Mount Climie: Gallery Of A Welly Winter Wonderland

Mid-July 2017, and after a week or-so of hugging our heaters here in Welly, we’ve just emerged from the arse-end of yet another miserable winter polar precip – something of a regular/annual occurrence, these days (who’s the orange-tinged ninny that keeps insisting climate change isn’t real(?) – *ugh*, gummon yo).

What that means for tops of ranges like the iconic “Rimutakas” (*actually remutaka, orthographically-speaking, but that’s another story) here in our nation’s capital, is: snow.

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Kaitoke Regional Park & Rivendell: Mother Earth Meets “Middle-earth”

So, sprained my ankle a couple of weeks ago during an endurance race in Mōhaka (*East Coast, North Island, exceptionally rural New Zealand).

Quite literally, one moment my trusty racing sidekick and I were negotiating a ridiculously narrow goat-track of a route around the side of a hill, and ‘nek minnit’ she was gorilla-gripping my hydration pack with her oversize/d girl-hands (they’re a “thing”, and thank goodness for ’em) to stop me from rolling into something of an abyss.

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Mount Climie: All Seasons In One Year

*Nov ’16 (update): Obviously, these posts are very much a snapshot of a moment in time, and things can and do change.  Since writing this piece I’ve explored more of the summit terrain on Mount Climie, and I’d very much like to add-to, here…

At the top of Climie No.2, once you reach the plateau-point continue onward, past, and around the wire fence to the other side.  There, you’ll be able to head to whichever angle you choose for the precise views you’re seeking up there – so, Wellington Harbour on the one, Wairarapa and surrounds on another, along with (*my favourite) this panorama of the Rimutaka and Tararua ranges:

Pretty shit-hot spot to consume your fuel, too.

You’re welcome (*grins*).


As of this weekend (this being the last weekend of spring, before summer officially begins) my hiking buddy and I have experienced all four seasons of 2015 on the summit of Mount Climie.

Massive, given we only took up hiking on Christmas Eve of 2014.

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Mount Climie: An Introduction To My Favourite Wellington Day-Hike

Welcome to my favourite Wellington day-hike.

She’s a pretty low-key space, fairly anonymously tucked-away in Upper Hutt’s ‘Pakuratahi Forest’.  In fact, there’s a really good chance you’ve never even heard of this one.

Allow me to introduce you two…

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