Trips

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 newptc75@gmail.com.

Trip details

Note - clicking on a trip destination will show the location on a map.

Sat-Mon

10-12 Oct

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Lawrence River, Erewhon

Murray Hight 027 555 0059

Parking at Erewhon Station for a flat walk a little way up the Clyde, turning at the Lawrence to stay at the Lawrence Hut. The middle day gives us a chance to walk to the bivvy below Hells Gate.

Book by Sunday, 4 Oct.

Sun

11 Oct

Mt Thomas (Note change from previously published trip)

Norman Burden 358 5115

An easy-moderate walk up Mt Thomas.

Meet 8am at Placemakers, Cranford Street

Sat,Sun

17-18 Oct.

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Brabazon Saddle

Kerry Moore 359 5069, moorekj@xtra.co.nz

Near Mesopatamia, this moderate circuit goes up Bush Stream to Crooked Spur Hut , then over the Brabazon Range to Dog Kennel Bivvy and down Black Birch Creek.

Book by 11 Oct.

Sun

18 Oct.

Foggy Peak, Castle Hill Peak

Diane Mellish 337 5530

A popular pilgrimage to 1741m Foggy Peak and on to 1998m Castle Hill Peak if you feel energetic. Easy-moderate, moderate if you go up Castle Hill Peak

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $12

Sat-Tue

24-26 Oct.

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Thousand Acres Plateau

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

A moderate tramp visiting this fascinating 50 millon year old limestone plateau near Murchison. 4 days so we can visit the Needle and the Haystack which give spectacular views.

Book by 18 Oct.

Sun

25 Oct.

Bowenvale—Victoria Park Circuit

Wendy Wallace 338 0550

An easy-moderate walk on the wonderful Port Hills.

Meet 9am at the Bowenvale Avenue car park.

Saturday

31 Oct.

Okuti Valley—Montgomery Reserve

Graeme Nicholas 357 0047

An easy-moderate walk through Okuti Valley Reserve, past French Hill, past Hilltop, to Montgomery Park Reserve’s big totara. The reserve is often bypassed, but is worth a visit. https://tramper.nz/187

Meet 8am Princess Margaret Hospital, Cashmere Rd, North east carpark beside Cashmere Rd.

Sat-Mon

31 Oct - 02 Nov

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Pell Stream—Cannibal Gorge

Geoff Spearpoint 027 318 4727, 03 329 0008 ggeeooffss@gmail.com

We use the Lake Daniel track for a short way then go to Pell Stream Hut. On the middle day we’ll find a way over a low route to Cannibal Gorge Hut on the St James. With the untracked section the trip needs to be considered moderate overall.

Book by 25 Oct.

Sat,Sun

7-8 Nov

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Princess Bath

Gary Huish 332 7020

A moderate tramp behind Hanmer, camping at this large tarn below Mt Princess.

Book by 1 Nov.

Sun

8 Nov

Bus Stop

Gavin Chalk 027 750 8943

A moderate circuit starting at Woolshed Creek, going up the Rhyolite Track to the Bus Stop and on to Woolshed Creek Hut. Returning to the car via the coal-mine.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $19

Fri-Mon

13-15 Nov

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Casey Hut—Lake Minchin

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate walk to stay at the new Casey Hut with a day trip to Lake Minchin.

Book by 8 Nov.

Fri-Sun

13-15 Nov

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Townsend Hut—Koropuku Hut

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate-hard trip up the Taramakau to Townsend Hut and over to secluded Koropuku Hut.

Book by 1 Nov.

Sun

15 Nov

Kaituna—Mt Herbert—Packhorse

Sue Piercey 384 9567

A moderate circuit starting at the top end of Kaituna Valley, climbing to the Te Ara Pataka Track, to Herbert Peak, the shelter, Packhorse Hut and down the track to Kaituna Valley.

8am Princess Margaret Hospital, north east carpark off Cashmere Rd. Approx cost $7.

Sat,Sun

21-22 Nov

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Deception—Mingha

Alison Maccoll 322 8540

The most popular 2-dayer in APNP. A moderate walk up the bouldery Deception past Upper D Hut to stay at well-sited Goat Pass Hut. Sunday we have an easier walk down the Mingha.

Book by 15 Nov.

Sun

22 Nov

Cutty Grass Hut

Evelien Baas 027 557 5521

Near Mt Hutt, this easy-moderate walk starts on the Mt Alford track, climbs a little and then crosses to the track that leads up-valley to Cutty Grass Hut.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd. Approx cost $16

Sat-Mon

28-29 Nov

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Gloriana and/or Faerie Queene

Gary Huish 332 7020

Taking the Camera Gully route to the big tarn below Gloriana and on to Faerie Queene.

Some may want to settle for the easier Gloriana. Moderate hard trip.

Book by 22 Nov.

Sun

29 Nov

Oxford Hill--Ashley Saddle

Kevin Hughes 332 6281

A moderate circuit from the Mountain House car-park to Oxford Saddle and 1340m Oxford Hill. The hill is only a little lower than 1364m Mount Oxford.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St. Approx cost $10

Sat-Tue

5-8 Dec

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Boanerges

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872 fordrm@snap.net.nz

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

Book by 29 Nov.

Sat-Tue

5-8 Dec

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Paradise Creek – Elcho Hut

Diane Mellish 337 5530

A moderate trip with a climb up from Huxley Bridge to Paradise Creek, below Boanerges, with a side trip up the Hopkins River to Elcho Hut.

Book by 29 Nov.

Sun

6 Dec.

Purau Saddle—Hilltop

Awaiting leader

A long day makes this a moderate trip. Walking between Purau Saddle and Montgomery Park (near Hilltop Tavern) along the summit walkway. Takes in part of the Te Ara Pataka Track and passes through several bush reserves. Good views of much of Banks Peninsula. We aim to have a group starting at each end with a car-swap. Take plenty of water.

Meet 8am Princess Margaret Hospital, north east carpark off Cashmere Rd.Approx cost $14

Sat-Sun

12-13 Dec.

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Manuka Hut

Diane Dixon

An easy flat walk to this hut on the Te Araroa Track.

Book by 6 Dec.

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2020-2021 (PDF)