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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. 

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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 5 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    Karekare, Waitakere Ranges



    The Comans Track re-opened 1 year ago, after major track resurfacing had been carried out, so we're going to make the most of the opportunity to get into the Waitak's again and the incredible coastal clifftop views from this track and Mercer Bay loop & Log Race Road Track in Karekare.  

    One of the tracks boasts the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Auckland area at 270 metres, with views to match.

    We'll head to Karekare Beach and the impressive Karekare Waterfall near the start of the Taraire Track as well, that should be in full flow, so there will be many photo opportunities worth bringing your camera or camera phone out for, including along the cliff tops, whether it be sunny or overcast or showery the views are sublime!   

    Ahu Ahu Track is currently being re-surfaced, so we may spot how that's going.  Don't think the track will be ready for Sunday, unless we're extremely lucky, then we will definitely do Ahu Ahu as well for loop variation.     

    There will be different group speeds as per usual of like minded, friendly people, only too happy to share knowledge and amazing experiences.  

    **  PLEASE ensure that all of your gear is clean, poles, boots, bag etc, as always before and again afterwards and especially as we're in the Waitakere Ranges and we will be passing Kauri'd areas.    With fresh, clean footwear and clothing on the bus for afterwards.  

    Please if you are unwell, cold or flu type symptoms, stay away:
    https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/#we-are-at-alert-level-2



    • 9.00 am, The Strand, Takapuna

    • Organiser:   Imogen  027 2898440 (Newbies no texts, please phone)
    • Driver:  To be confirmed  

    Cost:


    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register

    Due to continued logging in the Riverhead Forest the tracks change from one year to the next.

    Hopefully we'll string together a few hours of tramping anyway.

    We will probably rely on our navigation skills using smartphones.

    Sound like an adventure??

    Depart: 

    • 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna  
    • 9:20 am Silverdale Park & Ride bus stop. If you need a pickup from Silverdale, please register via the website, or let the organiser know directly

    Cost:

    • $10 members
    • $15 non-members
    • $5   juniors
    Organiser:  Bernhard Klar, Phone 09 483 7889  / 027 278 3778

    Driver:  Bernhard

    Maps:


    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 8:30 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register

    Continuing our give back to the community programme each year, this trip we will be tree planting at Shakespear Regional Park.   Another extremely beautiful park that we always enjoy tramping over and around the peninsula.    The Shakespear Regional Park planting days are very well organised as we have found with recent planting trips over the last few years. 

    Tree planting is really important, as it provides habitat for the native creatures that rely on the sustenance and cover provided by these trees and also in gullies where there have been slips in the past, to hold the ground together to help prevent further slippage. 

    Come be part of part of something amazing and feel rewarded and satisfied and please let friends and family know too, if they want to join in. 

    From the SOSSI website: 
    Public planting days at Shakespear for 2020 are 21 June, 19 & 26 July (all Sundays)

    Planting is from 10am to 1pm, and followed by a free BBQ.  Follow signs at the park entrance to planting site.  Dress for the weather, bring warm clothing, raincoat and gaitors are a good idea and wear closed footwear suitable for a muddy slope.  Please watch the weather forecast,  but planting usually goes ahead regardless of the weather (if in doubt check their SOSSI facebook page). Gloves and spades are provided but feel free to bring your own clean equipment. 

    We will go for a walk around this beautiful park after lunch and planting. 

    Please ensure all your gear is scrubbed clean, in case we pass any Kauri'd areas and as always ensure you thoroughly clean your gear afterwards. 

    (PLEASE, bring a change of clean footwear to change into afterwards so you are not possibly transferring any Kauri Dieback.    Please ensure all of your gear is clean, as we are passing through Kauri'd areas).  

    Please bring your own hand sanitiser just in case we need to stop somewhere along the way.  

    Please if you are unwell, cold or flu type symptoms, stay away. 

    ** Non-members:  Please phone the organiser to check suitability of the tramp

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

    Depart:

    • -          8.30am The Strand, Takapuna
    • -          8.45 Silverdale

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

    Driver:   TBC

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

    Maps:  Not required

    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 8:20 AM (UTC+12:00)

    Continuing our give back to the community volunteer programme each year, this trip we will be tree planting at the local Birkenhead War Memorial park.  
    Another beautiful park that we usually skirt around.

    Tree planting is really important, as it provides habitat for the native creatures that rely on the sustenance and cover provided by these trees and also in gullies where there have been slips in the past, to hold the ground together to help prevent further slippage. 

    Come be part of part of something amazing and feel rewarded and satisfied and please let friends and family know too, if they want to join in. 

