26 May Makahu Saddle - Kaweka
This day might be spent working on the track up Trial Spur which is getting overgrown otherwise there will be a walk starting from Makahu Saddle
1-3 June Queens Birthday - Howletts area - Ruahines
From Kashmir Farm wander in to one of our club huts – Howletts, via Daphne ridge. Sunday, head southwards to Longview hut . Monday, returning to the transport. Possibility for an alternative to stay at Daphne hut and back out the same way.
9 June Te Kooti’s Lookout
This trip is dependent on getting permission from the landowners. Cross over the bridge on the Mohaka and wander along forestry road then ascend to the remants of Te Kooti’s Lookout; there were two totem poles remaining when the club last visited this historic spot.
22/23 June Sunrise Top Maropea
Up to Sunrise and on to Top Maropea hut for the night, or stay at Sunrise Hut. Opportunity for a really easy walk to Triplex hut for the night for those less adventurous. There will be magnificent views from Armstrong Saddle and no gales
7 July Rough Block Cape Kidnappers
This is planned as a Saturday trip and, with permission from the landowner, we will go to the Rough Block at Cape Kidnappers. This is part of the fenced off reserve at the Cape and consists of an old kanuka forest with remnants of native bush and new natives growing though it.
20/21 July Morere/Mahia Area
Leaving Saturday morning and staying at the Morere tearoom accommodation. Lots of walks within the scenic reserve and at Mahia. Beach /forest walks followed by the hot pools. A social weekend in a idyllic spot.
4 August Kaweka Hut site
From Lakes Road carpark over the Tutaekuri, probably dry feet and up to the hut site and memorial plaque. Opportunity to ascend the spur to the main ridgeline and descend via Rogue Ridge to the main track again.
18 August Te Irirnga [Kaimanawa’s]
Up the Taupo Road, in towards Poronui Station, then up to the midway point of Clements road to the Te Iriringa carpark and through a great beech forest to the hut site and views.
31 Aug/1 Sept Rangiwahia Hut
To the less visited western Ruahines… to Renfrew Road end and up the track to Rangawahia hut.. An option in to be investigated, is a track up onto the Whanahuia Range from above Alice Nash lodge in the Oroua River, from Petersons roadend. This route ascends the lower Whanahuia range, then to descend to Rangiwahia hut for the night with the group.
15 September Red Island
With low tide at around 12 noon this is a great day to walk to Red Island which is situated near Waimarama. We will leave from the Waimarama Domain and follow the beach line south, on a sandy beach for a short time and then rock hopping for most of the rest of the 2-3 hour walk to the island. Red Island is of volcanic origin and is built up from many layers of coloured rocks. Lunch will be had at the island before the return back north along the shore.
28/29 September Kiwi Saddle Hut
In to our club hut from Lakes Road carpark. On a good day it is worth going up the ridge behind the hut for an hour or so to get views across to Ngamatea to the west and the mainkaweka range to the north. The keen could do the circuit up to Kaiarahi point and down the ridge and the Rogue and so loop back to the carpark.
12/13 October Coppermine
We will travel down to the Woodville area and from Coppermine road walk alongside the stream to the site of an abandoned Coppermine . Retracing our steps to the Wharite junction, and climb up 500 metres to the telecommunication tower with views along the southern Ruahine range.