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Sunday 1 September   Mamaku Grade 1½
 
Woods Mill Track
 
Today’s tramp is an old favourite, starting on the left-hand side of the road on the way to Rotorua. This was once an old timber mill and we will see a few old relics from that area, mainly old rail bogies, cuttings and wooden rails.
 
The gradient is mostly level but at the end we will descend to the river.  This is a clay track so poles will be helpful. We plan to have lunch here before retracing back out.  Approx 3 hours walking.
 
If time permits, we can visit a local private museum displaying photos of the mill (bring extra money for this).  
 
If you have a hi-viz vest bring this with you as we are walking in an area used by hunters.
 
Depart: 8am   Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Keith & Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 19 August 
Contact Keith Wilkinson Phone 07 847 4399 Txt027 366 6194
 
 Sunday 15 September     Kaimais    Grade 2
 
Rapurapu Kauri Track
 
This track features mature tawa/podocarp forest with many fern species in the understorey, a stream with swimming holes and three impressive kauri trees that are growing near their southern limit.
 
We leave from a carpark on the Waikato side of the Kaimai range on SH29 and pass through a pine forest before entering bush. The track continues on an easy grade for 20 minutes before descending to the Rapurapu Stream, which we will cross many times before reaching the kauri grove. 
 
We return to the van back along the same track. Be prepared for wet boots and bring along walking pole/s to assist.  
 
We will stop for coffee, ice cream etc on the way back if time allows.
 
Depart: 8am     Return: 5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Brenda Petersen & Ron Clarke
Bookings Open: Monday 2 September 
Contact Brenda Petersen Phone 07 849 3716 (evenings) Phone/Txt 0273 117 372 Email brenda22269@hotmail.com

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Sunday 29 September Taupo Grade 1+
 
Aratiatia Dam to Huka Falls
 
If you have or have not seen the mighty Waikato river spilling through the gates at Aratiatia then you are in for a treat. We will arrive there before 10.00am, watch the spectacular water show, and then start the walk back to Huka Falls. 
The track is good and undulating. Expect to walk about three hours.
 
Bring money for refreshments at the end.
 
Depart: 7.30am     Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Jenny West & John Davies
Bookings Open: Monday 16 September at 5pm
Contact Jenny West Phone/txt027 611 0550 Email: tsew.ynnej@gmail.com

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Sunday 13 October Waitomo Grade 1+ & 2+
 
Awatiro - Stubbs Farm
 
We travel to Awatiro (Stubbs' family farm), located about 10km past Waitomo village. The trip starts at the parking space at the top of the airstrip and traverses a karst rich landscape featuring the highest concentration of doline land formations on the planet. 
 
The route takes us down the airstrip and over some adventurous limestone contours to reach Frog Pond. From here the route takes us into the native bush of the QEII block and an optional (in and out) look into Stubb's Canyon. 
 
In a short while Grade 1's can opt to take one of the shortcuts back to the van with optional walk into Max's cave. Grade 2's veer left through the bush and traverse rocky ridge to the “Hole-in the Rock” emerging onto farmland. After a while the route re-enters the bush and follows the QEII boundary and the Love Track back to the van.
 
Grade 1+ expect to walk about 6kms, Grade 2+ about 11km
 
Depart: 7.30am  Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2+ Colin Standing & Ron Clarke.             G1+ TBC
Bookings Open: Monday 30 September at 6pm
Contact Colin Standing Phone 07 855 1335 Txt 027 326 6886 Email standings@xtra.co.nz

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25-28 October Labour Weekend     Ruapehu Grades 1-3
 
Forest & Bird Lodge -Whakapapa Village
 
We have managed to secure the whole of the upper floor of the flash nearly new Forest and Bird Lodge at Ruapehu for the long weekend. There are 2 upstairs sleeping areas and a library/lounge. Downstairs is a great kitchen and dining plus more sleeping accommodation.
 
The walking is delightful and all grades available. It is close to a range of interesting walks where you may see native wildlife including whio (blue duck), tomtits, robins, tūī, grey warbler, rifleman (titipounamu), bellbirds, fantails, or kereru.
 
The special cost to us for accommodation is $25pp a night plus there will be extra costs for transport and food.
 
Lyn will email details of cost, what to take with you and travel details closer to the time.
 
Trip full - sorry
 
Contact Lyn Kingsbury Phone 07 856 8071 Txt 021 150 7079 Email l.kingsbury.nz@gmail.com

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Sunday 10 November Kawerau Grades 1, 2
Tarawera Falls
 
The Tarawera Falls track is accessed from Kawerau.  It is about a 20 km drive on a forest road to the start of the track and a 20-minute walk to the falls viewing area. 
 
The Tarawera river plunges 65 metres down a cliff face.  After taking in the spectacular view of the falls we follow the river through bush to the Tarawera Outlet. The river is in view most of the time and provides interesting photo opportunities of rushing water or peaceful spots depending on the terrain.  
 
This takes about 1½ hours.   We will have lunch there and return on the same track.  Walking time approx. 4 hours.  Those who want a shorter trip could turn back sooner.
 
Please be aware that if the forest is closed due to fire risk an alternative tramp will be substituted.  
 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6.30-7pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Alison Orchard & Cheryl Meier
Bookings Open: Tuesday 29 October at 5.30pm
Contact Alison Orchard Phone 07 855 2370  Phone/txt 027 618 3569 Email alorchard14@gmail.com

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Sunday 24 November Tauranga                    Grade 1 & 2½
 
Salvation Hut - Grade 2½
The start is from the carpark at the end of Whakamarama Road. The track follows the Leyland O'Brien Track to a point where the track makes a route detour to Salvation Hut.  From there we follow the route to a stream, where we will cross and walk up stream to a waterfall for lunch. We will then head up to intersect the Te Tuhi Track and back to the van.
 
Daisy Hardwick Walkway –    G1
This walkway is around the Waikareao Estuary and made up of boardwalks and gravel type paths, it is shared use by walkers and bikes.  It is a 9km loop track which will take approx. 2 -3 hours give or take.  The walk is suitable for all levels and is a picturesque walk seeing wetlands, trees and native plantings with great views over the estuary and Motuopae Island.
 
We then make our way to Mount Maunganui where there are several options including walk up/around the mount, go for a walk on the beach, have a hot swim/soak, have a coffee and of course the must do - have ice cream!, so bring some extra money to do as you please…the day is social so come and join us.
 
Depart: Salvation Hut 7.30am       Daisy Hardwick Walkway 8am
Return: 5-6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2½ Grant Svendsen, Ron Clarke and Colin Standing         G1 Dianne, Keith & Pam
Bookings Open: Monday 11 November at 6pm
Contact Grant Svendsen Phone/Txt 021 047 6518 Email gsveny@gmail.com

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8 December            McLaren Falls Park              Xmas Social Ramble and Lunch
 
We make our way up the Kaimais to McLaren Falls Park where we will have a brew up and traditional Xmas cake morning tea.
 
After this you are free to wander around the 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.  You may just want to ramble around the lake edge, go to the waterfall or something a bit more strenuous.
 
Return to the vans to change into your glad rags  to make our way to the Kaimai Café for a buffet lunch at 2pm.  You are able to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
 
NB: Bookings and full payment to Treasurer Colin by Friday 29 November as catering needs to be confirmed. No refund for lunch after this date     Bank Account: 03-0306-0208429-000      Ref : name and xmas
 
Depart: 8am     Return: 5-6pm approx
Cost: Members Transport $25 + lunch $25 = $50 (members lunch subsidised by club)
                             Non-members Transport $30 + lunch $35 = $65
Leaders: Dianne and Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 28 October at 5pm                   Close Friday 29 November at 7pm
Contact Colin Standing Phone 07 855 1335 Txt 027 326 6886 Email standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 28 April Hamilton All Grades
 
Te Awa Walkway and The Black Swamp
 
Our walk starts from the BP Service Centre at Te Rapa. It is a very pleasant stroll along Te Awa Walkway to Ngaruawahia beside our lovely river. We cross under and over several bridges along the trail we are so lucky to have. The surface is all concrete so no boots, just good walking shoes. The distance is the same as walking around the lake. 
 
When we reach the award-winning Perry Bridge there should be hundreds of red poppies fixed to the bridge and the fences for Anzac Day. There will be a spot if you really want to you can take the van to the lunch spot at the meeting of the waters or ‘The Point’ or carry on walking to The Point.
 
After a lazy lunch we will travel to Te Kowhai for the walk on a gravel surface beside the Black Swamp and stream along the Otamanui Walkway. This is not a big walk but very pleasant. It has not been done before by the club except for ‘The Bikies’. We shall stop at the café at Te Kowhai for refreshments so bring some cash with you for your afternoon tea.
 
Hope to see lots of you there as this is a special spot in our own backyard.
 
Depart: 9am Return: 4pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members) 
Leaders Bernie 
Bookings: Open Monday 15 April
Contact Ann   Phone 07 847 2460  Txt 021 0439 051  Email summerfields604@gmail.com

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Sunday 12 May      Ngaroma   Grades 1+ and 2+

Tolley Road

This track is in the Northern Pureora Forest and starts at the end of Tolley Road. After a quick drink/snack the Grade 1's start off across the farm track to meet the old logging road that led to Ngaroma. Walking down this old road several fallen log bridges are encountered (negotiable but maybe some wet feet) to arrive at the old pine plantation (now overgrown with self-sown pine). The return trip starts from wherever the group decides is far enough and retraces the outward journey.   Expect to walk about 4½ hours.

Grade 2's walk uphill to the forest boundary with good view back to Maungatautari and Te Aroha (weather permitting). It's then a downhill ramble through, sometimes dense bush, with maybe some views of Titiraupunga, to finally emerge at the old pine plantation.

Following one of the four-wheel drive tracks we join the end of the old mill road (and maybe meet Grade 1's). We continue up the old mill road and reaching the farmland we follow the farm tracks back to the vans. On the day we may choose to walk this track in reverse.

Expect to walk about 5½ hours.

Depart:      7.30am      Return:      5.30pm approx

Cost:      $25.00 (members)       $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      G1:   Carol Davies and Lyn Kingsbury     G2:   Grant Svendsen and Colin Standing

Bookings:   Open   Monday 29 April

Contact      Colin Standing  Phone    07 855 1335  Txt   027 326 6886    Email standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 26 May   Pirongia   Grades 1+ & 2+

Ruapane Trig

The Grade 2+ group will leave from the Lodge car park on Pirongia to walk up the Mangakara walk and on to the Ruapane track to the trig where they will have morning  tea and a view. Leaving the trig the group will wander along the track to the great views from Tirohanga. Following lunch on the rock the group will return the way they came back to their van. (Expect to walk approx 5 hours on a lovely autumn day)

The Grade 1+ group will follow the same route at a more sedate rate and try for the Ruapane trig, but we will turn back after lunch wherever that may be and return to the van via the second half of the nature walk.

Depart:      7.30am

Return:      5.30pm approx

Cost:      $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      Lyn Kingsbury, Kathy Potter and friends

Bookings:   Open    Monday 13 May

 Contact   Lyn Kingsbury   Phone    07 856 8071  Txt   021 150 7079    Email   l.kingsbury.nz@gmail.com

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Sunday 9 June   Ohaupo/Te Kuiti   Grade 1

Lake Rotopiko and Brook Park

We will all go together for today’s outing as it consists of two easy walks close to home. Our first stop will be Lake Rotopiko (sometimes called Lake Serpentine). This is an hour’s flat walk around a lake that is being made into a wetland area behind a predator proof fence. This is a very pleasant walk with some information boards and some activities for the big kids amongst us.

We then continue our journey to Brook park in Te Kuiti. This is a two-hour loop on a track that gradually climbs to the highest point, Makiora. On a clear day there are great views of the surrounding area looking towards the Rangitoto range and Pureora one way and to Pirongia and Maungatautari in the opposite direction.

Morning tea and lunch will be taken at appropriate points dependent how the day is going but we will have time for a coffee, at the end, so bring some money if you choose for your daily fix at Bosco’s café.

Depart:      8am      Return:      3pm approx

Cost:      $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)

Leader:      Carol Davies

Bookings:   Open    Monday 27 May

 Contact   Carol Davies         Phone    07 853 5527    Txt   027 319 0852    Email:   grandmacarol@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 23 June   Maungatautari   Grades 1 & 2+

Bill Garlands Farm

Grade 2+’s

This tramp is on the North West side of the Maunga at the end of Rahiri Rd. We start from the wool shed and head up over paddocks to the predator fence, through a secure gate and then up into native bush. We follow a track which eventually leads to a rocky knoll with views to the North, where we will have lunch. It is then a scramble downhill onto a lower track which leads us back to where we started.

Grade 1’s

This group follow the G2+s as far as they like and return the same way.

Depart:      7.30am  Return:      4pm approx

Cost:      $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      G2+   Grant Svendsen & Ron Clarke      G1   Carol Davies & Brenda Petersen

Bookings:   Open    Monday 10 June

Contact   Grant Svendsen         Phone    07 853 3434   Txt   021 047 6518    Email   gsveny@gmail.com

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Saturday 29 June             Te Waotu-Arapuni          Grade 1

Night Walk

Something a little different. We will travel by van to the Jim Barnett Reserve where we will do a circular walk amongst the tall trees and see what the night shows us. After our walk we will have a light supper.  Hot vege soup, bread, tea and coffee will be supplied.  Please bring a plate of finger food to share.

Wear warm clothes and a hi vis/fluro vest if you have one. Bring a powerful torch and a folding chair also. 

Food will be under cover of a pavilion.

Depart:      4pm   Return:      8.30pm  

Cost:      $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      Keith and Associates

Bookings:   Open   Monday 10 June

Contact   Keith Wilkinson    Phone   07 847 4399     Txt   027 366 6194

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Sunday 7 July   Rotorua   Grade 1/1+

Ngongotaha Summit via Jubilee Track and Nature Loop Walk

We start our walk from the car park on Paradise Valley Road and up Mt Ngongotaha.

