Trips, Tramps & More...

March 2020 and Beyond

Mt Eden Tramping Fitness Training every Thursday

Build your tramping fitness by joining Kate and crew every Thursday rain or shine for 40 minutes of high intensity hill climbing at Mt.Eden.
Meet at 12:30 at Clive Road parking / kids flying fox near Normanby Road.  Walk half way up to 'Jo steps' Walk/ run #times then up to top of My Eden back down to steps up down steps again and then back down to stretch at play park. Time approx 40 min

Feel free to just turn up to this friendly group or contact Kate to join the WhatsApp conversation, a great opportunity to fit in some general fitness work or get ready for an upcoming adventure!

Facilitated by Kate Schoonees  021 02452146 



Tawharanui Family Camping weekend 

14/15  March 2020 

Try camping at this iconic beach which is inside a pest proof fence allowing native birds including kiwi to thrive. Optional activities will include a family walk, swimming , snorkeling & surfing (bring your own gear). Book a site via the council website & advise Mark.

 Mark Roberts


Sunday Walk - Orakei Basin Extended Walk           22 March 2020

Meet at 1.30pm at the foot of the pedestrian bridge over the railway line in the car park beside the Orakei Station in Orakei Road.

Yes I know you have all done it before!....but this walk is different in that it has been extended by around 1 hour to include crossing the Waiatarua arm of the Basin, and then traversing the walkways in the bushy valleys between MacPherson Street, and Waiatarua, Kelvin and Ngapuhi Roads, and then returning to the Basin.   There are some hills involved, with a mix of level and steep paths, steep steps and a great board walk over, and not alongside the Basin. 

For such an environment so close to the city is really amazing and well worth another visit.Please register with me if you are coming. 

Leader: Scott White                Ph. 0274-979-017    or


Thursday Walk - Bucklands Beach
 Circuit           March 26 

Bucklands Beach, Eastern Beach, Maclean's park, Half Moon Bay.

You can come and return on the Half Moon Bay Ferry from the city or drive to meet at the bottom of Laings Road on Little Bucklands Beach at 10:00am.

Ferry option. Catch 9.15 am ferry from the city to Half Moon Bay and return on the 2.15 pm or 3.15 pm ferry.

When booking in please advise whether driving or using the ferry.

Leader Helen Bolt. 534 2946,  021 0822 3055


Womens Overnighter   - Biking the Hauraki Rail Trail       April 4/5th

It’s time for another quick adventure in our efforts to get more women outdoors more often and to encourage more women to join our  great club!

We will car pool to Paeroa for a 2pm start on the trail to Waihi, overnight accommodation is at Waihi Camp and Cabins - please book your own accommodation, back packers bunk, cabin or tent.    Bookings at:

We will ride back to Paeroa the next day - easy social pace with stop for coffee in both directions - all welcome, ten have already booked so should be great fun!

Leader : Fiona Heenan  021 633 834


Te Atatu Peninsula Loop Walk               

Sunday 5 April 2020

Meet at 1.30pm in the Harbourview Peoples Park, car park in Te Atatu Road, North, off the roundabout opposite Gloria Avenue, which is about 500 metres past the Z Station.

Start at the Harbourview - Orangihina wetlands Reserve which is an estuary wetland providing a habitat for flora and fauna such as the world-travelling godwits, the rare and reclusive fernbird and the native fish kokopu. Then follow the foreshore to the end of the Peninsula and you get wonderful harbour and distant city views.  Dead flat and no hills, 6.25kms.  Good for the grand kids and their small bikes and scooters!  And also good for the older kids and their bigger bikes ... bring them all!   

Leader: Scott White               Ph. 0274-979-017    or


 April Club Night                                       

Tuesday, 7th April, 2020

Arnold and Marieke van Zon will give a presentation on the April club night about their recent 5000 km bicycle tour through Cuba and the USA.

While biking the length of Cuba they discovered many different aspects about the people's lives over there. In the USA they biked from Miami to Toronto in Canada, quite a contrast to Cuba.


