• Welcome to the Masterton Tramping Club website, we are a small, friendly and active club. We offer a wide variety of adventures throughout the year. These trips vary from easy, one day walks, to multi day camping trips in the south island.

    Masterton Tramping Club

  • Welcome

    We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) at the Masterton Community Centre, 41 Perry Street. Meetings start at 7.30pm, and at most meetings we have a guest speaker or some form of training. Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to come along to meetings and join a trip.

     

    Some examples of past trips include:

    • Family day trip to Kapiti Island
    • Camping at top of Cone, Tararuas
    • Easy overnighter to Tutuwai Hut
    • Week long adventure past Dragon’s Teeth in Kahurangi National Park
    • Off-track adventure, Kiriwhakapapa area, Tararuas

     

    We organise a trip most weekends, either a local trip usually on a Sunday, or a longer overnight trip which may go beyond the immediate area of the Tararuas.

     

    Trip categories are:

    • Easy: 4-6 hours, possibly hills with plenty of rest stops. Suitable for beginners.
    • Easy+: 4-6 hours, probably some short hills.
    • Average: 5-8 hours, some hills, fewer rest stops. Suitable for people with reasonable fitness and some experience.
    • Fit: 6+ hours per day, lots of hills, may go off-track, stops for lunch and ‘smoko’. Suitable for experienced trampers with good fitness.

     

    We suggest the new members start with an Easy trip to assess their fitness.
    The Club has some equipment available for members to borrow.

     

    Link to Club's Constitution

  • Upcoming Trips

    If you're interested in joining us on any of our trips, please come along to our Club night and make contact with the trip leader.

    We usually offer a trip each weekend, either a day trip on a Sunday, or an overnight tramp. Day trips are a great way to gain fitness without having to carry a heavy pack. Each trip has an indicated grading, and approximate transport cost. All potential members are urged to start with an easy trip so as to judge their fitness, confidence and ability. If in doubt check with the trip leader.

     

     

     Spring Trip Schedule

     

    NOVEMBER

     

    2 November

    Club Night

    News, trips done, trips coming up & a cuppa.

    TOPS Photos – Glenys Robertson

    10 Min training : Back Country Quiz

     

    5 November

    Whakapapa High Point

    From the Mikimiki / Kiriwhakapapa tram track to the high point of 735m.

    Joint trip with South Wairarapa Tramping Club.

    Leader: John Rhodes rhodesja@xtra.com

    Grade: Easy Plus.

    Carpool cost $10

     

    15 November 

    Rocky Lookout - Wairarapa Walking Festival advertised Club trip. www.cartertonec.co.nz

    FREE bus provided from Masterton and Carterton.

    Tuesday, 2pm. The Club will need 4 – 6 helpers to support walkers. A chance to

    promote the Club and talk to potential new members.

    Leader: Sandra Burles 021 0617054.

    Grade: Easy.

     

    19 - 20 November 

    Tutuwai Hut - From the gorge carpark, head up and over the hill to Cone Hut, then continue downstream

    to Tutuwai hut. Return the same way.

    Leader: Tony Spittal. Ph 022 454 1107

    Grade: Easy +

    Car pool cost $10

     

    27 November

    Herepai hut - Head up the track from Putara road end, following the Mangatainoka stream, climb up

    to the junction and head north to Herepai Hut.

    Leader: TBC

    Grade: Easy+ / Average

    Car pool cost $15

     

    DECEMBER

     

    4 December

    ‘Hooper Loop’ via Gentle Annie track Head up the Gentle Annie track for a stop

    at Mountain House shelter then return to the Atiwhakatu Valley via the river ridge

    (Hooper Loop) track.

    Leader: Denise Stagg 021 1161424

    Grade: Easy +

    Car pool cost $10

     

    7 December

    Club Night

    News, trips done, trips coming up & a cuppa.

    Tony Gazley: Karangarua River & the Gladiator. Get your 2023 calendar.

    10 Minute training – 10 top fishing spots that you can tramp to.

     

    10 - 11 December

    Roaring Stag hut

    Head up the track from Putara road end, following the Mangatainoka stream,

    climb up to the junction and head south down the ridge to Roaring Stag

    Hut.

    Leader: Tony Spittal Ph 022 454 1107

    Grade: Easy + / Average.

    Carpool cost $15

     

    27 December

    Blue Range hut – Post Christmas Blast. From Kiriwhakapapa road end, along the valley and up the hill to visit our club

    hut. Enjoy Christmas themed snacks and crackers / party hats !

    Coordinator: Jason /Sandra Ph 06 377 7360

    Grade: Easy +.

