17 February Tutira Walkway This tramp will start near the Lake Tutira camping ground and follow either the Kahikanui or Galibraiths Track to the tops on the eastern side of the lake to meet the Ridgeline Track not far from the Ridgemount Road carpark. We will then follow the Ridgeline Track southwards and descend to the lake by Paras Track. This tramp should take about 5 hours but for those wishing for an easier day could walk the lake-side tracks or visit the Tutira Arboretum whichis a short walking distance from the Lake.
2-3 March Maungataniwha Forest Join Mike at Maungataniwha to explore the area, botanise, look for wetas and reptiles and see the good work in restoring the area to native bush.
17 March Makaretu Stream From Ellison Road an easy wander along the Makaretu visiting Happy Daze and AwatereHuts; return the same way. Access through Fernlea Farm; can drive part-way through farm.
29-30 March Ngaruroro River to Cameron Hut From Cameron carpark at Kuripapango, wade up the Ngaruroro River to overnight atCameron Hut; return same route. On the Saturday there is an overland option via SmithRussell Track to Cameron Hut with a downriver on Sunday.
13-14 April Waikamaka Hut Leave Te Aute Road at midday on Saturday and walk up Waipawa River to our club hut,Waikamaka. Sunday is a chance to explore around the area before returning the same wayback. A shorter option is to Waipawa Chalet (Forks) Hut for the night.
19-22 April (Easter) Kaimanawa Range Leave from Kaimanawa Road, climb up on to Umukarikari Range with superb views overLake Taupo and Tongariro National Park; drop down to overnight at Waipakihi Hut. OnSaturday follow Waipakahi River to a well-used campsite just before the junction withUrchin Track. On Sunday it’s up to Urchin Ridge, northwest back to the ridgeline, headtowards Sharp Cone high point and return to the truck. On Monday we will drive along TheDesert Road and walk into Castle Rock high point along the army corridor before departingfor home. Depending on weather, the order of visiting the two areas could be reversed.
28 April Hinerua Hut From Alder Road ascend initially over farmland and, once in the bush, follow a well-markedtrack to Hinerua Hut; possibility to drop down a side stream and visit Smiths Stream Hut torejoin the party at Hinerua before returning by the same route. This is dependent on gettingpermission from the landowners; if not forthcoming we may have to access from Mill Road.
11-12 May Te Puia Hut and Mangatainoka Hot Springs
Drive to the end of Makahu Road and follow the Mohaka to Te Puia Lodge; then an easystroll to Mangatainoka Hot Springs for a soak before dinner. Sunday, climb towards MakinoHut; at the junction turn left, descend along the ridgeline to the saddle on Makahu Road.