Up-and-Coming Trips
for December 2019/January 2020

The trips page shows the upcoming single day and multi day tramps. Please note, if you intend in going on any of the tramps listed, please contact the leader in case there have been any changes to place and/or time.
(Note: Car fares are currently set at 15 cents/km)


All trips start from Ray Small Car park, next to the Papakura RSA, Elliot Street, Papakura unless otherwise stated. If in doubt, contact the leader.

*Northbound trips, the leader may meet you 20 minutes later at Recreation Ground Car park, Great South Road, School Corner, Papatoetoe. In this case, people with cars please call at the Papakura RSA to collect anyone who may need a ride.
NOTE: Trip transport is by car-pooling, at a set fare per individual trip.


(Please note: non-members MUST contact the leader prior to going on a tramp as not all tramps will be suitable for non-members to participate in)

 

      

 

 

08 December 2019

Wairoa Gorge

Grade:

Light

Leader:

Margaret Preston, Ph: 09-292-4496 or Mob: 021-108-9218

Co-leader:

Sarmilla Das, Ph: 09-296-1419 or Mob: 021-148-3111

Departs:

8.30 am, Ray Small Car Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$8

Description:

Hunuas.  A section of the Te Araroa Trail through the Wairoa Gorge. This 4km track follows the Wairoa River through some pretty stretches of bush and is flat for 2kms before skirting and climbing around a gorge section.  After reaching the Hunua Ranges Regional Park we follow a bush track, before returning via the same route.  Approximately 4hrs. Carpooling is essential as there is limited parking at the start of the track.

Te Henga Walkway

Grade:

Medium

Leader:

Peter Gerrard, Mob: 027-696-4997

Departs:

7.30 am, Ray Small Car Park (by RSA)

8 am, Papatoetoe (Leader at Papatoetoe)

Fare:

$20

Description:

Northern Waitakeres.  A section of the Hillary Trail, this is a scenic and undulating coastal walkway starting from Bethell’s Beach.  The track climbs to the cliff top above O’Neill Bay and follows the coast cliffs to south of Muriwai Beach.  Endless and spectacular views of the wild west coast.  If you prefer wide open spaces, then this is the walk for you.  Some parts of the track are very exposed.  Approx 6 hours return.

 

10 December 2019 -  Final Tuesday Tramp of the Year

Mt William from Puketutu Road end to Trig and return

Grade:

Tuesday Tramp

Departs:

8.30  am Ray Small Car park (by RSA)

Fare:

$7

Description: Walk to the trig for morning tea the return and have a Christmas celebration at Marlene's place - bring a plate for a shared lunch

 

15 December 2019

Omana Regional Park

Grade:

End of Year Event

Leader:

Judith Walker, Ph: 09-296-6977 or Mob: 027-296-6977

Departs:

See advert on Page 7 of the December eNewsletter for more details



12 January 2020

Clevedon Scenic Reserve/Camp Sladdin

Grade:

Light

Leader:

Kath, Ph 09 5344116 or Mob: 021 2943011

Departs:

8.30 am Ray Small Car Park (by RSA) or meet at Camp Sladdin, Thorps Quarry Rd, Clevedon 8.45 am

Fare:

$7

Description:

Just a few stairs and boardwalks to get people into the New Year tramping regime. From Camp Sladdin, we will enter the Clevedon Scenic Reserve and climb through native bush to the trig and beyond, if possible, in the direction of Kimpton’s Rd. From the trig, there are wide extensive views across the Wairoa River flats to the Hauraki Gulf.

Waiorongomai Pylon Track

Grade:

Medium

Leader:

Matthew, Ph Mob: 022-014-7046

Departs:

7.30 am, Ray Small Car Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$34

Description:

The Pylon Peak Track in the Waiorongomai Valley was opened up in 2015. The track branches off the Low Level Pack (or Low Level Drive) Track near the end of Waiorongomai Road, crosses the Waiorongomai River, climbs to a ridgeline which it follows before climbing quite steeply to the Pylon Peak and joining up with the Kaimai Ridgeway Track (formerly the North-South Track).

There are extensive views of the Waikato from the junction of Pylon Peak Track and Kaimai Ridgeway Track. The upper part of the track is steep and rough, and muddy in places, return via Butlers Incline. Approximately 6 hrs.

 

19 January 2020

Cossey/Massey Loop

Grade:

Light

Leader:

Marion, Ph 09 298 5201 or Mob: 021 331033

Departs:

8.30 am Ray Small Car Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$7

Description:

Hunuas.  A rewarding and scenic loop starting from Hunua Falls, the Massey Track climbs steadily to meet the Cosseys Wairoa Track.  Descend to Cosseys Dam and return via Cosseys Gorge Track which follows the creek back to Hunua Falls.  Good tracks, lush native bush, with some views.

Ernie’s Track

Grade:

Medium

Leader:

Malcolm, Ph: 09-298-3245

Departs:

8 am Ray Small Cark Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$8

Description:

A circuit from Mangatawhiri Dam, via Lilburne Road, Piggott’s Campsite, Ernie’s Track and Waterline Road. Good tracks, little mud, two stream crossings, some nice views. About 5 hours walking on bush tracks and vehicle free roads.

 

26 January 2020

Lake Wainamu/Bethell’s Beach

Grade:

Light

Leader:

Dimitrios, Ph: 09 630 8726 or Mob:  021 1299007

Departs:

8am, Ray Small carpark (by RSA)  or 8.30am Papatoetoe (Leader at Papatoetoe)

Fare:

$18

Description:

Waitakeres.  The Lake Wainamu Loop Track, in the region’s wild west, is one of the very best two-hour hikes, just inland from the pounding surf of Te Henga (Bethell’s Beach), combining rainforest with a taste of the Sahara.  Starting and finishing at the carpark on Bethell’s Road, the leader will take you on a bit of a mystery walk in one of the few areas still accessible since many Kauri dieback closures. Four hours return.

 

02 February 2020

Suspension Bridge/Wairoa Loop Area

Grade:

Light

Leaders:

Margaret, Ph: 09-299-3655 or Mob: 027-200-6785

Monika, Ph: 09-266-1076 or Mob: 021-211-0237

Departs:

8.30 am, Ray Small Car Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$8

Description:

Hunuas.  A popular tramp starting on the Suspension Bridge Track and descending to the Wairoa Loop. Reasonably easy walking with excellent viewpoints of bush, dams and reservoirs. 

Kauritatahi Hut

Grade:

Medium

Leader:

Dale, Mob: 021-040-6887

Departs:

7.30 am, Ray Small Carp Park (by RSA)

Fare:

$37

Description:

This hut is a lovely little original, renovated by DOC with great views overlooking the Bay of Plenty.  Walk into hut via Thompsons Track and North South Track (old and new) and half an hour past the turn-off to the DC3 crash site.  A few boggy bits on the tops and a rocky scramble at one point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

   



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