Welcome to the website of the Nelson Tramping Club

The Nelson Tramping Club is based near some of the finest tramping opportunities in New Zealand. Our club conducts an active, year-round programme of trips for members of diverse interests and abilities. Non-members are welcome to join our trips (subject to being properly equipped and undertaking trips consistent with their fitness and experience); we are always looking for new members! 

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July 1st is the renewal date for club subscriptions.

Make Your Voice Count

DOC are reviewing two park management plans; Westland and Mt Cook.

Submissions Close: @ 16:00 Monday, February 4, 2019.

Details are here

The future of our heritage is in our hands. Submissions take time, but if you are concerned about helicopter noise, further commercialisation of our national parks then this is the forum to have your say.

I have made submissions before and changes have been made as a result of my, and many others input.

So, rather than vent your opinions privately - make a submission. This is where your views will be noted and perhaps make a difference for you, your fellow outdoors' people and future generations.

Mike Drake


Upcoming Events

[See Programme for more details.]
16 December
Maitai Caves Easy

Easy and relaxed stroll up to the Maitai caves, no mountains to climb, only a gentle incline just before we reach the caves. Lunch at the caves and time to explore before returning back the same way. 3-4 hour easy round trip. 

23 December
Pearse Resurgence Medium

Good walk for a summer's day, along the Pearse River to the resurgence, then a short climb further up the valley to Nettlebed Cave. Some easy river crossings but wet feet guaranteed.

25 - 26 December
Sunrise Ridge. Mt Owen Fit

Anyone want to escape the madness of Christmas for the solitute of the hills? 

Ok guys, here goes. Lets rock Sunrise ridge by doing a crossover. This saves that long Branch Creek valley walk. Will need enough willing happy trampers so car either end. One party  via Courthouse flat, going tracked route or via Billies Knob and drop into Poverty basin to camp Saturday night. Other party Sunrise Peak route to tops and along and down to the basin for Saturday night.  Good visability and Nav skills needed for each party and fitness and happiness on rock please. Longish days with good grunty climbs either end. Max people 8, two cars, or 10 depending on cars. 

30 December

Day Trip - Any grade, any destination

31 December - 5 January
Hellfire Circuit Plus Fit

Hellfire, Misery, Branch, into the head of Judges and Coldwater Creeks. Finish by heading over to Lees Creek.

"This is a spectacular round trip, crossing high passes of the Raglan Range into seldom-visited valleys."

Tramping in the South Island, Sven Brabyn

Cutoff Date: Please advise by December 23.

Day 1: Cross swing bridge to Lees Creek then along the flats to Hellfire Stream and spend New Year's Eve by the tarn at the head of the valley.

Day 2: Cross to Misery Stream and down to Bottom Misery Hut.

Day 3: Head up Branch River to the infrequently visited Branch Biv.

Day 4: Continue up Branch River, cross the head of Judges and camp by the tarn on the way to Coldwater Creek.

Day 5: Cross into Lees Creek and camp at the head of the valley.

Day 6: Continue down Lees Creek and out.