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 2023-2024 (PDF)

Trip details

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

8-9 Jun Sat-Sun ●●

Pinchgut Hut

Awaiting leader

An easy-moderate trip up the Okuku River through kanuka and beech forest to this recently refurbished hut.

Book by 2 June

8-13 June Sat-Thurs ●●●●●●

Heaphy Track

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A great walk completed out of season. Travel through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast. Staying at Perry Saddle, Saxon, James Mackay and Heaphy Huts.

Book by 26 May

9 Jun Sun ●

Mt Aitken--Mt O'Malley

Laurayne Robb 021 619 718

This trip, traversing the range between two of the peaks in Arthur's Pass, makes an excellent moderate round-trip. Take ice-axe and crampons.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

16 Jun Sun ●

Mt Charon--Dumblane

Peter Umbers  359 9118

A moderate trip to the summit of Mt Charon from Jacks Pass, also taking in the peak simply named Dumblane.

Meet 7am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

16 Jun Sun ●

Packhorse Hut from Kaituna Valley

Wendy Wallace 027 841 2051

An easy-moderate walk from Kaituna Valley to Packhorse Hut

Meet 8.30am at Halswell Library Carpark, near the Old Vicarage.

15-16 Jun Sat-Sun ●●

Edwards Hut--Williams Saddle

Awaiting leader

A moderate round-trip to Edwards Hut then over 1327m Williams Saddle and returning down the Mingha River. The Edwards River is a good spot to see blue ducks

Book by 9 June

22 Jun Sat ●

Red Hill from Porters Road

Graeme Nicholas 027 504 7726

A moderate trip to this 1641m peak between Lake Lyndon Road and Porter Heights. Probable snow on top so an ice axe may be helpful.

Meet 8am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

28-30 Jun Fri-Sun ●●●

Moana Base

Chris Leaver 322 6445 or

Walks include Mt Te Kinga or as far as the lookout (3hr return), Carew falls, Jacks Mill school—a miniature bungalow—built by children in 1940.Pot luck one night. Hotel meal one night.

Book by 18 June

1 July Monday 7.30pm


All club members are invited to plan the club's trips for the next twelve months.If you have day or overnight trips you’d like to do, or suggestions on how the club can improve its trips, come along and have your say.One suggestion is to run easy day-trips during the week. The committee is keen to hear what members want. The meeting, with supper, will be at 7.30pm, Monday 1 July at 300a Memorial Avenue.

7 July Sun ●

Woolshed Hill

Awaiting leader

From Hawdon Valley Campsite to this 1429m summit, an elevation gain of 800m.

Meet 7am Church Corner, 20 Yaldhurst Rd

6-7 July Sat-Sun ●●

Youngman Stream Hut—Lilburne Hill

Kerry Moore 359 5069

Easy-moderate tramp to Youngman Stream Hut in the upper Ashley River. We will exit via Lilburne Hill and Tarn Hut.

Book by 30 June

14 July Sun ●

John Britten Reserve--Mt Pleasant

Awaiting leader

An easy walk from the start of JBR at Longridge Drive up to the Summit Road and along to Mt Pleasant. The 140 bus can get you up Mt Pleasant Road, fairly close to Longridge Drive.

Meet 9am at track start

28 July Sun ●

Waipara Wine Trail

Evelien Baas 027 557 5521

A pleasant walk around the vineyards of Waipara with opportunities to visit tasting rooms and enjoy the local hospitality.

Meet 9am Placemakers, 319 Cranford St

27-30 July Fri-Mon ●●●●

Whataroa Rr--Butler Junction Hut--Ice Lake

Raymond Ford or 022 318 0872

A fairly rugged, moderate walk to Butler Hut then to Top Butler and the very scenic Ice Lake.

Exact dates dependant on weather.

27-30 July Sat-Tue ●●●●

Mt Arthur Tablelands Circuit

Awaiting leader

A popular moderate circuit in karst country. Rock shelters, an open tussock plateau and tops with superb views, combine to make this an interesting tramp.

Book by 21 July

3-4 Aug Sat-Sun ●●

Boyle Flat Hut – Faust

Kerry Moore 359 5069

A moderate snow-climb from the Boyle over the Libretto Range via 1710m Faust. Anyone wanting an easy trip can return as for the inward leg.

Book by 28 July

10-11 Aug Sat-Sun ●●

Cass Saddle--Lagoon Saddle

Awaiting leader

A popular moderate circuit trip, overnighting in the good-sized Hamilton Hut. Mainly good track, through beech forest, two tussock saddles and grassy flats, with some small river crossings thrown in. Day two is a section of the Te Araroa.

Book by 4 Aug