Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club

tramping program to 22 August

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6 Sept

Otanewainuku, Tauranga

Grant Svendsen

1 and 2

20 Sept

Port Waikato, Waikato Heads

Pam Cornforth


4 Oct

Te Tapui, Maungakawa

Colin Standing


18 Oct

Pukekohe, Around Town Walking Trail

Keith Wilkinson


1 Nov

Te Tuhi, Kaimai

Ray Hoare


15 November

Mt William, Pokeno

Jenny West


29 Nov

Hobsonville Art Trail,  Auckland

Brenda Petersen


6 Dec

Christmas Walk & Lunch,  

Taitua Arboretum and Hamilton Gardens

Colin Standing



Sunday 6 September             Otanewainuku, Tauranga            Grades 1 & 2
This is a lovely block of bush inland from Tauranga. Both grades will do the loop track up to the Otawa lookout. The G1s will then do the Nature Loop Track on the other side of the road and the G2s the same but will go further on to the Whataroa Falls and back. 
We will then drive to the Oropi Hot Pools for a swim for those inclined and/or something from the cafe. Bring extra money for pool entry and coffee
Depart: 7.30am Return: 5 pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2 – Grant Svendsen G1 – Keith Wilkinson
Bookings Open: Monday 24 August @ 6pm
Contact Grant Phone/Txt 021 047 6518 Email

Sunday 20 September            Port Waikato, Waikato Heads            Grade 1+
Today we are walking on sand. Be prepared. Don’t forget sun hat and sun cream. On arrival at Port Waikato we shall visit the small but delightful Cobourne Reserve. Then drive to Sunset Beach to see the effects of erosion on their main beach.
Our walk starts from Maraetai Bay Reserve.  We will head in the direction of Waikato Heads, following the Waikato river.   Lunch in the sand dunes before returning the same route.
If time a stop for coffee/ice cream on the way home.
Depart: 8am Return: 5-5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Pam Cornforth and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 7 September @ 6pm
Contact Pam  Phone 07 856 5922 Phone/txt 0272 780 690 Email

Sunday 4 October                           Te Tapui Maungakawa            Grade 2
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. From the tower there should be good views of the Kaimai Range and  Firth of Thames. 
The understorey has been grazed in the recent past by cattle and by fallow deer, which makes for interesting photos. Click here for an account of how the fallow deer were introduced in about 1870 - it is a short but fascinating account of the way things were.
We will probably lunch here before starting the longer loop back to the carpark.
Expect to walk about 3 - 4 hours. 
Depart: 8am Return: 4.30pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Colin Standing, Ron Clarke, Grant Svendsen
Bookings Open: Monday 21 September @ 6pm
Contact Colin  Phone 07 855 1335 Phone/Txt 027 326 6886 Email

Sunday 18 October            Pukekohe - Around Town Walking Trail, Pukekohe            Grade 1
This is the first time the club has done this walk. The vans will travel to Pukekohe via Pokeno, Tuakau and Buckland and then to the start at the railway station. 
You will be walking on suburban footpaths (so wear comfortable shoes) and some gully trails, parks and reserves. There are toilets at the start and a couple along the trail, although not necessarily convenient. There is also a lovely cafe near the trail, maybe for a coffee if time allows and an ice cream at Pokeno on the way home. 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 4pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Ron, Keith & Grant
Bookings Open: Monday 5 October @ 6pm
Contact   Keith Phone : 07 847 4399  Txt : 027 366 6194

Sunday 1 November            Te Whare Okioki, Te Tuhi, Kaimai            Grade 3
This hut opened in October 2019 on the site of the old Ngamuwahine shelter on the North South track. We will approach it from the Te Tuhi track, and probably return the same way. About 6 hours return. 
The track begins on private farmland, with moderately steep grassland. On entering the bush, there’s a stream with a rope spanning the two sides to help guide trampers when the water level is running high. For the next hour, the track climbs up the ridgeline. It’s fairly steep and slippery in parts, but there are always tree roots to grip and haul yourself up by.
Once up the hill the country is quite flat – unfortunately this means it can be wet and muddy. About 2 hours in we meet the North South Track, and turn south for the final section to the hut where we have lunch before retracing our steps.
Details of the possible Grade 1 trip will be advised on our website and by email closer to the time of trip.
Depart: 7.30am Return: 5.30pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Ray Hoare
Bookings Open: Monday 19 October at 6pm
Contact Ray Phone/Txt 021 170 0713 Email

