Day Trips:

Day trips depart from and return to a convenient point on the side of town near to the destination. See maps. Non-members are asked to phone the trip leader in advance. If you doubt your suitability for a day-trip, or if the weather is turning bad, contact the trip leader beforehand. A phone inquiry does not oblige you to go on the trip.

Weekend Trips:

Weekend Trips may leave on a Friday night (usually for base camps) or Saturday morning. Please book with the trip leader by the closing date. Be certain you want to go on the trip when booking, as it is not fair on the leader to withdraw after the closing date (good excuses excepted). Numbers on some weekend trips are limited, so book promptly.

Bike Trips:

For up-to-date details of any biking trips highlighted below please contact Chris Leaver 03 322 6445, or

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2023-2024 (PDF)

Trip details

Note - clicking on the trip destinations shown in blue will show the location on a map.

10-Sep Sun ●

Mt Somers, South Face Track

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate crossover between Sharplin Falls and Woolshed Creek via the South Face and Rhyolite tracks. Takes in Hookey Knob and Staveley Hill.

Meet 6:50am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

16-17 Sep Sat-Sun ●●

Three Mile Stream--McMillan Stream

Kerry Moore 359 5069

Easy-moderate tramp in Lake Sumner Forest Park starting from Lake Mason with a fairly flat circuit around McMillan and Three Mile streams.

Book by 10 Sept

17-Sep Sun ●

Mt Alford

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

Easy-moderate climb starting in Alford Reserve and then into scrub-land to this 1171m foothill inland from Methven. Great views in all directions.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

23-24 Sep Sat-Sun ●●

Lake Clearwater Base

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

Lots of options for easy to moderate day walks from this base in the open tussocklands of the Hakatere area. Staying Friday and Saturday nights at the NZ Deerstalkers’ Hut ($25 per night per person) with a variety of trip options over Saturday and Sunday, including tramping, biking and kayaking. Numbers limited to ten.

Book by 10 Sept

24-Sep Sun ●

Cass River--Point 1912

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate-hard trip in the Black Range. Starting up the Cass River Track to Long Valley Stream, sidle the waterfall on the true right and circle around the head of the basin up to peak 1912m for views all around. Then a great scree run down to the track and out.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

30 Sep-1 Oct Sat-Sun ●●

Brabazon Saddle

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate-hard trip from Mesopotamia Station, over the ‘iron bridge’ on Bush Stream and walking up Black Birch Creek. Camping at about 1400m below the ascent to the saddle. Next day it's over the saddle to Crooked Spur Hut and down Bush Stream.

Book by 24 Sept

8-Oct Sun ●

The Grange--Knowles Gully--Hill 884

Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy-moderate trip near Oxford to an 884m hill with good views to Ashley Gorge and the plains.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

14-15 Oct Sat-Sun ●●

Benmore--13 Mile Bush

Awaiting leader

A moderate climb from Lake Lyndon to 1655m Ben More and over to stay at Benmore Hut.

Book by 8 Oct

15-Oct Sun ●

Mt Oakden

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

Yet another way to view Lake Coleridge on this moderate climb of 1633m Mt Oakden. Take an ice-axe.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

21-23 Oct Sat-Mon ●●●Lab wknd

Wheel Creek Hut--Mt Crosscut

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate track along Wheel Creek leads to the 6 bunk hut. It's at 815m to give good access to the tussock tops of the Victoria Range and 1613m Crosscut Peak.

Book by 14 Oct

22-Oct Sun ●


Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate climb up 1410m Sugarloaf from Cass.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

October ●●●●●

Motutapu Track, Te Araroa

Awaiting leader

A moderate tramp on the Te Araroa Trail from Glendhu Bay on Lake Wanaka to Arrowtown. A delightful track, winding up to passes and down through valleys in this open tussocky country. Interesting history in the old gold-mining areas around Macetown.

28-Oct Saturday ●

Mitchells Track--Gilpins Track

Awaiting leader

An easy circuit in the hills above Cashmere.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp Princess Margaret Hospital

28-29 Oct Sat-Sun ●●

Mt Peel

Awaiting leader

A lengthy moderate ascent of this 1743m landmark in South Canterbury, passing through podocarp forest and subalpine scrub, then 7km along the tops beyond Little Mt Peel.

Book by 22 Oct

4-6 Nov Sat-Mon ●●●

Carroll Hut--Dillon Hut

Awaiting leader

From near Otira, a short steep, moderate forest climb to stay at Carroll Hut just above the bush-line. On day two we cross Kelly Range and descend to stay at Dillon Hut on the Taipo River. The two-day option returns from the tops back to Kelly Stream.

Book by 29 Oct

5-Nov Sun ●

Mts Cheeseman--Olympus

Awaiting leader

This moderate-hard trip climbs from the ski-field road up to 2094m Mt Olympus. Returning via Mt Cheesman. Take ice axe and crampons.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

November ●●

Mt Taylor

Helen Binnie 027 2866 999

A moderate-hard climb of 2333m Mt Taylor in the Taylor Range near Lake Heron. An easy walk in on Saturday to stay in Double Hut. Then an early start Sunday for the climb. The height gain from the hut is 1433m.

Call leader before 24 Oct

11-12 Nov Sat-Sun ●●

Pell Stream--Freyberg Range

Awaiting leader

We use the Lake Daniel track for a short way then head up Pell Stream to the hut. Day 2 takes us up 900m to the Freyburg Range then down to Maruia Springs. Moderate-hard.

Book by 5 Nov