Ahuriri Estuary Walkway 19 Jan

With the weather forecast predicting heavy rain for Lake Tutira it was decided to have a walk from Park Island, Taradale, to the Ahuriri Estuary. The group, Glenda, Susan and I left from by the dog agility area where we followed the gravel path beside the Park Island cemetery, crossing Prebensen Drive to join the Water Ride Trail. The initial northward journey is alongside a stream where we saw hawk in flight, a pied shag, a spoonbill and mallard ducks. The ducks blended well with the ground cover and a large group, adult and young, slipped quietly into the stream where they kept closely to the true left.

When the pathway reaches the Main Outfall Channel the path veers eastward and continues below the stop bank. At this point there is a hide in which to view the plentiful wildlife including; Canadian geese, spoonbill, gull, pied stilts. The info board states there are 70 species of resident and migratory waterbirds. As we continued our journey a rather picturesque vista appeared on the stop bank; in a line were the heads and necks of thirteen Canadian geese.

Our journey continued, stopping at the hide at the end of the Water Ride Trail, following the pathway under the motorway, under and up on to the old road bridge. Strategically placed at the top of the path was a seat which we took advantage of and had a snack. Our rest was ended by the rain that had been threatening. We put rain jackets on and continued across the bridge to duck back down under it and walk back in a westward direction to the ponds to the south of the airport. We then retraced our steps to the sign post at the junction of the Water Ride Trail and Main North Road to Prebensen Drive; to complete a circuit we continued alongside the Main North Road. This trail is separated from the road by a waterway, along Prebensen Drive and back around the Park Island track to the car. The walk had taken us 3 hours.

Anne D, Susan L, Glenda H

Heretaunga Tramping Club 2020 Tramps

On and near Nth Tararua Range 11-12 Jan
Ahuriri Estuary Walk 19 Jan
Tutaekuri Gorge 2 Feb
Pourere Beach 5 Feb
Clements Road Area 15-16 Feb
The Gums and Beyond 19 Feb
Stoney Creek 1 March
Barlows Loop 14-15 March
Sunrise–66–Waipawa River 29 March
Central NI Scenic (Pureora) 10-13 April
Howletts via Longview 25–27 April
Beach walk (Mangakuri sth) 10 May
Makino Hut 24 May
Waikaremoana 30 May–1 June
Wharite to Coppermine Rd 7 June

On and near the Northern Tararua Range 11-12 Jan 2020

I had spotted a new walk in the NE Tararua Range in a magazine so a year ago Peter and I checked out the first part of it and decided the Club should try it.  So on the Saturday nine of us arrived at the Naenae Road end, which is west of Pahiatua and started walking just after 9.30 AM.  The first obstacle was the Otangane Stream (which is a tributary of the Mangahoa Stream – the Mangahoa is the last major river that meets the Manawatu River before the Manawatu Gorge).  Some crossed without getting feet wet but most forwent the balancing act and only received slightly damp socks. The track is a paper road and it initially siddles around some farmland before heading up a small stream.  The track makers have spent a lot of time making steps up the edge of the stream and we slowly made our way up on them.  We had spied a friendly Kereru just before the stream but we saw other few birds during our tramp.  

After about an hour of uphill we reached the Otangane Loop Track, this track can also be accessed from the Palmerston North side via the Sledge Track at the end of the Kahuterawa Road (in behind Massey University).  The Loop Track was fairly flat but the ground was uneven and the hook grass ground cover obscured the track slowing down progress a bit.  The weather was fine, although a little windy, so there were good views to be had , at times over the Wairarapa farmland.  The last of us arrived at the turn-off to Pukenaenae Lookout (which is unmarked on the topo map but is the short side-track on the southern most section of the loop track) just before noon and those already there proclaimed that this was their turn-around point.  Most took in the view at the lookout at the end of the side-track and then settled down for lunch.  After lunch Des and Murry decided they should continue on to our original destination, the Aruwaru Trig, while the rest retraced our steps back, some forgetting to watch out for the white triangles that signalled the start of the track down and had to be called back.

