Trips, Tramps & More...

September 2019 and Beyond

Mt Eden Training

Every Wednesday rain or shine 12:30 Meet at Clive Road parking / kids flying fox near Normanby Road.  Walk half way up to 'Jo steps' Walk/ run #times then up to top of My Eden back down to steps up down steps again and then back down to stretch at play park. Time approx 40 min

Feel free to just turn up. 

Facilitated by Kate Schoonees  02102452146

Sunday Stroll - Pigeon Mountain & Wakaaranga Creek to Half Moon Bay

20 October 2019

Meet at 1.30pm in the car park 100 metres west of the Pigeon Mountain Road/Himalaya Drive intersection. It is across the road from the entrance to the Pigeon Mountain Wetlands and at the base of Pigeon Mountain itself. The stroll covers the wetlands and mangroves through the Wakaaranga Creek Reserve and follows another reserve and a few side streets until we join up with the riverside.
Organiser: Scott White Ph. 0274-979-017 or

Thursday Walk – Explore Auckland’s Original Shoreline

24th Oct 2019

Meet at Link bus stop at Victoria Park Market at 10am to walk to Parnell. Bring gold card to bus back.

Leader: Tim Carter   309 9647,  021377233    or 

Women's Overnighter #3 - Waiheke Island - staying in a house at Palm Beach

2nd November 2019
$30 a head for food (same menu as our first night at the Waitakere hut!) and accommodation. You will also need to pay for your ferry which is $40 so a pricier getaway - but it is such a good opportunity to get the house so I thought we should go for it. That's why I have made October and December women's overnight trips camping to keep average costs down. We will come up with a plan for walks etc a little closer to the time.
Book your spot by emailing and lodging $30 in my bank account, we have about 10 spaces available.

Cycling - Waitomo Circuit

2nd – 3rd November 2019

Travel to Waitomo village Friday night and stay at backpackers; Saturday cycle 100km loop via SH31- Honikwi - Huaturu - Kawhia Harbour - Te Anga - Waitomo. Demanding day, with at least two big hills. Alternative - at Te Anga turn off to Marakopa, camp and return to Waitomo on Sunday

Contact:            Brian Duffy   Mob.  021 859829

Sunday Stroll - Parnell’s Hidden Gullies and Reserves

3rd November 2019

Meet at 1.30pm in Staffa Street, off Stratford Street, Parnell. The aim of this trip is to traverse various hidden gullies and reserves and at the same time have a look at the amazing older homes in this historic area. You will walk through areas you have often driven past but never realised there is a lot more to them when you get up close!

Leader:             David Addis       Ph. 027-604-0592    or         Organiser:   Scott White       Ph. 0274-979-017    or


November Club Night

7.30pm Tuesday 5th November 2019 

In 1991 Linda Danen applied for the position of meteorology technician on Campbell Island, New Zealand’s only permanently inhabited sub-antarctic island. Living in the company of just four others in hostel-type accommodation, on a cold windswept island for twelve months, with no other company or visitors to talk to, might seem daunting to many. Come along and hear Linda’s story and view her pictures of what life is like on this southern outpost. 

Linda is currently President of the Ruapehu Mountain Clubs Assn and following her address she has indicated that she would be willing to answer any questions from club members on “What’s happening at Whakapapa for the clubs”. 

Be sure not to miss what should be a most interesting evening!


Thursday Walk – Historical and Architectural Exploration of St Mary’s Bay and Freeman’s Bay

14th November 2019


Meet at Point Erin Park carpark, corner Sarsfield Street and Shelly Beach Road at 10 am to enjoy some of the history and architecture of these old suburbs, with lunch in Western Park before returning to the starting place. 
There will be an option to join and leave at Three Lamps for those wishing to use public transport please remember your Gold Cards.


Leaders Peter and Rosemary Wakeman

Contact: 379 6744 or Rosemary on 0274588522


Ngatuhoa Lodge Family Weekend

15-17 November 2019

Surrounded by bush-clad hills in the Kaimais this lodge includes use of a mini confidence course, a flying fox, flatwater kayaking, tubing in the stream & an abseiling wall. We will make use of the local activities Saturday & do a hike Sunday. Accommodation costs are $44 per person for the weekend. Contact Mark to book, 50% deposit payable to confirm your place.

Leader:              Mark Roberts

Sunday Stroll - Riversdale Reserve to New Lynn

17 November 2019

Meet at 1.30pm in the Riversdale Reserve car park in Riversdale Road, Avondale. We walk down Riversdale Road to the Whau River and follow the walkways and boardwalks eastwards along the river and mangrove mudflats.  We then cross the Whau River using the Rata Street bridge and then westwards along the river bank pathway and local parks making our way into a secluded path along the creek side and the newly formed Rewarewa Pocket Park in the New Lynn CBD. We then walk to the bus terminal and catch Bus No. 191 back to where we started.  So bring along your AT Card.