Access to the Nature Loop starts at Jubilee Track and follows an easy grade through unlogged native bush. This part of the track features a large rata with a viewing platform. Past this is the signpost for the Nature Loop Walk to left and right. This walk is a circular loop with gentle grades and even surfaces, and sidles along the lower contours of Mt Ngongotaha and returns to the car park having crossed and re-joined Jubilee Track near the rata.

There is opportunity to complete the first part of the Nature Loop and then strike off uphill along Jubilee Track towards the summit, or to return to the car park via the other section of the Nature Loop. Jubilee Track is moderately steep from the Loop intersection until near the summit. The final part of the track crosses Mountain Road for the last little climb. There is no view at the top due to surrounding trees.

Depart:      8am   Return:      6pm approx  

Cost:      $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      Jenny West and Val MacArthur

Bookings:   Open   Monday 24 June

Contact   Jenny West     Phone/Txt   027 611 0550     Email   tsew.ynnej@gmail.com 

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Sunday 14 July    SUNDAY    LUNCH

Our mid-winter Christmas lunch will be held on Sunday 14 July   at 12 noon at MattBlack Café, Hamilton Golf Club, St Andrews Terrace.

The venue is upstairs (lift provided) with wonderful views over the greens. The bar will be open

Please bring your RSA/Workingman’s Club card with you if are a member.

You can choose from the set menu or a special Tramping Club menu at $20 per person. This includes a main, sweet slice and filter coffee

So reasonable prices, good service.  You will enjoy.   See you there.

Last day for booking in with Pam Cornforth is  Wednesday 10 July    - Phone 07 856 5922 or 027 278 0690

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Sunday 21 July   Rotorua   Grade 1

Hinehopu/Hongi’s Track

This is a lovely easy walk taking approx. 4hours total walking, through some amazing bush and ancient native forests with huge trees of rimu, tawa, pukatea and rewarewa.  We start our walk from Lake Rotoiti (Korokitewao Bay) and walk the undulating track through to Lake Rotoehu (Te Pohue Bay) for a nice lunch stop.

We retrace our steps with a diversion to the “Wishing Tree” (a Sacred Matai) and then make our way back to the van. This significance in the area lies in its important historic and scenic value. The history dates back to 1620. If there is time will stop for coffee/ice cream on way home so bring extra money if you wish.

Depart:      8am   Return:      5-6pm approx  

Cost:      $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      Dianne and Associates

Bookings:   Open   Monday 8 July at 5pm

Contact   Dianne Lee    Phone/Txt   027 272 6617   Email   leedi444@gmail.com

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Sunday 4 August   Te Kauri   Grade 2

Deverson's Medium Gorge        

The track starts and ends at Te Kauri Lodge near Kawhia and takes us through variable bush with some large limestone outcrops and cliffs. We descend into the gorge and cross a stream (maybe wet feet and mud).

After lunch we start the ascent, steep at times along a ridge with some great views of Kawhia and return to the lodge.

Expect to walk about 4 ½ hours.

Depart:      8am   Return:      5.30pm approx  

Cost:      $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      Colin Standing and Ron Clarke

Bookings:   Open   Monday 22 July

Contact   Colin Standing    Phone   07 855 1335   Txt   027 326 6886   Email   standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 18 August   Bay of Plenty   Grade1

Bowentown Walk

Our walk will begin from the Bowentown Holiday Park.  From here our direction will depend on tide and weather with beach and headland options. Hopefully we will have views of Karewa and White Islands.

Depart:      8am   Return:      4pm approx  

Cost:      $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      John Sheat and Pam Cornforth

Bookings:   Open   Monday 5 August

Contact   Pam Cornforth  Phone   07 856 5922   Txt   027 278 0690   Email   pcornforth@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 20 January& Grade 1.5

Ed Hillary Hope Reserve 

This is a recently gazetted reserve that is next to the Four Brothers Reserve on the South side of the Deviation, on the way to Raglan. We will start the tramp at the main entrance off Old Mountain Rd. The first part is along a vehicle track, through native bush and then pasture, to a point where we head up to an airstrip with good views over the surrounding countryside. It is then down-hill on more pasture and through another stand of native bush back onto the vehicle track to the van.
 
As this is our first tramp for the year it is not overly strenuous, about 4-5 hours, with a cafe stop at Whatawhata on the way home.
 
Depart: 8am  Return: 2pm appro x
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Grant and John D
Bookings: Open Monday 7 January
Contact Grant  Phone 07 8533434  Txt 021 047 6518  Email gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 3 February Waitetuna        Grades 1+ & 2+
Vandy Road
This tramp has not been done for quite some time. From the end of the road we all head up a 4WD track, which is a paper road, to where we will enter the bush and follow a marked route to a point where we will pop out back onto the paper road. Here the G1+ group can walk up to the Wind Farm, then back to the paper road and return to their van. 
 
The G2+ group, when exiting the bush will follow the paper road further on to where it opens out onto rolling pasture over-looking the West coast, then return to their van via the paper road.
 
Depart: 8am  Return: 3pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Grade 1+ Brenda and Lyn     Grade 2+ Grant and Carol
Bookings: Open Monday 21 January
Contact Brenda   Phone 07 8493 716   Txt 0273117372   Email brenda22269@hotmail.com
 

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Sunday 17 February Kawerau        Grades 1&2
 
Tarawera Falls
We will travel through Rotorua to Kawerau to pick up a permit for the vans from the Information Centre. From here it’s about 20 kms to the start of the Tarawera Falls track and a 20-minute walk to the falls.   After taking in the spectacular view of the falls we will walk on to the Tarawera Outlet.  This takes about 1 ½ hours.   On the way there is a safe swimming spot on the river for us to enjoy or walk on to the lake and the reserve. Be sure to bring your swimming gear. 
 
Those people who are keen to stretch their legs can walk on towards Humphries Bay although it is unlikely there will be time to get there and back (6 hours). 
 
Please be aware that if the forest is closed due to fire risk an alternative tramp will be substituted.
 
Depart: 7.30am  Return: 6.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Alison Orchard and Cheryl Meier
Bookings: Open Monday 4 February at 5.30
Contact Alison   Phone 07 855 2370  Txt 027 618 3569  Email: alorchard14@gmail.com
 
 
23-24 February King Country Grade 3 and One
Ohura - Farm Visit

This trip is a visit and overnight stay on Lorna's drystock and sheep farm, which is surrounded by native bush (regenerating and virgin forest) in the King Country. All walks start in paddocks and then go up steep spurs to the main ridge, where we get snippets of views into the valley and beyond before coming down another ridge onto another part of the farm.  Those who are not up to the hills will be welcome to enjoy the farm, valley and history. 

Open to 10 club members only.  Accommodation is in a furnished farm house with power, water, beds, mattresses, pillows and a full kitchen. 
 
Transport will be by private vehicles that will leave Hamilton on Saturday morning, stay Saturday night and return Sunday evening. The drive will be approximately 2½  hours so there will be a walk on Saturday and another on Sunday, with possibly a trip into Ohura to make the most of the summer evening on Saturday.

People need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow case, towel, tramping and other clothing, day pack, one  breakfast and 2 tramping lunches, plus something for a pot luck Saturday dinner.

 
Depart: Saturday 23 February (time TBA)    Return: Sunday 24 February (time TBA)
Cost: $40.00 for transport  $15.00 for accommodation
Leader: Lorna
Bookings: Open Monday 11 February
Contact Lorna Gribble    Phone or text 021 1229703  Email lornagribble@gmail.com
Sunday 3 March Whangamata Grades 1 & 3
Wentworth Falls  - Grade 1 
 
Today we will travel over to Wentworth Valley, just short of the settlement of Whangamata.  From roads end we will follow the track up to the Wentworth Falls then we will climb on a little further to a cleared area at the top of the Marototo Valley.  Here we will probably have lunch and see if we can locate an old steam traction that we used to power a sawmill.  From here we will return to the van.
 
More details added 22 Feb
We will walk up to the top of the falls and a little further – maybe some may like to climb down to the bottom pool.  We are unable to continue up onto the Maratoto area to see the old traction engine as the track has become impassable.    Swim togs could be taken as there is a great swimming hole.
 
Gold Mount  - Grade 3 
We start from the car park at the end of the Wentworth Valley Road and it's uphill for approximately 1.5 hours. At the T-junction we take the right-hand track for 30 minutes which brings us to the top of Gold Mountain and extensive views. Returning to the junction we follow the left-hand track. We leave the bush and it's a 45-minute walk on a clay road negotiating water holes left by trail bikes. 
 
At the Waipakehe sign we turn left and after an hour reach the top of the  Wentworth Falls. From then on it's all downhill and we cross the two bridges on the way. Walking time approximately 6 hours. 
 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6-6.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members) 
Leaders G 3 – John & Ray    G1 – Keith, Dianne & Pam
Bookings: Open Monday 18 February 
Contact Keith    Phone 07 847 4399   Txt 027 366 6194  
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Sunday 17 March South Waikato Grade 1+
 
Te Waotu - Arapuni
 
Te Waotu is an abbreviation of a very long Maori place name which roughly translates into ‘the place of tall bush that stands all by itself’.
 
Prior to the coming of Europeans, the district supported a very large Maori population until the early 1800’s when the arrival of competing tribes exercising their customary rights made life untenable for the survivors who sought refuge elsewhere.  Most of the tall forest has been removed with milling centred on Te Waotu. Today a few remaining pockets of native bush dot the countryside including the popular Jim Barrett Reserve.
 
Our walks today will include the Waikato River Trail from Arapuni Dam to Jones Landing and a visit to Rata Downs Station to walk to the impressive Piraunui Pa Site which commands a fine view over Lake Arapuni and beyond and is the southern link in a chain of Pa sites in this area. 
 
Time will also be spent a the historic Te Waotu settlement to learn of its history.  
 
The sequence of undertaking each section of the days activities will be decided when the survey has been completed.
 
Depart: 8am Return: 6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders Rex Foley & John Sheat   
Bookings: Open Monday 4 March
Contact Pam Cornforth   Phone 07 856 5922  Txt 027 278 0690  Email pcornforth@xtra.co.nz
 
Sunday 31 March Raglan/Whangamata Grades 1&2
 
Parakawai Valley – Grade 1
Once again, we drive over to the Whangamata area and turn off before the Wentworth Valley.  From roads end we will walk along an old roadway for approximately two hours.
Then we will reach a swimming hole and waterfall where we will have lunch.
After lunch some might like to continue on and re-join the track which we came in on.  All the group will then return to the van.
 
 
Karioi - Grade 2
 We head out through Raglan to the Surf School - our bus will be shuttled to Te Toto Carpark. The Surf School has a private track up to the lookout on the DOC track across Karioi.  
 
From there we take the normal route back to the Te Toto Gorge end. Doing it this way means we get the great views, with a shorter day. Expect a steady climb of about 600m through good bush, which we will do in about three hours. 
 
Depart: 7.30am   Return: 4.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders  Grade 1’s - Keith and associates   Grade 2’s - Ray, Lyn & Alison O to assist
Bookings: Open Monday 18 March
Contact Dianne  Phone:    8541460    Txt:    027 2726617    Email:    leedi444@gmail.com

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9-12 April Kaipara and Around All Grades 
 
Mataia Farm (Kaipara Harbour)
We will be staying in the cottage that was moved to the farm in the early 1960s from the Grafton Bridge area. It has four bedrooms with a mix of beds and bunks (linen supplied), kitchen, lounge, shower/toilet.   Bring your walking/tramping gear, spare clothes, toiletries etc.
 
Food: Tuesday night dinner will be a pot luck meal, Wednesday a WTC meal ($10).  Thursday a catered meal ($30 for 2 courses), 
3x breakfasts and 2x lunches, drinks and nibbles for happy hour (own supply).
 
Walks: There is a chance to walk around Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park on Thursday. There is a 12km walk on Mataia Farm, walks in the Atiu Creek Regional Park and Omeru Falls Scenic Reserve. Due to Kauri Dieback some areas in the Kaipara are closed.
 
Depart: Tuesday– time TBC   Return: Friday– time TBC
Costs: $90 accommodation for the three nights   $30 catered meal   $10 WTC meal  $40 transport (car pooling/for driver)
Leaders Grant, Carol and friends
Bookings: Open Monday 11 March  Close Friday 22 March
Contact Grant   Phone 07 853 3434  Email gsveny@gmail.com                                                               

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Sunday 14 April Auckland All Grades
 
Rangitoto Island
 
We will travel by van to Auckland and then ferry across the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto Island.  On reaching the island we will head up the summit track for approximately 45 minutes.  Just before reaching the summit there are lava caves to explore which are a 15-minute diversion off the track. Remember your torch if you would like to explore the caves fully, as it is quite dark. We will lunch at the top and then we can descend via the same track or those who wish to can walk down around the islands coastal track that takes about 2.5 hours.
 
What to bring
Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat (and warm clothes if it is a chilly day)
Plenty of water, snacks and lunch (there are no shops/cafes on the island but you can buy light refreshments on the ferry). Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container e.g. hard plastic. 
Rain jacket 
Torch
 
This day has quite a lot of travel so ensure you arrive well prepared and at the meeting point on time as we will need to get on the road and to our ferry.
Depart: 7am Return: 6.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)  +$36 for return ferry to Rangitoto 
Leaders Brenda and Carol 
Bookings: Open Monday 1 April
Contact Brenda  Phone 07 8493 716  Txt 0273 117 372  Email brenda22269@hotmail.com
 
 

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Sunday 28 April Hamilton All Grades
 
Te Awa Walkway and The Black Swamp
 
Our walk starts from the BP Service Centre at Te Rapa. It is a very pleasant stroll along Te Awa Walkway to Ngaruawahia beside our lovely river. We cross under and over several bridges along the trail we are so lucky to have. The surface is all concrete so no boots, just good walking shoes. The distance is the same as walking around the lake. 
 
When we reach the award-winning Perry Bridge there should be hundreds of red poppies fixed to the bridge and the fences for Anzac Day. There will be a spot if you really want to you can take the van to the lunch spot at the meeting of the waters or ‘The Point’ or carry on walking to The Point.
 
After a lazy lunch we will travel to Te Kowhai for the walk on a gravel surface beside the Black Swamp and stream along the Otamanui Walkway. This is not a big walk but very pleasant. It has not been done before by the club except for ‘The Bikies’. We shall stop at the café at Te Kowhai for refreshments so bring some cash with you for your afternoon tea.
 
