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.

Latest Newsletter

After 10 years Ray Salisbury has stepped down from Newsletter Editor. Lea Mellon has stepped up and produced her first newsletter; September 2019.

Thanks Ray and Lea.

The Hut Keepers

No country has anything quite like New Zealand’s network of backcountry huts, but many of these shelters were at risk of being lost to dilapidation, old age and the ravages of the weather. Now, volunteers around the country are preserving remote huts—and the heritage they represent—for the next generation of trampers.

Kennedy Warne, New Zealand Geographic

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Upcoming Events

[See Programme for more details.]
6 October
Mt Arthur Hut Circuit Easy

Walk from Flora Carpark to Arthur Hut for lunch.

Descend through bush to Flora Hut then return to carpark.

7 October
Club Night

First Aid evening

Club member Steve McGlone, who is a GP and an experienced tramper, will talk to us about first aid in the outdoors.  Come along and learn some essential skills to have in your tramping toolkit.

Come from 7pm for a cup of tea, presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm.  Gold coin donation. Nelson Intermediate School staffroom. 

12 - 13 October
Salisbury Lodge Medium

Plan is to walk in from Flora carpark on Saturday morning and spend the night at Salisbury Lodge (1 serviced hut ticket). During the weekend we will explore the surrounding tableland and caves in the area and spend some time learning navigation and bushcraft skills. This trip is aimed at helping the less exprencied people to feel more confident  with leading trips. Children welcome too. Depending on weather and conditions there may be the option to return via Gordons Pyramid.

19 - 20 October
Lake Lockett Medium

Saturday: Park at Sylvester carpark and follow a trappers track up Diamond Lake Stream to camp at Lake Lockett.

Sunday: Up over the knob near Lake Sylvester and out past Sylvester hut.

Possible side trips to Mt Lockett or Diamond Lake if time and energy allows.


25 - 27 October
Tapuae-o-Uenuku Fit


The Clarence side is now closed between October - November due to lambing and calving.

Tapuae-o-Uenuku will now be from the Hodder.

More details to follow.

Note: If your snow skills are basic, or rusty, then the Snow Skills Training on September 7 - 8 would be a great way to revisit this area.

Please note that a prerequisite for this trip is that you have done an overnight trip with the club and are known to club members to have snow skills.

Crampons and ice axe required.

3 November
Lodestone / Hodder Fit

Lodestone / Hodder

We leave from the Flora car park (960M) and begin a steep ascent through beech forest to Lodestone (1262M) a good place for morning tea. We then descend, very steeply at times, to the saddle (1180M) between Lodestone and Hodder before acsending to Mt Hodder (1462M) - a good place for lunch. Alternatively it is possible to sidle along the side of Lodestone reducing the climb by 60M.

After lunch we head in a SW direction on a circuit back to the Flora track arriving at Flora Hut soon after reaching teh Flora track. A pause to look at the resident wekas and have a snack before heading back to the car park and return to Nelson.

Most of this walk is marked route only, though bush open and easy to walk through. There are some steep sections and it is moderately long.

4 November
Pub Night Social

Speights Ale House from 7pm

Come along for a drink and maybe a bite to eat.  A great chance to catch up informally with other clubbies, discuss past trips and plan future ones! 

9 - 10 November
Abel Tasman Nation Park Medium

SHIFTED from August (cancelled due to bad weather). The less visited Northern Coast for an easy tramp with idyllic overnight camp.
From Wainui Bay we head to Whariwharangi for lunch at the hut or on the beautiful beach. Then on to Mutton Cove where we will drop packs for a side trip to Separation Point and then back to set up camp. On Sunday we head to Anapai Bay on the coastal track and then to the track junction for Totaranui. Up over Gibbs Hill (405m) on the main track and back down to Wainui Bay. Perhaps a side trip to Wainui Falls or to Taipo Point if there is time. 

This is part of the ATNP GW so campites must be booked at $15 a site.

10 November
Hackett Hut Easy

Details follow. Whispering Falls will be visited.

16 - 17 November
White's Bay Grade TBD


Once there, anyone can do as much or as little as they want to, with walks ranging from 10mins to a 9hr ridgeline traverse with views over Port Underwood and across to the North Island. The water temperature is bracing all year round and offers a delightful end to a womble in the hills. Doc camp fees are $15, facilities excellent and there is a glowworm grotto onsite. Likely to include a pause at Pelorus Bridge for a swim if warm either way.