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.

Upcoming Events

[See Programme for more details.]
17 December
St Arnaud Range Traverse Fit

Climb up onto the St Arnaud range ridgeline via the Parachute Rock track and head north-east over a highpoint at 1683m. It's an easy open ridge for a few kms before entering stunted beech to find the descent route back down through to Alpine Meadows estate. Excellent views of the Nelson Lakes area. Some car shuffling required.

28 December - 5 January
Garden of Eden Fit


This trip is now closed.


This trip will follow the standard route into the Gardens; Clyde River - Frances River - Colin Campbell Glacier - Wee McGregor Glacier - Perth Col. The current plan would be to camp under Baker Peak.


  1. Mike Drake
  2. Madeleine Rohrer
  3. Sue Henley
  4. Kate Krawczyk
  5. Liz Henderson
  6. Pat Holland


Everyone will need a harness, carabiners, prusik slings and helmet. Camp under Baker Peak will be on snow. Ice axe and crampons.

30PF+ sunscreen and lip screen. Some people use Buffs or silk scarves for sun protection. Wide brimmed hat good idea.

[We will meet before the trip to talk through and demonstrate crevasse travel and use of gear.]


Use of ice axe and crampons essential.


Day 1 (28/12): Travel to Lake Camp just out from Erewhon Station.

Day 2: Travel up the Clyde River to Watchdog Hut.

Day 3: Continue up the Clyde and into the Frances River. Camp by the lakes at the foot of Colin Campbell Glacier.

Day 4 (31/12): Negotiate "a bit" of terminal morraine debris then onto the Colin Campbell Glacier, taking the true right branch onto the Wee McGregor Glacier to Perth Col. Travel a further several hundred metres and establish camp below Baker Peak. What better place to bring in the New Year.

Day 5 (1/1/18): Baker PeakEnjoy the snowscape; walk up Baker Peak, checkout Adams Col, maybe have a look at Garden of Allah.

Day 6: Spare day. Decide to head on down or spend another day on the Garden of Eden.

Day 7: Retrace our steps to camp by the lakes.

Day 8: Watchdog Hut.

Day 9: Erewhon Station, then Nelson.


Clyde River

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6 - 7 January
Nydia Walkway Medium

Following the Nydia Walkway to Nydia Lodge. $15 pp

Kaiuma to Duncan Bay - Track 27km in total.

Water Taxi return to Kaiuma $30

Bookings have been made for this trip. It may still be possible to join. Please contact Leah to discuss.

Fuel TBC

20 - 21 January
Mt Arthur Tableland Grade TBD

Explore the natural and historic features of this area from a base at Balloon Hut.

21 January
Torrent Bay Walk/sail Medium

Walk from Marahau to Anchorage Hut. 1230 pick up by Brian in his 9m catamaran from the beach, sail, swim/snorkel, visit Adele Island. Drop off at Coquille Bay. Life jackets, snorkels/masks, tea/coffee supplied. $15pp boat charge. Limit 8. Weather dependent.