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50th Anniversary Trip

Rangitoto ISLAND

 This Sunday

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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. 

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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 9:15 AM
    • Long Bay Regional Park, East Coast Bays
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    North Shore Tramping Club was formed way back in September 1968, 50 years ago!!! So we'd love current & former members to join us for a very special event. Please meet us there. starting with a walk for those keen and able and then a BBQ at lunch time.

    TIMES:

    • Walkers - 9.15am for 9:30am 
    • BBQ about 12pm
    • or join us anytime

    WHERE: Long Bay Regional Park, off end of Beach Rd, Torbay, Auckland @ Site 3 - extremely large hard covered bbq site near to where the restaurant on the beach used to be. (Site houses up to 500 people).

    Please note there is NO CLUB BUS today.  Meet us there!

    COST: Nil

    REGISTRATION: Not essential but will appreciated for catering

    PARK MAP & DETAILS:  https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/auckland/places/long-bay-okura-marine-reserve

    CLUB WILL SUPPLY: Sausages & some veggie options, sauces & bread and margarine.  (If you have some special dietary requirements, if you can please let Ana at special@nstc.org.nz or maybe bring your own special foods you need).
    BYO your own refreshments & salads, plates & cutlery, glasses.  

    PEOPLE WALKING: 9.30am - meet at 9.15 & we'll set off for a walk along the cliff tracks & probably back along the beach, working in with low tide at 12.13pm. Walk for about 3 hours and come back & join in lunch.

    If you're feeling brave enough for a swim, bring swimming gear.  Toilets and changing rooms are 50 metres from our site.

    We look forward to seeing everyone!!! :)
    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 7 The Strand, Takapuna

    Kate and Keith Malcolm earlier this year spent two months in South America. They did some multi day walks as well as having a month long tour of Argentina and Chile and seeing the Iguazu Falls, the Perito Moreno Glacier, Pucon volcano, Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.


    Two tramps were the stunning W trek (a trek in the shape of a W) in Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile and the Salkantay trek into Machu Picchu, Peru (an alternate to the Inca Trail) – which they will be concentrating on with their presentation.

    Be prepared for some amazing slides, and bring those questions you have about  South America along to get answers on.

    Everyone is welcome.  The social evenings are a great way of connecting, and staying in touch with all your NSTC tramping friends. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every second month.

    A light supper is provided.

    Time: 7.30pm

    Location: Senior Citizens Hall (behind Massimo cafe), 7 The Strand, Takapuna.  See here for how to find the hall.

    Cost: Free

    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register

    We’ll do this section of the  Te Araroa Walkway from the top of the Ahuroa hill, along Dunns Bush Track to Remiger Road and  then along the ridge top to the lookout above Puhoi village. It’s a nice mixture of farmland, bush and pine. We’ll finish up with a stop at the cafe.

    Organiser:    Peter Wortman
    Phone          021 996 242

    Driver: Keith

    Depart Takapuna    9.00 am The Strand  (note - daylight saving starts on this day)
    Depart Silverdale    9.20 am Park & Ride     

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

    Registration is not required if leaving from Takapuna.

    Cost    $10 members     
                 $15 non-members

    Map   Online / Printable / GPS

    • 7 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    This tramp follows alongside the Waitawheta River through private farmland before following the Tramway Track, stopping at various information signs along the way to find out when, why and how the tramway was built. Relics including a replica logging bogie bring history to life along this Kaimai Heritage Trail.

    We cross the river five times. Four sizeable suspension bridges plus one rock hopping river crossing. We eventually reach the very unique and aptly named Toilet Bowl Waterfall. Then onto the 26 bunk Waitawheta Hut where we will have lunch and explore the surrounding area.
    This is an out and back tramp.

    The scenic beauty of the area is absolutely magnificent with massive boulders, towering rock walls and re-generating bush including young kauri, rimu, nikau, kohekohe and pukatea so make sure you remember to bring your camera.

