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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McIntyre’s Hut
Jun
8
to Jun 9

McIntyre’s Hut

Dorothy Symes

Club members Bob and Maureen McIntyre have a cosy hut on the way to the Mangapurua Valley beyond Ruatiti. It’s a great base to explore the area which is steeped in history and has beautiful bush. A chance to visit the Mangapurua trig on Sunday, depending on the weather. Bring a small pack for lunch.

Easy Approx cost $25

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Trips Meeting
Jun
13
4:30 PM16:30

Trips Meeting

Dave Scoullar

Decisions, decisions and still more decisions as we ponder tramps for the spring months of September, October and November. Join the conversation by coming along to 7 Wairere Rd at 7.30pm or phone up with your ideas.

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Quiz Night
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Quiz Night

Dave Scoullar

For once the date doesn’t clash with an All Blacks test match, so there are no excuses for not turning up for our annual quiz night in the club hall. Form a team of four or join up with others on the night. A fun time guaranteed plus a good supper. 7.30pm start.

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Bushy Park
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Bushy Park

Saturday OR Sunday

Esther Williams

You may have trodden the public tracks at Bushy Park but Esther will introduce us to a few lesser used. At the homestead we will dine on hot soup and crusty bread. She will choose the better day.

Easy Approx cost $4

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Burtton’s Track
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Burtton’s Track

Saturday OR Sunday

Roger Kealey

Roger will take the group along Burtton's Track (Scotts Road to Mangahao Road), part of the Te Araroa Trail which lies between Palmerston North and Shannon. The track begins among plantation pine forest and progresses through native bush with one or two stream crossings. About 6-7 hours walking.

Mod/fit Approx cost $25

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Whangaehu Beach Walk
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Whangaehu Beach Walk

Saturday OR Sunday

Brian Doughty

Brian wants to walk from Whangaehu Beach to Turakina Beach to investigate the feasibility of rerouting the Te Araroa Trail this way and getting it off SH3. Join him and explore a bit of our seldom visited coastline.

Easy Approx cost $3

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Sledge Track Crossover
Jul
6
to Jul 7

Sledge Track Crossover

Saturday OR Sunday

Dave Scoullar, Roger Kealey

This is a favourite track near Palmerston North. We have now done both loops but this will be the first time there has been a crossover. Be there when history is made as Dave and Roger lead teams from the Manawatu and Wairarapa sides! Lovely bush. They will choose better day.

Mod Approx cost $20

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Kahui Hut
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Kahui Hut

Shane McCulloch

Overnight in this historic hut on the Egmont National Park round- the-mountain circuit and explore the area. There is a track up behind the hut which leads to the summit and Shane wants to check out the old track past the Pyramids, so there’s plenty to do.

Easy/mod Approx cost $28 + hut fees

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Club Dinner
Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Club Dinner

Esther Williams

Saturday night 6pm start

A winter occasion with lovely steaming food. This year it will be held in the Camera Club rooms. Wear a mask if you wish to dress up. Food details will be organised at the club meeting July 3.

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Manawatu Gorge Walk
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Manawatu Gorge Walk

Saturday OR Sunday

Dorothy Symes

A must-do walk, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is an icon and the divider of the Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay regions. Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, the area is steeped in legend. Explore the 11km track and you’ll come face to face with the sculpture of Whatonga, an ancient warrior who stands guard over the forest. Great views also of the wind farms. Dorothy will choose the better day.

Mod Approx cost $18

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Jul
27
to Jul 28

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Saturday OR Sunday

Esther Williams

A chance to experience the alpine crossing of Tongariro in winter conditions. The club has gear you can borrow if you do not have crampons and ice axe.

Fit (7-8hrs)

Approx cost $28 plus $7 for a massive hot drink afterwards.

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Manawatu Wander
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Manawatu Wander

Saturday OR Sunday

Val Wackrow

Our Palmerston North-based ex-president Val has hosted some interesting walks in and around that city and now plans another. The walk route is as yet undecided, but there will be new paths to explore and hopefully a new bridge to cross. As she says, Palmy has lots of walking to offer. Val will choose the better day.

Easy/mod Approx cost $12

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Old-Timers’ Afternoon
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Old-Timers’ Afternoon

Dorothy Symes

Sunday from 2-4pm

It’s time for the old-timers to gather and enjoy reminiscences of past tramps. The venue will again be the home of club treasurer Dorothy Symes, 77a Liverpool Street, Whanganui. Ex-members are welcome. To help with catering, call Dorothy by July 31 if you plan to come.

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Gourmet Meal Trip
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Gourmet Meal Trip

Dave Scoullar/Juliet Kojis

This year’s gourmet meal trip will be to Waingongoro Hut in Egmont National Park. Enjoy a weekend of walking in a great area and eating a splendid evening meal with contributions to be made by all participants. There could be snow around but this is a snug hut.

Easy/mod Approx cost $21 + hut fees

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Trips Meeting
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Trips Meeting

Dave Scoullar

Wednesday night 7.30 pm

It’s the middle of winter but summer will be on our minds as we ponder where to go in the hills in December, January and February. Join us at 7 Wairere Road and make sure your favourite place is included.

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Powell Hut
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Powell Hut

Tracey Hooper

Tracey is taking us to the newly rebuilt Powell Hut in the eastern Tararua and plans to visit nearby Mt Holdsworth and return. She is hoping for snow or at at least icicles. A good track all the way to this popular hut and sweeping views of the Wairarapa plains.

Mod Approx cost $35 + hut fees

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Lake Rotokare
Aug
24
to Aug 25

Lake Rotokare

Saturday OR Sunday

Margie Campbell, Barbara Francis

We will visit this lake which is located approximately 12km from Eltham. We plan to walk both tracks. The easier one, the lake walkway, is about 4km around the lake edge. We will also tackle the ridge walk of about 6km which will allow us to see the predator -free fence and enjoy the vistas. The better day will be chosen.

Mod Approx cost $20

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Trains Hut
Aug
31
to Sep 1

Trains Hut

Brian Doughty

Brian keeps being drawn back to Trains Hut in the Waitotara. Join him and learn about the charms of this area which has been a playground for us since the club began. Access the hut on a good track alongside the Waitotara River.

Mod Approx cost $18 + hut fees

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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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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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Goodbye Possum Lodge
May
11
to May 12

Goodbye Possum Lodge

Saturday OR Sunday

Bruce Thomas

After more than 25 years we are saying farewell to our Raurimu home away from home. This is a nostalgic trip, a chance to recall old memories of good times and cosy nights. There may be an opportunity to visit the farm air strip and explore the track we made in the nearby reserve - two popular pastimes on past visits.

Easy Approx cost $21

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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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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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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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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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