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

Piha Area

23rd or 24th November 2019

Tim Carter is planning a trip in the Piha region for the weekend 23/24 November. Watch this space for more details.

Thursday Walk – Parnell Rose Gardens & Xmas Lunch

28th November 2019

Walkers meet in the Rose Gardens in front of the café at 10.30am to walk to Parnell. Non-walkers arrive at 12.30pm. Please let the leader know if you are coming.

Leader: Sherilyn Coney, 624 5447, 0274 360680,

DSC 0046Small People on Big Hills

1st December 2019

Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve
Bring your headlamps, picnic and togs and join Lukas (3) and Clara (6) in exploring historic North Head. Meet at 10.30am at the first North Head carpark on Takarunga Road.
Leader: Miranda Hutton     022 6488 733

Cycling -  Rotorua Backcountry Trip

30th November – 1st December 2019

Travel to Warepapa South and camp at Bryces; Saturday ride to Rotorua via back roads (approx.

120km); Sunday return via back roads through Putararu and Arapuni (approx. 100km).

Contact:           Brian Duffy   Mob.  021 859829

Sunday Stroll - Weona Reserve Walkway Westmere Loop

1st December 2019

Meet at 1.30pm at the seaward end of Garnet Road, Westmere.                                                       The Weona Reserve Walkway is commonly known as the Westmere Loop. It follows the coastline all the way around the Westmere Peninsula. It is a great environment with a fantastic marine exposure and mangrove wetlands. Crossing Meola Road we enter the Jaggers Bush Reserve following a bushlined track to Old Mill Road behind the Auckland Zoo.  From there we go up the hill and traverse some back streets and another small reserve ultimately ending up where we started. It is a level well formed path or boardwalk all the way, except for one steep hill, so bring the family with you!

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

The Goat Annual Run and Ruapehu Activities

7th– 8th December 2019

A group of club members are entered into the annual Goat Run so there will be a group of hardy souls at Ruapehu for the weekend (or a little longer) providing support and undertaking other activities. The hut will be open and there will be plenty to do. If you missed the Goat entry Brian Duffy is organising either an 80km (Round the Mountain) or 50 km (Whakapapa/Tongariro/Emerald Lakes/Tama via back of Ngauruhoe/Whakapapa) trail run/walk/crawl.

Contact:         Brian Duffy                     Mob: 021 859 829,            Email

Sunday Stroll - Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve & Sandspit

15th December 2019

Meet at 1.00pm in the car park at the end of West Tamaki Road, Glendowie.                             Tahuna Torea introduces you to 25 hectares of unique wildlife sited on a long sand bank extending out into the Tamaki Estuary. It is rich in native birds and vegetation designed for wildlife rather than humans. Time spent weaving through the network of tracks and the various habitats offer a peaceful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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

Women's Overnighter # 4 Tawhitokino Beach Camping

December 21st - Summer Solstice

Yes its close to Christmas, but often this last Saturday is quieter than earlier in the month. The tides are right on this Saturday for walking in and it is indeed the longest day of the year ! If you are keen, go on the council website very soon to book a camp spot as it will get booked out closer to the time. It is $9.00 per person and capacity is 20. You can get a refund up to two weeks before if something comes up.This is another hidden gem that you really don't want to miss.
Contact:     021633834 

ASC Summer Camp

26th December 2019 – 3rd January 2020

Oparau, near Kawhia, 2 ½ hours drive from Auckland, close to black-sand beaches, Kawhia’s thermal hot-water-beach, kayaking on the river and Kawhia harbour, mountain biking at Pirongia, child-friendly short bush walks and glow worms, drive to explore caves, waterfalls, iron-sand works and fossil hunting, longer tramping possibilities in the area too. This will be a cosy campsite, bordered by a slow moving river. The campsite is directly behind the Oparau Hall and includes use of the hall (minus amenities) and is 3 minutes’ drive from the Oparau Roadhouse general store. Cost per night: adult members $12, non member adults $20, under 18s free.

Bookings  open from 15 Nov to 15 December 2019. To book please contact Margaret Jemmett  Please include details of names of all campers, ages of children/teenagers, arrival and departure dates if known and contact phone numbers whilst at camp.

Small People on Big Hills - Overnight! 

Saturday 25th January - Sunday 26th January

Enjoy toasting marshmallows, sleeping in bunks and getting out for a walk or two in the Waitakeres. Bring your togs for some (safe) beach and river fun. Lukas (3) and Clara (6) love the adventure of staying at the Waitakere Hut, and the parents love the electric oven, fridge and microwave too. Only a short, scenic walk from the carpark.

Contact: Miranda Hutton     022 6488 733