Calendar of Trips & Activities

Climbing Trips in April

Saturday 28 January - Sunday 30 April 2017
Climbing

There will be ‘short notice’ climbing trips organised by the Climbing Group.   To go on one of these trips, please go along to a session of Climbing at Extreme Edge at 7 pm on a Monday evening.

Contact:   Jackie Ponting   Ph 021 2093120  or Jackie.ponting@gmail.com

Contact: Jackie Ponting Ph 021 2093120 or Jackie.ponting@gmail.com

Proposed Heaphy Track

Saturday 22 - Wednesday 26 April 2017
Tramping

The track is 82 km long, and takes 4-6 days, depending on how fast we want to go. Currently Air NZ have flights at 7am, arrive 8:25 for $69 incl bag) then shuttle to Brown hut (2 3/4 hours, arrive midday). The walk to the next hut (Perry Saddle) is 5 hours, so we either have a long day, or arrive later, and stay the night at Browns Hut, and start walking the next day. Return from Kohaihai Shelter to Nelson (5 1/2 hours), stay the night in Nelson and fly out the next day (currently $89 inc bag). Shuttle cost is $160. The DOC hut fee is $35/night.  Please let us know how many days you would like to take. You will need to book your own flights and huts, once we confirm dates. We will book the shuttle.

 Contact Bart if you are interested in leading the trip.

Contact: Bart Schroder

Leader: Leader Required

Puhoi

Thursday 27 April 2017
Thursday Walk

Thursday Walk  -  Puhoi                                                   Thursday, 27th April, 2017

"Meet at the Domain opposite the General Store. Approx 2 hours bush walking on the northern ridge returning via the valley floor then a look around historic village.Suitable for most walkers."

Leader:  Bruce Dwerryhouse.    Ph 575 4090,  022 123 9507   dwerryh@xtra.co.nz

Leader: Bruce Dweryhouse

Ruapehu Mountain Clubs Assoc (RMCA) Bi Annual Forum

Saturday 29 April 2017
Ski Admin

To be held at Whakapapa Village from 9am – 5 pm.   All club members interested in the issues relating to Ruapehu and outdoor activities on the mountain are invited to attend.   Further details available from Warren Whyte   Ph. 528 4824

Contact: Warren Whyte Ph. 528 4824

Highbrook Park & Pukiriki Craterkiwi

Sunday 30 April 2017
Day Trip

Meet at 1 pm 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:  Scott White    Ph 0274 979 017  or info@taxsmart.co.nz

Leader: Scott White Ph 0274 979 017 or info@taxsmart.co.nz

May Club Night

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Club Night

St Marks Church, Parish Hall, 5 St Marks Road, Remuera starting at 7:30pm.
The Most Iconic National Parks in the World.
In August/September, 2015 and 2016, several club members joined an FMC trip to walk twelve USA West Coast National Parks and eight National Monuments. Owen Sprosen was a member of the 2016 party and he along with Don Baker made a video of what they did. Owen and his fellow tampers’ will provide the answer as to why the parks are some of the most iconic in the world.

Contact: Murray Davidson

Twin Coast Rail Trail

Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 May 2017
Cycling

This new rail trail from Opua on the East Coast to Horeke on the Hokianga Harbour, via Ngawha, Kaikohe and Lake Omapere is now open. There is a ride of about 4km on the vintage steam train Gabriel for 4km from Taumarere to Kawaka. There are 5 sections with a total length of 82 km.  We'll use a shuttle to return.  Other details including accomodation to be finalised. maximum 10 people.

Leslie Hawke 021 670 981  hawke.lesley@gmail.com

Leader: Leslie Hawke

Twin Coast Rail Trail

Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 May 2017
cycle touring

This new rail trail from Opua on the East Coast to Horeke on the Hokianga Harbour, via Ngawha, Kaikohe and Lake Omapere is now open. There is a ride of about 4km on the vintage steam train Gabriel for 4km from Taumarere to Kawaka. There are 5 sections with a total length of 82 km.  We'll use a shuttle to return to the cars.   Other details such as accommodation yet to be finalised.   Maximum of 10 people.

Leader:  Lesley Hawke   021 670981   or hawke.lesley@gmail.com

 

Leader: Lesley Hawke 021 670981 or hawke.lesley@gmail.com

Eastern Beach to Howick Beach

Thursday 11 May 2017
Thursday Walk

Meet at 10.30 am at the middle of Eastern Beach.  Bush tracks, beaches and streets.

