North Shore Tramping Club

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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. 

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.


See here for Information including:

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


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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2 Anzac Place, Browns Bay
    We will walk along the coast towards the south, past Rothesay Bay, Murrays Bay, Mairangi Bay and so on to Devonport. We will walk around the coastal footpath at the base of North Head to Torpedo Bay and to the Devonport Ferry Wharf, the end of our walk. Next to the wharf is a bus terminal from where you can take a bus to Takapuna and Akoranga Station.

    Low tide is at 11:52 so it should be possible to walk the entire route along the beaches and around the rocks. If the tide has come in too far to get around the base of North Head (high tide at 6:11 pm), there are footpaths further up the hill.

    NOTE:  There will be no bus on this date, you will have to make your own way to Browns Bay.

    Depart: Meet at 2 Anzac Place, Browns Bay at 8.45am, we will depart at 9am.   (Meet on grassed area to the left of the buildings).  

    This is a small carpark next to the southern end of the beach and just a short distance from the main shopping street. (There are cafes nearby, also a busy Sunday morning market to visit if you get there early).

    Organiser: Chris Bilham 022 657 3837

    Cost: FREE no bus for this tramp

    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
    • 27 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    For the November Social Meeting we have the Team Head for Search and Rescue for our region to talk about all the aspects of what they do. 

    It should be extremely interesting and we should all take away new valuable knowledge and information to help us avoid needing SAR and to keep safe.  

    We really hope you can join us for this important safety evening.  

    Tea, coffee and biscuits after, as usual.

    Time: 7.30pm, all welcome.

    Location:  The Senior Citizens Hall, The Strand, Takapuna (behind Massimo Cafe and the spiral staircase, left door).

    See here for how to find the hall.

    Cost: Free

    • 1 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 80 Rothesay Bay Road, Rothesay Beach

    What better way to get into the festive season, with a stunning coastal short tramp of a few hours along the cliff tops, foreshore and some bush tracks and a bbq after.  The club will provide some sausages etc. 
    If you'd like something different please bring your own meat/non-meats and refreshments and maybe bring some salads to share.  

    As the ground should be bone dry, trail shoes or running shoes will be fine.    Bring swimming gear, with high tide at 11.31am, tides are great for an after lunch swim, or before tramp if you're a keen bean.  

    Meeting Point: Rothesay Bay Beach, North Shore - under the very large Norfolk Pine tree at the northern end of the grassed area of the beach.  

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

    Cost:             FREE no bus for this tramp

    • 4 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bivouac Outdfoor, Albany Mega Centre

    December Additional Social Evening - Nutritional evening
    • When

      04 Dec 2019

    • 7:00 PM  (Please note earlier than usual start time!!! ) 

    • Location

      Bivouac Outdoor Albany, Auckland, Shop 11, Albany Mega Centre, Don McKinnon Drive, Albany 0632 (almost behind Burger King), ph:  094485603

    For the additional December Social Meeting Bivouac Albany are kindly hosting us for our club night and we've organised a nutritionist to talk to us about the best healthy foods to sustain us whilst tramping for day trips and especially whilst doing away or long away trips, like the Christmas trip.  

    Location map:

    Time: 7.00pm, all welcome & PLEASE REGISTER ATTENDANCE

    Tea, coffee and biscuits after as usual

    Cost: Free

    • 6 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 8 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    • 24

    Leaving Como St at 7.00 PM Friday 5 Dec.  Arriving at Trounson Kauri Park appr. 11.00 PM and sleeping in the bus at the nearby campground.

    Saturday morning we start with a little loop in Trounson Park and then we are off to Waiotemarama Loop Track, which is also the start of the Hauturu Highpoint Track.

    Staying in or near Frampton Hut (standard $5.00 p.p. ticket or annual pass, camping free) 6 Bunks only, so bring your tent.

    Back down to the bus on Sunday and home to Auckland.

    Everybody will have to walk the same route, since the Waima Main Range Track is closed temporarily.

    If there is enough time we'll climb "Toka Toka" Hill alongside Wairoa River south of Dargaville on the way home.



