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New Zealand is a beautiful country and offers some tremendous tramping. Look at these photos and see for yourself. The links below will take you to an index of the photos for that trip. Clicking on the thumbprint will display a larger version of the photo.

Kirwans Hill
This trip was a DOC volunteer exercise to listen for kiwi on Kirwans Hill. Based at Kirwans Hut we went out each night including a kiwi dog to listen for kiwi after the first night on Sewell Peak near Greymouth. Unfortunately none were heard. A pleasant week at a good hut with good company - February 2011.

Mount Stormy
Mount Stormy is the prominent peak behind the Karamea township. Great views from the top on a cloudy day - February 2011.

Buckland Peaks
A new hut at bushline below the peaks makes for a pleasant stay. Buckland Peaks is an good area to explore with interesting rock formations and terrific views to Westport and the Paparoas - February 2011.

Black Water Rafting
We thoroughly enjoyed the Black Water Rafting trip run by Underworld Adventures in Charleston. The trip includes a train ride through the native bush, walking through the limestone cave with stalactites and rafting out into the main Nile River. The photos were taken by Underworld Adventures - Feb 2011.

The Inland Pack Track
Starting at the Fox River this trip provides a variety of scenery including limestone caves, the massive Ballroom Overhang and impressive limestone gorges in the Fox, Dilemma and Pororari Rivers. The Inland Pack Track is an easy two day trip. We spent the night at Bullock Creek before coming out the Pororari River back to Punakaiki- February 2011.

The Croesus to Moonlight Track
Old gold mining relics in the Croesus valley made an interesting day on the way to the hut at the bushline. The next day the weather was terrific as we made our way across the tops and down the Moonlight river. A pleasant two day trip - February 2011.

Toaroha - Toaroha Saddle - Mungo - Frew Saddle - Whitcombe
The tramp into Cedar Flats in the lower Toaroha is straight forward. The upper Toaroha River to Toaroha Saddle and the Mungo River are fairly rugged and make for slow progress. We enjoyed the newish Bluff Hut after the scramble up through the Mungo bluffs. The Upper Hokitika River, Frew Saddle and the Frew River were not so demanding. Frews Hut on the Whitcombe-Frew confluence provided the first company in five nights. The last day was down the Whitcombe and across the cable way and out - March 2011.

The Five Passes
The Five Passes is a tramp we have wanted to do for a number of years. Previous attempts have been thwarted by weather. Finally the weather was right. Starting in the Beans Burn the trip crosses Fohn Saddle in the upper valley, leads to the Olivine Ledge then Fiery Col. Down to Cow Saddle and the Hidden Falls River then up to Park Pass and into the Rock Burn valley finishing by crossing Sugar Loaf Pass and exiting the Routeburn Track - March 2011.

Packraft on Lake Marian
Off the Hollyford Valley, the day trip into Lake Marian on a glorious day provided some great photos. The lake was still and paddle up the lake and back on the packraft was enjoyable - March 2011.

Wakapapa to Ohakune
A short winter trip in Tongariro National Park from Wakapapa to Ohakune. We had hoped for more snow so we could use or snow shoes but we enjoyed two beautiful sunny days - September 2011.

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