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

More Galleries | Comments Off on The Huts of the Hector Track

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | 1 Comment

Wairarapa Volunteer News and Views Autumn Edition

Vol. 8 2021 Photo by Aaron Smith – Heritage and Visitor Ranger Good day to you! I really appreciate the reports and photos sent in on work completed to keep the Volunteer service data up to date. All the work … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | 1 Comment

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

What’s up DOC? March 2021

For the love of charismatic megafauna
In celebration of #Seaweek this March, our Threatened Species Ambassador Erica Wilkinson wrote a post on our Conservation Blog about sea lions/ rāpoka / whakahao.
These fearless, confident, and curious animals were once hunted in Aotearoa, until one brave sea lion turned up on the Otago coast in 1993 and gave birth to a pup on a local farm. Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

FMC Newsletter March 2021

Nominations for the 2021 FMC Executive

It’s that time of the year again when we ask all our member clubs to think about nominating someone for the Executive. It is a stimulating body to work with, bringing together people from right around NZ and dealing with a wide range of outdoor recreation related issues. Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

FMC Newsletter February 2021

Nominations for the FMC Executive

In early March all Member Clubs will receive information related to membership renewal for 2021 and nominations for the Executive.

Start thinking now about whether there is someone in your club who would like to join our Executive to advocate on behalf of all our member clubs. Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment