North Shore Tramping Club



Kea Conservation Trust

Wednesday, 27 Sep

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. 


See here for Information including:

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

Labour Weekend

Te Urewera National Park

20 to 23 October 2017

This weekend tramp is to cater for both those wanting a great challenge on the one hand, and for those wanting some good tramping, but returning to a great warm hut in a terrific lakeside location for the night.

Te Urewera National Park has such a different forest vegetation to visit compared to the northern ones we most often tramp in.  Huge beech trees everywhere, covered in moss at the misty higher elevations. Monster fuschia trees with their scaly bark and tiny delicate flowers.  And so much more.

See here for details.

Anniversary Weekend 

Peach Cove, Whangarei Heads

27 - 29 January 2018

Depart Saturday morning.  Drop off at Ocean Beach and follow Te Whara Track along the ridge, and then drop down to Peach Cove.

Sunday will be spent in the area, swimming and snorkelling, and maybe climbing Mt Lion.

Monday, follow the Peach Cove track back to the transport.  Then either walk out to Busby Head, and / or climb to top of Mt Manaia for more views of the area.

More information here.


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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • Pukenui Forest on the outskirts of Whangarei

    Sorry, cancelled.  We have had to cancel the training weekend due to pest control in the park preventing us going off track.  We are looking to reschedule for another time in 2018.

    Your chance to learn more about planning and leading club trips.

    Items covered:

    • Risk Management in the Outdoors
    • Emergency Scenarios
    • Problem Scenarios
    • The Weather,Basic Principles
    • Hypothermia
    • Loss of route and SAR
    • Leadership and Trip Planning
    • Shelter
    • And time for your questions

    Will be run by Bob Moscrip (Former MSC Bush 2 instructor and Bush Assessor). 

    Where: A sleepout weekend in the lovely Pukenui Forest on the outskirts of Whangarei.

    Travel - Saturday morning; home Sunday PM

    Transport - private car / shared cost.

    Course fee - Free.

    Book early as numbers will be limited to 10 members. If you are interested please contact:

    Bob Moscrip phone 09-435 7317 evenings

    or the Club trips booking officer - Karen Russell - mobile 021 118 2073, home (09) 554 1132 or email

    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    The Medium / Distance Party will begin off Piha Road on the Ian Wells Track through to Cutty Grass Track, along the ridge to Simla then Smyth Corner, Wainamu Junction, Kuataika and out to Anawhata Road.

    The Slower Party will take the bus almost to the end of Anawhata Road and do the Kuataika Track, Kuataika Peak ( 264m great views to the west ) Wainamu Junction, Smyth Corner, Simla and along the ridge to mid –Anawhata Road.

    If we do not get two drivers we move to Plan B which involves circular trips off Piha Road and Anawhata Road.

    Depart: 9.00am (this is the first day of Daylight Saving = 8am Standard Time).  Leaves from The Strand, Takapuna.

    Organiser: Roger Parsons Phone 419-0552


    Cost $10.00 members $15.00 non-members

    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 5 The Strand, Takapuna

    Come along to hear about the world's only alpine parrot,  the clowns of the mountains, the threats they face and what everyone can do to protect them.

    Kea have evolved to survive in an extremely harsh and variable mountain environment. Although they are scarce across their 3.5 million hectare range, they are often concentrated in areas of human habitation.  As a result they now face even more challenges and threats to their future.

    The Kea Conservation Trust was set up to assist in conservation of wild Kea (Nestor notabilis) in their natural habitat and to increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of those Kea held in captive facilities within New Zealand.

    Speaker: Dr. Lorne Roberts, Senior Lecturer & Academic Leader, Environmental and Animal Sciences, Unitec.

    Lorne co-founded the Kea Conservation Trust in 2006, and has since climbed up and down the mountains in the South Island researching kea populations. He is involved with an advocacy programme that tours the South Island in order to educate the human inhabitants about the demise of this unique endemic mountain parrot. He has spoken at zoo conferences in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand as well as at educational conferences.

    You can see Lornes full profile here.

    • 1 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Starting at Waharau Regional Park / Workman Road and walking the length of Workman Track.This is not a track for beginners and involves two groups doing a crossover. Workman Track is steep and narrow in parts with plenty of slippery tree roots. This track can be a wonderfully good 9.5km workout. Lots of great views along the way so bring your camera.

    Departure: 8am at The Strand

    Organiser: Lynda Langridge Phone: 482-1320

    Mob: 027-3199-580

    Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non Members


    • 8 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Have a stunning day tramping in the Southern Waitakeres. Great views over Huia and the Manukau Harbour. The tramp starts at the Huia Road carpark at Karamatura. The distance party will go clockwise to Weta Gully, up Fletcher Track to Karamatura Forks. Along Huia Ridge Track to the junction with Twin Peaks Track. Right turn down Twin Peaks Track. A short back trip up Goat Hill Track if wanting to explore more before going down Twin Peaks Track to the bus.

    The medium party will go anti-clockwise up Twin Peaks Track before turning left at the junction and down Huia Ridge Track to Karamatura Forks. Then down Karamatura Track to the bus.

    Hopefully summer tramping might kick in so ensure you bring a sun hat, sun block and lots of water.

