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.

Covid Policy

The Executive have considered the spread of Covid-19 and actions being taken by the Government to limit exposure and severity of cases. With the health and safety of our membership in mind, the Executive has agreed to implement the following action in line with the Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) which comes into effect on 3 December 2021.


Any participants on any PTC Tramp, Club Night or official Club activity must hold a current Vaccine Pass.

The above requirement not only protects members’ health and safety, it also means that no matter where we are situated on the traffic light system, Club activities will not be restricted.

This requirement will remain in effect until Government restrictions are removed.

Trip details

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

11-13 Dec Sat-Mon ●●●

Cameron River--South Branch Ashburton

Diane Mellish 027 413 6468 mellishdiane@gmail.com

Moderate trip at the foot of the Arrowsmiths. Possible climb to 2401m Pito Peak or walk up to Ashburton Glacier

Book by 5 Dec

12-Dec Sun ●

(Note - changed from Saturday)

Akaroa Walks

Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778

A selection of short walks near Akaroa such as the Garden of Tane, Newtons Waterfall and L'Aube Hill Reserve

Meet 9am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

19-Dec Sun

Port Levy Saddle Bike Ride

Call Chris Leaver, 322 6445, for details of this ride, preceding the end of year picnic

19-Dec Sun ●

End-of-year Picnic

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065, Kerry Moore 359 5069

There is lots to do in the Diamond Harbour area. Go early for a look-around then meet for lunch at the Stoddart Point Reserve. Someone will be there to claim a spot at 11am. After lunch you can try downhill petanque, under-arm bowling, tug of war and other small-park games. If going on the ferry, be sure to take your vax pass.

29Dec-3Jan Wed-Tue ●●●●●●

Matukituki Base

Diane Mellish 027 413 6468 mellishdiane@gmail.com

A few hours easy valley walk up a 4-wheel drive track to camp in the vicinity of the big Alpine Club hut. Options include Rob Roy Glacier, Cascade Saddle, Liverpool Hut, French Ridge Hut, Shovel Flat and the upper West Matukituki Valley.

Book by club night 14 Dec.

8-9 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Boyle Flat Hut

Deb Rhode 021 166 5307

An easy-moderate, mostly flat tramp to Boyle Flat Hut on the St James walkway

Book by 2 Jan

9-Jan Sun ●

Ryde Falls

Graeme Nicholas 357 0047

Easy walk through mixed podocarp forest to these pretty falls which come down in three tiers amid a mixture of bush. Starting from Coopers Creek car park.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

8-9 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Mt Guinevere

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

Climbing above Crow Hut to camp beside a tarn below the ridge. This 2042m peak in the Jellicoe Range not far from Mt Rolleston. Mt G requires snow skills.

Book by 2 Jan

15-16 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Travers Peak

Kerry Moore 359 5969

A moderate climb up Foleys Track to 1724m Travers Peak near Lewis Pass.

Book by 9 Jan

16-Jan Sun ●

Tiromoana Bush

John Robinson 027 633 1476

Easy coastal trip east of Waipara, through bush and wetlands to a remote beach. Great views to Pegasus Bay and Banks Peninsula. Nice walk and pleasant day out.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

22-23 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Fowler Pass--Lake Guyon

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065 and Kerry Moore 359 5069

Moderate tramp north of Hanmer Springs between the Clarence and Waiau rivers. Staying at or near Lk G Hut. Round-trip crossing the St James Range via Fowler Pass and the 4WD track over Maling Pass.

Book by 16 Jan

23-Jan Sun ●

Lucas Peak--Scenery Nook

Gary Huish 332 7020

Easy-moderate tramp over peninsula farmland, via 380m Lucas Peak to Timutimu Head, the western head of Akaroa Harbour. Then on to a natural tidal seal swimming pool at Scenery Nook. Impressive red volcanic sea cliffs are an added attraction

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

29-30 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Centre Creek--Thesis Peak

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Walking from the locked gate in the Harper, up the Te Araroa Trail and around the Avoca to Centre Creek, with easy travel up the creek, to camp in a bush area at 1200m. On Day 2 we continue up the creek to the large tarn in the head, the plan is to sidle up the scree slopes to 1972m then follow around the ridge to Thesis Peak. A little south of the peak, a fine scree basin, made in heaven provides, for a high-speed decent out to the Avoca, south of Basins Hut. It is then a flat, pleasant walk out, skirting Mt Fitzwilliam to the west.

Book by 23 Jan

30-Jan Sun ●

Mt Noble

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065

A trip into the foothills off the Lake Sumner Road. An easy-moderate circuit with views of Virginia Peak and the Three Deans.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

5-13 Feb Sat-Sun ●●●●●●●●

Alpine Trip

Geoff Spearpoint 027 318 4727

Paringa - Otoko area, possibly a climb of Mt Hooker

Trip is now fully booked

5-7 Feb Sat-Mon ●●●

Lake Angelus--Sunset Saddle

Kerry Moore 359 5069

Moderate tramp to this alpine gem in Nelson Lakes National Park, staying in the large hut then on to remote Hopeless Creek Hut via Sunset Saddle.

