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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU20, BU21, BV21. Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 11 Jan.

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One of the great trips to a stunning location on the west coast. Walk up the Taramakau river before climbing up to the hut on a prominent alpine scarp. Stay up to watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea. On Sunday walk out past Mt Koeti and drop back down near lake Kaurapataka. A must do trip.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BX20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 18 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

At 1171m, this minor peak is in the Alford Range, half way between Mt Hutt and Mt Somers. We will access it via an easement across private land and then through the Alford Scenic Reserve - Small, but includes good stands of beech. There is a 4WD track up part of the way to 900m and then a route through sub alpine vegetation, to the summit which affords great views of the surrounding area. 600m height gain. Return the same way.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) BX19. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 18 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This gives us a varied trip in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. Starting at the Woolshed Creek carpark, a 400 m climb up the Rhyolite Ridge to the Mt Somers Walkway which we follow up to the Bus Stop Overhang and down to Woolshed Creek Hut. This section of the route takes in dynamic scenery with regenerating mountain beech, within a landscape of deep pools, waterfalls, rocky tors and canyons. From the hut we follow the Miners Track back to the carpark through open grassland and Subalpine herbfield. On the way visit the old coal mine workings. Please note earlier start time of 7.30am.

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Grade Mod/Hard. Map(s) BY25. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 18 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Starting in Akaroa village we will ascend Misty peaks track to Stony bay saddle then descend the new Hinewai track into the Stony bay valley. The up steeply to the feature on the ridge called the Stones before returning to Akaroa via Stony bay peak. Meet at Z Papanui Rd at 8am. Mod to Mod/hard 20kms of walking and 1300mtrs of height gain.

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Grade Mod/Hard. Map(s) BY25, BX24. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 25 Jan.

Departure Point: Meet at Lyttelton to Diamond harbour ferry at 7.40am. (Bring $6.50 for the ferry).

Hilltop via Mt Herbert and Te Ara Pataka (double fenceline track) from Diamond harbour jetty. 25 kms and 1200mtrs of height gain. Will have to restrict this to 5 people unless someone wants to do a crossover trip (or hitch back) as I will be leaving my car at the end of the track for out return trip. Meet at Lyttelton to Diamond harbour ferry at 7.40am. (Bring $6.50 for the ferry).

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 25 Jan.

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We'll go up the Mt Aicken track, then follow the long ridge that encloses the Devils Punchbowl Creek catchment, taking in Mt Aicken, Blimit and Mt Cassidy. Descend to where we started via Cons Track. This trip involves rock scrambling and some exposure (grade 2 in the guidebook). Take plenty of water. Helmet required, let the leader know if you need to hire a club one (free of charge). The trip is best in dry weather; if it's wet, we'll come up with an alternative.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) BS27. Approximate cost $55. List Closes: 25 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Waitangi Day 2018 is Tues Feb 6th offering an opportunity to get 2 great peaks outside of the Southern Alps in one long weekend. Hopefully the Kaikoura Rd will be open and we can head to Dee Hut Fri Feb 2 6pm Z Station Papanui Rd. Might need snow skills

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost approx $50. List Closes: 25 Jan.

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A highly recommended trip to a stunning area of true West coast bush and Southern Alps. We've had requests for this trip to be run and its well worth doing. Waitangi day falls on a Tuesday this year so you can do this at a solid moderate pace and enjoy yourself. Anyone keen to lead this one please let me know

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 1 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Situated in the alpine Lake Coleridge basin tussockland area. We first skirt around the edge of Lake Georgina and up to Point 825 for some good views of the lake. Climb up to Mt Georgina (944m ), and then descend through open scrub country To visit Red Lakes. Follow a 4WD track out to the Lyndon Road. The trip will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Easy or EasyMod. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 25 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Meeting time: 7am at Z Papanui. Three day loop to Kirwans and Montgomerie Hut in the Victoria Forest Park with various gold mining relics. Day one walk up the old miners track to Kirwans Hut just above the bush line. Day two is a decent down past the restored Lord Brassey stamping battery to the Montgomerie Hut. Day Three is walk out down a old four wheel drive track and joining track back to the car.

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Grade . Map(s) BX25, BY24. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 8 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The trip will start by going through the Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve, small but significant for having one of the last stands of original podocarp forest left on the peninsula. From the reserve, it is a steady uphill climb, following a 4WD track through farmland to a saddle just below French Hill. The saddle offers amazing views towards Kaitorete Spit and further west towards Mt Sinclair on the Summit Walkway. The track then descends gently towards its end near the Hilltop Tavern where there will be a lunch break. Return the same way. The track is well marked, making an easier end of easy/moderate tramp. Return trip 16kms, 500m height gain.

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Grade . Map(s) . Approximate cost . List closes .

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) . Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 8 Feb.