    Time: 8.00am at The Strand Organiser: John Lamb ph 410 5211 /  021 227 3614

    Cost: $25 members

    $30 non-members

    Please note this one of the longest trips that we run in a day.  It has an early departure time and is likely to have a later than usual return.

    Maps: Online / Printable / GPS

    More information - https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/kaimai-mamaku-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/waitawheta-tramway/

    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Joins us for this section of the Te Araroa Walkway along side the Waikato River between Rangariri and Meremere.

    The trail is expected to be partly overgrown and a bit swampy over the wet weather months,
    but this should improve as the warmer a dryer weather sets in.
    For interest a little bush walk from the end of Skeet-Rd by Mercer to Oram-Rd
    a bit further south can be added. This is also part of the Te Araroa-Trail. 

    This could be done first and then drive down to Dragway-Rd to drop off the fast party. Bus then carries on to the Pump-station on Churchill East-Rd for short party to go north, towards Dragway-Rd.


    Depart 8.30am The Strand

    Fare $20 members
              $25 non members

    Organiser: Bernhard Khar 

    Driver: Falk

    Phone: 09 483 7889 /027 278 3778

    Maps: Online / Printable -  TBC / GPS - TBC

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Oct 2018
    • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna
    • 6
    Register

    We have secured additional accommodation for this trip and there is now space available for 8 further registrations.

    Lake Tarawera is a beautiful destination for a long weekend away, enjoying the longer and warmer days just after daylight saving begins. This is a two-night trip, both nights in a tent in a campsite. If you have a new tent or have not done away trip before, this would be a great opportunity to give tenting a go! Both campsites, Hot Water Beach and Tapahoro Outlet campsite are great spots with plenty of time for setting up your tent, enjoying the campsite and packing up the next day.

    We will have two parties walking the same track towards each other, so two drivers are required please. This trip is special in having a water taxi ride on the second day between the two campsites. A trip not to be missed.

    Okataina Party

    Saturday drop-off at Okataina carpark and walk towards Tapahoro Outlet campsite via Humphries Bay. This walk is made up of two 2.5 hour walks, Eastern Okataina Walkway (2.5 hours) and Northern Tarawera Track (2.5 hours). Approximate time from drop off to Tapahoro Outlet campsite is 5 hours.

    Sunday morning walk to Tarawera Falls (3 hours return) and time to pack up tents, have lunch and get ready for water-taxi pick-up at 2:10pm, arriving at Hot Water Beach at 2:35pm. Time to set up tents, swim and optional short walk taking the Isthmus Track to Lake Rotomahana which is part of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and is dominated by Mt Tarawera Volcano (40 minutes return).

    Lake Rotomahana was internationally famous for its spectacular Pink and White Terraces, which were destroyed in the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886.  Steaming cliffs and silica terraces still remain as a feature of this lake.

    Monday is a 5 hour walk to the Buried Village, taking the most popular Tarawera Trail walk. After picking up the village party, return to Auckland.

    Village Party

    Saturday after arriving at the Buried Village, walk the Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach (5 hours). There will be time to set up tents, have dinner and enjoy the campsite and the views.

    Sunday morning take the Isthmus Track to Lake Rotomahana (40 minutes return). Return to Hot Water Beach campsite for a relaxing swim and potentially cooking the Hot Water Beach camping style. A cookbook for some meal ideas will be available.  After lunch, pack up the tents and get ready for water-taxi pick-up at 1:30pm. Be at Tapahoro Outlet campsite by about 2pm, with enough time to set up tents. Once settled, an afternoon walk to Tarawera Falls (3 hours return) before dinner. 

    Monday is a 5 hour walk to Okataina carpark via Humphries Bay. This walk is made up of two 2.5 hour walks, Northern Tarawera Track (2.5 hours) and Western Okataina Walkway (2.5 hours). The appoxiamte time from Tapahoro Outlet campsite is 5 hours plus half an hour for lunch.

