Calendar of Trips & Activities

Ruapehu at Labour Weekend

Saturday 21 - Monday 23 October 2017

Ruapehu at Labour Weekend - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd  October, 2017
Staying at the A-Frame. There are opportunities to do many activities, including tramping,
skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, walking or just enjoying being up on the mountain
and relaxing. Take a chairlift to the highest café in NZ or visit the hot pools in Tokaanu.
Contact: Jane Rogers > Ph. 473 5190 or 027 4585750 >


Leader: Jane Rogers

Sanders Reserve Park. Upper Harbour

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday Walk

Thursday Walk. Sanders Reserve Park. Upper Harbour                    Thursday, 26th October, 2017    

A 41 hectare park beside the Waitemata Harbour.  Midday tide for best views.  Many walking and biking tracks.   Two huge tree sculptures.  Go along Paremoremo Road until turning left into Merewhira Road then Sanders Road.   Meet at 10.30am.    Afternoon tea at Sprosen’s.

Leader:   Owen Sprosen.   021 131 9430     Email

Leader: Owen Sprosen

Taranaki Garden Festival (optional Pouakai Circuit)

Friday 27 October - Thursday 2 November 2017
Tramping & Touring

Taranaki Garden Festival (optional Pouakai Circuit) - Friday 27th Oct to Thurs 2nd Nov, 2017
Travelling down on Friday or Saturday, visit gardens in the Powerco and Taranaki Fringe
Garden festivals with the alternative option for trampers to do the Pouakai Circuit over
3 days from Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st October, and then rejoin the non-trampers
for other walks or activities in the Taranaki region. Links to check out: http://www. and Pouakai Circuit:
places-to-go/ …../tracks/pouakai-circuit
Leaders and contact: Owen Sprosen > Ph 09 444 9309 >

Contact: Owen & jan Sprosen

Pt Erin, Westhaven Promenade & Wynyard Quarter

Sunday 29 October 2017
Sunday Stroll

Pt Erin, Westhaven Promenade & Wynyard Quarter, Sunday Stroll -29th October, 2017
Meet at 1 pm at Pt Erin car park off Sarsfield Street, Herne Bay. We will walk through
the park and down to the foreshore under the Harbour Bridge and along the Westhaven
Promenade to the Wynyard Quarter and return by another little known route. Experience
the modern walkway and various types of street art on the way. Not to mention the total
environment and atmosphere.
Leader: Scott White > Ph. 0274-979-017 >

Leader: Scott White


Sunday 5 November 2017

Rangitoto     RE-SCHEDULED     Sunday, 5th November, 2017

Walk to the summit and return via Islington Bay.  Choice of routes from Islington Bay, short or long.   There is a possibility of a longer tramp for those wishing to do so.   Should be a mud free trip!!  Ferry leaves Auckland via Devonport at 9.15 am Fare $30.00 return, $15.00 children under 15 years.    Please contact leader by Thursday 2nd November to register your participation.

Leader:   Jane Rogers   Ph 473 5189   or 027 4585750

Leader: Jane Rogers

November Club Night - Graham Langton, Historian and Writer

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Club Night

Graham Langton, historian, writer and editor with a lifelong interest in the outdoors, tramping and mountaineering, will give an illustrated presentation on Tourists, Mountaineers and Skiers – The early development of Recreation in Tongariro National Park.

Amongst Graham’s many publications are the books Summits & Shadows, and The Sharp End of a Short Rope and a new version of John Pascoe’s classic Mr Explorer Douglas.  Graham lives in Wellington and will be flying to Auckland for the night, to give his presentation.  Graham is a sought after speaker so you can be assured of an interesting and worthwhile evening.

Contact: 7:30pm, St Marks Church Hall, 95 Remuera Rd

Leader: Murray Davidson


Thursday 9 November 2017
Thursday Walk

Thursday Walk   Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Westmere:   Note change from original meeting place. Meet at 10.30 am at western end of Jervois Road, Herne Bay. Walk down steps to Cox’s Reserve.  From there we follow the tidal walkway through bush, beach and mangroves to Jaggers Bush, where we stop for lunch, then up through more bush to meet the road, thence back by road and walkway to the cars.   Mainly flat so will suit all comers.

