Harper - Avoca - Basins Hut – 17-18 Feb 2018

Nor-west rain had filled the potholes as we drove past the small lakes beside the Harper Road and quickly got walking in patchy weather. Raincoats stayed off by the time we got to the Avoca River and left the Te Araroa Trail. We met a commercial possum hunter in a 4WD, who’d decided to park and cross the semi-flooded Avoca on foot to place bait in a patch of beech.

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Banks Peninsula Traverse - 25 Feb 2018

Having a small group simplified logistics for a crossover trip and soon leader Dan headed to Purau Saddle with Norman and Helen while Kerry went to Pettigrew's Road near Hilltop, with Hank, Penny and Joy.

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Glen Mary Glacier – Jamieson Stream   20 – 23 Jan 2018

Driving alongside Lake Ohau “our” glacier was showing prominently in the mountain massif at the head of the lake. With its lower reaches at 2000m and extending up to 2360m we knew we had a very physical couple of days ahead.  We parked by the DoC sign near Huxley Lodge, had a quick lunch and set off up the Hopkins River on a good vehicle track with a warm, gusty nor-wester in our faces.

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Cave Stream and Three Rivers -- Sunday 28 Jan 2018

Was there a late Saturday night movie on TV or were people avoiding Castle Hill Basin for fear of getting cooked after the spell of hot weather we’d had? Only three people turned up for this river and cave trip. We parked at the Cave Stream Reserve and set off at 0930 for nearby Broken River, crossing it 200m upstream of the Cave Stream cave exit.

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Three Mile Stream – McMillan Stream – 25-26 November

Bill got us to the locked gate at the top end of Loch Katrine in the Prado. A late start saw us having lunch soon after at Lake Sumner. The shorts touched the water upon crossing the end of the lake. We saw a native falcon at track junction to 3-mile stream. There were four others at the seven-bed hut so room for us. Sunday was a very pleasant walk down to the Hurunui and across to the swing bridge. A 6hr day back to the vehicle. A great place to visit, enjoyed by Bill Templeton, Marina Ilina and Peter Umbers