Taipo Valley - Kelly Range – 29-30 October 2016

We were on the road by 8am leaving a slightly cool cloudy Christchurch. However the drive to Jacksons over the Otira Gorge was clear, promising blue sky in the afternoon. We parked the car at the Taipo Valley carpark and took 3 hours on a 4WD track to walk past the old Dillon Homestead to a modern Dillon Hut. Wet boots dried on a slightly breezy and sunny afternoon ready for the next day’s adventure. We had a relaxing afternoon, then enjoyed one of Kerry’s gourmet meals and the famous hot custard on gingernuts. The night was filled with clear sky and bright stars for those who ventured into the dark.

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Freehold Creek – Dumb-Bell Lake  21-23 October 2016

The three of us on the trip from Christchurch left Merv’s place at 3pm on Friday. It was a pleasant drive down south stopping for dinner in Twizel and arriving at our camping spot beside Lake Ohau, across the road from the DOC campsite at Lake Middleton, well before dark. We set up the Polaris tent and enjoyed a hot drink and the views across the still lake.

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Gloriana – Faerie Queene - 11-13 November 2016

The Gloriana – Faerie Queene jinx struck again!  The adverse long weekend weather forecast showed a possible easing on our Saturday climbing day so we set off with only one person withdrawing.   By the time we left the shuttle from Boyle Lodge, that easing had vanished but we were committed, so it was parkas on and off we went.  The rivers weren’t particularly high but wet conditions underfoot meant we were never going to break track records. 

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Haupiri - Lake Morgan - Cone Creek Circuit     15-17 Oct 2016

Leaving Chch at 0630 got us to Gloriavale community at 10.30. We drove through the site impressed by the number of new buildings and size of the village. Being nosey four of us walked into the large office to sign in and observe some of the inner workings of the place.  Bill’s vehicle was big enough to take the five of us and rugged enough to take us to a grassy flat very close to O’Shanessy Creek where the steep Bryan O’Lyn track to the tops begins.

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Mount Bradley / Eye of the Needle - November 13

The Return of the Seven once again gathered together, this time by PMH for our tramp to Mount Bradley, led by our adventurous leader Evelien. Our goal for the day was to locate and climb through The Eye Of The Needle, which we believed to be on the north side of the mountain.Once arrived at Orton Bradley and after paying the entrance fee it was just the question of boots and packs on, and raring to go.

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