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

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

Trip details

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

6 Nov Sun ●

Scotts Saddle from Awa Awa Rata Reserve

Sue Piercey 384 9567

An easy-moderate day from Awa Awa Rata Reserve on Scotts Saddle Track in the Mt Hutt Range.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

11-13 Nov Fri-Sun ●●●

Carroll Hut - Dillon Hut

Kevin & Heather Hughes 332 6281 or

From near Otira, a short steep, moderate forest climb to stay at Carroll Hut just above the bush-line. On day 2 we cross Kelly Range and descend to stay at Dillon Hut on the Taipo River. At the same time an easy-moderate trip to Carroll Hut with a day exploring the tops and returning to Kellys car park

Book by 6 Nov

11-13 Nov Fri-Sun ●●●

Taramakau Rr--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 6 Nov

13 Nov Sun ●

City and Red Zone meander

Awaiting leader

Come and wander about the city and red zone and see what is happening.

20 Nov Sun ●

Mt Bradley Circuit

Awaiting leader

Starting at Orton Bradley Park, heading to Packhorse Hut on the Falkner Track then onto Te Ara Pataka Walkway to the head of Orton Bradley Park and down to the cars.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH

26-28 Nov Sat-Mon ●●●

Travers Rr--Sunset Saddle--Lake Angelus

Kerry Moore 359 5069

Moderate tramp to this alpine gem in Nelson Lakes National Park. A clockwise circuit to Hopeless Hut, then over Sunset Saddle to Lake Angelus, staying in or near Angelus Hut which needs to be booked--$30. Exiting via Speargrass Flat.

Book by 19 Nov

27 Nov Sun ●

Cass River - Point 1912

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate-hard trip in the Black Range. Starting up the Cass River Track to Long Valley Stream, sidling the waterfall on the TR and circling around the head of the basin, up to peak 1912m for views all around. Then a great scree run down to the track and out.

Meet 7am (note new time) Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

3 Dec Saturday ●

John Browns Tomb

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

An easy-moderate exploration of this North Canterbury farmland to find John Brown’s Tomb. Who was he and why is he buried there?

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

4 Dec Sun ●

Banks Peninsula traverse

Merv Meredith 322 7239

A moderate hike, with two groups. One group will go from Purau Saddle on the Monument Track and on to Te Ara Pataka Track, all the way to Pettigrews Road. The second group will go in the reverse direction. Take lots of water.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH Hackthorne Rd end

10-11 Dec Sat-Sun ●●

Lake Christabel

Dan Pryce 027 384 7065

An easy-moderate walk from Palmers Road alongside this large lake to stay at Lake Christabel Hut.

Book by 4 Dec

11 Dec Sun ●

The Pyramid

Peter Umbers 359 9118

A moderate climb of The Pyramid in Arthurs Pass NP, with a scree descent to the Hawdon River.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

17-19 Dec Sat-Mon ●●●

Black Hill--Chest Peak

Awaiting leader

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 11 Dec

18 Dec Sun

End of Year Picnic

A lazy day near Christchurch. Details to come.

22-26 Dec Thur-Mon ●●●●●

Christmas Base 021 266 5778

Maureen T will be at the Totaranui DoC camp 22-26 December. If anyone fancies a beach Christmas you'll be welcome. $15 a night. Book online BUT it's fully booked after 26 December. BYO everything. We'll organise a potluck Christmas dinner. In the past we've camped near Zone L so we'll try to get a spot there.

31 Dec-4 Jan Sat- Thurs ●●●●●●

North Otago, South Canterbury Beauty Spots

Diane Mellish 027 413 6468

Visiting the Ahuriri and Ohau areas, possibly Mt Cook area. Load-carrying for only 2 nights at a time. Camping in valleys and exploring up higher with a lighter day pack. Lots of options depending on weather and river flows.

Book by 24 Dec

7-8 Jan Sat-Sun ●●

Ashburton Gorge

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate overnight exploration of the Ashburton Gorge.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH, Hackthorne Rd end

8 Jan Sun ●

Lucas Peak - Scenery Nook

Bruce Cameron 022 188 5905

Easy-moderate tramp over Peninsula farmland, via 380m Lucas Peak to Timutimu Head, the western head of Akaroa Harbour. Eat lunch while watching the seals and birdlife at Scenery Nook.

Meet 8am Cashmere Rd, opp PMH