Hope to see lots of you there as this is a special spot in our own backyard.
 
Depart: 9am Return: 4pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members) 
Leaders Bernie 
Bookings: Open Monday 15 April
Contact Ann   Phone 07 847 2460  Txt 021 0439 051  Email summerfields604@gmail.com
 
 

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Sunday 8 May     2016                 Hunua’s                              Grades 1 & 2

Suspension Bridge to Cossey's Dam

The 1’s will start off with the 2’s and do the Suspension Bridge Track Loop (1.5hrs) and and then drive around to where the 2’s finish and do the Cossey’s Gorge Track and Massey Track Loop (3hrs).

The walk starts at the carpark on the Wairoa Reservoir access road and takes us through lush vegetation, climbing to a spectacular lookout platform above the Wairoa Reservoir. The track continues as the Wairoa/Cossey track with tree roots and soft mud patches in places. At the Massey track junction we continue straight to reach another lookout over Cosseys Reservoir. After a short walk on the Cossey access road we join the Cossey Gorge track at the information shelter near the gate.

The track then follows the Cossey Stream, including a stream crossing requiring a short wade until it meets a junction with the Massey Track (about 400m from the Hunua Falls lookout). Then just a short walk to the vehicles waiting at the Hunua Falls carpark.

Depart:         7.30am         Return:     5.30pm                                                  

Cost:             $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:      Grade 1’s Bernie and Ann                    Grade 2’s Grant and Colin

Bookings:    Open Monday 25 April  Grant 853 3434 txt 021 047 6518  gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 22 May       Hoe-O-Tainui (Black Ridge)         Grade 3 with Grade 1 Alternative (CHANGE FROM BULLETIN!)

 Grade 3: Hoe-O-Tainui (Black Ridge)   This property has recently changed hands again and we are lucky to have been granted access. The walk starts at the farm tanker turning-circle with an easy stroll up the farm track to the bush edge, crossing the fence to follow a small stream with several easy crossings.

The track continues, with sometimes a bit of a push through scrub to climb steadily up to reach the old Te Hoe wooden trig. Then downhill all the way along the descending ridge, taking care to avoid roots etc. We pass the old P&T pay phone (if it’s still there) and make a short side trip to see an impressive kauri tree. Back along the stream and across the farm completes the trip. A nice trip through variable bush.

Expect to walk about 7 - 7.5 hours

Depart:       7:30am    Return:  ?? pm       

Cost:           $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Peter Scott/Colin Standing

Bookings:  Open 5:30pm Monday 9 May

                     Colin or Margaret  855 1335  standings@xtra.co.nz

Grade 1:Pukemokemoke Reserve followed by a walk around Woodlands Estate.

This enjoyable easy walk boasts over 300 native tree and plant species, with multiple sites of interest including Stopover Pa, Log Hauler Site and Summit with stunning 360 degree views of the region.
 
After leaving Pukemokemoke the group will have the opportunity to explore the Woodlands Estate including the coffee shop (so bring a little extra cash if you wish to partake).
 
Transport will be 1 van (but additional cars could be added if necessary).
 

Depart:       8:00am    Return:  4.30pm       

Cost:           $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Diane Lee

Bookings:    Colin or Margaret  855 1335  standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 5 June               Maungatautari – up and over                 Grades 1+ & 3+

Grade 3: We will start as one group to climb Maungatautari on the north side.

Because there are two parallel tracks - the "old" track and a newer track for quad bikes - we have a number of options, where we can  do some sections on the one kind of track and others sections on the alternative one. If the weather is good we will probably reach Maungatautari on the new track, and take the old track to Pukeatua, and then rejoin the new track. at the lookout point. This section is "interesting" with sections with steep bits where we hang on to trees and their roots. We will be rewarded with good views from Pukeatua, which we could reach for a late lunch. In wet weather we will probably stay on the new track.

We will finish with refreshments at the visitor centre at the Tari Road car park. This tramp should be 5 to 7 hours depending on the choices made on the day..

Grade 1+: Will make their way on a well formed track up to the summit, returning the same way. Weather permitting there should be good views between the bush and hopefully a variety of bird life. We head back to the bus and pick up the others who have completed the traverse to the southern side. We will be walking (including breaks) for approx 4 hours.

 

Depart:       8am        Return:  late afternoon

Cost:           $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Grade 3 – Ray and friends, 

                     Grade 1+ - Dianne and friends

Bookings:  Open Monday 23 May  Ray 07 856 2675  rayprivate@wave.co.nz

 

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Sunday 19 June                         Huntly to Rangiriri Trail                                    Grade 1

Come and enjoy an easy walk on part of the Te Araroa Trail on the western side of the Waikato River. This will be a walk steeped in history.

The trail passes several significant sites of the Waikato land wars of the 1860's and ends near the old Rangiriri redoubt where in 1863 British troops fought a bloody battle with Maori warriors.

Expect to walk approx 5 hours.

Depart:       8am             Return:   4.30pm 

Cost:           $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     John Davies and Friends

Bookings:  Open 5.30pm Monday 6 June  Peter Scott   854 5478

 

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Sunday 3 July         Kakepuku/Lake Ngaroto               Grade 1+

A nice day out with not too far to travel.  Firstly we will visit the Kakepuku Track in Kakepuku Historic Reserve that climbs up through bush to the summit of Kakepuku, an old volcano near Te Awamutu.

From the car park there is a walking track to the summit. This track is an old farm road and is of an easy gradient.

Once at the top we will continue along a ridge through a fine remnant of original forest in the ancient crater and finally onto the summit itself (449m). It’s just a short climb a few last steps to the top of the new lookout tower.

Sights and sounds of tui and kereru can be found and heard and we could possibly spot one of the 30 North Island robins that were released here in 1999.

From here we will visit Lake Ngaroto, home to a range of water-loving plants and animals, is one of the best places in the Waikato to experience natural wetland. A relatively easy walk around the picturesque lake.

Depart:       8am          Return:    3pm                                                               

Cost:           $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Brenda and Susan

Bookings:  Open Monday 20 June

                     Brenda    07 849 3716   0273 117 372  brenda22269@hotmail.com

 

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Sunday 17 July               Waitawheta                         Grades 1 & 2

Daly Hut and Dean Track Loop

Grade 2:  We start off up the flat and well-formed Waitawheta Valley track. After about an hour we branch right towards Daly’s clearing, rising 100m vertically over a distance of about 1km – not a hard walk at all. We arrive at the very clean and spacious Daly’s hut in about 2 hours from the road end. 

Depending on the weather and individual’s energy we can have lunch there, or walk another half an hour through good bush to a picnic place with views of a couple of large kauris. After lunch we walk northwards on a section of the Mangakino pack track before branching off to Dean track, which takes us back to the road via nice nikau palms and a downhill stroll over farm paddocks. Total time 4 -5 hours of easy walking.

Grade 1: Much the same as Grade 2, but returning back through Daly’s clearing after walking up to the Mangakino pack track to experience the nice bush on that part of the track. 

Depart:       8am      Return:  late afternoon 

Cost:           $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Ray & John Davies

Bookings:  Open 5.30pm Monday 4 July  Ray 856 2675  rayprivate@wave.co.nz

 

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Sunday 31 July                 Thames/Paeroa  - Kerikeri Battery & Mine - Puriri                     Grade 2

Today’s tramp is into a historical mining area up the Neavesville Rd at Puriri on the southern side of the Coromandel Range. After parking the vehicles at the end of the road, we then walk 30min up a vehicle track to a gate and then head into a pine plantation, onto another vehicle track and then into native bush. The first piece of mining machinery we see will be the stamping battery which is situated down a slope not far from a stream.

Once back at the top we head off in an easterly direction passing a wheel and then a bucket in a tree and a set of dolly wheels (not in a tree) to the mine shaft. We then retrace our steps back to the road and down to the vehicles.

Depart:       8am        Return:    4.30pm

Cost:           $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non members)

Leaders:     Grant Svendsen & John Davies

Bookings:  Open Monday 18 July

                     Grant 853 3434   txt 021 047 6518 gveny@gmail.com

 

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Sunday 14 August     Tarawera Trail              Grades 2+ and 1

Lake Tarawera/Hot Water Beach + boat ride

From the Landing to Hot water beach is 13kms one way and provides breathtaking views of Lake Tarawera, the Scenic Reserve and the surrounding lakes and forests. There are quiet beaches along the way and toilet facilities and a picnic area at Hawaiki Bay.

The trail continues with intermittent climbs through lakeside forests along to Te Hinau Bay, the Oneroa lookout and then to Te Wairua Stream where the 1's will be picked up by water taxi at 2.15pm.

The 2+ group will continue on up to the Rotomahana Lookout and then descend to Te Rata Bay and enjoy a soak in the warm/ hot water of Hot Water Beach. The Grade 2+ group will be picked up by water taxi from Hot Water Beach at 2.30pm and taken back to the Landing to our waiting transport home.

The2+ group will be walking about 5-6 hours,the grade 1 group at a slower pace for about 3½ hours.   Bring togs for hot water beach, $25 for water taxi and money for cafe at The Landing.

Depart:       7am       Return:  6pm approx                                                       

Cost:           $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non members)   + $25.00 extra cost for the water taxi

Leaders:     Lyn Kingsbury, Pam Cornforth and friends

Bookings:  Open 5.30pm Monday 1 August                                                  

                     Lyn 856 8071  021 150 7079  l.kingsbury@xtra.co.nz

 

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Sunday 30 April                         Rotorua (part 2) and Okataina    Revised 15 April                       

There will be two mini buses on the day, one of which will be for the Rotorua walk while the second will go further East to Lake Okataina.

Grade 1+, Rotorua Today’s trip will follow on from a previous Rotorua lake front to Whaka and back trip.  We will start our walk for the day at the southern end of town by the Te Puia carving centre. 

From here we walk through ) to the Old Waipa Timber Village and now biking centre.  This leads to a climb up a ridge above Hemo Gorge and go back towards Rotorua.  There is a side trip to a lookout commanding a great view over the forest.  Continuing along the ridge we will descend through a small thermal area, then make our way back either to the Redwoods or to where we started.

Bring extra money and togs/towel in case we have time for a swim.

Grade 2+: Okataina  Eastern Okataina walkway from Tauranganui Bay to Humphries Bay.
Starting from Lake Okataina Carpark (Tauranganui Bay), the  walkway skirts the eastern side of Lake Okataina, crosses a saddle and ends at a conservation campsite in Humphries Bay on the shores of Lake Tarawera. Opportunities exist for swimming if weather permits – also superb views of Mount Tarawera.

This scenic walk is an "in and out" exercise and has been a favorite with the Wanderers over the years.

Estimated walking time 5-6 hours

 

Depart:        7.30am  
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Keith, Dianne & Pam
    
Bookings Open     Monday 17 April @ 6pm     Contact    Keith    Phone     07 847 4399       txt    027 366 6194

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Sunday 14 May                 Taupiri Expressway Huntly                                            Grade 1

Join us on a very unique opportunity to walk about 12kms of an under-construction expressway. We will start at the north end and walk south to finish at the 'smoko' hut for a cup of tea and pickup. There may be a side trip into Taupiri Reserve too.
The road is all clay so wear your boots and come and see how Tony and his team move mountains to make our Expressway a reality.
Depart :      8am Rmeturn :      4 pm

Cost :          $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders :    Keith, Tony and Rose

Bookings Open   Monday 1 May @ 6pm

Contact:: Lyn Phone  07 856 8071 txt 021 150 7079  email  l.kingsbury@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 28 May   Lake Rotoma,  Rotorua      Grade 2

Today’s tramp is to a new location for us.  We will travel to Lake Rotoma where we will be joined by local residents and taken into an area of bush where we will walk up to the top of a farm hill.

From here we will descend into a grassy area which was once a mill village.  Helen will tell us about her upbringing here.  Then past the old mill site (Rendalls?) to return to our starting point.  The walk will take around 3-4 hours.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    Keith and associates
    
Bookings:    Open     Monday 15 May @ 6pm

Contact    Keith  txt    027 366 6194 Pam Phone 07 856 5922

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Sunday June 11       Karamu Walkway  Te Pahu Area     Grade 1+

The walk starts at the Four Brothers Reserve on the Hamilton/Raglan Road with a moderate climb through bush to reach open farmland. Then the track crosses private land to traverse the main ridge to Old Mountain Road.

On this section are great views to the north (Hakarimata Range), the south (Pirongia), the east (Hamilton City), and the west (Karioi). The track continues up from Old Mountain Road and through gentle, rolling pastures and passes by limestone formations. It then descends steeply in places (slippery if wet) through bush and on to a farm road and grassy flats to our transport.

Expect to walk about 4 hours plus time for views and stops.

"The track descent can be slippery if wet, so bring your Zangs".

Depart:        8am  Return:    5pm approx
    
Cost:    $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:John Davies and Peter Scott
    
Bookings Open     Monday 29 May @6pm

Contact    John Phone 07 854 0654     txt    021 2941807     email    deejohn@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 25 June        Sanatorium Hill / Te Tapui  Cambridge    Grade 1+

This will be an interesting winter’s day out exploring two Waikato reserves.

We will first travel to Te Tapui Loop Track where we will do the shorter and steady climb to reach the summit and lookout tower. We will lunch here and hopefully if the winter weather allows enjoy the great views across to the Kaimai Ranges and Firth of Thames. The downward route is longer and gentler. This is a 4km loop track that should take around 3-4 hours including lunch. We will then drive to Maungakawa (Sanatorium Hill) where we will then walk the Maungakawa Loop track which starts by the memorial clearing – taking about 30 minutes.

There should be time a stop at the park in Cambridge where we can eat ice cream or drink coffee while viewing the Rose Gardens, Sunken Gardens or indoor Begonia House.

