18 February Tarn Bivvy or Khyber Pass
Leave from Mill Roadend and walk either downriver to Khyber Pass or upriver to Rosvalls Track; climb to Tarn Bivvy and back.
3-4 March Park Peak/Upper Makaroro Hut/Barlows Hut
Start at Yeomans Mill and tramp up to Parks Peak Hut or Upper Makaroro for a night; downriver to Barlows Hut on Sunday and out. Some may just want to go up the Makaroro River to Barlows Hut for the night.
18 March Cape Kidnappers
Low tide is around 1:00pm so we will leave Clifton at around 10:00am for the 8.5km walk to the gannet colony. This is now one of the Great Short Walks and can have some interesting bird life as well as inspiring views as you follow the beach under the towering cliffs. This is a trip suitable for all-comers so bring your grandkids, your family and your visitors. Total walking time for the return trip is about five hours
30 Mar- 2 April (Easter) Waikaremoana/ Urewera
Lots of options around the lake for all fitness levels: either tramp part of the Great Walk and return via water taxi or do a series of day walks to Panekiri Bluffs, Ruapani Lakes circuit and perhaps wander up Aniwaniwa Valley or walk from Rosy Bay to Lake Kaitawa.
15 April Te Kooti's Lookout
In from Tutira to the end of the road at Waitara Station, across the river via the forestry bridge and on up the spur to Te Kooti’s Lookout – an historic spot from colonial history, notably Whai-o-te-Motu.
28- 29 April Longview/ Leon Kinvig/Apiti Track
Start at Kashmir Road end, go up to Longview Hut, south to Apiti Track then down to Leon Kinvig Hut for the night. Up to the ridge again and Apiti Track, down to Ngamoko Road carpark. An early start needed to accommodate checking the stoat traps on the way in on the Saturday. We need club support for this effort by us as volunteers to support the Ruahine Whio Trust in getting rid of predators. This route is rarely a club trip, is mostly on an open ridge and to a seldom-visited hut.
B trip would fit well as the truck can change roadends [Kashmir to Ngamoko] and so could go in to Makaretu Hut via the saddle junction and return the same way on the Sunday.
13 May Waipatiki Beach and Scenic Reserve
Low tide should be around 11am, ideal for this beach and bush trip. We leave from Waipatiki Beach and follow the coastline north to Aropaoanui Beach which should take around two hours. Here we will decide whether to do the long walk up the road to the entrance to the Waipatiki Scenic Reserve or to return back along the beach and enter the reserve from the Waipatiki Road end. The beach walk includes boulder hopping, sandy stretches and, in places, a track along the bottom of the cliffs while the bush walk goes through a magnificient nikau forest.
26-27 May Waikamaka Hut
In to our club hut via Waipawa River and Saddle for the weekend to enjoy the alterations done in November 2016 - probably a few small jobs that will need doing. B party could overnight at Waipawa Chalet instead, a very short tramp. An alternative is to go to Sunrise Hut.
2-4 June (Queens Birthday) Waitangi Falls and Eastwoodhill Arboretum
Over the weekend we will visit the picturesque Waitangi Falls on Ruakituri River before continuing on to Eastwoodhill Arboretum near Gisborne where we will roam the many tracks and hopefully see the autumn colours. Time permitting, we may wander along the Otoko Walkway.