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Richmond Ranges, Marlborough - Xmas/New Year 2020

  • 26 Dec 2020
  • 12:30 PM
  • 4 Jan 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • Nelson
  • 3

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Christmas Trip - Richmond Ranges, Marlborough 

26/27th December 2020 – 4th January 2021.

Departure information for all parties. Monday 4 January:  Shuttle/minibus will depart Smith Holiday Park at 9.30am to arrive Nelson Airport approx 11am.

The trip is limited to 32 NSTC financial Club members.

Registrations will ONLY be accepted via the website registration option.  Two parties are fully booked (Distance and Party A)  - please waitlist in the event of cancellations.

$100 deposit is refundable up to the final payment due date but is due by 30 June

The final payment will be due on Friday 13 November 2020.

**Airfares Auckland/Nelson/Auckland are not included.

** Hut fees are not included

Shuttle & local accommodation costs are included.

PARTY SUMMARIES:

DISTANCE PARTY will need to fly to Nelson Saturday 26th December, arriving no later than 12.30 pm for the shuttle to the beginning of the 9 day hike at Pelorus Bridge.

Accommodation at end of tramp for final night of 3rd January.  Accommodation at Smiths Farm Holiday Park.  Shuttle/minibus will depart Smith Holiday Park at 9.30am Monday 4th  to arrive Nelson Airport approx 11am.


https://smithsfarm.co.nz/ 

HOME AND 2 SHORT OUT PARTIES A & B:  Meet at Nelson Airport by 2.00pm on Sunday 27 December 2020.

Accommodation from  27 December whilst not out on the trail is at Home Base - Smiths Farm Holiday Park. Depart to Auckland 4 January

https://smithsfarm.co.nz/   


DISTANCE PARTY:

RICHMOND RANGE NORTH/SOUTH TRAVERSE

Depart 26th December – note date!  End tramp 3rd January for a reunion with other parties.  Depart Nelson 4 January.

9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

Party Size: 8

Cost $220

Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

The Richmond Range is a long wilderness tramp offering height and solitude.  Once above the bushline it’s generally well-marked with cairns or poles although unformed in places.  The track is defined as suitable for fit, well-equipped people with a high degree of excellence and with navigating and river-crossing experience and has many steep and exposed sections.  The track takes in 4 high summits and sidles across the sides of 3 other peaks; all above the bushline.

 

9 DAYS/

8 NIGHTS

26 Dec


Richmond Ranges Traverse: North/South Traverse 109km

26th December 2020-3th January 2021

Airport meet up by 12.30pm.  1pm Shuttle leaves airport for  Pelorus Bridge

# Bunks

KMs approx

Hours approx

Day 1

26 Dec

Drive to Pelorus Bridge.

Pelorus Bridge Road end/Maungatapu Road to Captains Creek Hut

 

6

 

8.5

 

4

Day 2

27 Dec

Captains Creek Hut to Middy Hut

Middy Hut to Rocks Hut

6

6

5

5

2

3

Day 3

28 Dec

Rocks Hut to Browning Hut

Browning Hut to Hacket Hut*

8

 

11

9

4.5

3.5

Day 4

29 Dec

Hacket Hut to Starveall Hut

Starveall Hut to Slaty Hut

6

6

6

5

4

3

Day 5

30 Dec

Slaty Hut to *above Old Man Hut

Above Old Man Hut over Mt Rintoul to Mt Rintoul Hut

Mt Rintoul is the highest point (1731m) on the Richmond Range.

5

6

10

4.5

5

5-6

Day 6

31 Dec

Mt Rintoul Hut to *Tarn Hut

Tarn Hut to Mid Wairoa Hut

5

6

8

6.5

4.5

4

Day 7

1 Jan

Mid Wairoa Hut to Top Wairoa Hut

Top Wairoa Hut to Hunters Hut

6

8

7

10.5

4.5

5

Day 8

2 Jan

Hunters Hut to Porters Creek Hut

Porters Creek Hut to Red Hills Hut

6

6

9

10.5

4

5

Day 9

3 Jan

Red Hills Hut to SH63.

SH63 to St Arnauds (if collection point is not SH63)

Note: there is no water supply between here and St Arnauds

Back to Home Base; accommodation at Smiths Holiday Park overnight 3 January - departure to Auckland 4 January.  Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.


 

7.5

8

4.5

2

** Possible exits are:

(Day 3) At Hacket Junction, trampers have the option of continuing on to Hacket Hut and beyond or finishing their tramp at the Hacket Picnic Area (5.7km from Hacket Junction). 12km road walk down Aniseed Valley Rd to Hope where a bus can be caught into Nelson.  Private transport arrangements are best made in advance if you wish to end your tramp here.

Old Man Hut (Day 5) There is a sign-posted junction at the summit of Old Man Peak (1514 m), with the left-hand route leading down to Lake Chalice or to the Forks/Top Valley.

