How do I go about joining the Club?Ring one of the information officers at least several days before the tramp so you can find out what equipment and fitness is needed and ask any questions you wish. The information officer will then put you in touch with the trip leader. As a visitor you can go on two or three tramps to see if you like tramping (and us!) You are then welcome to join the Club. What does it cost? Transport is organised by pooling cars, and each passenger pays up to TEN cents per kilometre to the driver which covers petrol costs. Approximate car distances are included in the two-monthly tramp calendar. Typically costs are $10 to $20 for transport, depending on the distance, and any hut fees would be extra.
What is expected of me when I go tramping?
must stay with the party and co-operate with the leader, otherwise just
enjoy yourself. Don't worry if you're slow, we'll wait - everyone knows
what it's like starting off. If you have a medical condition, or are
having difficulty, tell someone; don't suffer in silence. If you need
any other help, feel free to ring our
Garry Roberts phone +64 (3) 349 7875
or Judy Murphy phone +64 (3) 3483858
Definition of graded walks:
Usually starting between 9 and 10am and finishing around 2 to 3pm.
Mainly on the crater rim or Port Hills following well marked tracks and
walkways. A small amount of uphill may be involved but good breaks
during the day.
Easy: Usually starting between 8 and 9am and finishing around 3 to 4pm. May be either on the Port Hills or up to 1 and ½ hours drive from Christchurch. Walks are normally on well marked tracks with some up hill involved, but good breaks during the day. Average fitness required.
Moderate: Usually starting between 8 and 8:30am and finishing around 3 to 4pm. Most likely to be within 3 hours drive from Christchurch , following routes, tracks or riverbeds with some uphill to the tops involved. Average to good fitness required.
Hard: Usually starting between 7 and 8am and finishing around 4 to 6pm. Usually more than 2 hours drive from Christchurch, and would involve broken trails, rivers, bush bashing and steep scrambling. Winter or snow conditions would involve ice-axe and crampon skills being needed. Good fitness and navigation skills required.
Please note that weather changes and unforeseen conditions can change the definition of a trip on the day. If unsure, always check with the leader first.