Lower North Island Tramp 2018: Pouakai Hut


The Blind Foundation is hosting a North Island Regional Tramp this May. Are you interested or know anyone who is, up for a challenge and would love to get out and experience part of the beautiful Taranaki National Park.

We will travel to Taranaki on Wednesday, and enjoy a short late afternoon walk to Dawson Falls. We will stay Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights at Konini Lodge, near the Dawson Falls Visitors Centre. On Thursday we will hike to the beautiful Wilkies Pools, Stratford Plateau and the ski field shelter for lunch, returning to Konini Lodge in the afternoon. On the second day, we will tramp through the beautiful National Park bush and terrain to Waingongoro Hut for lunch, returning to Konini Lodge in the afternoon. On the third day (Saturday), we depart Konini Lodge and enjoy a short hike before travelling home.
The aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for members to experience an overnight tramp, extend peoples walking experience, and have fun in the outdoors and to enjoy the companionship of other blind and low vision adults from the lower North Island.


Taranaki National Park, North Island New Zealand.


Blind Foundation members aged 18 and over.

How do I know if I am suitable for participating in this Tramp?

  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Can you walk up to 4-6 hours in a day (undulating terrain)?
  • Are you able to carry a daypack, with your own snacks, lunch, water and first aid supplies?
  • Be willing to stay in a shared accommodation
  • Independent in self-care and mobility.
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors?
  • Do you enjoy communal cooking and eating?
  • Are you keen to challenge yourself and encourage others?

How many will be on the Tramp?

Places are available for up to eight members, and six sighted guides (staff and volunteers).

What is the cost?

The subsidised cost of this regional tramp is $150 per person.

What are the Transport arrangements?

Travel to Taranaki on Wednesday 23 May. Ideally all participants will be in New Plymouth by 5pm on Wednesday 23 May. There we will check into accommodation for a night, before heading out a dinner. Please note that flying into New Plymouth Airport is an option, but this would be at members own cost. Please discuss your travel details with Richard West or Jo Hagele.

What does the cost include?

  • 3 nights’ accommodation – at Konini Lodge.
  • All meals while tramping (Thursday day, Friday day and Saturday breakfast).
  • Contribution toward sighted guide volunteers costs – as without these wonderful people this trip would not be possible.

What is excluded in the cost?

  • Lunch on the Wednesday
  • Dinner on the Wednesday night
  • Travel costs to shared transport options.
  • Snacks for throughout the tramp.
  • Saturday lunch at a Café after the tramp

Is there a selection process?

Yes. A selection process will be undertaken based on the eligibility criteria outlined above. An application form will need to be completed.

Applications will close on 5 March. Late applications will not be considered.

When do I need to pay for the Tramp?

Payment will be required upon acceptance of position and no later than Friday 18 May 2018. Acceptance onto this programme will be confirmed the week commencing 5 March.

So what do I do now?

To discuss or further information and if you would like an application pack, please contact Jo Hagele 027 808 1405 jhagele@blindfoundation.org.nz or Richard West

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Dawson Falls
Taranaki Regional Park