Depart:        8am  Return:        5pm approx

Cost:        $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    Brenda & Susan
    
Bookings Open:     Monday 12 June @ 6pm

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Contact    Brenda    Phone     07 8493 716 Txt    0273 117 372     Email    brenda22269@hotmail.com

Sunday 9 July     Kawhia    Te Kauri    Grade 1+

This tramp is in the Te Kauri Park Scenic Reserve approximately one hour drive from Hamilton towards Kawhia. Initially established for JUNATS (Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club) it is now administered by DOC with shared management responsibilities. For this reason it is one of the most studied forest remnants in the Waikato.  

The bush is the southernmost limit of several natural growing tree species including kauri. There is no longer kiwi or kokako but other birdlife is good.

The tramp will follow several short tracks with varied terrain. There are steps down, a level track alongside the Waikuku stream, a climb up to the Fort Route to our lunch spot and if weather permits will see Kawhia Harbour as we head back.   Expect to walk about 4 hours.

Depart:    8am  Return:    5pm approx

Cost:    $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    Alison O, Marion, Mary
    
Bookings Open:     Monday 26 June 2017

Contact    Alison    Phone    07 855 2370 Txt    027 618 3569     Email    allbliss@ihug.co.nz

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Sunday July 23   Rainbow Mountain Rotorua        Grade 2

This is one of the Wanderer’s favourite walks. Rainbow Mountain is in an active geothermal area on the Taupo Road 25km south of Rotorua. The zig zag track to the summit (about an hour and a half) passes the crater lookout, a couple of colourful lakes and other thermal activities.

We will have lunch at the top where great views can be had in all directions and after that start the descent. We then go to the Waikite Valley hot pools for a swim (optional), or have a coffee at the poolside cafe, or both.

So bring swim gear and your Gold Card which will give you a discounted entry fee.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        5.30pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    John Davies and Keith Wilkinson
    
Bookings Open:     Monday 10 July @ 6pm

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Contact    John      Phone    07 854 0654 Txt    021 2941807 Email deejohn@xtra.co.nz

Sunday 6 August    Tauranga    Daisy Hardwick Walkway & Mount Ramble     Grade 1+

This walkway is around the Waikareao Estuary and made up of boardwalks and gravel type paths, it is shared use by walkers and bikes.  It is a 9km loop track which will take approx. 2 hours give or take.  At time of printing there was a part of the walkway which is closed due to erosion/slips so we may need to detour slightly around this. The walk is suitable for all levels and is a picturesque walk seeing wetlands, trees and native plantings with great views over the estuary and Motuopae Island.

We then make our way to Mount Maunganui, where you can do several options include walk up/around the mount, go for a walk of the beach, or have a hot swim/soak, have a coffee and of course the must have ice cream.  So, bring extra money, togs etc. The day is social so come and join us.

Depart:    8am  Return: 5-6pm approx
    
Cost:    $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders: Dianne, Keith and Pam
    
Bookings Open     Monday 24 July 2017 @ 6pm

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Contact    Dianne Txt 027 272 6617 Email    leedi@clear.net.nz

Sunday 20 August    Ted’s Track / Lindemanns Track Katikati       Grade 1+ & 3

Teds Track - Grade 3

Ted is a tramper from Katikati who has marked this track up to the Wairoa shelter. We start from the Wharawhara car park and head towards the Uretara stream weir at the finish of the Wharawhara track.

It’s into the bush and a gradual climb to a point where we can overlook a quarry which is still being worked, and then a lunch stop a bit further on. We then carry on past the old Cashmores Clearing Junction and onto the Wairoa Shelter for a well-earned break. We then head off towards the Wharawhara track passing the North/South Track Junction, Cashmores Clearing Junction, a very nice swimming hole (for those brave enough) and back to the weir and then out to the carpark.

Lindemanns Track – Grade 1
We leave Hamilton at 7.30 am, travelling through Paeroa and Waihi to get to our destination for a quick morning tea. The views from the parking area are amazing, looking out over Bowentown, Matakana Island and the Mount. We’ll walk on a benched track which winds its way up to the junction with the Woodlands Track.

There are no rivers to cross however conditions underfoot may be wet. It is a lovely walk and one the club has done on many occasions. We may make it to the Woodlands Track Junction for lunch, however this is dependent on progress on the day. On return to the van some refreshment will be available before making our way back to Hamilton.

Depart:    7.30am Return:    5pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    Grant, Ann and others
    
Bookings Open     Monday 7 August @ 6pm

Contact      Grant Phone 07 853 3434 Txt    021 047 6518  Email gsveny@gmail.com

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28 August 2016      Huntington/Flagstaff City Ramble             Grade1
 
 
Join us on a pleasant ramble amongst northern city parks and reserves departing from the Flagstaff Shopping Centre, River Road. Good walking shoes necessary, boots are not required. Afternoon tea will be provided on return.
 
Bookings are not required, just arrive at the shopping centre to start at 9am.  Any queries phone Ann 847 2460 or email summerfields@vodafone.co.nz
 
Depart:   9am        
 
Return:   Afternoon  
 
Cost: $5.00
 
Leaders: Ann, Bernie and friends
 
Bookings: Not required
 

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Sunday 11 September                                 Ngaruawahia- Hakarimata Gas Line Loop                            Grades 1+ & 2+

Grade 2+
Part of this tramp is new to the club as it follows a route marked on a 1970s map. We will start at the Waingaro car park and follow the old tram line to a point where we go up an incline to the natural gas pipe line cutting where we will walk to a farm fence line for morning tea. We will then back track to a point where we enter the bush and follow the marked bush track up to the main Hakarimata traverse track for lunch at the look-out. We then head down the main track back to the car park.


Grade 1+
This group will leave from the Brownlee Rd car park and walk around past the Waingaro car park. Then along the old tram line to the incline and up to the natural gas pipe line cutting as far as the farm fence. Then returning on the same route back to their vehicles.

Depart:    8.30am

Return:    Early afternoon

Cost:    Car Pooling - please bring the right amounts
    $5 to the club
    $15 to the drivers

Leaders:    Grant and Mary - Grade 2+
    Dianne and Pam – Grade 1+

Bookings:    Open Monday 29 August      Grant    Phone 07 853 3434    txt 0210476518

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Sunday 25 September                     Ohinewai   - Hapuakohe South via Mangapiko Valley Road                           Grades 2 & 3

Beginning at the end of Mangapiko Valley Rd at Waiterimu, the track follows a farm road beside the Mangapiko Stream then it crosses a small stream twice before reaching the Mangapiko Scenic Reserve. Just before reaching the bush there is a good viewpoint looking out over the valley. The bush is generally tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood and pukatea. After a short time the track emerges at a fenceline with a great view across to the Kaimai Range.

The marked track then re-enters the bush to reach Pukeitionga Station after a steep 10 minute climb along a fence on private land. From there the track continues on before reaching the translator tower on Maungakawa at 535 m.

Here a choice can be made for the Grade 2s to walk down the easy translator road to meet up with the bus parked at the Summit of the Matahuru - Ohinewai Rd.

Meanwhile the Grade 3 contingent will head back steeply down through the bush into the bottom of the gully. Here the Waiwhata stream has to be crossed before the steep climb up to the Ohinewai Rd leaving just a short walk up the road to meet the others at the bus.

(The Grade 2 party can expect to walk 5 hrs. The Grade 3 approx. 6 hrs.)


Depart:    7am  Please Note : First day of daylight saving!

Return:      6.30pm

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:    Peter Scott, Colin Standing, Alison Williams
    
Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 12 September         Peter & Audrey Scott      Phone 07 854 5478

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Sunday 9 October                 Rotorua  Urban Walkways                     Grade 1+

Today we are going to explore some of the walkways around and by the lake area.  We start at the lakefront, with morning tea then head to Sulphur point and the wetlands area, carry onto a thermal area where the first commercial bathing took place, pass the Blue Baths in the government gardens, heading in front of the Polynesian Pools.  

We make our way back to the lake edge on to boardwalk and bike/walking track to our lunch stop overlooking the lake and wildlife refuge.  From here we follow a bike/walking track to Sulphur Flats towards the Puarenga River, under the Te Ngae Road Bridge heading towards Whakarewarewa Village.  From the village we will retrace our steps with some small interesting diversions to return to our transport.

This is an Easy flat walk, walking approx. 5 hours including breaks.  

All going well we may be able to have a hot swim, so bring your togs, those not wanting a swim can head over the road to the cafe over the road.  If we have time we might stop for an ice cream

Bring extra money (Swim $14).  


Depart:    8am

Return:      5.30 – 6pm approx

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)      Bring extra money for swim $14  

Leaders:    Dianne, Keith and Pam

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 26 September      Pam    Phone 07 856 5922 (leave message)    

    
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21-24 October LABOUR WEEKEND   Ohakune/Mt Ruapehu    All Grades

We are staying in a 1906 historical villa, Station Lodge Backpackers at The Junction, on Thames Street, near railway station. I have provisionally booked 26 beds in bunk rooms. Shared bathroom and lounge/kitchen facilities. We have stayed here before and it was fantastic. Bring your own bikes or Mountain bike. Rentals and Transport is available. Great bike rides in area.

All going well the plan is to go out for dinner as a group one night otherwise shared evening meals and provide your own breakfasts/lunches.

Transport will be by private car so when you book let me know if you are taking your car and if you have room for passengers, I can organize transport if needed.  Travel cost paid to driver $65.00 (covers all transport for weekend)

Tramps and things to do
Be AWARE there may be SNOW still around, so BE PREPARED


-    Mountain biking options such as Old Coach Road
-    End of Ski season so there might be some snow around to have bit of fun or just ride the chairlift and have a walk/coffee up on the fields
-    Tramps on offer and to be decided/confirmed such as Old Blyth Track, Lake Surprise, Blyth/Mangaehuehu Huts. Also several short walks in the area.

Depart:     Plan to meet at the lodge in Ohakune for 3pm on the Friday

Return:      Leaving to come home on Monday about 10am and possibly stopping off at DeBretts in Taupo for a hot swim.
 
Cost:    Accommodation $100.00 (for 3 nights) to be paid by 3 October to treasurer
    Travel costs-paid to driver $65.00 (covers transport for weekend)

Leaders:    Dianne and Friends

Bookings:    OPEN:  29 August    CLOSE: 3 October
    Accommodation needs to be paid to the treasurer by this date to confirm your place. Bank account #  03-0306-02038429-000
    Use your name and L/W as reference.
    Once bookings are closed and confirmed an email will be sent to all those coming with further details etc.

Organizer:     Dianne phone/txt 027 272 6617      or email:  leedi@clear.net.nz


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Sunday 6 November     Pureora - Waihaha Hutt - Pureora Forest Park   Grades 1+ & 2+


The trip South to Tihoi and the Waihaha River has two options, one via Te Kuiti and Waipapa or via Tokoroa but all get there via the Taupo Western Bypass Rd.  Both the walks start from the carpark next to the Waihaha River.

Grade 2+.
The well-worn track is easy to follow and wanders in and out of shrub land, clearings, and further on some lovely Rimus and lots of other natives trees.  The track is often close to the river and with luck the eagle eyes might spot a pair of Blue Ducks. This track has always been a Wanderers favourite and the well-located hut is a gem! The walk will take three hours each, in and out. (allow seven hours in total with time for a morning tea and good lunch at the hut).

Grade 1+
This new track also starts from the carpark but it heads off to the East in the opposite direction to where the Grade 2+ will be headed! After boots on and cup of tea we will head off into the unknown (or where no Wanderer has been before?)  This new track was part of a shared bike and tramping “Taupo Great Lake” facility that has flourished both around the area and around the country.
We have no expectation as to how far we will walk on the day but you can expect some great views before we need to turn back some time after lunch.


Depart:    7am

Return:    7pm    

Cost:    $25.00 (members)
    $30.00 (non-members)

 Leaders:    Grade 2+ Brett Rossiter and Annemarie Farrell                              
    Grade 1+ Ann Cloke and Peter Scott

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 24 October      Alison Williams      Phone 07 823 9305

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Sunday 20 November     Over the Kaimais     Grades 1,2,3

Note: Book early for this trip – in order to fill the bus we will invite guests from other clubs to join us. Wanderers can book from the Monday – Guests can book from Thursday.

Option 1: Grade 3. Wairakau road (Matamata side) to Hot Springs Road via Te Rereatukahia Hut. This trip starts up the Tuahu track, but just as the Tuahu becomes nice and easy graded we divert on to the “Short Cut” track, heading up the ridge to the North South track. We climb 300m in about 1 km, but it takes us about 1 hour instead of 2 to 3 hours going around the long way. Lunch at the hut, or if we are early enough on a fine day, walk up to Baldy (another 100m uphill) for great views. Walk out down the Kauri Grove track where the last half hour is through a significant Kauri forest (8.6km minimum).

Option 2: Grade 2. Tuahu Track – Wairakau road (Matamata side) to Hot Springs Road. Apart from a short climb through pine forest at the start, this is a gently graded track that takes you over the 500m altitude Tuahu saddle to the end of Hot Springs Road, near the Sapphire Springs thermal pools. Very good views from the saddle on a fine day. (10.5km)

Option 3 – Grade 1. After the Grade 3’s get dropped off for their tramp we’ll continue on to the Katikati area to do a few of the short walks, eg Kauri Point and Plummers Point.  Lunch will be in a picturesque setting beside the coast and time permitting afternoon tea at a café or a dip at the hot pools.  Bring some money to cover the cost for these.  We shall pick up the Grade 3’s near Katikati before making our way home.

All options. Check the web site near the date of the tramp to get final details.

Depart:    7.30am

Return:      6pm

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:    Ray, Keith and Ann

Bookings:    Wanderers 5.30pm Monday 7 November      Guests 5:30pm Thursday 10 November
    Ray      Phone 07 856 2675   021 170 0713    rayprivate@wave.co.nz

 

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Sunday 4 December     Christmas Outing – Mt Tauhara/Opepe Walks                 Grades 1& 2


Last trip of this year and we are off to Taupo, plenty of room on the bus. Note early start and long day due to travel distances.  The idea is to have a walk, then onto DeBretts for hot soak/swim and a catered BBQ (vegetarian option available let us know on booking).

Grade 1’s:  After dropping off the 2’s, were are heading down the Napier Taupo Highway (SH5) to the Opepe Historical walks.  A quick morning tea and onto the 1st part being the Graves and Northern Walking Track.  

