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Newsletter #6 July 2024

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View Preview Kia ora koutou Welcome to our July 2024 newsletter of the Greater Wellington Backcountry Network Inc. The efforts of our members that have put their hands up to help get the mahi done has been impressive, and to … Continue reading

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Mitre Flats Windfalls

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Alistair Barr and Derrick Field spent few days in at Mitre Flats hut, clearing mainly windfalls of the tracks. Cleared upstream to North Mitre stream, , most of windfalls off the Mitre track, and also towards Atiwhakatu. still few to … Continue reading

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Upper Raumahanga Tracks restored

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GWBN volunteer Jim Hepburn getting cut leatherwood off the Dundas track One of the major GWBN track projects for 2023/24 was the recutting of the tracks on what is known as the Dundas Loop. This route leads from Putara roadend … Continue reading

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Te Araroa trail clearing continues

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John Duggan, about to leave Dracophyllum hut, for Te Matawai TA Trail clearing continues A team of 5, including Mike Sheridan , Jeremy Collyns, Anton Marsden, John Duggan spent the week at Dracophyllum and Te Matawai huts clearing the tracks … Continue reading

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Alpha Hut make over

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Alpha after repainting Alpha hut has been over due for repairs and painting for some time. This was the priority hut project for the GWBN this summer an d was a “Must Do”. SWeather delayed the initial start, resulting in … Continue reading

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Mangahao Valley

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The team on the Girdlestone Saddle section of the track After 8 days cutting, the GWBN team completed cutting the 18.5 kms from the Dora Track to Mangahao Dams. Total effort was 211 hours cutting. The chainsaw and scrub bar … Continue reading

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Newsletter #5 December 2023

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View Preview Kia ora koutou Welcome to our December 2023 newsletter of the Greater Wellington Backcountry Network Inc. As with the last newsletter in July, theres been a bit going on. We had out AGM in September 2023. A new … Continue reading

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Newsletter #4 July 2023

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View Preview Kia ora koutou Welcome to our August 2023 newsletter of the Greater Wellington Backcountry Network Inc. Our first AGM is going to be held on 23rd September. The first year of the GWBN has been busy, with hut … Continue reading

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Tauherenikau Gorge Walk

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Nic Blair and franz Hubmann on the track A recut of the Tauherenikau Gorge track was completed. The track leads from the campsite at end of Bucks road to the gorge upstream. Its about a 2.4 km walk on a … Continue reading

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Herepai Tracks

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Three GWBN members carried equipment and packs up to Herepai hut last week, mainly to clear the track to the bush line. Dave McQueen and Derrick Field walked in on Wednesday morning, and managed to get to clearing down in … Continue reading

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