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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. 

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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 25 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride

    This hill is positioned behind Matakana. 

    We will approach this peak via the Te Araroa Trail. It starts behind the Pakari School and climbs up an open hillside that gives us great view of the northern coast. Then thru some bush up to the 439m summit for lunch.

    In order to cover some distance we will return back the same way.

    Depart Takapuna    9.00 am The Strand

    Depart Silverdale    9.20 am Park & Ride     

    If you need a pickup from Silverdale, please RSVP/register via the website, or let the organiser know directly.

    Registration is not required if leaving from Takapuna.

    Cost:    $15 members     
                   $20  non-members

    Organiser:  Paul de Vos

    Driver: Helen  Ph: 09 623 2015 / 027 421 2460

    • 30 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 2 Dec 2018
    • Departure location to be confirmed
    • 1

    One space has become available due to cancellation. 

    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 /

    • 2 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Takapuna The Strand
    • 10

    Come out to the Kaipara Harbour, one hour north of Auckland and enjoy a day's tramp over farmland and through regenerating bush.

    Join the group overnighting at Mataia Cottage (for more information see the away trip details here)

    Cost:  Carpooling.  Pay driver $10.

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


    • 9 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    A tramp in the heart of the Hunuas, with parties to suit all speeds … and ages.

    We begin at Mangatawhiri Dam and skirt the western side of the reservoir before crossing the Mangatawhiri River (there is a bridge), then a steady climb up to a fine viewpoint on a grassy knoll at 497 metres.

    Some parties will descend directly on the Lilburne Track, while others will divert along the Rata Ridge Track back to the bus.

    Depart 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna

    Cost:   $15 members
                 $20 Non members 

    Organiser: Ralph Martin
     Phone: 022 600 5730 / 09 420 3494

    Map: OnlinePrintable / 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
    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Tiritiri Matangi Island,Open Sanctuary

    Join us for a rewarding day exploring all the tracks and hopefully spotting the “big five” on this Bird Sanctuary island in the Hauraki Maritime Park. 

    Ferry details to be advised later. 

    Maps: Tiritiri Matangi - online / printable

    Organiser: Mark Abela
    Phone:  02102239281

    • 23 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    1.  When: Sunday
           23rd  December
    2.  Time:    9:00 AM
          (meet & find  carparking)
    3.  Place: 2 Anzac Ave,
          Browns Bay
        - on the grass beside the Bays


    We'll do things a bit different this year, to switch things up.   As low tide isn't until bout 2.26pm we'll head for the stunning vistas along the cliff top walk & head south to Campbell's Bay and explore the nice shady bush circuits in reverse and pop out at Rae Rd, for another bush circuit most may not be aware of, heading towards the end of Kennedy Park to drop back down onto the foreshore at Castor Bay and back along the beach to to Browns Bay.    

    Swimming afterwards is an option, or more walking and then a swim. 
    Please note, the walk along the foreshore, will be uneven and slippery in places.   Bring a camera or phone for stunning photos.  

    Cost:   Free to all!! 
    Organiser:  Imogen   027 289 8440  (newbies, no texts please)
    • 27 Dec 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Queenstown Airport
    • 1

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

    Due to a cancellation we have one space available in either the Mavora Lakes or Takitimu Mountain out party options. 

    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.


    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.

    We have one space available due to a cancellation - in either the Mavora Lakes or  Takitimu Mountain out party.

    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.  


    Out party

    Mavora Lakes 5 days, slow party

    Takitimu Mountains, 5 days, medium party

    Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party

    Online: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

    Printable: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

    GPS: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

    Home party - 1 day and 2 day trips

    Online: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Circuit Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    Printable: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    GPS: Mt Luxmore /  Hope Arm Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    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

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna
    • 0
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    Mt Hikurangi (1752 metres) in the Raukumara Ranges is the tallest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island, and the first part of mainland New Zealand to greet the rays of the new day’s sun. It is a place of immense spiritual importance to the Ngati Porou people.

    The drive to Te Araroa near East Cape (via Tauranga and Opotiki) will take about eight hours. We’ll spend the remainder of the night at Te Araoa Holiday Park and Motel (basecamp).

    Saturday: At 8.00 am drive to Ruatoria, then via Tapuaeroa Valley Road to Pakihiroa Station. The party will walk up to the Hikurangi hut, mostly over open farmland and takes about 5–6 hours. Yellow poles indicate the route. Just before the hut, we will encounter nine whakairo (carved sculptures) representing Maui and his family, erected to commemerate the new millenium. The hut sleeps 8–10 people and is described on one website as “very rustic”.

    Sunday: Walks up to the summit (2 hours). The last 400 metres is a steep scree slope. If the weather is kind, the views will be spectacular, extending to Mt Ruapehu. Back to the drop-off point by 3.00 pm and return to Te Araroa camp.

    Monday: We drive back to Auckland, with one or two short stops along the way, depending on weather/interest.

    Depart: 7pm Friday, 25 January from the carpark, cnr Auburn & Como Streets, Takapuna.  Transport by car.

    Return: Monday, 29 January (approximately 3–4 pm)

    Cost: TBA in next newsletter

    Organiser: Chris Bilham 022 657 3837 / 551 7780 or email here

    Bookings: Register via the website, or contact Karen Baeyertz ph 027 410 6001 or

    More information:

    Updated Maps (28/10/18)   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

    NZ Topo50 Maps:

    • BE44 Te Puia Springs (includes Mt Hikurangi)
    • BD45 East Cape
    • BF45 Maru Point (Tolaga Bay)
    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22 Apr 2019
    • TBC

    Details to follow.

Past Tramps

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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