Trips

Day Trips:

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:

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 newptc75@gmail.com.

Trip details

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

Sat,Sun

7-8 Nov

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Princess Bath

Gary Huish 332 7020

A moderate tramp behind Hanmer, camping at this large tarn below Mt Princess.

Book by 1 Nov.

Sun

8 Nov

Bus Stop

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

Fri-Mon

13-15 Nov

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Show weekend

Casey Hut—Lake Minchin

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy-moderate walk to stay at the new Casey Hut with a day trip to Lake Minchin.

Book by 8 Nov.

Fri-Sun

13-15 Nov

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Townsend Hut—Koropuku Hut

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate-hard trip up the Taramakau to Townsend Hut and over to secluded Koropuku Hut.

Book by 1 Nov.

Sun

15 Nov

Kaituna—Mt Herbert—Packhorse

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.

Sat,Sun

21-22 Nov

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Deception—Mingha

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.

Sun

22 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

Sat-Mon

28-29 Nov

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Gloriana and/or Faerie Queene

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.

Sun

29 Nov

Oxford Hill--Ashley Saddle

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

Sat-Tue

5-8 Dec

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Boanerges, Lake Ohau area

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872 fordrm@snap.net.nz

Situated near the confluence of the Huxley and Hopkins rivers is the 2254m peak Boanerges. A moderate-hard trip probably via the south-east ridge from Huxley Forks. Alpine skills required.

Book by 29 Nov.

Sat-Tue

5-8 Dec

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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.

Sun

6 Dec.

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

Sat, Sun

12-13 Dec.

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Griffin Range Serpentine Mine, west of Otira

Peter Umbers 359 9118

A moderate tramp on Griffin Range to the serpentine mine near 1517m Mt Griffin.

Book by 6 Dec

Sun

13 Dec.

Manuka Hut, Ashburton lakes

Diane Dixon

An easy flat walk to this hut on the Te Araroa Track.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

Sat,Sun

19-20 Dec.

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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.

Sun

20 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.

Wed-Tue

23-29 Dec.

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.

Sat-Tue

26-29 Dec

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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

Sun

3 Jan

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

Sat-Tue

9-12 Jan

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Mt Titiroa, Lake Manapouri

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872 fordrm@snap.net.nz

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

Sun

10 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

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