Author Archives: Derrick Field

Tararua and Aorangi Work Plan 2021/22

The Tararua Aorangi Remutaka Huts Committee (TARHC) held a good meeting this week at the Wellington NZDA clubrooms. Thirteen of the 17 clubs and volunteer groups and individuals that have management agreements with DOC to look after huts and also … Continue reading

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Joe Gibbs

Joe was a “resident” in the Tauherenikau Valley in the 1960s. He spent a lot of his time at the Tararua Tramping Club hut Tauherenikau hut. Trampers and hunters would often meet Joe at the other huts in the valley, … Continue reading

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The Huts of the Hector Track

The development of the Hector track started much of the public interest in tramping in the Tararua range and what was to become the popular Southern Crossing. The history of the huts on the Hector Track has been documented by … Continue reading

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McGregor – Waiohine track

This was an old track initially cut by the NZ Forest service deer cullers. It follows the main spur down to the Waiohine river at the confluence of Dorset creek. The track has suffered a lot of windfalls and is … Continue reading

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Arete Forks tracks update

Old NZFS tracks in the vicinity of Arete Forks have been remarked.. The map on the right is an extract from a 1960s NZFS Park Map.This route was maintained by the NZFS until the early 1980s. . Check out the … Continue reading

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New – The Deer Culling huts

Angle Knob hut in the Tararua Forest park. Destroyed by wind. The culling of deer in our backcountry led to opening up of remote areas. These huts and associated tracks and bridges are now valued for recreation and also regarded … Continue reading

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Cow Creek facelift

Cow Creek hut in the Tararua Forest Park has had a facelift, and return to the original interior and exterior colours that were used when the hut was built in 1960 by the NZ Forest Service. The hut is now … Continue reading

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Winchcombe Bivouac Returns

Recently, the exNZFS team led by John McCann got the all new Winchcombe bivouac on site in the Tararuas. The idea to reinstate Winchcombe bivouac began a few years back after discussions about the old Forest Service bivouacs and that … Continue reading

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