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January Social Meeting

Photos from Manapouri Xmas Trip

7:30pm, Wed 30 January

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.  


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. 

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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    From the carpark we walk up through some mature pines to the edge of the iron sand mine at Waikato North Head, with views of Waikato River entrance and Port Waikato. We then drop down a very steep sand dune to the Waikato River mouth. After following the beach for a kilometre, we re-enter the forest and are soon faced with a stiff climb to the northern high point, then an easy grade through mature bush and back to the bus.

    A varied and interesting group walk, suitable for trampers of moderate fitness. Please remember sun hat and sun screen and plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    Depart: 9.00am The Strand

    Fare: $20 members
               $25 non members

    Organiser: Rod Newbold

    Driver: Falk

    Phone: 021 541 986

    Maps   Online / Printable / GPS

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    • 4

    Leaving Takapuna Saturday morning 8am, driving through Waitomo to the end of Appletree Road dropping off one party. The bus carries on via Te Anga Rd to the end of Speedies Rd, park the bus and walk from here.  Parties meet in the middle at Blueberry Flat Campground for the night. A tent is required.  Next day both parties walk into the gorge towards Were Rd and back to Blueberry Flat where parties split up and walk out the way they have NOT come in. Sights on the way are Tawarau Falls, Double Falls and the steep limestone formations through the gorge.  Back Sunday late afternoon.

    Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    Depart: Saturday 23 February 8.00am

    Cost: $65

    Organiser: Bernhard Klar 

    Driver: Helen

    Phone: 09 483 7889 /027 278 3778

    Register via the website or contact Karen - 027 410 6001

    Maps    Online / Printable / GPS

    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

    • 3 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Starting at Mangapiko, the track follows a farm track besides Mangapiko Valley Stream and crosses two small streams before entering Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve. The bush on this walk is a pleasure; a canopy of predominantly tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood, pukatea, some puiri and rimu.  After about 20 minutes and 120m of ascent through mature forest the track emerges at a farm fence line and offers broad views across the hills and Hauraki Plains to Mt Te Aroha and the Kaimai Range.  The track follows the fence line for about 500m with continued views to the east and then ducks back into the bush for a short way before emerging again at the fence line. From here it’s a short but steep climb up private land to Pukeitionga Station (510m) which offers extensive views out west over the Waikato to Mt Pirongia and east to the Hauraki Plains.  The track then heads back into the bush and down a few steep and slippery slopes.  The track continues north until a steep ascent to a radio station at the summit of Maungakawa Peak (535m), the highest point of Hapuakohe Walkway which offers views north to the Firth of Thames.  The track then heads north to Ohinewai Rd where the bus will pick us up.  9kms – 6hrs.

    Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    Note earlier start time

    Depart: 8.00am The Strand

    Fare: $20 members
               $25 non members

    Organiser: Helen Orchard

    Phone: 09 444 1397

    Maps  Online / Printable / GPS

    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

    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Join us tramping a particularly spectacular 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 have recruited Campbell to lead this trip.  He will join us at Karangahake Gorge.Options for slow, medium and fast groups, including for some groups going up and over 544 metre Mt Karangahake, with extensive views back down to the gorge. Please ensure you bring a headlight or good torch as you will need one walking through the one kilometre tunnel. There may be time for hot drinks at the end of the tramp at the café across from the car park.

    (Bring a towel and swimwear as we should have time for a refreshing swim in one of the stunning rivers).  

    Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    Note earlier start time

    Depart: 8.00am The Strand

    Fare: $25 members
               $30 non members

    Organiser: Campbell Elliot

    Phone: 021 155 3161

                 OR:  Roger Parsons

    Phone:  419 0552

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    • 6

    Perched near to the tip of the Cape (with exceptional views) lies the light keepers house, now converted to a DOC hut. We’ll see lots of wildlife, and if we are lucky, dolphins on the way!

    We will leave Takapuna on Friday night at 7 pm and stay at the Rawhiti campground. The bus can sleep the whole party, but you are welcome to bring your tent if you prefer ( we will arrive late so pitching will be in the dark).

    The track is a straight forward one through the bush from Rawhiti to Deep Water Cove (3-6 hrs). Then it continues along the Cape itself traversing a razor back ridge and then descends down to the hut (2-3hrs). The total walking time will be around 8 hours.

    On Sunday we will head off nice and early to Deep Water Cove where a water taxi will pick us up at 11 am and drop us off back at the bus (Rawhiti Marae).

    Please note that the water at the Cape Brett hut is contaminated due to saltwater - you need to bring all of the water with you that you need for drinking and cooking.

    Please also bring everything you need for a usual away trip (sleeping bag, food, snacks, personal supplies...). The hut has burner units however it won’t hurt to carry your own gas cooker.

