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 a trip destination will show the location on a map.

Sat,Sun 8-9 May ●●

Cold Stream Hut

Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy, flat trip suitable for children, up Jollie Brook then Cold Stream. Energetic people could exit along the Hooligan Range

Book by 1 May

Sun 9 May ●

Kennedys Bush—Governors Bay

Alison Maccoll 322 8540

An easy-moderate climb from Halswell Quarry up through Kennedy’s Bush to the Summit Road then exploring the maze of tracks on the Governors Bay side of the crater rim

Meet 8:30am quarrymans’ quarters car park, Halswell Quarry

Sat-Thur 15-19 May ●●●●●

Kepler Track

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872

Rated moderate-hard at this time of year, the Kepler Track is an alpine adventure with stunning panoramas. We go from Lake Te Anau up to Luxmore Hut at 1085m, then traverse the ridge-lines of the Kepler Mountains, drop down to beautiful Lake Manapouri, before heading back through peaceful beech forest

Book by 1 May

Sun 16 May ●

Nikau Palm Gully

Graeme Paltridge 384 3592

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

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $15

Sat,Sun 22-23 May ●●

Kaituna--Packhorse--Rod Donald Hut

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

Easy-moderate tramp to charming Rod Donald Hut on Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway. Can be done as a 3-day, 2 night by staying at both huts. The hut needs to be booked so call the leader right away

8am Cashmere Rd opp PMH near Hackthorne

Sun 23 May ●

Captain Thomas--Godley Head

Jill Fenner 980 6228

An easy-moderate walk with coastal views. Starting up the Captain Thomas Track to Evans Pass, before continuing along the ridge to Godley Head and returning to Sumner through Taylors Mistake

Meet 9am Sumner Clock Tower

Sat-Mon 29-31 May ●●●

Black Hill Hut—Chest Peak

Diane Mellish 337 5530

Moderate trip to this hut in Oxford Forest. Three days so we have a full day for a side trip to Chest Peak. Less energetic people could be content with a walk to the top of 1300m Black Hill.

Book by 23 May

Saturday 29 May ●

Helicopter Hill—Craigieburn Edge Track

Norman Burden 021 0228 9141,

An easy-moderate circuit from Craigieburn Campsite shelter via Mistletoe Track, Lyndon Saddle with a side-trip to Helicopter Hill. From the saddle we go to the Craigieburn Edge Track which leads to the ski-field road where it joins with the Sidle Track leading back to the cars

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $18

Sat-Mon 5-7 Jun ●●●QueensBday

Robinson River—Lake Christabel

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate circuit in the Springs Junction area up the Robinson River, over Robinson Saddle to Lake Christabel Hut. Day three goes past Lake Christabel to Palmers Road

Book by 30 May

Sun 6 Jun ●

Bowenvale—Victoria Park Circuit

Joy Schroeder 351 4655

An easy-moderate walk on the wonderful Port Hills

Meet 9am at the Bowenvale car park

Sat,Sun 12-13 Jun ●●

Pinchgut Hut

Danny Lee 357 1457

An easy-moderate, trip up the Okuku River through kanuka and beech forest to a comfortable hut. Its helpful to do the initial river crossing with old shoes and then change into boots

Book by 6 June

Sun 13 Jun ●

Red Hill from Porters ski-road

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Moderate trip to this 1641m peak near Lake Lyndon. We'll go from the Porter Heights ski road towards Coleridge Pass and up the spur. Snow likely higher up

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $15

Sat,Sun 19-20 Jun ●●

Lake Daniell

Deb Rhode 021 166 5307

Check out the new Kohanga Atawhai/Manson Nicholls Hut on this easy trip to beautiful Lake Daniell, near Lewis Pass. The hut, completed in March 2020, was designed and built especially for families and school groups using innovative, sustainable building techniques

Book by 13 June

Sun 20 Jun ●

Chch 360º Dunes and Wetlands

Helen Harkness 384 2890

This 16km sector of the CHRISTCHURCH 360 TRAIL will commence at Pages Road and finish at Lower Styx Road. Join a number of keen. Meet at 8.30am at the corner of Pages and Wairoa Road, by the Pages Road bridge to New Brighton.

Meet 9am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St Approx cost $5

Sat,Sun 26-27 Jun ●●

Hawdon Hut

Awaiting leader

An easy, flat walk up the beautiful, wide Hawdon River Valley to this spacious hut

Book by 20 June

Sun 27 Jun ●

Governors Bay Shoreline walk

Awaiting leader

An easy, flat walk from Governors Bay to Allandale with lots of attractions. Part of the return is along the main road with more attractions to see

8am Cashmere Rd opp PMH near Hackthorne Approx cost $3

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