    The bus with pick up the village party from Okataina carpark before the drive back to Auckland.


    Depart: 8am Saturday, 20 October from the carpark, cnr Auburn & Como Streets, Takapuna

    Return: Late afternoon Monday, 22 October

    Cost: $160 (includes campsite bookings as well as the water taxi).   A $50 deposit is required to confirm booking.  Final payment due Thursday,  4th October 2018.

    Gear: Bring your own swim togs, tent, food and cooker.  Due to the number going on this trip, the bus seating will be its usual Sunday configuration.  Baggage space will be streched so please limit the amount of gear you bring i.e. spare sleeping bags etc won't be needed on the bus.  It will be okay to bring a modestly sized gear bag with a change of clothes etc, as well as a pack.

    Organisers:

    • Bernhard - phone 483 7889 / 027 278 3778
    • Monika - phone 022 043 4781 or email here.

    Drivers: Bernhard & Helen

    Bookings: Register via the website, or contact Karen Baeyertz ph 027 410 6001 or bookings@nstc.org.nz.

    The trip is limited to two parties of 14 members.  Two places reserved for drivers.  If the trip is fully booked, please register for the waitlist

    Maps:

    Online - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    Printable - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    GPS - Hot Water Beach / Tawarewa Falls / Eastern Okataina

    More information:

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/lake-tarawera-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/tarawera-outlet-to-falls-track/?region=bayofplenty&park=75f0948a-8da8-43f3-bfe2-ee15f89d066c&activity=walking-tramping#activitypanel

    http://www.waimangu.co.nz/waimangu-volcanic-valley/getting-here-google-map_idl=3_idt=4000_id=22970_.html

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/lake-tarawera-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/isthmus-track/

    https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/lake-tarawera-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/tarawera-outlet-to-humphries-bay/?region=bayofplenty&park=75f0948a-8da8-43f3-bfe2-ee15f89d066c&activity=walking-tramping#activitypanel

    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Mt Kaitarakihi is the impressive peak that is first spotted as you cross the Hauraki Plains towards Thames.

    We start our tramp up this 852m  peak from the summit of the Kopu Hikuai Rd.  The first part is a gentle climb thru beautiful forest before the final much steeper section to the summit. There are some cables in place to assist on the steeper rock section. Great views from the top. 

    Depart:   Strand 8am 

    Fare:   $20 members
                
    $25 Non members 

    Organiser: Campbell Elliot
    Phone: 021 155 3161

    • 4 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    MUSICK POINT, BUCKLANDS BEACH - LOW TIDE  

    Depart:    The Strand, Takapuna. 8:00 AM

    To my knowledge the Club hasn't ever done this as a tramp, so something new! 

    Starting at Half Moon Bay Marina, we'll head along a boardwalk that connects into the beginning of this foreshore adventure.  We'll be heading around the end of the headland on the foreshore below Musick Point, taking in some very interesting geology in the eroding cliff faces.  When we pass the point, there are 5 pinch points, that require a bit of scrambling & wading through the water making the most of the low tide at 10.56am approximately.   
    For variety once we've completed the point and beach walking, we'll head for tracks inland and a 200 metre road connection across to open area & back to the bus.  

    (It would be a preferable to wear either trail shoes, or old running shoes & have some full fingered cycling gloves or the like to protect your hands if needed from some patches with Oysters on the rocks.  Shorts or leggings that dry quickly would be ideal.  PLEASE don't wear slow drying clothing.)

    This will be a very picturesque tramp, quite fun, only suitable for sure footed experienced trampers, due to the pinch points.  There will be only one group today.  

    NOTE EARLIER START TIME!!

    Cost:
    •    Members            $10
    •    Non Members   $15  (experienced trampers)
    •    Juniors                $5       
    Organiser:  Imogen   0272898440  (newbies, no texts please)    

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • To be confirmed
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    The North Shore Tramping Club has undertaken to clear one of the many tracks in the Kaimai Ranges, which is administered by the Kaimai Ridgeway Trust.

