Hutt Valley Tramping Club




7.30 pm

Club nights from the first Wednesday in May to commence at 7.30 pm

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With the change to Orange under Covid-19 we run meetings at the Clubrooms again - though we ask everyone attending to wear masks while in the Clubrooms, except while consuming supper.


25 May: Garden of Eden Revisited - first 10 day tramp Dennis co-led and organised with Jan Heine by Dennis Page
In the 1998 edition of HV Tramping, Jan Heine published an article entitled 'The Could've Trip' that described an attempt to reach the Garden of Eden - An ice plateau in the central Canterbury Highcountry. Dennis Page was a new member of HVTC in 1999 when the 1998 annual was distributed to members: He had equally strong desires to visit 'The Gardens' having learned of their existence as a teenager when participating on a high-school ski trip that was led by another club member, Maarten Vink. Over 2003, Dennis and Jan got together and planned to make a trip into the GoE a reality - and the trip got underway commencing on New Year's Day of 2004. Tonight, as a tribute to Jan, Dennis will revisit the talk he gave in 2004 showing the challenges the trip party faced that necessitated a double crossing of the main divide and how Jan 'hacked it' with the young lads.


1 June : John McCrystal – Mapping NZ and his “Singing the Trail” book 

John will introduce his book Singing the Trail’ (Allen & Unwin, 2019) which is the story of New Zealand as told through its maps. John McCrystal of Wellington has been working as a freelance writer since 1996, contributing to most of New Zealand’s leading newspapers and magazines and writing, co-writing and ghost writing over 50 non-fiction titles on an eclectic collection of subjects, ranging from corporate histories, a history of motoring in New Zealand, the history of Auckland’s Eden Park to (in his latest book) a collection of the stories of notable local and international shipwrecks.


8 June: First three Christmas tramps 1965-1968

Graeme’s first 3 Christmas trips were all over 3 weeks in length and covered three different areas of the South Island. Come along and hear what extended tramps were like in the 60s - possibly the golden era of NZ tramping.

15 June: John Rodes History of the Holdsworth Area

Who was Joseph Holdsworth? Where is Paradise Camp? Where did Hans Thomsen live? Why is Mountain House so called? When was the fire at Rocky Lookout? Where’s Doodlem Buck? How many tons of timber, iron and windows did HVTC members carry up the hill to build Powell Hut? Answers to these questions, and more, in this talk!

22 June: OPEN NIGHT - WINTER PHOTOS Christmas pudding, mulled wine to celebrate

29 June: Remutaka Conservation Trust re the need to control dogs and kiwi avoidance training for dogs


6 Jul Update on Baring Head Restoration -from Friends of Baring Head


The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions


If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact

Pamela at club night, or email details to