    • -           7pm Como Street, Takapuna Friday 6 Dec

    Organiser: Peter Wortman 021996242  

    Driver: Bernhard

    Cost: $90

    Maps   Online / Printable A3/ GPS

    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

     Starting from the Arataki Visitors' Centre and heading out towards the Exhibition Drive track to the Filter station and back; an easy walk with a good opportunity to check out the local flora and read the information boards along the way.  We’ll then  drop down onto Pipeline Road and up well gravelled but steep Slip track where you will see and hear tuis, wood pigeons and hopefully spot the tiny little grey warbler.  There’ll be good views of the Hihotupu Dam, the airport and Glenbrook Steel Mill along the way.

    After a late lunch at the Arataki Visitors' Centre the option is to head under the road and take in the extra loops with the Plant ID Loop walk and continue on the Upper and Lower loops to the Kauri Cathedral and back.

    Note ID loop can be done in isolation from the larger walk and will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

    For those who choose, they can stay and relax, check out the Visitors' Centre or enjoy a Dutch Delight ice-cream.

    This is a well maintained track, mostly hard packed gravel with only a small amount of off-roading.  If the weather has been fine, expect little or no mud; good trail-shoes are more than sufficient.


    • 9am, The Strand Takapuna

    Organiser: Amber Gladwin 027 272 0208

    Driver: Arletta

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

    Maps   Online / Printable / GPS

    • 22 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Pier Z Gulf Harbour Marina

    T iritiri Matangi Island,Open Sanctuary

    Join us for a rewarding day exploring all the tracks and hopefully spotting Kokako, Takahe, Bellbird, Kereru, Hihi, Saddleback and many more on this amazing Bird Sanctuary island in the Hauraki Maritime Park.

    Easy scenic walking amongst many native birds . The island has had a huge number of native trees planted over the decades with an interesting story (

    *  Those leaving from Gulf Harbour, bring swim wear as we may swim afterwards on the Whangaparaoa Pensinsula, and of course on the island too, if we have time.

    Meet at Pier Z Gulf Harbour Marina at 9.10 for 9.50 am departure. Ferry departs the Island 3.30pm.

    There is also a ferry departure from downtown Auckland at 9.00am. Please purchase tickets at $78.

    Please note:  Fullers have changed their pricing structure to $78, the same as Downtown departure (9am), so trampers may wish to take the Downtown option for better value.

    Book on Fullers website:

    Bird species on Tiri:  

    Cost:     Adults -     $78 pp
                  Children  - $47 pp  (5-15 years old)


    Organiser: Imogen
    Phone:  0272898440

    • 27 Dec 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • 5 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Invercargill

    Info Meeting for Xmas Trip Registrants

    Venue: Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club  

    Location: Birkenhead Wharf, Hinemoa St, Birkenhead  

    Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019

    Time: 7:30pm - 9:30 pm

    Please note:  We now only have capacity on the Home Party. 

    Christmas - New Year Trip: Stewart Island plus the Catlins for the Home Party

    For our Xmas - New Year 2019 trip,  we are exploring Stewart Island, the southernmost and smallest of our three main islands.

    A perfect retreat for those seeking peace and quiet and a haven for native bird life. And, of course, an exciting destination for hikers.

    Start:    Fri 27 Dec 2019

    End:      Sun 5 Jan 2019

                  10 days / 9 nights

    Location: Invercargill Airport

    Home Party - $720, Catlins 3 nights / Oban 6 nights,  details here

    Rakiura Great Walk - $660, Huts 5 nights / Oban 4 nights SOLD OUT

    Northwest Circuit- 2 parties clockwise/anticlockwise – $530, SOLD OUT

    BOOKINGS  Home Party spaces still available.

    The organisers reserve the right to assess fitness levels and the need for group leaders against party group bookings.

    Registration is via the website only and will NOT be accepted by phone or email.

    More information here.

