Upcoming Trips

Sun 12th February Iron Gates Gorge Easy/Medium
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

A classic fun summer trip in the western Ruahines down the Oroua River to the Iron Gates Gorge. We will first follow the sidle track upriver from Pederson Roadend Carpark, passing Alice Nash Memorial Hut along the way. After a couple of hours we meet the Oroua River for a swim and then criss-cross our way downstream to the Gorge. Fairly easy travel with some scrambling and a few pools as well. Depart Milverton Park 7.45am.
Sun 19th February Stanfield Hut Easy
Woody Lee 0210 444 552

We will go on the best weather day of the weekend.An easy tramp to the eastern side of the Ruahines. We will start from Tamaki West Rd and follow the Holmes Ridge track and an unmarked riverbed route to the hut. After lunch we return the same way. We will leave from Milverton Park at 7.30am.
Fri 24th February - Sun 26th February Upper Makororo Hut Medium/Fit
Ernie Cook 027 303 1363

Something for everyone. There are several routes we can use to reach Upper Makaroro Hut. I am intending to leave on the Thursday afternoon and camp overnight at Masters Shelter. From there which route/routes undertaken will be determined by the interest and fitness levels of the team. There will be traps to service along the way. Friday night at Upper Makaroro Hut. Saturday a day trip to Kylie's Biv via Totara Spur and more traps. Sunday return to Sentry Box Hut road end via Parks Peak Hut. Six huts and Pohatuhaha and Rocky Knoll high points.
Sun 26th February Ruapae Falls Medium
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

A bit of a summer offtrack adventure in the eastern Tararuas behind Eketahuna. From Putara Roadend we start by following the track upriver and veer off at the second swing bridge to climb up to an old ridge track that leads us along then down to the upper Mangatainoka River. We will carry on upriver to the falls, which is marked on topo maps. Expect slippery boulders, deep pools and beautiful rest stops. Depart Milverton Park at 7.30am.
Thu 2nd March - Sun 5th March Maungahuka Hut extended trip Medium/Fit
Janet Wilson 06 329 4722

A great multi-day Tararua loop from Holdsworth Roadend with lots of huts and high points to bag PNTMC Newsletter February 2023 3 for the club scrabble challenge. Planned route is via Mt Holdswoth, Mid-Waihone Hut, Maungahuka Hut, Neill Forks, Totara Flats and back to Holdsworth.
Sun 5th March Beginner Tramp #2 Easy
Anne Lawrence 06 357 1695

For our second Beginner Tramp we are going to Sunrise Hut in the Eastern Ruahines. It is approx 2 hours drive from PN. From the carpark we follow a relatively straightforward track (ie easy to follow and a good surface). It involves a fairly steady climb all the way to Sunrise Hut. The hut is a comfortable spot with great views (assuming good weather of course!) - a good place to have lunch. For those of us who are feeling keen and energetic, there is the option of carrying on from the hut, following a ridge for 15-20 minutes to Armstrong Saddle. This option is very weather dependent as the ridge is quite exposed. We’ll all return down the same track to the carpark.
Sun 12th March Ohau Gorge Easy
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

Sat 18th March - Sun 19th March Maropea Forks Hut Medium/Fit
Adam Matich 022 358 8062

We will head up through Sunrise Hut to Top Maropea Hut, from where we drop down into and follow an unnamed branch of the Maropea River, a solid 6 km, all the way down to the hut. Wet feet are guaranteed. Maropea Forks hut as shown on the DoC web site is not what I remember; when I last visited its latest incarnation it had a verandah. Next day it is out by the same route.....but in reverse. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/manawatu-whanganui/places/ruahine-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/maropea-forks-hut/
Sun 19th March Coppermine Loop Easy/Medium
Verity Elder 021 260 1885

Sat 25th March - Sun 26th March Roaring Stag Plus Easy
Warren Wheeler 16 356 1998

Sat 25th March Introduction to Trapping Easy/medium
Janet Wilson 06 329 4722

Sat 1st April - Sun 2nd April Mt Climie-Remutaka Rail Trail Medium
Adam Matich 022 358 8062

Although I haven't travelled this route myself, I am copying from someone who has. You won't catch me doing anything original. The tramp starts from Plateau Road in Upper Hutt, from where we follow the vehicle track, south, to Climie Peak, then backtrack a bit and head off-track E to pt 828, NE to pt 857 and wander in an easterly direction to pt 399 before dropping into the Pakuratahi River. A short climb out of the river will put us on the Remutaka Rail Trail and just before the summit tunnel is a place we could camp, with a shelter and public conveniences. Next day we head maybe 6 km down the rail trail before climbing NW up to Tunnel Peak, NNE to Goat Rock, and then down onto the vehicle track that will lead back to the car.
Sun 2nd April Beginner Tramp #3 Easy
Anne Lawrence 06 357 1695

Fri 7th April - Mon 10th April Easter Tararua Crossing Medium
Roy Rolston 027 476 7188

Sun 16th April Farm Walk Easy/Medium
Malcolm Leary 06 327 7825

Sat 22nd April - Mon 24th April Pohangina huts inspection Medium
Janet Wilson

Sat 29th April - Sun 30th April North Ohau Easy
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

Sun 7th May Beginner Tramp #4 Medium
Robyn Boocock 06 356 1998

Sun 14th May Pinnacle Ridge Easy/Medium
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

Sat 20th May - Sun 21st May Iron Gate Hut Easy/Medium
Janet Wilson 027 341 8945

Sun 28th May Gentle Annie Loop Easy
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

Sat 3rd June - Mon 5th June Kick-Back Weekend: Samoa All
Janet Wilson 06 329 4722

Sun 25th June Greens Road Easy
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998