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.
For up-to-date details of any biking trips highlighted below please contact Chris Leaver 03 322 6445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note - clicking on a trip destination will show the location on a map.
Norman Burden 358 5115
A moderate circuit starting at Woolshed Creek, going up the Rhyolite Track to the Bus Stop and on to Woolshed Creek Hut. Returning to the car via the coal-mine.
Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $19
Sue Piercey 384 9567
A moderate circuit starting at the top end of Kaituna Valley, climbing to the Te Ara Pataka Track, to Herbert Peak, the shelter, Packhorse Hut and down the track to Kaituna Valley.
8am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of Princess Margaret Hospital. Approx cost $7.
Alison Maccoll 322 8540
The most popular 2-dayer in APNP. A moderate walk up the bouldery Deception past Upper D Hut to stay at well-sited Goat Pass Hut. Sunday we have an easier walk down the Mingha.
Book by 15 Nov.
Cutty Grass Hut, Mt Hutt
Evelien Baas 027 557 5521
This easy-moderate walk starts on the Mt Alford track, climbs a little and then crosses to the track that leads up-valley to Cutty Grass Hut.
Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd
Gary Huish 332 7020
Taking the Camera Gully route to the big tarn below Gloriana and on to Faerie Queene.
Some may want to settle for the easier Gloriana. Moderate hard trip.
Book by 22 Nov.
Kevin Hughes 332 6281
A moderate circuit from the Mountain House car-park to Oxford Saddle and 1340m Oxford Hill. The hill is only a little lower than 1364m Mount Oxford.
Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx cost $10
Paradise Creek—Elcho Hut, Lake Ohau area
Diane Mellish 337 5530
A moderate trip with a climb up from Huxley Bridge to Paradise Creek, below Boanerges, with a side trip up the Hopkins River to Elcho Hut.
Book by 29 Nov.
Purau Saddle—Hilltop, Banks Peninsula
Kerry Moore 359 5069
A long day makes this a moderate trip. Walking between Purau Saddle and Montgomery Park (near Hilltop Tavern) along the summit walkway. Takes in part of the Te Ara Pataka Track and passes through several bush reserves. Good views of much of Banks Peninsula. We aim to have a group starting at each end with a car-swap. Take plenty of water.
Meet 8am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of of Princess Margaret Hospital .Approx cost $14
Carroll Hut, Arthurs Pass National Park
Kevin Hughes 332 6281
An easy-moderate trip for the naturalists. Enjoy Westland forest, summer flowers above the bushline and see fault scarps near Carroll Hut.
Book by 13 Dec.
Picnic at Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula
Merv Meredith 322 7239
Diamond Harbour and its reserve have lots of options. The picnic will be in the Stoddart Point Reserve on the lower level at Diamond Harbour. Drive in to the left of the shops on the road down to the jetty and then to the right at the first hairpin, into the reserve. You can also catch the ferry from Lyttelton Plenty of options in the area—walking, biking, swimming. Bring your kayak, boat. You can bike to Camp Bay or up the Port Levy road.
Okarito Christmas Base Camp, West Coast
Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778
Escape the Christmas rush in peaceful Okarito. Maureen Thompson has booked Fernbird Retreat, a comfortable house, for the nights 23 to 29 December. Stay as many nights as you like. For more information, see the newsletter.
McKerrow Range, Makarora
Diane Mellish 337 5530
The date is likely to move for this moderate-hard tramp above Makorora to 2002m Mt Shrimpton. Expect splendid views around Mt Aspring National Park. Camping by tarns in the McKerrow Range.
Book by 20 Dec
Childrens Bay Farm walk, Banks Peninsula
Jill Fenner 980 6228
An easy 3-hour circuit from Akaroa to Takamatua then back via some quiet roads. Also known as the Rhino Walk. Coffee stop in Akaroa or on the way home.
9am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end Princess Margaret Hospital
Mt Titiroa, Lake Manapouri
Raymond Ford 022 318 0872 email@example.com
A prominent light coloured granite 1715m peak near Lake Manapouri, with great views of Fiordland mountains and lakes. A moderate – hard trip from Lake Manpouri, climbing up the north ridge of Mt Titiroa, camping on the mountain. Either returning the same way to Lake Manapouri or crossing over to the Borland Valley.
Book by 2 Jan
Timutimu Head - Scenery Nook, Banks Peninsula
Danny Lee 357 1457
Easy-moderate tramp over peninsula farmland, via 380m Lucas Peak to Timutimu Head, the western head of Akaroa Harbour. Then on to a natural tidal seal swimming pool at Scenery Nook. Impressive red volcanic sea cliffs are an added attraction.
8am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of Princess Margaret Hospital