Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club





1st September

Woods Mill Track, Mamaku

Keith Wilkinson


15 September

Rapurapu Kauri Track, Kaimais

Brenda Petersen


29 September

Aratiatia Dam to Huka Falls,Taupo

Jenny West


13 October

Awatiro, Waitomo

Colin Standing


25 – 28  October, Labour Weekend

Ruapehu Forest & Bird Lodge, Whakapapa Village

Lyn Kingsbury


10 November

Tarawera Falls, Kawerau

Alison Orchard


24 November

Salvation Hut, Daisy Hardwick Walkway,Tauranga

Grant Svendsen


8 December

Christmas Trip, McLaren Falls Walk & Lunch at Kaimai Cafe

Colin Standing


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Sunday 1 September   Mamaku Grade 1½
Woods Mill Track
Today’s tramp is an old favourite, starting on the left-hand side of the road on the way to Rotorua. This was once an old timber mill and we will see a few old relics from that area, mainly old rail bogies, cuttings and wooden rails.
The gradient is mostly level but at the end we will descend to the river.  This is a clay track so poles will be helpful. We plan to have lunch here before retracing back out.  Approx 3 hours walking.
If time permits, we can visit a local private museum displaying photos of the mill (bring extra money for this).  
If you have a hi-viz vest bring this with you as we are walking in an area used by hunters.
Depart: 8am   Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Keith & Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 19 August 
Contact Keith Wilkinson Phone 07 847 4399 Txt027 366 6194
 Sunday 15 September     Kaimais    Grade 2
Rapurapu Kauri Track
This track features mature tawa/podocarp forest with many fern species in the understorey, a stream with swimming holes and three impressive kauri trees that are growing near their southern limit.
We leave from a carpark on the Waikato side of the Kaimai range on SH29 and pass through a pine forest before entering bush. The track continues on an easy grade for 20 minutes before descending to the Rapurapu Stream, which we will cross many times before reaching the kauri grove. 
We return to the van back along the same track. Be prepared for wet boots and bring along walking pole/s to assist.  
We will stop for coffee, ice cream etc on the way back if time allows.
Depart: 8am     Return: 5pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Brenda Petersen & Ron Clarke
Bookings Open: Monday 2 September 
Contact Brenda Petersen Phone 07 849 3716 (evenings) Phone/Txt 0273 117 372 Email

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Sunday 29 September Taupo Grade 1+
Aratiatia Dam to Huka Falls
If you have or have not seen the mighty Waikato river spilling through the gates at Aratiatia then you are in for a treat. We will arrive there before 10.00am, watch the spectacular water show, and then start the walk back to Huka Falls. 
The track is good and undulating. Expect to walk about three hours.
Bring money for refreshments at the end.
Depart: 7.30am     Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leader: Jenny West & John Davies
Bookings Open: Monday 16 September at 5pm
Contact Jenny West Phone/txt027 611 0550 Email:

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Sunday 13 October Waitomo Grade 1+ & 2+
Awatiro - Stubbs Farm
We travel to Awatiro (Stubbs' family farm), located about 10km past Waitomo village. The trip starts at the parking space at the top of the airstrip and traverses a karst rich landscape featuring the highest concentration of doline land formations on the planet. 
The route takes us down the airstrip and over some adventurous limestone contours to reach Frog Pond. From here the route takes us into the native bush of the QEII block and an optional (in and out) look into Stubb's Canyon. 
In a short while Grade 1's can opt to take one of the shortcuts back to the van with optional walk into Max's cave. Grade 2's veer left through the bush and traverse rocky ridge to the “Hole-in the Rock” emerging onto farmland. After a while the route re-enters the bush and follows the QEII boundary and the Love Track back to the van.
Grade 1+ expect to walk about 6kms, Grade 2+ about 11km
Depart: 7.30am  Return: 5.30pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2+ Colin Standing & Ron Clarke.             G1+ TBC
Bookings Open: Monday 30 September at 6pm
Contact Colin Standing Phone 07 855 1335 Txt 027 326 6886 Email

