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Feb 2016: more photos coming soon when I get some time to sort them out...

12-06 Lake Tarawera   2007-09 Hurunui   10-06 Whangaehu   2007-09 Port Hills in the fog   01-07 Tramping in Fiordland  

New! Climbing the Warrier SE ridge, up the Armory range.

New! Boating Milford sound, Waikaia, and the final ski tour of the season

New! Amazing week climbing and skiing in Mount Cook National Park. Mt Tasman and Symphony on Skis!

New! Exploring Mt Hutton, near Tekapo.

New! Relaxing birthday tramping from Porter's Pass.

New! Winter climbing a new route at Mt Speight, near Arthur's pass.

New! Winter holiday in Tonga.

New! Ski-touring up the Otira valley.

New! Ski-touring to Kelman hut at the top of the Tasman Glacier, near Mt Cook.

05-07 Tramping in the Central Ruahines   01-07 Tramping in Fiordland   08-06 Moving to Palmy   SkiSerreChe   01-07 Tramping to Howlett`s Hut with Ed and Marion  

Tramping to Crooked Spur hut

Kayaking the Styx and Toaroha waterfall

Ski-touring Muller hut to Barron Saddle hut near Mt Cook.

Tramping the Inland Pack Track on the West coast

Climbing at Mt Pleasant

Clipping a few bolts at Barnett Park

Awesome climbing at Twin Stream, near Mt Cook

Climbing at Fantasy Factory, near Diamond harbour

WWCC club trip to the Whataroa, and canyoning Carew creek

Biking from Oamaru to Queenstown.

More tramping around Mt Cook. One day we'll get to the top of something.

Climbing at Holmes bay. Like a 1% scale model of Yosemite.

Boating on the West Coast mit ze Germans

Boating on the West Coast and in Canterbury

A week cycling around Shikoku island in Japan

Another attempt to climb Mt Cook

Climbing holiday at Arapiles

A week skiing in the Cragieburns and off Mt Rolleston

Ice climbing at Wye creek, Queenstown

Steep snow climbing at Temple Buttress, Arthur's pass

Paddling the Styx

Skiing to Mueller hut and Mt Annette


The Grey, Christchurch's closest whitewater

Scenic float down the Waimak gorge

Tramping around Aoraki Mt Cook

Climbing at Charleston

Kokatahi and Waitaha

Awesome climb up Mt Aspiring's SW ridge

Climbing through The Gap in the Torlesse range

Camping tourist holiday in the Catlins

Another New Year's trip to Hokitika



Climbing at Charlston, and on West Coast Limestone at Punakaiki

Climbing at Holmes Bay, Banks Peninsula

Kayaking down south--Cleddau, Hollyford, Shotover, Waikaia, Wilkin, Turnbull

Okuku, Rangitata, Hurunui, Lyttleton harbour in spring 2013

Climbing at Arapiles, near Melbourne

Skiing at Mt Herbert and at Foggy Peak

Kayaking Bowyer's stream at Mt Somers

Scrambling up the Remarkable Dykes near Mt Bradley

Climbing at Mt Horrible

Winter trip to the Hokitika

Climbing at Spur Road

Easter kayaking on the West Coast

Low-flow Arahura and Toaroha

Mt Franklin, Arthur's Pass

Dolphins at Okains Bay

NZAC High Alpine Skills trip

An awesome medium-high new year's trip to Hokitika

Price's gorge on the Whitcombe, also Kakapotahi and Styx

Oparara and Ngakawau

Climbing with Dad at Napes Needle and at Coudy Rocks

Climbing Mt Pfeifer

Climbing near Tekapo

Climbing Castle Hill Peak

Flood run down the Okuku

Flood run down the Waiau

Flood run down the Kakapotahi

Tramping to Benmore Hut in the snow

Cycle touring on the Mawson Trail, South Australia. Also trail notes

Climbing at Paynes Ford

Hil's parents' holiday--tramping the Dusky track and sea kayaking in Marlborough

Canyoning the Toaroha, and the 2 day Whitcombe

Exploring Doctor's creek, near Hokitika

Real climbing at Charleston.

Macfarlane river--more steep mank near Haast. Also the Moeraki.

Anatoki--the near-classic steep rocky run in Golden Bay

Tramping in the sun in South Westland: up the Otoko, over the Solution range to Mark's Flat, down the Clarke, over into Zeilan Creek and back down the Moeraki

Tramping to Carrington and Waimak Falls hut

Whitcombe, Kakapotahi and Styx

Waikiti--an awesome new run near Greymouth

Tramping up the Crooked River and along the Lake Morgan Tops

New rivers on the West Coast, including the Haupiri

Cycle touring in Samoa

Kayaking and biking in Tasmania -- awesome whitewater on the Lea, Leven, Little Henty, and Broad

Upper Grey river, Christchurch's local steep creek

Locations of visitors to this page

Mountain biking to Macauley hut near Tekapo

Weekend cycle tour from Waikari, to Motunau beach, to Gore Bay, to Cheviot, then over the Lowry hills to Culverton

Sea paddling in Lyttleton Harbour

Sea paddling and SAR epic around Banks Peninsula

Surfing at Taylor's

Another winter trip to the Rangitata

Snow in Christchurch!