    Planting is from 9am.  Meet us at 8.20am, and we'll walk over together.  Dress for the weather, bring warm clothing, raincoat and gaitors are a good idea and wear closed footwear suitable for a muddy slope.  Please watch the weather forecast,  but planting usually goes ahead regardless of the weather (if in doubt check their facebook page below).
    Gloves and spades are often provided but feel free to bring your own clean equipment. 

    We will go for a walk around this beautiful park and Kaipatiki Park after lunch and planting.

    Very important, PLEASE ensure all your gear is VERY clean, as there are Kauri'd areas and Kauri Dieback in this area, so as always ensure you thoroughly clean your gear afterwards!!   And please ensure you have a spare footwear in your car for after, so no dirt is transferred!!!   No freshly tramped/planting shoes permitted back in cars!!!! 

    Please bring your own hand sanitiser just in case we need to stop somewhere along the way or to be used at boot stations or on spades etc.  

    Please if you are unwell, cold or flu type symptoms, stay away.

    ** Non-members:  Please phone the organiser to check suitability of the tramp

    Auckland Parks Facebook page - for full details:  
    https://www.facebook.com/events/577909919509935/

    Meet at:  

        -          8.20 AM    Recreation Drive, Birkenhead,
                                       outside Birkenhead RSA (first building left end of      drive) - best parking Birkenhead Avenue.  

    Organiser:     Amber  Gladwin 0278389483  (Imogen) (no text please newbies, please phone in first instance)

    Driver:             NO BUS TODAY!!!!!   

    Cost:                Members, non-members, kids - Nil cost - free to all

    Maps:   APPLICABLE MAP ON PAGE 16
    https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/media/23314/kaipatiki-kauri-explorer-2018.pdf


    • 9 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Hunua Falls & Cosseys Dam loop track.
    Easy to medium difficulty
    Kid friendly
    Approximately 9 kilometers loop track

    We will begin our tramp at the Falls Road carpark following the Massey track up on to the Wairoa ridge and down to the Cossey reservoir.

    There we will be able to have lunch and check for ourselves just how dire Auckland’s water storage is?

    The Massey track is an easy well-maintained track. From there we will return to Falls Road via the shorter Cosseys Gorge track. This track can be muddy and we will have a small stream crossing very near the end (you may get damp feet).

    On our return we will visit the spectacular Hunua Falls, a must see before returning to Takapuna.

    Costs:    Members $15.00, Non-members $20.00, Juniors $5.00.

    Organiser:  Chris Peard 0212770270

    Driver:

    Maps:



    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • 16 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Cnr Auburn & Como Street, Takapuna
    • 17
    Register

    Whareorino Forest: Leitch’s Hut (16 Bunks) 15th – 16th of August

    Winter end is near? Easy mini weekend tramp.

    1 x Standard blue DOC hut ticket needed but tents to be carried, this is a non- bookable hut and popular area for locals and hunters.

    Leaving Como Street Saturday 15th August 8.00 am
    Arriving at the track head at about 11.30am – 12.00pm

    There are several tracks to Leitch’s Hut, but we will take Leitch’s track which is the shortest and easiest track to the hut for the night - 8.5 km 3hr tramp.

    Leitch’s Hut is situated on a grassy flat on the side of the Awakino River, the site of Sam Leitch’s old residence, a solder from WW1 who won the ballot to farm this isolated area now part of the Whareorino Forest (Western King Country).

    On the way we will pass through farmland, regenerating bush and see stands of Tawa, Kamahi, Hinau, Rewarewa and the odd Kahikatea.

    Upon arriving at Leitch’s Clearing we will organize our gear and then explore a little of the Mahoenui track which follows the Awakino River.

    Within the Whareorino Forest there are protected areas where Archeys Frog (Leiopelma archeyi) can be found. Archeys Frogs are evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered amphibian species. If we are lucky as I was in the Coromandel we may spot one.

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/waikato/places/whareorino-conservation-area/things-to-do/leitchs-hut/

    Sunday 16th we will tramp back to the bus and allow enough time to make a short side trip to the Manapohue natural earth bridge and the Piripiri cave both in the Waitomo district, before we return to Takapuna.

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/waikato/places/waitomo-area/tracks/mangapohue-natural-bridge-walk/

    Costs $70.00 per member (exclusive of your own hut ticket)

    Organiser: Chris Peard

                          Ph: 021 277 0270

    Driver:         Arletta

    Maps:










    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    Pukekohe Club set this track up last year, along with the official

    Pukekohe Club set this track up last year, along with the official opening at the end of 2019.  This circuit covers 5 summits in the Pukekohe area, starting and finishing at the train station.  Each summit has very interesting history and lovely views and a few have some really nice heavily tree'd tracks.    We will pass through many parks and a few tracks along the way.  

