Trips, Tramps & More...

September 2020 and Beyond


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 

Club Night – Cycling In Cuba

Tuesday 7:30pm

6 October 2020


St Mark’s Church Parish Hall, Remuera Road. Now we are at Level 2 we will be holding our normal meeting. 

Arnold and Marieke Van Zon will enthral us once again with their cycling exploits, this time in Cuba.

Lake Wainamu Circumnavigation


 8 October 2020


Meet at Bethells Beach at 10.30am for mainly level walk upstream to Lake Wainamu.

Continue on bush trail round Lake Wainamu returning to the cars via the sand dunes.

Bush trail is narrow  with uneven ground in places. About 3 hours walking.

Leader Don Baker Ph 5379332 or


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

Pigeon Mountain & Wakaaranga Creek to Half Moon Bay



18 October 2020


Meet at 1.30pm 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 walk 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 of the river. 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 you to feed them!  Apparently there are Pukeko nests near the boardwalk.

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

Palm Beach to Matiatia, Waiheke Island                                                           


22 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 

Baiting – Waitakere Hut land


1 Nov 2020


Anyone wanting to join the current group of volunteers contact Mike Frith for details.    021 02728662


Mt Tamahunga Walkway


8 Nov 2020


Join the extended Roberts family (children welcome) for a tramp up Mt Tamahunga . Fitter walkers can do a through trip from Rodney road while those who like to take a slower pace can do a return trip from Omaha valley Road. Relax afterwards with a coffee, ice cream & maybe a swim at Omaha. 

Leaders: David & Marcia Roberts 4180379




12 Nov 2020


From the Southern Motorway, turn off at the Drury exit and turn right off highway 22 at the Pukekohe Golf course onto Glenbrook Road. Stay on that road all the way into Waiuku where the road name changes to Kitchener Road. Turn right off Kitchener Road near the bottom of the hill into King Street where there is a car park on the right just before the round-a-bout where we meet at 10.30am. The journey from Auckland should not take more than an hour as you are going against the traffic.

Leader Graham Russell 09 238 6988 mb 021-874-924

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.