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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BV21. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 30 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Russley

This is one of my favourite day trips because of the variety of terrain. First 2 hours on track then a stiff 500m assent then 1 hour of ridge travel and highlight of the day, a good scree run back down! Great trip if you are easy/mod fitness and you have never run a scree before. For those who want to, we will do a bit of Wilding pine killing on the way up to camp saddle (bring a tool). Sign up online or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 962884 Note:-Leaving Z Russley (WAS CALTEX RUSSLEY) (NOT Z Papanui) 8am

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $TBA. List Closed: 23 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The week of 1st - 9th Feb or the following week . Dates are flexible at this stage and can be adjusted to suit participants. My aim is to reach Garibaldi Ridge. This is my third (or is it fourth?) attempt to reach this spectacular spot in the middle of Kahurangi. Starting and finishing at Flora Saddle this time so there are also options for other trips. Garibali Ridge is a spectacular sandstone ridge in a Kaarst landscape. There is a camp spot and a lot of weird shaped boulders, caves and some bush bashing. There has been a lot of research on moa coprolites (Moa poo) from Euphrates Cave at the eastern end of the plateau. Andris Apse has an impressive photos of the ridge.

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 30 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Russley

Park at the Hawdon Shelter, cross the Hawdon and follow Sudden Valley Stream past the gorge and the bivouac. Continue up the valley then climb the scree on the true right between Mt Wilson and Mt Scott (this will almost certainly require an ice axe). Contour underneath the west flank of Mt Scott to summit from the north west.

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Grade Grade moderate (for the coast). This will be rough. Map(s) BV18. Approximate cost $10 fuel + accommodation/huts. List Closed: 23 Jan.

Departure Point: Contact leader

Feb 5th drive to the club hut or camp on the West Coast. 6th Full day in to Dicky Spur hut. Over 1,200m cumulative height gain. 7th in the morning head to Top Tuke hut arriving midday. In the afternoon go for a wander on to the tops (or the next morning if the weather was no good) 8th half day back to Dicky spur. 9th Walk out drive home. Enquirers: Alan Ross This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 021 962884 (Plan B is Mt Patriarch on the Wharepapa Arthur range)

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Grade Moderate - easy pace (snow skills required) . Map(s) . Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 30 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Feb 6-9th (Waitangi Holiday is on that Thur Feb 6th - you will need to take off that Fri for this trip). Moderate at an easy pace - snow skills required with ice axe, crampons, helmet and harness required. Depart Thurs mid-day from Z Station Papanui and head to Klondyke Corner then to Carrington Hut where we will spend the night. Fri we'll be up the White River to Barker Hut. From the hut we can look at summiting a nearby peak, practice glacier travel, crevasse rescue and take a walk on the White or Marmaduke Glacier or just hang out at the hut. For those that are keen, we'll look at summiting Mt Murchison (2408 m) on Sat. We'll come all that way out that Sun so it will be a longish tramp out of 23 or so kms. If you need club gear let me know.

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Grade Base camp; easy-moderate at a slow pace. Map(s) CB16. Approximate cost Approx. $90 + $25 p/n. List Closes: 30 Jan.

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Up to 20 bunks in the Awakino Ski Lodge at 1100m above Kurow in the Oteake Conservation Park . The lodge has battery electric lighting and flush toilets. Road access is restricted, and there is a thirty minute walk to the hut without 4WD. Mt Bitterness 1910m is a day trip up a ridge and back by the ski road. If the weather is good, Mt Donnett 1924m is an overnight trip via Kohurau 2009m, camping at the head of Hut Creek. There may be a day spare for weather, if we do just Kohurau as a day trip; bring a good book. The Kurow Hotel does huge steaks and mixed grills, and the Kurow Hill track has armchairs. I'll be glad to hear from anyone prepared to: • bring a 4WD for the last section of track to the hut, and perhaps above; • organise an evening meal; or • lead harder walks; or or with other suggestions. Various dates may be possible.

