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Apr 2021
Sun 18th (Trips) Blue Range Hut Easy/Medium
This is a lovely walk in from the Kiriwhakapapa entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. There are some big redwoods at the beginning and then a climb up to a bright blue hut decorated with a medical hospital theme. We will be taking our time at an easy-medium pace and returning the same way we went in. Meet at Milverton Park at 7:30 am. Let Michelle know if you're interested.
Michelle Benton 0273552532
Sat 17th - Sun 18th (Trips) Thunderbolt - Kaimanawas Fit
Meet at the end of Kaimanawa Road where the track leads to the Urchin trig at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Take the route over Urchin trig and down to the Waipakihi River then follow the route up the other side of the river to Thunderbolt. If the weather is suitable, we will camp on the tops toward Thunderbolt. You will need a tent or bivvy bag. Grant has space for one in his tent. Out the same way on Sunday.
Grant Christian 0211176921
Sat 10th - Sun 11th (Trips) Makaretu Hut Medium
This hut in the eastern Ruahines can be reached by going along the Makaretu river North Branch or climbing up to Longview hut along the tops past Rocky Knob then descending down to the hut. Which way we go depends on the weather so we will decide on the day.
Kathy Corner 0276185722
Sat 10th (Trips) Top Gorge Hut Medium/Fit
Can go Sunday 11th depending on weather. Plenty of variety on this trip into the eastern Ruahine Ranges. A steady climb to Longview Hut on the bush line then down the Pohangina River past a couple of little waterfalls and back up along the ridgeline. A lovely area. Depart Milverton at 7.00am.
Warren Wheeler 3561998
Thu 8th (Social) AGM
Come along and here what the committee has been up to over the past year.
Bruce van Brunt (president)
Fri 2nd - Mon 5th (Trips) Te Araroa: Levin to Otaki Forks Medium/Fit
If you have heard of the Te Araroa Trail and wondered what thru hiking is all about, then this section hike over Easter weekend will give you a chance to experience it for yourselves. You will be following in the footsteps of many who would have normally completed this section over Nov/Jan period each year. This section is reknowned for being the most challenging on the north island leg of the trail. The weather plays a huge part to how each trail walker prepares and completes this section as parts of the open tops on the main range are very exposed to the elements. In the same vein, many report that this section is their favorite with lots of variety and amazing views along the way. The plan is to meet early Friday morning and travel to the start of this section at the end of Poads Road near Levin. For more detailed information go to the official Te Araroa website and look up the trail notes under the region of Wellington and or call Roy.
Roy Rolston 0274767188
Mar 2021
Fri 26th - Sun 28th (Trips) Sawtooth Ridge Medium
If you’ve always wanted to go over Sawtooth, but haven’t quite made it this could be your chance. I have extended this trip to three days, and will set a route based on who wants to come. Contact me by the 21st if you’re interested and I’ll come up with an exciting, but achievable plan.
Elly Arnst 0226823136
Thu 25th (Social) Te Araroa Local overview
Dave Grant is on the Committee managing local sections of the Te Araroa Trail. Tonight, he will outline what all that involves including ongoing maintenance and upcoming improvements.
Dave Grant 3287788
Sat 20th (Trips) Maharahara and Kiritaki Hut Fit
A big day trip for those who are feeling fit! Going in via the high points, Maharahara and Mataginui, then dropping down (and then up) to Kiritaki Hut. Most likely back the same way. Departing PN 7am on the Best Weather Day.
Janet Wilson 3294722
Fri 19th - Sun 21st (Trips) Pouakai circuit Medium
The Pouakai circuit is a wonderful 2 to 3 day tramp in Egmont National Park with spectacular views of Mount Taranaki. This trip is intended to be a 3-day tramp to make it easier for people, but we can be flexible due to the weather or availability of Pouakai Hut (which is now a bookable hut). It can be walked in either direction, but I thought we could do Holly Hut the first night (3-4 hours) then Pouakai Hut (2-3 hours) and day 3 back to the car park (5-7 hours). Doing it in 3 days will allow us to do side trips to Bells Falls and Mt Pouakai However, as Pouakai Hut may get booked up, we could do the tramp in the other direction and stay at Pouakai Hut on the Friday night. If you are interested in coming, please contact me early so we can make bookings.
Kathy Corner 0276185722
Sat 13th (Trips) Platinum Mines Easy
