Weekend and Sunday Tramps 2021

10 January – Ohara Stream   Kereru Area

The Ohara Stream starts its journey to the Ngaruroro River in eastern most slopes of the Ruahine Range between Golden Crown and Ellis Hut. There is a public marginal strip all the way down from the Forest Park to where it crosses the Mangleton Road near Gull Flat Road. We will walk up the stream from the Gull Flat Road access to have our lunch on the river bed somewhere before returning back downstream.  Bring your togs as there are a number of good spots to have a dip. An alternative tramp will be organised if the weather is not suitable for swimming.

 17 January – Pourerere/Mangakuri Beaches           

Enjoy the Southern Hawkes Bay coast, subject to tides as usual. A 5 to 6 hour walk along a nice beach heading south to Mangakuri to Pourerere. The beach is mostly sandy apart from about 25% which is a bit rocky.

23 January – Top Maropea (Saturday)      Ruahine Range

In via the Sunrise track and over Armstrong Saddle to the hut for the night. The keen could exit via the shingle slide that goes down into the north Waipawa branch. Just to Sunrise is an option, as is an overnighter up river to the Waipawa Forks hut [Chalet] or just a night at Triplex hut near the carpark.

30-31 January –  Cameron Hut.

A few options here, up the Ngaruroro to the hut, or from Lakes Road end via the Smith Russell track but drop down the notorious track to Cameron. The keen could go via Kiwi Saddle hut, down to Kiwi Mouth hut for the night, then all the way down river to the Taihape road carpark.

6-8 February – Waitangi W/E . Waikaremoana area                        

Option A:
Day One: Walk up to Bald Knob , the more adventurous to Panekiri Hut(1185 metres) from Onepoto Bay and return.
Day Two: from the old hotel site on Lake road, ascend the Ngamoko track to the summit and either return via loop track or walk out to Rosie Bay.
Day Three: Walk the track into Lake Waikareiti to meet up with the overnight party.
Option B:
A three day trip, staying in two huts or tenting. From the bridge, ascend the Manuoha track to Manuoha Hut (1392metres) Saturday night. Sunday walk through goblin forest, passing the Kaipo Lagoon to Sandy Bay Hut on the shores of Lake Waikareiti for the night. Monday walk around this lake before descending to the vehicle.

14 February – Makaroro River and Barlows hut – Ruahine Range                

In from Yeomans Mill site, up the Makaroro River to Barlows hut. If people were willing to take a pruner etc they could do some track trimming up the track from just upstream from the hut, which goes up to the Parks Peak ridgeline. The Colenso Monument is there at the bottom of Colenso Spur not long before the hut.

27-28 February – Maungataniwha Lizard Survey

In 2013 the Club installed some traps to monitor lizards in the Maungataniwha Forest which is inland from Kotemaori  beside the Waiau River. We have been returning there every so often to set these traps and see if any lizards are caught to thus get an idea as to whether the change from an exotic forest to a native forest has resulted in an increase in lizard numbers.  This is best done in the warmer months, so on a date that is acceptable to the forest managers, we will drive there on the Saturday, set up the traps and enjoy a night in the accommodation there.  On Sunday we will check and then unset the traps after which there is usually time for a bit of a tramp before returning to town.l.

14 March  Te Iringa (Kaimanawa)                                                     

This Te Iringa is a high point in the north eastern Kaimanawa Range and is accessed from Clements Mill Road.  It is an easy tramp through lovely bush to Te Iringa where once a hut stood.  Some of the party might wish to carry on down from there towards the Tiki Tiki stream but all will be returning back along the same track.

27-28 March  Waikamaka Hut                                          

Over the Waipawa Saddle to our club hut , and to celebrate Graeme Hare’s 65th year tramping career and a re-enactment of his first tramp which happened to be in there. An enviable record. Maybe it could be a retro clothing and gear opportunity as well?