Thursday Walk - Pourewa Valley                 Thursday April 9  

Explore the Dead Centre of the East on a traverse of the Pourewa Valley. Meet at the bottom of Upland Rd at 10:00am

Leader: Jocelyn Whyte ph 528 4824 mob 021 158 6850


Family Camping Weekend at Aroha Island - Bay of Islands 

Easter  - April 10-13th

This kiwi inhabited island (vehicle access by a causeway) has seaside campsites & cabins available. Book accommodation here . From the island try sea kayaking (boats can be hired in Paihia), cycling on the twin coast cycle trail or local walks. Kiwi & Morepork can be spotted by night. Contact Mark for details on planned activities

Leader: Mark Roberts     


Whiritoa weekend (during School Holidays)     April 17th - 20th  - note date change

Staying at family bach in shared bedrooms (3 and 4 per room - families welcome) on the Coromandel East Coast, near Whangamata. Cliff top walks, snorkeling, kayaking, and surf beaches to explore. 

Limit of numbers to 11 -12 people. (Parents, Grandparents, children)

Leader: Lesley Hawke 021670981 or email 


Fernhill Escarpment Walk                            Sunday Walk 19 April 2020

Meet at 1.30pm in Jack Hinton Drive. From Rosedale Road (near Albany) turn into Jack Hinton Drive (the entrance to the Sewage Station), drive 200 metres to ample parking next to the toilet block/public shelter on the right.

This escarpment is completely hidden by native forest so that the only way to see its cliffs is to follow the bush trails that traverse the area. Of course there are some steep bits but enthusiastic locals have provided some fixed ropes which enable the area to be safely traversed by the young and old. Oh how I like that last word!

A round trip is envisaged, say 2 to 3 hours, mostly in the shade. 

Items of Interest include what is believed to be the largest mature totara grove ever visited by the ASC and  the deposited debris from the tragic May 2011 Albany tornado including a shopping trolley that flew up from a supermarket some distance away.

Lots of places vie for the title of Aucklands best kept secret; this one might be the winner. That is why I am leading a trip to this area again.

Please register with me if you are coming.

Leader Garth Barfoot 0274 985 221, 09-483 5474,



Thursday Walk -Te Ara Hura – Te Whau loop,

Waiheke Island    Thursday 23 April 2020

Catch the 9:30 am Ferry from Pier 2 to Waiheke and then by bus past the Rangihoua Onetangi Sports Ground.  The day includes 2 or 3 very steep hill climbs and rock hopping for short distances along beaches.  We will start by looking at the nearby iconic, eclectic, houseboats. During the day we walk past vineyards, olive groves and an alpaca farm.  Enjoy a coastal and cliff top walk, past beaches then finish with a bush walk.  Road walks, panoramic views, walking poles recommended.   Bring lunch and drink. Return on the 4:00 pm ferry. For more information and to ensure space on the bus please book in by 20 April 2020 with Brian or Sue Fitzpatrick.

Leaders Brian & Sue Fitzpatrick             ph 576 1069

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Womens Overnighter  - Tawharanui Camping

May 2/3rd

This months sub 24hour womens getaway is a camping overnight in the beautiful Tāwharanui regional park.

If you are keen to join us please  book online for camping as soon as you can:

We can drive into the campsite which is great because we will need to pack more warm gear than we usually do.

It will certainly be a little chilly (an possibly rainy) in May. So we have planned to bring a large gazebo to use as a communal space

We will meet at the campsite and get all set up before going for a walk.

There are 7 signposted walks on the park ranging from easy strolls to the two hour North/South Coast Track. A favourite for many people is the Ecology Trail (2 hours) signposted from Anchor Bay.

Leader : Jeanine Scholey  email


WAI O TAIKI, PT ENGLAND                       Thursday May 14 2020


Meet at KIANO PLACE, at 10 am .Flat walking, approximately ten kilometres.

Please contact Pat or Joe: 022 3852100 thank you


May Club Night

Tuesday May 5th

"Why Pakistan" - A summer Mountain Explorer Tour in open topped jeeps through its three mountain ranges, The Himalaya, Karokorams and Hindu Kush. Don Baker will speak on his trip to Pakistan.


MANUKAU HARBOURSIDE                         Thursday May 14th

Meet at Papakura Train Station at 10.15 am for walk around Karaka and Conifer Grove via the new over-bridge and shared walkway. Return from Takanini. Bring AT Card.
Leader: Bruce Dwerryhouse 575-0480, 022 1239507,



Sullivans Bay /Te Muri Regional Park           Thursday May 28th


Meet at Sullivans Bay carpark at 10.30am.Explore Cudlip Point Loop Track and cross the estuary at low tide to explore Te Muri Beach.About 3-4 hrs walking

Leader: Don Baker email:  Ph 537 9332