Trip Reports

 7 April 2013

 A clear calm autumn day found four of us, Mike, Steinar, Agnete & Dennis assembled at the Yaldhurst Hotel at 7.00am for Mike’s “Hard” rated trip to the summit of Mt Aicken.
After what seemed a quick drive, we were putting on tramping gear in the rather cold Devil’s Punchbowl Falls car park. Fifteen minutes later we were branching off the Falls track onto the Mt Aicken track. Not long after we came across relics of the tunnel, headstock and water pipe that fed water down to the power station in the Bealey River to provide electricity to Arthur’s Pass before it was connected to the national grid.

Read More: Mt Aicken, Arthur's Pass

 16-17 March 2013                      

 Sergey and Claire joined us as we headed north to the Lewis Pass (first outing in our new Prado). We parked slightly off-road near the Rahu Saddle. It was a relatively gradual climb following a creek, and just after I emptied some of my drinking water out to lighten the load, the creek dried up. This put me into a slight panic mode. What if the tarns had dried up? Much of the country had been declared a drought zone. Even here on the Coast the verges were dry!

Read More: Klondyke Tarns, Lewis Pass

 Feb 2013

 Bill & Wendy, Dennis & Wendy, Glenda & Lex, Pauline & Barry, Sandra and Bronwyn gathered in Clyde on the evening of 28 Feb. Right from the start it felt like a good holiday: hot sunshine, a walk along the river, a drink at the pub and a fine dinner in the garden of the Old Post Office. Next morning we assembled at the Railhead at 8:30, organised the cars and pedalled off towards Alexandra. Sandra was our supporter: taking the overnight bags in her vehicle and popping up by the Trail often over the next few days to take photos and join us whenever the Trail came close to a road.

Read More: Otago Rail Trail

 An Intrepid journey: December 2012 

 It was raining lightly as we set off for the Lewis on the 27th of December 2012 for our 5-day adventure. We arrived at the Boyle River crossing northwest of the Engineers camp and after some debate over where to cross we linked up and cruised across the Boyle easily. Up the Doubtful was pleasant easy going until we left the grassy flats and began the bush track. There were felled trees everywhere and negotiating them slowed us considerably. Late lunch at the Doubtless Hut then on up towards the pass.

Read More: Doubtful, Amuri Pass,Tutaekuri River, Hope River

 16 Sept 2012

 We collected just one at the Yaldhurst carpark: an enthusiastic though not a ‘morning person’ guy named Simon. It was an early start – 7 am – and there was a drizzly fog which continued for some time as we headed towards Rakaia. Our starting point was the Dry Acheron car park on the Lake Coleridge Road.

 I had my doubts about the ‘Dry’ terminology as previous experience of the bursting banks of the Dry Swin River made me a doubter. (Another “dry” trip about 3 years ago. Ed) I was proved correct as we criss-crossed the river at about knee-depth for over an hour. 

Read More: Dry Archeron, Big Ben