Day Trips:

Depart from and return to a convenient point on the side of town near to the destination. See maps. Non-members are asked to phone the trip leader in advance. If you doubt your suitability for a day-trip, or if the weather is turning bad, contact the trip leader beforehand. A phone inquiry does not oblige you to go on the trip.

Weekend Trips:

May leave on a Friday night (usually for base camps) or Saturday morning. Please book with the trip leader by the closing date. Be certain you want to go on the trip when booking, as it is not fair on the leader to withdraw after the closing date (good excuses excepted). Numbers on some weekend trips are limited, so book promptly.

Bike Trips:

For up-to-date details of any biking trips highlighted below please contact Chris Leaver 03 322 6445, or

Trip details

Note - clicking on a trip destination will show the location on a map.


30 Jul-2 Aug


Whataroa—Butler--Ice Lake

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

A fairly rugged, moderate walk up the Whataroa Valley to Butler Hut then to Top Butler Hut and Ice Lake. Please note the dates may shift slightly depending on the weather forecast.

Book by Sunday, 26 July


1-4 Aug


Mount Arthur Circuit

Angela Grigg 027 578 9743

An easy-moderate circuit on the Mount Arthur Tablelands, an ancient marble plateau.

Book by Sunday, 26 July


2 Aug

Saddle Hill / Puawaitahi Reserve from The Bossu Rd

An easy half-day walk above Okuti Valley. Enjoy a steady climb through open pasture to good 360 degree views, including Akaroa Harbour. Possible side trip to Coffin Rock. Plenty of time for a coffee stop on the way home.

Leader Maureen Thompson phone 021 266 5778 email

Meet 9.30 am Princess Margaret Hospital NW car park, Cashmere Road


2 Aug

Cheeseman – Izard circuit

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate hard circuit taking in 2031m Cheeseman and 2019m Izard in the heart of the Craigieburn Range. Take an ice-axe and crampons.

Meet 0700 Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $17


8-9 Aug


Te Ara Pataka Track

Norman Burden 358 5115

An easy-moderate trip to the charming Rod Donald hut on Te Ara Pataka track and so close to Christchurch . The hut has a wood-burner.

Book now so internet bookings can be made


8 Aug

Planting--Quail Island/Otamahua

Stan Wilder 260 2340

A short day of planting. Tools and transport provided. Take garden gloves if you have them. Meet on the Lyttelton--Diamond Harbour jetty at 0855. Launch leaves Quail Island at 3.30pm.

Book by Thursday, 6 August


9 Aug

Mt Foweraker

Peter Umbers 359 9118

Moderate-hard trip in Arthurs Pass National Park to this 1804m peak between Sudden Valley and Red Beech Stream. This peak acquired its name just a few years ago.

Meet 0700 Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $19


15-16 Aug


Mounts Tekoa & Te Kooti

Diane Mellish 337 5530

A moderate climb of these 1469m and 1615m peaks in the Island Hills area. We plan to get use of a farm hut so book soon, so that can be arranged.

Book by Sunday, 2 August


16 Aug

Kowai Hut–-The Gap

Awaiting leader

A moderate climb to this prominent feature. We park at the big pines and walk up the Kowai River to the hut then on a steepening climb to the snow. Take ice-axe and crampons.

Meet 0730 Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $12


22-23 Aug


Lake Daniell

Sue Piercey 384 9567

Check-out the brand-new Kohanga Atawhai – Manson Nicholls Hut on this easy trip to beautiful Lake Daniell, near Lewis Pass. The hut, completed in March 2020, was designed and built especially for families and school groups using innovative, sustainable builing techniques. The high-standard walking track is suitable for children.

Book by Sunday, 16 August


23 Aug

Mt Whatno—Black Rock

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate climb to 1396m Whatno and 1714m Black Rock to overlook the Esk River catchment. May require iceaxe. Returning the same way.

Meet 7:30am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx cost $17


29-30 Aug


Rough Creek—Lake Christabel

Kevin Hughes 332 6281

Moderate trip up Rough Creek near Lewis Pass to Lake Christabel Hut. Can be made into a circuit by decending through forest on day-one. Expect some snow on the higher section.

Book by Thursday 23 August


30 Aug


Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate climb near Hanmer of this 1615m peak. Take ice axe and crampons and you might consider crossing the Clarence in shoes then changing into boots.

Meet 7:00am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx cost $23

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2020-2021 (PDF)