Category: Trips

Snow Skills 2024

Backcountry travel above the bushline in Winter often means travelling in snow.  This course is an introduction to basic snowcraft, including travelling in an alpine environment, use of an ice axe and crampons, arresting a fall, navigation, and more.   We will be based at the Manawatu Lodge, which is an ideal launchpad for each day’s activities.

We will travel to the lodge on Friday evening, so that we may make the most of the time available over the weekend.  More details to follow, but to assist with planning, please register your interest now. 

Kapakapanui: Bill Milham

From DOC: Kapakapanui (map) is an isolated minor peak of 1102 metres in the southwest corner of the range, dominating the skyline from Paraparaumu and Waikanae.

The open summit of Kapakapanui is one of the best viewpoints in the Tararua Range, revealing not only the full extent of the Southern Crossing, but also the featureless forested maze of the Renata-Maymorn-Akatarawa uplands, as well as the sweep of the Kapiti coastline and the dramatic silhouette of Kapiti Island 22 km to the west.

The climb is steep and the track rough and muddy in places, with the forest still bearing the marks of the devastating 1936 cyclonic storm.

Lodge Work Party

This year’s work plan is to repaint the exterior of the lodge and do some internal touch ups.

The weekend will be free for helpers with possible transport available from various centres depending on
attendees. We need all levels of help from painters to cleaner uppers to cooks. Work parties will only occur
with a reasonable future forecast so please register your interest so that we can contact you directly as to
whether the weekend is on. Most equipment will be provided by club but do bring usual lodge requirements
as well as painting clothes, electric sanders, power leads and your favourite paint brush.

Mangahao Flats (overnight)

I am planning to into Mangahao Flats for an overnight trip Sunday/Monday 10/11th March. This track follows the Mangahao river to the hut it is not an easy track and hut book entries show it can take 3 to 10 hours to get to the hut.

We will be leaving Palmerston at 8am on the Sunday morning.

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Kime, Maungahuka & Penn Creek huts, Blair Petersen

My plan is (weather depending) leaving from Otaki Forks on 14 March to Kime Hut that night. Next day (15th) to Maungahuka Hut, then Penn Creek hut on the 16th. Back to Otaki Forks & home on the 17th.