    Several prevous trips understaken by members have enabled nearly half of the track to be cleared. The track runs north from the top of the Wairere Falls to a junction near Aongatete.

    Are you able to help on the next trip?  The work is not difficult.  All you need is some good garden gloves and hedge cutters.  It will be an ideal time because the rain has softened the ground,  and enable grasses and plants can be pulled out with ease, as we have previously experienced.

    As there is no cabins, tents are required (available for loan from the club if required).  There is an abundance of clean water available in the streams.

    Is there someone who can loan a GPS to enable a particular site to be located along the track?  We have the co-ordinates.

    Depart:  Saturday morning

    Return: Sunday afternoon

    Cost:  Free

    Organiser:  For more information, contact Ralph Martin on 022 600 5730 / 09 420 3494, or email Ralph here.

    Driver: Pierre

    Bookings:  Register via the website, or contact Karen at 0274 106 001  or  bookings@nstc.org.nz 

    More information:   See http://www.kaimairidgeway.nz/
    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
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    We’ll drive down towards Scotts Landing on the Mahurangi Harbour and take the short track that descends to the historic homestead. From there we’ll cross the sandbar and climb up to the old pa site.

    Then we’ll drive through to Scandrett Regional Park, and by doing a figure eight will cover all the tracks. Lovely views over to Tawharanui Peninsula and Kawau.

    Low tide at the Mahurangi Harbour Entrance will be 0.8m at 9.43am

    Depart Takapuna    9.00 am The Strand 
    Depart Silverdale    9.20 am Park & Ride     

    Organiser:    Vivienne Paterson
    Phone    021 146 5111 / 425 9401

    Driver: Falk

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

    Registration is not required if leaving from Takapuna.

    Cost    $15 members     
                 $20 non-members

    Map: Printable

    • 25 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
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    This hill is positioned behind Matakana. 

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

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


    Depart Takapuna    9.00 am The Strand
    Depart Silverdale    9.20 am Park & Ride     

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

    Registration is not required if leaving from Takapuna.

    Cost:    $15 members     
                   $20  non-members


    Organiser:  Paul de Vos

    Ph: 09 623 2015 / 027 421 2460


    • 30 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 2 Dec 2018
    • Departure location to be confirmed
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    Come and enjoy a new area for tramping. Mataia is on the Kaipara Harbour, one hour north of Auckland.

    The Mataia Farm has been in the Gardner family since it was purchased from the local Maori chief Hori Te Totara in 1868. The Mataia Restoration Project was started in 2000 and involved fencing off and retiring 400 hectares of the farm. Intensive predator control, as well as extensive replanting, has seen the flora and fauna thrive. North Island brown kiwi were released on the farm in 2012.

    The cottage and walks are on a large (1,600 hectare) private farm. The self-contained cottage has a full kitchen, living room and four bedrooms, plus an extensive view of the Kaipara Harbour.

    The weekend trip is limited to 10 trampers and transport will be by private car.

    Depart: Departure location/s to be confirmed

    Cost: $65.  Full payment is required to confirm your booking.

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

    Bookings: Registrations will open at a later date when trip detail pricing etc is confirmed. 

    Due to the limited capacity of the trip, it will be limited to members only. Register through the website, or contact Karen 0274 106 001 / bookings@nstc.org.nz.

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


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

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

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

    Depart Takapuna 9.00 am The Strand

    Cost:   $15 members
                 $20 Non members 

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

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

    Tiritiri Matangi Island,Open Sanctuary

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

    Ferry details to be advised later. 

    Organiser: Mark Abela
    Phone:  02102239281

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

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

    NO BUS THIS WEEK!!

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

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


    4. Cost:   Free to all!! 
    Organiser:  Imogen   027 289 8440  (newbies, no texts please)




    • 27 Dec 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Queenstown Airport
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    For our 2018 Christmas tramping trip, we’re heading to the deep south for nine days of wonderful tramping in the Manapouri area.