Paddling at Murchison

Hil's conference in Melbourne

Big River Mountain Biking

Mid-winter Rangitata trip

Sea paddling in Lyttleton Harbour, and cave stream

Mountain biking the Heaphy

Winter weekend on the West Coast

Convert a mobile phone's GPS coordinates into the coordinates used on LINZ NZ topo maps (NZMG49 and NZTM2000)

Tramping in the Freyberg Range and Pell Stream

Tramping in the Arrowsmiths/Hakatere area


Mountain biking on the St James Cycle Trail

Tramping near Hokitika, escaping quake-hit Christchurch

Hokitika and Mungo

Banks Peninsula cycle touring

Tramping up to the Klondyke tops and down Lake Stream in Victoria Forest park

January trip to Hokitika, with 10 days boating on the Kakapotahi, Totara, Styx, Red Granite Creek, Taipo, Arahura, Crooked, 2-day Perth and Scone Creek

Scenic multiday trip down the Clarence (with a flash-flood)

High-water west coast paddling--Nine Mile Slide, Blackball, Toaroha

Epic tramp near the Poulter

Mountain biking around Queenstown

Tom's paddling trip to Nepal

Doubtful-Hope Tramping over Labour Weekend

Brisbane-Bundaberg cycle tour

Skiing to Camp Stream Hut above Lake Tekapo

Otira and Kelly Creek

Short cycle-tour near Hanmer Springs

Hil's trip to England (and Scotland)

Big Tops-Townsend tramp

Okuku at last! + Ashley

Low water in South Westland--Fox, Turnbull and Kakapotahi

Blackball Creek, Styx and Kakapotahi

East Hawden-Mt Valiant-Casey tramp

Sea kayaking in Pelorus Sound

Playboating at Tekapo and ice-yaking on the Hooker river at Mt Cook

Club WW safety course on Maori gully

Extreme race on Citroen rapid on the Kawarau, and Nevis Bluff

Tramping over Waimakariri Pass

Paddling the Waitaha and inspecting the Edwards

Mountain biking up the Poulter valley, Arthur's pass

West coast: High flows on the Crooked, Styx, Kakapotahi, Bluebottle, Kennedy's, Kaniere, Blackball and Nine Mile Slide!!

Tramping up the Toaroha, Kokatahi and Styx

West coast heliboating: Arahura, Totara, Kakapotahi, Upper Hokitika, Whitcombe

C++ source code from my PhD is now online here... includes BaySAC, Bag-of-Words, k-medoids, E estimation.

Cycle tour through MacKenzie country

Epic ride from Worsley's to Anaconda in the Port Hills

Nevis river, Cromwell

Boating on the West Coast--Totara, Kakapotahi, Toaroha, Cave Stream

Griffin Creek-Rocky Creek circuit

More heli-skiing fieldwork at the Jollie

Tom's trip to England--Biking at Newcastleton, Grizedale and Dalbeattie and Climbing at Sergeant Crag Slabs

Cycle-touring in New Caledonia

Skiing near Broken River

Rangitata Gorge

Skiing near Porter's Pass

Ski touring at Ohau

Lake Man Biv in Lewis Pass

Cedar Flats

Lake Christabel

Blackball Creek and Totara

Mt Baron

Crooked, Whitcombe, Arahura

Craigieburn mountain biking


Waimakariri Gorge

Climbing Mt Alexander

Tramping and Sea Paddling with Hilary's parents

Quail island sea kayaking

High flows on Totara and Styx

Australia Cycle Touring report--Wollemi National Park and Yengo National Park in the Blue Mountains

Crooked, Arahura and Upper Styx

Tramping up the Whitcombe, to Ivory Lake and down the Waitaha

Paddling around the North coast of Banks Peninsula

Murchison -- Matakitaki and Glenroy

Tramping to Rocky Creek Hut

Tramping from the Whitcombe to the Toaroha via Frew Saddle, Hokitika, Mungo, Toaroha Saddle

Climbing at Sebastopol Bluffs

Heli-skiing at the Jollie again

More paddling at last: the Toaroha and the Kaniere, Bluebottle Creek, Kennedy's, Totara, Kakapotahi and Styx in a long weekend--good levels for a change!

Tramping to Edwards Hut and over Williams Saddle in the snow

Skiing the Lewis Pass tops

Tramping up the Poulter Valley in Arthurs Pass

Mum's holiday in the South Island -- Skiing from Porters Pass, Tramping up the Whitcombe and in the Nelson Lakes and Sea Kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds

Backcountry Skiing at Mt Dobson

Backcountry Skiing in the Russel Range

Climbing Mt Winterslow

Skiing at Porter's


Paddling in Murchison, Kellys Creek and Maruia falls

Paddling the Toaroha waterfall, Totara and Kakapotahi on the West Coast

Walking on St James Walkway in Lewis Pass and climbing Garnet Peak

Sea paddling around the South Coast of Banks Peninsula, Birdlings Flat to Akaroa

Tramping and climbing holiday with Ruth and Austin -- Three Passes tramp, climbing near Mt Aspiring, tramping up the Rock burn, Dunedin

Wet weekend on the West Coast -- Blackball Creek, Otira, Bluebottle Creek and Kennedy's Creek

Mt Fyffe in the Kaikouras

Road-biking on the Port Hills

Video and photos of the Ashley

Road-biking to Akaroa and back

Tramping to Brass Monkey Biv and Grand Duchess near Lewis Pass

Christmas tramping in the Kahurangi and climbing at Golden Bay

Hokitika heliboating 2008 -- Toaroha, Whitcombe, Wanganui, Perth, Fox, Styx, Kakapotahi, Arahura and Hokitika

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