We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm - see "Where do we meet?" for the exact venue and a map. Various social functions are organised, the atmosphere is informal, and tea and biscuits are served. We show slides or have guest speakers most nights. If you can give a presentation or have ideas, please contact the Social Convenor via the Contact Us page. Please note that formalities start at 8:00pm sharp, and if there is a guest speaker, he/she will start at 8:15 pm sharp. Other social occasions and trips are arranged at various times. Come along!

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Following newsletter folding, club member John West is talking about climbing Mt's Taranaki and Ruapehu during Easter. Bryce, Susan, Barney, Kate and John had a great trip to Taranaki and the Central Plateau, and fitted in some day trips as well.
Guest speakers, John Perry and Raelene A'Court will be talking this evening all about bees, and their importance to the sustainability of our environment and our future. The basics of bee-keeping will be discussed, including, the bee life cycle, seasons and elements that affect the life of the bee.There will be a few hives on display and some other interesting items. Honey will also be for sale, and also available for sampling! Hope to see you there in what will be a very interesting talk.
Join Rachel Williams, Viva Expeditions founder, on a journey through some of the best trails in South America. Many of Rachel's favourite hikes are in Patagonia, a true trampers paradise. But, the famed Inca Trail to Machu Pichu is one of the most coveted highlights for many visitors to South America. Did you know there are more than 5 versions of the Inca Trail? These include the Salkantay, Lares and the lesser known routes of Choquiquerau and Vilcabamba. Rachel will talk you through the ins and outs of these multi-day hikes, the logistics involved and whether camping or Lodge-to-lodge is more your style. Rachel will also take you off the beaten path trekking in the dramatic mountain ranges of Cordillera Blanca Peru, Galapagos and to Colombia’s Lost City. Viva Expeditions is New Zealand’s leading South America travel specialist, operating tours for over 10 years. Applying many years of experience working as tour leaders and guides in South America as well as travelling independently to the furthermost reaches of the continent enables Viva to create unique and exciting itineraries.
This is a great chance to catch up with fellow trampers in a more social setting, and involves a buffet breakfast in a central Christchurch location and the presentation of the prestigious "Loo Loo" award. The breakfast is traditionally followed by a "Belly Buster" walk somewhere near Christchurch. The breakfast will be organised if there is sufficient interest - start time and venue TBC. In previous years the cost has been around $25 for a generous buffet breakfast. **Please sign up for this social in the trip signup system so that we can gauge interest**