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September Trips

Lake Christabel Circuit Track               23 – 25 September

Grade: Fit

We will drive on Friday after work to Marble Hill and camp for the night. It will be an early start on Saturday morning with drive to Palmer Road at the Blue Grey River Bridge start of track. On Saturday we will walk in to Christabel Hut (aprox 7 hours).  Sunday continuing on the Robinson river and Saddle Track to the Top Robinson Hut aprox 3 ½ hours then another 3 hours to the Mid Robinson Hut for the night (aprox. 6 ½ hours) Monday will be a 3 ½ hour walk out to the end of Palmer Road. We will then drive home. These are reasonably big days so good fitness required.  

Contact: Christine                                Phone: 021 1276964

Cass Lagoon                                  11th – 12th November

Grade: Moderate

We will start from the Cass Saddle car park and walk in to Hamilton Hut (approximately 6 ½ hours). The track follows the Cass river and will involve crossing the river a few times. It is 4 hours to the Cass Saddle Hut then the track climbs gradually to the saddle then drops down to the Hamilton Creek and from there only 15 minutes to the Hamilton Hut. Return passes West Harper Hut (2 ½ hours then another 2 ½ hours to Bealy Hut which is close to the car park at Cora Lynn  Station.

Contact: Christine                       Phone: 021 1276964

Benmore Dam Walking Track & Kurow Hill  Sunday 3rd September

Grade: Easy

This will be an easy day. The Lake Benmore walking track starts at the top of Benmore Dam and is an interesting and varied walk taking in great views including Mt Cook. On the return we will stop off at Kurow and walk the Kurow Hill track which is a short walk.

Contact: Barry                                     Phone:  688 5320

October Trips

 Mt Fyfe and Kaikoura                 21st – 23rd October

Depart Timaru early on Saturday and spend Saturday night at Mt Fyffe. It is about 3 hours to the hut where there are stunning views of the Kaikoura coast. 

Sunday return to Kaikoura where we will camp or backpack. On Sunday afternoon there will be a new coastline to explore and on Monday we will do the Peninsula walk and some exploring on the trip South.

Contact: Colin & Judy                    Phone: 6860995

December Trips

Kayaking Lyttleton                     14th -15th October

Trip departing early Saturday morning, staying Saturday night in tent or camper van if you have one in Orton Bradley Park possibly using outdoor centre which has showers, toilet, kitchen, BBQ. Kayak on Lyttleton harbour & visit Quail Island which has a 2.5hr walking track & much history. If people don't wish to kayak there is the option of walking on the port hills as we are at the base of Mt Bradley & Herbert. Orton Bradley has thru its plantings of Rhododendrons. No Kayaking Experience needed. We can supply 8 kayaks @ $20 per day if numbers exceed this we can look at other options but require numbers ASAP.

Contact: Colin & Judy                  Phone: 6860995

November Trips

Rangitata Gorge Bike Ride           Sunday 1st October

Grade: Experience required.

A bike trip from Raules Gully to Mesopotamia. This is a there and back trip of 70km total distance up the Rangitata Gorge road. Experience of cycling on shingle essential.

Contact: Robert    Phone: 6846845

Snowy Gorge & Hideaway Biv           2nd – 3rd December

Grade: Moderate

We have to cross the Ahuriri River at a suitable point. Snowy Gorge creek flows through an open tussock clad valley. Distance approximately 11km and 5 hours. On return we will take a detour into Hideaway Biv. Snowy Gorge Hut is 5 bunk so it is likely we will carry tents.

Contact: Christine  Phone: 0211276964

Christmas Dinner                                   Monday 11th December  

This year we will be having our Christmas Diner at Benny’s Again back.

Contact: Christine    Phone: 0211276964 or

Email: sctrampinginfo@gmail.com

Mt Oxford                                Saturday 18th November

Grade: Moderate

Mt Oxford track takes you from Coopers Creek car park to the summit of Mt Oxford. Time is approximately 4 hours one way so will require an early start. Mt Oxford is 1364m and there are good views over the Canterbury Plains and into the Lees Valley. There is an alternate descent return to the car park at View Hill, or you can loop back to Coopers Creek car Park via Ryde Falls Track. (7-8 hours round trip)


Contact:  Barry                               Phone: 688 5320

Mt Alford                                                 Saturday 16th September

Grade: Easy – Moderate                                           

Located in Alford Scenic Reserve. The track takes you to the summit of Mt Alford. Great views across Canterbury Plains and inland mountains.  Approximately 5-6 hours return.

Contact: Catherine                               Phone: 6866857

Big Easy Track Waimate              Sunday 29th October

Grade: Easy

This is also known as the White horse trail. This track has recently been upgraded and now open to the public.  The track takes us up to the White horse. From here great views out to the east. Extensions to this walk are possible.

Contact: Wayne  K                          Phone: