News from the trail

Exciting option for JOTT 2017 at the top of the South Island

This amazing option for JOTT 2017 is being run by Andrew Whitt of Churchward Park Scout Group. It includes a boat trip to the start of the trail, and a 10km walk in a section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Cost $45, bookings essential.

This may be the coolest JOTT event in NZ this year, possibly the best ever! If you think your event is better, let us know about it 🙂

If you’re in the Picton area, I’d encourage you to join in. More details on the flyer.

Thanks for letting us know about your event Andrew, and well done for running such an amazing event! Can’t wait to see your photos!

Churchward Park JOTT2017a

JOTT 2017 – badge designs released

The new badge designs for JOTT 2017 have been released, and NZ samples are being made. The 2017 day hike badge completes the set that we’ve been working on since 2013, an image of which is on this website. No news yet about whether the theme will continue after this year.

The Night Hike badge for 2017 is ALL IN BLACK, referred to by the designer as a “ghost patch”. The released image is in shades of gray so that people get a better general impression.

New Zealand will again run the large size and small size day hike badges, and the small size night hike badges. Prices are being confirmed, the website will be open for orders closer to the event.

JOTT 2017 is two months away, on 13 May. Have you decided where you’re going yet???

JOTT 2017 Night Hike
JOTT 2017 Night Hike Design (in gray, for better visibility)
JOTT 2017 Day Hike
JOTT 2017 Day Hike Badge

Possibly NZ’s first JOTT – Paul Nimmo from Chartwell, in 2008

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Paul Nimmo from Chartwell has been taking his Cubs out on JOTT for many years now – possibly the first in NZ to get involved in this Event. He has very kindly given me some photos from that first JOTT in 2008 to add here. From such small beginnings, we think we have over 1200 in 2015. Amazing growth!

JOTT 2015 – Pegasus Bay Zone

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Pegasus Bay Zone hosted JOTT On Sunday, 10 May 2015. A day later than the official date, but with another big JOTT event hosted in Christchurch on the Saturday, this gave more options for people to get involved. A wonderful day for a walk. We hoped for 100 badge earners and got 165 on the day, which is fantastic! Happy Mothers’ Day to the Mums who joined us, we hope you enjoyed your Cupcake reward at the end!

2015 JOTT at Mt Vernon with Torlesse and Port Hills

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A wonderful time on the trail this morning with Torlesse and Port Hills, at Mt Vernon. 80 people walking with us, in wonderfully warm conditions! Well done guys, an awesome event… and more joining you this afternoon too!!!

2014 in summary

JOTT 2014 - Godley Head with Torlesse
JOTT 2014 – Godley Head with Torlesse

JOTT 2014 - Godley Head with Torlesse

JOTT 2014 - Godley Head with Torlesse
JOTT 2014 – Godley Head with Torlesse

I sold 1125 badges to groups all around NZ, which was a fantastic effort! I heard from Groups in Christchurch, Lincoln, Taiaotea, Dairy Flat, Hamilton, Grey Valley, Nelson, Arrowtown, Northdown Te Rangi, Waimate, Rowallan, Cust, Mania-o-Roto, Georgetown, Whitianga and Cambridge. A pretty good range, but I’m sure we can get even more in 2015!

Photos from JOTT 2012 – Waimakariri

Dallington, Burwood and Lyttelton in 2012, along the Waimakariri River

This slideshow requires JavaScript.