    There will be only one group today, and the circuit is about 20.5kms that our large group completed on the open day in just over 5 hours.  

    It is a reasonable distance, so PLEASE ensure you have plenty of WATER with you!!!   And plenty of sunblock or covered sleeves etc as we'll be in the open most of the day.

    Please ensure all your gear is clean, in case we pass any Kauri'd areas and as always ensure you thoroughly clean your gear afterwards. 

    Please if you are unwell, cold or flu type symptoms, stay away. 
    https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/#we-are-at-alert-level-2


    **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 - opposite the McDonalds exit. 

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

    Driver: TBC

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


    Maps:  To be added, but for now:
                 https://www.nstc.org.nz/event-3752826

     



    • 6 Sep 2020
    • 8:30 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    The Omanawanui Track has only just re-opened after being extensively resurfaced with steps and gravel bringing the track to "Kauri standard".   So although this ridgeline track won't be rugged fun anymore, the views will still be extremely impressive across the Manukau Harbour, Awhitu (South Head), the Whatipu Wetlands and the treacherous Manukau Bar and the Tasman Sea. 

    As we can only go there and back on this track now, as Kura Track is still closed, as are other tracks in the area (KDB). We will head down and skirt the wetlands to an awesome, very large cave, that back in logging days, was much deeper and had a dance floor.   If the tide is still low enough we'll also go check out Nine Pin Rock and enjoy this area that is also a scientific reserve and steeped in history. 

    We may stop at the Huia Store on the way back for a nice cooling Ice cream. 

    As this track is usually a good workout ,PLEASE ensure you have PLENTY of WATER with you!!!

    Very important, PLEASE ensure all your gear is clean, as Omanawanui is a Kauri'd area and as always ensure you thoroughly clean your gear afterwards.  Bring clean footwear for bus trip back and bag for dirty footwear.

    Please if you are unwell, cold or flu type symptoms, stay away.  We will be deploying social distancing as per:
    https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/#we-are-at-alert-level-2


    PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEPARTURE TIME.
    Depart:

        -          8.30am       The Strand, Takapuna

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

    Driver: 

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


    Maps:   to be loaded, but in the interim:
                  https://www.nstc.org.nz/event-3752824

    • 13 Sep 2020
    • 9:15 AM (UTC+12:00)
    • Downtown Ferry Terminal or Devonport Ferry Terminal

    Join us for a very special trip to Rangitoto. Our annual club anniversary trip to this Pohutukawa-forested volcanic island this year marks the club’s 52nd anniversary and will repeat the first trip the club made all those years ago, back in 1968 to this incredible treasure island.

    We always encourage young people to come out tramping with the club, but this event is even more special, as we'd love for you to bring your kids, younger relatives and teenagers tramping (minors must be accompanied by an adult).  
    We will have different distance options to suit all ages, from young to young at heart and there are earlier ferries back if needed.  


    There are options to tramp through to McKenzie Bay, and around the back of the Island to Islington Bay and back to Rangitoto wharf (about 20 km). Another option is to enjoy the views at the NSTC seat on the way up to the summit and see the amazing lava caves. There’s also another track the club doesn’t usually do, which was very popular in previous years.  Or another Long party can head out to the back of the island through the old lava flow to Wreck (Boulder) Bay where in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, where ships were run aground once they were past their useful life.  The ship skeletons are very visible at low tide, with a useful informal sign about each ship’s history.  

    Also not to be missed the Kidney Fern Grove and the Kowhai Grove that should be in full glorious bloom with Tui feasting on the nectar.  
    The island has a big increase in native bird life the last 5 years, maybe due to the success of other neighbouring islands.  

    Bring your camera/phone for awesome photos, and a torch if you’d like to go to the lava caves and maybe swim wear/towel as it's usually about 4 degrees warmer on the island due to the volcanic scoria.  

    Please ensure ALL your gear is completely clean, please read the Treasure Island Bio-security here:
    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/auckland/places/rangitoto-island/

    We look forward to meeting everyone, all welcome.  

    Depart:    9.15 am Downtown ferry terminal, pier 4
    Depart:    9.25 am Devonport ferry terminal
    Ferry return times are:  12.25pm (Devonport and town)
                                                  2.30pm (just goes into town)
                                                  4pm for both Devonport and town (all back).  

