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.

10-12 Feb Sat-Mon ●●●

Redcliffe Track--Black Hill

Names to Diane Mellish 027 413 6468   or

A moderate tramp following a good track up Redcliffe Stream and over the saddle to camp near Cookies Hut.  Next day, climb the Turton Tops ridge to camp by tarns behind Shingle Hill. Day 3, climb Black Hill 2067m and return via farm tracks and the quarry road.

Book by 4 Feb

11 Feb Sun ●

Ashley Gorge

Kerry Moore 359 5069

This is the classic splash down-stream along the Ashley from Middle Bridge out to the domain. It’s an easy-moderate, fun trip on a fine day, but can be more challenging if the river flow is not low. If there has been recent rain check the flow on the ECAN website at Be sure to take a full change of clothes for afterwards.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

Feb or Mar ●●●●●●

Hollyford Track and other local walks

Diane Mellish  027 413 6468  or

2 nights on the Hollyford Track, then base camping and day walks.

Trip list now closed

25 Feb Sun ●

Washpen Falls--Upper Selwyn River

Diane Mellish  027 413 6468, (if not away leading the Hollyford trip)

In the morning a 2-hour guided tourist walk in the Windwhistle area, $10 per adult, $5 for children. Then picnic at Glentunnel and explore public access areas along the upper Selwyn River near Glentunnel and Coalgate.

Please book 1 week in advance for this day-trip

3 Mar Sun ●

Ghost Gully Tracks, Hanmer

Awaiting leader

Explore these easy to moderate tracks designed and marked by the Mt Isobel Tramping Group over the last 5 years.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

9-11 Mar Sat-Mon ●●●

Boanerges Huxley Traverse

Sonja Risa

Situated near the confluence of the Huxley and Hopkins rivers is the 2254m peak Boanerges. A moderate-hard trip via the south-east ridge from Huxley Forks. Alpine skills required.

Book by 3 Mar

9-10 Mar Sat-Sun ●●


Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

Easy-moderate round-trip in lake Sumner Forest Park. Taking in the open river flat of the Hurunui, the beech forest of Gabriel Stream, going over a very low bush saddle to Jollie Brook and to Jollie Brook Hut. Downstream from the hut the valley becomes a bit more open and there are a few stream (brook) crossings.

Book by 3 Mar

10 or 17 Mar Sun ●

Akaroa walk

Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778

A very easy walk in Akaroa up Woodills Track then down a track called Alpaca's Bedroom.

Meet 9am Cashmere Rd, opp Princess Margaret Hospital

9-10 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Rocky Creek--Griffin Creek

Honora Renwick 942 8368

A moderate-hard circuit with a variety of terrain—along streams, through forests and a short section above the bushline. Staying at the newly improved Griffin Creek Hut, surrounded by mountain cedar. Whio are often seen on this trip.

Book by 3 Mar

10 Mar Sun ●

The Pyramid

Awaiting leader

A moderate ridge climb of The Pyramid in Arthurs Pass NP, starting on a track up through bush, with a scree descent to the Hawdon River.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

16-17 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Mount Tekoa

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate trip to climb this 1615m peak in Big Island Hills, inland from Culverden. We can go via TeKooti or take an untried route via Island Hills and the Glencoe River.

Book by 10 Mar

16-19 Mar Sat-Tue ●●●●

Gillespie Pass Circuit

Awaiting leader

Popular moderate circuit over Gillespie Pass with a bonus side trip to Crucible Lake.

Book by 3 Mar

23 Mar Sun ●

Pigeon Bay Walkway

Awaiting leader

An easy, flat walk along the coastline with beautiful views. Pigeon Bay Reserve is a worthwhile side-trip.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opposite Princess Margaret Hospital, Hackthorne Road end

23-25 Mar Sat-Mon ●●●

Edwards Rr--Stanley Rr--Fowler Pass

Chris Leaver 322 6445

Moderate tramp north of Hanmer Springs between the Clarence and Waiau rivers. Up the Edwards River, north of the Amuri skifield road, to Charlies Saddle. Travel up the Waiau via The Racecourse, to the Stanley River to the hut at Glenrae Flat. Returning via Fowler Pass.

Book by 17 Mar

29 Mar-2 Apr Fri-Tue ●●●●●Easter

Nardoo Biv Circuit

High-level circuit for the fit and experienced that incorporates Nardoo Biv, Burn Creek Hut, Burn Creek and the Matakitaki River.

Book by 23 Mar

29 Mar-1 Apr Fri-Mon ●●●●Easter

Hopkins Valley

Diane Mellish  027 413 6468  or

Day trips from a tent-camp base several hours walk up the Hopkins Valley. Possibilities include exploring the upper Hopkins Valley, visit Dasler Pinnacles, explore north Huxley Valley, Brodrick Pass, a day trip to Paradise Valley or visit to Glen Mary Glacier.

Book by 23 Mar

30 Mar Sat ●

Mount Lyndon--Cloudy Hill

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate circuit above Lake Lyndon to 1449m Mt Lyndon, drops down a nice scree to a saddle at about 1270m then along and up to 1442m Cloudy Hill. Spurs take us to either the Porter Heights Road or Highway 73.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

6-7 Apr Sat-Sun ●●

Sylvia Tops

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Moderate tramp over this 1500-1600m range between Nina and Doubtful valleys in the Lewis Pass area. Camping beside Devils Den Biv on Devilskin Saddle.

Book by 31 Mar

7 Apr Sun ●

Virginia Peak

Kerry Moore 359 5069 

An easy-moderate circuit in foothills west of Hawarden from Mt Virginia Station to 986m Virginia Peak, then down a track to the end of the Virginia Road.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St