Miranda/Thames Estuary
Nov
18
to Nov 25

Miranda/Thames Estuary

Jacky Evans 

Sun-Sun

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

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Tongariro Alpine night crossing
Nov
24
to Nov 25

Tongariro Alpine night crossing

Esther Williams 

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

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Waikaremoana Track
Nov
26
to Nov 29

Waikaremoana Track

Tracey Hooper 

Mon-Thurs

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

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The Goat Event
Nov
30
to Dec 1

The Goat Event

Margret McKinnon

Fri-Sat We have agreed to help as marshals on The Goat mountain run which involves us going into Mangaturuturu Hut on the Friday afternoon and helping with the event on the Saturday, returning home that afternoon. Our marshalling will be close to the hut so it should be a cruisy as well as interesting experience. We helped do the same thing for The Kid (little brother to The Goat) several years ago.

Easy; Free

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Mangaweka Boulders
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Mangaweka Boulders

Margie Campbell

Barbara Francis

A magical and intriguing trip to visit the Whitecliffs Boulders at Mangaweka. Approximately 1.5 hour drive to the area then 1.5 hours to walk in to this magical place. An option to go for a dip in the Rangitikei River – bring togs. If you’ve got crampons may be wise to bring them as a small portion of the track is papa and could be slippery if it has rained recently. There’s even a flushing toilet on site.

Easy Approx cost $15 + $5 donation to land owner

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Queen Charlotte Track
Dec
2
to Dec 7

Queen Charlotte Track

Carolyn Shingleton

A four-day 71 km walk, starting at Ship Cove in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound and finishing at Anakiwa. Overnight stays at Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove and Portage Resort. Trip full but you can go on the waiting list.

Easy/Moderate; Cost to be calculated

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Rangi Hut
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Rangi Hut

Saturday OR Sunday

Bruce Thomas

Rangi Hut is the most easily accessed tops hut in the Ruahine Forest Park and a favourite day walk for many in our club, given the excellent track and beautiful bush and tussock lands. A great entry level tramp and ideal for the grandchildren. Bruce will choose the better of the two days.

Easy/mod Approx cost $18

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Waihaha Hut
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Waihaha Hut

Tracey Hooper

An easy popular three-hour walk into Waihaha Hut on the Western Access of Lake Taupo. Stunning area with Blue Duck and beautiful bush.

Easy; Approx cost $30 + hut ticket

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Taumarunui Weekend
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Taumarunui Weekend

Dave Scoullar

Sat-Sun Taumarunui Tramping Club has more treats planned for our 8th annual visit. On Saturday we drive north of the town and do a farm and bush walk off Opotiki Road into a valley that leads out onto the Matiere Road and return to a cabin for lunch and back to the cars up a farm track (8km, 3 hours). On Sunday there will be local walks around Taumarunui including the Sunshine walk (2km, 1.5 hours) and the Whanganui Riverbank Walk from Cherry Grove to the Manunui camping ground (8km, 2 hours). Stay overnight at the local camp ground and enjoy a BBQ with the TTC.

Easy/mod; Cost to be calculated

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Tongariro Flower Power
Dec
22
to Dec 23

Tongariro Flower Power

Saturday OR Sunday

Basil Hooper

Basil loves this off-track loop exploring the Mangaturuturu Valley with its alpine flowers and amazing waterfalls. A photographer’s heaven. Basil will choose the better day to ensure his tour de Tongariro can be enjoyed at its very best. So go with the man who knows the most beautiful nooks and crannies of our beautiful valley.

Easy/mod; Approx cost $18

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Tongariro Crossover
Dec
22
to Dec 23

Tongariro Crossover

Saturday OR Sunday

Ridgway Lythgoe

Join Ridgy for the last organised tramp for 2018 from the Desert Road to Whakapapa in Tongariro NP. A reasonably straight forward trip taking 5 to 6 hours walking. If there is enough interest we may take two vehicles and do a cross-over. Ridgy will choose the better day but it will be Saturday if both days are forecast to be good.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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Remutaka Rail Trail
Jan
2
10:30 PM22:30

Remutaka Rail Trail

Dave Scoullar, Roger Kealey

This is a walking and cycling track near Upper Hutt. Running between Maymorn and Cross Creek, it follows 22km of the original route of the Wairarapa Line over the Remutaka Range between the Mangaroa Valley and the Wairarapa, including the world-famous Remutaka Incline. Start the 2019 tramping year with a crossover of this historic route. Bring a torch for the tunnels.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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 Cafe Tramp
Jan
6
10:30 PM22:30

Cafe Tramp

Sandra Rogers

Sun Another of Sandra’s popular cafe tramps which often take us to new places — on this occasion the Otaki River Walkway and, if time, Chrystalls Bend Walkway. Approximately 12km walk but flat. 8am start.

