Trips, Tramps & More...

September 2020 and Beyond



Tuesday 1st September           Club Night
Talk by Margaret and Peter Jemmett : A trek to Everest base camp and the three passes. Well that was the plan!

"In 2018 Margaret and I prepared for our trip to Everest Base Camp and the Three Passes.

We embarked on a fitness program and with the Waitakere’s effectively closed we set our sights of Mt Te Aroha, Mount Karangahake, all over Great Barrier Island and in between we walked the streets. We check out the sights of Kathmandu, the food, shops, traffic and the people. We fly to Lukla where our trip really starts and we find -out if all our preparations have been enough."


Snowcraft weekend Ruapehu

Fri - Sun

4 - 6 Sept 2020

 Come and learn the skills required for above the bush travel & alpine crossings. An introductory course focused on gaining skills and confidence for moving on snow and ice including ice axe and crampon use, self-arrest, safe terrain selection, snow shelters & construction, use of basic avalanche equipment and techniques. The course is based at our cosy Ruapehu Hut and the adventurous may choose to sleep in a snow cave overnight. Cost (incl main meals and accommodation $265/person (members) or $365/person (non-member). Participants need to have or hire a helmet, ice axe and crampons ($20/set for weekend).

 Contact: Brian Duffy

ASC climbing weekend - Ruapehu                                                           


5 Sept 2020

Sharon Hunter-Smith is organising a series of climbing weekends to encourage more mountaineers to get out onto the hill, based at the A-frame. The trips will be weather dependant. The weekends will be open to anyone but are not organised/guided trips. Anyone coming along is responsible for sorting their own transport, gear, bunk bookings, decisions, safety. 

Contact Sharon for more details 

Highbrook Park including Pukekiwiriki Crater

Sunday stroll

6 Sept  2020

Meet at 1.30pm 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 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.  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 



10 Sept  2020

 Colleen and Warren will lead a walk through Shakespear Regional Park featuring bush, beach and farm tracks. If coming by car, please be at the Army Bay carpark at the end of Whangaparaoa Road at 10.15 am.  

Most people will catch the 9.30 am ferry from Auckland to Gulf Harbour and return back to Auckland on the 1.30 pm ferry. Gold cards will cover the cost of both the ferry trips and the connecting ferry bus. 

Leaders: Colleen & Warren Brewer: 09 424 7301, 020 414 40571 

Onehunga Bay to Lynfield  



13 Sept 2020

 An urban coastal walk to stretch our legs. This enjoyable 4 – 5 hour walk offers a little bit of up and down, a bit of a turn here and there, harbour beaches, bush tracks, walkways and urban streets. 

It commences at the Taumanu Reserve in Onehunga Bay and follows the Manuukau Coastal track through to Lynfield. 

Come prepared to enjoy a day of interesting vistas and enjoyable company with Warren & Jocelyn Whyte ph 528 4824 or 027 675 2147

ASC climbing weekend - Ruapehu                                                           


5 Sept 2020

Sharon Hunter-Smith is organising a series of climbing weekends to encourage more mountaineers to get out onto the hill, based at the A-frame. The trips will be weather dependant. The weekends will be open to anyone but are not organised/guided trips. Anyone coming along is responsible for sorting their own transport, gear, bunk bookings, decisions, safety. 

Contact Sharon for more details 

Panmure Basin  

Sunday stroll

20 Sept  2020

 Meet at 1.30pm outside 160 Waipuna Road East.   This is the last house on the left hand side at the end of the road. 

We will circumnavigate the Panmure Basin and it is approximately 5km in distance.   As the path is well formed and level most of the way, it is a great opportunity to bring along your younger family members together with their scooters and bikes. 

Organiser:  Scott White   0274-979-017 or 

Manukau Harbourside  


24 Sept  2020

 Meet in Papakura at 10.15 am. Starting point and return route to be advised later. Bring AT Hop Card. 

Leader: Bruce Dwerryhouse 575-0480, 022 123 9507, 

Small People on Big Hills  - the Winter Christmas Special @ the Ruapehu Hut


Sat - Sun

26-27 Sept  2020

There’s no need to travel to Europe for the family and little ones to experience the wonders of a wintry Christmas. Tinsel, Christmas Jumpers, Mince Pies, Mulled Wine, Christmas Roast, Secret Santa, Real Snowmen, a Reindeer hunt and of course a bit of sledding. Join Charlie (2) and book a spot at the Ruapehu Hut.

Email Jodi Reddell to say you are coming and to be added to the mail list so you know what to take to bring the festivities to life. 

