Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ruahines – Purity Hut Circuit

When I mention to Chris that I am available for a three day tramp  I mainly have in mind another ramble in the Tararuas. Chris comes up with two tramps in the Ruahines and another in a much more obscure area well to the east of Wellington call the Aorangi Range. The better of the Ruahine…
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Richmond Range – Moutueka River

After the previous evening’s bravura about the good weather ahead I am surprised to see this vindicated the following morning when conditions are still and dry.  It’s enough to encourage us to prepare for the day’s tramping.  I’d asked that we start the day an hour later, ostensibly to avoid packing in the dark but…
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Mt Richmond Range – Nelson to Wairu Hut

Richmond Range One of the few well known tramping areas in the South Island I have not been to is the Richmond Range.  The intention with this tramp is to avoid the usual heavy West Coast or Fiordland Christmas rain and explore an area where it might be possible to walk every day.  We will…
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Travers – Sabine Circuit

We've arrive at St Arnaud, having come off the route through the Richmond Range.  The forecast is for heavy rain from tomorrow.  Crossing the Waiau Pass would be risky.  The Travers-Sabine is possible in most weather conditions so it seems like a sensible alternative.  At the DOC centre Bill buys a 6 month pass and I opt for paying for…
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