TRIP PROGRAMME – October - December 2017:  Changes to tramps will be notified on the club website and the club secretary will email these if advised in time. The trip coordinator should also be advised of proposed changes or additions to the programme or if a tramp doesn’t happen because of bad weather, poor numbers etc. Tramp descriptions, maps and downloadable GPS data for most tramps, but not all, are located on the club website.

Start times for tramps are 7.30 am on Wednesday and 8.00 am on Thursday, unless noted otherwise under the particular tramp. The van will leave promptly at the appointed time. The letter in brackets, for example. (A), relates to the van recovery rate.

Fitness/Trip Grading                                                                                                 Easy: A tramp on fairly level formed tracks, duration 4+ hours, and where there is usually the  option of returning by the same track.                                                   Moderate: A tramp of 4 – 6 hours, often on less well formed tracks or on off-track routes, can involve river crossings or short sections of steep terrain.                      Fit: Can be over 6 hours duration, tramping on either formed tracks or off track routes, river crossings, steep terrain, snow conditions or high altitudes.















Wed  4

Waihohonu Springs   Tongariro NP BH35 BJ35  Mod (A)                                       Jenny Verschaffelt  376 9011


Thu  5

Silica Springs and Whakapapanui Tracks Tongariro NP BJ34 Mod (A)                  Geraldine Whitton 378 2445

Sun 8

Rangipo Hut Tongariro NP BJ34 & BJ35 Mod (A)

Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Tue 10

Committee Meeting


Wed 11

Link Rd to Red Shed via Toitoi track  Pureora FP    BF34/35  BG35 Mod (A)

Easy option available.

Van mover required.

Austin Hutcheon 376 9319


Thu 12

Old Coach Road Tongariro NP BJ34 Mod (A)

Keith Milestone 027 321 5124


Wed 18

Castle Rocks and Beyond  Kaimanawa FP BJ35 Mod+ (A)

Lynne King 027 526 7289 txt okay


Thu 19

Eastern Okataina Walkway  Rotorua BE37 BE38 Mod (A)

Peter Smith 378 6267


Wed 25

Western Okataina Rotorua BE37 BE38  Mod (A)

Leader required.

Bookings to Jill Martin 377 3232


Thu 26

Rangipo Hut Tongariro NP BJ34 BJ35  Mod (A)

Pauline Quinn 027 478 1150




Wed 1

Zekes Hut Waiouru  BK35  Mod (B)

Dave Wilding 378 0650


Thu 2

 Lake Okareka Walkway and Redwoods Rotorua BE37 Mod (A)

Jonette Taylor 376 7510


Wed 8

Killarney Lakes to West Tuahu Track   Kaimai FP  BD35 Mod+ (A)

Starts and ends on Wairakau Rd Te Aroha.  Approx 7hrs.

Depart 7am.

Linda Pugh 07 883 6898


Thu 9

Mangatautari   Putaruru   BE34  Mod  (A)                                                                North South track

Sarah Bloomer  377 0896


Sun 12

Castle Hill Rocks  Kaimanawa FP BJ35 Mod (A)

Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Tue 14/Wed 15

Cascade Hut  Kaimanawa FP  BH36 Mod+ (A) plus one hut ticket or annual pass.

John Marshall 378 8760


Thu 16

Mangaehuehu Hut Tongariro NP  BJ34 Mod (A)

Hayden Baker 378 8958


Sun 19-Tues 21

Whanganui River Road 3-day Bike Ride

Trip booked out. Waitlist only.

Bernie Hammersley (after 3 Nov)   377 4011


Wed 22

The Bullring Pureora  BG3 5 Easy/Mod  (A)

Start off Kakaho Rd. Permission required.

Richmond Orr 378 7722


Thu 23

Marton Sash and Door Cycle Track  National Park  BH33/34, BJ33/34  Mod  (A)  Trip starting and ending at Erua. Approx 17kms.                                                     Sandy Fletcher 377 4081


Wed 29

Kaikawaka Villa Raurimu BH34 Mod (A)

Dick Fraser 377 4516


Thu  30

Mt Pirongia  Pirongia FP  BE33  Mod to Mod+  (A)

Start 7.30 am.

Gill Tate 378 2626




Sun 3

Trip Planning Meeting  23 Kereru Street, Taupo 7pm.

All welcome with your ideas for tramps in the new year January to March 2018.  Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Tues 5-Wed 6

Aongatete to Wairere Falls Kaimai FP  BD36 Mod+ (C)

Van mover required – easy options available.

Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Thu  7

Glen Track and portion of Waihaha Cycle Track Taupo BG34 BG35          Easy/Mod (A)

Shirley Rountree 377 1177


Sat 9-Sun 10

Canoe/Kayaking Whanganui River

Bernie Hammersley 377 4081


Tue 12

Club Christmas Function – Breakfast & Bubbles, Lakeland Resort


Wed  13

Franks Bivvy   Kaimanawa FP   BH36  Mod+/ Fit  (A)                                             This is a new trail and mostly off track.                                                                    Nick Green 378 8721


Thu 14

Wood’s Mill Mamaku BE36 Mod (A)

Dick Fraser 377 4516


Sun 17

Mangaehuehu Hut Tongariro NP  BJ34 Mod (A)

Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Wed 20

Mangatepopo to Desert Road via Oturere Hut Tongariro NP  BH34/35 & BJ35 Fit (A)

Depart 7am.

