Mount Taranaki—Up and Around  30 March – 6 April 2011

Two cars headed to Picton at the ungodly hour of 4am to catch the 10am ferry to Wellington

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Lake Nerine – Rockburn – North Col  -  12 -15 March 2011

This is Hannah Keith’s account of the Lake Nerine trip which she did as a practice trip for her Duke of Edinburgh Silver award.

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The Dusky Track – 20-29 March 2011

Day 1. It was 8.30 and we—Lisa, Helen, Murray and Darcy—were on the road south. The miles rolled by until it was time for a break in Geraldine.

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Clarence-West Sabine-East Sabine-Waiau Pass-Maling Pass

Three trampers—Chrys Horn, Carl Shawcross and Kerry Moore—were motoring by 0640 in good weather, headed for Lake Tennyson. The Jacks Pass road is not sealed. Nor is Tophouse Road which makes for a slow, pothole-dodging drive. The road goes past the Fowler Pass and Maling Pass tracks which are now part of an intermediate-grade cycle-way.

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Sudden valley

A trip up Sudden Valley offers moderately easy access into some spectacular country, encompassing wide, open, river flats, a steep-walled gorge, an exciting (and challenging) climb using ropes up the aptly named “Devil’s Chute”, and at the head of the valley, some spectacular mountain scenery. An added bonus of our weekend trip was a surprising lack of sandflies!

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