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Little Barrier Island

Wed 25th July, 7:30pm

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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


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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Join us for a coastal walk along this spectacular coastline. We’ll start at Beachlands and work our way through to Maraetai, and then continue south.

    The slower group will return to the bus at Maraetai wharf, while the distance party will continue to Duder Coastal Reserve and then return to the bus.

    Tramp is up to 20 km on the flat, but expect slippery rocks and uneven surfaces. Bring a camera to capture this gorgeous area of Auckland, plus a little cash for an ice cream at the wharf.

    Depart: 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna   


    • $15 members
    • $20 non-members
    Organiser: Annika Werner, phone 027 374 7469

    Driver: Falk


    Map:  TBA

    • 25 Jul 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island is New Zealand's first nature reserve, established in 1896 and a safe haven for a multitude of critically endangered species.
    Approximately 40 species of rare or endangered birds, 14 reptile and 2 bat species, and more than 400 native plants flourish in this pest-free sanctuary. 

    Only 300 visitors per year are allowed on the island. The NSTC members Annika and Falk successfully applied for a permission to visit this amazing place. They will give us some insights into the intense biosecurity preparation, their work with the ranger in the Tuatara enclosure, their evening kiwi spotting tour and their full day tramp on the island.

    Everyone is welcome.  The social evenings are a great way of connecting, and staying in touch with all your NSTC tramping friends. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every second month.

    A light supper is provided.

    Time: 7.30pm

    Location: Senior Citizens Hall (behind Massimo cafe), 7 The Strand, Takapuna.  See here for how to find the hall.

    Cost: Free

    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    A varied walk, including part of the Te Araroa Trail from the Puhinui Reserve near the airport to Totara Park and the Coastal Walk at Clendon.

    Depart: 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna   


    • $10 members
    • $15 non-members
    Organiser: Helen Orchard, phone 027 421 2460 / 444 1397

    Driver: Campbell


    MAPS  Online / PrintableGPS

    To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

    • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
    • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions
    • 5 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    A series of tracks from Green Bay through Blockhouse Bay, Lynfield, Waikowhai, Hillsborough, Onehunga and Southdown. Although there is some residential road walking and beaches involved to link up the tracks, there are some significant sections of bush that follow the coastline and provide lovely views of the Manukau Harbour.

    Depart: 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna   


    • $10 members
    • $15 non-members
    Organiser: Roger Parsons, phone 021 277 1944 / 419 0552

    Driver: Karen


    Map:  TBA

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Aug 2018
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna

    Crosbies Hut was built in 2010 and offers panoramic views of the Coromandel main range; north towards Maumaupaki and Mercury Bay, west from the Firth of Thames to Table Mountain, and east the upper Kauaeranga Valley. The lights of Whitianga are
    visible at night.

    Medium Party
    Tramping from Waiomu Road end up pass Waiomu Kauri Grove and up to Crosbies Clearing, Settlement and the Hut. This is a long steep, about 4 hours, climb up to the main junction at 690m. After the main junction the walking gets easier. With medium party speed, the first day tramp should take about 6 hours. Just imagine how well deserved that dinner is going to be! The second day is back to the main junction and then turn left and take the Te Puru track down. This track will include some river crossings.

    Fast Party
    Tramp in to hut via Te Puru Track about 4-6 hours. If you arrive early to the Crosbies Hut with time and energy to spare, you can leave your packs at the hut and walk to Orange Peel Corner and same way back to Crosbies Hut for the night. The second day retracing your steps to the main junction through Crosbies settlement and taking the Waiomu track down, passing Waiomu Kauri Grove on the way. If the bus is left at Te Puru (this will depend on the driver’s choice of track/group going up), you can wait at the Waiomu Road end for the bus to pick you up or walk the 4km from Waiomu Valley Road, through coastal walk to Te Puru Creek Road end which will take about an hour.

    Depart: 8am Saturday, 18 August from the carpark, cnr Auburn & Como Streets, Takapuna

    Return: Late afternoon Sunday, 19 August


    • Crosbies Hut - $60
    • Crosbies Campsite - $50
    The trip is limited to 15 members including driver/s.  The hut is serviced and sleeps 10, and there are 5 campsites nearby. Two places  have been reserved for drivers. 

    Please note that the hut has reached capacity (with 1 space held for a driver) and only 1 campsite remains.  Waitlist registrations only are being accepted. 

    Bookings: Contact Karen at / 027 410 6001.

    Organiser:  Monika - phone 022 043 4781 or email here.

    Map: Online / Printable / GPS

    More Information:  The hut is situated in an old farming settlement that was established in 1880, with Thomas Hunter Crosbie being the first settler. Access was by foot, horseback or horsedrawn sledge. There are still some fences alongside the track leading up to the hut. The area became part of the Coromandel Forest Park in 1970.

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Oct 2018
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna

    Lake Tarawera is a beautiful destination for a long weekend away, enjoying the longer and warmer days just after daylight saving. This is a two night away trip, both nights in a tent in a campsite. If you have a new tent or have not done away trip before, this would be a great opportunity to give tenting a go!

