Upcoming Trips

Sun 3rd March Beginner Tramp #2 Easy
Robyn Wheeler 06 356 1998

Our second trip of the four Beginner tramps. This time we will go north into the Ruahine Ranges and up to the popular Rangiwahia Hut. It is a well formed forest track up to the tussock tops. Great views to Tongariro and Taranaki. If keen we may also go up another hour to the Mangahuia high point.
 
Thu 7th March - Sun 10th March Ngamoko Work Party Medium
Janet Wilson 06 329 4722

Dates to be finalised. Ngamoko Hut is one of the 2 Pohangina River huts that the club has an agreement with DOC to help maintain. We need to get in there and give the exterior a good clean and touch up a small amount of the paintwork. Will need a few days to get this done so will suit the retired folk with more time to spare. Contact Janet if you keen to help out – can be flexible around the timing.
 
Sat 9th March Archies Lookout Easy
Nicola Wallace 021 209 0720

(Rescheduled from January.) Part of the Te Araroa Trail. A nice walk past Makahika Outdoor Centre up the valley behind Levin. Across paddocks then into the bush with several small stream crossings then up to the lookout for views over Horowhenua.
 
Sun 10th March Ohau Gorge Easy-Medium
Warren Wheeler 06 356 1998

This delightful section of the Ohau Gorge in the western Tararuas behind Levin offers those feeling a little adventurous an opportunity for a couple of hours of nice rock-hopping, wading and even some pool swimming. We start with an easy hour walk along the track from Poads Roadend carpark to Blackwater Creek stream, with views down into the gorge as we go, then down the river itself to exit just past the old town water intake. We then rejoin the track back to the roadend. Yes, you will get wet feet! Depart Milverton Park at 7.30am.
 
Thu 14th March - Sun 17th March Beyond Otaki Forks Medium
Blair Petersen 027 600 4263

Rescheduled from 23-25 Feb. My plan is (weather depending) leaving from Otaki Forks on 14 Mar to Kime Hut that night. Next day (15th) to Maungahuka Hut, then Penn Creek Hut on the 16th. Back to Otaki Forks & home on the 17th. Other options include going from Maungahuka to Field Hut (via Penn Creek) on day 3. It's the centenary of Field Hut this year, so to stay a night there sounds like a good idea. There's limited spaces available, please contact me ASAP if you're interested
 
Sun 17th March Deadmans Loop Medium
Verity Elder 021 260 1885

We will complete this day trip in a clockwise direction, first heading to Rangiwahia Hut and then on to the tops and the Whanahuia range and Mangahuia highpoint. We continue down the tussocks following the poles back into the bush and returning to the car park. This popular loop on a good day provides spectacular views of the inner workings of the Ruahine Range.
 
Fri 5th April - Sun 7th April Te Matawai 50th Medium
Blair Petersen 027 600 4263

2024 is the 50th anniversary of the current Te Matawai Hut, so that sounds like a good excuse to go there. The plan is to go into Waiopehu Hut on the 5th, lunch at Te Matawai on the 6th & Mangahao Flats Hut that night. Walk out to the road end at the top Mangahao dam on the 7th. This will be in conjunction with MTSC (the original Te Matawai Hut was built by MTSC) & am hoping to have the use of the MTSC van for transport at both ends.
 
Sun 7th April Beginner Tramp #3 Easy-Medium
Robyn Wheeler 06 356 1998

The third in our Beginner series, this time we walk up to Blue Range Hut in the eastern Tararua Ranges. It involves a steady uphill climb through beautiful forest to a quirky hut with views across to the main range. Depart Milverton Park 7.30am.
 
Sun 5th May Beginner Tramp #4 Easy-Medium
Robyn Wheeler 06 356 1998

The last in our Beginner series, this time to the Wharite transmission tower at the south end of the Ruahine Ranges. We will follow the Coppermine Creek track then head up the Wharite track through bush to the leatherwood belt, which can be a bit muddy. On a clear day there are 360 degree panoramic views over our local region and beyond.