Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tararuas – 2009

I'm staying in Wellington and am determined to do a walk in the Tararua Range, a noted tramping range.  It's an area that can be access via public transport, though it will requires decisions about how to best link up the walk in and the available routes.  Catching the morning train requires an early start…
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Lake Waikeremoana – 2009

Although the distance between Napier and Wairoa is just over 100km it is never going to be a quick trip.  When we arrive in Wairoa my guide has been waiting for me for some time.  Waipatu is a Maori guy with an interesting story.  His father is a Maori man from the local area but…
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Man vs Kea on Cascade Saddle

The road to Paradise has many features, views of lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.  At Diamond Lake there are a cluster of vehicles preparing for the evening camp.  In the dusky light the vistas of the Richardson Range are splendid, reminiscent of the American West before all remoteness was squeezed out of that country.  To…
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Helicopter Tourism on Park Pass Glacier

Five Passes Trip 2009/2010 This was supposed to be the venture onto the Olivine Ice Plateau, as has every trip into this area over the last five years.  Each year I find a reason for not venturing beyond the safety of the well worn tracks and avoiding the Ice Plateau.  This time I abandon any…
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