    ****  PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE:   https://www.fullers.co.nz/buy-tickets/

    Cost:
    $39          adults    - SUGGEST PRE-BOOKING YOUR TICKET/S
    $19.50    children  (5-15 years old) - under 5's are free, but must register for them for safety purposes. 
    $99          family

    Organiser: Imogen 0272898440
                         (no texts please newbies - phone organiser to register)

    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


    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • 26 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • Como St, Takapuna
    Register

     A rare chance, given the distance from Auckland, to enjoy the splendour and majesty of the birthplace of organised tramping in New Zealand.   It will  require Friday the 23rd Oct off work.

    Please register by Friday 31 July to secure your place

    $50 deposit required by 31 August with full payment due by 1 October please.

    Thursday 22 Oct: Drive from Auckland to Turangi and stay overnight at Turangi Holiday Park. (13 Te Reiti Tamara Grove Turangi)

    Accommodation options are to sleep on bus or Holiday Park cabins ($5.80 pp - $24.00 pp).  Select your choice when registering your tramping party option.

    8am Friday 23 Oct:  Depart Turangi for Masterton.

    2 km south of Masterton turn off State Highway 2 onto Norfolk Road. Follow Norfolk Road for 15 km to the Holdsworth Road-end.


    Easy / Medium Party
     

    Classic Holdsworth-Jumbo loop

    Maximum party size is 11

    Base cost $155

    Select your Doc Hut accommodation options - Club Booked or Self Booked when registering

    If Club books on your behalf  $35

    Self Book/ Backcountry Pass  $0

    Friday:  Arrive ~mid- day Mt Holdsworth road end.
    Starting from Holdsworth Lodge, carry on along the gravel track, cross the Bridge over the Atiwhakatu Stream and follow the Gentle Annie track to Mountain House Shelter. A well graded track offering several lookout points to Mounts Holdsworth and Jumbo - for a short side trip follow the signpost to the Rocky Lookout, which offers good views over the Wairarapa. Past Mountain  House  Shelter the track climbs steeply through dense bush and out onto the  open tops. 

    Powell Hut is located on the bush edge.  Powell Hut via Gentle Annie Track. (3 ½ - 4  hrs)

    Powell Hut: Serviced, 28 bunks. Bookings Required. No camping available

    Saturday:  From Powell Hut Over to Jumbo via Mt Holdsworth. (4 hrs).  Follow the track leading north-east along the main ridge to the Mt Holdsworth trig (1470m).
     For even more expansive views a small side trip (1/2hr) can be made across to  Isabelle (1385m).
    Follow the exposed ridge north to Jumbo Peak (1405 m). The track then descends east along a spur to Jumbo Hut.
     

    Jumbo Hut: 20 Bunk Serviced hut. Bookings required.

    Sunday:  If conditions on tops favourable explore north up the Holdsworth-Girdlestone Range to Angle Knob or further to the aircraft wreck site on Shingle Slip Knob.
     From Jumbo Hut south down the Raingauge Spur track to Atiwhakatu Hut. (~1 ½ hrs).

    Atiwhakatu Hut: 26 bunk beds.  Bookings required.

    Alternatively if weather on tops poor: explore the track continuing up the Atiwhakatu Valley to Pinnacle Saddle. 670m (2-3hrs return)

    Monday:
    Atiwhakatu Hut to bus at Holdsworth road end (2hrs), drive back to Auckland


    Distance Party

    Maximum party size is 11

    Base cost $155

    Select your Doc Hut accommodation options - Club Booked or Self Booked when registering

    If Club books on your behalf  $30

    Totara Flats Serviced Hut Ticket $15 (or use your own)

    Self Book/ Backcountry Pass  $0

    Friday: From Holdsworth camping area, walk in to Atiwhakatu Hut (1.5-2hrs), then from Atiwhakatu Hut up Rain-gauge Spur past Jumbo Hut. (2Hrs)   

     Jumbo Hut: 20 Bunk Serviced hut. Bookings Required.

    Saturday: From Jumbo Hut if conditions on tops are favourable explore north up the Holdsworth- Girdlestone Range.
    •    Investigate site of the old Angle Knob Hut blown off the tops in 1980.
    •    Angle Knob or further to the aircraft wreck site on Shingle Slip Knob and MacGregor Bivy. Return to Mt Jumbo intersection to Mt Holdsworth track. (~3hrs return to Mt Jumbo and further 2 1/2hrs to Mt Holdsworth )
    •    Head south down the Holdsworth-Girdlestone Range to Mt Holdsworth summit with a slight deviation to take in the summit of Mt Holdsworth. (1470m). Drop down to Powell Hut.

