in the Tunnel Gulley Recreational Area north of Upper Hutt. There were a number of view/water stops on the way up so some of us could catch our breath and of course take in the views of the valleys below. The weather overhead was ideal for walking the track and before to long we were having to remove some layers of clothing to feel more comfortable. Upon reaching the first radio mast, the weather was changing with the wind coming up and being a little...

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Riverstone Walk – Sunday, 23 April 2017

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Riverstone Walk – Sunday, 23 April 2017

On this beautiful Autumn day five of us walked from Moonshine Bridge up to Whakatiki stream via the river walk. The track is now open and the only minor issue was the second slip where the steps have been covered over. There has been work done on the slip by the wonderful local volunteer but recent rains had washed some of that good work away.  It is passable, but a bit of care is required. We walked down to the Whakatiki stream, back up the bush walk that runs up through the houses and back down to the cars. The walk took us about 2.5 hours...

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Easter at Ohakune – 14-16 April 2017

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Easter at Ohakune – 14-16 April 2017

The night before Cyclone Cook had whipped it’s fury across New Zealand and the wind was fair blowing in Upper Hutt. We were unsure of what the conditions would be like but Friday dawned with increasingly fine weather. Two of our original seven had pulled out due to illness which made our group a very small five. It was a sunny day by the time we arrived at the house and had a bit of fun dealing with the access code. Our home for the weekend ‘Kune Crib’ was huge and extremely comfortable. Four of us did a walk along the river before settling...

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Makara Track – Sunday, 9 April 2017

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Makara Track – Sunday, 9 April 2017

It was a beautiful calm sunny day when six of us met at Makara Beach to walk the DOC Makara Track. I was surprised at how narrow parts of the track had become on the walk around to Fisherman’s Bay. I had memories of my father driving us around to parties at the bachs which had once sat on the shores of the bay above the road. There was no sign now that they had ever existed. It was a slog up the hill stopping at a shoulder to take in the views as well as catching our breath. Having not walked this track for twenty years I had forgotten how...

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Boulder Hill – Sunday, 2 April 2017

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Boulder Hill – Sunday, 2 April 2017

Trip Leaders:  Mark and Helen Bassett 11 UHWTC members thoroughly enjoyed this loop walk to Boulder Hill. There is good parking in assigned areas as you enter Dry Creek Quarry. This is a medium  fitness walk which involves a 400m gentle climb from the floor of the Hutt Valley to the summit of Boulder Hill. We took our time pausing for photos and enjoying the scenic views of Wellington and surrounding hilly terrain. While the track is well marked it is important to re-group at intersections to ensure everyone follows the same route. Having a...

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Butterfly Creek Night Walk – Saturday, 18 March 2017

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Butterfly Creek Night Walk – Saturday, 18 March 2017

Nine of us set out at sunset on a lovely early Autumn evening from the Muritai Park Track in Eastbourne.  The destination was Butterfly Creek picnic area.  Each participate was equipped with headlamp or torch.  For most of the participants this was their first night walk.  The views of the Wellington harbour were spectacular.   We enjoyed listening to the calls of the Morepork owls.  At the picnic area we took time out to do some stargazing, assisted by the SkyView Free phone app.  The return trip to the cars was via the Kowhai Street Track,...

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The Humpridge Track, Tuatapere – Thursday, 19 January–Saturday, 21 January 2017

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The Humpridge Track, Tuatapere  – Thursday, 19 January–Saturday, 21 January 2017

UHWTC Group: Mark, Helen & Heather Bassett Before going on any walk or tramp in the NZ bush it is IMPORTANT to familiarise yourself with the route, distance to be covered each day, terrain, expected weather conditions, accommodation options and fitness level of those participating. My research told me that the Tuatapere Humpridge Track is a 62km, 3 day loop walk that winds along the south coast of NZ, through the pristine Fiordland National Park and up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge. Descend back to the coast via historic wooden...

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