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Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club

tramping program May 2024 to July 2024

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TRIP DATE

TRIP DETAILS

BOOKING INFORMATION

5 May

Te TapuiTrack

Richmond Downs

 

Alison Orchard

Phone/Txt : 027 618 3569

Open : Monday 22 April

19 May

Horotiu Bridge to Ngaruawahia

Waikato River Trail

Bookings not required

Just turn up at the Collingwood Street carpark

2 June                  

Mt William Walkway

Pokeno

Colin or Margaret Standing

Phone : 07 855 1335

Open : Monday 20 May

16 June

Kauri Grove Track

Waiomu

Pam Cornforth

Phone/Txt : 027 278 0690

Open : Monday 3 June

30 June

Walks from Windows

Karangahake Gorge

Colin or Margaret Standing

Phone : 07 855 1335

Open : Monday 17 June

SATURDAY

6 July

Midwinter Lunch

Forest Lake Gardens Pavilions

Dianne Lee

Phone/Txt : 027 272 6617

Open : 10 June  - Payment by 3 July

14 July

Waiuku Forest Walk

Waiuku

Dianne Lee

Phone/Txt : 027 272 6617

Open : Monday 1 July

28 July

Western Okataina Walkway

Rotorua

Dianne Lee

Phone/Txt : 027 272 6617

Open : Monday 15 July

 

Sunday 5 May Richmond Downs Grade 2
Te Tapui Track
 
From the car park the track enters the bush for a short distance before splitting into two. We will take the track to the right which is steep in places with lots of tree roots but is easier to go up than down. 
 
There will be no hurry so we can take our time through the very pleasant bush to reach the summit and lookout tower (vertical climb of approx 360m). From the tower there should be good views of the Kaimai Range and  Firth of Thames. We will probably lunch here before starting the longer, easier grade loop back to the carpark.
 
Expect to walk about 6.5Km (3 - 4) hours.
 
Depart: 8am Return: 4.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Alison Orchard and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 22 April @ 6pm
Contact: Alison  Phone/txt 027 6183569 Email alorchard14@gmail.com
 

Sunday 19 May Ngaruawahia Grade 1 
Waikato River Trail – Horotiu Bridge to Ngaruawahia
 
We are meeting at our usual place in the Community Living Trust Car Park and will carpool to the start of the walk. Cars will park adjacent to Horotiu Bridge or across the road on spare ground. The walk is on a paved cycleway so we will need to be aware of bikes sharing the track.
 
We will walk as far as we want and return the same way, some may wish to go further or faster than the rest of us, that's okay as we will set a time to be back at the cars.
 
Once at the cars we will head off for a nice coffee/ice-cream stop to end our leisurely walk.
 
Bookings: Not required – just turn up
Depart: 8am Return: 1pm approx
Cost: $5.00 to drivers
Leaders: Ron Clarke

Sunday 2 June Pokeno Grade 1+
Mt William Walkway
 
We are going to commence our ramble from the Puketutu Road end of the walkway. This is on private farmland and will lead us on a steady climb and in some places short steep bits, so take your time onto the Puketutu trig (373m). 
 
There are lots of great 360 degree views. From here you retrace some of the walk and follow fence markers over several great stiles along the ridgeline to Mt William trig (369m). We are aiming to have lunch at Mt William Trig - weather dependent. From here it is downhill into the scenic reserve, then out onto farmland and to the waiting transport.
 
For those who want to ramble a bit more, then once you are over the last stile onto farmland heading for our transport there is a sign to the Kauri grove just down the fence and over another stile which will add approx 1 hour. Please be aware this walk is on open ridgeline so be prepared for any weather conditions as there is no shelter.  Expect to walk 3-4 hours.
 
Bring extra money for an ice cream/coffee stop if you wish to partake. 
 
Depart: 8am Return: 5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Ron Clarke & friends
Bookings Open: Monday 20 May @ 6pm
Contact: Colin Txt 027 326 6886 Email standings@xtra.co.nz
 

Sunday 16 June Waiomu Grade 1+ 
Kauri Grove Track
 
The track follows a formed gravel road for 600 metres before heading into regenerating bush. Be prepared to get your feet wet as there are several stream crossings. About 25 minutes from the start a short side track leads across the stream to the old Monowai Goldmine battery site.
 
Further up the main track the forest becomes more luxuriant and diverse. A 10-minute climb further up the ridge takes you to a stand of mature kauri. They are magnificent.
 
This is an in/out on same track about 2 -3h. 
 
