Club Activities


Initial enquiries: Barbara Gordon 348 9149, email

Weekend trips

Weekend trips include one day and overnight trips, as well as extended tramps over long weekends. Grading varies to cater for all levels of fitness and experience. Social events and mountain bike trips are also listed.

Wednesday tramps

Held every week up to a 100 km radius to mountains, forest, bush and farmland. Wednesday midweek day tramp planned by rostered leaders. Usually more challenging than Thursday tramps.

Coordinator: Margret McKinnon 344 3899, or email to;

(Please book in by 7 pm Tuesday)

Thursday tramps

No bush bashing, generally over better tracks and a little easier. Regular leader Earle Turner; tramps to suit mature members; normally closer to Wanganui; departure 9 am from clubroom.

Co-ordinated by Val Cowan 345 0456, email

Every second Thursday. Scheduled for February 9 and 23; March 9 and 23; April 6 and 20; May 4 and 18, in 2017.

TT2 tramps are short walks around town from 9 am on alternate Thursdays. Contact is Carolyn Singleton 347 7644.

BOMBS Group Cycle Rides depart at 9am every Tuesday from I-site on Taupo Quay. Barbara Gordon 348 9149.


The Club owns two minivans seating 11 and 12 passengers, which meet most of our transport needs.


Possum Lodge is a private Wanganui Tramping Club lodge near Raurimu and is available for hire.

Possum Lodge

Possum Lodge

The Club also owns the Mangaturuturu Hut on the western slopes of Mount Ruapehu. It is available to members and non-members alike for the appropriate 'Back Country' hut fee.

Mangaturuturu Hut

Mangaturuturu Hut

Luff Booklet Launched 

The Tom Luff memorial booklet was launched on 1st  March 2017 at the Tramping Club meeting, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Stove Carry-in to Mangaturuturu hut, orchestrated by Tom. 

The booklet is packed with Tom’s poems and writings as well as many photographs of Tom and articles about him. According to our proof-reader, “After going through Tom’s Book, I can report that it is a
great, laugh-out-
loud little book.“ 

Photo Competition Rules 2017 

The deadline each year is on the April club night, with the results on the May club night meeting. 

1. All entrants must be financial members of the club at the time of the competition. 

2. All prints must have been taken on club or private mountain biking outings and tramping trips within NZ. 

3. Entries must not have been entered in any previous club competition. 

4. Prints must be taken by the member entering them in the competition. 

5. Photographs must have been taken within the previous two years. 

6. Prints may have a title but the competitor’s name must not appear on the print 

7. A very brief description stating where the photograph was taken to be included with or on the entries. 

8. Entrants are to write on the front of the envelope their name, class (Novice or Open), and the category in which the print is being entered. A separate envelope should be used for each category. 

9. There are two classes: Novice and Open - entrants who have won a category in Novice will only be in the Open class. 

10. Categories are:

Human Interest within NZ: Anything that involves people

Pictorial within NZ: Landscapes, views (people can be included).

Natural History within NZ: Landforms, flora and fauna.

Overseas: Your choice of overseas subjects. 

11. Natural History entries are defined as: non-domestic animal life, trees and flowers - native, ferns, fungi, anything geological or meteorological, and scenes or views as long as they do not contain signs of human intervention (no people, buildings, fences etc.) 

12. Entries are limited to 2 per person, per category (total of 8) 

Print entries to be forwarded to the Organiser as well as, where possible, digital images via e-mail, or flash drive. 

The late Margaret Walford for many years organised this popular photo competition and indeed won the Raewyn Doughty “Boot Award” for her efforts. Basil Hooper has agreed to carry on Margaret’s legacy and will be looking for your best photos for this year’s awards. 

Organiser: Basil Hooper 346 5597;

What to do in a backcountry emergency

FMC (Federated Mountain Clubs) Bulletin of August 2016 contained a very useful article titled "What to do in a backcountry emergency". It is reproduced here as a four page document for you to download or print. Please read the advice before venturing forth!