Blockhouse Bay to Green Bay and Craigavon Park

Sunday stroll

4 October 2020

 Meet at 1.30pm in the car park 100 metres up from the beach in Endeavour Street. Covers 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: Scott White                   Ph. 0274-979-017    or 



 8 October 2020

 Leader Tom Speed ph 378 4595


Small People on Big Hills - Wenderholm


11 October 2020

 All ages welcome! Meet at 10am at the car park closest to historic Couldrey house. Join Lukas (3) and Clara (7) to walk up through magnificent coastal forest and enjoy picturesque views of the mouth of the Puhoi River estuary. There should be lots of kowhai flowering and many native birds to spot. We'll take the Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi loop track which is 2.9km return. This should take 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, but we'll allow more time for little legs and to enjoy the sights. Return to the cars, beach, second lunch and a tour of Couldrey House which is open between 1-4pm and costs $5 per adult. Bring lunch and warm/waterproof clothing. 

Contact Miranda Hutton to register 022 6488 733 

Te Ara Hura – Te Whau loop, Waiheke Island                       


18 October 2020

 Catch the 9:00 am ferry from Pier 2 to Waiheke and then by bus past the Rangihoua Onetangi Sports Ground.  The day includes 2 or 3 very steep hill climbs and rock hopping for short distances along beaches.  

We will start by looking at the iconic, eclectic houseboats. During the day we walk past vineyards, olive groves and an alpaca farm.  Enjoy a coastal and cliff top walk, past beaches then finish with a bush walk.  Road walks, panoramic views, walking poles recommended.   Bring lunch and drink. Return on the 4:00 pm ferry. 

For more information and to ensure space on the bus please book in by 14 October 2020 with Sue or Brian FitzPatrick, Ph: 576-1069; or

Palm Beach to Matiatia, Waiheke Island                                                            


18 October 2020

  We will catch the 10am ferry from Downtown Auckland and return on the 3pm. Take the bus to Palm Beach and walk back to Matiatia, around the coast, on part of the Te Ara Hura walkway. There are some steep hills and steps but the views are spectacular.           

Leader: Barbara Lamont 638 8046, 021 259 7019, 

Womens Overnight Trip to the Pinnacles


Sat -Sun

31 October 2020

 It’s the Halloween Hike so bring your dress up gear, broomsticks optional!  Book your bunk directly with DOC, there are ten ASC women already booked along with a further ten friends so we have already filled ¼ of this large hut. 

Contact for further information and to arrange car pooling etc. 

Hobson Bay & 6 Adjacent Reserves

Sunday stroll

1 Nov 2020

Meet at 1.30pm in the Shore Road Car Park, the entrances are opposite 25 and 35 Shore Road, Remuera.  Meet at the end away from the city.

We will walk through the Thomas Bloodworth Reserve and then into the Ayr Reserve.  At the top we will then come down and cross Brighton Road and come to a foreshore boardwalk. We will continue along the foreshore and in effect circle the Shore Road Reserve. We then cross Shore Road and enter Waitaramoa Reserve.  We will then continue up the valley and then up into another reserve, the Wharua Reserve, and then back down to where we started. 

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

Motutapu Island Weekend


14 - 15 Nov 2020

 ASC weekend - to Motutapu Camp at Administration Bay. The cottage sleeps 10 and the lodge sleeps 34.  

Options to travel to the island are Fullers Ferry, sea kayak, water taxi or private boat. Water taxi based on ten sharing is $49 return, Fullers Ferry is $36 per adult return, $18 per child with some family and early bird fares – see Fullers website or keep an eye out on Grab One. 

Rangitoto Wharf to the camp is an easy 3 hour fairly flat walk. You can arrive on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Activities on the island are kayaking, Flying Fox, Survivor Challenge, exploring the old WW2 tunnels and gun emplacements, snorkelling and various tramping tracks. 

Accommodation is in rooms for 4-6 people and costs will be confirmed once we know how many are keen to attend so please email if interested and I will provide further information. 

Contact: Fiona Heenan 021633834 


Ngatuhoa Lodge Family Weekend                                         


26-28 Feb 2021

 Surrounded by bush clad hills in the Kaimais this lodge includes use of a mini confidence course, a flying fox, flat water kayaking, tubing in the stream and an abseiling wall. We will make use of the local activities on Saturday and 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


Thursday Walks – Walks are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month (except January and December). For further information contact Clive Bolt For details of other proposed multi day trips see the Club’s Bulletin Board under “Tramping and Trips” where members seek others to join them or help in planning in trips.