Sunday 15 November                 Mt William Walkway, Pokeno            Grade 1+
This walk has been done in the past, but not recently. A full traverse and return are some 10.7km long. The intention of this 1+ trip is to start at Puketutu Rd and get to Puketutu Trig, or a little further afield, and return.
Mt William is on the edge of the Bombay Hills and accessible either from McMillan Road off SH2, or from Puketutu Road, east of SH1. Mt William gives good 360 views. The track rises steeply from McMillan Road and into regenerating bush. The small patch of bush is some distance from Mt William Trig, with steep and sometimes slippery patches along the track.  Not far into the bush, there is a side-track to the left to sight mature kauris on a ridge. On return to the main track, it continues through the bush and then onto open steep and undulating farmland up to Mt William Trig.
From Puketutu Road end, the track goes through gently rolling open farmland and along a ridge towards Mt Puketutu and Mt William. About halfway there is a rising side-track to Puketutu Trig which could take an hour or so, depending on stamina. At the top are a number of communications towers and sweeping views all around on a fine day. Returning to the main track, we can either return to the vans, or continue towards Mt William, along more undulating farmland, returning when ready.
Bring money for ice cream (and maybe sausages) at Pokeno.
Depart: 8am Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Jenny West
Bookings Open: Monday 2 November @ 6pm
Contact Jenny Phone/Txt 027 611 0550 Email

Sunday 29 November            Hobsonville Art Trail, Auckland            Grade 1
Experience larger-than-life public artworks from some of New Zealand’s top artists on the Didsbury Art Trail. This approximately 5km walk winds its way along the picturesque coastline of the Waitematā Harbour and through parks and beautiful streetscapes, taking in unique heritage sites and urban design features along the way.
The trail is mostly flat, easy terrain, winding from the ferry wharf, past the former RNZAF officers houses, across both east and west Sunderland bridges and back via the Te Onekiritea Point rifle range.
You will be walking mainly on suburban footpaths so wear comfortable shoes.
Bring lunch to eat somewhere along the way. We will of course stop for ice cream / coffee either on the way back or before we depart Auckland. 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 5.30pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Brenda Petersen
Bookings Open: Monday 16 November @ 6pm
Contact Brenda Phone/txt 0273 117 372 Email

Sunday 6 December             Christmas Walk & Lunch, Taitua Arboretum and Hamilton Gardens            Grade 1
Well our last get together for the Tramping year, so we’ve organised a gentle stroll around the Taitua Arboretum and Hamilton Gardens with a sumptuous Christmas lunch.
We will meet at the Hamilton Gardens car park at 8.30am (the one near Turtle Lake & Café).  From here we will carpool to the Arboretum.  Bring your own morning tea drink and the Club will provide the famous Christmas cake.  After a nibble we will wonder around the Arboretum for a couple of hours and then make our way back to the Hamilton Gardens.  Here you have a choice of further rambling and/ or  change into your glad rags to meet at the function centre of the café at 1pm for a 1.30 lunch.
Those wanting to join us for lunch only the function doors will be open at 1pm. Drinks and bar available at additional cost.
Depart: 8.30am – Hamilton Gardens Carpark
Cost: Transport if carpooling: $5 to the driver
               Lunch : Members $30pp (club has subsidised)         Non Members $40pp
Leaders: Dianne, Pam and Friends
Bookings: With full payment for lunch by Friday 27 November, no refunds after this time
Contact Colin Phone 07 855 1335 Phone/Txt 027 326 6886 Email