Southern Crossing 100th Anniversary tramp, March 2022

March 16, 2022

Last weekend the Wellington College Tramping club completed a memorable Southern Crossing of the Tararua ranges in superb weather. 26 boys,3 staff, one ex- staff member and 2 parents were treated to stunning views, crimson sunsets and some spectacular flora and fauna.

We split the group with half travelling west-east and the others travelling east-west. The trip was all the more significant for being100 years since the first such trip by a WC Tramping club, back in 1922. A few of us attempted to re-create some of the clothing styles of-the-era. It turned out that a tweed jacket proved too warm in the balmy conditions that we experienced…

The mid-point of the trip was at Alpha hut where vehicle keys were swapped. A different story back in 1922, when the west-bound party caught the New Plymouth express from Otaki to get home to Wellington.

While the good weather allowed for us to camp out, we had the back-up of the relatively luxurious Kime hut, a far cry from the half –built ‘Hector Dog Box’ that would have adorned the site in 1922.

Our trip this year has raised $500 to contribute to Wellington College’s support of Tonga, following the devastating December 2021volcanic eruption there that has affected so many people.

Some photos of our trip are below, with a few comparisons of the scenes back in 1922.

From left: James Bruce, Sarah Reynolds, Matt Caughley, Phil Kendon at Alpha hut, March 2022