Tarn Hut (Day 6) 10.5km to Wairoa Gorge Road, plus 7.5km to nearest house (least

DOC Hut tickets required -  8 nights/9 days. As Huts are small and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights and carry your own food for the full traverse**

**If some of the Home Party are keen to do an overnighter as a food drop for the Full Monty, this would need to be confirmed and arranged in advance.


TWO SHORT OUT PARTY OPTIONS  Depart Nelson 27th December 

 3 DAY/2 NIGHT  OUT PARTY A

Party Size 8

Cost $385 

Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June


3 DAYS/

2 NIGHTS

Pelorus to Richmond

# Bunks

KMs approx

Hours approx

Day 1

27 Dec

Drive to Pelorus Bridge

Pelorus Bridge Road end/Maungatapu Road to Captains Creek Hut

Captains Creek Hut to Middy Hut

 

6

6

 

8.5

5

 

4

2

Day 2

28 Dec

Middy Hut to Rocks Hut

Rocks Hut to Totora Saddle to Browning Hut

6

8

5

11

3

5

Day 3

29 Dec

Browning Hut to Aniseed Valley Road via Hacket Track, to Richmond

Return to Home base for New Year and day tramps as desired.

Depart to Auckland 4 January. Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

 

 

16

6

DOC Hut tickets required - 2 nights/3 days.   As Huts are small, and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights.

Accommodation at Home Base: Smiths Farm Holiday Park for 6 nights:  29 December - 3 January.  Depart to Auckland 4 January.

Cabins: 1 x double and 3 single

Shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities in the main building.

 

4 DAY/ 3 NIGHT OUT PARTY B

Party Size 8

Cost $330

Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

First night of 27 December to be spent at Home base rather than have too long a first tramping day. Early start 28th

4 DAYS/

3 NIGHTS

Mt Rintoul

# Bunks

KMs approx

Hours approx

Day 1

28 Dec

Road end to Lake Chalice Hut to Old Man Hut

5

10

8

Day 2

29 Dec

Old Man Hut to Mt Rintoul 1731m and return to Old Man Hut

Mt Rintoul is the highest point (1731m) on the Richmond Range.

5

9km

5-6

Day 3

30 Dec

Old Man Hut to Goulter Creek
 to Lake Chalice Hut

8

2.5
6.7

3
4

Day 4

31 Dec

Lake Chalice Hut to Rd End

Return to Home base for New Year and day tramps as desired.

Depart to Auckland 4 January .Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

 

 

2

DOC Hut tickets required 3 nights/4 days.  As Huts are small, and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights.

Accommodation at Home Base: Smiths Farm Holiday Park for  5 nights:  27 December and 31 December - 3 January.  Depart to Auckland 4 January.

Cabins: 1 x double and 3 single

Shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities in the main building.


HOME PARTY

Party size: 8

Cost $550  

Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

Accommodation 8 nights.

Depart to Auckland 4 January .Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

Self-contained unit (1 x queen & 2 single beds)

Self-contained unit (1 x queen & 4 beds single)

Will be based in Richmond.  Mini bus for transport.

Multiple one day options are available, some suggestions being:


 



Approx Kms

Approx Hrs Return

1

Mt Royal – 1365m

9.5

8

2

Lake Chalice Hut and walk around Lake Chalice – gentle

 

6 gentle

3

Mt Sunday/Mt Riley Route

7

8

4

Top Valley. Riverside walk

5km

2.5h

5

Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway

 

5

6

Wakamarma Track near Havelock)

 

7 (could make overnighter)

7

Ben Nevis, Gibbs Spur 1619m

 

6-7

8

Red Hills Hut – easy

 

4.5

9

Hackett Track. Aniseed Valley Road. Richmond. Walk to Hasket Hut or Brown Hut

 

5-6

10

Hackett Track/Clover Knob 578m River Road/Aniseed Valley Road circuit

 

?

11

Matiai Dam at the head of Maitai Valley Road to Dun Mountain 1129m

 

 

12

Gordons Knob

 

 

13

Beeby’s Knob 1442m

12

7-8 hard

14

Browning Hut

16

6 moderate

15

Devil’s Creek Hut

13

Moderate

16

Queen Charlotte

 

 



Trip Organiser: Amber Gladwin

Email:  Gonewalkies66@gmail.com

Ph:       027-272-0208



MAPS: 

Richmond Ranges Traverse: North/South Traverse 108km

9 days   Sat 26 Dec 20 – Sun 3 Jan 21

Online / Printable / GPS


Short Party A. Pelorus to Richmond

3 days/2 nights    Sun 27 Dec 20 – Tue 29 Dec 20

Online / Printable / GPS


Short Party B. Mt Rintoul - Lake Chalice

4 days/3 nights   Mon 28 Dec 20 – Wed 31 Dec 20

Online / Printable / GPS


To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

·         open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR

·         press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

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