Leader:  Helen Bolt   Ph 534 2946 or 022 0917330    helen.bolt@xtra.co.nz

 

Leader: Helen Bolt

Hunua Ranges by Numbers - Expedition Eight

Sunday 21 May 2017
Tramping

 

We will explore Track 19 starting at Moumoukai Hill Road, going along Kohukohunui Track (part track 2) turning into Mine Road (Track 19) leading past one of the disused Manganese Mines to cross the Mangatawhiri River, then continuing until we meet the Upper Mangatawhiri track (Track 21).   This will be a there and back trip.  Estimated time 6 hours.

Leaders:  Sue and Brian Fitzpatrick   Ph  576 1069  or suzette@knockbane.co.nz

 

 

Leader: Sue and Brian Fitzpatrick Ph 576 1069 or suzette@knockbane.co.nz

Thursday Walk – St John’s Area

Thursday 25 May 2017
Thursday Walk

Something old, something new.  Includes St John’s College, new walkway by Sunhill and more.   Meet 10 am at Worcester Road entrance to St John’s Bush.

Leader:  Jocelyn Whyte    Ph 528 4824    021 158 6850    wandjwhyte@xtra.co.nz

 

Leader: Jocelyn Whyte Ph 528 4824 021 158 6850 wandjwhyte@xtra.co.nz

Pigeon Mtn & Wakaaranga Creek to Half Moon Bay

Sunday 28 May 2017

Meet at 1.00pm 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 river side walk which takes us to Half Moon Bay. Along the foreshore, we pass through an interesting environment with great views of the Tamaki River and the other side. The creek is home to a great selection of wild life. There are many pukeko and at one point they bunch below the boardwalk, obviously wanting to be fed!! Apparently, there are pukeko nest near the boardwalk.
Leader: Scott White Ph 0274-979-017 or info@taxsmart.co.na

Leader: Scott White

June Club Night & AGM

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Club Night

St Marks Church, Parish Hall, 5 St Marks Road, Remuera
AGM followed by an illustrated talk on Patagonia and Bolivia – a trampers paradise.
Club membership officer, Paul Lyon, together with his wife, Jenni will give a talk on their recent travels through Chile and Bolivia including the stunning Patagonia Region. This is one of the most fascinating regions of the world so come along and hear about Paul and Jenni’s experiences.

Contact: Brian Duffy & Murray Davidson

Orewa Millenium Walk

Thursday 8 June 2017
Thursday Walk

Meet at 10.30 am in Arundel Reserve car park at northern end of Orewa Beach. Walk down the beach to Visitors Centre car park at southern end of beach – Silverdale Motorway exit. 45 mins from the city. Meet those who don’t want to walk so far at 11.30 for the Millenium walk. Flat walking all the way. 7 ½ kms.
Leaders: Jenni and Paul Lyon 021 676 714 09 521 8374 or jennilyon.jl@gmail.com.

Leader: Jenni & Paul Lyon

Kawau Island & Tawharanui

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 June 2017
Tramping

Drive to Tawharanui, camp there in the regional park camp ground ($15), and walk North-South coast tracks, with a detour to Tokatu Point lookout (3 - 4 1/2 hours depending). Lots of bird life in the sanctuary, and good views. On Sunday decamp and drive to Sandspit (23km, 30 mins) for a day trip to Kawau Island ($50 return). Visit Mansion House, and do the Coppermine round trip (2 1/2 hours) from Mansion house via Redwood tracks to the old copper mine and back via Two House bay. All other tracks on the island are currently closed because of H+S concerns.

 If you don't want to camp let us know, and we'll contemplate staying locally somewhere, at higher cost. 

Contact: Bart Schroder

Leader: Leader Required

Snowcraft Course Mt Ruapehu

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 July 2017
Alpine Instruction

Come and learn the skills needed to be safe in the mountains, including using crampons and ice axe, belaying, abseiling and rope work, avalanche rescue, and building a snow cave (and sleeping in it!). You'll become familiar with a range of useful knots ad what to do with them. Based at our very own Ruapehu Hut. For more information please contact Sharon Hunter-Smith: shuntersmith@gmail.com

Leader: Sharon Hunter-Smith

Snowcraft Course Mt Ruapehu

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 July 2017
Alpine Instruction

Come and learn the skills needed to be safe in the mountains, including using crampons and ice axe, belaying, abseiling and rope work, avalanche rescue, and building a snow cave (and sleeping in it!). You'll become familiar with a range of useful knots ad what to do with them. Based at our very own Ruapehu Hut. For more information please contact Sharon Hunter-Smith: shuntersmith@gmail.com

Leader: Sharon Hunter-Smith

Southern Alps Excursion September 2017

Saturday 30 September 2017
Climbing

Visit the glacier country, 6-7 day fly in walk out expedition proposed either Murchison/Tasman glaciers or perhaps Fox or Franz Neves.

Dates to be determined depending upon interest.

 

Contact Brian Duffy for details. bduffy@vodafone.co.nz or Mob: 021 859 829

Contact: Brian Duffy