Wangapeka Track - 2 - 9 February 2019

We’ve had several attempts to run this trip and this one got quite complicated at one point, but in the end it came together with two groups of four walking from each end. We swapped cars before we left Christchurch so the two groups had the flexibility to adjust their tramps as needed (we were expecting some heavy rain mid tramp).

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Lambert Glacier and the ‘Gardens’- 2 - 9 February 2019

The scenic drive into Erewhon is a great start to a trip. Many dusty tourists, including super-smiley tandem cyclists, shared this 'Lord of the Rings' wonder with us. We packed in a paddock amidst curious, slobbering Clydesdales, before eating the last cherries and waving goodbye to Diane, who generously drove us in.

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Mt Guinevere, Arthurs Pass - 15-16 January 2019 

After many postponements on account of poor weather and high river levels, four of us finally set off up the Waimakariri River on a beautiful clear Tuesday morning. A helicopter busy spraying lupins on Turkey Flat, provided an interesting distraction.

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Mt Oxford, Mountain House Car Park - 20 January 2019

Our party of 5 set off to climb Mt Oxford from the Mountain House (Coopers Creek) car park at a favourable hour of 9am. Lucky for us the cool, windy conditions kept the sand flies away from the start of the riverside track.

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Waipara Gorges – 13 January 2019

It was approaching 8am, and there were only four of us, but suddenly we had three more people arrived so could take the necessary two cars needed for this trip. We drove to Karetu Downs Bridge, and then we placed a car just east of the Laidmore Road turn-off.

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