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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW22. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 12 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip in the lovely Mt Oxford Forest is suitable for families and everyone looking for a relaxing social tramp. We will follow the well benched Ryde Falls Track from the carpark through the beech forest, looking out for scattered podocarp trees – Rimu, totara, matai and splashes of colour from the red and yellow leaved horopito. Plenty of bird life as well – robins, fantails and bellbirds. The falls themselves, three cascades, are above a beautiful deep pool. The return trip will follow the Koromiko Track and then the Link Track back to the carpark.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU23. Approximate cost approx $40. List Closes: 5 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Starting at the bridge over Lewis River by Palmer Lodge. Following Nina Valley Track and then Lucretia Hut Route to Lucretia Hut. We'll keep following Lucretia Stream and higher up we'll turn west into a steep slope to climb Pt 1602. Descend to Brass Monkey Bivouac where we'll set up a camp. Going down by Duchess Stream to Nina Hut and back to the cars along Nina Valley Track. Roughly 30 km, 1300m ascent Quite a challenging weekend trip with some lovely bush bashing and bivvy searching (unfortunately the bivvy is orange so we might end up actually finding it). If the weather gods are not on our side, we might want to stay low and camp by Lucretia Hut instead (embarrassing option). But if the weather gods will smile on us, camping up by the bivvy has the potential to become The camping spot of your summer tramping season (preferable option). Super keen trampers can climb Lucretia on Sunday morning.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 12 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Just like previous years Bell Tea series, this will be a series of four day trips which will get progressively harder as the year proceeds and they will finish with the climb up Mt Oxford. They can be done as a complete series of trips, or as single trips and the series is designed to suit trampers who want to move up from easy to mod trips. For the really keen trampers they can follow up the four day trips with an alpine tramping weekend at the club hut, completing the Mt Karen & the Avalanche Bealey traverse trips in January 2020. All of the trips will be run at an easy pace with plenty of scenery stops and a chance to boil the billy for an old fashion tramping brew and long lunch in the sun. #4 Mt Oxford This trip is designed to suit trampers who want to move up from easy to mod trips. Leaving from the car park at the end of Mountain Road we head straight up the the track to the top of Mt Oxford for a hot brew, lunch & grand views over the Oxford Forest area before returning via the Ashley Saddle. A great moderate tramping circuit with lots of nice north facing slopes to practise “tussock lizzard” skills if the weather permits.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW23. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 19 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Easy walk into Pinchgut hut following the Okuku river. After lunch we will walk out the same way. If it is a hot day, the trip will take longer as we spend time swimming in the Okuku River.

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Grade Base camp; easy-moderate at a slow pace. Map(s) CB16. Approximate cost Approx $90 petrol + $20 per night accommodation . List Closes: 19 Dec.

Departure Point: To be arranged; rendezvous in Kurow at 5pm on Boxing Day

Up to 20 bunks in the Awakino Ski Lodge www.skiawakino.com/lodge.php 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 is a day spare for weather, or two 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 with any other suggestions.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $TBC. List Closes: 19 Dec.

Departure Point: Queenstown Airport 11am on Dec 27

After a family Christmas gathering my plan is to drop my wife off at the Queenstown airport on the 27th Dec and then spend 10 days tramping in the Southland – Otago area. My Plan A is Lake Nerine and 5 Passes via the Valley of the Trolls. However if previous attempts are anything to go by I could end up doing any number of other trips chasing the good summer weather. So just like Frodo I have room in my car for 4 x tramping companions to join me on a LOTR (ladies only trans-alpine ramble). My multi days summer trips are not so much hard core expeditions but walking holidays which will generally include a number of rest days eg camping by a lake or river. These trips are run at such a pace that the idea is that at the end of the trip you should be able grab some clean clothes, fresh food and do the trip again. More detail on what these trips entail can be gained by talking to “survivors” of previous summer trips or contacting the trip leader. So if you are up for the challenge book your partner into rehab, send the kids off to summer camp, drop the dog off at the vet, sort out some transport down to Queenstown and organise the time off work so that you can have a crack. Succesful LOTR companions will have proven tramping skills and/or determination necessary to complete a multi day trip. The ability to provide fruit cake for supper and discuss the various merits of, and differences between the 1969 and 2010 True Grit movies over a cup of tea by a camp fire would be an advantage. Leader: Chris McGimpsey 027 657 3070; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Grade Easy Mod + River travel. Map(s) . Approximate cost $5. List Closes: 9 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Undertaking a river crossing course is the closest thing we have in the CTC to a compulsory training course. In NZ, everyone heading to the hills, even some easy day tramps need to have good river crossing skills and more importantly, the skill to decide not to cross! With a large number of our new members from overseas where river crossing skills are almost entirely absent, this course is a ’must do’ for these members. Sign up on line as this course fills fast and places are limited. You need a weekend pack at least 15kg in weight (NOT A DAY PACK). You must be a current member to come on the course. NOTE:- Depart 1pm.

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 9 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip in the Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park will start along a 4WD track easement through Benmore Station. Follow Benmore Track through beech forest up to Benmore Hut, located in a saddle at the head of 13 Mile Bush Stream. After lunch at the hut, return the same way. Return trip around 12kms, 300m height gain.

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BV23, BU23. Approximate cost Approx $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 2 Jan.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Nice easy walk from the Hurunui swingbridge to Gabriel Hut. After Gabriel Hut we can take a short detour to Lake Sumner. From Gabriel hut we climb over a saddle before decending to the Jollie Brook Hut. We will walk out down the Jollie Brook. Note there are several river crossing of the Jollie Brook.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 16 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The classic CTC trip. 22.4 km and 1600 m height gain over 9.5 hours. We'll leave from the big tree on SH73, head up the Kowai then attack the main ridge and get the lions share of the height gain out of the way. Having summited Torlesse we'll knock off Red Peak then find a direct-ish way back to the Kowai and home.

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BU20. Approximate cost $40 + hut fee. List Closes: 9 Jan.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Stay in the club hut in Arthur’s Pass on Friday night. On Saturday morning drive to Camp Creek River off Lake Brunner Road and begin the tramp along the Camp Creek Route to the summit of Mt Alexander, from 180m to 1958m. High camp on Saturday night. Summit either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning as time/conditions allow. Bad-weather alternatives in Westland, Lewis Pass, Ohau or the Canterbury foothills (in that order of priority).

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BY24. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 16 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip on the southern part of Banks Peninsula starts on the corner of Gap and Bossu Roads, follows a track down through the Te Oka Reserve to Te Oka and then down a ridgeline to Tumbledown Bay. Safe swimming beach, interesting rock formations and great coastal scenery. The return trip will follow the same ridgeline – part of Te Oka Reserve – back up to Bossu Road. Round trip around 14 kms, 600m height gain. The trip will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU22. Approximate cost Approx $35. List Closes: 16 Jan.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Leaving 7pm on Friday night we will camp near Springs Junction. Saturday am we will walk up Wheel Creek to the hut. Seems its not as straightforward as the map might suggest with the route being indistinct. In the afternoon we will head for the tops. Bring a track clearing tool so on the way back on Sunday we can improve the route (if we found one at all).

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 23 Jan.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Lucia in the Libretto range still seems to be unclimbed by the tramping club. Park near SH7, 2km south of Deer Valley Campsite and bush bash to 1694, before heading south along the range to Lucia. Return the same way.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW22. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 23 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The trip starts in Lees Valley just north of the Ashley River and follows a 4WD track, then a bush track with two crossings of the Townshend River. Look forward to lunch at the well appointed Wharfedale Hut and return the same way. Return trip around 20kms, mostly flat travel and minimal height gain.

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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 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.