Trip Reports

 7-8 September 2013

 Leader: Tere, Hot spring hopefuls: Claire, Diana, Carol and Dennis A mid-winter trip to natural hot springs seemed like a great idea, at least that’s what five us thought when we signed up for this trip. The start of the track to Cow Stream is about 30min drive from Hanmer Springs on the Tophouse Road. After coffee in Hanmer we arrived at the start of the track in fine weather but with cold air from the surrounding snowy peaks. There had been a lot of rain the week before and it wasn’t long before we were trekking through very sticky clay.

Read More: Cow Stream Hot Springs

26 May 2013 

Where were you? We knew there was a forecast for snow down to 800m and north-west gales but that didn’t deter us. Six brave souls headed east.

 We had fine and windy conditions as we set off up Pettigrew’s Rd. We could see the weather out to the west and decided we were in the right place. We passed Mt Sinclair to find a nice sheltered lunch spot. After chocolates at lunch I guess it wasn’t surprising we didn’t climb the mountain. They rolled out the red carpet for us at the Hill top Tavern where we enjoyed drinks. Thank you Ian, Rose, Jill, Val and leader Diane.

Michael B.


 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