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Bowentown Walk 18 August 2019

A group of 16 trampers set of for a nice promising dry tramp at the far end of Waihi beach After a short morning tea Keith gave a rundown of what Bowentown was like when the Waihi gold mine workers would come over for recreation on the weekends and for holidays.

The walk began with a steep climb up to the first lookout and the site of a Maori Pa. The climb up certainly got the blood moving, especially after a long sit in the van. The climb was worth it, giving misty but good views of Waihi Beach and Bowentown.

What goes up comes down so we descended to the car park above Anzac Bay. Some of us went down to a little fishing beach but did not stay long due the tide and the cold. We then walked down to and across Anzac cove and up the other hill, to get another angle on Anzac Cove. Again we had to come down to another nice little beach for lunch. (Shelly Bay)  

The next climb was just to get us warm and then down to the waiting van. All good things end with coffee so it was off to Paeroa for coffee and cake

Thanks go to Pam, and Keith who stepped in to assist Pam with the tramp leadership, (John Sheat on injury leave). An enjoyable if cold day with no rain was enjoyed by all



Awatiro – Stubbs Farm Grade 2. 13 October, 2019

The Stubbs family generously offer the use of their land for a variety of activities including tramping, rock climbing, abseiling, caving and running events as well as education for school groups.  Awatiro is west of the Waitomo caves in the rich karst landscape. 

A sign at the gate announces our arrival at “Awatiro Stubbs Farm”.  It’s a short drive up to the carpark near the airstrip.  From there Colin leads us across farmland using his GPS to negotiate through many ups and downs of hills and limestone formations.  It was lambing season and we encountered many sheep and their offspring.  At one fence we found a goat caught by its horns. Colin and a prospective new member Petrina successfully saved it from a questionable future.  

Eventually we climb up through scrub and bush, scramble through some rocks to reveal the much anticipated “Frog Pond” (heard but not seen).  After crossing more open farmland, streams and springs we reached the QEII bush.  The stream flows through this block of wonderful native bush featuring a canyon and caves.  It is a unique place.  The limestone rock formations should not be missed if you ever get the opportunity. 

Thank you to Colin for your planning and skills in leading this trip.


Stubbs farm, Waitomo. 13 October 2019

On an idyllic spring day a van of grade 1 trampers under the guidance of Carol and Lyn crossed the Stubbs Family Farm beyond Waitomo to their 213 acre QE II trust reserve.

Small Max’s cave and Maungapahoe caves were viewed by some. The highlight after slips, slides, climbs and descents was walking in Stubbs Canyon to the grotto. Fabulous ancient trees and vegetation set the scene for this special tramp.

Then it was then back to Ruakuri Cave reserve near the village for a more refined 45 minutes to see some more spectacular scenery, natural tunnels and rushing water.


Aratiatia Wanderings. Sept 29, 2019

20 trampers (two missed out because of daylight savings and shall remain unnamed) set off to Taupo on a brisk morning. We arrived at the Aratiatia dam to see the mighty Waikato waters being set free.  We ventured off to a more secluded spot for a different viewing but unfortunately there was not much to see. 

Regardless, we headed on foot to our departure point and made excellent time, reaching Huka falls in a little over two hours.  Navigating mountain bike riders, runners and other walkers, we had quite a few stops (labelled strip stops) as layers and layers of clothes were discarded due to the increasing temperature. 

It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the fine weather and the awesome views before losing each other in the crowds of people also enjoying the fine weather and views of Huka falls. We scattered for lunch with our leaders directing us to meet back at the vans by 1.30pm.  We journeyed back to our original stopping point to view the workings of the Aratiatia dam again.  Once again we scattered to the varied viewpoints to witness the force and power of the river and were suitably impressed. 

A quick coffee stop in Tirau concluded our day. 

Many thanks to the J team of John D and Jenny W who were our capable and confident leaders.    


Woods Mill track, 1st September

2 vans of intrepid trampers started off at the very reasonable time at 8.00am on the first day of spring, heading to the Woods Mill Track in the  Mamaku range. One van was a bit late starting off due to a wonderful game of musical seats!, and we had a brief stop in Tirau before being  off again.

Spring could not have welcomed us better, with a crisp day and plenty of sunshine. There were two groups - the dirty 1/2 dozen who went on to the falls, and the wandering rest.  Both groups met up for lunch in a wonderful sunny clearing.

The track was very muddy but it had been cleared. There were lots of interesting things to see, with old railway lines, dog nails, flowering orchids and a rare gem found on the way.

It was a delightful tramp, finished off nicely with a coffee & shopping for some in Tirau on the way home.


Deversons Medium Gorge, Kawhia Sunday 4 August

It was wet and windy winters morning when six hardy Wanderers grouped at the usual spot, picked up our seventh tramper at Ngahinapouri before heading out towards Kawhia. The van was buffeted around in the nasty weather, Colin did a great job staying on the winding roads in such atrocious conditions.

We put on our wet weather gear under the shelters at Te Kauri Lodge and headed off on the wet, muddy and very slippery track.  Within minutes we met with a large ‘puddle’ that required navigation around the edges to avoid getting wet boots so early on.

The bush was lush, green and very wet. There were a few obstacles to manoeuvre but that made the day even more interesting. It was decided to have an early lunch at 11am before dropping to cross the stream that had become extremely deep in places.  Some of the group managed to find a spot to cross further up without even getting their feet wet!