    Both campsites, Hot Water Beach and Tapahoro Outlet campsite are great spots with plenty of time allowed for setting up your tent, enjoying the campsite and packing up the next day. We will have two parties walking the same track towards each other, so two drivers are required please. This trip is special in having a water taxi ride on the second day between the two campsites. A trip not to be missed!

    Okataina Party

    Saturday drop off at Okataina carpark and walk towards Tapahoro Outlet campsite via Humphries Bay. This walk is made up of two 2.5 hour walks, Eastern Okataina Walkway (2.5 hours) and Northern Tarawera Track (2.5 hours). Total time from drop off to Tapahoro Outlet campsite approx. 5 hours.

    Sunday morning walk to Tarawera Falls (3hour return) and time to pack up tents, lunch and get ready for water taxi pick up at 2:10pm arriving at Hot Water Beach at 2:35pm. Time to set up tents, swim and optional short walk taking the Isthmus Track to Lake Rotomahana which is part of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and it’s dominated by Mt Tarawera Volcano (40 minutes return). Lake Rotomahana was internationally famous for its spectacular Pink and White Terraces which were destroyed in the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886.  Steaming cliffs and silica terraces still remain as a feature of this lake.

    Monday is a 5 hour walk to the Buried Village taking the most popular Tarawera Trail walk. As the first party at the bus, time to get ready for the return trip to Auckland and Village Party pick up from Okataina carpark.

    Village Party

    Saturday after arriving at the Buried Village, walk the Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach (5 hours). Time to set up tents, dinner and enjoy the campsite and the views.

    Sunday morning walk taking the Isthmus Track to Lake Rotomahana (40 minutes return). Return to Hot Water Beach campsite for a relaxing time filled in with swimming and potential ‘cooking the Hot Water Beach camping style’. Cookbook for some meal ideas will be supplied! After lunch, pack up tents and get ready for water taxi pick up at 1:30pm. Once at Tapahoro Outlet campsite, about 2pm, time to set up tents. Once settled, an afternoon walk to Tarawera Falls (3hour return) back for dinner. 

    Monday is a 5 hour walk to Okataina carpark via Humphries Bay. This walk is made up of two 2.5 hour walks, Northern Tarawera Track (2.5 hours) and Western Okataina Walkway (2.5 hours). Total time from Tapahoro Outlet campsite approx. 5 hours plus allow half an hour for lunch. Bus will pick up this party from Okataina carpark and drive back to Auckland.

    Depart: 8am Saturday, 20 October from the carpark, cnr Auburn & Como Streets, Takapuna

    Return: Late afternoon Monday, 22 October

    Cost: $160 includes campsite bookings as well as the water taxi trip.   A $50 deposit is required to confirm booking.  Final payment due Thursday,  4th October 2018.

    Gear: Bring your own swim togs, tent, food and cooker.


    • Bernhard - phone 483 7889 / 027 278 3778
    • Monika - phone 022 043 4781 or email here.

    Bookings: Open Monday 16th July at 7:30pm.  Register via the website, or contact Karen Baeyertz ph 027 410 6001 or  Sorry, no preregistrations are accepted.

    The trip is limited to two parties of 10 members including two places reserved for drivers.  If the trip is fully booked, please register for the waitlist as we may be able to offer more places subject to the availability of accommodation. 


    Online - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    Printable - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    GPS - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    More information:

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • To be confirmed

    The North Shore Tramping Club has undertaken to clear one of the many tracks in the Kaimai Ranges which is administered by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust.

    Several trips already by members have enabled nearly half of the track to be cleared. The track runs north from the top of the Wairere Falls to a junction near Aongatete.

    Are you able to help on the next trip?  The work is not difficult.  All you need is some good garden gloves and hedge cutters.  It will be an ideal time because the rain has softened the ground and will enable grasses and plants to be pulled out with ease, as we have previously experienced.

    As there is no cabins, tents are required (available for loan from the club if required).  There is an abundance of clean water available in the streams.

    Is there someone who can loan a GPS to enable a particular site to be located along the track?  We have the co-ordinates.

    When:  We will travel down Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon.

    Cost:  Free

    Organiser:  For more information, contact Ralph Martin on 022 600 5730 / 09 420 3494, or Ralph here.

    Bookings:  Register via the website, or contact Karen at 0274 106 001  or 

    More information:   See
    • 30 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 2 Dec 2018
    • Departure location to be confirmed

    Come and enjoy a new area for tramping. Mataia is on the Kaipara Harbour, one hour north of Auckland.

    The Mataia Farm has been in the Gardner family since it was purchased from the local Maori chief Hori Te Totara in 1868. The Mataia Restoration Project was started in 2000 and involved fencing off and retiring 400 hectares of the farm. Intensive predator control, as well as extensive replanting, has seen the flora and fauna thrive. North Island brown kiwi were released on the farm in 2012.

    The cottage and walks are on a large (1,600 hectare) private farm. The self-contained cottage has a full kitchen, living room and four bedrooms, plus an extensive view of the Kaipara Harbour.

    The weekend trip is limited to 10 trampers and transport will be by private car.

    Depart: Departure location/s to be confirmed

    Cost: $65.  Full payment is required to confirm your booking.