    Depart: Como Street, Takapuna.  NB.  Not our Sunday departure location

    Time7.00pm Friday 15 March

    Cost: $220

    Organiser: Annika Werner

    Ph:  027 374 7469

    Register through the website, or contact Karen 0274 106 001 /

    Maps    Online / Printable / GPS

    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
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Come for a great day out in the northern part of the Hunua Ranges.  The Club has not been into this area for some years. Start and finish at Moumouka Hill Road and follow part of the Kohukohunui Track. 

    The slower party will visit the disused Manganese mine site while the faster group will go over the highest point in the ranges – Kokukohunui 688 m and loop back along the Upper Mangatawhiri Ridge Track and the Milne Road Track.

    Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    Depart: 9.00am The Strand

    Fare: $15 members
               $20 non members

    Organiser: Roger Parsons

    Phone:  419 0552


    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Pier Z, Auckland City - NO BUS THIS WEEK

    Ferry departs WESTHAVEN at 9.30am

    Location:   Pier Z Westhaven Marina - The Red Boats

    Departure:    9.30am ex Auckland Pier Z Westhaven Marina - The Red Boats - NO BUS THIS WEEK!!!!
    10.30am Motuihe Island
    3.30pm Ex Motuihe Island
    4.30pm Auckland (Pier Z Westhaven Marina)

    Note: Times are indicative and are subject to change due to weather conditions and operational requirements

    Cost:   Adults:            $35pp Return
                 Children:       $15pp Return (up to 16 yrs)
                 Gold Gard:    $30pp Return
                 Family Pass:
    $80.00 per family


     Family Passes include 2 Adults & 2 children under the age of 16, extra children and Adults are charged at our normal Adult & Children rates. Campers need to Purchase 2 one way tickets, one for the trip to Motuihe and one for the return date.

    This will be the first time the club has had the chance to my knowledge, of being able to tramp over at Motuihe, more new ground.  We usually go over to help with planting, and in a few months time, we'll be back to help with planting.  So this time we'll get out and explore as much of the island as we have time for!!!  


    Bring your camera/phone as the sea views all around you on this little island are gorgeous and if we're lucky we might be able to find the sunbathing Tuatara's!   Hopefully we may have some time for a swim too!  

    Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.

    History and about Motuihe Island:

    Suggest pre-booking so you don't miss out!   Very importantly, read the above link for Island Bio-Security to protect this treasure island.  

    Organiser:   Imogen

    Phone: 027 289 8440 (newbies no texts please)

    • 7 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Follow the Waikato River along the Te Araroa Walkway between Huntly and Rangiriri.  If time allows there is an option to walk around one or both of Huntly's lakes.

    Further details to come.

    Depart: 8.00am The Strand (Daylight Saving ends today so you get an extra hour in bed!)

    Fare: $20 members
               $25 non members

    Organiser: Anthony Hayes

    Phone:  444 3976

    A history of the battle of Rangiriri can be found here.

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Good news, Goldies Bush track has been reopened, 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 at the start and end.

    Doing things a bit differently, the longer group will start at Bethell's of the Te Henga Walkway track start near the car bridge. 
    (Please note the footbridge at January 2019 was washed away, so will require wading through the shallow 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 it's 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.  

    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.  And you'll definitely want a camera to capture everything.  
    Also please ensure you have everything in drybags or waterproof bags.  

    *  If there is any rain overnight, or on the morning, we may reassess 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!  

    Depart: 8.00 am The Strand, Takapuna

    Cost:   $10  Members
                 $15  Non members
                 $5    Juniors

    Organiser: Imogen   0272898440  (newbies no texts please! ) 


    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22 Apr 2019
    • Como St, Takapuna

    Join us on this classic Te Urewera tramp.

    Commencing near Ruatahuna we will tramp the length of the Whakatane River to exit at the BOP end of the park near Ruatoki.There are huts along the way, but tents will need to be carried. The route includes a number of swing bridges, but there are numerous crossing required of both side streams and the main river.  A driver cross over will be required or we will engage a local to bring the bus around and park it in a secure spot.

    Alternatively a party could do the traditional Whakatane Waimana cross over tramp.

    Further details and costing TBA

    Organiser:  Ralph   0226005730

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    As the club hasn't been to the Nikau Caves for a few years, it must be time again to join us for this very different and really cool, adventurous trip, because who doesn't love Glow Worms!  This is quite a different experience to Waitomo, the drive alone once off the motorway, if really stunning.  

    The cave tour is booked for 10.30am and included in your cave tour cost they provide you a safety helmet and torch and we will be split into groups of no more than 10 people to be guided through.    The actual cave tour takes 1.5 hours.  

    For the first 20 metres you crawl into the Limestone cave, through an extremely shallow stream, so you may get a bit damp.  Then the cave opens out to an extremely comfortable standing height even for the very tall.  Once into the cave you will see lots of incredible stalactities and stalagmites and amazing Glow Worms really close all around you!  No touching anything though. You reach the other end of the cave and come out into a magical other worldy lush type bush setting and return along the track to office.  

