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  • 3 Oct 2022 5:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Ivan for these photos of a stunning day!

  • 13 Sep 2022 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Imogen Hewlett:

    Hi trampers, these were forwarded on to those of us that attended the Council Park Ranger guided walk at Kauri Point last week. Very interesting as always.

    "The Treasures of the Forest" link in particular is really useful for bush skills. What to do if you get stung, amongst others. Quite pertinent as the weather is starting to warm up and there are more wasps around during our tramping excursions.

    Join community rangers this Conservation Week / Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa on their learning journey. Be inspired by the knowledge shared by ngahere ranger Riki Bennett and Māori healer Donna Kerridge in our amazing community parks. Creating this series of videos has inspired our community rangers and will help encourage your communities during Conservation Week. Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te tangata – when the land is well, the people are well.

    Here are the links:

    Ngā kaiāwhina o te taiao - Supporters of the environment (playlist):

    Ngā taonga ō te ngahere - Treasures of the forest:

    Rongoā i te ngahere - Healing in the forest:

    Te oranga ō te ngahere - Health of the forest:

    Ngā whakatumu ki te ngahere - Threats to the forest:

  • 4 Sep 2022 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Improvements to parking and access are being made at Tawharanui Regional Park, so the main car park has been closed. However, parking and amenities are still available in the campground area. Please check here for more details.

  • 17 Aug 2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest issue of Canopy is out - it includes news on native forest reserves and restoration. Download your copy here

    Download Canopy 72

    As we emerge from what seems like a particularly wet and chilly winter, I am heartened by the articles in this issue of Canopy. We have made some fantastic reserves purchases this year, discovered and protected important wildlife and habitats, and continued our restoration work successfully involving and encouraging local interest groups.

    Our new Michael Taylor Kiwi Reserve neatly fills a gap between several conservation areas important for kiwi in Northland. A Trustee, avid conservationist and ornithologist, Dr Taylor left a sizeable bequest to the Trust which was used to purchase the property next to the Marlborough Forest. The new reserve already holds a good population of kiwi and we look forward to establishing a stronghold for kiwi there.

    We provide an update on the Patui appeal which is now nearing the end goal, an amazing achievement given the scale of the task. In addition we hear about the new discoveries at Patui which only further justify the decision to purchase.

    The account of the war against pampas grass in the Marie Neverman Reserve put me in mind of a military operation, albeit catered with tea, biscuits and BBQ sausages! And we also highlight some community engagement projects in the Far North, including a huge predator control programme to protect Northland brown kiwi.

    Click to download your copy

    All of our work is reliant on the help of honorary rangers, supporters and local community groups. Because of your support, whether practical or financial, we are able to protect and restore native habitats for the benefit of all. As always, heartfelt thanks go out to everyone for all your help.

    Best wishes,

    Sandy Crichton
    Trust Manager

  • 26 Jul 2022 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Our club members always enjoy reading trip reports and sharing the experiences, so thank you to everyone who has sent in trip reports and/or photos of their adventures!
    For future reports we have to be very mindful of the privacy of club members who may not want personal information and/or their photos placed on the internet. Therefore, if anyone wishes to send in a report or pictures from a trip, please ensure those people in your photos have given their permission for you to use their image. If in doubt, lovely scenic photos will be just great!
  • 26 Jul 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This bushcraft manual from the Mountain Safety Council is a great reference for all trampers. It is a resource that is suitable for all levels of trampers from newbies to the most experienced, and allows you to safely make the most of your time in the great outdoors!

  • 26 Jul 2022 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If any members would like to follow the club on Facebook, there are often updates on there regarding slips, tracks opening/closing etc. These updates are often not shown on the website, so we recommend giving us a follow on Facebook and keep up to date with everything! Follow NSTC here

  • 27 Jun 2022 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Joanna

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

    As the glowing orange sun rose over Takapuna Beach the trampers gathered excitedly at the pick-up location. A new adventure was about to begin, and we boarded the bus enthusiastically.

    On the journey over the Harbour Bridge, we were greeted with a magical mist enveloping the warm land but leaving a clear view of the cold concrete city almost as though the mist preferred to be closer to nature.

