Calendar of Trips & Activities

Climbing Trips Starting January

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

Nelson Lakes – Blue Lake via Sabine Valley

Thursday 23 - Thursday 30 March 2017

Water taxi Lake Rotoroa, Sabine Valley to Blue Lake, staying at Blue Lake for 2 days and doing trips to Lake Constance and Moss Pass.  

Limited spaces available – trip filling fast.

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

Proposed Tongariro Crossing

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 April 2017

Staying at the ASC A-Frame. We plan to do the crossing on Saturday, but if the weather looks dodgy, the Sunday. We'll take a Roam shuttle from Whakapapa ($30 return, leaves 7am or 8am to Mangetepopo, returns from Ketetahi at 2pm, 4pm or 5:30pm)

 The alternate day, if the weather is good, we do the Tama Lakes walk, which takes in the Taranaki Falls - 5-6 Hrs return.  

Contact :   Bart Schroder   Ph 524 7456     schroder@vodafone.co.nz

Contact: Bart Schroder

Leader: Leader Required

Chelsea Heritage Park & Chelsea Bay

Sunday 2 April 2017
Day Trip

Chelsea Heritage Park & Chelsea Bay                      Sunday Stroll, Sunday 2nd April, 2017

Meet at 1 pm in the car park at the bottom of Colonial Road, Birkenhead.

Chelsea Heritage Park combines walks through both grassed and bushed areas with great views. Throughout the park there are a great variety of birds such as nesting shags, tui and wood pigeons. The lakes are home to short and long finned eels, common bully and banded kokopu as well as many exotic species.

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

Leader: Scott White

April Club Night

Tuesday 4 April 2017
Club Night

Tuesday Club Night    Tuesday 4TH April,  2017  at 7.30pm      

Brian Duffy fresh from competing in NZ’s most extreme challenge will speak of his experiences in the 2017 Godzone seven day event held in Queenstown.    Vice President, Jackie Ponting along with Christina Richter will speak of their Ruapehu Round the Mountain tramp and Whanganui River ‘odyssey’, or was it?  Most club members have either done these two trips or are capable of doing them, so come along and find out more from these two active club members.

St Marks Church, Parish Hall, 5 St Marks  Road, Remuera.   Challenge, Adventure and Godzone

 

Mahurangi Regional Park

Sunday 9 April 2017
Day Trip

Mahurangi Regional Park                                                                           Sunday, 9th April, 2017

Walking for about 4 hours around the Mahurangi Peninsula enjoying the bush, the birds and the coastal paths.     Swimming optional.   Meet at Sullivan’s Bay carpark at 10 am.   Please let leader know if you are coming.

Leader:  Owen Sprosen   Ph.   09 449 9309   or   ojsprosen@hotmail.com

 

Leader: Owen Sprosen

Karekare Beach & Coast

Thursday 13 April 2017
Thursday Walk

Thursday Walk  -  Karekare                                                                   Thursday, 13th April, 2017

Meet at car park 10.30am.  Walk along the beach.  Boots essential.  Approx 4 hours.

Leader:  Roy Haywood   Ph 821 8874,   021 025 33114    royhaywoodpiha@xtra.co.nz  

Leader: Roy Haywood

Blockhouse Bay to Green Bay and Craigavon Park

Sunday 16 April 2017
Day Trip

Blockhouse Bay to Green Bay and Craigavon Park   Sunday Stroll, Sunday 16th April, 2017

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 Motu Moana to Craigavon Park and return via another route.

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

Leader: Scott White

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

Twin Coast Rail Trail

Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 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.  

Contact: Bart Schroder

Leader: Leader Required

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

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