This is a short easy flat walk (approx. 45min) to the graveyard where members of the Bay of Plenty Cavalry who died in an engagement with the followers of the Maori Warrior Te Kooti, were buried. From here we cross the Highway to the 2nd of our walks the Southern Walking Track (approx 1h 30min flat walk).

This is a loop track pasts a pitsaw pit, a historic water trough, and relics of an old township.  At one time the Opepe Township had a hotel, store and several dwellings.  Back to the bus for a quick bite of lunch and pick up the 2’s.  If we have time while waiting you can climb the farmland to get some great views of Lake Taupo.

Grade 2’s: For those who want a bit more of a challenge you are going to conquer Mt Tauhara, (1008m above sea level, be warned it can be very cold and windy at the summit).  

This is a beautiful bush walk that will take you to the summit to be rewarded with the most incredible views on Taupo and the Central North Island. Starting on private farmland with morning tea somewhere on the walk.  The track is steep in places, possibly a bit slippery so take care. Great bush, bird life and native trees.  

Total walk time including lunch 4 hours. Temperatures can be very variable on this walk.

The Function: Once we are all back together we make our way to DeBretts.  

The $5 entry fee includes swim. A catered BBQ at the complex will cost max $30.00 per person. This includes meats, a mixture of salad types, extra side bits and dessert.  

There is a no alcohol policy at DeBretts so the club will provide juice and soft drinks. The club is subsidising the BBQ for members only.

Depart:    7am

Return:    approx. 8.30pm (long day)    

Cost:    Bus $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)      DeBretts entry $5.00       BBQ max $30.00 (to be confirmed at time of booking)


   Please pay for BBQ by closure date to treasurer       Bank account 03-0306-0208429-000     ref Xmas and your name

   Spouses/partners welcome
   

Leaders:    Keith, Pam and friends

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 7 November      Close 29 November for catering numbers
                    Dianne - phone/txt 027 272 6617      Or email: leedi@clear.net.nz

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28 August 2016      Huntington/Flagstaff City Ramble             Grade1
 
 
Join us on a pleasant ramble amongst northern city parks and reserves departing from the Flagstaff Shopping Centre, River Road. Good walking shoes necessary, boots are not required. Afternoon tea will be provided on return.
 
Bookings are not required, just arrive at the shopping centre to start at 9am.  Any queries phone Ann 847 2460 or email summerfields@vodafone.co.nz
 
Depart:   9am        
 
Return:   Afternoon  
 
Cost: $5.00
 
Leaders: Ann, Bernie and friends
 
Bookings: Not required
 

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Sunday 11 September                                 Ngaruawahia- Hakarimata Gas Line Loop                            Grades 1+ & 2+

Grade 2+
Part of this tramp is new to the club as it follows a route marked on a 1970s map. We will start at the Waingaro car park and follow the old tram line to a point where we go up an incline to the natural gas pipe line cutting where we will walk to a farm fence line for morning tea. We will then back track to a point where we enter the bush and follow the marked bush track up to the main Hakarimata traverse track for lunch at the look-out. We then head down the main track back to the car park.


Grade 1+
This group will leave from the Brownlee Rd car park and walk around past the Waingaro car park. Then along the old tram line to the incline and up to the natural gas pipe line cutting as far as the farm fence. Then returning on the same route back to their vehicles.

Depart:    8.30am

Return:    Early afternoon

Cost:    Car Pooling - please bring the right amounts
    $5 to the club
    $15 to the drivers

Leaders:    Grant and Mary - Grade 2+
    Dianne and Pam – Grade 1+

Bookings:    Open Monday 29 August      Grant    Phone 07 853 3434    txt 0210476518

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Sunday 25 September                     Ohinewai   - Hapuakohe South via Mangapiko Valley Road                           Grades 2 & 3

Beginning at the end of Mangapiko Valley Rd at Waiterimu, the track follows a farm road beside the Mangapiko Stream then it crosses a small stream twice before reaching the Mangapiko Scenic Reserve. Just before reaching the bush there is a good viewpoint looking out over the valley. The bush is generally tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood and pukatea. After a short time the track emerges at a fenceline with a great view across to the Kaimai Range.

The marked track then re-enters the bush to reach Pukeitionga Station after a steep 10 minute climb along a fence on private land. From there the track continues on before reaching the translator tower on Maungakawa at 535 m.

Here a choice can be made for the Grade 2s to walk down the easy translator road to meet up with the bus parked at the Summit of the Matahuru - Ohinewai Rd.

Meanwhile the Grade 3 contingent will head back steeply down through the bush into the bottom of the gully. Here the Waiwhata stream has to be crossed before the steep climb up to the Ohinewai Rd leaving just a short walk up the road to meet the others at the bus.

(The Grade 2 party can expect to walk 5 hrs. The Grade 3 approx. 6 hrs.)


Depart:   New Departure time 8:00 NZDST   Please Note : First day of daylight saving!

Return:      6.30pm

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:    Peter Scott, Colin Standing, Alison Williams
    
Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 12 September         Peter & Audrey Scott      Phone 07 854 5478

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Sunday 9 October                 Rotorua  Urban Walkways                     Grade 1+

Today we are going to explore some of the walkways around and by the lake area.  We start at the lakefront, with morning tea then head to Sulphur point and the wetlands area, carry onto a thermal area where the first commercial bathing took place, pass the Blue Baths in the government gardens, heading in front of the Polynesian Pools.  

We make our way back to the lake edge on to boardwalk and bike/walking track to our lunch stop overlooking the lake and wildlife refuge.  From here we follow a bike/walking track to Sulphur Flats towards the Puarenga River, under the Te Ngae Road Bridge heading towards Whakarewarewa Village.  From the village we will retrace our steps with some small interesting diversions to return to our transport.

This is an Easy flat walk, walking approx. 5 hours including breaks.  

All going well we may be able to have a hot swim, so bring your togs, those not wanting a swim can head over the road to the cafe over the road.  If we have time we might stop for an ice cream

Bring extra money (Swim $14).  


Depart:    8am

Return:      5.30 – 6pm approx

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)      Bring extra money for swim $14  

Leaders:    Dianne, Keith and Pam

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 26 September      Pam    Phone 07 856 5922 (leave message)    

    
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21-24 October LABOUR WEEKEND   Ohakune/Mt Ruapehu    All Grades

We are staying in a 1906 historical villa, Station Lodge Backpackers at The Junction, on Thames Street, near railway station. I have provisionally booked 26 beds in bunk rooms. Shared bathroom and lounge/kitchen facilities. We have stayed here before and it was fantastic. Bring your own bikes or Mountain bike. Rentals and Transport is available. Great bike rides in area.

All going well the plan is to go out for dinner as a group one night otherwise shared evening meals and provide your own breakfasts/lunches.

Transport will be by private car so when you book let me know if you are taking your car and if you have room for passengers, I can organize transport if needed.  Travel cost paid to driver $65.00 (covers all transport for weekend)

Tramps and things to do
Be AWARE there may be SNOW still around, so BE PREPARED


-    Mountain biking options such as Old Coach Road
-    End of Ski season so there might be some snow around to have bit of fun or just ride the chairlift and have a walk/coffee up on the fields
-    Tramps on offer and to be decided/confirmed such as Old Blyth Track, Lake Surprise, Blyth/Mangaehuehu Huts. Also several short walks in the area.

Depart:     Plan to meet at the lodge in Ohakune for 3pm on the Friday

Return:      Leaving to come home on Monday about 10am and possibly stopping off at DeBretts in Taupo for a hot swim.
 
Cost:    Accommodation $100.00 (for 3 nights) to be paid by 3 October to treasurer
    Travel costs-paid to driver $65.00 (covers transport for weekend)

Leaders:    Dianne and Friends

Bookings:    OPEN:  29 August    CLOSE: 3 October
    Accommodation needs to be paid to the treasurer by this date to confirm your place. Bank account #  03-0306-0208429-000
    Use your name and L/W as reference.
    Once bookings are closed and confirmed an email will be sent to all those coming with further details etc.

Organizer:     Dianne phone/txt 027 272 6617      or email:  leedi@clear.net.nz


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Sunday 6 November     Pureora - Waihaha Hutt - Pureora Forest Park   Grades 1+ & 2+


The trip South to Tihoi and the Waihaha River has two options, one via Te Kuiti and Waipapa or via Tokoroa but all get there via the Taupo Western Bypass Rd.  Both the walks start from the carpark next to the Waihaha River.

Grade 2+.
The well-worn track is easy to follow and wanders in and out of shrub land, clearings, and further on some lovely Rimus and lots of other natives trees.  The track is often close to the river and with luck the eagle eyes might spot a pair of Blue Ducks. This track has always been a Wanderers favourite and the well-located hut is a gem! The walk will take three hours each, in and out. (allow seven hours in total with time for a morning tea and good lunch at the hut).

Grade 1+
This new track also starts from the carpark but it heads off to the East in the opposite direction to where the Grade 2+ will be headed! After boots on and cup of tea we will head off into the unknown (or where no Wanderer has been before?)  This new track was part of a shared bike and tramping “Taupo Great Lake” facility that has flourished both around the area and around the country.
We have no expectation as to how far we will walk on the day but you can expect some great views before we need to turn back some time after lunch.


Depart:    7am

Return:    7pm    

Cost:    $25.00 (members)
    $30.00 (non-members)

 Leaders:    Grade 2+ Brett Rossiter and Annemarie Farrell                              
    Grade 1+ Ann Cloke and Peter Scott

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 24 October        Peter Scott      Phone 07 854 5478

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Sunday 20 November     Over the Kaimais     Grades 1, 2+ and 3

Note: Book early for this trip – in order to fill the bus we will invite guests from other clubs to join us.

The trip has changed from the original one published in the Bulletin, because DOC will have shut the lower end of the Tuahu track for maintenance on the day of this trip. The Grade 2+ option now is somewhat longer, but no steeper, because it has to traverse the North-South track to meet up with the Grade 3's. In the map below both groups walk the purple sections, the Grade 2+ ones the green section and the Grade 3's the steep red section.

Option 1: Grade 3. Wairakau road (Matamata side) to Hot Springs Road via Te Rereatukahia Hut. This trip starts up the Tuahu track, but just as the Tuahu becomes nice and easy graded we divert on to the “Short Cut” track, heading up the ridge to the North South track. We climb 300m in about 1 km, but it takes us about 1 hour instead of 2 to 3 hours going around the long way. Lunch at the hut, or if we are early enough on a fine day, walk up to Baldy (another 100m uphill) for great views. Walk out down the Kauri Grove track where the last half hour is through a significant Kauri forest (8.6km minimum).

Option 2: Grade 2+. Tuahu Track – Wairakau road (Matamata side) to Hot Springs Road via the North-South track and Te Rereatukahia. Apart from a short climb through pine forest at the start, this is a gently graded track that takes you up to the 500m altitude Tuahu saddle. Because of the closed track we then use the North-South track to get to Te Rereatukahia hut and descend via the Kauri forest to the end of Hot Springs Road, near the Sapphire Springs thermal pools. Very good views from the saddle on a fine day. (13km)

Option 3 – Grade 1. After the Grade 3’s get dropped off for their tramp we’ll continue on to the Katikati area to do a few of the short walks, eg Kauri Point and Plummers Point.  Lunch will be in a picturesque setting beside the coast and time permitting afternoon tea at a café or a dip at the hot pools.  Bring some money to cover the cost for these.  We shall pick up the Grade 3’s near Katikati before making our way home.

All options. Check the web site near the date of the tramp to get final details.

Depart:    7.30am

Return:      6pm

Cost:    $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:    Ray, Keith and Ann

Bookings:    Wanderers 5.30pm Monday 7 November          Ray      Phone 07 856 2675   021 170 0713    rayprivate@wave.co.nz

 

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Sunday 4 December     Christmas Outing – Mt Tauhara/Opepe Walks                 Grades 1& 2


Last trip of this year and we are off to Taupo, plenty of room on the bus. Note early start and long day due to travel distances.  The idea is to have a walk, then onto DeBretts for hot soak/swim and a catered BBQ (vegetarian option available let us know on booking).

Grade 1’s:  After dropping off the 2’s, were are heading down the Napier Taupo Highway (SH5) to the Opepe Historical walks.  A quick morning tea and onto the 1st part being the Graves and Northern Walking Track.  

This is a short easy flat walk (approx. 45min) to the graveyard where members of the Bay of Plenty Cavalry who died in an engagement with the followers of the Maori Warrior Te Kooti, were buried. From here we cross the Highway to the 2nd of our walks the Southern Walking Track (approx 1h 30min flat walk).

This is a loop track pasts a pitsaw pit, a historic water trough, and relics of an old township.  At one time the Opepe Township had a hotel, store and several dwellings.  Back to the bus for a quick bite of lunch and pick up the 2’s.  If we have time while waiting you can climb the farmland to get some great views of Lake Taupo.

Grade 2’s: For those who want a bit more of a challenge you are going to conquer Mt Tauhara, (1008m above sea level, be warned it can be very cold and windy at the summit).  

This is a beautiful bush walk that will take you to the summit to be rewarded with the most incredible views on Taupo and the Central North Island. Starting on private farmland with morning tea somewhere on the walk.  The track is steep in places, possibly a bit slippery so take care. Great bush, bird life and native trees.  

Total walk time including lunch 4 hours. Temperatures can be very variable on this walk.

The Function: Once we are all back together we make our way to DeBretts.  

The $5 entry fee includes swim. A catered BBQ at the complex will cost max $30.00 per person. This includes meats, a mixture of salad types, extra side bits and dessert.  

There is a no alcohol policy at DeBretts so the club will provide juice and soft drinks. The club is subsidising the BBQ for members only.

Depart:    8am - change from original plan!

