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  • 27 Jun 2022 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    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

    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

    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

  • 26 May 2022 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    It's been a successful summer of construction for the Taranaki Crossing Project, as four construction companies have all made progress on the $3.5 million worth of track upgrades.

    All sections are complete except for:

    1️⃣ The Holly Hut track between the Kokowai track junction and the top of Veronica Track.

    2️⃣ Some parts of the track Between Ahukawakawa and Pouakai Hut.

    These two sections will be completed in summer 2022/2023.

    For more information, head here:

  • 24 May 2022 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    Due to kauri dieback and Covid-19 some tracks in the Chatswood, Chelsea, and Birkenhead areas have been temporarily closed. Please click here for the latest news on which tracks are open and which are closed!

  • 1 May 2022 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Kaimai Ridgeway Trust has their latest newsletter out, including news of track maintenance through the autumn/summer and hut updates. Check it out on their website here

  • 25 Apr 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Chris has shared some great shots of the views from this trip, held on 9th April:

  • 4 Apr 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSTC Guidelines for Tramping during COVID-19  “Red” and “ORANGE” Traffic Light Settings

    •  If you are sick or feel unwell please stay at home and self-isolate. More on Covid-19 Symptoms
    • If someone on a Tramp is advised to isolate, people on the trip are secondary contacts and are not required to isolate, but should monitor themselves for Covid symptoms. Anyone waiting for a PCR test result should isolate at home until a negative result received. This also includes a Rapid Antigen Test. If a person attending a trip subsequently tests positive the Club Safety Officer to be advised immediately by texting to : 0274 577418 and Emailing:    

    • For Day Trips complete  Registration Form when you get on the bus,  recording your name, phone & emergency contact details                                                                            

      •  It is recommended for drivers and trip leaders to schedule the minimum number of stops along the way                                                                                                                                                               Day Tramps: this is likely to be toilet stops only                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       - Multi-Day tramps: toilet stops and essential meal stops only
    • Care must be taken to avoid interacting at communal points such as car parks, trail heads or sections of trail where physical distancing will be difficult.
    • Regularly wash and dry your hands.
    • Exercise caution with common touch-points (e.g. gates, benches, public toilets) and wash or sanitise your hands after touching these surfaces.
    • Minimise the sharing of equipment. Equipment shared with others should be washed and dried before and after use.
    • Bring and use hand-sanitiser or soap. Food should not be shared, ditto utensils or tools.
    • Use of private transport:  If there is room on the Club bus but you choose to use private transport you may do so, but we ask that you still pay the trip fee.                                                                      If the bus is full or not used on that day, please pay the trip fee to the driver of the private vehicle used. It is the decision of the driver as to whether masks are mandatory or not                          
     At the RED Alert Level 
    •  Non-members required to phone the Trip Organizer
    • On trips where the bus is being run, masks recommended.
    • While tramping in public spaces where other  people are expected to be encountered maintain 1 metre social distancing and wear a mask

    At the Orange Alert Level

    • Face mask recommended while on the bus
    • Limit physical contact with people you do not know 
    • When recreating in public, try to keep a 1-metre distance from people you do not know if possible
    • At Huts avoid mixing with other groups or sharing facilities where physical distancing is difficult

    NSTC Committee: 4th April’22

  • 13 Feb 2022 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    DOC has 5 tips on how to get that perfect photo whilst out on a tramp. And it doesn't need expensive equipment... Click here to read more!

  • 7 Feb 2022 4:09 PM | Anonymous

     Report by Eric

    Standing on the top of the perfect cone-shaped volcanic peak makes you quickly forget the efforts of getting out of bed before 5am and the 3 to 4 hour climb up from Tahurangi Lodge.  OK, so I was out of bed before 5am to avoid incurring Arletta’s wrath, but all of us had that priceless wide-eyed look of achievement on our faces as we looked down the full 2,518 metres to the West Coast of Taranaki. 

    We had enjoyed a glorious sunrise before reaching the summit mid-morning. The day was near perfect - the sky above was a cloudless deep blue, with a gusty but quite light wind reminding us that this was alpine country.

    Gazing east from the summit, the horizon was broken by the sharp point of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu’s jagged ridge line. To the north, we could see the shark-tooth shaped Paritutu Rock and the famous Power Station Chimney of New Plymouth.

    Low scattered cloud was drifting in from the south and west, but you could still make out the coastline curving its way around to the grey green of the distant South Island.

    Starting from Tahurangi Lodge saves almost 500 metres of elevation, but we still used up some serious calories getting up the last 1,000 metres. First, we negotiated the small rocky gully in the dark, then ascended the series of steep steps that steered us to the scree slope. A few hundred metres later we scrambled up onto ‘the Lizard’ (named as such because it looks like a lizard in autumn as the snow melts around it), an endless succession of rocks and boulders that lead us to the narrow ledge and down to a small gully covered in hard-packed snow. Then another 10-minute scramble to the summit.

     All stages of the track are steep and equally, if not more, challenging on the way down especially for the tired and weary. A rescue operation was in full swing as we descended after someone had fallen going down the stairs.

    However challenging, it has been a feat successfully accomplished by many and should be pursued by many others.

    Many thanks to Arletta, Craig, Ilva, John L, Rose and Vlad – great to share your company, and to Kevin for organising the trip.


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