Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club

tramping program to April2022

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Trip name



30 January

Mystery Ramble

Hamilton Garden

Dianne Lee



13 February

Hapuakohe North

Walkway Mangatarata

Grant Svendsen


1 and 2

27 February

Hongi Hika’s Track


Pam Cornforth



13 March

Western Walkway


Dianne Lee


1 and 3

27 March




10 April

Pukemokemoke Reserve


Dianne Lee



Sunday 30 January Hamilton Grade 1
Mystery Ramble
Just turn up and meet at the lawn by the Gardens Café. Morning tea will be on the walk. We’re heading up through the cemetery towards a lovely river walk then back for coffee/ice cream
Start: 9am approx   Return : 12 noon approx
Leader: Dianne & Friends
Bookings: Not required – just turn up
Contact Dianne   Phone/Txt 027 272 6617

Sunday 13 February Mangatarata Grades 1 & 2
Hapuakohe North Walkway
The vans will head along SH27 to North Road where we will park at the end of the road and the start of the track. The first part of the walk is on private land along a farm track to a fence line where the two groups will start a climb up through a pine plantation to the bush edge, once in the bush the track is well marked. 
There are two lookout points along the track, the first (G1) 1½ hours and the second (G2) 2 hours. We will return the way we came. 
This being the first proper tramp for the year it will not be strenuous. Bring extra money for coffee/ ice cream on the way home
Depart: 8.30am Return: 4pm
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Grade 2 - Grant & Co  Grade 1 – Keith and Friends
Bookings Open Monday 31 January @ 6pm
Contact Grant Svendsen  Phone 021 047 6518  Email

Sunday 27 February Rotorua Grade 1+ 
Hongi Hika’s Track
We will make our way to Lake Rotoiti and have morning tea by the lake.
From here will start the track which goes through the bush between lakes Rotoiti and Rotoehu, near Rotorua. It was originally known as Te Ara-o-Hinehopu (the pathway of Hinehopu). A famous ancestress, Hinehopu used it to travel between her two homes. Midway along the track she met her future husband, Pikiao III. The spot is now marked by a tree known as the Wishing Tree. The name ‘Hongi’s Track’ recalls the time in 1823 when Hongi Hika and his army of Ngāpuhi warriors hauled their canoes along the track, enabling them to attack the Te Arawa people on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua.
We will be walking for approx. 3-4 hours on an easy well-formed track. Hopefully if time allows a swim in Lake Rotoiti and coffee/ice cream on the way home.
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Pam & Friends
Bookings Open Monday 14 February @ 6pm
Contact Pam Cornforth Phone 07 856 5922 Txt 027 278 0690 Email

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Sunday 13 March Rotorua Grade 1+ & 3
Western Walkway - Millar Road to Lake Okataina Education Camp
We make our way to Millar Road on Lake Okareka. You will be sharing this track with mountain bikes, so be careful. The track is well formed but could be rutted due to bikes.
The Western Okataina Walkway is an old forestry road that dates back to earlier last century when the area was logged for rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea. It is generally wide and well formed. Pass through some stunning native bush. Absorb amazing views of Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti from the Whakapoungakau Trig. 
Grade 3’s - will be walking from Millar Rd through to Lake Okataina Education camp this is approx 19 km. You will have morning tea and lunch on the track. There will be some challenges such as the 758m climb up to the Whakapoungakau trig along the way.
Total approx walking time 6-7h – suggest you carry torches
Grade 1+’s - are going to have morning tea then walk in and return on same track for about 3 hours. We then relocate the vehicles to Lake Okataina and walk in from the camp to meet the others. You might if you feel up to a challenge go to the trig this is optional. 
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6-7pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G1+ Keith and friends  G3 Grant and friends
Bookings Open Monday 28 February at 6pm
Contact Dianne Lee Txt 027 272 6617  Email
Sunday 27 March  TBA
Details to be advised by email. Also check the website for any updated information

Sunday 10 April Orini Grade 1 
Pukemokemoke Reserve 
We will meet at the usual place Community Living  Trust car park and carpool for this trip. 
This private reserve has lots of beautifully preserved native trees, a beautiful Kauri Grove and birds. The aim is to gently climb up to the summit lookout (166m) and with good luck get great panoramic views over the Waikato Basin and have drink. 
We will then wander down via another track to the picnic area.  From here depending on the time, we might have an early lunch then go to do another low level loop track which will head us back to the cars. The walk can be muddy in places but we will take our time. 
Total walking time around 4 hours max. Bring money for coffee/ice cream in Gordonton Village. 
We will be carpooling for this trip so please bring $5 for the driver and $5 for the club. 
No bookings required, just turn up 
Depart: 8am Return: 2pm approx
Cost: $5.00 to drivers + $5.00 to club
Leaders: Dianne & friends
Bookings: Not required – just turn up
Contact Dianne Lee  Phone/txt 027 272 6617