Return:    approx. 8.30pm (long day)    

Cost:    Bus $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)      DeBretts entry $5.00       BBQ Members $20 (subsidised by Club) Non-members $35)


   Please pay for BBQ by closure date to treasurer       Bank account 03-0306-0208429-000     ref Xmas and your name

   Spouses/partners welcome
   

Leaders:    Keith, Pam and friends

Bookings:    Open 5:30pm Monday 7 November      Close 29 November for catering numbers
                    Dianne - phone/txt 027 272 6617      Or email: leedi@clear.net.nz

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Sunday 22 January Homunga/Orokawa Bays Coastal Walk, Waihi    Grade1+

We travel through Waihi to Homunga Bay where we begin our walk. We go downhill over farmland to the beach where we stop for morning tea. From here we will follow the track along the cliff top. The track is undulating and the sea views are great. We continue to Orokawa Bay through a series of shallow gullies lined with pohutakawa. We then climb up and over the hill track to Waihi Beach. Lunch and swims will be taken at convenient times and places.

We will travel by private cars and it is hoped that those wanting an easier day will walk to Homunga Bay then return to the vehicles. They would then drive round to Waihi Beach and walk into Orokawa Bay to meet us. We would then all walk back to Waihi Beach together. If not then we will all walk from Homunga to Orokawa then return the same way.

Expect to walk 3 to 4 hours.  

No bookings necessary just turn up at the car park ready to depart at 8am.

Depart:        8am
    
Return:        mid-afternoon…depending on swims etc
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Bookings:    Not required, just turn up at the carpark


Contact    Carol  Phone/txt    0273 190 852      email    grandmacarol@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 22 January Homunga/Orokawa Bays Coastal Walk, Waihi    Grade1+

We travel through Waihi to Homunga Bay where we begin our walk. We go downhill over farmland to the beach where we stop for morning tea. From here we will follow the track along the cliff top. The track is undulating and the sea views are great. We continue to Orokawa Bay through a series of shallow gullies lined with pohutakawa. We then climb up and over the hill track to Waihi Beach. Lunch and swims will be taken at convenient times and places.

We will travel by private cars and it is hoped that those wanting an easier day will walk to Homunga Bay then return to the vehicles. They would then drive round to Waihi Beach and walk into Orokawa Bay to meet us. We would then all walk back to Waihi Beach together. If not then we will all walk from Homunga to Orokawa then return the same way.

Expect to walk 3 to 4 hours.  

No bookings necessary just turn up at the car park ready to depart at 8am.

Depart:        8am
    
Return:        mid-afternoon…depending on swims etc
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Bookings:    Not required, just turn up at the carpark


Contact    Carol  Phone/txt    0273 190 852      email    grandmacarol@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 5 February (Waitangi Weekend)               Otorohanga  Wharepunga                         Grade 2

This is a Classic “must do” summertime trip.

The day begins from a bridge on the Ngaroma Road and follows a delightful little river upstream towards its distant source in the Pureora Forest Park. Thanks to the forested catchment, the stream is remarkably clear as it flows over its gravelled bed and the water temperature will be comfortable for the crossing required by the stream's meanders.

As we progress the surrounding scenery changes from grazing land to scrub and pine plantations, but soon after it becomes enclosed by beautiful bush from all sides.

We travel on past inviting clear pools, walking further than on previous trips due to the need to avoid electrified fences on the farmland. We reluctantly leave our stream for the only climb of the day, up through the bush to farm paddocks and our waiting transport!

Bring your usual tramping gear, a change of clothes and footwear while a towel for the swimmers could be an idea. The actual walk will take approximately 6½ to 7 hours although the number of swims enjoyed could increase that estimate!

Depart:        7.30am
    
Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Peter Scott, Colin Standing & others
    
Bookings Open     Monday 23 January @ 6pm         Contact    Peter or Audrey         Phone     07 854 5478

 

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Sunday 19 February                Mangapouri Gorge, Kaharo  Rotorua                             Grade 3

Starting from the Rotorua/Tauranga direct road we take a controlled bum slide into the Mangapouri River Gorge.  We will be at times surrounded by heavy bush right down to the stream’s edge, so look out for tui, pigeon and kokako.

Our tramp will take us through rocky pools and large flat rock areas so be prepared to get wet.  We will arrive at a farm bridge and from there a steady climb up through Lockland McKenzie’s farm to the waiting bus.  This trip is similar to the Mangorewa Gorge trip done in the past and is thoroughly recommended.

Bring large woollen socks to put over your boots as rocks can be very slippery.  Winston Fleming will join us for this 5½ hour tramp.  We will have a backup tramp if the river is flooded.  

Depart:        7.30am   Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Annemarie Farrell & Winston Fleming

    
Booking Open     Monday 6 February @ 6pm       Contact    Carol   Phone     07 853 5527    txt    0273 190 852

    email    grandmacarol@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 5 March                        Waiorongomai to Mt Te Aroha                               Grade 3

Beginning at the Old Crusher car park at the Waiorongomai road end, we will follow the Bulldozer Track to the top of Butler's Incline, and continue up into the higher reaches of the valley, passing over a nice swing bridge and through a short tunnel. We continue through to the major track junction at the Waiorongomai Saddle and after a break, we take a left turn onto the Plutus Claim track for the walk to Dog Kennel Flat, located near the Transmitter Road.

From the flat it is a relatively short 30 minute walk up the Ridge track to enjoy the great view from the 952 m summit of Te Aroha. From the summit the party will walk the familiar well-loved track down to the Te Aroha Domain to be reunited with the grade two group and the waiting bus.

This tramp will not be a bush bash as we will be following good, well established tracks; however participants can expect to walk for about 7 hours.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        6.30pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)    $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Peter & Colin
    
Bookings Open Monday 20 February @ 6pm   Contact    Colin & Margaret  Phone     07 855 1335   email  standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 19 March    Tawarau Forest Tramps Waitomo    Grades 1+ & 2+

Tawarau Forest is west of the Waitomo Caves and is one of the best remaining examples of a virgin forest growing in a karst (limestone) landscape. Tawarau Forest is dominated by tawa, hinau, kamahi and rewarewa, and emerging podocarps such as rimu and miro. It is known for its ‘cool climate’ vegetation, with Cordyline indivisa (mountain cabbage tree) growing at an unusually low altitude.

Grade 2+.  Double falls.  11 km, not a lot of hill work, about 6 hours.
We start from Appletree Road, initially on a logging track through a young pine forest and then in good quality native bush for the next hour or so, initially following tributaries of the Tawarau river but well above them.  The last 20 minutes is a steep descent to the falls. Between the two falls a stream disappears underground and reappears at the top of the second waterfall cascading over a mossy rock face. It is an idyllic spot at the bottom of a rocky gorge surrounded by bluffs and boulders - a perfect place to explore, have lunch and bathe your feet in the stream.  We will return to Appletree Road via the Tawarau Falls track, taking a bit longer on the way back.

Grade 1+- Tawarau Falls Loop Track (3 hr complete loop or 2 hr return to Tawarau Falls)
There will be two options for those who do not wish to do the Double Falls trip. You can choose to walk this track as a loop, or do a shorter return trip.

From the Appletree Road end and heading to the Tawarau Falls, the track climbs briefly then drops to the Tawarau River. It then runs along the northern bank of the meandering river before crossing a bridge to the south bank. There are three river crossings from this point to the falls and you walk through a section of forest where the understory is lush with Prince of Wales feathers (double crepe fern). You can reach the head of the falls but the base of the falls is not accessible. The track continues to complete the loop or you can return the way you came. Amazing limestone bluffs, beautiful ferns and small falls of water along the track make this a memorable track.

All options. Check the web site near the date of the tramp to get final details.

Depart:        8am  Return:        6pm

Cost:        $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:        Ray & Keith
    
Bookings Open     Monday 6 March  Contact    Ray  Phone     07 856 2675   txt    021 170 0713  email    rayprivate@wave.co.nz

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31 March-3 April           Tangihua Lions Lodge,  Northland                                All Grades

The trips committee has decided to do this extended weekend to sunny Northland before the busy Easter period. The lodge is situated within the DOC Tangihua Forest Park which is between Whangarei and Dargaville. The lodge is fully self-contained with plenty of bunks, a large fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

There are tramps within the park. Trounson Kauri Park, Maunganui Bluff and Kai Iwi Lakes are places to visit as is the Matakohe Kauri Museum ($25) and Waipu Caves. Some may like to extend their Northland holiday and visit Waipoua Kauri Forest or bike the Twin Coast Cycle Trail (2 days) further North.

Please let us know when you book if you would like to do the cycle trail.   This trip requires a minimum of 12 people as the lodge is $300 per night min.  More information will be provided once booking confirmed.

Click here to see photos that Grant took on the survey

Transport:        Private vehicles (passengers $65 to driver).
    
Meals:    Pot luck dinner Friday and Saturday night.  Own dinner Sunday night, 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts.
    
Cost:        Accommodation $75 to be paid at time of booking,  Club bank acc # 03-0306-0208429-00 (Ref. your name & Northland tramp).
    
Leaders:        Grant, Lyn, Keith, Alison
    
Bookings Open     6pm Monday 13 February   Close    7pm Monday 20 March

Contact    Grant         Phone     07 853 3434         txt    021 047 6518      email    gsveny@gmail.com

 

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Sunday 16 April  (Easter)         Pipiwharauroa Walking and Biking Trail (Wind Farm)  Raglan                               Grade 1+

This walk or cycle trip has been chosen for Easter Sunday because although many members will know that our wind farm over the hill at Te Uku has now been commissioned some may not as yet have visited it.

For this excursion it is intended that travel to and from the track will be by shared private cars.  This option has been selected for this date because numbers are likely to be down on this middle day of the holiday, with many away.

The chosen trip is in and out and not a through walk, and the venue is quite close to Hamilton. The walk/cycle path is mainly out in the open, much of it on a closed metal road way except for the last 2km when having climbed a stile, the track becomes grass underfoot. The walk closely parallels the wind turbines which can be viewed at close quarters, particularly near the far end where there is a great panoramic view over a large swath of countryside.

The track starts and finishes at a large carpark a short way past Bridal Veil Falls, off Te Mata Rd.

Depart:        9am  Return:        Flexible, each car load to decide
    
Cost:        Passengers to pay driver appropriate sum
    
Bookings:    Not required.      Contact    Peter Scott          Phone     07 854 5478

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Sunday 30 April                         Rotorua (part 2) and Okataina    Revised 15 April                       

There will be two mini buses on the day, one of which will be for the Rotorua walk while the second will go further East to Lake Okataina.

Grade 1+, Rotorua Today’s trip will follow on from a previous Rotorua lake front to Whaka and back trip.  We will start our walk for the day at the southern end of town by the Te Puia carving centre. 

From here we walk through ) to the Old Waipa Timber Village and now biking centre.  This leads to a climb up a ridge above Hemo Gorge and go back towards Rotorua.  There is a side trip to a lookout commanding a great view over the forest.  Continuing along the ridge we will descend through a small thermal area, then make our way back either to the Redwoods or to where we started.

Bring extra money and togs/towel in case we have time for a swim.

Grade 2+: Okataina  Eastern Okataina walkway from Tauranganui Bay to Humphries Bay.
Starting from Lake Okataina Carpark (Tauranganui Bay), the  walkway skirts the eastern side of Lake Okataina, crosses a saddle and ends at a conservation campsite in Humphries Bay on the shores of Lake Tarawera. Opportunities exist for swimming if weather permits – also superb views of Mount Tarawera.

This scenic walk is an "in and out" exercise and has been a favorite with the Wanderers over the years.

Estimated walking time 5-6 hours

 

Depart:        7.30am  
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Keith, Dianne & Pam
    
Bookings Open     Monday 17 April @ 6pm     Contact    Keith    Phone     07 847 4399       txt    027 366 6194

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2017

Sunday 20 August    Ted’s Track / Lindemanns Track Katikati       Grade 1+ & 3

Teds Track - Grade 3

Ted is a tramper from Katikati who has marked this track up to the Wairoa shelter. We start from the Wharawhara car park and head towards the Uretara stream weir at the finish of the Wharawhara track.

It’s into the bush and a gradual climb to a point where we can overlook a quarry which is still being worked, and then a lunch stop a bit further on. We then carry on past the old Cashmores Clearing Junction and onto the Wairoa Shelter for a well-earned break. We then head off towards the Wharawhara track passing the North/South Track Junction, Cashmores Clearing Junction, a very nice swimming hole (for those brave enough) and back to the weir and then out to the carpark.

Lindemanns Track – Grade 1
We leave Hamilton at 7.30 am, travelling through Paeroa and Waihi to get to our destination for a quick morning tea. The views from the parking area are amazing, looking out over Bowentown, Matakana Island and the Mount. We’ll walk on a benched track which winds its way up to the junction with the Woodlands Track.

There are no rivers to cross however conditions underfoot may be wet. It is a lovely walk and one the club has done on many occasions. We may make it to the Woodlands Track Junction for lunch, however this is dependent on progress on the day. On return to the van some refreshment will be available before making our way back to Hamilton.

Depart:    7.30am Return:    5pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:    Grant, Ann and others
    
Bookings Open     Monday 7 August @ 6pm

>Contact      Grant Phone 07 853 3434 Txt    021 047 6518  Email gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 3 September         Pirongia               Grades 1 & 3

 

Nikau Walk/Bell Track        

A lovely tramp that follows a babbling stream through beautiful bush in the foothills of Pirongia. Both grades begin and finish at Kaniwhaniwha Stream carpark. The grade 1’s will start out on the Nikau Loop Walk, then go to the Kaniwhaniwha Caves just at the start of the Bell track. These caves can be walked through and everybody will be encouraged to do just that! So, remember to bring a torch. The 1’s then complete the loop back to the car park, getting back there by mid-afternoon.   The track this group takes is very well maintained and mostly flat. There will be lots of stops on the way to admire the picturesque surroundings and to rest and take refreshment.

To begin with, the Grade 3’s will go straight past the caves. The track quickly becomes undulating, wet and muddy. Their destination is a magnificent Kahikatea tree much further along the Bell track, just beyond an impressive swing bridge. At 66.5m this Kahikatea tree is the tallest recorded native tree still standing in the country. On the way back, if time permits the grade 3’s can go also through the Kaniwhaniwha Caves (so bring a torch too just in case) before returning to the carpark. This group will tramp for about 6 hours.

The aim will be to have all the 1’s travel in one van and all the 3’s in the other so that the 1’s will be able to return to Hamilton as soon as they get back to the carpark.