    Organiser: Roger Parsons, phone 021 277 1944 / 419 0552 

    Bookings: Registrations will open at a later date when trip detail pricing etc is confirmed. 

    Due to the limited capacity of the trip, it will be limited to members only. Register through the website, or contact Karen 0274 106 001 /

    • 27 Dec 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Queenstown Airport
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For our 2018 Christmas tramping trip, we’re heading to the deep south for nine days of wonderful tramping in the Manapouri area.

    This trip is fully booked but please register for the waitlist in the event there are cancellations.

    Based at the Green Crib in the Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park, which has views up the lake. 

    Inside 'Green Crib' Manapouri Motels

    A minibus is available for transport. Possible one-day and two-day trips include:
        Mt Luxmore
        Hope Arm Circuit
        Back Valley
        Key Summit
        Lake Marion
        Gertrude Saddle
        Green Lake
        Hidden Falls
        Tutuko Falls

    Day trips to Doubtful Sound are also a possibility (at extra cost).

    A view of Doubtful Sound from up high.


    There will be the opportunity to choose a specific Out Party later in the year but the options will be:

    Mavora Lakes, 5 days, slow party
    Shuttle from Queenstown Airport to the Greenstone Track. Three hours to the Greenstone Hut for the first night. 4–5 hours a day heading south to the bottom of South Mavora Lake.

    Takitimu Mountains, 5 days medium party
    Tramping on good tracks through beech forest. Excellent views south on the fourth day. 6–8 hours a day.

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    Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party
    Traverse of Mt Titiroa (the white mountain). Camping on the tops—weather dependent. 6–8 hours a day. (Maps available below).

    Day and Overnight Trips
    After the out parties return there will be the option for day trips with the Home party, and / or a gentle two-day trip (1–2 January 2019) to Green Lake.

    Out parties $450.00. Home party $590.00.

    All accommodation, local shuttle costs and cooker fuel included. Flights Auckland/Queenstown/Auckland are not included in the costs.

    Everyone meets at Queenstown Airport by 11.30am on Thursday, 27 December 2018.

    Return flights can be any time after 12.30pm on Friday, 4 January 2019.

    Bookings opened Saturday 7 April  with a limit of 20 club members and was quickly fully booked. The limit was extended to 30 and remains fully subscribed.

    Please register for the waitlist in the event of cancellations and indicate your preference for either the home party or an out party. 

    Out party specifics will be finalised later in the year. We will make every endeavour to accommodate more bookings but this will depend on accommodation and vehicle availability.

    Register via the website or contact Karen at / 027 410 6001.

    A $50.00 deposit is required to confirm a booking, and final payment is due by 9 November 2018. The deposit is refundable up to the final payment date.

    Roger Parsons by email here / 419 0552.  Note - Roger will be overseas during June and July.

    We will have a meeting much later in the year, once we have an idea of numbers and which parties people prefer.


    To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

    • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location
    • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22 Apr 2019
    • TBC

    Details to follow.

Past Tramps

15 Jul 2018 Ernies Track, Central Hunuas
8 Jul 2018 Mangawhai Estuary South and Beach, North Auckland
1 Jul 2018 Devonport / Bayswater / Hauraki, North Shore
24 Jun 2018 Te Henga Walkway, Waitakeres
17 Jun 2018 Takapuna to Devonport Return, North Shore
10 Jun 2018 Kimpton’s Track Brookby, South Auckland
1 Jun 2018 Queens Birthday Weekend, Tongariro National Park
30 May 2018 May Social Evening and AGM
27 May 2018 East Auckland Urban Walk
20 May 2018 Northcote/Birkenhead Urban Walk, North Shore
13 May 2018 Mt Te Aroha, Kaimai Ranges
6 May 2018 Club Planting Day, Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf
29 Apr 2018 South Kaipara Peninsula, North Auckland
20 Apr 2018 Extended ANZAC Weekend - Coastal Walk: Kapiwairua – Te Paki Stream, Far North
15 Apr 2018 Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, North Auckland
8 Apr 2018 Cosseys Dam/Wairoa Dam Hunuas, South Auckland
30 Mar 2018 Great Barrier Island - Easter
28 Mar 2018 March Social Evening - Trip Photos from China and Tibet
25 Mar 2018 Waitawa Regional Park, South East Auckland
19 Mar 2018 Kaimai Track Clearing, Kaimai Ranges
18 Mar 2018 Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf
11 Mar 2018 Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway, North Auckland
4 Mar 2018 Karangahake Gorge, Waikato
25 Feb 2018 Wairoa River, Hunua Ranges
25 Feb 2018 Mercer Bay, Waitakeres (cancelled)
18 Feb 2018 Little Shoal Bay - Le Roys Bush - Kauri Point/Centennial Park - Kauri Glen, North Shore
11 Feb 2018 Oneroa Peninsula, Waiheke Island
4 Feb 2018 Atiu Creek, Kaipara Harbour
31 Jan 2018 January Social Evening
27 Jan 2018 Anniversary Weekend: Hunuas, South Auckland
21 Jan 2018 Tawharanui, North Auckland
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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