    This trip is fully booked but please register for the waitlist in the event there are cancellations.

    HOME PARTY
    Based at the Green Crib in the Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park, which has views up the lake. 

    Inside 'Green Crib' Manapouri Motels

    A minibus is available for transport. Possible one-day and two-day trips include:
     
        Mt Luxmore
        Hope Arm Circuit
        Back Valley
        Key Summit
        Lake Marion
        Gertrude Saddle
        Green Lake
        Hidden Falls
        Tutuko Falls

    Day trips to Doubtful Sound are also a possibility (at extra cost).

    A view of Doubtful Sound from up high.

    OUT PARTIES

    There will be the opportunity to choose a specific Out Party later in the year but the options will be:

    Mavora Lakes, 5 days, slow party
    Shuttle from Queenstown Airport to the Greenstone Track. Three hours to the Greenstone Hut for the first night. 4–5 hours a day heading south to the bottom of South Mavora Lake.


    Takitimu Mountains, 5 days medium party
    Tramping on good tracks through beech forest. Excellent views south on the fourth day. 6–8 hours a day.

    Image result for takitimus

    Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party
    Traverse of Mt Titiroa (the white mountain). Camping on the tops—weather dependent. 6–8 hours a day. (Maps available below).


    Day and Overnight Trips
    After the out parties return there will be the option for day trips with the Home party, and / or a gentle two-day trip (1–2 January 2019) to Green Lake.

    COST
    Out parties $450.00. Home party $590.00.

    All accommodation, local shuttle costs and cooker fuel included. Flights Auckland/Queenstown/Auckland are not included in the costs.

    Everyone meets at Queenstown Airport by 11.30am on Thursday, 27 December 2018.

    Return flights can be any time after 12.30pm on Friday, 4 January 2019.

    BOOKINGS
    Bookings opened Saturday 7 April  with a limit of 20 club members and was quickly fully booked. The limit was extended to 30 and remains fully subscribed.

    Please register for the waitlist in the event of cancellations and indicate your preference for either the home party or an out party. 

    Out party specifics will be finalised later in the year. We will make every endeavour to accommodate more bookings but this will depend on accommodation and vehicle availability.

    Register via the website or contact Karen at bookings@nstc.org.nz / 027 410 6001.

    PAYMENT
    A $50.00 deposit is required to confirm a booking, and final payment is due by 9 November 2018. The deposit is refundable up to the final payment date.

    ORGANISER
    Roger Parsons by email here / 419 0552.  

    TRIP MEETING
    We will have a meeting much later in the year, once we have an idea of numbers and which parties people prefer.

      MAPS:

      Out party

      Mavora Lakes 5 days, slow party

      Takitimu Mountains, 5 days, medium party

      Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party

      Online: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

      Printable: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

      GPS: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa


      Home party - 1 day and 2 day trips

      Online: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Circuit Back Valley /

      Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

      Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

      Printable: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Back Valley /

      Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

      Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

      GPS: Mt Luxmore /  Hope Arm Back Valley /

      Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

      Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

      To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

      • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
      • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

      • 25 Jan 2019
      • 7:00 PM
      • 28 Jan 2019
      • Carpark cnr Auburn & Como Sts, Takapuna
      • 4
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      Mt Hikurangi (1752 metres) in the Raukumara Ranges is the tallest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island, and the first part of mainland New Zealand to greet the rays of the new day’s sun. It is a place of immense spiritual importance to the Ngati Porou people.

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

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

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

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


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

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

      Cost: TBA in next newsletter

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

      Bookings: Register via the website, or contact Karen Baeyertz ph 027 410 6001 or bookings@nstc.org.nz.

      More information:

      http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/east-coast/places/raukumara-conservation-park/things-to-do/mount-hikurangi-te-ara-ki-hikurangi/

      Map: Online / Printable / GPS

      NZ Topo50 Maps:

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

      Details to follow.


    Past Tramps

    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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