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.

Sun 6 Dec ●

Purau Saddle—Hilltop

Kerry Moore 359 5069

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!

8am on Cashmere Rd at the eastern end of Princess Margaret Hospital Approx cost $14

Sat, Sun 12-13 Dec ●●

Griffin Range Serpentine Mine

Peter Umbers 359 9118

A moderate tramp on Griffin Range to the serpentine mine near 1517m Mt Griffin

Book by 6 Dec

Sun 13 Dec ●

Manuka Hut

Diane Dixon 359 9170

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

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $22

Sat,Sun 19-20 Dec ●●

Carroll Hut

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

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

Book by 13 December.

Sun 20 Dec ●

Club Picnic

Merv Meredith 322 7239

Diamond Harbour and its reserve have lots of options. The picnic will be in the Stoddart Point Reserve on the lower level at Diamond Harbour, starting from 10am. Drive in to the left of the shops on the road down to the jetty and then to the right at the first hairpin, into the reserve. Plenty of options in the area—walking, biking, swimming. Bring your kayak, boat. You can bike to Camp Bay or up the Port Levy road. You can catch the ferry from Lyttelton.

Wed-Tue 23-29 Dec

Okarito Christmas Base Camp

Maureen Thompson 021 266 5778

Escape the Christmas rush in peaceful Okarito. Maureen Thompson has booked Fernbird Retreat, a comfortable house, for the nights 23 to 29 December. Stay as many nights as you like. Check out the website for photos and details.

Sat-Tue 26-29 Dec ●●●●

McKerrow Range

Diane Mellish 337 5530

The date is likely to move for this moderate-hard tramp above Makorora to 2002m Mt Shrimpton. Expect splendid views around Mt Aspring NP. Camping by tarns in the McKerrow Range.

Book by 20 December.

Sun 3 Jan ●

Childrens Bay Farm walk

Jill Fenner 980 6228

An easy 3-hour circuit from Akaroa to Takamatua then back via some quiet roads. Also known as the Rhino Walk. Coffee stop in Akaroa or on the way home.

9am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of of Princess Margaret Hospital. Approx cost $12

Sat-Tue 9-12 Jan ●●●●

Mt Titiroa

Raymond Ford 022 318 0872 or

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 2 January.

Sun 10 Jan ●

Timutimu Head - Scenery Nook

Danny Lee 357 1457

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

8am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of of Princess Margaret Hospital Approx cost $14

Sat,Sun 16-17 Jan ●●

Avoca Homestead--Torlesse Range

Honora Renwick 942 8368

Parking at the end of Craigieburn Rd and walking the short distance to the old Avoca Homestead. Day 2, climbing a vehicle track towards Bold Hill, then onto the main Torlesse ridge and down Landsdowne Spur for an invigorating splash down Broken Rr to Avoca Homestead and the cars.

Book by 10 January.

Sun 17 Jan ●

Peak Hill

Alison Maccoll 322 8540

Easy-moderate climb in open country up a 1240m hill with superb views of Lk Coleridge on one side and the Rakaia River on the other. The upper slopes of Peak Hill have recently become crown land, with public access from the Algidus Road, thanks to Tenure Review of the pastoral lease property. Check out this excellent new public facility.

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

23-31 Jan 1 week

Upper Rakaia--Lord Valley-- Wanganui Valley

Geoff Spearpoint 027 318 4727 (phone or txt)

Up the Rakaia Valley crossing over the Main Divide to the Lord Valley and out, via the Blue Lookout, to the Wanganui Valley. The weather forecast will dictate which 7 days we use between 23 and 31 January. We are planning to fly from the road end up to around Banfield Hut in the Rakaia valley to avoid river crossings and the bluffs. Tentative helo cost $150 to $200 each.

Book by 8 January.

Sat,Sun 23-24 Jan ●●

Nina Hut

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy, flat walk in beautiful Nina Valley forest to this modern hut

Book by 17 January.

Saturday 23 Jan ●

Omahu Bush—Coopers Knob

Diane Dixon 359 9170

The reserve has a variety of tracks plus, nearby is Coopers Knob and Gibraltar Rock. Easy

9am on Cashmere Rd at eastern end of of Princess Margaret Hospital. Approx cost $3

Sat,Sun 30-31 Jan ●●

Klondyke—North Rahu

Derek Gane 337 8264

Moderate tramp from Rahu Saddle in Victoria Forest Park. Camping out in a tarn basin below some 1500m peaks. A round trip, dropping into Klondyke Stream for the return trip. Some great views of the surrounding area from the tops.

Book by Sun 24 January.

Sun 31 Jan ●

Boby Stream - Onepunga Falls

Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy walk up Onepunga Stream to the falls.

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

Sat,Sun 6-7 Feb ●●●●

St Arnaud Range

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate trip in the St Arnaud Range overlooking Lake Rotoiti on one side and the Wairau Rr to the east. Lots of tarns to camp beside

Book by 31 January.

Sun 7 Feb ●

Gorge Hill—Cave Stream

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

Easy-moderate wade along Cave Stream as it flows 360m underground and emerges to join Broken River. Be prepared for wet and cold conditions. Take a torch and a second one for backup and a dry set of clothes to change into later. We’ll do a warm-up climb of Gorge Hill with its fascinating sculpted limestone.

Meet 9am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd Approx cost $15

Sat,Sun 13-14 Feb ●●

Sudden Valley

Names to Kerry Moore 359 5069

An easy-moderate up and back trip to visit this scenic valley. Camping at the bivvy.

Book by 7 February.

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