A relaxed day walk to the historic Platinum Mines, via the Sledge Track and Hardings Park, up the Kahuterawa Valley just South of Palmerston North. Bring your headtorch, as we'll enter some of the mines. Leave from Milverton Park at 8.00am on the best weather day.
Nicola Wallace 0212090720
Thu 11th (Social) Ooh Aah Oroua
Highlighting the beautiful Oroua River and its surrounding ranges, just 80 km from Palmerston North. This wonderful area of the rugged Ruahine Ranges has open tussock tops above the bush line and birdlife, mainly rare whio (blue ducks) being protected by trapping of stoats and rats by a team of volunteers headed by Janet Wilson. Chris will be showing some of his best pics taken in the area and along the river.
Janet Wilson 3294722
Sun 7th (Trips) Ridge Rd/Oroua farm walk Easy
Walk from Ridge Road, Pohangina, over hill country farmland with magnificent views up the Oroua valley to Ruapehu and the Ruahines. Drop down a side gully through reverting bush to the picturesque Oroua river for lunch and then head downstream and climb back through farmland to the start. Not a long day, say 4 hours on the trot, and not too difficult but a bit of scrambling here and there. With luck there will be coffee and scones at our house to finish. You will need to organize your own transport, but be good to carpool from Milverton Park, leaving at 8.00am, home by 4pm. Contact Dave if you are interested and he will give travel directions.
Dave Grant 3287788
Sat 6th - Sun 7th (Trips) Piripiri or bust Medium/Fit
Piripiri Biv...there must be a reason it's the hut worth the most points in this year's challenge, right? And the reason is that there's no obvious route to it. My current thinking is to come in along the tops from Limestone Road, but I'm considering other options too. Expect at least a little leatherwood and scrub, and a lot of adventure ?
Chris Tuffley 3592530
Feb 2021
Sat 27th - Sun 28th (Trips) Te Araroa: Burtons To Gladstone Road Easy/Medium
There are many options for this trip. You can do it as the planned longer weekend trip or as a day trip option - Saturday only or Sunday only. All options are easy to manage because our overnight camping spot at Tokamaru Shelter is only short distance from a road end. Another option would be to join the group just to camp overnight. If doing the 2 day section tramp including Burtons Track and Makahika Track, our starting point is at the end of Scott’s Road not far south of PN. Roy can arrange transport to the drop off point. After passing the Motorimu Campsite and Whare, we move on to the start of Burtons Track. This track is of historical significance - built by Jim Burton nearly 100 years ago. After this track we exit the Tararua Forest Park and walk up a now disused Tokomaru Valley Road reaching our night’s camp at the Tokomaru shelter and campsite about 1 km from the Mangahau Road Junction. Anyone who doesn’t wish to do the two full days, could end a day trip at this point - if required transport back to PN can be arranged. Day 2 and our destination is the end of Gladstone Road behind Levin via the Mangahao - Makahika Track which starts just beyond the No 3 Reservoir Dam. The track affords some good views. It also has historical significance. One such is a plaque commemorating the opening of this section of the track unveiled by the then prime minister Helen Clark. Our day’s end will be at the end of Gladstone Road where a pickup can be arranged. As this tramp has a different start and end point please let Roy know your interest as soon as possible so he can work out logistics. Meet at Milverton Park at 7.30am unless otherwise arranged. Call Roy to discuss.
Roy Rolston 0274767188
Thu 25th - Thu 25th (Social) What do we do now?
What do you do when the trip turns bad? Lost, injured, sick, cold, hot, late or struck by stormy weather? More a Show and Tell than Quiz Show, the aim is to help give you confidence when dealing with various adverse situations on a trip.
Anne Lawrence 0274504212
Sat 20th (Trips) Herepai Hut Medium
Can also go on Sunday (21st). A pleasant day walk which begins behind Eketahuna at the Putara road end. A lovely river side-track, a pretty and steep climb that's not too long, a hut to lunch at and a short climb to the tussock tops and some lovely views. Returning the same way. We will have to cross the Mangatainoka river so the trip is dependent on low flows. Meet at Milverton Park at 7:30am. Call Michelle asap if you would like to join us.
Michelle Benton 3230948
Sun 14th (Trips) Iron Gates Gorge Medium

Warren Wheeler 3561998
Jan 2021
Thu 28th () Beginning of year BBQ
AT Victoria Esplanade BBQ area. Start 6pm

Sat 23rd - Mon 25th () Pohangina River club huts
Wellington Anniversary Weekend
Janet Wilson 329 4722
Sun 17th () Rangi-Deadmans loop

Warren Wheeler 356 1998
Dec 2020
Sun 13th () Blue Range

Warren Wheeler 356 1998
() Tour Aotearoa or Bust


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