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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

    • 1 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 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

    ***  Please bring plenty of water as it's bound to be hot!!!!

    ***  Please ensure your gear is fully scrubbed and cleaned ready for the day and bring a change of footwear and bag for afterwards on the bus trip back, to help protect and prevent Kauri Dieback.

     

    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  0272898440  (please phone newbies, no texts)

    Driver: Arletta

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

    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

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

    TRAMP: Ti Point – Goat Island - Leigh

    We haven't done this tramp in a few years, so as the tides are good with low tide around 12.52pm, if you like a very scenic coastal tramp with a bit of variety and challenge, climbing over a few very big boulders, rocking hopping, bush tracks, farmland tracks and a hill thrown in this is the tramp for you.   
    There are some interesting Geological rock types along the way in form of Basalt rocks, nearer Ti Point.  
    One group will start at Ti Point and go through to Goat Island and the other group will do the reverse.  
    Bring a camera to capture amazing scenery along the way and hopefully we might be able to squeeze in a swim too!  

    Please ensure all your gear is clean, in case we pass any Kauri'd area. 

    As it's still summer and bound to be a hot day, PLEASE ensure you have plenty of WATER with you!!! 

    **Please note early departure time

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

    **  Please note our trip does coincide with Round the Bays, but as we're heading north, hopefully it won't impact our trip at all.  Maybe allow extra time if you are heading over from townside.

    Depart:

    • -          8am The Strand, Takapuna
    • -          8.15 Silverdale

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

    Driver: TBC x 2

    Cost:$20 members, $25 non-members, $5 juniors

    Maps: TBC

    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register
    As it's been a while since last we visited the area, with low tide around 8.38am we'll make the most of it and head through the mangrove path to the beach and find a bit of elevation to enjoy spectacular views across the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere, the Kaipara Harbour, South Head.   
    Then we'll head to the pretty, coastal Te Rau Puriri Regional Park for a good walk around.  

    Bring swimwear in case we can find somewhere for a swim during the day.

    As it's still summer and bound to be a hot day, PLEASE ensure you have plenty of WATER with you!!!

    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 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: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Driver: TBC

    Cost:$20 members, $25 non-members, $5 juniors

    Maps: TBC

    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Register

    Explore historic gold mining area: : old mine tunnels, site of the aerial ropeway which transported the ore across the valley to the Golden Hills battery.

    Highlight is circular track taking one of the high viewpoints looking over the towering rock formations beside the site and then back down to cross a 500 metre long old mine tunnel referred now as Collins Drive.  -Torch required.

    Once out of the tunnel there are descents past more tunnels.

    There are remains to look at of the stations for the aerial ropeways that crossed high over the valley to the Stamper batteries used to extract the gold from the quart ore on the other side of the river. As you  descend further the track makes use of the old horse drawn tramways.

    Please ensure all your gear is very clean as we may pass Kauri'd areas and have a change of clean footwear for the trip home, so we're not transferring any soil.  

    Swimming hole near the Road end camping ground.

    **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:  Kevin Osten    0274577418

    Driver: TBC

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

    Maps:

    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
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    Join us to explore 64 hectares of beautiful gardens and native forest at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and Totara Park.  With lots of gently trickling streams, gorgeous large old Totara trees giving the park it's name and a few hills, there should be something for everyone and as usual, different group distances. 

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

    Depart:

    • -          9am The Strand, Takapuna
    • -          9.15 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

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

    Maps: TBC



    • 5 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

     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 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.   With low tide around about 1.20pm 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 it's still warm and bound to be a hot day, 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.

    ** Please note early departure time

    ** Please note, Daylight Savings ends today.  

    Daylight saving

    Daylight saving ends when clocks go back by 1 hour at 3am on 5 April 2020.

    Arrow curving in anticlockwise direction to indicate clocks go back.


    Depart:

        -          8am       The Strand, Takapuna

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

    Driver: 

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

    Maps: TBC


    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 13 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Pier 21, Westhaven Marina
    Join waitlist

    EASTER: GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
    10 -13 April


    This trip is now fully booked.  

    Please waitlist to register your interest in the event of a cancellation. 

    This trip will follow the same programme, with a Home Party and an Out Party which will share transport to and from the island but will otherwise follow separate programmes.

    BOTH PARTIES

    10 April (Good Friday)
    8.30 am; meet at Pier 21, Westhaven Marina. We will leave at 9 am in two fast boats (Hauraki Express).
    10:30 (approx..) arrive Tryphena, we will collect two rental vans which will carry the Out Party to the beginning of the track and thereafter be at the disposal of the Home Party.

    OUT PARTY
    10 April
    Drive from Tryphena to Okupu, then walk to Whangaparapara (1-1.5 hrs) with optional side trips. Camp at Green campsite.