    Powell Hut: Serviced, 28 bunks Bookings Required. No camping available

    Sunday: From Powell Hut drop down past Mountain House Shelter and to Totara Flats Track. (1/1/2hrs). This winds its way through forest above Totara Stream to finally reach the swing bridge over the Waiohine River Totara Flats Track to Totoroa Flats Hut: 3 ½ hrs

    Totara Flats Hut :26 bunks: Bookings not required - first come, first served

    Possible Side trip from Totara Flats to Sayer Hut

    Monday
    : Totara Flats to bus at Holdsworth road end (4hrs), drive back to Auckland

    •    Both trips involve travel on exposed tops. Full storm gear required.
       
    Depart: Thursday: 22nd October 7pm: Como Street, Takapuna


    Organiser: Kevin Osten  Ph. 0274 577418
    Drivers x 2 : TBC

    Maps for both parties

    Map for Med party: Online / Printable / GPS

    Map for Distance party: 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.

    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • Como St, Takapuna

    Details to be finalised

    Friday : Travel to Waihaha Valley Camp Site: Kaimanawa Road, 15 km south of Turangi off SH1

    Distance Party:

    Saturday: Waihaha Valley Road end over Umukarikari Track to Waipakihi Hut (12 Bunk): ~7 hrs, 14 km. Alternatively Umukarikari track then doing some of the Urchin loop track and dropping down to meet the other party at Waipakihi River.

    Sunday: Waipakihi Hut out to Urchin Campsite Road End: 7 hrs

    Shorter Party:

    Saturday:  Drive bus to Urchin Road end Campsite.
    Tramp to junction of  Urchin Track and Waipakihi River Valley track Junction. Drop down to Camp site at the Waipakihi River: ~ 4 hrs : 7km

    Sunday: -Waipakihi Stream track back up to Umukarikari Track then head back to Urchin Campsite Road end


    Driver: TBC

    Cost:   $TBC

    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




    • 26 Dec 2020
    • 12:30 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • 4 Jan 2021
    • 12:00 PM (UTC+13:00)
    • Nelson
    • 3
    Register
    Christmas Trip - Richmond Ranges, Marlborough 

    26/27th December 2020 – 4th January 2021.

    Departure information for all parties. Monday 4 January:  Shuttle/minibus will depart Smith Holiday Park at 9.30am to arrive Nelson Airport approx 11am.

    The trip is limited to 32 NSTC financial Club members.

    Registrations will ONLY be accepted via the website registration option.  Two parties are fully booked (Distance and Party A)  - please waitlist in the event of cancellations.

    $100 deposit is refundable up to the final payment due date but is due by 30 June

    The final payment will be due on Friday 13 November 2020.

    **Airfares Auckland/Nelson/Auckland are not included.

    ** Hut fees are not included

    Shuttle & local accommodation costs are included.

    PARTY SUMMARIES:

    DISTANCE PARTY will need to fly to Nelson Saturday 26th December, arriving no later than 12.30 pm for the shuttle to the beginning of the 9 day hike at Pelorus Bridge.

    Accommodation at end of tramp for final night of 3rd January.  Accommodation at Smiths Farm Holiday Park.  Shuttle/minibus will depart Smith Holiday Park at 9.30am Monday 4th  to arrive Nelson Airport approx 11am.


    https://smithsfarm.co.nz/ 

    HOME AND 2 SHORT OUT PARTIES A & B:  Meet at Nelson Airport by 2.00pm on Sunday 27 December 2020.

    Accommodation from  27 December whilst not out on the trail is at Home Base - Smiths Farm Holiday Park. Depart to Auckland 4 January

    https://smithsfarm.co.nz/   


    DISTANCE PARTY:

    RICHMOND RANGE NORTH/SOUTH TRAVERSE

    Depart 26th December – note date!  End tramp 3rd January for a reunion with other parties.  Depart Nelson 4 January.

    9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

    Party Size: 8

    Cost $220

    Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

    The Richmond Range is a long wilderness tramp offering height and solitude.  Once above the bushline it’s generally well-marked with cairns or poles although unformed in places.  The track is defined as suitable for fit, well-equipped people with a high degree of excellence and with navigating and river-crossing experience and has many steep and exposed sections.  The track takes in 4 high summits and sidles across the sides of 3 other peaks; all above the bushline.

     

    9 DAYS/

    8 NIGHTS

    26 Dec


    Richmond Ranges Traverse: North/South Traverse 109km

    26th December 2020-3th January 2021

    Airport meet up by 12.30pm.  1pm Shuttle leaves airport for  Pelorus Bridge

    # Bunks

    KMs approx

    Hours approx

    Day 1

    26 Dec

    Drive to Pelorus Bridge.