Leaders:  Joce Glucina, 027 830880,  &  Rosalie Mitchell,  585 1580, or    027 4814030,

Leader: Joce Glucina & Rosalie Mitchell

Gittos Domain, Blockhouse Bay

Sunday 12 November 2017
Sunday Stroll

Gittos Domain, Blockhouse Bay                                 Sunday Stroll, Sunday 12th November, 2017

Meet at 1pm in the car park behind the Library in the shopping centre.   This Blockhouse Bay circuit walk begins at the library and winds through the newly renamed Gittos Domain (it was called Avondale South Domain) to Sandy Bay and Flounder Bay.  It is an undulating short bush walk with steep paths and steps to test our fitness levels.  There are many bench seats along the way.  It is very peaceful with just the sound of birds.  Many of the native trees have been sign-posted.    It was named after Francis Gittos who had a wool scouring then tannery business from 1890 onwards in the area.  

Leader:   Scott White     Ph. 0274-979-017

Leader: Scott White

Practical Bushcraft Weekend for Young Members

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 November 2017
Young Members Instruction


Suitable for approximately 7-11 years old, with accompanying adults.

Based at the Alpine Sports Club Waitakere Hut, Anawhata Road.

Please let Sue know that you are joining us and by email, send me the names and vehicle registration number and the names and ages of the children, contact phone numbers and emergency phone numbers. Thanks.

Proposed activities:

  • Putting up a fly as an emergency shelter
  • Making a bivvy in the bush
  • Map reading (bring the topographical map of the Waitakeres if you have one or the Topo 50 map)
  • Walk to the Mc Elwain lookout. 
  • Bring an orienteering compass (Silva) and challenge yourself to complete the day and night courses. 
  • Bring a lightweight dinner to cook in your billies over your own little gas cookers  
  • Enjoy the open fire – bring something delicious to cook on it  e.g. marshmallows, toast bread. 
  • Have a go at some pretend First Aid.   

Please let Sue know any requests for specific activities.


Contact: Sue Grant. Ph 846 5821 Email

Leader: Sue Grant

Hunua Ranges

Sunday 19 November 2017

Hunua Ranges Tramp    Sunday, 19th November, 2017   

R-scheduled from 17th September.       We will meet at Mangatawhiri Reservoir to walk along Liburne Road (Track 25) to Pukapuka Track (Track 24) which we will walk along to  Pukapuka (470 m asl) and then return.

Leaders:  Sue & Brian Fitzpatrick      Ph 576 1069  or 021 0615274

Leader: Sue & Brian Fitzpatrick

Midis Christmas Lunch, Cornwall Park

Thursday 23 November 2017

Midis Christmas Lunch, Cornwall Park    Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

Meet at the carpark by the large roundabout.   Walk in the park, followed by shared picnic lunch.

Leader:  Sherilyn Coney.    Ph 638 5056, 0274 360680    Email

Leader: Sherilyn Coney

Lake Tarawera Weekend

Friday 24 - Monday 27 November 2017

Lake Tarawera Weekend    Friday, 24th November – Monday, 27th November, 2017

Venue: 1 Waitangi Rd, Lake Tarawera. 10 beds available in house and bunk room + caravan sleeps 3.    Activities:   Tarawera Trail, Tarawera Waterfall walk, other shorter options.  Mountain biking in forest, cycling in Rotorua, kayaking, trout fishing.   Costs:  Possible water taxi costs, bring own food and drink.   Book early as limited numbers.

Contact:  Jocelyn Magness  Ph. 09 489 5376  or 0212085480

Leader: Jocelyn Magness

Parnell’s Hidden Gullies and Reserves

Sunday 26 November 2017
Sunday Stroll

Meet at 1pm 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 realized there is a lot more to them when you get up close!

Contact: Scott White Ph. 0274-979-017

Leader: Scott White

Rees Dart Track

Wednesday 29 November - Sunday 3 December 2017

Rees Dart Track      29th November – 3rd December, 2017

Sue and Brian Fitzpatrick are booked to walk the Rees Dart Track starting from Glenorchy early Wednesday, 29th November and finishing on Sunday, 3rd December.   If anyone is interested in joining them please contact Sue or Brian on 576 1069  or

Leader: Sue & Brian Fitzpatrick

PROPOSED TRIP Routeburn Track or Routeburn & Greenstone Tracks combined

Thursday 30 November 2017

PROPOSED TRIP   Routeburn Track or Routeburn & Greenstone Tracks combined.    November, 2017 or March, 2018

If anyone is interested in doing these South Island Tracks, please contact Maria Bullock  Ph. 630 6079 or      Suggested dates are either November, 2017 or March, 2018.

Contact: Maria Bullock

The Goat Adventure Run, Mt Ruapehu

Saturday 2 December 2017
Adventure Running

Come and stay at the A-Frame while a bunch of (??!!) people run from Whakapapa to Turoa. You can come and watch, or maybe this is the perfect excuse to go and do a bit of adventuring yourself. 

