North Shore Tramping Club



Xmas Trip Photos

Wednesday, 31 Jan

All welcome

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.  

Summer Open Day

Mahurangi West Regional Park

Sunday 14 January 

Whether you’re a novice tramper or an experienced tramper wishing to join all the benefits of being part of a well established club, we’ll have something for everyone. Different group speeds to suit all and an experienced club member to lead your group.

More information here.


Hunua Ranges, South Auckland

27 to 29 January 2018

Join us for a relaxing three day summer tramp in the Hunuas.  Great views of the Firth of Thames from Adams Lookout then wider views from Kohukahunui, the highest point in the ranges.

First night camp at Piggott’s campground at the end of Ernies track and the second night at Workman Campground.  Campground bookings need to be made through the Auckland Council.

Depart by private car at 8.30am from Como Street on the Saturday and return home by mid-afternoon on Monday.

Book asap as space in the campgrounds is limited. 

For more information, see here.


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


If you would like to receive trips news including any late changes, you can subscribe to updates by email.

Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    The Tawharanui peninsula is a pest-free habitat, so treasured native species like bellbirds, whiteheads, geckos and kiwi thrive here.

    The park has multiple tracks of varying length, but times will be flexible depending on how many photos of birds you want to take. If the weather is nice and sunny, you can go for a dip afterwards, so make sure you bring your togs.

    Cost: $15 member, $20 non-members

    Organiser: Annika Werner 027 374 7469
    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 29 Jan 2018
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna

    A multi-day trip through the Hunuas.

    Saturday: From Waharau, tramp through to Piggotts Campground.

    Sunday: Tramp to Workman Campground and then out to Waharau on Monday.

    Transport:  Private car


    • Transport - share of car cost
    • Campgrounds - $8 each night
    • Campgrounds - book asap as space is limited - Piggotts Sat 27 Jan & Workman Sun 28 Jan
    • To book, call Auckland Council (09) 366 2000, option 1, between 8am–8pm Monday to Sunday including public holidays.  Due to high demand for bookings at weekends, they recommend:
      • to make bookings during weekdays and make multiple bookings at one time
      • to have booking and credit card details ready
    • More information about booking with the council is here.
    • Club - register through the club website, or contact John Lamb on 021 227 3614
    Contacts: Helen Orchard 444 1397
                       Roger Parsons  419 0552 / 021 277 1944 /
    • 31 Jan 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 5 The Strand, Takapuna

    Come along and see the photos and hear the stories from this years Christmas trip to the Kahurangi National Park and Golden Bay.

    Everyone is welcome.  The social evenings are a great way of connecting, and staying in touch with all your NSTC tramping friends.

    Social evenings are held on the last Wednesday of every second month at 7.30pm in the Senior Citizens Hall (behind Massimo cafe), The Strand, Takapuna.

    A light supper is provided.

    Cost: Free

    • 4 Feb 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Something for everyone in this Regional Park that was gifted to Auckland City in 2018 by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour,whilst protecting the cultural heritage values.

    Please ensure you bring lots of water, hat and sunscreen.

    Time: 8.30am at The Strand, Takapuna, 8:45am Silverdale Park and Ride bus stop    

    Cost: $20 member, $25 non-members

    Organiser: Peter Wortman 021 996 242


    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Ferry terminals: Devonport or Downtown
    Something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your camera for stupendous views. Swims and coffee are optional.

    A distance party will travel anticlockwise from Matiatia to Church Bay, and onto Park Point and Te Wharau Bay. Then up the hill for a short road walk to the Pio Rehutai Reserve and a bush track to the trig point, with great views over the island. A short road walk to another reserve and descent to Blackpool. Then up Tui Road to Oneroa, stopping for a swim or a coffee if desired.

     Depending on energy levels, there’s a choice of tracks back to the ferry. The longest will be along the beach and via the Auckland University vineyard to Island Bay, onto Owhanaki and Matiatia. The shortest will do the reverse of the longer route, omitting Park Point and dropping down to the coast at Church bay.

    Tides: low 11:00 am, high 5:11 pm

    Ferry departures to Waiheke:

    •  From Devonport 9.10 am

    • From Downtown Auckland 9.00 am

    Ferry departures from Waiheke:

    •  Waiheke to Devonport and Downtown 4.00 pm

    • Waiheke to Downtown (no stop at Devonport) 4.30 pm and 5.00 pm


    Cost: Adult $38 return; free with Super Gold Card

    Organiser: John Lamb 09 410 5211 / 021 227 3614
    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Little Shoal Bay Beach Reserve Carpark

    Join us to find out how surprisingly many bush areas with large trees there are still left around Northcote and Birkenhead.   A good variety of tracks, neat board-walked areas, with a few hills so our muscles don't get lazy.   Beautiful vistas across Kendall Bay about a third of the way into the tramp.  Stunning stands of Kauri through out the walk, so it goes without saying please ensure your boots/shoes/walking poles etc are scrupulously clean before and cleaned after the tramp.  

