Sat Stratford Tramping Club is coming to town to walk the three bridges in Whanganui, so this is a chance to join them and showcase our riverside walkways. STC plans to have lunch at the Virginia Lake eatery, so we can also join them there or bring our own lunches.
New Plymouth and the province of Taranaki offer so many wonderful walks, so it’s no wonder the Taranaki Weekend has been a club staple for many years. The plan is to do our own thing on the Saturday and join New Plymouth Tramping Club for a walk on the Sunday. We get a cabin for the night, eat out and see a movie. A trip with a difference and always fun.
Easy/mod; Cost to be calculated
This luxurious 28-bunk hut in Tongariro National Park, about four hours walk from Whakapapa Village, is Dorothy’s destination. The good news is that as this weekend is out of season you can get in with an annual pass or three hut tickets. Lots to do in the area including springs nearby.
Mod Approx cost $27 + hut fees
Shane will take the opportunity of Labour Weekend to have another go at the Tararua circuit taking in Herepai, Dundas, Cattle Ridge and Roaring Stag huts following Tracey’s attempt which was aborted by bad weather. This is a Tararua classic with bush and high ridge travel and all the excitement this promises.
Fit; Cost to be calculated
Saturday OR Sunday OR Monday
Another of Dave’s eclectic trips where we will take in a number of short walks and local sights in Taranaki. He has a list of walkways, beaches and parks to explore. We’ll go on the best day weather-wise.
Easy; Cost to be calculated
York Loop Track follows part of the old Egmont Branch Railway Line used for metal quarrying on Mt Taranaki. The quarry operated until the late 1920s providing metal for Taranaki roads and rocks for Port Taranaki and there are still many visible remains of this operation with good signage. This is an easy walk on a well-defined track. Time also to visit a cafe.
Easy; Approx cost $21
The Kawekas are a long way to go but well worth the journey. Early departure to Makahu Road end for a wander up to Makino Hut, stay the night then down to Mangatainoka hot springs and a meander along the Mohaka River back to the van.
Moderate; Approx cost $53 + hut fees
The opportunity to do a little bird watching, exploring the Hunua Ranges and day walks in the Thames area. We will stay at the Miranda Camp for the whole period. The trip is full but feel free to put your name on a waiting list if you are interested.
Easy Cost to be calculated
Saturday - Sunday
We managed a night crossing of Tongariro at Easter and this is another chance to enjoy the stars and the solitude. Choosing the better day weather-wise, we leave Whanganui at 1pm, a night at Possum Lodge returning to Whanganui the next morning. The event depends on a clear night and a patient driver.
Mod Approx cost $39
Waikaremoana, the "Sea of Rippling Waters", is set in vast forests full of legend and mystery; the land of the Tuhoe, children of the mist, where every tree, rock and stretch of water possessed its own spirit. This four-day 43km Great Walk should be on "must do" lists. If it's on yours contact Tracey. She needs to know well in advance as the huts have to be booked. Numbers will be limited and priority will be given to those who have not done this walk before.
Moderate; Cost to be calculated
An opportunity to traverse the officially closed Maude track and climb Maude peak (not very challenging) on the Pouakai Range in Egmont National Park. Our friends at Stratford Tramping Club are familiar with the area and we will join them on this outing. Great views of New Plymouth and a chance to view a waterfall.
Moderate; Approx cost $23
Saturday OR Sunday
A good chance for all you snowcraft course people to try out your skills on something more serious. We will go up the Turoa side with an option of just going to the crater lake lookout for those who may not want to attempt the final bit to the top.
Fit; Approx cost $20
Shane missed out on reaching this isolated hut last year so he's keen to get there this time. It's a four-bunker in the Gwavas Conservation Area, Central Hawke's Bay. As far as we are aware this is the first club trip there, so join the pioneers. And it’s a no- charge hut!
Approx cost $37 Moderate Start time 6.30 am