Weekend and Sunday Tramps 2022

Jan 15/16 Cameron Hut River TripKaweka Range
Provided the Ngaruroro River remains at low flow we will walk upstream to Cameron Hut from the Cameron car park to stay for the night. Sunday is the return back down stream to our vehicles.

Jan   22/23     Howletts Hut Ruahine Range
In to our club hut in the summer this time, assuming normal river levels, in via the Tukituki River route probably through Kashmir Farm. Back out via the tops through the Orua and Pohangina saddles past Longview hut. The trip could be done in reverse to suit weather conditions expected.

Jan    30   Waikoau Gorge or Thomas’s Bush [if river is up] Tutira Area
The Waikoau Stream headwaters drain a section of the Maungaharuru Range just south of Bell Rock, an area with a lot of limestone.  Access to the Waikoau Gorge is along a farm track not far past Lake Opouahi.  Once at the stream some may wish to get wet and follow the river down through the gorge to near Blue Lake then climb up the hillside to Lake Opouahi (the gorge section could be quite deep and  can be bypassed by walking over farmland on the true right).  Those not wanting to go down the river  can spend their time exploring the limestone formations along one section of the stream then travel back to Lake Opouahi for a walk around the lake.  The Thomas Bush Track, the wet weather option for this day starts at the far end of Lake Opouahi and runs up through Thomas Bush. It used to be a loop track but last time we were there the loop had not been maintained and was hard to follow.

Feb 5/6/ 7 Ruahine Corner Hut 4WD trip – Ruahine Range
Over the Annie on the Taihape Road, down to Otupae station, through Otupae and onto the tops of Mangoahane station to the Aorangi Awarua Trust boundary, about a ten km cross country drive to where we stop. Then a seven km walk to Ruahine Corner hut. There is an extra option  by those keen;  to continue on to Lake Colenso and hut for the night. The quiet and serene atmoshphere at the lake is quite magic. Then back up to  Ruahine Corner on the Sunday, stay at Ruahine Corner and out with those of the party who stayed  there. Lots of exploring can be done here, forests of Kaikawaka (Mountain Cedar), tussock lands, dolines and more.

13 Feb Khyber Pass  – Central Hawkes Bay
Leave from Mill Road end and walk down the Tukituki River, in an easterly direction, to the picturesque Khyber Pass. This is a pleasant way to enjoy a summer’s day wading in and out of the river.

27 Feb Te Puia Hut and/or Makino Hut. – Kaweka Range.
Leave from The Gums and walk in to Te Puia Hut.  Just past the hut, beside the Makino River, there is a steep climb up to high point 996 to endure before following this track down, past the Middle Hill Hut track junction and the old Makino Bivvy,  to the Makino car park.  A gentler option is a return tramp from the Makino carpark to Makino hut and explore the environs.

12-13 March – Okahu Road to Rodgers Hut – Whirinaki Forest .   
Drive past Minginui on the Murupara to Waikaremoana road, then down to Okahu Road end. Tramp past  Skips Hut to stay at Rodgers Hut, back the same way. This is an easy trip on well benched tracks with only minimal small climbs and approx 11km each way. Prime example of some of the best forest walks in NZ.  There are options for a fast party to continue on towards Mangakahika Hut.  Please note that in December, due to COVID 19 concerns,  kaitiaki Ngāti Whare invoked a rāhui over the whole of Whirinaki Te Pua a Tāne Conservation Park which may mean we have to alter our plans.

26-27 March  Robson Lodge area  –  Kaweka Range.
Robsons Lodge is situated at Kuripapango beside the Ngaruroro River and is a good place to practice our tramping skills as well as have a good social time.

9  April (Saturday)    Hinerua Hut   –  Ruahine Range.
The tramp leaves from Mill Road, inland from Ashley Clinton. From the car park follow the  track down to the   Tukituki River go  upstream  for  2 kilometres before crossing the river.  The track then goes over private farmland before reaching the Park boundary. From here it is a steady climb up an old track that follows a spur to the Hinerua Ridge Track junction. From the junction it is a 30-minute walk to Hinerua Hut

Easter  15-18 April    Kiwi Saddle and beyond  Kaweka Range
From Lakes Road carpark walk into our own Kiwi Saddle Hut- options to do a short or long circuit in this area. Fit party up to Manson, Back Ridge, Studholme Huts and out via Kiwi Saddle or medium group to Kiwi Mouth,and then to Castle Camp and out via the Rogue or old Kaweka site.

Anzac Weekend 23-25 April:  Holdsworth Area –  Tararua Range
Drive to Masterton and the Mount Holdsworth car park.From the Lodge walk past Rocky Knob on the Mt. Holdsworth track  to the Mountain House Shelter continuing into Powell Hut. Sunday climb up to Mt. Holdsworth  to Jumbo Hut . Monday descend to Atiwhakatu Hut and follow the Atiwhakatu river back to the vehicle.

8 May – Upper Matakuhia Hut
Tramp into the basic 8 bunk hut, maintained by a group of hunters from Tokoroa, through beech forest. Set in the southern corner of the Whirinaki Forest Park we access the track from forest roads, off the Napier-Taupo Road, just north of the Waipunga Falls. Come and enjoy the forest, bird life and hut in a grassy setting.

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