North Shore Tramping Club



Bivouac Albany

Wednesday, 29 Nov

all welcome

Register & details here


You can see the list of upcoming tramps and other events here.

If you're not a member, please phone the organiser listed under each tramp description. They will assess whether the tramp is suitable for your level of fitness and experience, let you know what clothing and gear you need, and answer any questions you have. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before departure for briefing. See here for meeting locations.  Transport is usually provided using the club's vehicle. 

Check this website for updates as trips are subject to change.  Trips are run wet or fine.  


Depending on numbers, we will have parties for shorter, medium and longer distances. 

Expect to be out for a full day, and to tramp on a variety of uneven terrains, which may be wet, slippery or steep. 


See here for Information including:

  • Clothing and gear to take
  • Safety guidelines
  • Use of private transport
  • Cancellations
  • Late returns

TiriTiri Matangi ISLAND

Hauraki Gulf 

3 December 2017

This island represents an amazing opportunity to see some unique native treasures. Tiritiri Matangi is rich in Māori and European history with one of the most successful community-lead conservation projects in the world.  Unwanted predators have been eradicated and rare native birds such as the saddleback, kōkako and the takahē (once thought to be extinct) survive and thrive in restored habitats within regenerating native forest.

More information here.


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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 26 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    This walkway goes along the undulating forested crest of the Hakarimata Range, and at the highest point of 374 metres there is a great view out over the Waikato with Hamilton in the background. There’s also a summit tower for an even better view. Expect to be walking for 6–7 hours if you want to go the full distance.

    Another party will do a shorter southern circuit, which includes the scenic Waterworks Track, the lookout and the Hakarimata Rail Trail.

    Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

    Organiser: Annika Werner 027 374 7469


    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Bivouac Outdoor, Shop 11, Albany Mega Centre (between General Issue and Lighting Direct), Don McKinnon Drive, Albany

    Bivouac Tech Night - all welcome.

    We hope you can join us for an enjoyable, informative and interesting tech night.

    Our knowledgeable speaker will go through technical aspects of boots, coats and other tramping gear to help us get the best out of our gear and what to look out for to ensure you have the best gear for your comfort. Equally beneficial to newbie and experienced trampers alike.

    Not forgetting the bonus of Bivouac offering financial members of the North Shore Tramping Club, upon showing your current Federated Mountain Clubs card, a generous discount.

    Note for this meeting only:

    • If you plan to attend, please register on the website
    • Replaces the usual bi-monthly social meeting
    • Change of location and 6:30pm start
    • 3 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • Gulf Harbour Wharf Pier Z

    This island represents an amazing opportunity to see some unique native treasures. Tiritiri Matangi is rich in Māori and European history with one of the most successful community-lead conservation projects in the world.

    Unwanted predators have been eradicated and rare native birds such as the saddleback, kōkako and the takahē (once thought to be extinct) survive and thrive in restored habitats within regenerating native forest.

    The ferry arrives at Tiri Tiri around 10:30am and gets back to Gulf Harbour at about 4:00pm. 

    Ferry options:

    • Gulf Harbour Pier Z - Meet at 9.30am for the 9:50am ferry.  Return cost - $60 (adult)
    • or Downtown Auckland - Pier 4, Quay St - catch the ferry departing at 9:00am, travel to Gulf Harbour to meet the rest of the group, and then to the island.  Return cost - $75 (adult)

    Bookings are essential.  Please book your own fare with Fullers / 360 Discovery Cruises, Ph 307 800 or

    Organiser: Mark Abela 483 4158 / 021 0223 9281

    Maps: Tiritiri Matangi - online / printable


    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    The Karamatura valley in the southern Waitakere ranges is surrounded by towering rocks. These high protrusions are there to ensure that each of today’s parties has plenty of ups and downs to enjoy, spectacular views to admire, and, for those who are on the Christmas trip, good training for the South Island.

    Short, medium and long-distance routes available. Superb day and excellent company guaranteed.

