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Kaimai Ranges Mini Weekend

Fri 24th to Sun 26th Jan 2020

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UpCOMING TRAMPS

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.  

ON THE TRACK

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. 


The Mountain Safety Council offer a fabulous series of short videos about how to enjoy & survive the great outdoors. Topics include:

  • Know your limits
  • First aid kit
  • Lost?

You can watch them here.


CLOTHING & GEAR

See here for Information including:

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

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You can see the list of upcoming trips, member details and trip bookings  using our mobile app.  See here for details.


Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 6 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 8 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    • 16
    Register

    Leaving Como St at 7.00 PM Friday 5 Dec.  Arriving at Trounson Kauri Park appr. 11.00 PM and sleeping in the bus at the nearby campground.

    Saturday morning we start with a little loop in Trounson Park and then we are off to Waiotemarama Loop Track, which is also the start of the Hauturu Highpoint Track.

    Staying in or near Frampton Hut (standard $5.00 p.p. ticket or annual pass, camping free) 6 Bunks only, so bring your tent.

    Back down to the bus on Sunday and home to Auckland.

    Everybody will have to walk the same route, since the Waima Main Range Track is closed temporarily.

    If there is enough time we'll climb "Toka Toka" Hill alongside Wairoa River south of Dargaville on the way home.

    ***  PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT DEPARTURE TIME

    Depart:

    • -           7pm Como Street, Takapuna Friday 6 Dec

    Organiser: Peter Wortman 021996242  

    Driver: Bernhard

    Cost: $90

    Maps   Online / Printable A3/ GPS


    • 7 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Little Shoal Bay Beach Reserve, 20 Council Terrace, Northcote

    Extra tramp - due to Sunday's weather forecast, we've scheduled this for Saturday to entice more of you out to enjoy the bush.  

    Meet at the car park at Little Shoal Bay at 9.00am.

    To switch things up a bit, we'll run this tramp in reverse of what we normally do, so we see different things, including looking out over the sea views at Kendall Bay.

    We will head through Le Roys Bush to start and then through the impressive Kauri Glen Reserve and head up and over the ridge and drop down towards Chatswood, Chelsea Estate Heritage Park and all the lushness of the bush tracks and beautiful sea views from the high points and beach, where we hope to time it right for lunch and maybe a quick cooling swim before lunch on the incoming tide, as the water temperature is already up to a warm 21 or 22 degrees in the afternoon!

    And working our way back to Le Roys Bush a different way from the way we started.  

    Expect to walk about 4-5 hours, in mixed terrain.  As the ground should still be bone dry, trail shoes, tramping boots, or even running shoes should be fine.


    PLEASE ENSURE ALL YOUR GEAR IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAN, AS WE ARE PASSING THROUGH KAURI'D AREAS & PASSING ENDS OF TRAILS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.  

    AS IT'S GETTING QUITE WARM NOW, PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE AMPLE WATER.  

    Depart:    9.00 am, from the big car park at Little Shoal Bay Beach Reserve beside Maritime Terrace/Council Terrace.

    Organiser: Imogen Hewlett, 027 289 8440  (no texts please newbies, please phone)

    Cost:    Free tramp today.  Bus not being used.

    MAPS:

    The route marked in crimson are detours and marks the main track for Sundays walk.

    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


    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

     Starting from the Arataki Visitors' Centre and heading out towards the Exhibition Drive track to the Filter station and back; an easy walk with a good opportunity to check out the local flora and read the information boards along the way.  We’ll then  drop down onto Pipeline Road and up well gravelled but steep Slip track where you will see and hear tuis, wood pigeons and hopefully spot the tiny little grey warbler.  There’ll be good views of the Hihotupu Dam, the airport and Glenbrook Steel Mill along the way.

    After a late lunch at the Arataki Visitors' Centre the option is to head under the road and take in the extra loops with the Plant ID Loop walk and continue on the Upper and Lower loops to the Kauri Cathedral and back.

