Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club





28 April

Te Awa Walkway and The Black Swamp

Ann Cloke


12 May

Tolley Road, Ngaroma

Colin Standing

1+ & 2+

26 May

Ruapane Trig, Pirongia

Lyn Kingsbury

1+ & 2+

9 June

Brook Park Te Kuiti

Carol Davies


23 June

Bill Garland’s Property, Maungatautari

Grant Svendsen

1 & 2+

Saturday, 29 June

NIGHT WALK  Baretts Bush, Te Waotu-Arapuni

Keith Wilkinson


7 July

Ngongotaha Jubilee/Summit Rotorua

Jenny West

1 & 1+

14 July LUNCH

MattBlack Café, Hamilton Golf Club

Pam Cornforth


21 July

Hinehopu Hongis Track Rotorua

Dianne Lee


4 August

Deversons Medium Gorge, Kawhia

Colin Standing


18 August

Bowentown Bay of Plenty

Pam Cornforth


8 December

Christmas Trip

Details Later.


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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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