North Opuha - 30th Sept – 1st Oct 2017

Six in two cars left for Spurs Hut on the North Opuha track, not far from Fox Peak ski-field—about 3 hrs car travel. We got away at the civilised time of 8.30 Sat morn. Kerry, Dan and Lee enjoyed a Geraldine coffee stop and caught up with Raymond, Peter and Di at the Hill Top Farm café. The pleasant winding inland Canterbury roads through green pastoral farming country ended at the Fox Peak ski-field gate.

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Maukuratawhai - Sunday 27 August 2017

A nor-wester was predicted so Merv was wondering if people would arrive at the meeting point. On the day we had a neat car-load of four and our 0700 start got us over Jacks Pass by 0915.

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Camp Creek Substitution Tramp - Benmore Hut           26-27 August 2017

Early on it was obvious that the West Coast weather wasn’t going to co-operate with our plans to tramp to Camp Creek Hut to enjoy a soak in the outdoor bath. Geoff and Liz were keen to head into the bush to celebrate Geoff’s birthday on Saturday so an alternate had to be found. In the end just the four of us headed into Benmore Hut in 13 Mile Bush for a relaxed celebratory weekend.

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Takamatua - Ellangowan - 9 Sept 2017

Starting from Bells Road in Takamatua 2km before Akaroa we set off up the road a little way before taking a  cross country spur up to the Summit Road via pt.640, nicely cooled by a NW breeze.

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Nordic Skiing at the Cardrona Snow Farm 12-15 August 2017

DOGS, DOGS, DOGS !

I’m betting a few more dog-lovers would have come on this trip if they had known we would share the hut area with twelve gorgeous Huskies overnight.  Calum, Ann and I (Diane) struck the jackpot really.

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