Trip information, past trips and contacts for Wanderers Tramping Club

tramping program to august 2022

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You must also wear a mask in our vans





10 April

waiorongomai  Te Aroha

Note new G2 trip

Dianne Lee1+ and 2
24 April Waihi  RambleRoger and friends1+
8 May

Waikato River Walk -  

Tony Dickens


22 May

Eliza Mine Loop Track

Keith Wilkinson


5 June

Lakes Hakanoa & Puketirini

Dianne Lee



11 June

Night Walk, Hamilton Lake

Pam Cornforth


19 June

Rotorua Surprise

Pam Cornforth


3 July

Te Uku Windfarm Pipiwharauroa Trail

Tony Dickens


17 July

Hillary Hope Reserve

Tony Dickens


31 July

Mount Maunganui + Swim

Colin & Margaret Standing



6 August

Midwinter Midwinter Lunch


Pam Cornforth


14 August

Waipapa Dam

Tony Dickens



Sunday 10 April     Waiorongamai/Te Aroha         Grade 1 
A change from the original program
5 April: An addition to the previous change!  
Grade 1: Come and join Dianne and Friends in one of her favourite areas , this is more of a social day with a hill.    This area is full of goldmining history and some interesting relics as well as great views.

Looking at doing the low level loop with some side trips and the coffee/ice cream in Te Aroha. Possibly a swim if time, so bring togs  and extra money. Just in case   Walking about 3-4 hours

Grade 2: Buck Rock ​

Leaving the carpark near the old crusher ruins, we take the Bulldozer Track to reach the top of Butlers Incline after about 11/2 hours . Time here to have a breather, a look at the Incline winding gear and maybe a snack. We turn left here on the Buck Rock Track for about 1/2 hour before climbing steeply to the top of Buck Rock where we can enjoy views over the Waikato Basin and lunch. After lunch we negotiate down and follow the Buck Rock Track down to rejoin the Bulldozer Track and work our way back to the vans.

We will not climb Buck Rock if it is raining as it can be dangerous.

Maybe a hot dip if enough people interested.

Expect to walk about 41/2 hours

Bring your COVID pass!
Depart: 8am  Return: 5 pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members );  $30.00 (non members)
Leaders: G1 - Dianne & friends  G2 Colin Standing and others
Bookings open:   5pm Monday 28 March
Contact Dianne Lee  Phone/txt 027 272 6617  Email

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Sunday 24 April     Waihi Ramble                                             Grade 1+

Part 1. Make our way to Waihi Gilmore lake for morning tea  and then follow the Ohinemuri stream to Black Hill, continue around the base and return back to the lake.

Part 2. Moving onto an area of Bamboo Grove where we see the ore conveyor belt to look at cyanide tanks and ruins of the Union Battery.  We head onto Martha’s Pit to walk around the rim.

On way home ice cream stop, so bring extra money.

Bring your COVID pass!

Depart:  7.30am            Returning: approx. 5pm

Leaders:  Roger and friends

Bookings open:  to Keith  from Monday April 11 5pm     – phone or text   027 366 6194


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Sunday 8 May Waikato River Walk Grades 1 & 2
New section of the bike trail from Avantidrome to Hooker Road (10 to 20km) 
Note that this is Mother’s Day, it is a really easy walk, close to Hamilton, so we are starting at 9:00am.
The carpool will head out on SH1 and park at the Avantidrome car park (about a 20-minute drive). The walkway is an easy graded concrete footpath running alongside the Waikato River and surrounded by farmland. It is a very pleasant walk along the newest section of the walkway only opened in March.
Grade 1. Will walk for two hours at their own pace and then return to the vans for a total of 4 hours walking
Grade 2. Will walk for two hours out and two hours return expecting to cover the full 20km length of this section
The intention is to coordinate our return time to the cars, so no one is left waiting.
We should be able to have a cup of coffee at the Avantidrome if anyone feels like doing so.
Depart: 9am Return: 3pm
Cost: $10.00 given to the driver of your car
Leaders:  Grade 2 – Tony and Rose  Grade 1 – to be organised on the day
Bookings: No bookings are required, just turn up and we will carpool
Contact: Tony Dickens    Phone 0274 764 098  Email