    Car pool cost $10

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Trip Reports

    Read about some of the trips we've been on recently

    November 13, 2022
      5 November 2022 A combined Masterton and South Wairarapa Tramping Club trip Point 613 is somewhere near Mikimiki. Well, perhaps not altogether near if you’ve spent three hours getting there. But, after navigational uncertainty had cost us a quarter hour, we found the small eminence of...
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    October 15, 2022
    More Hedgehogs Trapped ! Margaret, Nigel and Sandra joined Joe to check the Doc250 and Timms traps on the Opuawe River at White Rock. We arrived at the coast at 930am, and set off in 2 pairs on each side of the river. Traps were emptied of mice and hedgehogs, cleaned and reset. There was a bit...
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    Kiriwhakapapa Loop Track Sunday 9 October After the cold and miserable weather of the previous week it was just great to get out and enjoy the outdoors. A small group – Loralei, Jill, Di, Viv, Ron, Laura and Mike – walked the loop track at Kiriwhakapapa. The carpark was very windy but there was...
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  • Club History

    The Club was formed in 1957 with the amalgamation of the YMCA Tramping Club and the Masterton Outdoor and Social Club.
    At that time members were also participating in the construction of what was to be called Blue Range Hut, a joint exercise with the NZ Forest Service.
    The Club also inherited a hut at Mitre Flats, the second hut at that location.
    The Hut on the Atiwhakatu River was built during 1968.
    Today the Club still maintains Blue Range Hut, it being a non core hut, for DoC and the community. The Tararua Aorangi Rimutaka Huts committee helps with funding for this work.
    The third hut at Mitre Flats, and the second Atiwhakatu Hut are both core DoC Huts, although Club members still help with minor repairs and maintenance.

     

     

     

     

  • Huts

    Blue Range Hut

    Grid Reference: E1812491, N5481135 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: 4 Single
    Cost: 1 Standard Hut Ticket
    The Hut was built during 1957 and 1958 by members of the newly formed Masterton Tramping Club, and staff from the NZ Forest Service. The Club organised a trip at fortnightly intervals for 18 months to carry the materials up, with regular races to see how many return trips could be made in one day, it is nearly a 700 metre climb.
    The Hut was opened by Mr. D.Blythe (NZFS) and Ted Esler, an early member of the Club, on Sunday 9th November 1958.

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    Atiwhakatu Hut

    Grid Reference: E1806817, N5472972 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: 26 bunks in three separate rooms
    Cost: 1 Standard Hut Ticket
    The first hut was built in 1968 as a joint venture between the Club and NZFS, and slept 8-10.
    When the hut was opened it was a three hour walk along the Atiwhakatu track, which had many climbs and descents, no wonder that the river was a popular option.
    Today, with the new(ish) track it is an easy 90 minute walk, and about 30 minutes for a fit mountain runner.
    The new hut, built by DoC, was opened in June 2009. It is a much larger 12 bunker of the latest design.
    Due to unprecedented demand DoC once again extended it, to its new 26 sleeping design in 2013. The club no longer maintains this hut.

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    Mitre Flats 3

    Grid Reference: E1808985, N5477084 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: Two platform Bunks, sleeps 14
    Cost: 1 Serviced Hut Ticket
    After many years of consultation and fund-raising Mitre Flats 3 was constructed in 1988 by the Department of Conservation at a total cost of $29,000. With $4,000 being donated by Masterton Tramping Club, (including $400 from Masterton Licensing Trust, $275 from South Wairarapa Tramping Club and $25 from Kaumatua Tramping Club).
    The first hut was built in 1935 and the second hut was built in 1953

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  • Library

    Masterton Tramping Club has some books that we are happy to lend out. If interested please enquire by contacting us.

    Books available to lend

    Wairarapa. An Historical Excursion Bagnall, A.G. (1976)

    North Island, Weekend Tramps Barnett, S (2002)

    Plant Icons of New Zealand Church G. and Greenfield P. (2005)

    New Zealand Endangered Species. Birds, Bats, Reptiles, Freshwater Fishes, Snails and Insects. Cusa, N.W., Lockley M. (1980)

    Where to Find Birds of the Wairarapa Dennison T, Scadden, Watt B

    Some Better Known NZ Wild Flowers and Birds Department of Tourism and Publicity

    The Natural World of New Zealand. An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of NZ's Natural Heritage Hutching G (1998)

    The Reed Handbook of Common New Zealand Birds Kinsky F.C., Robertson C.J.R. and Marshall J (1987)

    New Zealand Islands McGeorge P and McGeorge R (2004)

    New Zealand; Land of Birds Moon G. (2001)

    Spot X, Tramping New Zealand. Over 400 Tracks Moore, C. (2007)

    Wairarapa, A Place Apart. Nikolaison P. and Wall M. (2006)

    Ruahine Forest Park. A guide to Family Walks, Tramping Tracks and Routes Ombler, K (1993)

    202 Great Walks. The Best Day Walks in NZ Pickering M. (2003)

    The Four Corners of New Zealand Reed A.H. (1954)

    Wairarapa Walks Rhodes, J. and Cederman, A. (1989)

    Tararua Footprints. A Tramper's Guide to the Tararua Ranges Rodgers, M (1996)

    New Zealand Bird Portraits Soper M.F. (1963)

    New Zealand, Portrait of a Nation Stewart, G. (1985)

    From Mountains to Sea. The Story of Westland National Park Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (1990)

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  • Get in contact

    Use the form to enquire about going tramping, joining the club or just to seek general information about tramping in the local ranges.

    41 Perry St, Masterton