    Note ID loop can be done in isolation from the larger walk and will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

    For those who choose, they can stay and relax, check out the Visitors' Centre or enjoy a Dutch Delight ice-cream.

    This is a well maintained track, mostly hard packed gravel with only a small amount of off-roading.  If the weather has been fine, expect little or no mud; good trail-shoes are more than sufficient.

    Depart:

    • 9am, The Strand Takapuna

    Organiser: Amber Gladwin 027 272 0208

    Driver: Arletta

    Cost:$10 members, $15 non-members, $5 Juniors

    Maps   Online / Printable / GPS


    • 22 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Pier Z Gulf Harbour Marina

    Tiritiri Matangi Island, Open Sanctuary

    Join us for a rewarding day exploring all the tracks and hopefully spotting Kokako, Takahe, Bellbird, Kereru, Hihi, Saddleback and many more on this amazing Bird Sanctuary island in the Hauraki Maritime Park.

    Easy scenic walking amongst many native birds . The island has had a huge number of native trees planted over the decades with an interesting story (Tiritirimatangi.org.nz/history).

    *  Those leaving from Gulf Harbour, bring swim wear as we may swim afterwards on the Whangaparaoa Pensinsula, and of course on the island too, if we have time.

    Meet at Pier Z Gulf Harbour Marina at 9.10 for 9.50 am departure. Ferry departs the Island 3.30pm.


    There is also a ferry departure from downtown Auckland at 9.00am. Please purchase tickets at fullers.co.nz. $78.

    Please note:  Fullers have changed their pricing structure to $78, the same as Downtown departure (9am), so trampers may wish to take the Downtown option for better value.


    Book on Fullers website:  
    https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/tiritiri-matangi-island/

    Bird species on Tiri:        http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz/birds  

    Cost:     Adults -     $78 pp
                  Children  - $47 pp  (5-15 years old)

    Maps:
    https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/auckland/tiritiri-matangi-map.pdf
       

    Organiser: Imogen
    Phone:  0272898440

    • 27 Dec 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • 5 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Invercargill

    Trip Info for each Group

    NW Circuit  Clockwise Party

    27/12 Depart Invercargill 6.30am direct to Mason Bay

    $5 Doc hut tickets needed

    NW Circuit Anticlockwise Party

    27/12 Depart Invercargill 12.00pm to Oban, shuttle to Lee Bay and tramp to Bungaree Hut

    $5 Doc hut tickets needed

    RakiuraParty

    27/12 Depart Invercargill 2.00pm

    to Oban, shuttle to Lee Bay and tramp to Port William Hut Camp site. Booked with Doc.


    Home Party

    27/12 Depart to Caitlins


    • 5 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • Pohutukawa to left of Narrow Neck Cafe

    Whether you are an experienced tramper or a novice newbie looking to join a really friendly, very well established, organised club with a huge variety of ages, this is the day for you!  We'll have different group distances to suit different fitness as usual.  

    We'll start very promptly at 8am to catch the low tide at about 9.25am and head north towards Hauraki along the foreshore and then cross over to the other side of the Peninsula to cover the tracks that side, including shaded bush tracks.  Leaving the best to last, up and over both North Head and Mt Victoria, including some of the historic tunnels and amazing views!  Will add in an area that the club doesn't normally do.  

    Then back to Narrow Neck Beach for a relaxing, cooling swim on the high tide, ice cream or coffee and socialising.  

    Please note the foreshore will be slippery and uneven.    Expect to walk approximately 4-5 hours.   Please bring:  torch, swimming gear, ample food and cold water and day pack.  

    Comfortable trail shoes or running shoes you don't mind getting dirty or that are washable will be ideal.   

    If joining us for this event, as with all tramps, please ensure that all your gear, especially footwear is scrupulously clean before and cleaned after.   Bring a headlight, torch or your phone to light up the tunnels and bring a change of footwear for after to get into good regular after tramping habits.  