    Cost: $10 member, $15 non-members

    Organiser: Lynda Langridge 027 319 9580


    • Distance - Huia to Whatipu Loop - online / printable
    • Medium -  Huia to Whatipu Loop via Valley Floor - online / printable
    • Short - Te Toiokawharu Loop - online /printable (option to finish by following Twin Peaks track to Huia road, then short road bash back to the bus at Karamatura) 

    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park and Ride

    For a pre-Christmas trip work out, or for a more leisurely outing, join us in the hills and bush around the picturesque village of Puhoi.  Routes are planned for all parties and include the well formed Puhoi to Remiger Road section of Te Araroa. Other places of interest are the Sugar Loaf rock formations and for the more energetic a loop track through the QEII covenanted Dunn's Bush.

    OrganiserEileen Wintle 09 431 4901 / 021 293 6211

    Route Maps:

    • Distance Party -  Puhoi to Auroha Rd and return via Dunns Bush - online / printable 
    • Medium Party - Remiger Road, Dunns Bush Loop and return to Puhoi - online / printable 
    • Shorter Party - Remiger Road to Puhoi Return- online / printable 

    Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Please note 8:00 am departure time, or option of 8:15am pickup from Silverdale Park and Ride carpark.

    • 27 Dec 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Nelson Airport
    • 0


    Nine days of magnificent tramping in one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand.

    HOME PARTY: Will be based in Golden Bay in a self-contained Cottage and have a mini-bus for transport. Possible day and two day trips include:

    • Totaranui / Separation Point in Abel Tasman Park
    • Cobb Dam and Fenella Hut or Sylvester Hut
    • Mt Parapara
    • Pupu Springs and the Pupu Walkway
    • Kaituna Track
    • Aorere Goldfields
    • Puponga Farm Park
    • Farewell Spit ( Commercial trip at extra cost from Collingwood)
    • Minthorpe Park
    • Mt Stevens


    • Slower Party - Mt Arthur and the Tablelands (4-5 days) 
    • Medium Party - Wangapeka/Leslie-Karamea/Cobb Dam (5 days)
    • Medium Party - Lonely Lake/Anatoki Valley 

    Airfights Auckland/Nelson/Auckland are NOT included in costs.

    Everyone meets at Nelson Airport by 10.30am on Wednesday 27 December 2017. Return flights can be any time after 1.00pm on Thursday 04 January 2018.

    Please tell indicate whether you want to be in the Home Party or in an Out Party. A $50.00 deposit is required at the time of booking. The final payment will be due on Sunday 05 Friday 10 November 2017. The trip is limited to 20  NSTC members. The deposit is refundable up to the final payment due date.

    COSTS: Same as last year: $350.00 for Out Parties: $450.00 for Home Party. All accommodation and local shuttle costs included.

    BOOKINGS: Bookings open on Wednesday 12 April 2017. Register through the website or with Karen Russell: Phone or text: 021 118 2073, or email:

    ORGANISER: Roger Parsons Phone: 419 0552 or 021 277 1944.  John  Lamb will the contact from 5 to 26 October - Phone 021 227 3614 / 410 5211.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 29 Jan 2018
    • To meet to be arranged

    Sorry - this trip has been cancelled as we were not able to get enough registrations before the hut became booked out.

    On this trip  you'll see sweeping panoramic views from the top of the Whangarei Heads, and stay at a beautiful secluded cove.

    Depart Saturday morning.  Drop off at Ocean Beach and follow  Te Whara Track along the ridge, and then drop down to Peach Cove.

    Sunday will be spent in the area, swimming and snorkelling, and maybe climbing Lion Rock.

    Monday, follow the Bream headland loop back to the transport.  Then either walk out to Busby Head, climb to top of Mt Manaia for more views of the area, and /or walk the Mt Aubrey Loop.

    You can see the trip report here from when the club last visited Peach Cove in 2010. 

    See here for general maps of the area.

    See following for planned track to and from Peach Cove:

    Optional tracks:


    Transport by private car.

    $30 hut fees for the two nights, plus a share of transport costs.


    The trip is limited to a maximum of 8 people since camping is no longer permitted at Peach Cove.  Book ASAP as it will sell out:

    John Lamb 021 227 3614 / 410 5211

    • 30 Mar 2018
    • 2 Apr 2018

    This trip was cancelled last Easter due to road closures and extreme weather warnings. We will have another go at it. More details to come in the next few weeks.

    Organiser:         Helen Orchard

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 25 Apr 2018

    Extended ANZAC weekend

    Saturday to Wednesday

    Organiser required now please

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