    Cost:   Free to all  - NO BUS THIS WEEK!!  

    Organiser:   Imogen   0272898440 (newbies, no texts please).
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Following the closure of tracks in the Waitakeres, this trip is likely to be replaced with a trip to an another destination.  Details to  be advised mid-January 2018.

    Mercer Bay, halfway between Piha and Karekare is only accessible at low tide and in good weather. It can be a bit of a challenge to climb down the cliff to the beach, but anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness can do it.

    The object of the exercise is to view the magnificent cathedral cave situated under the 160-metre cliff face. It’s only accessible via a 100-metre sea cave, so it’s essential for everyone to bring a torch.

    You will get wet feet as you wade around the sea cave exit and into the cave, but you’ll rewarded by what you see. The roof of Cathedral Cave has fallen in and the light streaming down over the rockfall provides a truly magnificent sight.

    Depending on time, those with excess energy could also do some of the clifftop tracks before returning to the bus in Log Race Road.

    Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

    Organiser: Ian "Bumper" Morris 480 0919 / 021 115 7766

    • 30 Mar 2018
    • 2 Apr 2018

    PLEASE NOTE: The Easter trip up North and Great Barrier over ANZAC have been swapped! 

    We are now going to Great Barrier over Easter with details around the trip up North over ANZAC day following soon.

    Join us for a trip to The Barrier with lots of birds, native bush and marine wildlife! As charter boats and huts are about to book out we need to make a decision very soon.

    Indicative trip plan - details to follow once we know how many people are on board for each:

    • All parties go to Great Barrier with a charter boat from Sandspit (1.5 hr trip) or Auckland (2 hr trip) to Tryphena or Port Fitzroy.
    • The out party will be doing the Aotea track.
    • The home party will be staying in an accommodation with shared bunk rooms, a bach - or all on the campsite - depending on the interest. This party will have a rental van to get around the island and pick up/drop off the out party.

    Indicative costs: Including ferry, accommodation and a rental to get around we are looking at $300 - $400 p.p.

    We also recommend carrying food and drink as this is rather expensive on the island.

    As mentioned above - huts and boats are starting to book out, so:

    By Saturday, 13th Jan: Please let Annika know if you want to come and which option you would prefer - please email her on

    A deposit of $180 will follow by next week as the boat charter needs to be paid first.

    And please don’t hesitate to contact Annika with any question!

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 25 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

Past Tramps

14 Jan 2018 Summer Open Day - Mahurangi West Regional Park, North Auckland
7 Jan 2018 Long Bay to Okura, North Shore
27 Dec 2017 Christmas Trip: Kahurangi and Golden Bay
17 Dec 2017 Puhoi, North Auckland
10 Dec 2017 Waharau Regional Park, Hunua Ranges
3 Dec 2017 Tiritiri Matangi, Gulf
29 Nov 2017 November Social Evening
26 Nov 2017 Hakarimata, Waikato
19 Nov 2017 Ernies Track, Hunua Ranges
12 Nov 2017 Motuora Island, Gulf
9 Nov 2017 November Committee Meeting
5 Nov 2017 Karekare, Waitakeres
29 Oct 2017 Kaipatiki Coastal Reserves, North Shore
20 Oct 2017 Te Urewera National Park, Labour weekend
15 Oct 2017 Hapuakohe Walkway (northern end), Waikato
11 Oct 2017 October Committee Meeting
8 Oct 2017 Waitakeres - Twin Peaks, Huia
1 Oct 2017 Hunuas - Workman Track
27 Sep 2017 September Social Evening
24 Sep 2017 Modest Mid-Waitakere Traverse
23 Sep 2017 Cancelled - Trip Leader Training Weekend - Pukenui Forest, Whangarei
17 Sep 2017 Public Open Day - Whangaparaoa Peninsula Low Tide
10 Sep 2017 Albany Tracks - Extra Tramp
9 Sep 2017 Kaimai Ranges - Cancelled / Replaced with Albany Sunday Trip
3 Sep 2017 Rangitoto Island - 49th Anniversary Trip
27 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Lower Nihotupu Reservoir
20 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Cornwallis to Parau
13 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Lone Kauri Loop/Karekare
6 Aug 2017 Te Araroa Walkway - Takapuna to Long Bay
30 Jul 2017 Goldie Bush / Mokoroa Stream/Te Henga
26 Jul 2017 July Social Evening
23 Jul 2017 Mataia / Kaipara Harbour - Day Trip
21 Jul 2017 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Weekend
16 Jul 2017 Shakespear Regional Park - Volunteer Day
9 Jul 2017 Okura Walkway to Stillwater return - WINTER OPEN DAY!!
2 Jul 2017 Auckland City Coast to Coast Walk
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