    Departure / Meeting point:
    -    7.45am to get everyone registered, we will depart at 8am sharp!!!
    -     Under the Pohutukawa to the left of the Narrow Neck Cafe, Old Lake Road, Narrow Neck, North Shore.

    No bus today!
    Organiser: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Cost: FREE.    

    • 12 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Cnr Cornerstone Dr & Oteha Valley Rd, Albany

    Ever thought there's not much bush walking around Albany?!   Join us to find out how many bush and forest tracks there are!  

    We'll spend most of our day walking beside very pretty streams and under the cover of mighty, towering Kahikatea, Tanekaha and Totara and more.  With gentle light filtering through the canopy and mosses making for magical photos along the stream and the intricate network of tracks. 

    For those that did one of the new tracks with us last year, there should be an additional bit of track open by the time of this tramp.   The aim of the walk being, let's see if everyone walks over a track they've not done before!

    Trail or running shoes will be fine as it should be reasonably dry.
    PLEASE ENSURE YOUR GEAR IS CLEAN BEFORE TO PROTECT THE KAURI AND OTHER SPECIES AND THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR GEAR WHEN YOU GET HOME!!!

    Departure / Meeting point:
    -    8.45am to get everyone registered, we will depart at 9am sharp!!!
    -    The corner of Cornerstone Dr & Oteha Valley Rd, Albany

    Organiser: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Cost: FREE. No Bus Today!!!

    Maps:


    • 19 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register

    This track offers some amazing views including a mystical Kauri grove featuring some very old Kauri trees. The walk itself starts fairly easy going but turns into a serious tramping track so make sure you're nice and fit for this one.

    Crossing for fast party, medium party either crossing or halfway and back, to be decided on the day depending on drivers.

    PLEASE ENSURE YOUR GEAR IS CLEAN BEFORE TO PROTECT THE KAURI AND OTHER SPECIES AND THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR GEAR WHEN YOU GET HOME!!!

    **Please note early departure time
    ** For pickups from Silverdale pickup point please register via the site or contact the organiser

    Depart:
    -    8am The Strand, Takapuna
    -    8.15 Silverdale

    Organiser: Annika Werner 027 374 7469
    Driver: TBC x 2

    Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members, $5 juniors
    Maps: TBC


    • 24 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • 26 Jan 2020
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Register

    More details to follow

     

    **Please note early departure time

    ** For pickups from Greenlane pickup point please register via the site or contact the organiser

     

    Depart:

    • -          Friday 24th 7pm, Corner 6 Auburn Street & Como Street carpark, Takapuna 
    • -          7.15pm Marewa Road, Greenlane. On road, by where it says NZ Tertiary College - by the pinky tree. 

    Organiser: Amber Gladwin 027 272 0208

    Driver: TBC

    Cost: FREE

    Maps: TBC








    • 2 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

     Good news, Goldies Bush track is one of the few areas in the Waitakeres that is currently open, so we can enjoy this extremely scenic tramp!

    There are major kauri die back cleaning stations at the start and end of the Goldies Bush Track, so please ensure that all your tramping gear is very clean and dirt free before we start and at the end and thoroughly cleaned when you get home.

    Doing things a bit differently, the longer group will start at Bethell's end of the Te Henga Walkway track start over the brand new foot bridge over the stream. 

    Making the most of the hills and incredible clifftop views, this group will walk the length of the Te Henga Walkway in reverse of normal and pop out on Constable Road, then connect with the Western end of the Goldies Bush Track and head through to enjoy the absolutely stunning Mokoroa Stream Track with all its multiple pools and waterfalls!!  Then head to the bus after.  

    The bus will be moved and the shorter group will start at the Goldies Bush Eastern entry & head through to the Western end of the track and backtrack and drop down into the Mokoroa Stream Track. 

    This is a fairly easy and incredibly stunning stream track, but you do need good balance, as you will be criss crossing the stream constantly and it will be slippery when doing so.  