2-5 April:  Howletts hut                                                     

In to our hut in a pristine spot above the bushline. Probably in via the ‘old’ but still followable original track, down to the Tukituki river, wet feet for half an hour to Daphne hut, then the gentle climb up Daphne Spur to the hut! There may still be some jobs to do but hopefully the repaint will be finished. Options to break the tramp can be to stop the first night at Daphne hut and then trundle up to Howletts. Another is to go from Daphne up to Black Ridge and stop at Tarn Biv and then out. Coming out from Howletts could be via the tops and Longview hut, as there are four days to use up.

11 April   Lotkow Road Area                                                  

We last did this tramp which is situated in the south west corner of the Kaweka Range in winter 2019 so it should be a bit warmer this time.  We will drive to the end of Lotkow Road and do the 90 minute return walk to Don Juan trig before driving back 2 km to the Black Birch track. Here most will leave our transport to climb up 300 metres  to the Black Birch Range and then follow the track down to Littles Clearing.  The rest will drive to Littles Clearing and walk in to meet the through group.

24-26 April 2021: Whirinaki Forest Park.                      

Drive around to River Road car park via Reporoa to begin this 3 day circuit. Saturday follow the main Whirinaki track to the junction with Mangamate stream, crisscrossing this stream, with a gentle climb to the Hut. On Sunday, our destination is central Whirinaki Hut, either via Taumutu Stream Track or for the fitter group via Upper Whirinaki Hut. Monday exit to vehicle following the lower Whirinaki Track.

9 May:  The Hogget      

The Hogget is a high point on the Tahuhunui Range about 5 km west of the Te Iringa we visited last October and like Te Iringa it is on the tussock tops.  We will drive through private land [Timahanga Station] to the old Boyds Homestead where we start the walk.  We start off through lush bush before ascending on up to the Tahuhunui Range. The Hogget is about 2 kilometres further north on the range. We will all return the same way.  

22-23 May :  Smith’s Stream Hut                              

From Mill Road carpark, drop down to the Tukituki River and head upriver for a short distance, ascending spur to come on the Hinerua Hut track. Up to the hut for smoko before dropping down to Smith’s Stream Hut for the night. Next morning across to middle Stream and then out to the Waipawa River .

5-7th June. Queens Birthday w/e Pureora Forest Park
A three day foray into the densely forested northern end of the forest park with large podocarps and great birdlife. Mt. Pureora (1165 metres and Titiraupenga are distinct volanic cones in this area. Options for an overnighter (campx1 and hut x1) or base ourselves at the cabins and do day walks.

20 June. Coppermine Creek and Wharite
Coppermine Creek is in the SE Ruahine Range in behind Woodville. From the picnic area at the road end it is a 30 minute walk to a track junction. From here we can climb up to Wharite Peak and hopefully get great views (3hours to tops). Altrernatively, some can explore the creeks upstream of this junction for evidence of the copper mining that occurred here in the late 19th century and return back to the road end via the Coppermine Loop track (2-3 hours)

3-4 July. Waikamaka Hut
Over the Waipawa Saddle to our club hut , and to celebrate Graeme Hare’s 65th year tramping career and a re-enactment of his first tramp which happened to be in to there. An enviable record. Maybe it could be a retro clothing and gear opportunity as well ? Likely to be some snow at the Saddle so will need to be carrying crampons and an ice axe.

18July. Kuripapango 4100 – Kaweka Range
From the Napier Taihape Road to the Lakes Road carpark climb Kuripapango 4100. Great views of Mt Ruapehu from the radio mast. Down to the Cameron carpark near the water gauge on the Ngaruroro River. (This will require a vehicle shift).
Option: Walk from the Lakes Road carpark down to The Lakes.

