Marlborough Tramping Club

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The Marlborough Tramping Club is in the enviable position of having some of the New Zealand's best tramping right at our back door. The Nelson Lakes, Richmond Range, Queen Charlotte Track and for the more adventurous, Mt Tapuae-o-uenuku are all less than two hours drive from Blenheim.

 Marlborough and the surrounding area is home to an enormous range of native plants, from high alpine species to the many coastal varieties. Throughout the region the Marlborough Daisy can be found clinging happily to the most inhospitable chunk of rock.

We are affiliated to The Federated Mountain Clubs and many of our members are involved with Search and Rescue and the Mountain Safety Council


TRIPS.  We are a very active club, holding mid-week and Sunday trips plus regular overnight tramps. Extended trips further afield are also on the program. We also have regular trips to cater for the keen cyclists in our club. We cater for all levels of fitness and capability from easy grade to the tougher fitness-essential trips.  Fun outings in the  form of kayaking, winter solstice etc generally provide much hilarity.

 If you are interested in coming out tramping please read all the information below the itinerary on our home page.

 It tells you who to ring and what you need to take. It is important that you carry plenty of  layers of clothes and food and drink at all times.  (Winter and Summer). It is essential that you carry a waterproof coat and have decent footwear, preferably boots.  Sports shoes can be okay on benched tracks but not suitable for most of our trips.

  Many of our trips are above the bush line where the weather can change dramatically in a short time.  Being prepared keeps not only you but the rest of the group a lot safer if you are caught out or delayed.  

 Trip leaders will be able to give you any particular info relevant to their trip. Departure time is listed. Generally we are back in Blenheim around 4.30-5pm. but as this cannot be guaranteed it doesn't

pay to make important evening appointments on tramping days!    A few tramps have been spoiled because someone has had to back by a certain time.

 Actual walking/climbing time is around 6 to7 hours on the average trip and a reasonable level of fitness and endurance is necessary.

 To book for any trips phone leader no later than 8.30pm Monday evening for Wednesday or Friday for Sunday tramp.   Transport cost is listed on the program-please ensure you pay your driver.  An additional $5 is charged for non-members.

Non-members are welcome to join us (subject to being properly equipped and undertaking trips consistent with their experience and fitness). 

 Subscription is $27 single or $30 double or family.     An application for membership can be obtained from the Secretary or direct from the  side bar on the left of this page.    Fill it in and have it signed by two financial members and return for committee acceptance.

CLUB NIGHTS.  Social nights usually at the Blenheim School Hall. These include our annual photo competition , guest speakers and pot luck meals.  Always a great supper!!  A Christmas bar-b-que for all members and their families completes our club year.


TRAINING. Training programs include Snow Skills, River Crossing and Map and Compass Courses. Our 4WD owners have also undertaken a two day course covering the many issues involved in off road driving, river crossing, winching etc. This was funded by the club.


PROJECTS.    Recently we have upgraded the Gosling Hut and we are constantly improving the Hodder Huts.  All members are able to participate in these projects even if they are not active trampers.    Kerry Millard is our huts man and as a builder has first rate knowledge to organise and oversee our projects.


COMMUNICATIONS   All financial members receive The FMC Bulletin and our monthly newsletter, Snowgrass and Scree  keeping members up to date with club news, itinerary and trip reports.  

 We also have a mid week info email to advise of program changes and reminders of events coming up.

As well as this website we have a Facebook page where members post their photos etc.

Joining the Marlborough Tramping Club

Subscription is $27.00 single and $30.00 for a double or family.     

Have the form signed by two financial members and submit your application to the committee for approval.

Membership Application Form

2018/19 Committee

Mary Jobberns
027 2785633
Jane Minto
Helen Miller
Murray Chapman
Club Captain
  Steve Dyer
Vice President/
Social Convenor
Kerry Millard

Huts Officer
Steven Grant
Face book Administrator       
Bill Woollcombe
Vice President

Sue McKenzie
Social Convenor/
  Helmut Adendorff
  Gordon Stone

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