    Please ensure you have a change of footwear on the bus for afterwards and swimwear, as we have ordered good weather for the tramp, so we can make the most of every single swimming opportunity in the streams big pools or under the waterfalls.  And you'll definitely want a camera to capture everything.  

    Also please ensure you have everything in sealed drybags or waterproof bags.  

    *  Have added in a non-stream bash option for those that prefer not to do the stream.  

    *  If there is any rain overnight, or on the morning, we may re-assess the stream track and alter the tramp slightly.  Irrespective time will be made to stop and check out the Mokoroa Lookout over the main waterfalls, as they're absolutely stunning!  

    EXTREMELY IMPORTANT READ ABOUT KAURI DIEBACK:
    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/auckland/places/muriwai-and-te-henga-area/tracks/goldie-bush-walkway/

     

    ***  PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEPARTURE TIME

    Depart:

    • -          8.00am, The Strand Takapuna

    Organiser: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Driver:TBC

    Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 juniors

    Maps:  https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/te-henga-goldies-bush-mokoroa-stream-2019



    • 6 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 9 Feb 2020
    • Como St, Takapuna
    Register

    The good news is, you will require Friday the 7th off work and to bring your swim wear.

    Both parties to carry tents: This track forms part of the Te Araroa trail.

    Feb 6th We will arrive at the Kakaho DOC campsite at about 12.30 PM, in time for a lunch break. Short party will stay the night at Kakaho campsite, sleeping in bus or tent. After lunch both distance and short parties will tramp to the top of Mt Pureora, (1165m) for extensive views from its sub alpine slopes of the central volcanic plateau and Mt Taranaki. If we have two driver’s short party will tramp up one side and down the other. Short party will return to Kakaho campsite for the night. Distance party will carry on from the summit of Mt Pureora heading South, past Bog inn hut and camp somewhere.

    Feb 7th Distance party will carry on to Waihaha hut for the night. Bus will take the short party to the start of the Waihaha track on state highway 32 to tramp up along the clear waters of the Waihaha river with many swimming holes on the way to the hut for the night (3hr,9km). On dusk we will see if we can spot some native Bats/ (Pekapeka)They have both short tail & Long tail variety amongst the high canopy.

    Feb 8th Both parties will continue south along the Hauhungaroa track as far as we can (allowing time for a return back to Waihaha hut). Along the Hauhungaroa track we will enter the valley of the Giants – enormous trees of the Waihaha ecological area. A tight canopy of Totara, Rimu, Matai, Miro, and the odd Kahikatea reaching 40 – 50 meters in height. Five of New Zealand’s best- known Podocarp family can be seen here. Then we will all return to Waihaha hut for the night.

    Feb 9th Both parties will go down the Waihaha track back to the bus, and if time permits to explore part of the Great Lakes Cycle trail before returning to Takapuna.

    **Please note early departure time and location is Como Street not The Stand Takapuna

    ** For pickups from Greenlane pickup point please register via the site or contact the organiser

    Cost:   Distance Party $90,   Short Party $100

    Depart:

    • -          Thursday 6 Feb, 8am Como Street, Takapuna
    • -          8.15am Marewa Road, Greenlane. On road, by where it says     NZ Tertiary College - by the pinky tree. 

    Organiser: Chris Peard 021 277 0270

    Driver: Bernhard

    Maps:   

    Short party: Online / GPS / Printable

    Distance party:  Online / GPS /Printable

    Great Lakes Cycle Trail: Printable


    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

    • 16 Feb 2020
    • 8:45 AM
    • Pier 4, Quay Street
    Register

    This island was closed to the public for over a hundred years when it was an addiction-treatment centre. Interesting buildings still stand and there’s a fascinating small museum with island history.

    Bring your camera for stunning views of the island sanctuary, home to some rare NZ native birds and reptiles.   Including Weka that are running around everywhere!
    Bring swimwear, ample food and water, and a change of warm clothing in case it turns chilly at the end of the day waiting for the ferry.