31 July / 1 August. Tongariro National Park (if there is snow)
The middle part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit. From the Desert Road to Waihohonu hut and to Oturere hut for the night. Next day up to the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake and the Red Crater. Climb to Tongariro Peak if desired, then down into the South Crater and so descend to Mangatepopo hut and the roadend. It would need a vehicle re location so could facilitate a truck party a night at Waihohonu, or a day walk to Waihohonu and around the other side and a night at Mangatepopo [1hr from the carpark] hut instead.

or 31 Jul/1 Aug. Taupo Walks (in the event that there is no snow for the snow trip)
The first stop of the day will be at Opepe Bush to walk the 3 km track on the southern side of SH5 (1 hour). From there we will drive Mountain Road and climb Tauhara track. The return walk to the summit should take about 2 hours leaving plenty of time to find some hot pools to soak in in Taupo. On Sunday we will drive to Whakaipo Bay and walk the eastern end of the W2K Track. and the headland loop track before returning back to our transport.

15 August. Parks Peak – Ruahine Forest Park
Access from Mangleton Road across a farm paddock passed the Sentry Box Hut then up the Sentry box track via the Rocky Knoll. At the track junction take the left hand option across the tops to the 6 bunk Parks Peak Hut set in pretty alpine vegetation.

28/29 August. Longview to Top Gorge and back
To the end of Kashmir road, up to Longview hut, down the Pohangina river headwaters route to Top Gorge hut, then southeast to ridge, up past Rocky Knob, Longview and back down to carpark. It is a long time since the club has been to Top Gorge hut, which has recently been given a facelift !

12 September. Te Ao Tūpare Hut (A-Frame)
A-Frame Hut, situated on the top of the ranges behind Dannevirke has recently had a major make over by local hapū and has a new name; Te Ao Tūpare Hut. We will leave from West Tamaki Road and climb 700 m up a steep track to Takapari Road, a 4WD track on top of the Ruahine Range. A short distance along the road is the hut. Some will return back down the same way while others may want a longer tramp so can continue along Takapari Road, descend to the Tamaki West Branch near Stanfield Hut and return via Holmes Ridge.

25/26 September. Western Tararuas
In from the Otaki Forks road end, up the Otaki River to Penn Creek hut, pushing on up to Judd Ridge, then south and up to the new Kime hut for the night. Next day retracing a small part of yesterdays route and down to the historic Field hut, thence down Judd Ridge and the Fields Track to the starting point and home.
Alternatives could be up to Penn Creek for the night and back, or the same to Field hut and back out. Or from the truck exploring the Waitatapia or Wiaotauru valleys which have some historic interest.

10 October. Makairo Track, Waewaepa Range
The Makairo Track was once a road joining the Pahiatua area to the Coonoor area but it fell into disrepair in the 1970s. Late 2019 we walked to the high point on this track from the Pahiatua end so this time it is planned to leave from the Coonoor end. It is only a km from the quarry at the end of Coonoor Road to the high point and at this stage we will leave the road and head south along the tops to high point 789 about 2 km away. We will return the same way and some may find time to explore further along the track.

22-25TH October. LABOUR WEEKEND One of the below two tramps will occur
Mt Egmont
On Friday we will drive to North Egmont and walkthe Maketawaloop track. . On Saturday, walk from Nth Egmont to the 32 bunk Holly Hut. Sunday Walk through Ahukawakawa Swamp, then ascend to the 16 bunk Pouakai Hut.
On Monday we will return back to North Egmont passing Henry Peakand Kaiauai Hut on the way.
Day walk options: Base yourselves in the camphouse and walk some of the many shorter walks in the North Egmont area.

Or Kaimanawa Forest Park- Oamaru – Boyds – Cascade – Clements Road end.
On Friday drive to Poronui Stn to walk to Oamaru Hut for our first night. On Saturday continue on to to Boyd Lodge, for the night. Sunday, walk from Boyds to Cascade Hut for the last night after which we walk out to to Clements Road via the Hinemaia track.
B party options – could include nights spent at Oamaru and Boyds Hut with some exiting via Te Iringa track to mid Clements carpark.

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