Calendar of Trips & Activities

Ruapehu Summer Program

Saturday 6 January - Sunday 29 April 2018
Adventure Running Mountain Biking Walking

The Ruapehu Summer program is down at Ruapehu based in our lodges, which will be open for summer. Come on down and experience some of the wonderful things waiting just for you. Check out the Ruapehu Summer program page

Contact: Carolyn Blackford

Leader: Carolyn

Thursday Walk – Wattle Downs, Manurewa

Thursday 26 April 2018
Thursday Walk

Meet at McQuarie Road, to walk the Esplanade Walkway

Leader: Joint Leaders:
Margaret Bell. Ph 521 1846, 021 042 6169
Gay Steele Ph. 522 7135, 021 955 162

Te Haruhi Bay Campground at Shakespear Park, Whangaparaoa

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 April 2018

Shakespear Park has kiwis which were successfully released in 2017.  If you haven’t heard kiwis before then take this opportunity to go for a quiet night walk and hopefully hear our national bird.  Staying in the Te Haruhi Bay camp ground in a tent or camper van on Saturday, 14th April.  There are several other daytime walks we can do in farm and bush settings.  Beach and mountain biking activities also available.  $15 per adult, $6 per school child for camping.        Early interest please as bookings will need to be made.

Contact: Contact Lesley Hawke 021670981 email:

Blockhouse Bay to Green Bay and Craigavon Park

Sunday 29 April 2018

Meet at 1 pm in the car park 100 metres up from the beach in Endeavour Street.   Part of Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve and the Manukau coastal walk route.   The path of which rises up behind the playground to Taunton Terrace and along a track marked Te Ara O Tiriwa (The pathway of Tiriwa – the legendary high priest of the Waitakeres)   This is a little known route from Blockhouse Bay beach up to and then down and along the cliff face towards and then down to Green Bay.   Great sea views and very steep with many steps. From there we go through to Craigavon Park and return via Motu Moana.

Leader: Leader: Scott White Ph. 0274-979-017 or

May Club Night

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Peter Wilson.   President of Federated Mountain Clubs, will give an illustrated talk on the ramifications of Kauri Die Back Disease on our NZ bush and the stance both FMC, DOC and the other conservation bodies will be adopting in the coming months.      Peter will be speaking to us fresh from a workshop of national organisations who are meeting to discuss this topical subject.    As the future of our Kauri forest is so important to us all, we look forward to a good attendance.  Peter lives in Wellington and is coming to Auckland especially for the evening presentation.

Contact: Murray Davidson

Mt Auckland Walk

Sunday 6 May 2018

Take a walk to the summit through native forest.  Spectacular views over the nearby Kaipara Harbour.

Leader: Bruce Rogers Ph 473 5189

Thursday Walk – Mt Wellington

Thursday 10 May 2018
Thursday Walks

Meet at corner Norman Lesser Drive & Waikato Place at 10am.  Walk includes new heritage trail, Van Dammes Lagoon & Panmure Basin.   Part of trip by train, bring AT Hop Card.   Approx. 4 hrs.

Contact: Bruce Dwerryhouse Ph. 575 4090 022 123 950 Email

Te Henga Walkway

Saturday 12 May 2018

Starting at the Wainamu Stream car park.   Good coastal cliff walk with great views over Bethells Beach and Tasman Sea.

Leader: Lesley Hawke Ph 021 670 981

Ruapehu Food Drop

Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May 2018
Ruapehu Work Party

This weekend we are having our food drop to restock for winter.   As provisions are low due to a busy summer programme, we need plenty of porters.  Check out the new windows and cladding

Contact: Bruce Rogers Ph. 09 473 5189 or 0274 993 211 Email.

Hunua Ranges 11

Sunday 20 May 2018
Day Tramps

Until the uncertainty over track closures is resolved we will not decide on the next track for our bi-monthly exploration.    As soon as we know, we will post details on the website and on the forum.   If necessary, we will run an alternate trip.

Leader: Sue & Brian Fitzpatrick Ph. 576 1069 or

Thursday Walk – Parnell/Remuera

Thursday 24 May 2018
Thursday Walk

Historical tour of places less visited.  Meet at 10.30am at Newmarket Park carpark.

Leader: Tim Carter Ph. 309 9647 021 277 233 Email

Hobsonville Bike Ride

Saturday 26 May 2018

View Auckland’s most modern development and Farmers’ Market on your bike.    All flat terrain for an easy ride

Leader: Leader: Owen Sprosen Ph 444 9309 or 021 131 9430

Opanuku Walkway, Henderson Valley

Sunday 27 May 2018

Meet at 1 pm in the car park at Henderson Park, Wilsher Crescent, Henderson.   This is an area comprising three reserves which the Opanuku Stream runs through.  It covers the valley to the north of Henderson Valley Road and is only a few minutes from the main shopping area.   It includes Opanuku Reserve, Henderson Park and Plumer Domain.   No doubt if you are like me you have been driving past it for many years on your way to the Waitakere Ranges and our hut, but have never stopped to have a look at it.  Now is your chance….!  An interesting feature is that there is a 9 Hole/Pole Basket Disc Golf course there.  Discs or Frisbees as they used to be known, are thrown with the intention of getting them into a basket with the minimum number of throws.   We follow a track alongside the stream to Border Road and then return along the walkway proper and then return to the stream track.  We then walk up and around the well-known Corbans winery and then back along the walkway to where we started.      The bush is absolutely fantastic.    The route is level, well-formed and has many small bridges