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The plan is to do an alpine traverse connecting Trudge col, Rugged Peak, Smooth Peak and Mt Valiant. This is a seldom visited corner of Arthurs pass and well worth a visit. Leave Friday afternoon and walk in to Hawdon Hut that evening. There is a rock step on the way up to Trudge col with a bit of exposure.

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 15 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Go up Rome Ridge via Coral Track, turn left at the east ridge line of the Crow River, mostly follow the ridge south to Avalanche Peak, descend via Scotts Track to Arthurs Pass village. This trip will require a bit of nerve on the ridges for the periodic exposure to falling. If wind is likely to be a factor on the day, then the trip will be altered to suit. At least 1200+m height gain.

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Grade Easy Mod. Map(s) BX20. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 15 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Starting at the beautiful Awa Awa Rata (Valley of the Rata) Reserve, we follow the Scotts Saddle Track to the ski field road through mixed forest and then sub alpine herb field and tussock tops, height gain 600m. A short walk up the Mt Hutt Ski Field access road to Scotts Saddle from where there are great Views to Pudding Hill Stream, Mt Hutt Ski Field and Canterbury Plains. Return the same way, following the Ridge Track above Pudding Hill Stream, then the Alder Track, making a loop back to the Awa Awa Rata Reserve

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) . Approximate cost $45. List Closes: 15 Feb.

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Elusive Peak (2241m) is in the Barrier range west of Lake Ohau. Probably leave early on Saturday we start with an easy walk up the Temple River South Branch to South Temple hut before climbing onto the tops to camp at some high tarns just north of the peak. Summit on Sunday morning before returning the same way.

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $30 + hut fees. List Closes: 22 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

We drive to the start of the walk at Harper village, leave the cars at the car park and walk up the river valley to Hamilton hut. This is a modern DOC hut which sleeps 20 and has room for tents too. We can't guarantee a bunk for the night so bring a tent if you can. There is running water inside the hut. Great views from the balcony .This would be a great trip for someone just starting on weekend trips. Its basically a flat 17.5 km walk up the valley (which we will take at a leisurely pace) with river crossings. You will get wet feet, theres no way to avoid that , but most crossings are just ankle deep. A good way to use your river crossing lessons if you went to any of the river crossing courses. We stay at the hut Saturday night and relax/socialise and in the morning return to the cars. Please contact the leader if you are unsure about the gear you will need to bring along. 8am departure. Hut fees $15

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BV26. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 1 Mar.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

An attractive coastal walk in North Canterbury between the Hurunui River mouth and Gore Bay. Fairly easy walking with minimal height gain along varied terrain that includes sandy beaches, eroded sea cliffs, headlands, rural terraces and regenerating bush. The northern section of the walkway from Gore Bay to Port Robinson is tidal and will involve walking along a shingle beach and over rocks: strong footwear needed. Depending on tide times, the trip will start at either Gore Bay or the Hurunui River mouth. Approx 10kms, 4 to 5 hours.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 1 Mar.

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Mount Stewart/Stuart, weekend 10/11 March (Friday night walk in required) To avoid any confusion about which Mount Stewart/Stuart in Arthurs Pass is the objective for this trip, we will aim to climb both peaks. On the Friday night we will walk into camp on grassy flats near the Crow-Waimakariri confluence. On Saturday we will get up early and attempt Mount Stewart from the Crow River, via the east face (dropping off the north-east ridge to do so), before walking out to spend Saturday night at the CTC Hut in Arthurs Pass Village. On Sunday we will attempt Mount Stuart via the Pegleg Creek Route, descending via Hills Peak. Mount Stewart will be the primarily objective, and will be attempted on the Sunday instead if conditions require. Please feel free to ask the trip leader if you have any questions about the difficulty of these routes. It is unlikely ice axe and crampons will be required, but an assessment of conditions will be made the week of the trip. It is also unlikely a rope will be required for either peak, though we may take one anyway. The trip will be rescheduled if the forecast is poor.

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) . Approximate cost approx $40. List Closes: 8 Mar.

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A trip close to the road but with a real back-country feel. You start at the Deception swing bridge on the Highway 73, follow Paratu stream up to Waharoa Saddle before climbing to the tops on a cut route. Then easy tussock tops are followed to Pfeifer Biv which has good camping beside it. Day 2 is a little harder, up and around Mt Pfeifer before descending the long spur to Lake Kaurapataka. Some bush bashing required. The track is then followed back to the road. A good trip with lots of variety and great views

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $TBA. List Closes: 31 May.

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Nestled among arguably the most stunning alpine scenery in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc trail is a must-do 9-11 day tramp that's worthy of a high rank on your bucket list. Winding through the picturque alps of Switzerland, France and Italy, this 170 km trek is an amazing experience you will never forget. If tramping sometime next June - July with other CTC members through unbelievable postcard views tickles your adventurous juices, please send me a quick email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll send you further information. Numbers are limited, so please reply ASAP. Here's a short video that will give you a taste of what you could expect to experience on the Tour du Mont Blanc, https://youtu.be/mIyAqOFBM70