5 July McIntosh – Kaweka old hut site loop
In via the ‘new’ bridge to the hut and back, or out doing the loop via the old Kaweka hut site. Vehicles will need organising for the two track ends though.
18/19 July Tutira Adventure
A social trip. The plan is to stay Saturday night in the area and, over the two days, do a number of the walks in the area. These could include Bellbird Bush, Boundary Stream, Bell Rock, Shines Falls, the Tutira walkway, the arbouretum and shorter walks beside Lake Tutira so there should be something available for everyone wishing to come. There is also G-String if anyone wants to do some caving.
2 August Poutaki hut Wakarara Range
We hope to drive the truck to Leatherwood Road in the Wakararas. We will then follow the track pretty much straight up to the tops and then north along to Poutaki Hut. A neat hut in a magic grass basin. There should be time to explore further on the tops.
16 August Kaweka Flats Biv and Iron Whare
An easy trip leaving from Makahu Saddle to the bivvi with a short side trip to the historic Iron Whare.
29/30 August Waikamaka hut Ruahine Range
Doing the rock crawl up to Waipawa Saddle and down to the Club’s Waikamaka hut for a friendly winters evening by the logfire.
13 September Golden Crown area Ruahine Range
Golden Crown Ridge is accessed from Mangleton Road past Masters Shelter. The 3-4 hour walk climbs around a series of rocky knolls and herb fields of monowai, hebes flaxes and other assorted shrubs before continuing steeply upwards through beech forest to the top of the range. From here the fast ones could head south and come down Sentry Box while others could walk to the Aranga Hut track junction before returning back down Golden Crown.
26/27 September Longview Ridge and south Ruahine Range
To Kashmir Road end, up to Longview hut, south along the range and down to Leon Kinvig for the night. Could take in Top Gorge hut on the way if time allowed. As the transport will need to relocate from Kashmir Road around to Ngamoko Road end. An easier and much shorter trip could be in via the Apiti track to the saddle before the main range, then a dawdle down the stream to makaretu hut for the night and back. A neat hut in a great spot.
11 October Te Iringa & Mt Cameron Kaweka Range
Leave from the crest of Gentle Annie on the Taihape Road and climb up through open ridges to Te Iringa and Mount Cameron. There are good views, of the Ngaruroro River, the southern Kawekas and Ngamatea and Golden Hill country from this track.
23-26 October Pureora area
Option A): A north to south traverse of the Hauhungaroa Range .It would be advisable to carry a tent as this is a very popular area and the two huts may be full. Option B); Day trips in the southern area of the park near Taumaranui such as the Timber Trail to the tunnel and or viaduct , Mt. Hikurangi , Hauhungaroa hut and environs , Whanganui river trail.
8 November Cairn Trip
Out annual pilgrimage to our Cairn and its significance to the club. It will be the first official service since the rebuild last January
21/22 November Northern Kaweka options
Options of all the way in to Tira Lodge at Venison Tops and out. A shorter version to Ballard and out. To add to the mix, just going in to Makino or Middle Hill huts are further variations. For the keen could go on to Mangaturutu from Tira, down into the Makino, up to Makino hut and out.
6 December Gold Creek Hut – Ruahine Range
Leaving from either Hall’s farm or Yeomans (if we have a hot day) we will venture up to Gold Creek Ridge and follow the track up the ridge and then down to Gold Creek Hut. Some may wish to return down the stream, others can retrace their steps.