Peninsula Tramping Club

Tramping is a way of life

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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 (Brian Smith). 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 13 July

The Lonely Islands

Long-standing member and former PTC president, Terry Thomsen has written a book called The Lonely Islands which has just been released by New Holland Publishers. Terry will talk about the book which covers the origins and evolution of New Zealand's native animals and plants. Along with the big picture stuff, he will also discuss topics of local interest including fossil discoveries and the development of our alpine flora. If all goes to plan Terry will have copies of the book which will be available to members at a discount

Tuesday 10 Aug


Dr Heather Purdie from the University of Canterbury will talk about the current state of New Zealand glaciers with a focus on the implications of the current rapid glacial recession on recreation and tourism.


Wednesday 21 July

Cashmere Mid-Winter Walk and Potluck Dinner

Come and celebrate Matariki stars from Cashmere Hill. Walk at 6pm to a good viewing position, followed by a Pot Luck Dinner at 7pm. Meet at 5 Patchett Place (please park on Hackthorne Road and walk down) at 6pm. Let Margot know if you are coming to dinner by Sunday 18 July.

Contact: or phone 03 332 7020


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 Strowan (Brian Smith), Halswell (Merv Meredith), Cashmere (Diane Mellish), and Bishopdale (Kerry Moore).