Contact: Bart Schroder, 021 1777 367

Leader: Various!

Wenderholm Regional Park

Sunday 3 December 2017

Wenderholm Regional Park      Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

Meet at 10 am in the carpark.   We will use as many of the tracks as possible with a variety of scenery, a chance of bird watching and lunch.       Approximately 4 hours.   Either turn up on the day or contact the leader prior.

Leader:   Lesley Hawke   021 670981

Leader: Lesley Hawke

December Club Night - 30 years of the Midi's!

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Club Night

Join with fellow club members to reminisce with Sherilyn Coney and Don Baker on 30 years with the Midi’s.   Their video presentation will be followed by the presentation of annual awards and then it is time to mix and mingle over a Christmas supper.

Do join us for our wind up for the year.    Happy Christmas everyone.

Contact: 7:30pm, St Marks Church Hall, 95 Remuera Rd

Leader: Murray Davidson

Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary

Saturday 9 December 2017

Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary     Saturday, 9th December, 2017

Join Colleen for the day visiting this island sanctuary located 30 km north east of central Auckland and just 4 km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.    Tiritiri Matangi is widely known for the opportunity to see endangered birdlife and other wildlife.    The Ferry leaves from Auckland 9 am ($70) or from Gulf Harbour at 9.50am ($50) and returns in the late afternoon.   Book by phoning 360 Discovery (09 307 8005), or online at the 360 Discovery website    If you do wish to stay a night in the bunkhouse independent of this trip ($30), either on the Friday or Saturday, then you may be able to book online depending on availability    Please contact the leader early to confirm your interest and for further information.

Leader:  Colleen Brewer   Ph 09 4247301

Leader: Colleen Brewer

Churchill Park, Glendowie

Sunday 10 December 2017
Sunday Stroll

Meet at 1 pm on the corner of Roberta Avenue and Riddell Road, at the shops.    Churchill Park is 47 hectares and was named after Winston Churchill in 1945 when it was acquired by the Auckland City Council. There is a mix of level paths and a few steep paths.   Easy walking, with both sea and city views, a stream, private gardens and farm animals.    The aim of this trip is to circumnavigate the park and then follow the cliff top path.   Again, this is a park we have all known for years, but how many of us have ever been into it, let alone walked around!

Contact: Scott White Ph. 0274-979-017

Leader: Scott White

Christmas Lunch at the Waitakere Hut

Sunday 17 December 2017

Christmas Lunch at the Waitakere Hut     Sunday, 17th December, 2017

Waitakere tramp and lunch……details to follow.

Leaders:   Jan and Owen Sprosen   021 131 9430     Email

Leader: Jan and Owen Sprosen

Summer Camp

Tuesday 26 December 2017 - Thursday 4 January 2018
Summer Camp

Summer Camp - 26th December 2017 to 4th January 2018, Maratoto Valley, Paeroa.
Spring is now here and it is time to shake the moths out of the camping gear ready for the Summer Camp.
The Trips and Tramps committee have been out searching the country side for a suitable
site and this year we have chosen an area which is 17 Km (16 mins) from Paeroa in the Maratoto Valley.
It has several flat paddocks which are ideal for camping and a stream with a
sunny pool across the road. There are many trips and tramps in the immediate area and
further afield. For cyclists, the Hauraki Rail Trail is close by in the Karangahake Gorge. In
this same area there are many spectacular walks for all abilities. For the very adventurous
there is a challenging scale to the top of Maratoto Peak. Paeroa and the surrounding towns
have many cafes and restaurants and Paeroa boasts 14 antique shops. The nearest ice
creams and cafe are at Hikutaia 5 km away.
This year we have to use Portaloos instead of our faithful long drops.
Bookings will open mid – November. Details in Alpinesport

Contact: TBA

The Forgotten World Highway’ revisited

Friday 23 - Monday 26 February 2018

The Forgotten World Highway’ revisited  Friday 23rd Feb to Monday 26th Feb., 2018

Jan’s trip down memory lane. Explore the Forgotten World Highway…including Tahora, Tangarakau, Kohuratahi and the Republic of Whangamomona.   Of course, a visit to the infamous ‘Whanga Pub’ is compulsory.     Limited to 23 explorers.

Leader:  Jan Watson  09 4106173  or 021 1319759

Leader: Jan Watson

Greenstone/Caples tracks

Saturday 3 March 2018

I am planning a tramp to the Greenstone/Caples tracks, possible dates either the beginning of March or later in March, around the 20th.    

Expressions of interest to Jane Rogers.  

Contact: Jane Rogers. Ph 473 5189 or

Leader: Jane Rogers