Explore Taupo Region
Mar
25
to Apr 1

Explore Taupo Region

Helen Atkinson

Join Helen for a series of day walks around Taupo-Mt Tauhara, Tongariro River walk, Huka Falls walkway, Botanical Reserve, Waihaha track etc.

Trip full but contact her to go on the waiting list.

Easy/mod Cost to be calculated

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Lake Namunamu
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Lake Namunamu

Saturday OR Sunday

Earle Turner

Earle has a large number of farm tramps in his repertoire and Lake Namunamu, near Hunterville, is one of them. Join him for a pleasant day out in the country and a chance to visit an interesting lake. An ice cream/coffee stop will also be factored in. Earle will pick the better day weather-wise.

Easy Approx cost $10

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Taranaki Coastal Walkways
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Taranaki Coastal Walkways

Michelle Mackenzie

Whitecliffs Walkway is our main attraction on Sunday, with a wander along Ohawe and/or Opunake Walkways on Saturday. And if time allows a stop at Cape Egmont Lighthouse. On Saturday night there will be fish and chips on the beach before finding a camping spot at either Waitoetoe DOC Campground

(preferred option) or Oakura Holiday Park, dependent on weather.

Mod Approx cost $34 transport + accommodation + fish and chips

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Raumati Circuit
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Raumati Circuit

Saturday OR Sunday

Roger Kealey

Roger will revisit one of his favourite coastal walks which takes in the escarpment above Raumati with its beautiful views of Kapiti Island. The group will then proceed downhill, through Coastlands and along the coast through Queen Elizabeth Park then back to the van.

Easy/Mod Approx cost $23

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Mangapurua Valley
Apr
19
to Apr 22

Mangapurua Valley

Brian Doughty

This is our Easter biggie and Brian is hoping for settled weather for his National Park to Mangapurua trip with the usual camp sites along the way ending with the jet boat to Pipiriki. We are looking to complete this trip in four days so this may mean one long day on the downhill section into the valley.

Mod Cost to be calculated

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Pohangina Valley Walks
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Pohangina Valley Walks

Saturday OR Monday

Margie Campbell

Want a leg stretch over Easter? Margie has two easy walks in the Pohangina Valley which fit the bill. First is the Fern Walk in the Totara Reserve, a loop tramp through beautiful bush. Next is the Pettifar and Gilchrist Loop, tracks which go down a series of terraces to the Pohangina River on an old horse and cart route. Total walking time about four hours. Margie will choose the better day weather-wise.

Easy Approx cost $18

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Hutt Valley Wandering
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Hutt Valley Wandering

Dave Scoullar, Jacky Evans

Last year the Hutt Valley Tramping Club visited and we took them over the Atene and Waitahinga tracks. Now they have asked us to come down and be hosted by them. There will be trips both days and we will stay at the home of Anne Hills at Wainuiomata. Early start Saturday.

Easy/mod Cost to be calculated

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Waihohonu Hut
May
4
to May 5

Waihohonu Hut

Dorothy Symes

Dorothy had a team going to this hut in Tongariro National Park last October but had to pull the plug because of a horrendous weather forecast. But she’s a stayer and the trip is back on the list. Enjoy a delightful walk through stunning landscape and overnight at a plush hut.

Mod Approx cost $27 + hut fees

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 Shutes Hut
May
11
to May 12

Shutes Hut

Dave Scoullar

From Comet Rd off the Taihape-Napier Rd, it’s only a 2-3 hour walk to historic Shutes Hut which has heating and mattresses. There are only four bunks, so it may be necessary to take tents or flies. In the northern Ruahine, this is an area not often visited by us, so grab the opportunity.

Mod Cost to be calculated

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Marton Sash and Door Track
May
18
to May 19

Marton Sash and Door Track

Saturday OR Sunday

Dorothy Symes

This tramp at National Park keeps pulling us back. It’s flat, has interesting bush, logging history, mountain views and is a circuit. What more could you ask? Dorothy will choose the day with the best weather.

Mod Approx cost $20

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Pot Luck Meal
May
18
4:30 PM16:30

Pot Luck Meal

Suzanne Roberts/Robert Lakeland

Suzanne and Robert have moved house and have generously offered to host a pot luck meal in their new riverside abode, 3 Riverbank Rd, starting at 6pm. Don’t bother to phone ahead — just turn up.

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 Kime Hut
May
25
to May 26

Kime Hut

Shane McCulloch

Kime is an iconic hut on the tops of Tararua Forest Park, reached from Otaki Forks. Visitors also get the bonus of walking past historic Field Hut. Shane would love to see the new(ish) Kime Hut, hopefully with no crowd and before the heavy snows arrive.

Mod Approx cost $29 + hut fees

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Relay for Life
Mar
23
3:30 PM15:30

Relay for Life

Brian Doughty

This day replaces our weekend day trip and is an opportunity to participate in a special community event. There is a further note on page 38. All your rellies, friends and grandchildren are encouraged to join in for the fun day at Cooks Gardens. It will be a great opportunity to demonstrate what we do, socialise with WTC members and other participating teams in the community

Fun Day.

Easy

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 Ngauruhoe
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Ngauruhoe

Saturday OR Sunday

Esther Williams

This visit to Tongariro National Park could involve a climb of Ngauruhoe. As these trips are weather-dependent, Esther will decide in the few days before but you can register your interest.

Fit Approx cost to be calculated 6 am

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Take a Kid Tramping
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Take a Kid Tramping

Margret McKinnon

Sat-Sun The walk into Mangaturuturu Hut is one kids just love. An overnight stay will make it even more memorable for them. This is to be a fun, electronic-free weekend. Open to big kids, little kids and even 'old goats'.

Easy/Mod Cost to be calculated. Start 8 am

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Tongariro National Park Exploring
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Tongariro National Park Exploring

Saturday OR Sunday

Basil and Tracey Hooper

Join Bas and Tracey for a bit of offtrack exploring in Tongariro National Park, starting in the Mangetepopo area and then going off the beaten track to explore between Ngauruhoe and peak Pukekaikiore. Big country, big views.

Mod Approx cost $23 Start 7 am

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 Tararua Wandering
Mar
10
to Mar 13

Tararua Wandering

Dave Scoullar and Tracey Hooper

The team will access the Tararua from Otaki Forks on a five-day wander that will take in at least part of the famous Southern Crossing. The plan is exit via Kapakapanui but you never know with this range, though it will be a time when settled weather is most likely.

Mod Cost to be calculated Start 7 am

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Field Hut
Mar
10
3:30 PM15:30

Field Hut

Margie Campbell and Barbara Francis

Reached from Otaki Forks, Field was one of the first purpose-built tramping huts in the country, and is the oldest surviving recreational hut in the Tararua Ranges. Lovely bush and great views. Approximately three hours to hut and two back to the van. A great trip for first-timers or old hands.

Mod Approx cost $23 Start 7 am

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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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Trips meeting
Feb
27
2:30 PM14:30

Trips meeting

Dave Scoullar

Wed Yes, that time again! We will look at where we can go in June- August. It seems there is a demand for day trips at weekends but a lack of ideas and leaders. Time for people to step up. Phone Dave or come to 7 Wairere Rd at 7.30pm.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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