Peninsula Tramping Club

Tramping is a way of life

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Covid Policy

In keeping with recent changes in government policy, PTC no longer requires people to have vaccine passes in order to participate in club trips and activities.

Members can use their own discretion about when they wish to wear face masks.

If you are feeling unwell please do not participate in club activities until you feel better and have no symptoms.

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PTC is one of Christchurch's largest tramping clubs.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Peninsula Tramping Club is a large friendly club offering a wide range of trips, mostly in the central part of the South Island. See the trip list to see where we are going in the next month, or trip reports to see where we have been in the past.

The club consists of people of all ages who tramp for recreation.

We organise regular trips to cater for people of different levels of fitness and tramping experience. Our trips range from easy to hard, and may be anything from day trips to long weekends to a week or more.

We also hold a monthly club meeting, and a variety of social events.

CLUB NIGHTS are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Baptist Church Hall at 286 Oxford Terrace. This is located on the corner of Madras Street and Oxford Terrace, (see map) starting promptly at 7.45 pm. Doors open 7.30.

Hiring club gear for private trips. If you require tramping gear for a private trip and it is available on your dates, club members can hire out the PTC gear - contact the Quartermaster. Please note however that you will be responsible for the costs of any loss or damage at the value at the time of hire.


Tuesday 9 Aug

The Ngāi Tahu digital atlas

Takerei Norton will talk about this ambitious database, compiled by Ngāi Tahu over the past 10 years. It shows 1200 traditional Māori place names in Te Wai Pounamu, with traditional travel routes, and original Māori reserves. The project makes this traditional knowledge accessible at

Tuesday 13 Sept

Obesity of Politicians and Corruption in Post‐Soviet Countries

Pavlo Blavatskyy will describe his study in which face images of 2000 cabinet ministers from 15 post-Soviet states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. For each image, the minister's body-mass index was estimated using a computer vision algorithm and used to predict their degree of corruption.


Heathcote River loop then Magic Masala

Wednesday 17 August

This circular walk along the Heathcote River takes us through Risingholme and Hansen Parks. Depart from Magic Masala Indian restaurant at 6 pm, getting back to the restaurant at 7pm. Good footpaths but torches might be handy. The restaurant is at 132A Opawa Rd, on the corner of Hawford Rd, with parking on Hawford Rd. Reasonable prices. Book for the meal by 7pm Sunday 14 August with

Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778,

Mid-week morning walk through Redwood parks.

Wednesday 21 September

Meet at Redwood Park on Sturrocks Rd at 9.15 am. Plenty of angled parking. Walk through several pretty Redwood parks then traverse Styx Mill, coming back via Northwood lanes and Regents Park Drive. Takes about 2 hours. We can have a quick stop half-way for a drink or snack and head to a local cafe afterwards. Cosy Cafe is nearby. No need to book.

Enquiries to Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778,


For trips in the next month or so, please see the Trips page.


Personal Locator Beacons

PLBs for the trip leaders to use (or members’ private hire) are located at Halswell (Merv Meredith), Cashmere (Diane Mellish), and Bishopdale (Kerry Moore).