Depart:        8am  Return:        5pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Carol Davies, Brenda Petersen, Brett Rossiter
    
Bookings Open     Monday 21 August

Contact    Brett     Phone     07 855 6774 (If the answerphone picks up, please leave a message with your name and choice of tramp grade)

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Sunday 17 September       Mapara Wildlife Reserve & Omaru Falls   Grade 1+

We are returning to Mapara, 35km South West of Te Kuiti, at a later date than our last visit as the weather should be better and the Kokako more vocal due to it being closer to the breeding season. John Innes from Landcare Research will be our guide again and will have a tape recording of Kokako calls which should help to draw them into range.

After leaving the reserve we will head to the Omaru Falls, not too far away.

Depart:        8am  Return:        4.30pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Grant Svendsen, Keith Wilkinson and John Innes
    
Bookings Open     Monday 4 September

Contact    Grant         Phone     07 853 3434     txt    021 047 6518     email    gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 1 October       Paeroa    Grade 1+ & 3

Tarariki Stream Loop Grade 3

This tramp in the hills east of Paeroa starts from the end of Old Reservoir Road.  After crossing the Taratiki Stream we fork left on to a track leading away from the main stream. We follow a long easy ridge through mixed native forest including some rimu until we start to ease downhill past the site of an old hut, across a small stream then up through some lovely mature bush to our lunch spot

After lunch, we climb a fence and re-enter the bush and head south inclining downward, sometimes steeply, through tawa and nikau to the stream. We then follow the stream until we re-ford the Taratiki and out to our waiting transport.  

This walk should take about 6 hrs.   

Karangahake Gorge Grade 1+

Today’s tramp will start from the car park where the old hall stood, across the river from the main gorge road. A restored bridge takes us over to the entrance of the old train tunnel (torches needed) which we will walk through to another bridge, which will take us back across to the other side of the river.

A walk alongside the river will eventually take us up to the windows and then back to the vehicle. If time allows, a visit to the old workings site and Waikino train station cafe will finish off the day.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        G3    Grant Svendsen, Peter Scott, John Davies       G1     Keith Wilkinson
    
Bookings Open     Monday 18 September 

Contact    Peter or Audrey         Phone     07 854 5478        email    peterscott@xtra.co.nz           

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Sunday 15 October        Summerhill Recreational Trail Tauranga    Grade 1+ 

Summerhill has many kilometres of amazing scenic walking trails through varied terrain including pasture, forests and native bush. From the carpark, we will start with a ridgeline walk through farmland to the Pa site in the adjoining Papamoa Hills Regional Park.  Once at the trig point, if the weather is clear, we will have 360-degree views over the countryside right down to Whakatane, all of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga and the Kaimais!

Time allowing, we will explore some of the many other tracks in the park.  
 
Depart:        8am    Return:        5pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Brenda & Lyn
    
Bookings:    Open     Monday 2 October

Contact    Brenda          Phone     07 8493 716      Txt    0273 117 372      Email    brenda22269@hotmail.com

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Sunday 29 October     Mangaokewa Reserve   Te Kuiti    Grades 1&2+

Grade 2+
This group will start from the industrial area of Te Kuiti town
and follow the trail beside the stream to the Mangaokewa Reserve. The group
will continue south to cross the bridge over the Mangaokewa Stream and begin the return tramp to Te Kuiti via the Reserve. This is a good loop tramp mostly through bush beside the stream and across open farm land - very picturesque.

Grade 1
The 1's will start at the Mangaokewa Reserve and follow the same loop as above and return to the Reserve. There will plenty of options to stop and explore. We will pass pretty cascades and a waterfall, then a swing bridge and come back up the other side of the stream and return to the van.  The lovely bush and native birds are a bonus.


Depart:        7.30am  Return:        5.30pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members)     $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Grade 2+    John Davies and friends
                       Grade 1        Keith Wilkinson and friends
    
Bookings Open     Monday 16 October

Contact    John Davies    Phone    07 854 0654        Txt    021 294 1807    Email    deejohn@xtra.co.nz

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31 October – 3 November    William Hartree Lodge -Hawkes Bay    All Grades

As this area is quite busy with hunters over Labour Weekend so we will be going down a little later. The Lodge can accommodate up to 10 and is well appointed. Take your own pillow, sleeping bag / linen. There are walks nearby and in the Kaweka Range. We will go down on the Tuesday and return on the Friday.

Take the usual multi day gear and food, with a small shared meal for the first night.

Transport will be by private vehicles, passengers to pay $55 to driver, there and back, and $10 for drivers to and from tracks.

Accommodation cost will be $10pn,

An info sheet will be sent out to those booked at the end of the booking period.                                                                                                            
 
Depart:        Tuesday 31 October  Return:        Friday 3 November
    
Cost:        Accommodation payment $30 due to Treasurer on booking.
                 Bank acct # 03-0306-0208429-00
                 Ref: Your name & Patoka
    Let Colin Standing know you have sent it.
    
Leaders:        Grant, Keith & Lyn
    
Bookings Open     Monday 2 October      Close    Monday 16 October

Contact    Grant     Phone    07 853 3434         Txt    021 047 6518     Email    gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 12 November Tararu Track to Waiomu Grade 3

Grade 3

The track starts at the end of Victoria Street just north of Thames and follows the recently re-cut Tararu track up to the 'Jam Tins' junction to join with the Karaka Track and on to Crosbies Hut. From here we traverse north along the Crosbies Main Range  Tramping Track to meet the Waiomu Valley track back down to the coast.

The last descent is very steep, but affords wonderful views of the Firth of Thames, Rangitoto and even the Sky Tower! As well, we pass through the Waiomu kauris - a truly impressive area. At the bottom there are several stream crossings before we emerge at the Waiomu Road end.

The walking is not particularly arduous, but it is a long day 7-8 hours, including lunch and a  number of snack stops to rest and soak up the beauty.

Please note that on this tramp a separate 12 seater van will be used to transport Grade 3's, so seats are limited - book early to ensure your place.

 

Grade 1+
After dropping off the Grade 3’s we will come out and go back to Thames and do a walk perhaps along the coastal walkway or go up the coast to the Waiomu Valley and walk up to meet the others.

Bring extra money for coffee, ice cream etc

Depart:        7.30am  Return:       7:30pm  and  5.30pm approx
    

Cost:        $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        Sharon Woodward and Colin Standing & Keith and associates
    
Bookings Open     Monday 30 October

Contact    Colin  Phone 07 8551335  Email standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 26 November       Leitch’s Hut    Te Kuiti    Grades 1 & 2

The vans will take us via Te Kuiti and Piopio to the track start point at the end of Leitch Road. A quick snack and drink and then off up the slow incline of the well graded track into the Whareorino forest. The track follows gentle ridges between sheep country and regenerating bush before descending to Leitch's Clearing, Leitch's hut and lunch.

After lunch, we retrace our steps back to the vans. On the way home, there may be time for berry ice cream at Piopio Berry Orchard, so bring a little extra cash.

Expect to walk about 6 hours.

A Grade 1 walk can follow the same route but terminate and return before reaching the clearing.

Depart:        7.30am Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
    
Leaders:        G2 Peter Scott and Colin Standing    G1 TBA
    
Bookings Open     Monday 13 November @ 6 pm

Contact    Colin or Margaret     Phone    07 855 1335         Txt    027 326 6886     Email    standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 10 December    Otanewainuku, Oropi Pools  Christmas Outing    All Grades

This tramp is inland from Tauranga, all in native bush. We will cover a loop track on the western side of the road, uphill to a viewing platform, which on a fine day gives very expansive views in all directions. Then down the other side of the loop back to the road.  On the eastern side of the road we start downhill on another track back to the bus.

Once back on the bus and heading downhill towards Tauranga, we will celebrate the great year of tramping at the Oropi Pools and Restaurant complex with a lunch and a swim.

Costs for the day are $25 (members) $30 (non-members) each for bus plus lunch/swim is $30.  The club will subsidise members lunch $10pp.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        6pm approx
    
Cost:        Members - Bus $25.00 + $20 for lunch + swim      Non-member - Bus $30 + $30 for lunch + swim

    Please pay for lunch by closure date to treasurer
    Bank account 03-0306-0208429-000
    ref Xmas and your name
    
Leaders:        Keith, Dianne and Pam
    
Bookings:    Open     Monday 13 November     Close    Monday 27 November

Contact    Pam      Phone    07 856 5922     Email    pcornforth@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 28 January  2018       Gordonton               Grade 1

Pukemokemoke Reserve/Woodlands Ramble
The first tramp of the year is a ramble through the private reserve north of Gordonton. We will meet at the usual place WINTEC car park and car pool for this trip.


This reserve has lots of native trees and birds. The aim is to gently climb up to the summit lookout (166m) and with good luck get great panoramic views over the Waikato Basin. We then wander down the ridge line back down to the cars. This walk can be muddy in places and possibly slippery on the down side if wet, but we will take our time.

From here we will make our way to Woodlands for lunch and a coffee plus a walk round the grounds for those who feel like it, then home.
 
Total walking time around 4 hours max.  This is an informal start to the year, come and join me and bring money for coffee/ice cream.

Depart:        8am  Return:        2pm approxCost:        $5 to driver $5 to club   
Leaders:        Dianne Lee & friends   
Contact:    Dianne - 027 272 6617   
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Sunday 11 February         Rotorua              Grade 1
Okere Falls/Lake Okareka/Blue Lake and swim.                                       
The first track starts at the Okere Falls car park where we walk beside the Kaituna River, taking time to view the remnants of the hydro station (built 1899) and to climb down and up Hinemoa's steps.

We continue to follow the river and maybe see rafters and kayakers sweep over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. We continue to the Trout Pool Falls then return to the vans. Track length about 2.5 km.

A short van trip then takes us to the Rotorua Lakeside Reserve on Acacia Road to enjoy the Okareka Walkway. The wetlands near the beginning of the walkway are home to a wide range of aquatic birds. A 'hide' is provided for quiet viewing. The track ends at the outlet where the lake discharges into Lake Tarawera. Total track length about 5km.

A short van relocation takes us to the Blue Lake, where those who wish can take a swim, followed by the 5.5 km around-the-Lake walk, finishing with a BBQ (buns, sausages, patties and coleslaw supplied by the Club) on the lake shore.

Expect to walk about 4-5 hours

Depart:        8am  Return:        6pm approx
 Cost:        $25.00 (members)      $30.00 (non-members)
 Leaders:        Colin and Margaret Standing
Bookings:    Open     5:30pm, Monday January 29th
Contact    Colin or Margaret           Phone     07 8551335       Email    standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 25 February             Huntly bypass walk, take 2           Grade 1

Many of us last year enjoyed walking the route of the new expressway that snakes behind Taupiri mountain, and an opportunity has arisen for us to do it again to see how the hills have been flattened and the valleys filled.

The plan is to start walking from the Southern end of the construction site at the Gordonton Road Interchange and walk 12km to the pickup point at the northern end. The walk is about 40% flat, 20% uphill and 40% downhill so is easy walking - it will take about 5 hours including a lunch stop, so e should be back in the city by around about 4pm.

It has been almost 12 months since our last walk so the people that went last time will be able to recognise the significant difference in the landscape. If this is their first walk they will be able to see clearly the new Expressway alignment across the landscape as the earthworks are almost 90% complete. 

The weather forecast is looking like dry and sunny weather so there is also a good chance that some of the really big earthmoving machines will be working on Sunday to make up for lost time due to recent rain.

This is a great day out, with wide views and gigantic machinery to gawk at.

Depart:        8:00am   Return:        4:00pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:         Tony and Rose Dickens
Bookings:    Open     5:30pm on Monday 12 February
Contact    Colin or Margaret       Phone     07 8551335    Email    standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 11 March         Mamaku Ranges              Grade 1

Te Whetu – Birthplace of the Wanderers Tramping Club         

As 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the club it is appropriate that we return to the site where the idea of forming a recreational club first originated.

Te Whetu is north of Tokoroa in the Mamaku Range and was once the site of the extensive milling operation owned by the Bartholomew Land and Timber Company.  In addition to the mill there was a small village with shops, hall and school.  There were also bush tramways with trestle bridges and tunnels.

The ownership of the forest assets have changed a number of times over the last 50 years and Hancock Forest Management are the current owners.  Robin Black is the company’s Environmental Planner and will guide us through some of the property to look at historic items and discuss the flora and fauna within the plantation forest.  We will be going through one of the old tramway tunnels which has water running through it (a different one to the one we visited in 2009).  It is recommended that you bring gumboots to wear in the tunnel.

Please bring the usual tramping gear and food/drink.  Also bring some large plastic bags to place your wet gumboots into as well as some to put your boots in as we will be getting in and out of the vehicle numerous times.

Also bring a mug as we plan to have an old style brew up before returning home.

Depart:        8am  Return:        5.30pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:        Robin Black, Rex Foley and John Younger
Bookings:    Open     5.30pm 26 February
Contact    Pam Cornforth       Phone     07 856 5922       Txt    027 278 0690
Email    pcornforth@xtra.co.nz

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Tues 20- Fri 23 March        King Country            All Grades

Rangitoto Station        

This trip is to the NZ Native Forests Restoration Trust property (Rangitoto Station) near Otewa, directly in from Otorohanga. Accommodation is a fully self-contained 3-bedroom house that will accommodate 12 people.

Tramps to the Cowan Reserve, Mangatutu Forest (kokako) and up to the transmission tower.

An info sheet will be sent out at the end of the booking period.

Cost:        Accommodation  $60 - Pay on booking  to club acct # 03-0306-0208429-00 Ref: your name and Rangitoto
                             Or send a cheque to the treasurer. Let Colin Standing know you have sent it
Transport:    Will be by private vehicle (4WD preferably as we have to negotiate a gravelled track). Passengers $30. 
Food:    Will be one shared meal for the first and second nights and the club to organise for the third night.
Leaders:        Grant, Keith & friends
Bookings:    Open     Monday 7 March      Close    Friday 16 March
 Contact    Grant        Phone     07 853 3434    Txt    021 047 6518     Email    gsveny@gmail.com                

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Sunday 25 March          Hamilton               Grade 1

City Parks and Reserves Ramble

As the ramble in 2016 was so popular, we are doing another one starting and finishing at the usual meeting place for trips – the Wintec carpark. Good walking shoes are required.  Bring morning tea, lunch, drinks and snacks to eat along the way.