Easy; Cost to be calculated

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Waiinu Beach
Jan
10
to Jan 11

Waiinu Beach

Esther Williams, Margret McKinnon

Celebrate the New Year at Waiinu Beach. The club has hired the Patea/Waitotara Fishing Club venue which has a spacious lawn for camping, barbecue and a house which sleeps seven. Lots of activities on land and sea, whatever suits you. We will take the vans — one for overnighters and the other for the day trippers.

Easy; Cost to be calculated

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Tararua Excursion
Jan
12
to Jan 15

Tararua Excursion

Mike Cole

Sat-Tues A Tararua Forest Park circuit including Mitre Flats, Dorset and Jumbo huts over Mitre Peak and the interesting Broken Axe Pinnacles, which are quite steep but can be sidled. Our first time at Dorset for a long time, if ever, so one for hut baggers.

Mod/fit; Approx cost $45 + hut fees

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Papaiti Wandering
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Papaiti Wandering

Saturday OR Sunday

Laurel Stowell/Richard Thomson

Laurel and Richard will take us for a wander through their forestry block in Papaiti Rd, a permanent production forest with no pines and lots of regenerating bush. Parts are steep and most is shady. There may be harvesting and milling to observe. Bring your lunch, to eat in the outdoors. Later there should be time to walk across the revegetating hillside at Delhi Village and finish with a cup of tea. Leave at 9. 30 for this gentle excursion, on whichever day promises to have better weather.

Easy; Cost to be calculated but it won’t be much!

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Waitahinga Trails
Jan
19
10:30 PM22:30

Waitahinga Trails

Dorothy Symes

The Waitahinga Trails are a regular on our trips list for a number of reasons, not least the great walks, beautiful bush and proximity to town. Join Dorothy for a spin around the trails. Stratford and New Plymouth tramping clubs have been invited to join us.

Easy/mod Approx cost $6

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Kaweka Range
Jan
19
to Jan 21

Kaweka Range

Tracey Hooper

We will start from the end of Kaweka Rd, from Makahu Saddle carpark to Middle Hill Hut (3hrs), then to Ballard Hut (3-4 hrs), then over Kaweka J to return to carpark (5 hrs). This is a great range with fantastic views and a good workout.

Fit; Cost to be calculated

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Life’s A Beach
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Life’s A Beach

Saturday OR Sunday

Dave Scoullar

Summer is a great time to visit beaches and Dave plans to explore a number of them in south Taranaki including Ohawe, Kaupokonui and one or two lesser known beaches which are popular with surfers. Bring your swimming togs!

Easy; Cost to be calculated

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Mangapurua Trig
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Mangapurua Trig

Saturday OR Sunday

Roger Kealey

The Mangapurua trig is our destination, reached via the Ruatiti Valley and the Mangapurua Valley Rd. We follow an old road line all the way, pausing to explore marked settler sites and Bob McIntyre's cottage. A mixture of tramping and history on what has become a popular tramping and cycling route.

Mod; Approx cost $20

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Smith Stream Hut
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Smith Stream Hut

Dave Scoullar

Saturday and Sunday. We are picking off relatively easily accessed huts in the eastern Ruahine. This four-bunk hut hasn’t been visited for a while. Built in 1958, it’s the best remaining example in Hawke’s Bay of the original Forest Service SF40 designed huts constructed in the 1960s and ‘70s for deer cullers. From the Sunrise carpark we go to the Waipawa River, pass through open regenerating scrub and forest to Middle Stream, climb steeply to 1104m, then descend to Smiths Stream.

Mod; Approx cost $36 + hut fees ($5)

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Eastern Taranaki
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Eastern Taranaki

Tracey Hooper

Tracey has long desired to explore the mythical Moki/Rerekapa Track. A remote rugged track approximately 30km long, it follows the Waitara River. There are farm tracks and bush with several wooden bridges to cross. A mix of hut and camping for this trip plus an extra day to walk the Whitecliffs Walkway.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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Turakina/Okoia Old Railway
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Turakina/Okoia Old Railway

Saturday OR Sunday

Dorothy Symes

The last time Dorothy took us over the old line there was a big turnout and the trip was well received. She has been encouraged to repeat it, so

join her for a step back in time and a wander over a lot of beautiful farm country.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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Waitotara Crossover
Feb
13
to Feb 17

Waitotara Crossover

Brian Doughty

Wednesday to Sunday. The Waitotara crossover last April was such a success that Brian has decided to repeat it, once again starting at the Stratford end and ending at the top of the Waitotara Valley. Camp out first night at Charlie’s and then stay at Puteore, Tahupo and Trains huts. Great country and beautiful bush. Trip is full but you can go on the waiting list.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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Stanton Memorial
Feb
16
10:30 PM22:30

Stanton Memorial

Shane Wilson;

This memorial on a large rock in Tongariro National Park is in memory of 18-year-old Warwick Stanton who died nearby in 1931 when a group of 14 university students climbing Mt Ruapehu got caught in blizzard conditions. Go off track through wonderful rock formations and majestic waterfalls. A stunning day walk.