Book by 23 Jan. Lake Angelus Hut needs to be booked

6-Feb Sun ●

Little Mt Peel

Names to Diane Mellish 337 5530

Easy-moderate to moderate ascent of this 1300m landmark in South Canterbury, passing through podocarp forest and sub-alpine scrub. Quite a long climb, but it's a good track. Those wanting an easier day may want to go only part of the way up, or explore the bush tracks in the area.

We’ll prearange transport in case some want to camp there

12-13 Feb Sat-Sun ●●

Zampa Tops

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Moderate hike near Cannibal Gorge in the Lewis Pass area. We'll stay at Ada Pass Hut Saturday night and get an early start Sunday to go along Zampa tops via the big tarn and 1710m Zampa

Book by 20 Feb

12-Feb Saturday ●

Ashley River Splash

Bruce Cameron 022 188 5905

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. Be sure to take a full change of clothes for afterwards.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

13-Feb Sun ●

Nikau Palm Gully

Awaiting leader

This bush-clad gully is quite a dramatic spot, and the plentiful nikau palms here are notable for being the southern-most limit of this species in New Zealand. This is an easy tramp towards the eastern heads of Akaroa Harbour.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

19-20 Feb Sat-Sun ●●

Kokatahi--Booboo Hut--Mt Reeves

Awaiting leader

We head inland from Hokitika for this moderate-hard trip to Mt Reeves

Book by 13 Feb

26-27 Feb Sat-Sun ●●

Lower Deception

Diane Mellish 027 413 6468 mellishdiane@gmail.com

A trip suitable for families or those starting out tramping/camping in the Lower Deception valley in Arthurs Pass National Park

book by 20 Feb

26Fe-01Ma Sat-Tues ●●●●

Mt Titiroa

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

A prominent light-coloured granite 1715m peak near Lake Manapouri, with great views of Fiordland mountains and lakes. A moderate-hard trip from Lake Manpouri, climbing up the north ridge of Mt Titiroa, camping on the mountain. Either, returning the same way to Lake Manapouri or crossing over to the Borland Valley

Book by 13 Feb

27-Feb Sun ●

Double Hut

Diane Dixon 359 9170

Starting at Lake Heron and near the Te Araroa trail, we’ll go to Double Hut for lunch

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

5-6 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Carroll Hut

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate trip for the naturalists. Enjoy Westland forest, summer flowers above the bushline and see fault scarps near Carroll Hut

Book by 27 Feb

6-Mar Sun ●

Mt Alexander

Awaiting leader

Easy-moderate wander in open, rolling North Canterbury farm country, to this 750m lookout near Scargill.

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

12-13 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Hunts Creek Hut--Mt Barron

Doug Forster 337 5453

We walk up the Kellys Creek Track, over Hunt Saddle to stay at Hunts Creek Hut then a moderate-hard exit over Mt Barron on Sunday

Book by 6 March

13-Mar Sun ●

Bus Stop--Mt Somers Hut

Norman Burden 021 0228 9141

From Woolshed Creek carpark, we'll take the Rhyolite track to the Bus Stop, descend to Woolshed Creek Hut and return by the Coal Mine track.

Meet 8am 20 Yaldhurst Road, Church Corner

19-20 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Casey Tarn

Chris Leaver 322 6445

Parking at Ryton Station for this moderate climb onto the Birdwood Range to camp high at Casey Tarn. Exiting via Triangle Creek, Avoca River and Gargarus Saddle.

Book by 13 March

20-Mar Sun ●

Takamatua--Le Bons Bay Track

Diane Dixon 359 9170

An easy-moderate tramp from near highway 75 to Ellangowan Reserve on the Old Le Bons Track

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

26-30 Mar Sat-Tue ●●●●●

Lake Jeanette--Wangapeka Saddle

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

A moderate, multi-day trip in the Matiri Valley, Thousand Acres Plateau, Wangapeka area

Book by 20 March

26-27 Mar Sat-Sun ●●

Walker Pass - Tarn Col - Edwards

Kevin Hughes 332 6281

One of the classic Arthur's Pass NP tramps. This moderate trip takes in the Hawdon and Edwards valleys, a couple of attractive alpine passes, a beautiful alpine tarn and views of what's left of Falling Mountain. Needs a Fri afternoon start from Chch.

Book by 20 March

2-3 Apr Sat-Sun ●●

Green Hill--Castle Hill

Merv Meredith 322 7239

From Andrews Shelter we go via Casey Saddle to camp at the tarns near 1391m below Castle Hill. A day trip from there along the tops gets us to Castle Hill and Green Hill then back to the tarns to pack up and return to Andrews shelter. Moderate

book by 27 March

3-Apr Sun ●

Kaituna Valley—Mt Herbert

Awaiting leader

A moderate circuit started 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.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

To see planned trips further ahead, click here for the annual Trip List 2021-2022 (PDF)