Van mover required.

Dave Wilding 378 0650



January 2018


Sat  6

Crater Lake Mt Ruapehu Tongaririo NP BJ34 Mod+  (A) plus chairlift fee

Bernie Hammersley 377 4081


Wed 10                                                                                                                     Whakapapaiti Headwaters Tongaririo NP BJ34 Fit (A)                                            Organised by Doug Papps and Lynne King. Bookings to Lynne 027 526 7289 (text okay)


Thu 11                                                                                                                      Tauranga Taupo River Fishing Tracks  Taupo BG36  Easy/mod (A)                  Annette Aces 3782612


Wed 17

Pukekaikiore to The Chateau via Tama Lakes  Tongaririo NP BH34 BH35 Mod+ (A)

Van mover required.

Dave Wilding 378 0650


Coming Trips


Whanganui River Road Bike Ride 19 - 21 November

Sunday 19:

Depart Taupo 10am

Lunch at Raetihi; bike approx 30km to Pipiriki

Accommodation at Pipiriki

Cottage, self-contained, sleeps 6, bedding provided $40 pp

Cabin at camp ground, sleeps 6, supply own bedding $25 pp

Afternoon walk or scenic 10km return bike ride.

Monday 20:

Bike River Road 46km to Atene

Accommodation at Rivertime Lodge

Cottage self-contained, sleeps 4, bedding provided $55pp

2 x cabins self-contained, supply own bedding $45pp

Tuesday 21:

Bike 44km to Whanganui and return to Taupo

Costs: transport and trailer approx $60pp

Trip booked out – waiting list only.

Bernie Hammersley 377 4081 (after 3 November).


Aongatete (Katikati) to Wairere Falls (Matamata) 5 - 6 December

Tues 5: depart Taupo 3pm

Stay at Sapphire Springs Holiday Park Katikati (varying accommodation costs depending on requirements (shared) from $25 upwards to $50 per person

Vehicle cost approx $45 each

Wed 6: Aongatete to North South Track Kaimai FP down to Wairere Falls and out.                   Approx 7 hrs.

Van mover/s please. Two easy-moderate options available from Aongatete Lodge which may suit the van mover/s: short loop (easy) 2.2 km, one hour return; long loop (moderate) 6.4 km, 3½ hours return.

Bookings to Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Canoe/Kayaking Whanganui River

Taumarunui to Whakahoro 58 km

Sat 9/Sun 10 December

Depart 8am

Accommodation Taumarunui Holiday Park ph 07 895 9345


Cabins approx $30pp/night

Travel approx $60pp

Day one: paddle 21.5km Taumarunui to Ohinepane

Day two: paddle 36km  Ohinepane to Whakahoro

Canoes available from Bernie

Map: Guide to the Whanganui River

Bernie Hammersley 3774081 (after 3 November).



I am looking to do Waikaremoana over a 4-day weekend. Friday to Monday.   If you are interested please call Gary Verschaffelt 376 9011


Waihau Bay

February 6-9 2018

Cape Runaway walk. Steep up and down then around the coast back to the vehicle. 5hrs  Mod

Waikura mudlakes – 30 minute drive, 45 minute walk to wallow in bubbling mud, wash in the river, tiki tour.

Accommodation $20pp.

Vehicle $50pp approx

Bookings Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011

Leader Christine Elmiger.


Nelson Lakes 4-16 March 2018

My plan is to do the Travers Sabine Circuit and also Angelus Hut.

The Angelus Hut is the only one that requires booking and has limited beds available. Decisions will need to be made quite promptly if you are intending to join me.

If you are interested please contact Jenny Verschaffelt 376 9011


Tiritirimatangi Island  22-25 March 2018

Travel Auckland; two nights in DoC bunk house on Tiritirimatangi.

Cost approx $230 pp.                                                                                               Contact Gill Tate 027443053 (phone or text), or email gillandpeter@xtra.co.nz


 Lisa Cameron is to join the Dream It NZ team for  a tour as per the following:

Inca Trails Experience to Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands.

Chile, Peru, Galapagos Islands.

8-28 April 2018

Contact Lisa for more information on 027 285 6593





Van Recovery Rates:

A Trips: Up to 300km round-trip – minimum rate is equivalent of seven persons @ $10/per person ($70), with same cost for Turangi and Taupo members no matter where pick-up might be.

B Trips: Between 300 - 375km round-trip – minimum rate is equivalent of seven persons @ $15 ($105) with the same cost for Turangi and Taupo members no matter where pick-up might be.

C Trips: Over 375km round-trip – no minimum number of passengers and at $0.70 per km. Trip leader calculates cost as total km X $0.70 and divides total cost by number of participants to get individual contributions.

Payments relating to trips must be made to the van account - # 03 0430 0250309 001. If paying by direct bank transfer, please include information about the trip, e.g. trip name and date. If paying in at the bank please phone or email the treasurer, as these payments generally provide no information as to what the payment relates to.




























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