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Labour Weekend Trip

Broken Hill, Coromandel

26 to 28 Oct 2019

Details here

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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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    • 6
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    Labour Weekend, Saturday 26 to Monday 28 October

    Saturday:    

    Both, long and short parties driving through to Broken Hill Campground (where we stay overnight) which lies in a picturesque setting in the Coromandel beside Tairua River and below spectacular cliffs. 

    We will be exploring a network of tracks, old goldmining sites, water races and tunnels.

    Sunday:       

    Short Party will walk up to HiHi Trig and back to the bus  or tent for a second night.

    Long Party will walk past HiHi Trig and onwards to Billy Goat Basin Campground for the night

    Monday:       

    Short Party will drive around to Kauareanga Valley Rd. Park bus at Catleys Campsite and walk up Tarawaere Dam Track.

    Long Party will walk out from Billy Goat Campground via Tarawaere Dam Track and finish at Catleys campsite.

    Parties will meet on the track and walk out together.

    Back in Auckland early afternoon.

    Long Party Cost - $80
    Short Party Cost - $90

    Organiser:   Bernhard 027 2783778
    Driver:     Pierre

    More info: http://www.uniquelynz.com/nzgold-p2.htm

    Maps   Online / Long Party Printable / GPS 

                  Online / Short Party 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

    • 3 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
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    With summer on the way we will have options for beach and bush this Sunday. A long excursion will take folks on the Tanekaha Track to the Brynderwyn Ridge then along the Langsview Track to Cove Road to cross over farmland to meet the very scenic Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway. For shorter options there will be a section of the Goldschmidt Track with views to the surf beach and estuary and the complete Mangahwai Cliffs Walkway circuit.

    Depart: 

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

    Organiser: Eileen Wintle 09 431 4901

    Driver:  TBC

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

    Maps: TBC




    • 9 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 10 Nov 2019
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    • 24
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    Image result for mt pirongia Mt Pirongia, the highest mountain in the Waikato with its peak at 959 metres.

    NOTE: A good level of fitness is required as the tracks are muddy and steep!

    Sat Morning

    Leave Como St at 7:30am, Drive to Kaniwhaniwha Reserve carpark, on Limeworks Loop Rd – 154km, 2.5hrs  

    The Fast Party will head up the Bell Track

    Time: 6 - 10 hr one way

    Distance: 18.5 km

    Follow the Nikau Walk on to the Bell Track and past the Kaniwhaniwha Caves. Cross the bridge near the big kahikatea and climb a spur to a series of clearings. The track becomes quite muddy at this point and continues along the ridge to the Cone (second highest point on the mountain) and then to Pahautea Hut.

    The Slow Party will head up the Tahuanui Track

    Time: 4 - 5 hr one way

    Distance: 10.7 km

    Follow the Nikau Walk to the campsite. The Tahuanui Track leaves the campsite beside the stream and climbs steadily up a ridge to join the Tirohanga Track before the summit. It is another 30 min to Pahautea Hut.


    Pahautea Hut – 20 bunks – It is highly recommended to carry a tent as the hut is often full.

    Parties will walk down the tracks the other group came up.


    Hut Fees

    1 standard Doc hut ticket (blue for Adults, Yellow for Youth)

    ***  PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEPARTURE TIME

    Depart:

    • -          7.30am Como St, Takapuna

    Organiser: Garry Brooks 021 269 2169

    Driver: Arletta

    Cost: $45 members, $50 non-members, $5 Juniors

    Maps: TBC

     

    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    A great day out, with varied bush and magnificent views to the Huntly power station, Mt Te Aroha, the Hauraki Plains and the Gulf.

    ***  PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEPARTURE TIME

    Depart:

    • -          8am The Strand Takapuna TBC

    Organiser: Graham Frost 021 273 8000

    Driver: TBC

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

     

    Maps: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/recording-sep-06-02-36-pm--3?p=23979533

    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • TBC

    Meeting Point:  TBC

    Organiser: Chris Bilham 022 657 3837

    Cost: FREE no bus for this tramp

    Maps: TBC

    • 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
    • TBC

    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

    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
    Register

    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:   https://www.bivouac.co.nz/store-locations/#Bivouac-Outdoor-Albany

    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
    • 26
    Register

    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.

    ***  PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT DEPARTURE TIME

    Depart:

    • -           7pm Como Street, Takapuna Friday 6 Dec

    Organiser: Peter Wortman 021996242  

    Driver: Bernhard

    Cost: $90

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

    20190921_101609.jpg 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.

     

    Depart:

    • 9am, The Strand Takapuna

    Organiser: Amber Gladwin 027 272 0208

    Driver: Arletta

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

    Maps: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map--43829  

    • 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 (Tiritirimatangi.org.nz/history).

    *  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 fullers.co.nz. $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:  
    https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/tiritiri-matangi-island/

    Bird species on Tiri:        http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz/birds  

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

    Maps:
    https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/auckland/tiritiri-matangi-map.pdf
     

    Organiser: Imogen
    Phone:  0272898440



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

    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.

Past Tramps

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 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