Napier Cycle Trails
Sep
14
to Sep 17

Napier Cycle Trails

Lynn Tebbutt

Bombs will explore the Napier cycle trails including the Water Ride; Landscape Ride; Wineries Ride and Puketapu Loop. Accommodation at Kennedy Park. Trip full but you may go on the waiting list.

Easy Cost to be calculated

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Mangaturuturu Hut & Paretetaitonga
Sep
20
to Sep 22

Mangaturuturu Hut & Paretetaitonga

Mike Cole

Fri-Sun Mangaturuturu Hut on Friday night then climb up Paretetaitonga Saturday and then a lesuirely day out on Sunday. Plenty of snow and ice and water to see. There will be other options for people who didn't want to do the main climb on Saturday.

Easy/fit Approx cost $26

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Pot Luck Dinner
Sep
28
5:00 AM05:00

Pot Luck Dinner

Sandra Rogers

Once again Sandra is offering her home at 1 Lancewood Pl for a pot luck dinner. You know how it works. Simply turn up at 6pm with a food contribution and enjoy a pleasant evening of good eating and sparkling conversation.

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Paekakariki Escarpment
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Paekakariki Escarpment

Sat OR Sun

Shane Wilson

This four to five hour walk which opened in 2016 is popular with club members. It offers a magnificent track experience including two 40m swing bridges, kohekohe forest, abundant native birdlife, views of the South Island and Kapiti Island and Maori archaeological sites. Bring your Gold Card for a free ride back to the van. We will choose the better day.

Mod Approx cost $25

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Kohitere Forest
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Kohitere Forest

Sat OR Sun

Adrian Pike

This forest, near Levin towards the Tararua Forest Park, offers a range of pleasant walking/mountain biking tracks, plus views of the township. A good day walk which we haven’t had on our programme for a few years. Adrian will choose the better day.

Easy/mod Approx cost $17

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Ruapehu Hut & Crater Lake
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Ruapehu Hut & Crater Lake

Mike Cole

Stay in this cosy alpine hut at 2000m near the Whakapapa skifield. We will try again this year and hope to get better weather to climb up to the crater lake. You will need to have done a snowcraft course. Let me know as soon as possible so as I can book beds in the hut.

Fittish Approx cost $60

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 Mitre Flats Hut
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Mitre Flats Hut

Graham Sutcliffe

Join Graham on his maiden visit to this hut in the eastern Tararua near Masterton. It will take four to five hours along the Barra track, named for a famous local deer culler. The hut has 14 bunks and is in an attractive location beside the Waingawa River.

Easy/mod Approx cost $32 + hut fees

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Egmont Ramble
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Egmont Ramble

Sat OR Sun

Dorothy Symes

The walk will start from Dawson Falls Mountain House. We will head up past Wilkies Pools, crossing to the Ridge Loop Track and meeting with the Waingongoro Track and on to the Stratford Mountain House. Time permitting we will hopefully return via the Patea Loop Track. Native bush to enjoy all the way.

Easy/mod Approx cost $21

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 Taranaki Weekend
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Taranaki Weekend

Dave Scoullar

This weekend trip to Taranaki has been going for decades but there are still places to go and things to see. On Saturday we do our own thing — yet to be decided — but it will be moderate at most. Spend the night in New Plymouth’s Top 10, go out to dinner and a movie. On Sunday we will once again team up with our friends in the New Plymouth TC for a day walk they will lead on their patch. Always an interesting outing.

Mod Cost to be calculated

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Northern Ruahine
Oct
25
to Oct 28

Northern Ruahine

Shane McCulloch

A different challenge in the northern part of Ruahine Forest Park over Labour Weekend. We will go via Shutes Hut to Diane’s Hut, followed by a shorter day to Ruahine Hut. Then it will be back to Shutes for the night before the steep climb out. A chance to explore new territory.

Mod/fit Cost to be calculated

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Okoia Farm Walk
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Okoia Farm Walk

Sat Oct 26, OR Sun 27, OR Mon 28

Earle Turner

New member Grant Adkins has offered to take us over his farm at Okoia. A new venue and a chance to stretch your legs over the holiday weekend. The outing will be on the best day.

Easy Approx cost $2

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Hauraki Rail Trails
Oct
31
to Nov 5

Hauraki Rail Trails

Mike Miller

Bombs will cycle the HRT and explore the walks and history in the Karangahake Gorge. Starting at Miranda and cycling to Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha and completing the trip on the new section of the trail from Te Aroha to Matamata. Trip full but you may go on the waiting list.