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25-28 October Labour Weekend     Ruapehu Grades 1-3
Forest & Bird Lodge -Whakapapa Village
We have managed to secure the whole of the upper floor of the flash nearly new Forest and Bird Lodge at Ruapehu for the long weekend. There are 2 upstairs sleeping areas and a library/lounge. Downstairs is a great kitchen and dining plus more sleeping accommodation.
The walking is delightful and all grades available. It is close to a range of interesting walks where you may see native wildlife including whio (blue duck), tomtits, robins, tūī, grey warbler, rifleman (titipounamu), bellbirds, fantails, or kereru.
The special cost to us for accommodation is $25pp a night plus there will be extra costs for transport and food.
Lyn will email details of cost, what to take with you and travel details closer to the time.
Trip full - sorry
Contact Lyn Kingsbury Phone 07 856 8071 Txt 021 150 7079 Email

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Sunday 10 November Kawerau Grades 1, 2
Tarawera Falls
The Tarawera Falls track is accessed from Kawerau.  It is about a 20 km drive on a forest road to the start of the track and a 20-minute walk to the falls viewing area. 
The Tarawera river plunges 65 metres down a cliff face.  After taking in the spectacular view of the falls we follow the river through bush to the Tarawera Outlet. The river is in view most of the time and provides interesting photo opportunities of rushing water or peaceful spots depending on the terrain.  
This takes about 1½ hours.   We will have lunch there and return on the same track.  Walking time approx. 4 hours.  Those who want a shorter trip could turn back sooner.
Please be aware that if the forest is closed due to fire risk an alternative tramp will be substituted.  
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6.30-7pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Alison Orchard & Cheryl Meier
Bookings Open: Tuesday 29 October at 5.30pm
Contact Alison Orchard Phone 07 855 2370  Phone/txt 027 618 3569 Email

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Sunday 24 November Tauranga                    Grade 1 & 2½
Salvation Hut - Grade 2½
The start is from the carpark at the end of Whakamarama Road. The track follows the Leyland O'Brien Track to a point where the track makes a route detour to Salvation Hut.  From there we follow the route to a stream, where we will cross and walk up stream to a waterfall for lunch. We will then head up to intersect the Te Tuhi Track and back to the van.
Daisy Hardwick Walkway –    G1
This walkway is around the Waikareao Estuary and made up of boardwalks and gravel type paths, it is shared use by walkers and bikes.  It is a 9km loop track which will take approx. 2 -3 hours give or take.  The walk is suitable for all levels and is a picturesque walk seeing wetlands, trees and native plantings with great views over the estuary and Motuopae Island.
We then make our way to Mount Maunganui where there are several options including walk up/around the mount, go for a walk on the beach, have a hot swim/soak, have a coffee and of course the must do - have ice cream!, so bring some extra money to do as you please…the day is social so come and join us.
Depart: Salvation Hut 7.30am       Daisy Hardwick Walkway 8am
Return: 5-6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G2½ Grant Svendsen, Ron Clarke and Colin Standing         G1 Dianne, Keith & Pam
Bookings Open: Monday 11 November at 6pm
Contact Grant Svendsen Phone/Txt 021 047 6518 Email

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8 December            McLaren Falls Park              Xmas Social Ramble and Lunch
We make our way up the Kaimais to McLaren Falls Park where we will have a brew up and traditional Xmas cake morning tea.
After this you are free to wander around the 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.  You may just want to ramble around the lake edge, go to the waterfall or something a bit more strenuous.
Return to the vans to change into your glad rags  to make our way to the Kaimai Café for a buffet lunch at 2pm.  You are able to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
NB: Bookings and full payment to Treasurer Colin by Friday 29 November as catering needs to be confirmed. No refund for lunch after this date     Bank Account: 03-0306-0208429-000      Ref : name and xmas
Depart: 8am     Return: 5-6pm approx
Cost: Members Transport $25 + lunch $25 = $50 (members lunch subsidised by club)
                             Non-members Transport $30 + lunch $35 = $65
Leaders: Dianne and Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 28 October at 5pm                   Close Friday 29 November at 7pm
Contact Colin Standing Phone 07 855 1335 Txt 027 326 6886 Email

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