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.