Upcoming Trips

Sat 3rd December - Sun 4th December Burn Hut birding Easy/Medium
Stephen Legg 027 647 0095

Tramping and birding in native forest near Shannon. Bring binoculars. We will ascend from Mangahao Lower No 2 Reservoir dam to overnight at Burn Hut, the northernmost hut in the Tararua Range. Next morning will be a descent (including rock hopping in Cattle Creek to Barber Forks) to Mangahao Upper No 1 Reservoir dam. We will then complete the loop back to No 2 Reservoir. Depart Milverton Park 7.30am.
 
Sat 3rd December Waihohonu Springs Medium
David Soong 021 722 358

Postponed from 27 November, we will go on best weather day this weekend. This trip into the eastern Tongariro National Park is a relatively long, slightly taxing walk of 5-7 hours over almost 20km. From the car park near the Desert Road into the Waihohonu Hut is an easy walk, then there is a bit of a climb up the Oturere Track to the NW ridge running up towards Tama. No track here but the footing is pretty good with a gentle down-slope sidle to reach the springs. Once we are at the Waihohonu Springs we will make a decision whether to do the Tama high point. Otherwise the route out would either be the reverse of going in or down the Waihohonu Stream to meet the Oturere track and back to Waihohonu Hut.
 
Sun 4th December Burttons Whare Easy/Medium
Roy Rolston 0274767188

Become a Te Araroa trekker for a day. The plan is to start from the end of Scotts road and walk part of Burton's track to arrive at Bill Burton`s old Whare site for a lunch stop. On the way, we will pass over the new re-routed diversion track cut and officially marked by the Te Araroa Manawatu Trust only a few weeks ago. The purpose was to eliminate two potentially hazardous crossings of the Tokomaru River and to keep the trail on Doc land. It will be a good chance to check out how the new track is holding up with the bulk of the trekking traffic from Thru hikers that started in the far north about to be passing through. We will return back the same way. Leave from Milverton Park 7.30am. To register your interest, call or text Roy - by Friday evening would be good.
 
Sat 10th December - Sun 11th December Mangapurua Valley Mountain bike
Richard Lockett 06 323 0948

The plan, weather permitting is to cycle along the old gravel road up to the Mangapurua trig and down into the valley to Johnson’s homestead site where there is a shelter. We will will stash our overnight equipment there before proceeding down the valley to the Bridge to Nowhere and the Whanganui River, returning back to Johnson’s for the night. Sunday we will climb back out of the valley to finish with a good downhill ride back to the road end. As there is a shelter at Johnson’s you may not need to bring a tent so a small backpack may be enough to carry your gear for one night or you may mount a carrier on your bike if you require more home comforts etc. Depart Milverton 7.30am.
 
Sun 11th December Longview Hut Easy
Graeme Richards 021 149 8267

A steady uphill walk from Kashmir Roadend, an area notable for severe slip scars, lack of forest and windswept tussock tops. Not to mention the long views from the hut.
 
Sat 17th December - Sun 18th December Short Knights Easy/Medium
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

A slightly mad idea to celebrate the upcoming longest day / shortest night. Late afternoon we will walk up the Shorts Track to the Ruahine Tops, then along to the tarns near Toka peak where we will camp and enjoy the sunset through rose tinted glasses etc. Up early for the sunrise next morning, before heading back down Knights track. Optional to do this as a Medium day trip. Depart Saturday 2.00pm from Milverton Park.
 
Sat 17th December - Mon 19th December Dorset Ridge Hut Medium/Fit
Roy Rolston

The plan, weather permitting is to leave Holdsworth Road end early, tramping past Atiwhakatu Hut and picking up the Baldy track to South King Saddle before descending to pick up a new track and route to Dorset Ridge Hut. Alternatively could leave late Fri and stay at Atiwhakatu Hut the first night. Day 2 we will make our way back to Mitre Flats Hut via Tarn Ridge Hut over Mitre itself, the highest peak in the Tararua’s. Day 3 we will return to Holdsworth carpark via the Barton track. Note: while I have scheduled this 3 day trip for Dec 17 weekend, I am flexible to shift it to other possible dates or at a different time over the holiday period if it suits better.
 
Thu 29th December - Sun 1st January Pourangaki Hut Circuit Medium/Fit
Janet Wilson 06 329 4722

A late December/ New Year circuit around some less frequented Ruahine Huts. Will will head in to Pourangaki Hut from the Mania Road end. Next day climb up to the “Hawkes Bay” range, head west to Iron Peg and then down to Purity Hut. Either stay at Purity or carry on down to Kelly Knight Hut. Back to Mania Rd on the 31st in time for New Year. Dates/route could be adjusted a little to suit those interested – contact Janet before xmas if you are interested.