    • 5 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • Pohutukawa to left of Narrow Neck Cafe

    Whether you are an experienced tramper or a novice newbie looking to join a really friendly, very well established, organised club with a huge variety of ages, this is the day for you!  We'll have different group distances to suit different fitness as usual.  

    We'll start very promptly at 8am to catch the low tide at about 9.25am and head north towards Hauraki along the foreshore and then cross over to the other side of the Peninsula to cover the tracks that side, including shaded bush tracks.  Leaving the best to last, up and over both North Head and Mt Victoria, including some of the historic tunnels and amazing views!  Will add in an area that the club doesn't normally do.  

    Then back to Narrow Neck Beach for a relaxing, cooling swim on the high tide, ice cream or coffee and socialising.  

    Please note the foreshore will be slippery and uneven.    Expect to walk approximately 4-5 hours.   Please bring:  torch, swimming gear, ample food and cold water and day pack.  

    Comfortable trail shoes or running shoes you don't mind getting dirty or that are washable will be ideal.   

    If joining us for this event, as with all tramps, please ensure that all your gear, especially footwear is scrupulously clean before and cleaned after.   Bring a headlight, torch or your phone to light up the tunnels and bring a change of footwear for after to get into good regular after tramping habits.  

    Departure / Meeting point:
    -    7.45am to get everyone registered, we will depart at 8am sharp!!!
    -     Under the Pohutukawa to the left of the Narrow Neck Cafe, Old Lake Road, Narrow Neck, North Shore.

    No bus today!
    Organiser: Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)

    Cost: FREE.    

    • 12 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Cnr Cornerstone Dr & Oteha Valley Rd, Albany

    Ever thought there's not much bush walking around Albany?!   Join us to find out how many bush and forest tracks there are!  

    We'll spend most of our day walking beside very pretty streams and under the cover of mighty, towering Kahikatea, Tanekaha and Totara and more.  With gentle light filtering through the canopy and mosses making for magical photos along the stream and the intricate network of tracks. 

    For those that did one of the new tracks with us last year, there should be an additional bit of track open by the time of this tramp.   The aim of the walk being, let's see if everyone walks over a track they've not done before!

    Trail or running shoes will be fine as it should be reasonably dry.

    Departure / Meeting point:
    -    8.45am to get everyone registered, we will depart at 9am sharp!!!
    -    The corner of Cornerstone Dr & Oteha Valley Rd, Albany

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

    Cost: FREE. No Bus Today!!!


    • 2 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

     Good news, Goldies Bush track is one of the few areas in the Waitakeres that is currently open, so we can enjoy this extremely scenic tramp!

    There are major kauri die back cleaning stations at the start and end of the Goldies Bush Track, so please ensure that all your tramping gear is very clean and dirt free before we start and at the end and thoroughly cleaned when you get home.

    Doing things a bit differently, the longer group will start at Bethell's end of the Te Henga Walkway track start over the brand new foot bridge over the stream. 

    Making the most of the hills and incredible clifftop views, this group will walk the length of the Te Henga Walkway in reverse of normal and pop out on Constable Road, then connect with the Western end of the Goldies Bush Track and head through to enjoy the absolutely stunning Mokoroa Stream Track with all its multiple pools and waterfalls!!  Then head to the bus after.  

    The bus will be moved and the shorter group will start at the Goldies Bush Eastern entry & head through to the Western end of the track and backtrack and drop down into the Mokoroa Stream Track. 

    This is a fairly easy and incredibly stunning stream track, but you do need good balance, as you will be criss crossing the stream constantly and it will be slippery when doing so.  

    Please ensure you have a change of footwear on the bus for afterwards and swimwear, as we have ordered good weather for the tramp, so we can make the most of every single swimming opportunity in the streams big pools or under the waterfalls.  And you'll definitely want a camera to capture everything.  

    Also please ensure you have everything in sealed drybags or waterproof bags.  

    *  Have added in a non-stream bash option for those that prefer not to do the stream.  

    *  If there is any rain overnight, or on the morning, we may re-assess the stream track and alter the tramp slightly.  Irrespective time will be made to stop and check out the Mokoroa Lookout over the main waterfalls, as they're absolutely stunning!  





