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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.




Tolley Road, Ngaroma. 12 May 2019

Eight lucky trampers started off for the Northern Pureora Forest on a cloudy day, with no concern about weather except for anticipated heavy rain coming in the afternoon.

Along the track, we witnessed countless surprises from natural decorations. White plant roots hovering over the damp ground, colourful watery mushrooms, sparkling insect nets in the looming sun, green leaves waving breeze greetings, the birds jumped on the branches, and the little singers who sang cheerfully. The active parties of all the spirits in the forest make us feel like we are entering the spring that just woke up, instead of autumn.

Excited as we pass through the tall bushes, feeling like we accidentally broke into war-themed movies or a scene of a wild survivor. After successfully passing through a few shallow creeks, we stopped in front of a dilapidated temporary barracks where there were some basic necessities to provide warm shelter for those in need. In the next part of the track, some junior trampers almost exhausted all their energy in conquering the 4*4 off-road vehicle routes on the up and down slopes.

A miracle appeared in the last corner of the track -  a herd of grazing beef cattle followed our steps, tightly lined up on the other side the fence. They curiously looked at us, who are a group of energetic strangers, as if they were enjoying an unexpected fashion show.

Just one second after all of us were sitting in the van ready to go home the heavy rain that had been delayed for a couple hours finally broke out, which shows that the sky tried its best to take good care of us and keep us happy and dry.



Parakawai 31 March 2019

10 intrepid trampers started off for a leisurely stroll in the  Parakawai Valley, near Whangamata, in weather that was a light and constant smattering of rain that at times turned to showers. It may have dampened the forest, but not our spirits.

There were old railway tracks and crusher machines from days gone past.  Tall Kauri trees were evident as well as lots of fungi, and the incline was so slight you would not have known we were going uphill.

A short and dark tunnel was navigated well, and we found an old mine shaft with new markings – being set up for possible development?

A recent washout created a bit of an exciting moment, and then we crossed over the swing bridge to view the waterfall.  There was no need for a swim as we were all wet by that stage. 

We returned along the same track back to the start. Although he track was very muddy and slippery at times, the scenery was lovely in the rain, and the weather was warm, making the long day thoroughly worth it.

The trip ended with an ice cream for some and coffee for others, at Paeroa.

Susan Rogers

Wentworth Falls 3 March 2019

13 trampers set off for Wentworth Falls near Whangamata.

On arrival at the Wentworth Valley Campground in the Coromandel Forest Park we had morning tea then began the mines walk. We passed two mines which were closed and had danger signs at the entrance so we continued on to the picnic area and down to the river - this was a great warm up walk.

We then started the Wentworth Falls Track. Just past the campground we cleaned our boots at a very well devised boot cleaning station, with brushes and disinfectant, which is installed to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.

The walk was on a good pram track; it was wide with a gravel surface. It was a gradual incline for about an hour to the waterfall, and on the way we stopped to look at a swimming hole and to explore a cave where we found lots of cave wetas. We also saw nikau palms which were doing well, and heard a tui or two.

After crossing two wobbly bridges we were soon at the waterfall, which is a 50 metre two-drop waterfall. It was loud, and sparkled in the sunshine. The weather was perfect, blue sky, sunny and hot, but cooler in the bush. We continued on the tramping track up to the top of the waterfall where we had lunch - a lovely spot. After lunch we made our way down the hill, stopped off at the swimming hole where Dianne and Margaret had fun in the water, and made our way back to the van. On the way home, we stopped off for ice cream at the L&P Café in Paeroa.

Thanks to Keith, Dianne and Pam for leading this wonderful walk.



Ed Hillary Hope reserve - 20 January 2019

This was our first tramp of the year and was very well supported 27 keen Wanderers . It was our first visit to the reserve which is on the Old Mountain Road.

We started off following a vehicle track through native bush and then on to open pasture. We then had a steep climb to a disused air strip where we got a great 360 degrees view f the Raglan/Te Pahu area. The pasture land has been heavily planted in manuke and will be a great sight in a few years time.

Then we made our descent down a steep (and slippery for some) slope to the vehicle track, ate lunch, and back to the vans. Ice creams and coffee at Whatawhata put an end to a very enjoyable day.

Big Foot

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