Coffee/ice cream stop on the way home if time allows.
 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 4-5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Pam, Dianne and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 3 June @ 6pm
Contact: Pam  Phone/Txt 027 278 0690 Email pcornforth@xtra.co.nz
 

Sunday 30 June Karangahake Gorge Grades 1+ & 2 
Windows to Dickey Flat (G1+) 
Windows to Dubbo 96 to County Road Track (G2)
 
Starting at the Ohinemuri River Bridge, both grades cross over and enjoy the Windows walk (don't forget to bring a torch). Then follow the Waitawheta River on the Pipeline Walk via a longish tunnel. Before reaching the bridge to Dickey Flat, Grade 2's will turn right along the Dubbo 96 track climbing steadily to the junction of the County Road Track going left and right. 
 
Turning right here we follow a fairly level track for about 1 km before dropping down and turning into Scotsman Gully Track back to the Ohinemuri Bridge and waiting van.
 
Grade 1's will, after a suitable rest at Dickey Flat, retrace their steps down the Waitawheta River back to the van. If the Crown Tram Walkway is open, this may avoid the steps up to the Windows.
 
Grade 2: Expect to walk  about 8.5 km (about 4 hours).
Grade 1: Expect to walk about 6 km (about 3 hours)
    
Depart: 8am Return: 5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2 Colin and Ron
               G1+ TBA
Bookings Open: Monday 17 June @ 6pm
Contact: Colin or Margaret    Phone 07 8551335  Txt 027 3266886  Email standings@xtra.co.nz
 
 

Saturday 6 July MIDWINTER LUNCH
We are planning a midwinter lunch at Forest Lake Gardens Pavilion in the village at Te="Te" Rapa, Hamilton
 
Arrive at venue for 12 noon     Lunch will be served at 12.30
 
Cost $35per person for a minimum of 20 people. If we have less than 20 people book in the price will increase
 
The menu will include lamb and ham as the meat and a mixture of hot seasonal vegetables and salad plus a scrummy desert 
The bar will also be open
 
Bookings Open: Monday 10 June 2024
Contact : Dianne Phone/txt : 027 272 6617 Email : leedi444@gmail.com
Payment by Wednesday 3 July to 03-0306-0208429-000 Ref: your name/Lunch
 
 

Sunday 14 July Waiuku Grade 1+
Waiuku Forest Walk 
 
It will take us about 1½ hour drive from Hamilton through to Pokekohe to the iron sands mine main gate at Waiuku. The walk is a loop track through pine forest and is on an easy, relative flat walk on a dry sandy base. It is nice no matter the weather on the day. Part of the walk is along the Waikato Riverbank on the other side from Port Waikato. Lunch will be in the forest somewhere. We return to the vans via the centre of the forest.
 
This area is popular for horses, dogs and cycling. We will walk approx. 4 hours at a leisurely pace to admire our surroundings. 
 
Coffee/ice cream stop if time allows on way home at Pokeno.
 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 4-5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:  Dianne, Pam and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 1 July @ 6pm
Contact: Dianne Phone/Txt 027 272 6617  Email Leedi444@gmail.com

Sunday 28 July Rotorua Grades 1+ & 3
Western Okataina Walkway
 
The Western Okataina Walkway is an old forestry road that dates back to earlier last century when the area was logged for rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea. It is generally wide and well formed. You pass through some stunning native bush. Absorb amazing views of Lakes. Both trips will start form Millar Rod
 
Grade 3’s
We start a gradual climb through native bush for about the first 1 to 1½  hours before descending again. Then it’s an undulating up to the Whakapounakau Junction (highest part of the track) Then it’s all downhill to the Okataina Education Centre. We may come across some of the Grade 1's who have come out to meet us.
 
This is a shared track with mountain bikers, so we must take special care.  Expect to walk about 17 km (5-6) hours.
 
Grade 1+’s
We will drive to Millar Road on Lake Ōkāreka and will have morning tea before making our way on to the track to walk as far as we want and return, lunch on track. We will relocate the vehicles to the Education Camp to pick the G3’s up.
 
Rotorua and Rotoiti from the Whakapounakau Trig - 758m which is a side trip off main track. The track is well sign posted and is a shared track with mountain bikes to watch out, they are fast on the down hills.
 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6-7pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G3 Colin Standing and friends
               G1+ Dianne, Pam and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 15 July @ 6pm
Contact: Dianne Phone/Txt 027 272 6617 Email Leedi444@gmail.com