    Pelorus Bridge Road end/Maungatapu Road to Captains Creek Hut

     

    6

     

    8.5

     

    4

    Day 2

    27 Dec

    Captains Creek Hut to Middy Hut

    Middy Hut to Rocks Hut

    6

    6

    5

    5

    2

    3

    Day 3

    28 Dec

    Rocks Hut to Browning Hut

    Browning Hut to Hacket Hut*

    8

     

    11

    9

    4.5

    3.5

    Day 4

    29 Dec

    Hacket Hut to Starveall Hut

    Starveall Hut to Slaty Hut

    6

    6

    6

    5

    4

    3

    Day 5

    30 Dec

    Slaty Hut to *above Old Man Hut

    Above Old Man Hut over Mt Rintoul to Mt Rintoul Hut

    Mt Rintoul is the highest point (1731m) on the Richmond Range.

    5

    6

    10

    4.5

    5

    5-6

    Day 6

    31 Dec

    Mt Rintoul Hut to *Tarn Hut

    Tarn Hut to Mid Wairoa Hut

    5

    6

    8

    6.5

    4.5

    4

    Day 7

    1 Jan

    Mid Wairoa Hut to Top Wairoa Hut

    Top Wairoa Hut to Hunters Hut

    6

    8

    7

    10.5

    4.5

    5

    Day 8

    2 Jan

    Hunters Hut to Porters Creek Hut

    Porters Creek Hut to Red Hills Hut

    6

    6

    9

    10.5

    4

    5

    Day 9

    3 Jan

    Red Hills Hut to SH63.

    SH63 to St Arnauds (if collection point is not SH63)

    Note: there is no water supply between here and St Arnauds

    Back to Home Base; accommodation at Smiths Holiday Park overnight 3 January - departure to Auckland 4 January.  Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.


     

    7.5

    8

    4.5

    2

    ** Possible exits are:

    (Day 3) At Hacket Junction, trampers have the option of continuing on to Hacket Hut and beyond or finishing their tramp at the Hacket Picnic Area (5.7km from Hacket Junction). 12km road walk down Aniseed Valley Rd to Hope where a bus can be caught into Nelson.  Private transport arrangements are best made in advance if you wish to end your tramp here.

    Old Man Hut (Day 5) There is a sign-posted junction at the summit of Old Man Peak (1514 m), with the left-hand route leading down to Lake Chalice or to the Forks/Top Valley.

    Tarn Hut (Day 6) 10.5km to Wairoa Gorge Road, plus 7.5km to nearest house (least

    DOC Hut tickets required -  8 nights/9 days. As Huts are small and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights and carry your own food for the full traverse**

    **If some of the Home Party are keen to do an overnighter as a food drop for the Full Monty, this would need to be confirmed and arranged in advance.


    TWO SHORT OUT PARTY OPTIONS  Depart Nelson 27th December 

     3 DAY/2 NIGHT  OUT PARTY A

    Party Size 8

    Cost $385 

    Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June


    3 DAYS/

    2 NIGHTS

    Pelorus to Richmond

    # Bunks

    KMs approx

    Hours approx

    Day 1

    27 Dec

    Drive to Pelorus Bridge

    Pelorus Bridge Road end/Maungatapu Road to Captains Creek Hut

    Captains Creek Hut to Middy Hut

     

    6

    6

     

    8.5

    5

     

    4

    2

    Day 2

    28 Dec

    Middy Hut to Rocks Hut

    Rocks Hut to Totora Saddle to Browning Hut

    6

    8

    5

    11

    3

    5

    Day 3

    29 Dec

    Browning Hut to Aniseed Valley Road via Hacket Track, to Richmond

    Return to Home base for New Year and day tramps as desired.

    Depart to Auckland 4 January. Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

     

     

    16

    6

    DOC Hut tickets required - 2 nights/3 days.   As Huts are small, and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights.

    Accommodation at Home Base: Smiths Farm Holiday Park for 6 nights:  29 December - 3 January.  Depart to Auckland 4 January.

    Cabins: 1 x double and 3 single

    Shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities in the main building.

     

    4 DAY/ 3 NIGHT OUT PARTY B

    Party Size 8

    Cost $330

    Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

    First night of 27 December to be spent at Home base rather than have too long a first tramping day. Early start 28th

    4 DAYS/

    3 NIGHTS

    Mt Rintoul

    # Bunks

    KMs approx

    Hours approx

    Day 1

    28 Dec

    Road end to Lake Chalice Hut to Old Man Hut

    5

    10

    8

    Day 2

    29 Dec

    Old Man Hut to Mt Rintoul 1731m and return to Old Man Hut

    Mt Rintoul is the highest point (1731m) on the Richmond Range.