The trip down was uneventful and we hadn’t been back at the truck for long when Des and Murry appeared.  They had overshot the Aruwaru track and when they did find the turn off (hidden off track) the signage there indicated the trig was over 1 hour away still so they gave up their quest and returned back to the track.

It was just a short drive from the end of Naenae Road to our accommodation for the night in an unused house on Fred’s farm at Mangamaire. Mattresses from the truck and picnic chairs that we all brought made for a most comfortable night – thanks Fred. Late afternoon the guys went with Fred to check our some natives growing in a block of trees on the property while the ladies just relaxed.  As it was only 9 km to Pahiatua we all hopped in the truck and had takeaways for dinner.

Sunday morning we were all in the truck before 8 and headed towards the Pahiatua Track and the Manawatu, our destination for the day.  We parked the truck in a posh area of Summerhill and made our way along the Turitea Walkway to Tennent Drive at the entrance of Massey University where the new shared pathway starts. An underpass took us under the busy road and then it was a walk along Old Dairy Farm Road past various research areas to the Manawatu River and a limestone pathway.  We detoured to cross the new 19 million dollar pedestrian bridge over the river, even at 9.30 in the morning there was plenty of people doing the same.  We then walked downstream along the limestone track, on our right he river and on our left mainly farmland, on a lovely sunny morning. Three more bridges and a total of about 10 kilometers since leaving the truck we arrived at Linton and the end of the track. Here my son Daniel (a Palmerston North resident) transported Peter & me back to retrieve the truck while the rest had lunch.

The last walk of the day (after a quick detour to view Fred’s Aokautere farm) was at the western end of the Manawatu Gorge – four walked the Tawa Track while the remaining five walked directly to the White Horses lookout and relaxed there. We were all in the truck again before 3 and headed homewards which included a couple of quick stops, one to view the windmills and one to view the eels at Norsewood when we dropped Murry off.  Many thanks Peter for driving for what was a great weekend.

Party: Glenda H, Peter B, Janice L, Joan R, Anne D, Murry A, Des S, Fred C and Susan L

Wednesday Outtings

In line with Govt COVID 19 alert level these are cancelled until further notice


5 February : Walk Pourere Beach
A walk along the coast – subject to tides as usual.
12 February: Cycle Ride
Along Maraetotara Road to Mohi Bush or even further to Waimarama
19 February: Northern Kaweka FP
A tramps from The Gums: walk alongside the mighty Mohaka as far as you like.
26 February: Cycle Ride
Cycle in Central Hawkes Bay (Waipawa to Onga Onga, for a start).
4 March: Tramp Napier-Taupo Road Mohaka River area
Tramp to Galbraith hut off Waitara road
11 March: Local cycle
Our tour of the bays circuit from the golf club.
18 March: Kaweka Range
Black birch range ( Clover Patch) or Kaweka Flats Biv
25 March: Cycle
Raukawa heights.
1 April: Tramp Maungaharuru Range
A walk to Bell Rock from the Pohokura Road
8 April: Cycle CHB
A cycle ride in CHB.
15 April: Lake Tutira area
Walks from Ridgemount road along the tops.
22 April: Local cycle
A mystery local cycle ride.
29 April: Tramp Ruahine Range
From Tamaki River Road to Stanfield Hut in the Ruahines.
6 May: Local cycle
Cycle from Kerry road – various options avaiable.
13 May: Local walk
The Eskdale Reserves + Heipipi.
20 May: Cycle CHB
Waipawa/Waipukurau Racecourse Rd areas.
27 May: Tramp Pohokura Rd area
Walk in to Spooners hill.
3 June: Local cycle
Ride from Park Island.
10 June: Coastal Walk
Do one of the walks from Waipataki.
17 June: Cycle CHB
Ongaonga to Pendle hill
24 June: Local walk
Do the Ahuriri Estuary circuit.

Weekend and Sunday Tramps

In line with Govt COVID 19 alert level these are cancelled until further notice

Sun 19 Jan   Tutira Arboretum and Lake Kayaking                                                              

A leisurely walk at Guthrie Smith Arboretum on an existing 10-hectare hill face area; a walking track through it, The Hanger, provides an interesting bush backdrop to the homestead and arboretum. This can be followed by a fun opportunity in the afternoon to kayak on Lake Tutira.

