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Three Kings (Tararua Ranges) Weekend 12-14 April

Last post 08-04-2013, 6:41 PM by achim. 2 replies.
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  •  02-04-2013, 3:23 PM 6514

    Three Kings (Tararua Ranges) Weekend 12-14 April

    Please sign up using the form here and indicate (e.g via fitness level), which trip you prefer.
    I'll come up with more infos and more definite plans on the meeting on Tuesday, April 9th.

    A online Map is here - that will answer your questions on altitude and distance Wink
    (map reading will be a big topic on bush craft.)

    Tarn Ridge Hut (1 ticket each): DOC description, Photo on VUWTC site
    This dunny has the most beautiful view! More images here.

    Another Ticket for Blue Range Hut (e.g see Dom's trip report)
    Or just buy a hut pass (see discounts here).

    Fuel/Transport Costs: about 20 NZD

    Trip idea 1 (medium easy/medium):

    Saturday: start early morning (pick up 8AM latest).
    Drive to Masterton/Upper Plain road/The Pines
    Walk to Mitre Flats Hut, have lunch/swim
    Get up to Mitre (that's a climb!), get over Girdlestone to Tarn Ridge Hut
    Have dinner, spend night there (meet the other group).

    Sunday: Tramp over Three Kings (funny up and down!), Baldy (lunch)
    Back to Mitre Flats (with a bush bash short cut (old track) or 'official' the track).
    another break and swim... and finally back to the car.

    This trip becomes truly medium easy when starting on Friday and going to Mitre Flats Hut (3 tickets) and Saturday over the Kings.

    Trip idea 2 (medium fit/fit):

    Friday: drive to Kirwhakapapa, tramp to Blue Range Hut

    Saturday: Bush bash along Te Mare, Bruce Hill to Mitre Flats.
    Up the Mid King Biv Spur (lunch somewhere there) to Mid-King Biv, (two of the) Three Kings to Tarn Ridge Hut.
    Meet the other group.

    Sunday: To Arete and via Bannister to Cow Saddle and out via Spur, Blue Range track
    ... or Pinnacle Spur/Arete Forks, Cow Creek Hut...

    (For this trip I need some thinking about the Saturday/Sunday balance.)

    Any questions?
    Contact me at or ask me at the VUWTC meeting.

    Tarn Ridge Hut

  •  08-04-2013, 8:36 AM 6517 in reply to 6514

    Re: Three Kings (Tararua Ranges) Weekend 12-14 April

    Interested in the Three Kings (Tararua Ranges) trip?

    Come to the meeting on Tuesday 7:30PM (Kelburn Campus, AM103).
    Please use the web form to sign up till Wednesday.
    Weather is on track, it looks like a beautiful weekend!
  •  08-04-2013, 6:41 PM 6519 in reply to 6517

    Re: Three Kings (Tararua Ranges) Weekend 12-14 April

    The tramp was more on the cloudy side and windy.

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