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Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club

tramping program to 3 May 2021

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TRIP DATE

TRIP DETAILS

LEADER

GRADE

6 Dec

Christmas Walk & Lunch,  

Taitua Arboretum and Hamilton Gardens

Colin Standing

 

1

31 JanuaryLake Puketirini - HuntlyDianne1
14 February Luck at Last mine - WhangamataKeith & friends1+
28 February

Valley Walks - Kauaeranga Valley

Pinnacles - Thames

Dianne & friends

Carol & friends

1

3

14 March Tiritiri Matangi - Auckland. If COVID restrictions prevent this we will swap with another trip

Margaret &  Colin

1

28 March Waihaha Hut - Pureora Forest ParkColin2
11 April Broken Hills – Tairua (Coromandel)

Keith and Friends

Colin and Grant

1+

2+

25 April

Dickeys Flat - Waikino

Reservoir Loop Road – Paeroa

Dianne & friends 

Grant & Ron

1

3

9 May Hakarimata Southern Loop - NgāruawāhiaEmma & Carol2

Sunday 31 January             Lake Puketirini, Huntly           Grade 1 
 A Ramble Around Lake Puketirini

First trip of the year is a social ramble to start the year off gently, just turn up at the carpark in Collingwood Street and carpool.  The walk will take about 1-2 hours (approx. 4km).  Easy track, mostly open with no shade.   We will start with morning tea then make our way at a leisurely pace around the lake taking some off chutes for fun.  Back to the cars for possibly an early lunch by the lake then an ice cream on the way home.

Lake Puketirini is at Huntly, on the western side of the Waikato River.  It is a man-made lake developed from a disused coal mine pit and is part of Puketirini, a Waikato District Council owned park.   It is 64m deep at its deepest point and is used for many activities such as swimming, kayaking, waka ama, scuba dive training, boating and water skiing.

Depart:        

8.30am

Return:        

Early afternoon

 

Cost: 

$5.00 to the driver

Leaders:      

Dianne & Friends

Bookings

Not required – Just turn up

 

Contact

Dianne Lee

 

Phone/Txt

027 272 6617

Sunday 14 February                Whangamata                 Grade 1+

 Luck at Last Mine                                      

As far as I’m are aware we have not been here for a very long time, if ever. It will be an early start due to the distance to travel in the vans.

Parts of the mine area are deemed archaeological historical sites.   Easy, flat walk to the Luck at Last mine battery site with lots of ruins and equipment. This is one of the best preserved old mining sites on the Coromandel. A network of tracks explores the mine area. A well sign posted track in the forest provides a scenic walk to old gold mine ruins where you can view old mining relics.

Winding through a scrubby, harvested forest landscape, the initially unformed track soon descends to the old level carriageway bounded by native trees and the Wharekawa Stream.  There might be opportunity for a quick dip in the stream depending on time.   We will be walking 5-6 hours and possible ice cream stop on way home…so bring a change of clothes and extra money.

Depart:        

7.30am

 

Return:        

6pm approx

 

Cost: 

$25.00 (members)

 

$30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      

Keith & Friends

 

Open

Monday 1 February @ 6pm

 

Contact

Jenny West

 

Phone/txt

027 611 0550

 

Email

tsew.ynnej@gmail.com

 

Sunday 28 February     Thames   Grades 1.5 & 3 

Trip # 1109B - Kauaeranga Valley  - Grade 1.5

Today we venture back in time to the lovely Kauaeranga Valley situated behind Thames.  This was once a very busy place where kauri timber and kauri gum were extracted.

Starting at the information centre and DOC park headquarters (morning tea and toilets).  Then we will drive up the valley visiting small walks to places of interest.  One smallish hill to climb with a great view.  Coming back down the valley we will visit Hoffmans Pool and you might like to refresh in the crystal waters.

Trip # 1109A - Pinnacles – Grade 3

We will start this track at the road-end carpark at the foot of the ranges, 9km (of unsealed road) from the Kauaeranga Valley Visitor's Centre.

