Topographic maps:

NZ Topomaps https://www.topomap.co.nz

WAMS (best aerial photography) https://www.wams.org.nz/

Maps from DOC http://www.doc.govt.nz/maps

Maps past http://www.mapspast.org.nz

LINZ: http://www.linz.govt.nz/land/maps/linz-topographic-maps/map-chooser

(http://www.locusmap.eu for mobile phone and google earth for impressing people)


Track information:

DOC http://www.doc.govt.nz - or call / inquire within visitor centre

Greater Wellington Parks/walkways http://www.gw.govt.nz/parks/

Te Araroa https://www.teararoa.org.nz

(look for distance, altitude, vegetation, track conditions, river/alpine travel and determine required skills and whether trip is desirable/suitable for group / weather-conditions / time budget)


Trip databases, blogs

http://climbnz.org.nz / http://www.windy.gen.nz / http://www.ttc.org.nz/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TararuaFootprints/HomePage

Old VUWTC website: http://old.vuwtc.org.nz/cs/forums/20/ShowForum.aspx

Wilderness Magazine, Heels (our annual publications), Get inspiration from hut book entries.

Ask people and search for other tramping (club) trip reports (aka ask google!)


Time estimates:

  • driving time: see https://www.google.co.nz/

  • tramping Trip times: From track info / trip reports (be aware of intended audience).

FMC Safety in the Mountains for tramping times (page 3):

  • Time to leave hut after getting up 1.5 hr

  • Time to leave camp after getting up 2 hr

  • Well formed tracks 4-6 km / hr

  • Well-formed tracks with children/picture taking 2-3 km / hr

  • Tramping tracks 2-3 km / hr

  • Off-track, open bush 1-3 km / hr

  • Off-track, scrub 100m - 400 m / hr

  • Off-track, rugged country 6-10 km / day

  • Climbing on tracks, or open country Add 1hr per 300-350m of height gain

  • Descent, open country 300-600m height / hr

Weather:

Forecasts:

Metservice http://www.metservice.com/mountain/brief-mountain-forecast

MetVUW http://metvuw.com/forecast/

River Flow (mainly Tararuas):

Wellington, Wairarapa: http://graphs.gw.govt.nz

Manawatu http://www.horizons.govt.nz/environment-data

Avalanche Advisory/Forecast:

If you're heading to the mountains (South Island / central North Island) during the winter, it's essential to check this.

http://www.avalanche.net.nz


Food, Gear, Fitness & Skill

Food:

Gear:

Fitness Scales:

Skill level:

Navigation required? River Crossing Skills? Experience with adverse conditions?

Will everyone need the skills or do you have skilled party members/leader?

Tramping: walking and scramble only. (Mt Cook system: Grade 2)

Alpine scale: http://climbnz.org.nz/faq#n7164 (e.g. Mt Cook system)


Cost Estimates:

(yes, these data are dependent on taste and time of year!)

-  Dinner: 5NZD per person / Breakfast 2ish Per Person / Booze: don’t ask…

-  Fuel: 1.80 to 2 NZD per Liter – 1 l per 10 km (depending on load, hills, driving style)

-  DOC hut (standard 5 or serviced 15 NZD/night), annual pass (80NZD with FMC discount)

-  Rental Car 20 NZD – 40 NZD per day, see ACE or Omega