    • -          8.00am, The Strand Takapuna

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


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


    • 6 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 9 Feb 2020
    • Como St, Takapuna

    The good news is, you will require Friday the 7th of work and to bring your swim wear.

    Both Parties to carry Tents. Part of the T/A trail.

    Feb 6th We will arrive at the Kakaho DOC campsite at about 12.30 PM, in time for a lunch break. Short party will stay the night at Kakaho campsite, sleeping in bus or tent. After lunch both distance and short parties will tramp to the top of Mt Pureora, (1165m) for extensive views from its sub alpine slopes of the central volcanic plateau and Mt Taranaki. If we have two driver’s short party will tramp up one side and down the other. Short party will return to Kakaho campsite for the night. Distance party will carry on from the summit of Mt Pureora heading South, past Bog inn hut and camp somewhere.

    Feb 7th Distance party will carry on to Waihaha hut for the night. Bus will take the short party to the start of the Waihaha track on state highway 32 to tramp up along the clear waters of the Waihaha river with many swimming holes on the way to the hut for the night (3hr,9km). On dusk we will see if we can spot some native Bats/ (Pekapeka)They have both short tail & Long tail variety amongst the high canopy.

    Feb 8th Both parties will continue south along the Hauhungaroa track as far as we can (allowing time for a return back to Waihaha hut). Along the Hauhungaroa track we will enter the valley of the Giants – enormous trees of the Waihaha ecological area. A tight canopy of Totara, Rimu, Matai, Miro, and the odd Kahikatea reaching 40 – 50 meters in height. Five of New Zealand’s best- known Podocarp family can be seen here. Then we will all return to Waihaha hut for the night.

    Feb 9th Both parties will go down the Waihaha track back to the bus, and if time permits to explore part of the Great Lakes Cycle trail before returning to Takapuna.

    **Please note early departure time and location is Como Street not The Stand Takapuna

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

    Cost:   Distance Party $90,   Short Party $100


    • -          Thursday 6 Feb, 8am Como Street, Takapuna
    • -          8.15am Marewa Road, Greenlane. On road, by where it says     NZ Tertiary College - by the pinky tree. 

    Organiser: Chris Peard 021 277 0270

    Driver: Bernhard

    • 16 Feb 2020
    • 8:45 AM
    • Pier 4, Quay Street

    This island was closed to the public for over a hundred years when it was an addiction-treatment centre. Interesting buildings still stand and there’s a fascinating small museum with island history.

    Bring your camera for stunning views of the island sanctuary, home to some rare NZ native birds and reptiles.   Including Weka that are running around everywhere!
    Bring swimwear, ample food and water, and a change of warm clothing in case it turns chilly at the end of the day waiting for the ferry.

    Please ensure that all of your gear is completely clean and devoid of seeds to protect our treasure islands biosecurity:

    There’s usually some free parking on a Sunday in the streets in and around Viaduct Harbour Ave and Pakenham Street. Otherwise it’s downtown parking buildings.
    The Downtown carpark is right across the road from the wharf at $10 for all day.  (Vehicle height clearance 1.9m).

    Bookings:  Please pre-book with Fullers at   There is no bus this week.

    Cost: Ferry tickets $55 for adults, $33 for children (5-15 years) No Bus Today!!!!!

    Extra information: 

    Ferry Timetable: 

    Depart:     8.45 am at Pier 4, 139 Quay Street, downtown ferry terminal. 

     Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before departure. Ferry takes 60 - 75 minutes.

    Return:     From Rotoroa Island at 5.15 pm

    Organiser: Ewa 021 273 3847 or Imogen 027 289 8440 (no text please newbies)



    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    This is brand new ground for us, as this track only officially opened 10th November.  More details to follow soon.

    **Please note early departure time

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


    • -          8am Como Street, Takapuna
    • -          8.15am 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)


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

    Maps: TBC

    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Pier 21, Westhaven Marina

    Details to be confirmed

Past Tramps

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 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