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Fixture Card Morison Bush

Camping gear reminder:

  • tents, poles, pegs, hammer
  • groundsheets
  • canoes, paddles, life jackets
  • body boards
  • camp tables, chairs
  • gas, cooker, lights, lantern
  • kitchen kit
  • chilly bin
  • milk, butter, water, tomato sauce

Family and club camping trips to Morison Bush [1]

Twice a year the Tararua Tramping Club visits the Wairarapa for a club, family and friends camp and get together at Morison Bush, on the first weekend of March and first weekend of December. It's a great trip for young families, teenage families, and club members old and young, who just want to catch up and chill out.

TTC always organises a great weekend, so come and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the sun, lazing by, swimming in, walking along, or kayaking on the Ruamahanga River.

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People come and go as they please (but please tell the trip leader your arrival and departure plans), some arrive Friday night, most on Saturday morning. Most return late afternoon on Sunday.

Morison Bush is a camping spot in a bend of the Ruamahanga River.

Some of the many activities are swimming, games (cricket, volleyball), kayaking, blackberry picking (in season), walking, biking, and sometimes playing on the hay bales.

There is a camp fire (conditions permitting) and barbecue for dinner on Saturday night and the kids often have toasted marshmallows for dessert. Accommodation is camping. The camp site is a large flat area under Manuka trees, adjacent to a large loop on the Ruamahanga River. It's a very relaxing spot, there are no facilities, except a temporary long drop toilet which we put in.

Personal gear reminder: Please bring, in a bag or pack, the following:

  • sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, pillow, pyjamas
  • sun hat, sun screen, chap stick, insect repellent
  • gumboots, sneakers, sandals (will get wet) or jandals
  • waterproof parka, warm hat (it can get cold at night)
  • togs, towel, rash top
  • plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, mug, tea towel
  • drink bottle (full of water)
  • clothes to play and walk in
  • warm clothes including hat and trousers
  • toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, any necessary medication, etc.
  • torch, or better, LED headlamp
  • snow (closed cell) foam/sleeping mat
  • bike, helmet
  • $5 per night per person for camping
  • fish and chips money (Friday night) and icecream money (Sunday)

Bring you own food (not too much)

  • breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • lunch for Saturday and Sunday
  • fruit or a few snacks
  • dinner and dessert for Saturday

You may also like to bring:

  • bikes (bike bar if needed for bike rack), bike helmets (bikes must be ridden with shoes on)
  • wet suit for swimming
  • sunglasses
  • camera
  • kayaks

Family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours

  • invite your parents and family, and friends etc to come along too, they are most welcome
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Guidelines for kids

We have some basic guidelines for while we are there

  • if you go out of sight, tell an adult where you are going and when you will be back.
  • tell an adult before you swim
  • you must swim and kayak where an adult can see you
  • bike with helmet and shoes on
  • sunscreen and sunhats must be worn

See you there. Any queries just give us a call.


A good option is to ride the Rimutaka Rail Trail (see also DoC information and history) enroute.

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To get to Morison Bush follow SH2 over the Rimutaka Hill through Featherston to Tauherenikau. Turn right off SH2 at the Tin Hut Pub and continue to head east on to the gravel road. This takes you across to the Greytown to Martinborough road (substation on the corner). Keep going straight ahead past the Bush House Restaurant. Just past here the Greytown - Martinborough road turns right and Glenmorven road is on the left. There is also a sign post "Ruamahanga River Access". Follow Glenmorven road past the wool shed, down the hill and out across the river flats until you reach a gate on the stop bank. From this gate our usual campsite is in the direction of about 10.00 o'clock to just north of where the power line cross the river.

See Trip grading

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