    5

    9km

    5-6

    Day 3

    30 Dec

    Old Man Hut to Goulter Creek
     to Lake Chalice Hut

    8

    2.5
    6.7

    3
    4

    Day 4

    31 Dec

    Lake Chalice Hut to Rd End

    Return to Home base for New Year and day tramps as desired.

    Depart to Auckland 4 January .Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

     

     

    2

    DOC Hut tickets required 3 nights/4 days.  As Huts are small, and cannot be booked in advance, assume you will need to camp all/most nights.

    Accommodation at Home Base: Smiths Farm Holiday Park for  5 nights:  27 December and 31 December - 3 January.  Depart to Auckland 4 January.

    Cabins: 1 x double and 3 single

    Shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities in the main building.


    HOME PARTY

    Party size: 8

    Cost $550  

    Deposit: $100 - due by 30 June

    Accommodation 8 nights.

    Depart to Auckland 4 January .Shuttle/minibus departs 9.30am to arrive at Nelson Airport approx 11am.

    Self-contained unit (1 x queen & 2 single beds)

    Self-contained unit (1 x queen & 4 beds single)

    Will be based in Richmond.  Mini bus for transport.

    Multiple one day options are available, some suggestions being:


     



    Approx Kms

    Approx Hrs Return

    1

    Mt Royal – 1365m

    9.5

    8

    2

    Lake Chalice Hut and walk around Lake Chalice – gentle

     

    6 gentle

    3

    Mt Sunday/Mt Riley Route

    7

    8

    4

    Top Valley. Riverside walk

    5km

    2.5h

    5

    Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway

     

    5

    6

    Wakamarma Track near Havelock)

     

    7 (could make overnighter)

    7

    Ben Nevis, Gibbs Spur 1619m

     

    6-7

    8

    Red Hills Hut – easy

     

    4.5

    9

    Hackett Track. Aniseed Valley Road. Richmond. Walk to Hasket Hut or Brown Hut

     

    5-6

    10

    Hackett Track/Clover Knob 578m River Road/Aniseed Valley Road circuit

     

    ?

    11

    Matiai Dam at the head of Maitai Valley Road to Dun Mountain 1129m

     

     

    12

    Gordons Knob

     

     

    13

    Beeby’s Knob 1442m

    12

    7-8 hard

    14

    Browning Hut

    16

    6 moderate

    15

    Devil’s Creek Hut

    13

    Moderate

    16

    Queen Charlotte

     

     



    Trip Organiser: Amber Gladwin

    Email:  Gonewalkies66@gmail.com

    Ph:       027-272-0208



    MAPS: 