This popular and interesting walk will go to  the Pinnacles Hut, and if time allows for those who wish on to the summit of the Pinnacles.  Here on a clear day you will have spectacular views of the Coromandel Peninsula. The ascent from the start to the summit is just over 500 metres, mostly over high steps and stairs so your legs will get a workout. The terrain is mixed and challenging.

Track option will be decided by the leaders.

For both trips bring lunch, plenty of water to drink, sunhat and extra money for on the way home.

Depart:        

7.30am

 

Return:

5.30-6pm

 

Cost: 

$25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      

G1 – Dianne & Friends

 

G3 – Grant and Ron

 

Open

Monday 15 February @ 6pm

 

Contact

Keith

 

Phone

07 847 4399

 

Txt

027 366 6194

Sunday 14 March                         Auckland                          Grade 1

Trip # 1110 - Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi is a pest-free, wildlife sanctuary, which is located in the Hauraki Gulf. 'It is one of the most important and exciting conservation projects in New Zealand.'

As there is only room for 24 passengers in two vans, bookings will be restricted to members only and full payment to the Treasurer is required to confirm your booking.  Seats will fill up fast so you will need to book this in promptly if you wish to go.

The plan is to meet at the usual place in Collingwood Street, at depart at 7am to drive  to Gulf Harbour where we take the 9.50am ferry to the Island, a trip of about 20 minutes. When we arrive there is a 90 minute guided walk available - this must be booked when booking in for the trip.  Volunteers give very useful information about the various birds and where they can be found. There will still be some time afterwards to wander freely about the island and if the weather is good to have a swim. The ferry leaves the island at 3.30 pm.

Important:

  • The vans have to leave at 7am promptly, we can't wait for any late comers
  • The last ferry leaves the island at 3.30pm, it also doesn't wait for any late arrivals
  • No food or drink available so bring your own food and lots of water to drink
  • Check your packs, boots and poles to make sure that you do not carry in any mice,  rats or weed seeds
  • We have to pay in full when we book the boat, that is why we need early bookings with full payment from members.
 

Depart:          

7am sharp

Return:          

6pm approx

Cost:  

Total Cost for Wanderers' adult members

  • boat and fare for van = $100
  • boat + guided walk and fare for van = $110

Total Cost for Wanderers' child members:

  • boat and fare for van + $60
  • boat and fare for van and guided walk $60

Payment:

Colin Standing: (Treasurer)

Bank a/c number 03 0306 0208429-000

Please put your name as reference

Leaders:        

Margaret & Colin Standing

Bookings

Open

1st February

 

  • Full payment by 14th February
  • No late bookings accepted
  • The first 24 members to pay will be on the trip
  • Bookings without payment will be invalid

             

Contact

Margaret Standing

 

Phone :

07 855 1335   |  Txt 021 253 1105

 

Email

standings@xtra.co.nz

 

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  Sunday 28 March   Pureora   Grade 2

Trip # 1111 - Waihaha Hut - Pureora Forest Park

The van takes us to the carpark on the Waihaha River via the Taupo Western Bypass (toilets available). This track is a shared use walk/bike track so some care will be needed.

This is an easy lovely summer walk alongside the Waihaha River and wanders through shrubland  and dense podocarp forest before reaching the gem of a hut on a clearing overlooking the river. We retrace our footsteps back to the van. The track takes about three hours each way and has been a favourite of Wanderers in the past. The trip is graded 2+ due to distance not hill climbing.

Expect to walk about 7 hours including lunch and stops.

Depart:        7.30am Return  7pm

Cost: 

$25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leader:        

Colin Standing and Friends

Bookings:

Open

Monday 15 March at 6pm

 

Contact

Colin Standing

 

Phone

07 855 1335

 

Txt

027 326 6886

 

Email

standings@xtra.co.nz

 

Sunday 11 April                          Tairua                      Grade 1+ & 2+

Trip # 1112B - Broken Hills - Grade 1+

Today we travel over the Kopu-Hikuai Highway 25.  On reaching Prescotts Garage Corner we turn left and head up Puketui Road to the bridge and road end.  We have a few choices, one being going along Water Race Track then climbing up to Collins Drive (very long tunnel – torch required) then either continuing and coming back on a loop track or retracing the same route.  There are lots of other historical places to look at and we will endeavour to do so.