    Upon arriving at the beginning of the Hakarimata walkway we chatted happily and walked through the mysterious mist. As we entered the forest our leader Gary, like an experienced marine platoon commander, quickly and instinctively noticed the need for two groups. Patiently, Gary took care of his platoon and guided us through the undulating forested path to the summit.

    The view was spectacular from the top and we all took the opportunity to eat and share war stories of our climb as well as take photos as evidence of proof of life.

    The stroll down was enjoyable, and we noticed beautiful trees, sparkling streams, and tranquil waterfalls. I especially loved the soothing sounds of nature.

    Next on the agenda was a loop walk to the Kauri grove which was fascinating and left us all in awe at nature's magnificence. The magic didn’t end there as we continued wholeheartedly to the lookout which was well worth the extra steps. Basking in the warmth of the sun and admiring the spectacular scenery which highlighted the grandeur of the might Waikato River, we took the opportunity to rest and chat before our descent.

    On the drive home, exhaustedly we all looked forward to a hot bath and some delicious food.

  • 25 Jun 2022 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are interested in doing some tree planting, here's options all around Auckland. And of course you'll probably want to enjoy a short hike, tramping, walk whilst in these stunning parks.

  • 24 Jun 2022 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Joanna

    He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature – Socrates

    The morning meet up began at the sensible time of 8.30am outside the Takapuna library. The large yellow tramping bus was ready and waiting for all the eager trampers to gather and greet each other. As it was only my second tramp with the group, I was interested to meet people I had never met before and reunite with the previous tramp’s participants.

    Excitedly, we all boarded the old American school bus styled tramping transport and settled in for the journey to Mangawhai. People were chatting happily reminiscing about past hikes and sharing wisdom and knowledge. The atmosphere was welcoming.

    The bus stopped ultimately at our destination which was at the end of a long forest road quite close to the majestic Mangawhai Beach. The huge pine trees lined the road, and the forest floor was covered with pine needles which gave off a pleasant pine aroma which took me back to childhood days playing carefree in the woods.  

    Enthusiastically, we all put on the necessary wind breakers and secured our back packs which carried our valuable sustenance. Some people had walking poles which lead me to believe these individuals were the experienced ones. As we strolled out of the shelter of the thick trees and onto the wild, white, sandy beach the ocean’s powerful negative ions washed over us. As we inhaled in abundance the invisible molecules, I felt my serotonin levels increasing, stress levels melting and energy levels boosting.

    The walk had commenced, and everyone fell into their own personal comfort zone pace. My legs went into auto pilot, and I enjoyed trying to accomplish my mission of talking with everyone. The beach stretched for miles ahead of us and we tramped along until we reached a small stream flowing across the golden sand and down to the stormy sea.

    Methodically, we all tried our own way to cross the stream. Some with ease stomping through the shallows and some trying to find short cuts. This was the deciding factor of who ended up in the fast group and who ended up in the second to fast group. However, we all met up at the start of the track at Te Arai Point and reconvened for a recharge and some fantastic photo opportunities. Te Arai means “the shelter” and that was what we did briefly.

    Next, we set off over Te Arai Point up and down grassy paths testing our fitness and endurance until we reached the other side where we descended onto the pearly white sands again. However, we were no longer alone. There were signs of other human life in the form of sand carters, a type of small go cart with sails, making good use of the strong wind. Some of us paused to watch and be amazed at the speeds they were travelling at.

    Tiredly now, I walked along until I heard the welcome suggestion of a lunch break up in the sand dunes. Hungrily, I polished off my fried rice and mandarins and took note of what other types of food could be brought. People chatted happily sharing food advice and amusing anecdotes. By this time, I was onto my second litre of coconut water, and I felt recharged.

    On the return trip back along the untamed beach we had the wind behind us, I took off like a sand cart and in no time, we were back at the stream. This time I just stomped through the shallows as the wise ones ahead of me had done and managed to get back to Te Arai. The remainder of the walk I talked with more people and learned so many interesting stories. Then, to my surprise, the road to where the bus was parked appeared. Amazingly, everyone was there exchanging their walking boots or shoes to comfortable jandals. We were all united again and headed off on the yellow bus, which had been patiently waiting for us, in the direction of the chocolate shop. Here everyone swarmed the shop and bought well deserved sustenance and I had the biggest and most delicious drink of hot chocolate that I had ever tasted.

    One of our members, Victor, also took a video of the walk. This can be viewed here

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