What we're about

Join us practicing bushcraft skills and doing walks and tramps around the Wellington region. We're a bunch who like helping others (and the bush!)

The goals of this group are to:

• help people develop their confidence and comfort in the bush

• practice and improve bushcraft skills and knowledge

• build up tramping networks

• enjoy the bush around Wellington we're so lucky to have!

Upcoming events (4+)

Nightwalk: Tawatawa reserve exploration loop (Island/Owhiro bays)

Murchison Street

Find your way across myriad trails through Tawatawa reserve on this nightwalk exploration along trails on the hills behind Island Bay.

What we'll do
Meeting at Murchison St carpark entrance, we'll head up the ridge trail, then drop over toward Berhampore golf course. We'll then take traplines or trails or whatever looks interesting to swing back around the western ridge and back to the cars.

What you need
-Comfort with a lack of certainty
-Good boots/walking shoes

Nightwalk: Mawson St lookout loop (Lower Hutt)

Mawson Street

Climb the hills on old trails between Lower Hutt and Wainui and be rewarded with beaut regional views on this rough-trail loop-walk in Lower Hutt.

What we'll do
Meeting at the Mawson St roadend, we'll follow old trails onto the old Leightons Gully trail which winds up to the ridge tracks. We'll head over to the radio masts viewpoint, then head down toward Whites Line East and then along the Mawson St track back to the cars.

What you need
Headtorch (just incase)
Good hiking shoes
Possibly walking pole if you're into it (rough and slippery trails likely)
Good raincoat

Tenting: Mt Holdsworth basecamp with pizzas, daywalks (fam friendly car camping)

Holdsworth Camping Area

Enjoy a relaxed one-or-two night camping weekend with mountain daywalks and swimming from Mt Holdsworth DOC campsite in the Wairarapa. There will be young families on this trip as well as fit beasts.

What we'll do
I'll get out there early-afternoon on Friday, find a good spot for our 'group base camp' and set up some tarps because that's what I do for fun. I'll show the way somehow, perhaps with orange hats (TBD). Come as carpools or solo whenever after work. Those arriving before 6, we'll head back out to get pizza for dinner at the Holdsworth Pizza shop, but this is optional.

About 8, we'll have a group korero about options on Sat and Sun. Some may want to do an overnighter tramp into the Forest Park for Saturday night, so if you're into doing a tramp, have that stuff available as a potential - otherwise car-camping stuff is fine for various daywalk action.
See attached event photo for some potential walk and exploration options from the campsite through Saturday.

Various! Walks, swims, reading, looking at grass, watching couples fight putting tents up, whatever you want. Aside from the walks, the camping isn't 'hosted' during the day - you'll 'find your people' and go on an adventure, or read your book or something.

In the evening, those at camp will hang out, then go to bed. If you're one of those guitar-at-campsite people or want to perform your interpretive dance routine for us, GO ON.

Breakfast, packup, go home at your leisure.

What you need
Tent, camping, sitting, sleeping gear
Walking daybag etc.
Food for the days you are coming
$10 per adult per night camping. If you are short on dosh, the actual campsite signage still says $8 so I bet you could get away with it. The warden does EFTPOS.

Weather cancellations
If the weather forecast is poor, we will cancel this trip. Some may go tramping instead; to be confirmed closer to the time.

Try to arrange carpooling in the comments or event chat if you want to do that; I can't as the car will be chokka with camping stuff.

Further reading
Holdsworth Pizza: https://restaurantguru.com/Mt-Holdsworth-Pizza-Mount-Holdsworth
Campsite: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/tararua-forest-park/things-to-do/campsites/holdsworth-campsite/

Nightwalk: Lower Hutt firebreak loop

Whites Line East

Boost it up through reserve forest and regrowth in Hayward Scenic reserve, enjoying exercise and views on this nightwalk loop in Lower Hutt.

What we'll do
meeting at the end of Whites Line East, we'll start easy walking toward Mawson st, before climbing the firebreak up to the radiomasts. We'll walk along the pylon road, then back down the Konini saddle trail (as downhill on clay firebreaks sucks).
Note these trails are old and 'volunteer maintained', and there's been an absence of volunteers, so expect adventure.

What you need
Good boots/shoes
Windbreaker jacket
headtorch just incase

Past events (134)

Spicer Forest After work walk

End Of Ohariu Valley Road