Trips, Tramps & More...

December 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



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.  

Bookings now closed.

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


Panmure Basin                                  Sunday Stroll 09 February 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

Thursday Walk – Port Waikato                             13th February 2020

More details to follow

Leader: Maria Bullock    630 6079


Ruapehu Family Rockclimbing & Mountain biking         Weekend   15/16 February 2020


Staying at the club's A-frame hut try rock climbing on the nearby crags of Mead's Wall or Whakapapa Gorge.Sundays trip will be mountain biking on the tracks close to National park , adults might to like try the 42-traverse. Members book a bunk via the club website & inform Mark.  Non-members contact Mark. 

Leader: Mark Roberts


Hakarimata Range                                       Sunday 16 February 2020

Easy option, start from the Huntly end, visit the kauri Grove and continue along the track until lunch time and then return to the start.

Hard option, start from the Huntly end, visit the Kauri Grove and continue through mature native forest to the Summit Lookout, which has great views, and onto Ngaruawahia, about 6 hours. This track is part of Te Araroa. We will require sufficient numbers so we can organise a car shuttle.

Leaders: Sue and Brian FitzPatrick, contact Ph: 576-1069 or


Oakley Creek Walkway, Waterview          Sunday Stroll 23 February

Meet at 1.30pm at the Harbutt Reserve at the end of Harbutt Avenue, Mt Albert. This stroll is a loop starting in Harbutt Reserve and then along Oakley Creek and coming out a little before Point Chevalier. We then move onto the shared path and return to where we started from.

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


Thursday Walk – Wenderholm                                                        27th February 2020

Wenderholm and Waiwera with a visit to Cauldrey House

Leader: Janice Watson    410 6173           


Puhinui Stream Forest Trail, Manurewa           Sunday Stroll 08 March 2020

Meet at 1.30pm in the Totara Park car park at the end of Wairere Road, The Gardens, Manurewa. The Puhinui Stream Forest Trail is next to the Auckland Botanic Gardens and is a well signposted trail through lush forest linking the forest walking tracks between the Botanic Gardens and Totara Park.  Among the 155 plant species found in the forest are the native puriri, totara, kanuka, taraire, northern rata and nikau palm. The 700-year-old puriri, pock-marked with tunnels bored by puriri moth caterpillars, is not to be missed.

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


Tawharanui, Family camping weekend                14/15  March 2020 

Try camping at this iconic beach which is inside a pest proof fence allowing native birds including kiwi to thrieve. Optional activities will include a family walk, swimming , snorkeling & surfing (bring your own gear). Book a site via the council website & advise Mark.

 Mark Roberts