25/26 Jan    Waikamaka Hut – Ruahines                                                   

In to our club hut, Waikamaka: up the Waipawa River, over the saddle and you’re there! There may be some jobs to do and firewood to collect. The river will be warm by then.

Sun 2 February         Tutaekuri Gorge – KawekaFP                                             

Walk to the Tutaekuri River and over MacIntosh [no longer the three-wire] Bridge then down the gorge, exiting at Lawrence Road junction. 

15/16 February   Clements Road Area Kaimanawa                                                                 

A chance to see the famous Kaimanawa Wall: turn off SH5 on to Taharua Road then Clements Road, stopping to view Kaimanawa Wall along the way. Then we set off along Hinemaiaia Track (6-8hrs) to Cascade Hut [six bunks and plenty of tent sites] for the weekend.  Nearby is Ignimbrite Gorge on Tauranga-Taupo River. There are many campsites along Clements Road itself for those wanting to do short walks

1 March       Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek is accessed from a forestry road off SH 5 just the Hastings side of Tarawera and the last time were we there was 5 years ago.  This is a trip up a stream (so wet feet is inevitable)  in an area of lush podocarp bush. There are two stream branches to choose from and, if we choose the true left one, the Ohane Stream, we will come to a stretch of river with a number of hot seepages after about 90 minutes of walking. A fast party could walk up one branch and cross over a low ridge to return down the other branch.

14-15 March   Barlows Loop            

In via Makaroro river to Barlows hut. Out via the overland track up to the Parks Peak ridge, then down to the road end at Yeomans Mill to complete the loop.                                                                             

29 March   Sunrise – 66 – Waipawa River

Options of Sunrise return or Top Maropea hut, for others there is the interesting trip up the Waipawa Saddle, on up to Te Atuaoparapara or “66” then down to Armstrong Saddle, Sunrise and back down to the Triplex carpark.

10-13 April   Central NI Scenic  

Come and visit some pristine podocarp forest, west of Lake Taupo – opportunities for a 2 or 3 day tramp for those interested  and maybe climb Mt. Tauhara on the way home.

 25 – 27 April    Howletts via Longview    

In via Longview hut, over the Pohangina Saddle, up to Otumore, along and across  the tops, over the Oroua Saddle, then north to Howletts hut. A rest or exploring day Sunday and out to Kashmir Road Monday. Depending on the exit point, vehicle relocation may be necessary.. Of course lends itself to a Longview stay as an option or in fact Awatere hut, and even Daphne too.

10 May Beach walk  – Mangakuri South  

A 5 to 6 hour walk along a nice long beach heading south from Mangakuri Beach to Pourerere.  The beach is mostly sandy apart from about 25% of this walk a bit rocky.

24 May  Makino Hut

Up from the road saddle, past the Makino biv to the neat Makino hut and return, with the option of some returning down via Te Puia Lodge and the river track out again.

30 May – 1 June   Waikaremoana

A Party: Climb up to Manuoha for Saturday night. Sunday walk through to Sandy Bay Hut on the edge of Lake Waikareite and stay there for the night. On Monday   walk out to Aniwaniwa.  

B Party:  After dropping off the A party we will drive back a little to the Mokau Tarns Track and visit the tarns before returning to the Waikaremoan Camp ground where we will be staying. The options on the Sunday are; a climb up to Ngamoko, follow the old Maori Trail from Rosie Bay to Lake Kaitawa , a walk up the Waimana Valley, or a fast party could do the 6 hour Ruapani Circuit.  Monday will be a walk in to Lake Waikareiti to meet the A party. There is also the possibility of an overnight trip (Saturday & Sunday) to Panekiri Hut if there is enough interest.

7 June Wharite to Coppermine Road

The plan is to drive up the road to Wharite Peak and then walk down the track to Coppermine Creek.  After a look around the area where Coppermine Hut was we will walk out to Coppermine Road where the truck will have relocated to.  We then will drive to the Mangatoro Scenic Reserve which is 15 km from Dannevirke on the Weber Road. This reserve is said to be one of the best remaining areas of lowland mixed podocarp forest in southern Hawke’s Bay and is home to one of the largest totara in New Zealand.