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September Trips

October Trips


Herbert Forest                                Sunday 13th September

Grade: Easy  There are different walk options; the full Swallows, Podocarp-Glenbernie Loop and Hoods Creek (walk time 3 to 4 hours). This will make for a great day exploring

Contact: Paul                           Phone: 6881884                                                                                           


Oteake Conservation Area                  10th - 11th October

Grade Mod-Fit
Top Hut (8 bunks)
Starting out from Broken Road near Omarama we will take the West Manuherikia track walking up to Omarama Saddle (1273m) and continue on and stay at Top Hut. Depending on the weather we may walk out the same way or continue on and do a circuit along the Saddle ridge track and over Little Omarama saddle (1357m) and back out to the car.
Contact Catherine                Phone: 6866857

Cameron Hut                                           7th – 8th November

Grade: Moderate - Fit

Cameron valley is past Mt Arrowsmith Station towards the head of Lake Heron. Cameron Hut (basic, 9 bunks), which is owned by the Canterbury Mountaineering Club, sits amongst piles of moraine from the Cameron Glacier. The hut has stunning views of the Arrowsmith Range. Cameron Hut route (unmarked) 15.6 km, 6 hours.

Contact: Christine                                 0211276964 or email sctrampinginfo@gmail.com

Akaroa                                              26th – 28th September                                                           ( S.C. Anniversary weekend)  Grade: Easy

This long weekend will be spent exploring Akaroa walks.   Details to follow

Contact:  Robert                     Phone: 6846845                                                                                                                

Walkers Spur (North Opuha Fairlie)            17th or 18th October

We have been invited to join Methven tramping club for this trip

Please contact Louise for details if you are interested.

Louise    Phone: 03 685 8272

Pinnacles Hut                                          Sunday 29th November

Grade: Moderate

This will be a day walk from Stavely car park into the hut and return. This is approximately 3 ½ hours and 6.3kms each way so a reasonably big day out.

Contact:   Barry  Ph: 688 5320

November Trips

December Trips

 Makarora Hut                           Labour Weekend  24/25/26 Oct

5-7 hrs Grade (mod -fit)
We will head down on Fri night and stay at Makarora camping ground in a cabin. On Sat we will start our walk from the highway following the Makarora valley track up the Makarora gorge to the open grassy flats to the 4 bunk Makarora hut 9(10.5km) On Sun we can explore further up the basin to the head of the valley 9(6hrs return).
On Mon we will walk back out and drive home.
If interested Contact Catherine early as I will need to book the camping ground early as it is a long w/e and always popular .

Catherine                             Phone: 03 6866857


Stephen, Rob, Catherine, Leo, Pauline, and  Jim are tramping in the above areas:


28 Nov - 7 Dec ; Stephen and Jim are looking at linking the Wills and Makarora huts via the Forbes and Fergusson huts in the Hunter Valley - with a rest day at Stafford Bay and maybe  the Cameron Hut before or after depending on the weather forecast.


7 Dec - 12 Dec ; Motatapu -  camp one night at Macetown plus the 3 huts - car swap detail depends on numbers


You are very welcome to join us for either or both weeks ( all doing just the second week except Jim and Stephen at this stage) - details to follow - questions/comments or bookings please call Jim 6861834, 021 259 2019


PS  Rob and Pauline are tramping and biking in Vietnam with FMC for all of Nov - Leo may also join the later part of week one

Ashburton River Track  Bike Trip                     4th October

Grade: Reasonable bike fitness.

Track suitable for mountain bikes. Follows the river from the Ashburton Bridge to the Hakatere settlement and river mouth. Returning by the same track.                  

Contact: Christine                             0211276964 or email


Peak Hill Rakaia     Sunday 13th December

Grade: Easy

The climb to the top of Peak Hill (1244m) rewards walkers with sweeping views of Lake Coleridge and its surrounds.

A poled route leads across private farmland onto the hill, climbing through matagouri and celmisia scrub to the ridge. From here, the route turns left and climbs easily along the ridge, arriving at the summit after 2 hours.

From the summit are spectacular views in all directions. Lake Coleridge dominates the view, but several wide river valleys offer expansive views: the Wilberforce River leads northward to edge around the western side of Arthur's Pass National Park, the Mathias and Rakaia Rivers lead westward into the Southern Alps, the Rakaia River leads out across the Canterbury Plains to the ocean beyond.

Contact: Christine  021 127 6964  or email: sctrampinginfo@gmail.com

Glenorchy Area                                        14th – 21stNovember

Grade: Moderate/Fit

I plan to do a couple of walks in this area and most of it will be tenting. It looks an interesting area with several options.

Saturday 15th drive to Glenorchy area and camp the night somewhere (possibly Sylvan campsite) or Glenorchy.

Sunday 15th we will walk up the Earnslaw Burn to the rock Bivy where we will stay and camp out.

Monday 16th walk back out and camp again at Sylvan campsite.

Tuesday 17th we will commence the circuit loop along the Lake Sylvan walk passing old schelitte mine and along the Rockburn to Theatre flat where we will camp out.

Wednesday 18th We will back track along the Rockburn and go over Sugar Loaf Pass (1154m) along Sugar Loaf track and out via Weka flat to Sylvan campsite again for the night.

Thursday 19th There are several walks in the Kinloch area such as Scott’s creek track or Turner creek or Glacier Burn track so I plan to possibly base ourselves at Kinloch campsite and do some of these as day walks.
Aiming to be back in Timaru on Saturday 21st or 22nd

Please contact Catherine                         Ph: 036866857 

Christmas Dinner     Monday 14th December     

This year Christmas Dinner will be at Armadillos (Richard PearseTavern Wilson/LeCren St’s) – to be confirmed. More details to follow.  At 6.30pm.

Please contact Christine by Thursday 10th December if you would like to come. Thank you.

Christine: 021 127 6964 or email sctrampinginfo@gmail.com