Trip # 1112A - Collins Drive – Grade 2+

Starting from the Puketui Valley Road end (probably park van in DOC campsite) it’s about 400m walk along the road for a quick look at the remains of the Government Battery. From here it’s just a few metres more to start the climb up the hill. The climb is steady with steps in places and takes about 1 hour. Don't be put off, there will be plenty of time to climb this hill slowly. At the top of the hill, it’s well worth the extra 5 minutes climb to the lookout for great views. Walking further around the hill brings us to the western end of Collins Drive. This 500m long tunnel was driven through the hill in a fruitless attempt to find a payable quartz reef. You will need a good torch, but underfoot is a good boardwalk – something warm to wear may also help as the through wind can be cool. Part way through, another dead end drive takes off to the left. Almost at the eastern end of the tunnel a boarded-up cross drive gives some viewing possibilities to the huge amount of work done. Once out into the light again we track down the hill and turn right to the Third Branch Track following alongside the Tairua River before climbing up a bit to the Water Race Tunnels Track. This follows the old water race that fed water to the Broken Hills Battery. This picks up the Main Range Track with a short walk back to the van.

Expect to walk about 5 hours including lunch and stops.

 

Depart:        

7.30am  Return 6pm approx

Cost: 

$25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      

G1+ Keith & Friends G2+  Colin Standing & Grant Svendsen

Bookings:

Open

Monday 29 March @ 6pm

 

Contact

Colin Standing

 

Phone

07 855 1335

 

Txt

027 326 6886

 

Email

standings@xtra.co.nz

 

Sunday 25 April              Waikino/Paeroa            Grades 1+ & 3

Trip # 1113B - Crown Track to Dickey’s Flat – Grade 1+

This track showcases beautiful scenery, good swimming holes and interesting mine relics. It passes the remains of the extensive Karangahake Mines, with optional short side trips to view tunnels and the impressive Woodstock Underground Pumphouse. Further up the Crown Track follows a pipeline and other relics from the gold mining days.

A torch is recommended for a 200m tunnel on this track. Weather permitting there could be a swimming opportunity as well.   Walk time approx. 5 hours with lunch and stops for diversions.  Possible ice cream stop on way home.

Trip # 1113A - Reservoir Loop Road – Paeroa – Grade 3

This tramp is in the hills east of Paeroa starting from the end of Old Reservoir Road. After crossing the Taratiki stream we take a left fork onto a track heading up a ridge through mixed native bush and then downhill past the site of an old scouts hut, across a small stream and then up hill to a fenceline where we climb over into a paddock, which will be our lunch spot. After lunch we head along this fenceline for about 50mtrs or so and climb over the fence and re-enter the bush. It is all downhill from here, sometimes steeply, until we hit the Taratiki stream again and head back to the van.                                                            

This is a strenuous tramp which could take 6 hours walking time.

 

Depart:        

7.30am

 

Return:        

5-6pm approx

 

Cost: 

$25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      

G1 – Dianne & Friends

 

G3 – Grant & Ron

Bookings:

Open

Monday 12 April @ 6pm

 

Contact

Grant

 

Phone/txt

021 047 6518

 

Email

gsveny@gmail.com

 

Sunday 9 May                     Ngaruawahia                               Grade 2

Trip # 1114 - Hakarimata Southern Loop​       

We will drive to Ngaruawahia and park in Brownlee Avenue. It’s a 335 metre
climb up 1349 steps, but we will have plenty of time. Once we get to the top
of the steps we can relax and go to the summit tower, 374 metres above sea
level. The tower may provide good views out towards the coast and across the
Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu on a clear day.

Our return will be via the southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway, near
the end of the walk there are picnic tables where we can have lunch before
starting the final walk onto the Waingaro Road. A short walk along this road
takes us back to the carpark.

Depart:        

8am

 

Return:        

2-3pm approx

 

Cost: 

$25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)

Leaders:      

Emma & Carol

Bookings:

Open

Monday 26 April @ 6pm

 

Contact

Emma Juggins

 

Phone/txt

027 612 6228  

 

Email

jugginsemma@gmail.com