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Mangaturuturu Hut
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Mangaturuturu Hut

Sat OR Sun

Brian Doughty

Brian will pick the best day for as they say “a stroll in the park” to our club hut in the Mangaturuturu Valley. While there he needs to assess the memorial seat built in the 1960s for strength and soundness. This will be a great day for those wishing to make a first visit to our hut.

Easy Approx cost $19

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Pot Luck Meal
Nov
9
2:30 PM14:30

Pot Luck Meal

Julie and Trevor Kearse

Hey it’s time for another pot luck meal, this time at the mansion of Julie and Trevor Kearse. It will be another night of eating, chat and laughs. See you at 1/1 Parsons St at 6pm.

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Charlie’s Clearing
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Charlie’s Clearing

Brian Doughty

As the track from Puniwhakau to Charlie’s Clearing is currently closed owing to a missing bridge, this weekend could be just looking around the area or spending some time trying to find the old stock tunnel. We will need to check out the situation a little closer to the day.

Mod Cost to be calculated

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Mt Wainui
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Mt Wainui

Sat OR Sun

Mike Cole

Great views of the Kapiti coast, Mt Egmont and Wellington harbour from this vantage point. Start at Whareroa farm near Mackay's crossing. About 6-7 hrs walking, some of it uphill.

Mod/fit Approx cost $24

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Ridge Road
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Ridge Road

Sat OR Sun

Margret McKinnon

Ridge Road lies west of Taihape and we have been there before, but this time we are seeking the perfect weather conditions to enjoy the amazing views that can be had. Most of the climbing will be done in the van — we can then enjoy an easy 13km walk.

Easy/mod Approx cost $19

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Kaweka Range
Nov
16
to Nov 18

Kaweka Range

Tracey Hooper

We will take the Taihape/Napier Rd and enter the Kaweka Range, starting from Kuripapango Kiwi Saddle Hut for night 1, then onto Studholme Hut tucked in a lovely little spot out of the way for night 2. We will then take the route either past Mackintosh Hut or down the Rogue back to the carpark. Challenging terrain requiring hill fitness.

Mod/fit Cost to be calculated

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 Wairarapa Weekend
Nov
23
to Nov 24

Wairarapa Weekend

Dave Scoullar

This weekend will feature a couple of interesting day tramps in the eastern Tararua. On day one we will go 6km up the Reeves track near Greytown to view a new plaque that marks the centre of New Zealand’s Extended Continental Shelf. Hutt Valley TC have been invited to join us. After camping the night near Mt Holdsworth, we will join South Wairarapa TC for a walk up Pinnacle Ridge.

Mod Cost to be calculated

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 Hauraki Rail Trails
Nov
28
to Dec 3

Hauraki Rail Trails

Carolyn Shingleton

Bombs will have a second group cycling the HRT and exploring the walks and history in the Karangahake Gorge. Starting at Thames and cycling to Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha and completing the trip on the new section of the trail from Te Aroha to Matamata. Trip full but you may go on the waiting list.

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Pohangina Valley Walks
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Pohangina Valley Walks

Sat OR Sun Margie Campbell, Barbara Francis

Join Margie on two easy walks in the Pohangina Valley — the Fern Walk in the Totara Reserve and the Pettifar and Gilchrist Loop. Total walking time is about four hours. Margie will choose the better day weather-wise.

Easy Approx cost $18

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 Rangataua Wander
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Rangataua Wander

Sat OR Sun Cherry Channon

A clubbie who lives in Waimarino, Peter Finucane, has offered to take a walk in his patch. He is looking at doing a loop walk that follows a couple of DOC traplines marked by their triangle markers and a not well formed track. It finishes on a mountain bike track, then the main Rangataua forestry road. Taumarunui Tramping Club is invited to join us. We will choose the better day.

Easy/mod Approx cost $16

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Tongariro River Trail + National Park walks
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Tongariro River Trail + National Park walks

Dorothy Symes

For the overnighter and a good introduction for new members we plan to do the Tongariro River Walkway, an easy interesting 15km loop trail near Turangi. Pack your togs for a dip at Tokaanu hot pools on the way to stay overnight at Omori. On our way home the next day we will walk around Lake Rotopounamu.

Easy Approx cost $30-$40

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Trains Hut
Aug
31
to Sep 1

Trains Hut

Shane McCullough

Brian Doughty wanted to go back to Trains Hut in the Waitotara. Join Shane as the new trip leader 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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