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Tramping Program

Avon Tramping Club Program  Club policy:

Names and phone numbers of tramp leaders will no longer be displayed.

Non members must first contact the information officers.

This is to ensure new trampers have been properly briefed on club requirements.

Info. officers:  

Garry Roberts +64 (3) 349 7875             Judy Murphy   +64 (3) 348 3858

TO GO TRAMPING you must ring the leader before 7pm the previous night. Also check the meeting place as this varies.

Trampers should bring lunch, enough food and drink to last all day, sun hat, sun block and clothing for all weather conditions.

A raincoat is essential. Have a change of clothing and footwear, and a plastic bag for wet boots, in the car.

We have made a reciprocal arrangement with Hagley Tramping Club enabling us to join them on their tramps, often on a Sunday. So, if you want to try it out, check their website www.hagleytrampingclub.net.nz and contact the leader.


Kea populations are falling rapidly. If you spot any on your trips, please note the date/number of birds/location and report the information to Kea Conservation Trust, www.keaconservation.co.nz



Friday 2nd – Monday 5th Dec.        KIRWANS HUT                                       

Garry aims to leave town on Friday afternoon and stay at Reefton Motor Camp that night. On Saturday we’ll head for Kirwans hut and overnight at the hut. If there are enough of us, we can stay another night at the hut and tramp to Kirwans Hill on the Sunday for a return on Monday.

Please contact Garry for more details.


Wednesday 7th Dec.                         FOGGY PEAK                                

Always a good test of your lung capacity on this medium tramp.  Foggy Peak often lives up to its name, but on a clear day the magnificence of the vista makes the effort worthwhile.  A steep pull up from Porters Pass will bring us to the tops and a bite before returning down the knee-testing descent.

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am


Friday 9th Dec.                                  POT-LUCK DINNER                                

Our traditional get together courtesy of Judy and John. Need I say more? Not to be missed as it’s always a great chance to catch up with friends old and new as well as enjoy J & J’s hospitality. Contact Judy for more details and bring a plate.

Meet at Judy’s house - 6:30pm


Sunday 11th Dec.                  OMAHU BUSH TO COOPERS KNOB               

An interesting day expected through a covenanted reserve that is rich in diverse fern species.  And thence to Coopers Knob for a geological site overlooking Lyttelton harbour.  Lots to see and talk about during the easy tramp.

Meet at Princess Margaret Hospital – 9:00am


Wednesday 14th Dec.                       DRACOPHYLLUM FLATS                     

It’s more than meets the eye – there’s lots of wonderful alpine plant life and a easy-medium tramp through beech bush to the lodge among typical Craigieburn scenery. Just the thing for a pre-Christmas workout.

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am


Wednesday 21st Dec.                        BREAKFAST AND RAKAIA                 

We’ll start with a bowl of porridge or whatever goodies Garry has on the menu, and then walk it off on the Rakaia Walkway.  The easy tramp passes among various bush and shrub ecosystems before climbing to a lookout. There are spectacular geological sights – lava flows and associated volcanic rocks.

Meet at Garry’s for breakfast, or if you only do the tramp, meet at the same venue at 9:45am.



Wednesday 4 Jan.                             WOOLSHED HILL                             

A great moderate trip to the mountains overlooking Hawdon Valley. Quite a grunt to the bushline but well worth the effort and you can go further once you’ve caught your breath. I checked with DoC and they are maintaining the track. Look at this website too: www.backcountry-bibles.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am


Wednesday 11 Jan.               SCARBOROUGH/BOULDER BAY                 

Easyish tramp (depending on how far we go), by the seaside with all our Christmas stories to share. A good way to wind up for the coming season.

Meet at Sumner Clock Tower – 8:30am


Sunday 15 Jan.                      CRAIGIEBURN/CAVE STREAM                                             

Join the Hagley TC on their trip this Sunday. A morning tramp in the Craigieburns followed by wet feet in Cave Stream. More details on the Hagley TC website (www.hagleytrampingclub.net.nz). Bring headlight/torch, towel and change of clothes.

Please contact Dennis a couple of days beforehand. Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:30am. Cost = $20.


Wednesday 18 Jan.                           DRY ACHERON                                        

A rarely done tramp at the west end of the Benmore Range and heading up a stream bed. Not too arduous although John says we’ll have a wee half-hour climb to a plateau to enjoy views over a bite and cuppa (no cafe provided so BYO).

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am


Sunday 22 Jan.                                  PINNACLES HUT                                 

A tramp on the flanks of Mt Somers starting at Sharplin Falls. Quite a grunt up to Duke knob and then following Bowyers Stream for an easier last lap to the hut. Time for a bite before returning the same way. Mostly in the bush but good sights of ancient volcanic activity behind the hut – worth a quick look (no rock-climbing please).

Meet at Denton Park. Hornby (near junction of Main South Road/ShandsRoad/Carmen Road) – 8:00am


Wednesday 25 Jan.                           MT RICHARDSON                                    

An old easy-moderate favourite (I don’t mean Francis either) and not far to travel. Uphill to start (600m climb) and then views to Chest Peak while enjoying a breather. Onward round the tops on the Blowhard track looking towards the Port Hills and Plains and a gentle return to Glentui carpark and sandflies.

Meet at Sturrocks Road – 8:00am


Sunday 29 Jan.                                  ANTI-CROW HUT                                        

Another chance to join Hagley TC (www.hagleytrampingclub.net.nz) on a Sunday outing. A tramp from Bealey bridge along the true right of the Waimakariri, crossing Turkey Flats and enjoying one of our best known braided rivers. Lunch at the hut. Great vista upstream to the distant peaks. Please contact us a couple of days beforehand.

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am. Cost = $25.


Wednesday 1 Feb.                             FLAGPOLE                                                 

Easy-medium tramp in the Whitecliffs area. Undulating farm tracks and up Flagpole (ca. 900m) with a bird’s eye view of Lady Barker’s homestead. Imagine her climbing Flagpole on New Years Day in the snow! Great area steeped in history.

Meet at Yaldhurst hotel carpark – 8:00am


Saturday to Monday, 4-6 Feb.         KAIKORA WEEKEND                             

Garry hopes to help the Kaikoura community with a weekend spending our lolly and supporting local industries along with tramps in the area. Contact us for more details nearer the time.


Sunday 12 Feb.                                  MT OXFORD                                  

Diane will lead us along the Wharfedale track and up (and up and up) to the summit of Oxford (climb of about 900m). Down the same way. Lots of nice bush to start with and then for topping views. Fingers crossed for a following wind and a flowing sail.

Meet at Sturrocks Road – 8:00am


Wednesday to Thursday, 15-16 Feb         PANAMA ROCK                      

No, it’s not a musical. This is a volcanic knob on the Joseph Langer Trust reserve on Banks Peninsula. We’ll stay in a hut, which is well-appointed (gas/showers etc) and sleeps 6 adults with perhaps a couple more at a pinch. Inside room is, therefore, limited but there is space outside for a tent or two. There are also fairly shortish tracks with amazing geological formations. We could also take a walk down to Le Bons Bay if time. Cost per person = $15.

Contact in advance for more details – first in gets priority because of space limitations.


No tramps during the week beginning 20 February because of Otago Rail Trail trip for some members.


Sunday 27 Feb                                   T.B.A.


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