Hutt Valley Tramping Club

CLIMBING, BIKING AND OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS

 

The HVTC offers many activities the whole year round. Trips are planned in advance and a Trip List is put together every six months.

 

The main activities are:

Tramping

The club offers most weekends three different tramping trips, plus a Sunday walk. There are often mountainbike rides and walks during the week as well. The trips are graded to meet the needs for different levels of fitness. Weekend trips are usually in the Tararuas and Ruahines. During longer weekends and over Christmas and Easter the club organises trips to the South Island. 
 
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Climbing

The HVTC is active in alpine climbing as well rock climbing. The club runs every year instruction courses to teach basic alpine skills. Alpine climbing includes trips to Tongariro National Park, Mt Taranaki and the South Island. The club has a group of active rock climbers and trips cover North as well South Island. Indoor climbing is also popular under club members.
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Skiing

The club is active in downhill skiing as well ski touring. The HVTC owns its own lodge on the Whakapapa ski field in Tongariro National Park. These unique facilities are available to members every weekend during the ski season. Ski touring trips are planned to Tongariro National Park, Ruahines and the South Island.
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Mountain Biking and Cycling 

Many mountain and touring bike rides are on the syllabus, including Tuesday night trips during the summer months and longer trips during weekends.
 

Instruction Courses

The club runs regular outdoor instruction courses. Instruction courses cover bushcraft, alpine and leadership skills. Bushcraft skills like navigation, setting up a camp, fire-lighting and crossing of rivers are part of the program. The alpine instruction courses are during the winter and teach how to use ice axe, crampons, ropes and how to get around safely on snow and ice in an alpine environment.

Other activities include sea kayaking, tubing down rivers, rafting.

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