    Please ensure that all of your gear is completely clean and devoid of seeds to protect our treasure islands biosecurity:
    https://www.rotoroa.org.nz/conservation/biosecurity

    There’s usually some free parking on a Sunday in the streets in and around Viaduct Harbour Ave and Pakenham Street. Otherwise it’s downtown parking buildings.
    The Downtown carpark is right across the road from the wharf at $10 for all day.  (Vehicle height clearance 1.9m).  
    https://at.govt.nz/driving-parking/parking-in-auckland/downtown-car-park/

    Bookings:  Please pre-book with Fullers at https://www.fullers.co.nz/experiences-tours/walking-tracks/rotoroa-island/.   There is no bus this week.

    Cost: Ferry tickets $55 for adults, $33 for children (5-15 years) No Bus Today!!!!!

    Extra information: https://www.rotoroa.org.nz/visit 

    Ferry Timetable:  https://www.fullers.co.nz/timetables-and-fares/?from=AUCK&to=ROTO&date=2020%2F02%2F16 

    Depart:     8.45 am at Pier 4, 139 Quay Street, downtown ferry terminal. 

     Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before departure. Ferry takes 60 - 75 minutes.

    Return:     From Rotoroa Island at 5.15 pm

    Organiser: Ewa 021 273 3847 or Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Maps:  https://www.nstc.org.nz/event-2809662

     

    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Register

    Tramping is particularly spectacular throughout the Karangahake Gorge that runs between Coromandel and the Kaimai Ranges.  This is a favourite area for the Club.  You will see a huge amount of gold-mining history, including the historic old machinery now rusting away.  We will have options for shorter, medium and fast groups, including for some groups going up and over 544 metre Mt Karangahake, with extensive 360 degree views!

    Including a few twists on the usual classic tramps we do through this area, including a couple of different loop options to see two waterfalls, one very spectacular cascading waterfall.  We will still have the classic tramps that we all love so much).  

    Please ensure you bring a headlight or good torch as you will need one walking through the hand built one kilometer tunnel and the Windows Walk.  There are Glow Worms through some of the tunnels as well.  

    There should be time for a refreshing swim or possibly two in the stunning Ohinemuri River and Owharoa Falls or hot drinks at the end of the tramp at the café across from the car park.

    Don't forget your camera, camera phone and swimming gear.  

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/karangahake-gorge-brochure.pdf

     

    **Please note early departure time

    ** For pickups from Greenlane pickup point please register via the site or contact the organiser

     

    Depart:

    • -          8am The Strand, Takapuna
    • -          8.15 Marewa Road, Greenlane. On road, by where it says NZ Tertiary College - by the pinky tree. 

    Organiser: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Driver: TBC

    Cost:$25 members, $30 non-members, $5 juniors

    Maps: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/karangahake-gorge-medium-track

    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Register

    Climbing from the characterful former gold-mining hub of Thames high up into Coromandel Forest Park, this loop offers both the views and history that make the area a gem.

    The track begins from Karaka Road and follows Karaka Stream through native bush for about 20 minutes, passing historic mining tunnels driven into the hillside. These tunnels are closed to the public due to the risk of collapse. 

    The track crosses the stream – you can rock-hop across in low-flows, but it can become impassable during high flows and requires caution. After the crossing, the adventure begins. 

    The track narrows and becomes increasingly muddy, threading through a damp valley filled with ponga ferns and rimu, before climbing gradually beside the stream for about an hour and then heading to the top of the valley. The track soon sidles through a large clay slip, offering the first views of the rich forest surrounds.

    **Please note early departure time

    ** For pickups from Greenlane pickup point please register via the site or contact the organiser

     

    Depart:

    • -          8am The Strand, Takapuna
    • -          8.15 Marewa Road, Greenlane. On road, by where it says NZ Tertiary College - by the pinky tree. 

    Organiser: Anthony Hayes 021 0234 376

    Driver: TBC

    Cost:$25 members, $30 non-members, $5 juniors

    Maps   Online /