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) BS24. Approximate cost Approx $75. List Closes: 30 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Papanui. Wednesday Evening 7.30pm

Waitangi day is on the Thursday. You will have to take Friday off to go on this trip. Leaving on Wednesday evening we will drive north before camping overnight. We will then head in to the Sabine Hut from St Arnuad. The next day we will go up to the Blue Lake Hut where we will stay. We will return the same way we came.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 6 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip is 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. Ascend Mt Georgina (944m) and then down through open sub-alpine country to Red Lakes. Follow a 4WD track out to Lyndon Road. The trip is around 12kms and will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 13 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Papanui

From the access road just west of Castle Hill Village, a track follows the Long Spur ridgeline, then through beech forest, crossing Long Creek and Waterfall Creek. We then go up Hogsback (1032m), traverse the ridge, drop down and cross Hogsback Creek. Back up to Long Spur and rejoin the track back to the cars. A mix of on and off track tramping. Round trip, about 15kms, 500m height gain.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 20 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Papanui

Highest point on the Poplars Range. Height gain 1300m all at once. Please note:-7am departure time!

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BX25. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 20 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Papanui

[Permission required] Start and finish at Little Akaloa Beach on Banks Peninsula. Excluding travel in the cars: ~ 800m height gain, walk total time ~ 5 hours, total walking distance ~11km. So there is a lot of height gain on this short trip - you will feel the burn and be short of breathe at times! We follow the road from the beach east until near the top of the settlement and then vere right through farmland, sometimes in a very steep farm paddock. Then down a bit & cross a small stream, then up to a derelict 4-room 2-storey historic farm house with an amazing view. Then up to connect to a dirt road, View Hill Road, then up and along the road to a gate then straight up the steepish "reserve" to the fortress-like View Hill summit rock. The summit rock structure is a gem, with caves, views to die for, rock armchairs, and access puzzles to solve (will you take the easy way or the hard way?). On the return leg, we follow the ridge back towards Little Akaloa for about 1.5km, then pick up a farm track that returns us to View Hill Road. We then follow the this road and Chorlton Road all the way back to the beach, as the roads provide spectacular views of Little Akaloa Bay. Refer to the GPX track attached to the CTC web site Trip Description, which can be displayed on your GPS device or on Google Earth.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BX25, BY24. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 27 Feb.

Departure Point: Z 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. After lunch, we will check out the large totara tree in Montgomery Park before returning the same way. The track is well marked, making an easier end of easy/moderate tramping. Return trip 18kms, 500m height gain.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 5 Mar.

Departure Point: Z Papanui

A nice round trip in the Craigieburns, starting from the carpark in Castle Hill Village, following the Leith Hill loop track, and crossing the Thomas River. The track ambles up an easy spur, over two small streams, up to “the bowl”, a depression in the hillside. From there, follow an unmarked ridge to the summit of Leith Hill (1384m). Great views of surrounding area. The return trip will follow the ridge, rejoin the Leith Hill loop track down through beech forest, and then the Terrace Link Track back to the carpark. Around 500m height gain.

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Grade MTB. Map(s) . Approximate cost Contact Leader. List Closes: 30 Apr.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Please feel welcome to join me on my retirement trip in 2020. The plan is to cycle across Europe from Amsterdam to Istanbul. Starting in early May, fly into Amsterdam and travel south to Rotterdam. From there join up with the eurovelo route which follows the Rhine river. Going through Netherlands, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland as far as Basel. Then join up with the Danube river trail travelling through Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Once we've reached Vienna we switch to the Iron Curtain trail and continue on through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Once we reach Turkey and the city of Edrine we branch off and head for Istanbul. After some 5200 km we will have crossed Europe. I'm hoping to average 80 km per day on this trip so that would be about 65 days cycling. Expecting some days off for sight seeing and R and R a budget of 3 months seems quite reasonable. This trip can be easily done in part if you haven't got the 3 months to do it all. My travel dates are a bit flexible but wouldn't want to drift too far from these original dates.