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 10-11 Apr ●●

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 with a moderate-hard exit on Sunday over Mt Barron


Sun 11 Apr ●

Three Deans

Graeme Paltridge 384 3592

An easy-moderate circuit on these distinctive hills inland from Amberley

Meet 8am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St Approx cost $12

Sat,Sun 17-18 Apr ●●

Mons Sex Millia

Liz Wightwick 027 633 2038

Moderate-hard tramp off of the Lewis Pass highway to this 1800m high point on the Poplars Range. Camping on the tops

Book by 11 Apr

Saturday 17 Apr ●

Mt Herbert from Orton Bradley

Dan Pryce 356 1962

A moderate circuit climbing up the valley to the Te Ara Pataka Track and 913m Herbert Peak with a gentler descent down the spur track to Diamond Harbour

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

Tuesday 20 Apr

Trip planning

Have your say on where we venture. Take your suggestions to the planning meeting, 7pm at Kevin and Heather's, 56 Luxembourg Crescent, Halswell. If you can't attend be sure to give trip suggestions to Merv

Sat-Mon 26-28 Apr ●●●Anzac

Mt Brown Hut—Newton Range Biv--Styx Rr

Peter Umbers 359 9118

A moderate-hard circuit from Lake Kaniere to Mt Brown Hut, along to Newton Range Biv then down the Styx River

Book by 18 Apr

Saturday 24 Apr ●

High Peak, Rockwood Range

John Cook 384 1710

An easy-moderate walk up 968m High Peak in the impressively craggy Rockwood Range

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

Sat,Sun 1-2 May ●●

Pinchgut Hut—Bobs Camp circuit

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate walk via Pinchgut Hut, up the Cattle Peak Track to Bobs Camp Biv then back via Whare Track

Book by 25 Apr

Sat 1 May ●

Mt Thomas—Pinchgut—Okuku Rr

Evelien Baas 027 557 5521

Starts at the Mt Thomas Wooded Gully camping area and goes up the Summit Track to Mt T, then past Pinchgut Hut to the Okuku ford. A larger group can split in two and do a crossover. Easy-moderate grade but moderate length-wise

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

Sat,Sun 8-9 May ●●

Cold Stream Hut

Alison Maccoll 322 8540

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

Diane Dixon 359 9170

An easy 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 ●

Lake Rubicon - Bobs Knob

Awaiting leader

Popular easy-moderate round-trip via Lake Rubicon up to a ridge below the Torlesse Range. Great views of the plains and the big peaks of Korowai/Torlesse Park. An enjoyable tramp not far from town.

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

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 Kerry 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

Sun 30 May ●

Helicopter Hill—Craigieburn Edge Track

Norman Burden 021 0228 9141

An easy-moderate circuit from Craigieburn Campsite shelter taking the Mistletoe Track to Lyndon Saddle with a side-trip to Helicopter Hill. We then return to the saddle and 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 ●●●Queens Birthday

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 along Lake Christabel to Palmers Road

Book by 30 May

Sat-Mon 5-7 Jun ●●● Queens Birthday

Punakaiki Base

Awaiting leader

A chance to explore this area with its many attractions

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 with wood-burner, useful for winter trampers. 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

Awaiting leader

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

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