    We'll stop for lunch and you can bring your own lunch or order lunch at the yummy cafe.   After lunch we'll go for a walk to the really pretty waterfall which is also on Cave grounds.  

    Please bring a full change of clothes and shoes and bag for your gear (as usual) as you may get wet going through the caves.  

    Please note if there is heavy rainfall the night before or on the day, this trip maybe cancelled, but you will be advised accordingly and run a local tramp instead.  


    Bus Cost:           Member                       $20.00
                                 Non-Member              $25.00
                                 Juniors                            $5.0

    Cave Tour Cost:    Adults                                 $45.00
                                      Children still at School  $22.50



    0272898440    (newbie non-members no texts please) 

    • 5 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Pier 4, Auckland City - NO BUS THIS WEEK

    Ferry:     Fullers Ferry departs Pier 4 at 9.15am Auckland City  & Devonport 9.25am and return from Motuihe Island during the winter 3.15 pm.

    Cost:     Ferry tickets: $24.50 (volunteers). $35 (non volunteers) from the Fullers' ticket office at Pier 1. Children $12.60

    Over Summer, a few months ago in March we were very excited to have our first chance to tramp around the this gorgeous little island!   So continuing our Club's annual give back to the environment of Motuihe Island over the Winter months, we're back again for 2019. 

    It's very well organised, so there is choice of planting, or working in the nursery and then after the yummy bbq sausages and tea and coffee that the organisers provide at lunchtime, we usually head off to one of the tracks to spot many native birds and if really lucky sunbathing Tuatara's before heading back down to catch the ferry home!  

    Please contact the organiser to register your attendance and if departing Auckland City or Devonport, so we can notify Fullers of our numbers.  (Unless you wish to book your planters ferry seat individually by phoning Fullers on 093679111. You can pay for the ticket then or get a booking number and pay for it at the ticket office on pier one on Sunday morning).   

    Volunteers need a discount card, available from a Motuihe representative standing near Pier 1 Ticket office from 8.45am on the day or via NSTC organiser at Devonport at 8.45am.  

    (Cancellations: Subject to weather - please ring 08006688443 after 7 am on the day to check for cancellations.  Important over winter months, if the weather is really inclement.  We've often still gone to the island on a wild day and had an amazing time).  

    Bring your camera/phone as the sea views all around you on this little island are gorgeous! 

    (Suggest pre-booking so you don't miss out!   Very importantly, read the above link for Island Bio-Security to protect this treasure island). 

    Organiser:   Imogen

    Phone: 027 289 8440 (newbies no texts please)

Past Tramps

10 Feb 2019 Waiheke Island - Park Point
3 Feb 2019 West Harbour Tramp
30 Jan 2019 January Social Evening
27 Jan 2019 Tracks around Arataki & important Kauri Dieback seminar
25 Jan 2019 Mt Hikurangi, East Cape, Anniversary Weekend 2019
20 Jan 2019 Atiu Creek, Kaipara Harbour
13 Jan 2019 Waiake, Torbay - OPEN DAY 2019
6 Jan 2019 Greenhithe - Hobsonville Tracks
27 Dec 2018 Christmas Trip: Manapouri and Southland; Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa
23 Dec 2018 East Coast Bays Bush and Foreshore
16 Dec 2018 Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf
9 Dec 2018 Ernies Track, Central Hunua Ranges
2 Dec 2018 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Sunday
30 Nov 2018 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Weekend
28 Nov 2018 November Social Evening
25 Nov 2018 Mt Tamahunga, North Auckland
18 Nov 2018 Scandrett Regional Park Mahurangi, North Auckland
10 Nov 2018 Kaimai Ridge Line Working Bee, Kaimai Ranges
4 Nov 2018 Musick Point, Bucklands Beach - Low Tide
28 Oct 2018 Kaitarakihi, Coromandel Range
20 Oct 2018 Labour Weekend - Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
14 Oct 2018 Meremere, Waikato
7 Oct 2018 Waitawheta Walkway, Kaimai Ranges
30 Sep 2018 Ahuroa, Puhoi, North Auckland
26 Sep 2018 September Social Evening -South America
23 Sep 2018 Clubs 50th Anniversary Party!!
16 Sep 2018 Clubs 50th Anniversary Trip, Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Maritime Park
9 Sep 2018 Tapapakanga Regional Park, South Auckland
2 Sep 2018 Awhitu Regional Park, South Auckland
26 Aug 2018 Dome Valley, Warkworth
18 Aug 2018 Crosbies Hut, Coromandel Forest Park Mini Weekend
12 Aug 2018 Riverhead Forest, North Shore
5 Aug 2018 Manukau Coast Path, South Auckland
29 Jul 2018 Puhinui Creek Wander, South Auckland
25 Jul 2018 July Social Evening - Little Barrier Island
22 Jul 2018 Beachlands to Maraetai, South Auckland
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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