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

Trip details

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

11 Jun Saturday ●

Pigeon Bay Walkway

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

This DoC walking track follows the eastern side of Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsula and rewards trampers with spectacular views of the coast. About 7km one way. The giant trees in the reserve are an added attraction if we have time to divert there.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

19 Jun Sun ●

Purple Hill

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate climb of this 1680m peak above Lake Pearson with superb views around Castle Hill Basin.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

24-26 Jun Fri-Sun ●●●

Mt Cook, Matariki base

Diane Mellish 027 413 6468

Comfortable accommodation at Unwin Lodge, shared meal in the big kitchen/lounge on Saturday night followed by social time, games etc. A variety of day walks to choose from, very easy to moderate.

Book by 10 June

26 Jun Sun ●

Waimakariri Braids, Chch 360 Trail

Diane Dixon 358 4459

Waimakariri Braids section from Whites Crossing to McLeans Island Park.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

2-3 Jul Sat-Sun ●●

Magdalen Hut

Awaiting leader

An easy, flat track to this modern little hut on the Boyle River. Mistletoe nearby.

Book by 26 June

3 Jul Sun ●

Mt Cloudsley

*** Cancelled due to weather forecast. *** Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate climb up Long Spur from Castle HIll Village to reach 2107m Mt Cloudsley and enjoy views over Castle Hill Basin Take ice-axe and crampons.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

9-10 Jul Sat-Sun ●●

Casey Saddle--Binser Saddle

Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy moderate circuit up Andrews Stream and down Casey Stream to the new Casey Hut. Day 2 goes down the Poulter River and over Binser Saddle.

Book by 3 July

10 Jul Sun ●

Okuti Valley—Mt Sinclair Reserve

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate walk up the Okuti Valley and into the Mt Sinclair Reserve with views across Banks Peninsula.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

16-17 Jul Sat-Sun ●●

Youngman Stream--Lilburne Hill

Kerry Moore 359 5069

Easy-moderate tramp to Youngman Stream Hut in the upper Ashley. We will exit via Lilburne Hill and Tarn Hut.

Book by 10 July

17 Jul Sun ●

Red Hill

Diane Mellish 337 5530, 027 413 6468

Moderate trip to this 1641m peak between Lake Lyndon Road and Porter Heights. Choice of route depending on conditions. Probable snow on the top so an ice axe may be helpful.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

23-27 Jul Sat-Wed ●●●●●

Welcome Flat Hot Pools

Awaiting leader

A moderate 7hr, 18km walk to this popular, large hut beside the famous hot pools in Westland.

Book by 17 July

24 Jul Sun ●

Waipara Wine Trail

Diane Dixon 358 4459

An easy, pleasant walk around the vineyards of Waipara with opportunities to visit tasting rooms and enjoy the local hospitality.

Meet 9am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

30-31 Jul Sat-Sun ●●

Arthur's Pass Base

Merv Meredith 322 7239

On this winter base we will enjoy home comforts, staying in the village. With good numbers we will have cheap accommodation for Friday and Saturday night. A ‘potluck’ dinner on Saturday night is always sociable after a hot shower at the end of a satisfying day’s tramp. The area has a great range of trips. For the energetic: Avalanche Peak, Mt Aitken or a number of others. More relaxed walks are Otira Valley and Bealey Chasm. The weekend could be a chance to brush up your snow skills. All welcome. Departure time from Chch on Friday afternoon or evening is flexible. Take ice-axe and crampons for above the bush-line walks.

List closes Sun 12 June and a $25 deposit will be required to secure our accommodation.

31 Jul Sun ●

Mt Bealey

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065

A moderate climb with over 1000m height gain, up 1836m Mt Bealey from Arthur's Pass Village. Ice axe and crampons likely to be needed near the top.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

August ●●●●●

Ice Lake

Names to Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

A fairly rugged, 5-day, moderate walk to Butler Hut then to Top Butler Hut and Ice Lake. Loosely scheduled to ensure we beat the weather this time.

Contact leader

8-9 Aug Mon-Tues ●●

Nina Valley

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065

An easy, flat walk in beautiful Nina Valley forest to this modern hut. Mid-week because the hut is too popular on weekends.

Book by 31 July

7 Aug Sun ●

Christchurch 360 Trail

Awaiting leader

The leader will have a choice of any of the eight segments: Godley Cliffs, Estuary Marshes, Dunes Wetlands, Brooklands Mouth, Waimakariri Braids, Avonhead Gardens, Opawaho Divide and Sugarloaf Hills.

Meeting place dependant on which leg we do

13 -14 Aug Sat-Sun ●●

Hanmer Base

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Enjoy a good variety of hill climbs or easy valley walks.

Book by 7 Aug

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2022-2023 (PDF)