Leader: Leader: Scott White Ph 0274 979 017 or

Whiritoa Beach, near Whangamata

Friday 1 - Monday 4 June 2018

Stay in comfortable accommodation with ‘multi-bedded’ rooms. (3 or 4 to a room)  Bring own linen or sleeping bag. Pillows and fitted sheets provided. Various day walks inc. Broken Hills or Luck at Last mine, Wentworth Falls, Opoutere.    Bird watching.   Book early as limited to 12 people

Contact: Contact Lesley Hawke at

June Club Night - AGM

Tuesday 5 June 2018
Club Meeting Club Night

Annual General Meeting (Refer to separate notice in May Alpinesport)
The success of any club is only as good as the contributions made by each individual member.   Do show your support to the committee for all the work put into the running of the club during the past year, organizing trips, maintaining the Ruapehu lodges, maintaining the Waitakere Hut, working with Auckland Council on Kauri die-back, running Summer Camp, administering the hut booking system and finally to those who carry out the host of administrative duties relating to a club of our size.  The meeting will conclude with an illustrated presentation on this year’s major project ’Recladding the A Frame’. We are particularly indebted to all those club members who have contributed so much time to this project.   Please show your appreciation by hearing and seeing what has been achieved.

Piha/Waitakere Hut

Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 June 2018

Meet at Piha 1 pm to walk to Blowhole and/or Kitekite Falls, stay overnight at the Hut.  Club member overnight fees apply.   Pot luck dinner.  Option to stay on for Baiting

Contact: Contact Lesley Hawke at

Waitakere Hut Baiting Day

Sunday 10 June 2018

Baiting on 10th June will follow the usual pattern – 9am at the hut for a 9.30am start.   Baiting of lines is done in pairs and usually takes between 1 ½ to 2 hours.     We could do with some new volunteers, so it you feel you may like to help, please contact Mike for further details

Contact: Contact: Mike Frith Ph 021 0272 8662

Highbrook Park including Pukekiwiriki Crater

Sunday 10 June 2018
Sunday Stroll Walk

Meet at 1.00pm outside Westpac in Business Parade South.

Car park on the corner of Business Parade South and Sir Woolf Fisher Drive.

We do a large circular walk initially past many modern and large commercial buildings and then into a waterside reserve on the south side of the Highbrook or Waiouru Peninsula.

 We then traverse westwards and then around Pukekiwiriki Crater which is a breached explosive crater and tuff ring. It means “the hill with the associated small lagoon”. The crater floor is now salt marsh and mangrove forest.

From there we cross Highbrook Drive and follow the path along the water’s edge.  We traverse ancient river terraces and pass many fantastic ponds which have a great selection of wild life

Leader: Leader: Scott White Ph. 0274-979-017 or

Thursday Walk – Devonport to Takapuna

Thursday 14 June 2018
Thursday Walk

Catch 10am ferry.   Historic walk departs Devonport wharf at 10.30am.  Goldcard day returning by bus.

Leader: Leader: Owen Sprosen Ph 444 9309 or 021 131 9430

Waiheke Island

Sunday 17 June 2018
Day Trip Walk

A day walk through regenerating bush in Whakanewha Regional Park, Rocky Bay.  Linking public parks and formed tracks.   Using the 9am Ferry (which is also via Devonport) and connecting bus

Leader: Leader: Lesley Hawke Ph 021 670 981

Kiwi Esplanade, Mangere Bridge

Sunday 24 June 2018
Sunday Stroll Walk

Meet at 1.00pm in the car park at the corner of Coronation Road and the Kiwi Esplanade, Mangere Bridge.

We walk along the Manukau Harbour foreshore to Ambury Farm Park and return. It is a comfortable, flat walk ideal for the kids and their bikes. It forms part of the Te Araroa, the national walkway and to follow it provides a classic experience; scenic and volcanic beauty, harbour views, rare birdlife, evidence of early Maori occupation and tragic maritime history - all in an easy two hour walk ‘there and back.’

The next part of the walk offers a most uncommon sight. From Mangere Mountain, high to the left, rivers of molten lava ran to the sea when the volcano blew apart, many years ago. As the hot lava met the cool waters of the harbour, it slowed and cooled leaving ribbons of black rock across the landscape. The harbour edge here features acres of pitted scoria and trails of black lava drifting into the sea.

This walk offers fascinating history, scenery and wildlife that few suburban walks can match

Leader: Leader: Scott White 0274-979-017 or

Okura Walkway

Sunday 24 June 2018

Walk around the beach to Dacre Cottage and return back over the hill.   Low tide 10.09 am.    Meet 10.30am at end of Haigh’s Access Road, Okura.    Bring lunch and drink.

Contact: Contact: Elaine Hall Ph. 449 1896 Email.

Thursday Walk – Owairaka-Unitec-Waterview

Thursday 28 June 2018
Thursday Walk Walk

Meet 10 am at Allan Wood Park, Hendon Avenue, Mt Albert.  Explore new and old pathways over and around the new tunnel

Leader: Leader: Diane Syme Ph 846 7230 or 021 250 2304

July Club Night

Tuesday 3 July 2018
Club Night


Phillip Donnell, tramper extraordinaire and trip leader for FMC Travel Club will give a PowerPoint presentation titled “50 of the Best” walks that he has done in NZ. Phillip who is travelling up from Tauranga especially for the evening is an accomplished speaker and we can be assured of a delightful evening highlighted with both humorous anecdotes and poetic interludes. Phillip will have available for sale his recent book titled “Into the Wilderness” about thirty of his most memorable meanders into the NZ backcountry.

This will be an evening not to be missed.