We started the ascent, that was quite steep at times along a ridge but sadly the cloud cover didn’t allow for any great views.

We returned to Hamilton by about 2.30pm, all agreeing that it was a reasonably short day but the terrain definitely made it challenging enough.

Thanks to our leaders Colin and Ron for a great day out in the fantastic Waikato winter weather.                                                                                                                 



Night Walk in Jim Barnett Reserve Sunday 29 June

“Keith’s Tours” set off with 20 hardy souls, climbed into the vans and made our way to Jim Barnett Reserve for a night walk followed by Keith’s famous soup and our contributions to supper.  Unfortunately, Keith was unable to make it but the soup did, so all was well.  Pam and Anne set up the camp kitchen and warmed the soup, while the rest of set off  in high Viz vests, torches and warm gear lead by John Sheat into this amazing bush, very different at night.   We passed and admired the 1000 year old Totara Tree which looked huge at night.  Got back to the cooks with the hot soup waiting for us and the famous Wanderers Broo up.  While drinking  and eating we were visited by a couple of possums who though they might joins us for supper, but once they saw the lights they were off, no doubt to come back after we left.  We all had a great night, no rain and lots of laughs.          Night Wanderer

Hinehopu / Hongi’s Track, 21 July 2019

On a very foggy winter morning 13 trampers left Hamilton to travel to Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua. After morning tea, we started the walk from the edge of the lake. This was a lovely bush walk, the track was slightly undulating with a few tree roots, we saw all sorts of fungi and many different trees, they were all very tall and some knobbly. We heard some birdsong and saw a Tui. I think it was too cold in the bush for most birds. We soon warmed up on the walk.

The track is named Hongi’s track after the warrior who dragged his waka along this track to launch an attack on Rotorua.

We came out of the bush and walked along the edge of Lake Rotoehu, it was very still with not much movement except for some black swans and Canada geese having a swim. On our left was a huge cliff and there were warning signs to beware of falling rocks, we did see a couple of large boulders which had recently broken off the cliff and had fallen onto the track.

We stopped for lunch halfway up a hill where Dianne kept us entertained by having fun on her lunchtime slide. After lunch a few ventured up the steep four wheel drive track, hopeful for some lake views. The terrain was quite gritty and sandy which made for good traction under foot. The track under bush cover wasn’t too muddy either surprisingly.

We returned the same way we came making a detour to the wishing tree, this tree is a sacred matai and where as a baby Hinehopu was hidden from enemies by her mother, it is also under this tree that she met her husband. We picked up some greenery and headed for the tree, which was on the side of a busy road. We dropped our offering at the tree and made a wish. As cars drove by they tooted their horns, maybe this was for good luck also.

We had an ice cream stop in Tirau and were back in Hamilton for 5pm.

Thank you to Dianne for doing all the driving and for leading this walk, the weather was kind to us, on what started out as a foggy morning turned into a beautiful winter’s day with a clear blue sky and no rain.


Ruapane Trig, Pirongia,Grade 1+. 26 May 2019

We set off in a thick fog which was to stay with us all day.  As we discovered that the Nature Loop Walk was closed (possibly for repairs) we were able to spend more time on the Ruapane Trig track and climb higher than originally anticipated.  Along the way we stopped for morning tea and then again when we came to a very strange rock know as jelly rock due to its resemblance to an oversized jelly or pudding mould.

We pressed on upward and eventually emerged into brilliant sunshine at the top of Ruapane Peak where we stopped for lunch.  Here we met the other Wanderers group who had just finished lunch around the trig.  From the top of Ruapane Peak it was possible to see the very top of Mt Te Aroha, Mt Maungatautari and Mt Kakapuku just protruding above the fog which covered the Waikato and Thames Valley.

One feature of the trip was the constant and ever-present bird song all the way up and down the mountain.  We saw to our delight tui, wood pigeon, white eye, fantail and a little male tomtit which kept flying just ahead of us on the track coming down.

The 10 Grade 1+ trampers were all very pleased with themselves for completing what turned out to be a Grade 3 trip!

Roger Mc

Maungatautari, 23 June 2019

There were only 5 of us (grade 3) on a cold and windy day with intermittent light misty rain, it was invigorating, so we kept moving, and we found a sheltered spot for lunch.

I have done this tramp several times and always enjoy it. It has so much good stuff going for it: close to home, access to a top-notch farm, a bait line walk where the bush is up-close and in your face, a variety of bush habitats and some technical challenges. The steep downs were very slippery due to the overnight rain, one area had the addition of nylon ropes which were also very slippery, at some stages there were a few stumbles and slips by some of us but soft landings every time.

I think the wind reduced the bird activity but we did hear a flock of popokotea (whitehead) chattering, and saw some riroriro (grey warblers) and miromiro (tomtit).

The fungi were varied and delightful, we had been told about the big brackets to look for – yes they were big, but many fungi are humble and almost hidden, with our heads down we see some – and shared our delight each time.

The last technical challenge was at one of the pest-proof access gates – it wouldn’t open, “open sesame” didn’t work necessitating a walk along the perimeter to the next gate.

We walked, we talked, as trampers do, and some invigorating opinions were expressed – thankyou to my companions for a good day.




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