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:

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.

Thu 6 Feb -

Sat 8 Feb

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Cedar Flat

Murray Hight 027 555 0059

Take the Friday off and spend two nights at this choice location inland from Hokitika. A medium 4hr walk to the hut with basic hot-pools nearby.

List closes 2 Feb

Thu 6 Feb -

Tue 11 Feb

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Three Tarn Pass-Matakitaki Rr-D’Urville Pass

Diane Mellish 337 5530

A moderate but long trip starting at the Lewis end of St James WW and going over Three Tarn Pass to the Upper Matakitaki then to D’Urville Pass, Thompson Pass and Maling Pass.

List Closes 28 Jan.

9 Feb

Sunday

Birdlings Flat - Magnet Bay

Yvette So 348 4458

Easy-moderate trip along the coast from Birdlings Flat to Oashore, Tokoroa, Hikuraki and Magnet Bays. Returning the same way.

8am Princess Margaret Hospital, north east carpark off Cashmere Rd. Approx cost $7

15-16 Feb

Sat - Sun

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Hope-Kiwi Lodge

Alison Maccoll 322 8540

Easy-moderate tramp in Lake Sumner Forest Park, overnighting in the spacious Hope Kiwi Lodge/Hut. Good track all the way through beech forest and along river terraces. If enough people go, a crossover via Lake Sumner is possible.

List closes 9 Feb

16 Feb

Sunday

Mount Barrosa

Norman Burden 358 5115

A moderate trip in the Clent Hills area up from the Ashburton Gorge Rd. Open tussock country with good views all the way up this 800m climb to a 1364m peak. Popular with rock hounds looking for agates.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $20

22-26 Feb

Sat - Wed

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Lake Unknown

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

Moderate-hard trip to the area north of the Routeburn Track. Ice axe and crampons may be required. Departing the day before and staying at Glenorchy. The trip will start and finish on the Routeburn Track. We will visit Lake Unknown, Park Pass Glacier and traverse along the Serpentine Range past Lake Nerine and Lake Wilson, camping along the way. The trip dates may vary a bit depending on the weather forecast!

List closes 16 Feb

22-26 Feb

Sat - Wed

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Serpentine Range

Diane Mellish 337 5530

A moderate-plus tramp up the Routeburn to Lakes Harris and Wilson. Day 2 we camp at point 1550 on the Serpentine Range then on to camp in the North Routeburn River. We may do a side trip to Emily Pass. Tramping 4 days, travelling 2 days.

List closes 16 Feb

22-23 Feb

Sat - Sun

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Walker Pass - Tarn Col – Edwards

Kerry Moore 359 5069

One of the best-known Arthurs Pass National Park tramps. This moderate trip takes in the Hawdon and Edwards valleys, a couple of attractive alpine passes and views of what's left of Falling Mountain. We need to get to Hawdon Hut on the Fri night to set us up for a longish day to Edwards Hut.

List closes 16 Feb

23 Feb

Sunday

Bealey Spur

Joy Schroeder 351 4655

Popular easy-moderate walk to this historic musterers’ hut, through beech forest and tussock clearings which offer fantastic views of the upper Waimak and the mountains of Arthurs Pass National Park. If time permits it is worth walking beyond the hut, further up the spur.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $22

29 Feb -2 Mar

Sat - Mon

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Townsend Hut--Korupuku Hut

Peter Umbers 359 9118

A moderate-hard trip up the Taramakau River to Townsend Hut and over to secluded Koropuku Hut. With an extra day we could go to Otehake Hot spring.

List closes 23 Feb

1 Mar

Sunday

Mount Noble

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate walk from the Lake Sumner Road to this 1220m peak

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St Approx Cost $17

7-8 Mar

Sat - Sun

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Carroll Hut

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate trip for the naturalists. Enjoy Westland forest, visit some large tarns on Kelly Range and see fault scarps near Carroll Hut.

List closes 1 Mar

8 Mar

Sunday

Bowenvale—Victoria Park Circuit

Wendy Wallace 338 0550

An easy-moderate walk on the wonderful Port Hills

Meet 8am Bowenvale Ave road-end

13-15 Mar

Fri - Sun

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Waimakariri Falls Hut

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate trip up the Waimakariri River to Waimakariri Falls Hut to help Colin Wilmshurst replace the mountain radio. While Colin is doing that we can do a day trip up to Waimakariri Col, on to point 1845m then explore the upper part of the route to Gorgy Lake—ice-axe, maybe crampons, required. Day 1 camp near Campbell Ck. Day 2 side trip from Falls Hut. Day 3, out.

List closes 8 Mar

15 Mar

Sunday

Doctors Hills

Jill Fenner 980 6228

So named because a local doctor used to wander there, this easy trip inland from Waikari gives views of Pyramid Valley and Moa Swamp

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx Cost $15

21-23 Mar

Sat - Mon

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Boanerges

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

Above the Hopkins, Huxley River corner in the Ohau area is Paradise Creek which leads to 2254m Boanerges.

List closes 15 Mar

28-29 Mar

Sat - Sun

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Pinchgut Hut—Bobs Camp circuit

Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy-moderate walk via Pinchgut Hut, up the Whare Track to Bobs Camp Biv then back via the Cattle Peak Route.

List closes 22 Mar

28 Mar

Saturday

Pines

Names to Raymond Ford 022 318 0872.

A satisfying day in Castle Hill Basin cutting and pulling wildings to stem the westward march of pines.

List closes 6pm Friday 27 Mar. Exact cost $0

29 Mar

Sunday

Pinchgut—Mt Thomas

Awaiting leader

Starts at the Mt Thomas Wooded Gully camping area and goes up the Summit Track, past Pinchgut Hut to the Okuku ford. A car from the Bobs Camp trip can help get drivers back to Wooded Gully camping ground or a larger group can split in two and do a crossover. Easy-moderate.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx Cost $11

4-5 Apr

Sat - Sun

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Mt Somers Walkway

Norman Burden 358 5115, 021 0228 9141

An easy-moderate walkway hike in fascinating volcanic terrain, from Woolshed Creek to the Staveley end. Sign on now as bunk space in the hut has to be booked.

List closes 07 Mar.

4 Apr

Saturday

Godley Head Walkway

Mary McKeown 358 7717

An easy walk from Sumner to Godley Head.

Meet 0900 Sumner Clocktower. Approx Cost $0

10-14 Apr

Easter

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Wilkin—Siberia--Crucible--Young

Awaiting leader

Popular moderate circuit over Gillespie Pass with a bonus side trip to Crucible Lake.

List closes 29 Mar.

10-14 Apr

Easter

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Golden Bay Base Camp

Kevin & Heather Hughes 332 6281

A host of things to do in this beautiful area.

List closes 29 Mar

10-13 Apr

Easter

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Punakaiki, Inland Pack track, Mt Bovis

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate fine weather walk to the Ballroom overhang and beyond.

List closes 29 Mar

12 Apr

Sunday

Pompeys Pillar—Red Bay

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate Banks Peninsula walk to seldom visited bays.

8am Princess Margaret Hospital, NE carpark off Cashmere Rd. Approx Cost $14

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2019-2020 (PDF)