    Time: 9.00 am at The Strand

    Organiser: Peter Wortman Phone: 021-996-242

    Cost: $10.00 members / $15.00 non members

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 23 Oct 2017
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna

    Between Te Urewera’s Maungapahatu, sacred misty mountain of Tuhoe, and Lake Waikaremoana, the bathing waters of their ancestors, lies Mt Manuoha and Lake Waikareiti. Te Uruwera NP has very different forest vegetation compared to the northern regions we usually tramp in. Huge beech trees, covered in moss at the higher elevations; monster fuchsia trees with scaly bark; tiny, delicate flowers … and so much more.

    This weekend tramp caters for those wanting a great challenge, and also those wanting some good tramping during the day while being able to return each night to a warm hut in a terrific lakeside location.

    Out party:

    Manuoha – Waikareiti Track (32 km; 18 hrs)

    This track will suit the fit party and strong–medium trampers. The track climbs to extensive views from the trig at the highest point in the park (1,392m) and Manuoha hut for Saturday night. The next day is long, but easier, continuing towards Lake Waikareiti’s Sandy Bay hug or a campsite on the way for Sunday night. On Monday morning, walk 4 hours out to the bus.

    Hut party:

    Another party will tramp a good track for 4 hours or so into the cosy Sandy Bay hut and campsite for both Saturday and Sunday nights. This hut is situated beside Waikareiti Lake. Those based here can do a day walk to Ruapani Lake. And if we hire a dinghy we can explore the six islands on Lake Waikareiti.

    Depart:  7:00 pm Friday cnr Auburn and Como Streets, Takapuna

    Return:  Early evening Monday 23 October


    Use the link on the new NSTC website or contact Karen (booking officer) 021 118 2073.


    Bus $115 plus hut fees:

    • Manuoha hut, $5 standard ticket or DOC hut pass
    • Sandy Bay, $15 per night; self-book with DOC online here for Saturday 21 Oct and Sunday 22 October

    Organiser: Pierre Bonny 021 524 370 or Ralph Martin 022 600 5730

    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Bivouac Outdoor, Shop 11, Albany Mega Centre (between General Issue and Lighting Direct), Don McKinnon Drive, Albany

    Bivouac Albany

    Details to be confirmed.

    Note for this meeting only - change of location and 6:30pm start.

    • 27 Dec 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Nelson Airport
    • 0


    Nine days of magnificent tramping in one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand.

    HOME PARTY: Will be based in Golden Bay in a self-contained Cottage and have a mini-bus for transport. Possible day and two day trips include:

    • Totaranui / Separation Point in Abel Tasman Park
    • Cobb Dam and Fenella Hut or Sylvester Hut
    • Mt Parapara
    • Pupu Springs and the Pupu Walkway
    • Kaituna Track
    • Aorere Goldfields
    • Puponga Farm Park
    • Farewell Spit ( Commercial trip at extra cost from Collingwood)
    • Minthorpe Park
    • Mt Stevens


    • Mt Arthur and the Tablelands (4-5 days)
    • Wangapeka/Leslie-Karamea/Cobb Dam (5 days)
    • Dragons Teeth (6 days)

    Airfights Auckland/Nelson/Auckland are NOT included in costs.

    Everyone meets at Nelson Airport by 10.30am on Wednesday 27 December 2017. Return flights can be any time after 1.00pm on Thursday 04 January 2018.

    Please tell indicate whether you want to be in the Home Party or in an Out Party. A $50.00 deposit is required at the time of booking. The final payment will be due on Sunday 05 November 2017. The trip is limited to 20 trampers and to NSTC members. The deposit is refundable up to 5 November.

    COSTS: Same as last year: $350.00 for Out Parties: $450.00 for Home Party. All accommodation and local shuttle costs included.

    BOOKINGS: Bookings open on Wednesday 12 April 2017. Register through the website or with Karen Russell: Phone or text: 021 118 2073, or email:

    ORGANISER: Roger Parsons Phone:419 0552 or 021 277 1944.

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 29 Jan 2018
    • To be arranged

    On this trip  you'll see sweeping panoramic views from the top of the Whangarei Heads, and stay at a beautiful secluded cove.

    Depart Saturday morning.  Drop off at Ocean Beach and follow  Te Whara Track along the ridge, and then drop down to Peach Cove.

    Sunday will be spent in the area, swimming and snorkelling, and maybe climbing Lion Rock.

    Monday, follow the Peach Cove track back to the transport.  Then either walk out to Busby Head, and / or climb to top of Mt Manaia for more views of the area.

    You can see the trip report here from when the club last visited Peach Cove in 2010. 

    See here for maps of the area.


    Transport by private car.

    $30 hut fees for the two nights, plus a share of transport costs.


    The trip is limited to a maximum of 8 people since camping is no longer permitted at Peach Cove.  Book ASAP as it will sell out:

    John Lamb 021 227 3614 / 410 5211

    • 30 Mar 2018
    • 2 Apr 2018
    • Carpark at Cnr Auburn & Como St, Takapuna

    Te Urewera National Park  - Northern side

    The Whakatane River walk – a classic North Island tramp.

    Details to follow.

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