    11 April
    Whangaparapara via Tramline, Withers and Kiwiriki tracks to Kaiaraara Hut (5 – 6 hrs)

    12 April
    Kaiaraara Hut to Port Fitzroy, then via Old Lady and Coopers Castle tracks to Mt Heale Hut (5-6 hrs)

    13 April
    From the hut backtrack to the summit of Hirakimata/Mt Hobson (621m) then descend to Kaitoke hot springs (swim) and walk out to Whangaparapara Road. Picked up by vans and driven to Tryphena.

    HOME PARTY
    Stay in a backpackers hotel at Medlands Beach (4 bunks per room). The party can explore the island by road and carry out day walks which could include Mt Hobson and Kaitoke Hot Springs. Exact programme to be confirmed.

    BOTH PARTIES
    13 April
    4 pm: depart Tryphena, arrive Auckland about 5:30 pm.

    FINAL COSTS

    Home Party $395
    Out Party $295

    Costs include passage to and from the island by sea, accommodation (hotel or DOC campground and huts) and rental vans.

    A deposit of $180 is required to confirm your booking and the balance is due by Monday 23 March.

    NOTES
    If you are a member of the Home Party, please indicate if you would be willing to be a driver. An ordinary driving licence for a private car is sufficient, there is no need for a ‘P’ endorsement. We will not be using the “Barrier Beasts” of infamous memory!

    You are recommended to bring all food and drink with you as prices on the island are high.

    Members of both parties should bring swimming costumes and towels. Reading material also recommended.


    Organiser
    Chris Bilham: cgbilham@hotmail.com, or 022-6573837. 

    Contact Chris with any questions

    Bookings:
    Contact Karen Baeyertz: bookings @nstc.org.nz or 027 4106001

    Maps



    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
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    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 com in just over 5 hours.  

    It could still be a hot day, so PLEASE ensure you have plenty of WATER with you!!!

    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 bring plenty of water as it's bound to be hot!!!!

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

    Maps: 

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 27 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Como St, Takapuna

     Details to be confirmed
    Depart:

        -          8am       The Strand, Takapuna

    Organiser:    TBC - We still require an organiser.

     If you would be keen to organise please contact Imogen to discuss   027 289 8440

    Driver: TBC

    Cost:   $TBC

    Maps: TBC


    • 10 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM


    • 20 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Como Street, Takapuna

     Some of the best coastal forest in the North Island.
     Magnificent coastal panorama views.
    Ruins of a WWII radar station.

    Experience magnificent views from the Te Whara track at the Bream Head summit, towards the Ocean Beach end of Cape Brett  in the north to Cape Rodney in the south, as well as the Poor Knights Islands, Taranga and Marotere Islands in the Hen and Chickens Islands group, with Little Barrier and Great Barrier Island in the far east.

    This track climbs through coastal forest before revealing a spectacular 360-degree panorama.

    Details:
    Depart Como street, Takapuna at 8am.  Travel north.

    Short Party:
    Sat: Leave from Ocean Beach Rd Carpark and take Te Whara Track to Peach Cove Hut. 3 1/2 hrs: Peach Cove Hut: 8 Bunks:

    The track runs up one side of Bream Head Ridge and drops down the other side into Peach Cove, a lovely sandy beach. You'll pass through attractive coastal broadleaf forest, and stay the night at the Peach Cove hut.

    Limited to 8 People maximum due to Peach Cove Hut only having 8 bunks.

     Please Register and pay a deposit of  $20 by 30th April  to secure your place on the Short Party.

    Sun: Peach Cove Hut to Urquharts Bay car park via Mt Lion: 3 hrs

     



    Distance Party:

    Sat:  Depart Urquharts Bay car park to Smuggler Bay by Loop track then over Mt Lion to Peach Cove Track then to Ocean Beach Road end via Te Whara Track. ~ 5 1/2 hrs

    Bus will be parked at the Ocean Beach Carpark which has toilet facilities. Recommend bring extra water

    Sun: Ocean Beach Carpark to Peach Cove Track then back over Mt Lion to Urquharts Bay car park: 3 ½ hrs

    Both parties meet bus back at Urquharts Bay.

    Early Sunday afternoon for those keen : Mount Manaia Track.

    Mount Manaia is one of a cluster of majestic, jagged, bush-covered hills, the remnants of volcanic action, that overlook the entrance to Whangarei harbour. There are impressive views over Bream Bay from the summit, 403 metres above sea-level. Spectacular views from the Bluff lookout to Bream Head, Hen and Chicken islands and the entrance to the Whangarei Harbour.

    2 hrs return (4km). Easy.

    Depart
    : Saturday: 20th June’20: 8am: Como Street, Takapuna

    Cost: Distance Party $55

              Short Party $75 with $20 deposit to be paid by 30th April.

    Organiser
    : Kevin Osten  0274 577418

    Driver: TBC

    Maps: TBC


    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • 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: TBC


Past Tramps

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
29 Jan 2020 January Social Evening
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 Back up - Takapuna to Hillcrest parks
28 Apr 2019 Nikau Caves - Glow Worms - Waikaretu. Auckland/Waikato Border
20 Apr 2019