Afternoon tea will be provided on our return to the carpark.

Depart:        9am   Return:        Afternoon
Cost:        $5.00
Leaders:        Ann, Bernie & Friends
Bookings:    Not required

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Sunday 8 April    Waihi              Grade 1

Waikino - Waihi        

On arrival at the Waikino Railway Station carpark we’ll have a cuppa before boarding the train to take us to Waihi. From the Waihi Station we’ll walk along the Hauraki Rail Trail back to Waikino, approx. 10 km. This is a shared trail for bikers and walkers, so care will need to be taken. The trail follows the Ohinemuri River and is very picturesque with rapids and a weir. Historical areas will be pointed out along the way.

At the end of the walk there may be an opportunity for those who want to, to ride the miniature train through the Victoria Battery site. The cost for this is $10/person, payable to the Battery train driver.

Those preferring refreshments at the Waikino Café will walk over the road bridge to the vans and the café.

This should be an enjoyable day for all, a walk that the club hasn’t done in the past.
        
Depart:        8.30am  Return:        5.30pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members)       $30.00 (non-members)
                   Train :  Adults $15   Adults with Gold Card $12   (Please advise on booking in)
Leaders:        Ann & Bernie Cloke
Bookings:    Open     Monday 26 March
 Contact    Ann Cloke         Phone     07 847 2460 / 021 043 9051      Email    summerfields604@gmail.com

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 Sunday 22 April         Rotorua               Grades 1 & 3

Okataina Circular Walk        

Grade 1’s
Our tramp today starts and finishes at the outdoor education camp on Okataina Road.

After morning-tea we head off into the tall trees of this lovely forest. After a very gentle climb we look down on two great volcanic lakes, formed some 3,500 years ago. We then come down gently onto a flat track which returns us to our starting point taking approximately 2 ½ hours. After a brew-up we then go back to Hells Gate thermal area and those who wish to can take a dip in the curative waters.

Grade 3’s
Start and finish at the same spot but take a more challenging upward tramp to a high spot which overlooks Lake Rotorua and beyond Whakapoungakau Trig 758m.

Swimming
$17 for seniors with Gold card  $20 for adults   Spectators free   Bring your togs, towel and usual gear
Also on site is a café for those who might like a coffee. Then it’s homeward bound.

Depart:        7.30am   Return:        6pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members) + cost of swimming      $30.00 (non-members) + cost of swimming
Leaders:        Keith, Pam, Dianne and Grant
Bookings:    Open     Monday 9 April
 Contact    Keith         Phone     07 8474 399 or txt 0273 666 194

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Sunday 6 May         Waiorongomai            Grades 1 & 3

 

New Pylon Track

Grade 3’s -

The first section of this track was cut in 2016, and is a well graded well cut track from the Waiorongomai carpark to the old Pylon track.
From a few minutes along the Low-Level Pack Track you join the Pylon Peak Track as it drops down to the stream, cross it, and then follow the markers up the hill on the new section of the Pylon Peak Track, looking out for the old water race and water race tunnel not far from the start. Climbing steadily, but not too steeply after around 3.5kms you join the old Pylon Track. Keep an eye out for superb rata and rimu, and the 4 metal corner posts of the old pylons dotted up the hill.
The track climbs more steeply in some sections, and then breaks out of the bush cover into lower scrub to give you some spectacular views of the valley, Mt Te Aroha, the Hauraki Plains, and the Kaimai Ridge heading southwards. Now you can really appreciate the climb, and continue uphill soon to reach the Pylon Peak / Kaimai Ridgeway junction, a great place to stop for a breather to take in the view.
From this point there are a few options. If we are all still keen and ready to go, we could complete a 7-8 hour loop by walking along the ridge to Pukekohatu and then back down the Te Aroha link track. My guess is that we will give that away and return the way we came, or perhaps via the Kauri Grove track.

Grade 1’s - Will be revisiting a track in the Waiorongomai valley

Depart:        7.30am    Return:        5pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members)       $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:        Ray Hoare, Dianne Lee
Bookings:    Open     Monday 23 April
Contact    Ray Hoare  Phone 07 856 2675 Text 021 170 0713 email ray@rameil.nz

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Sunday 20 May         Katikati               Grades 2 & 3

Another Ted’s Tracks/Thompson’s Track Loop    

Grade 2    
Today’s tramp will start over on the Tauranga side.  We will drive to the end of Thompsons Track road and from here we will start and finish.  After morning-tea we set off on a downhill track to the stream, bridge and two stream crossings.

We walk towards Eliza Mine but on reaching this junction we carry on approx 30 minutes up to reach Thompsons Track (an old stock route over the Kaimai Range) and its all downhill back to our van.  Walking poles will be useful

Grade 3
This track begins at the start of the 4WD track. A steady climb up a ridge to the North/South Track and then on to a point where the 4WD track goes over the Kaimai Range. This is where we will stop for lunch.
We then head down the 4WD track, which is quite muddy with a few detours, back to the vehicle, passing the side track to the Eliza Mine.

Depart:        7.30am  Return:        5.30pm approx
Cost:        $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:        Dianne, Pam, Keith & Grant
Bookings:    Open     Monday 7 May
Contact    Grant    Phone     07 853 3434  
    Email    gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 20 May  2018       Katikati               Grades 2 & 3

Another Ted’s Tracks/Thompson’s Track Loop    

Grade 2    
Today’s tramp will start over on the Tauranga side.  We will drive to the end of Thompsons Track road and from here we will start and finish.  After morning-tea we set off on a downhill track to the stream, bridge and two stream crossings.

We walk towards Eliza Mine but on reaching this junction we carry on approx 30 minutes up to reach Thompsons Track (an old stock route over the Kaimai Range) and its all downhill back to our van.  Walking poles will be useful

Grade 3
This track begins at the start of the 4WD track. A steady climb up a ridge to the North/South Track and then on to a point where the 4WD track goes over the Kaimai Range. This is where we will stop for lunch.
We then head down the 4WD track, which is quite muddy with a few detours, back to the vehicle, passing the side track to the Eliza Mine.

Depart:              7.30am  Return:        5.30pm approx
Cost:                 $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:           Dianne, Pam, Keith & Grant
Bookings Open     Monday 7 May
Contact            Grant    Phone     07 853 3434      Email    gsveny@gmail.com

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Sunday 3 June                   Putaruru              Grade 1

Waihou Walkway – Blue Springs

If you are looking for a great walk on Queen's Birthday Weekend, then this is it. What awaits you is a very picturesque, easy and interesting walk to the famous Blue Springs which supplies about 60% of New Zealand's bottled water because of its colour and clarity.

The walk follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land with views of small waterfalls, native bush, and on to the Blue Springs with glimpses of trout along the way. How good is that??!!

The walk is out and back starting at the Whites Road car park and takes about 1.5 hours each way, excluding stops. There should be time for an ice cream or a coffee in Putaruru on the way home. Come and join me and enjoy the day.

No bookings required, just meet in the carpark prior to 8am and we will travel together in cars.

Depart:                 8am   Return:     4.30pm approx

Cost:                      $5.00 to club and $15 to driver

Leaders:               John Davies & friends

Bookings:            Not required

Contact                  John Davies     Phone      07 854 0654         Txt          021 294 1807  Email deejohn@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 17 June Pirongia               Grade 3 and 1

Tihitoetoe Peak - now a grade 3 (not 2 as in the bulletin)

This Tramp is a steady climb from the carpark at the end of Sainsbury Road to the peak at 845 mtrs.  The first part of the tramp is on a gravelled vehicle track, then through some pine trees, and then into the native bush.  The view from the top looks toward the East Waikato. 

Added grade1 tramp, Sainsbury Rd MTB Tracks.
Leaders: Keith and associates.
Starting at the Sainsbury Rd car park the group will walk up the forest access road "The Sorcerer" as far as the point where the G3s start their ascent. You will then head down "The Alchemy" track, then onto "The Easy As" track back to the van.
On the way home there could be a coffee stop, a look at the "Alexandra Redoubt" or a visit to "Yardley's Bush. "

 

Depart:                 8am   Return:     4pm approx

Cost:                      $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:               Lyn, Grant, Carol, Keith

Bookings open:   Tuesday 5 June 

Contact                  Lyn Kingsbury    Phone   07 856 8071         Txt          021 150 7079       Email L.Kingsbury@xtra.co.nz

 

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Sunday 1 July     Katikati                Grade 1 ½ and 3

Sentinel Rock/Tuahu Saddle

Grade 1½ - Tuahu Saddle

Our group will start at the end of Hot Springs Road, Katikati (same as the grade 3’s).  After going on a side track to look at a giant kauri or trees we retrace and head on up the Tuahu Track to the ridge which looks down on the Waikato Basin. After having lunch there we will return by the same track to the van.  Planning to return to Hamilton approximately 6pm

Grade 3 – Sentinel Rock

Starting from the carpark at the top of Hot Springs Road we set off on the Tuahu Track.

After an easy 25-minute walk passing the giant Kauri tree, we take the track to the left signposted for the Sentinel Rock Lookout. After a steep climb the track follows an undulating ridge to reach the lookout. On a good day there are spectacular views of Sentinel Rock and the surrounding valley.

The top of Sentinel Rock is about another 30 minutes, but DOC warn that the maintained track stops at the lookout and the way on has steep drops and cliffs. We return on the same track.                              

Expect to walk about 5½– 6 hours.

Depart:                 7.30am   Return:               6.30pm approx

Cost:                      $25.00 (members)           $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:               G3 - Grant Svendsen and Colin Standing

                             G1 - Keith, Pam and Dianne

Bookings open:   6:00 pm, Monday 18 June

Contact                 Colin   Phone   07 855 1335         Txt          027 326 6886       Email:    standings@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 15 July  Waotu                  Grade 1

Jim Barnett Reserve and Arapuni to Little Waihi Reserve

We start the day at the Jim Barnett Reserve in the Waotu area by walking through native forest. Expect to see and hear many native birds. After our visit to the reserve we travel to Arapuni to commence our walk to the Little Waihi Reserve by crossing the Arapuni swing bridge which provides great views of the Arapuni Dam power house and river.

Thereafter we'll continue by walking alongside the river on a well graded, picturesque trail. Lunch will be taken at a spot along the way. On arrival at the reserve, weather permitting, we'll have a brew up to end our day.

Depart:                 8am  Return:        Late afternoon

Cost:                      $25.00 (members)           $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:               Bernie & Ann

Bookings open:    6pm Monday 2 July

Contact                Ann        Phone   847 2460  Email  summerfields604@gmail.com

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Saturday 28 July               Huntly                  Grade - All

Night Walk – Lake Hakanoa

We haven’t had a night walk for a while so this should be a great adventure for a Saturday winter’s night.  The walk will take approximately one hour and is on a flat, good surface.

We will leave Collingwood Street at 5pm and travel by car to the lake at Huntly. Here we will set up tables and equipment before setting off on our walk with torches/lanterns.  On return we will partake in some warm vege soup and pot luck finger food

Please bring:

  • plate of finger food to share
  • good torch or lantern
  • folding chair to sit on
  • warm clothing
  • cup for soup

No booking in required, just turn up at carpark at Collingwood Street before 5pm departure time

Depart:                 5pm  Return:      8.30pm               

Cost:                      $5 to driver

Contact:                 Keith  Phone      847 4399  Txt      027 3666 194

Bookings:            Not required

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Sunday 12 August            Raglan                  Grades 1 & 2

Raglan Walks/Karioi

Grade 1 

The first walk is a ‘there and back’ amble following an old water race.   We start from the old Bryant Home carpark, heading away from the coast.  We walk through regenerating bush ending our one way at upper Wainui Road.

Then we take the wide downhill track from the car park to Ngarunui Beach. Finally, a beach walk to Wainui Reserve where we will meet our transport. If time permits then a coffee downtown Raglan.

Grade 2 - Karioi

Because of the work DOC is doing on Myrtle rust we will no longer plan to walk up to the Karioi lookout. The grade 2's will join with the Grade ones, with some more energetic options available for those who want a bit of a stretch. 

 

Depart:                 8am   Return:       5.pm approx

Cost:                      $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:               G1 Keith, Dianne and Pam

                            G2 Lyn and Alison O

Bookings open:   5.30pm Monday 30 July  

Contact              Pam       Phone   07 856 5922         Txt          027 278 0690       Email pcornforth@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 26 August            Rotorua                Grade 2

‘Pa and Wash’ Whakarewarewa State Forest

Starting from the end of Long Mile Road we follow the purple markers.   Initially we have a steady uphill climb, but this gives great views over Rotorua.

The track is mostly good and wide.  We will have lunch near concrete water tanks by Tarawera Rd. Then we drop down to Death Valley, walk through felled forests probably meeting many enthusiastic mountain bikers. Then once more uphill again through pine forest, past some effluent ponds. Then downhill to our transport.

This walk is about 9km and will take 4-5hrs.

Depart:                 8am       Return:                 6pm approx

Cost:                      $25.00 (members)   $30.00 (non-members

Leaders:               Dianne, Keith and Pam

Bookings open:    5.30pm Monday 13 August

Contact                 Pam       Phone   07 856 5922 Txt  027 278 0690       Email     pcornforth@xtra.co.nz

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Sunday 9 September      Auckland             Grade 1

Walk the Auckland City Cycleway

This Sunday it's up to Auckland, as we will walk the ACC, which encompasses Quay St, Nelson St, the top of Newton Gully, parallel with Grafton Rd and Beach Rd.

The vans will take 1.5-2 hours to get to where we will park in the Grafton area, which is free parking on a Sunday. We cross the Grafton Bridge (built 1910) and head down Grafton Rd.

There may be time to walk through part of Auckland Domain.

Depart:                 8am  Return:      4pm approx

Cost:                      $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:               Brenda & Carol

Bookings open:    6pm Monday 27 August

Contact                Brenda Phone   07 8493 716 Txt  0273 117 372       Email     brenda22269@hotmail.com