Trips, Tramps & More...

2022 Programme


Mt Tamahunga (437m) Leigh                         Sunday Tramp 3rd July

A climb of 400m through native bush via the DoC tramping track to the prominent peak behind Leigh. Our route will continue on the Te Araroa trail to Rodney Rd and via a Council track back to Schollum Rd.

There is an opportunity to return (retrace footsteps) from summit. Being winter expect some mud, wear boots.

Meet at carpark 1km up Omaha Valley Rd after passing Big Omaha on Leigh Rd. Contact leaders for more information, distances & times.

Book with Leaders: David & Marcia Roberts        ph 418 0397    mob  0211506356 

Small People on Big Hills - Marshmallows in the bush      Sunday 10th July

Start the school holidays by getting into the bush for the day! Join Lukas (5) and Clara (8) at 10:30am for some fun in and around our beautiful Waitakere Hut. Activities include a nature scavenger hunt, climbing in the rope net, building bivvies in the bush, fire lighting, toasting damper and marshmallows. Register with Miranda by email (not Facebook messenger) to find out how to get there. Email: Bring lunch, marshmallows, teabags, milk and milo etc for hot drinks at the hut. Optional extra bush walk on the way home. 

Small People on Big Hills - Maungakiekie             Sunday 24th July 

Join Maddie (1 year old) for a ramble around Maungakiekie. Meet at 10.30am at the Sorrento carpark on the Royal Oak side of One Tree Hill. Bring snacks, drinks, lunch, sturdy shoes and warm/waterproof clothing for some off-track exploring this beautiful maunga. 

Contact Abi to register 

Small People on Big Hills -Karangahake Gorge Adventure  Sunday 31st July

Come along to join Freya (6) and Arlo (4) on an adventure through the old mines and 1km-long rail tunnel, at the beautiful Karangahake Gorge!We’ll meet at the Karangahake Reserve carpark at 10:30, then start off on the 2.5km-long (very flat!) Rail Tunnel Loop walk, taking us through the 1km tunnel and along the river’s edge.

There will be plenty of stops on the way to re-fuel the kids, and after we stop for a bit of lunch on the trail we’ll then switch to the Windows Walk track (2km, mostly flat) to see some of the most spectacular parts of the Karangahake Gorge.

Families and children of all ages are welcome (both walks start/finish at the same car park, so there’s an easy bail out option if you need it!). Bring good walking shoes, raincoats, warm clothes, plenty of food and snacks, water, and torches for the tunnels! Expected finish 2:30pm.

Contact Keri at to register. Please provide the names of all those attending, the ages of the kids, and a contact number should we need to get in touch on the day.  

Watipu to Pararaha return                         Sunday Tramp 7th August

Auckland Regional Parks have recently upgraded and reopened the Te Araroa trail from Whatipu through to Karekare. Take the opportunity to walk the trail from Whatipu to Pararaha for lunch and return. The scenery from along the cliff top track is superb.

Meet at Whatipu for 10 am start.

Book with Leaders Bruce & Jane Rogers        mob 027 499 3211 (Bruce) or 027 458 5750 (Jane)

Small People on Big Hills - Green Bay                 Sunday 21 August

Meet Lukas (5) and Clara (8) at 10.00am at the Craigavon Park Carpark in Green Bay. After a quick play at the playground while the adults get organised, enter the search for the headwaters of the Whau River, an ancient canoe route between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. Then after a snack back at the cars, we'll rock-hop and slide around the rugged rocks from Green Bay to Blockhouse Bay, with lunch near a playground with an enclosed slide. We'll either return over the top of the cliffs via road, or perhaps take the steep but safe coastal path in dense bush. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, raincoats and warm clothes. Contact Miranda 022 6488 733 to register. 

Waitakeres  -  Woodlands Park to Nihotupu Reservoir      Saturday 10th Sept 2022

From the beginning of Woodlands Park Road walk through to the Upper Nihotupu Dam via the Beveridge and Nihotupu tramway tracks.

This is an area that the club has not visited for quite some time due to track closures   so do take the opportunity to explore this area with fellow club members. Distance 13 kms approx.

Meet at the beginning of Woodlands Park Road for a 10 am start. Further details from the leaders:  Jeanette & Murray Davidson  Ph 528 4504   or email

Snowcraft weekend                                                  9/10 September

Come and learn the skills required for above the bush travel and alpine crossings. An introductory course focused on gaining the skills and confidence for moving on snow and ice including ice axe and crampon use, self arrest , use of basic avalanche equipment . This is based at our cosy Ruapehu Hut . Course includes one evening introductory session approximately 2 weeks prior to the course which will cover gear options. Cost $280 per person (members) or $405 non-member ( includes main meals and accommodation). Transport is not included but will be co-ordinated between participants, travel down Friday evening back Sunday. Participants need to have or hire a helmet, ice axe and crampons ($25/ set for the weekend).

Contact: Mark Roberts


Thursday Walks – Walks are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month (except January and December). For further information contact Clive Bolt