Mod Approx cost $23

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Kapara and Beyond
Feb
17
10:30 PM22:30

Kapara and Beyond

Barry Hopper

Barry will take us to the end of the Waitotara Valley and then along the old road to the former grand Kapara homestead site. Given enough time, we will continue along the track towards Trains Hut. Enjoy the moody Waitotara River and fantastic bush and soak up the history of the area.

Easy; Approx cost $13

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Pot Luck Dinner
Feb
23
10:30 PM22:30

Pot Luck Dinner

Diane Harries/Royce Johnson

Join Di and Royce at 81 Mount View Road, Bastia Hill at 6 pm for a friendly pot luck dinner evening. Bring a plate of food to share and your drinks. Come and enjoy the two-mountain view (weather permitting) and spread out around their spacious new deck.

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Rangipo Hut
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Rangipo Hut

Mike Cole

Visit Rangipo Hut via Tukino Ski Field and Whangaehu River. This is an alternative way into Rangipo hut, a bit longer but much more interesting. We will navigate down the Whangaehu River and re-join the normal route there. On the way out may also try an alternative route to locate the bund preventing lahars from the Whangaehu Valley getting into the Tongariro River.

Mod; Approx cost $30 + hut fees

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Timber Trail
Feb
23
to Feb 26

Timber Trail

Carolyn Shingleton

85 kms of cycling between Pureora and Ongarue in native forest, across deep gorges and historic bush tramways, staying overnight in the comfort of the Timber Trail Lodge. Grades 2-3 (Easy – Intermediate). Trip full but you may go on the waiting list.

Mod; Cost to be calculated

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Pine Clearing
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Pine Clearing

Margret McKinnon

Our annual visit to Tongariro National Park to clear wilding pines. This is a tradition almost as old as the club. We will combine with the Hutt Valley Tramping Club. Camp out. Look forward to a magnificent evening meal and breakfast, both of which are provided. A great experience and one that is especially recommended for new members to be blooded as eco-warriors in our 50-plus year aborta contorta campaign.

Easy/mod; Free!

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Otangane Loop
Nov
17
8:30 PM20:30

Otangane Loop

Margret McKinnon 

Saturday

This walk, west of Pahiatua, is an extension of the Sledge Track. The loop starts with a 400m steep climb after crossing the Otangane Stream. Great views from the top. Several small streams to cross. Six hours-plus walk. 

Mod/fit. Approx cost $18

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Trains Hut - CANCELLED
Nov
16
to Nov 18

Trains Hut - CANCELLED

Cancelled due to DOC hut maintenance

Brian Doughty

Okay people this is going to be a weekend to remember as we will leave mid-morning Friday so we get Saturday to re-mark first section of the track up to Tahupo Hut, as this is the confusing bit coming down from this hut. Not a lot to be done, so it will be a relaxing couple of days.

Easy; Approx cost $20 + hut fees ($5)

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Trips Meeting
Nov
14
8:30 PM20:30

Trips Meeting

Dave Scoullar

Wednesday night

What are your plans for March/April/May? If they involve tramping, tell us about them at the trips meeting at 7.30pm at 7 Wairere Rd. This is a great season for walking so let’s come up with some Great Walks of our own!

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Marton Farm Walk
Nov
10
8:30 PM20:30

Marton Farm Walk

Roger Kealey

Enjoy a trip out with Rangitikei Tramping Club on their patch. They have arranged a walk over a farm about 5km from Marton going up to high points, through forest and across a dam. A 3-4 hour walk involving a bit of climbing.

Easy; Approx cost $7

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Kaweka Hills & Hot Pools
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Kaweka Hills & Hot Pools

Michelle Mackenzie 

Sat-Sun

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

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York Loop Track
Oct
27
9:30 PM21:30

York Loop Track

Sandra Rogers

Saturday

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

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Tour de Taranaki
Oct
20
to Oct 22

Tour de Taranaki

Dave Scoullar

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

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Dundas Circuit
Oct
20
to Oct 22

Dundas Circuit

Shane McCulloch 

Sat-Mon

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

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Waihohonu Hut
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Waihohonu Hut

Dorothy Symes

Sat-Sun

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

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Taranaki Weekend
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Taranaki Weekend

Dave Scoullar 

Sat-Sun

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

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