    Richmond Ranges Traverse: North/South Traverse 108km

    9 days   Sat 26 Dec 20 – Sun 3 Jan 21

    Online / Printable / GPS


    Short Party A. Pelorus to Richmond

    3 days/2 nights    Sun 27 Dec 20 – Tue 29 Dec 20

    Online / Printable / GPS


    Short Party B. Mt Rintoul - Lake Chalice

    4 days/3 nights   Mon 28 Dec 20 – Wed 31 Dec 20

    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

Past Tramps

28 Jun 2020 Waiuku Forest, Auckand Waikato border
21 Jun 2020 Kitekite Falls, Piha - Waitakere - kid friendly
14 Jun 2020 Ambury Farm, Mangere Bridge & Mountain - Seabirds!
7 Jun 2020 Greenhithe Hobsonville tramp
30 May 2020 Yay out of lockdown bush/forest escarpment/urban tramp!
27 May 2020 May Social Meeting & AGM - ONLINE
3 May 2020 Kitekite Falls, Piha - Waitakere - CANCELLED AT THIS POINT
24 Apr 2020 Anzac Weekend - Whirinaki Forest, the Moerangi Track- CANCELLED
19 Apr 2020 Pukekohe – 5 Summits Circuit - CANCELLED
10 Apr 2020 Great Barrier Island - Easter Weekend - CANCELLED
5 Apr 2020 Omanawanui Track, Whatipu – CANCELLED
29 Mar 2020 Botanic Gardens/Totara Park - South Auckland - CANCELLED
25 Mar 2020 March Social Evening - CANCELLED
22 Mar 2020 Broken Hills - Coromandel - Day Trip - CANCELLED
15 Mar 2020 Kaipara Heads & Te Rau Puriri Regional Park, South Head
8 Mar 2020 Ti Point - Goat Island - Leigh - capable kid friendly tramp
1 Mar 2020 Karaka to Waiotahi Circuit
23 Feb 2020 Karangahake Gorge - kid friendly tramp
16 Feb 2020 Rotoroa Island - very kid friendly tramp
8 Feb 2020 Additional Albany Bush & Forest Tramp - variation
6 Feb 2020 Waitangi Weekend - Pureora Forest
2 Feb 2020 Te Henga Goldies
25 Jan 2020 Kaimai's Mini Weekend, Kaimai Ranges
19 Jan 2020 Dome Valley Traverse
12 Jan 2020 Albany Bush & Forest Tramp
5 Jan 2020 Hauraki/Devonport Loop - Summer Open Day
28 Dec 2019 Additional - Okura Walkway - Ara Weiti entrance
27 Dec 2019 Stewart Island - Xmas/New Year 2019
22 Dec 2019 Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf - very kid friendly tramp
15 Dec 2019 Titirangi to Arataki
7 Dec 2019 Extra - Northcote / Birkenhead Urban Walk, North Shore
6 Dec 2019 Hauturu Weekend Trip
4 Dec 2019 December Additional Social Evening - Nutritional evening
1 Dec 2019 Xmas Party - BBQ - very kid friendly event - Wenderholm
27 Nov 2019 November Social Evening
24 Nov 2019 Coastal Browns Bay to Devonport
18 Nov 2019 Ti Point, Goat Island, Leigh
17 Nov 2019 Hapuakohe Northern End, Northern Waikato
9 Nov 2019 Pirongia Weekend Tramp - King Country
3 Nov 2019 Brynderwyns and Mangawhai Tramp
28 Oct 2019 Extra Albany tramp - forested
26 Oct 2019 Broken Hill Labour Weekend Trip
20 Oct 2019 Tawharanui, North Auckland - kid friendly
13 Oct 2019 Long & Torbay additional tramp - kid friendly tramp
12 Oct 2019 Kaimai Track Clearing, Kaimai Ranges
6 Oct 2019 Karangahake Gorge, Northern Kaimai Ranges
29 Sep 2019 Mangemangeroa Shelly Park Beach Path
25 Sep 2019 September Social Evening
22 Sep 2019 Beachlands to Maraetai, South Auckland
15 Sep 2019 Clubs 51st Anniversary Trip & Young People Tramp, Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Maritime Park
8 Sep 2019 Te Atatu Peninsula
1 Sep 2019 Coast to Coast - Fathers Day tramp
25 Aug 2019 Ahuroa, Puhoi, North Auckland
18 Aug 2019 East Auckland Urban Tramp
11 Aug 2019 Manukau Harbour, Grahams Beach to Wattle Bay
2 Aug 2019 Mt Te Aroha and Waiorongomai
31 Jul 2019 July Social Evening
28 Jul 2019 Waiuku Forest, Waikato
21 Jul 2019 Riverhead Forest, North Shore
14 Jul 2019 Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa - tramp & planting
7 Jul 2019 Northcote / Birkenhead Urban Walk, North Shore
30 Jun 2019 The Pinnacles, Coromandel
28 Jun 2019 Hauturu Weekend Trip - Cancelled
23 Jun 2019 Hakarimata, Waikato
16 Jun 2019 Te Araroa Trail - Northern Waikato River Trail
9 Jun 2019 Tapapakanga Regional Park, South Auckland
3 Jun 2019 Extra tramp - Karekare, Waitakere Ranges
2 Jun 2019 Wenderholm and Waiwera
29 May 2019 May Social Evening & AGM
26 May 2019 Mangawhai, North Auckland
21 May 2019 Ahuroa, Puhoi, North Auckland
19 May 2019 Waitakeres: Piha Beach - Esk Valley- Kitekite Waterfall
11 May 2019 Kaimai Ridge Track Clearing, Kaimai Ranges
5 May 2019 Motuihe Island Tree Planting, Hauraki Gulf
28 Apr 2019 Nikau Caves - Glow Worms - Waikaretu. Auckland/Waikato Border
28 Apr 2019 Back up - Takapuna to Hillcrest parks
20 Apr 2019 Unsworth to Albany
19 Apr 2019 Sunny East Coast Bays Bush and Foreshore
18 Apr 2019 Easter 2019, Whakatane River Walk, Te Urewera
14 Apr 2019 Goldies Bush, Te Henga Walkway and Mokoroa Stream
7 Apr 2019 Huntly to Rangiriri
31 Mar 2019 Local Albany tramp - altered 30th Mar
27 Mar 2019 March Social Evening
24 Mar 2019 Wairoa River Walk
15 Mar 2019 Cape Brett, Bay of Islands - Weekend
10 Mar 2019 Karangahake Gorge
3 Mar 2019 Hapuakohe Southern Section, Northern Waikato
23 Feb 2019 Waitomo - King Country
17 Feb 2019 Waiuku Forest, Waikato
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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