Tramping is the best way to see New Zealand. And for those of you thinking of the "Sexy Tramp" image most Americans associate with the word, that is not what I am talking about. Tramping in New Zealand means hiking and backpacking. So I will say it again, Tramping is the best way to see New Zealand.
I recently joined the Tramping Club on Vic Uni's campus. The club is one of the oldest tramping clubs in the Nation, which just had it's 90th anniversary last year. It's a fun group of people who like to combine hiking, backpacking, climbing, drinking, dancing, parties, exploring, tacos (yes tacos), and socializing into one hell of a club.
Enjoying the Campfire
One Person Limit Swing Bridge
Over the weekend of March 16th through the 18th, I went on my first Tramping Club trip, an annual event called Freshers. We headed North to Tararua National Park. Here we spent two days backpacking through the beautiful landscape. Since the trip was over St. Patrick's Day, some of the members even celebrated by dressing like leprechauns and constantly drinking whiskey during the walk.