Sunday 22 May Katikati Grade 2
Eliza Mine Loop Track
This is an approx. 7km and 5-6 hour return trip at a Dianne pace, so you can do it.  This was last done by the club in 2018.  The challenges are  stream crossings which could be slippery but not deep, so wet feet and you will need poles because there will be mud. 
We start on the Katikati side of Thompsons Track and then join the Eliza Mine Track which climbs to join a historic pack track that was built to convey supplies and equipment via pack horse to the mines.  We follow a gully to the mine junction but will not be doing the steep climb up to the mine as it is not in great condition. 
We cross the Waitekohe Stream and zig zags to meet Thompsons Track again.  It’s downhill from here on a very rough extreme 4WD track which is muddy clay with steep slopes and trenches and massive deep muddy pools. We will be taking our time getting back to the vehicles.
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Keith and Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 9 May @ 6pm
Contact: Keith Wilkinson  Phone 07 847 4399  Txt 027 366 6194

Sunday 5 June      Huntly Grade 1
Lakes Hakanoa and Puketirini
We are meeting at our usual car park and will carpool from here, no bookings required as this is Queens Birthday weekend.
The first stop is Lake Puketirini on the western side of the Waikato River, is a man-made lake developed from a disused coal mine pit.  We will have morning tea before we start.  The lake track is about 3.5km long, on well-formed gravel and almost completely level. There is a side trip which does have a small hill. It is an exposed area so bring a jacket.
We then make our way to Lake Hakanoa which is on the eastern side of Huntly township where we will have lunch and a nice stroll around the lake or visa versa.  This lake is a riverine Lake with links to the Waikato River, which lies 300m to the west.
Ice cream stop on way home.
Depart: 8am Return: 4pm approx
Cost: $10.00 given to the driver of your car
Leaders: Dianne and Friends
Bookings not required
Contact: Dianne Phone/Txt 027 272 6617

Saturday      11 June Hamilton Grade 1
Night Walk – Hamilton Lake
Starting point at the lake entrance off Lake Crescent and Innes Common by the yacht club.  Meet at 5pm and bring warm clothing and a torch plus a mug. Walking time approx ¾-1 hour on a good surface. Return to the shelters at the starting point for soup and bread plus sausages and bread. 
There will be no charge for this event – the club will be providing the refreshments.
Caterers will be Keith, Dianne and Pam. 
For catering purposes please indicate if you will be attending by 4 June to Pam
Meeting time: 5pm 
Cost: Nil – refreshment provided by club
Caterers: Keith, Dianne and Pam
Bookings: Contact Pam Cornforth Phone 07 856 5922 Txt 027 278 0690 Email

Sunday 19 June Rotorua Grade 1+
Rotorua Surprise
We make our way to our favourite place, Rotorua, with a comfort stop on the way. We are going to walk three different tracks, the longest being 2½ hours, which we believe has not been walked by the club before. 
Starting off with morning tea at the Blue Lake, then walk up to Keith’s nature walk about 30-40m.  Make our way back down to the Blue Lake and head on past the Top10 camp towards our second Track, Pam’s walk.  You will need poles for this one and it is about 1-1.5 hours. This walk takes you from the Blue Lake to Lake Okareka where the vans will pick you up. 
From here we go back to the Blue Lake for lunch and then head for Dianne’s track which is up hill so you will need poles and is about 2½ hours.  This track is shared with mountain bikes so we will need to take care.  
We will end up meeting the vans at the mountain bike park area known as Forest Hub 2 car park where there are toilets and changing facilities.  Then on our way home with an ice cream stop at Tirau.
Depart: 7.30am Return: 6pm approx
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders:  G1+ Pam and Friends
Bookings Open: Monday 6 June at 6pm
Contact Pam Cornforth Phone 07 856 5922 Txt 027 278 0690 Email       

Sunday 3 July Te Uku Windfarm Grades 1 & 2
Pipiwharauroa Trail
The vans will head out on SH3/ Kawhia Rd and park at the entrance to the track near Te Uku Quarry which is about a 55-minute drive. The track is a reasonable uphill grade on a farm road. It is very exposed to wind and rain so an alternative walk along Raglan Beach will be available should the weather be unreasonable.
From the carpark, the wind turbines look like they’re only a short distance away. But the full trail to the top and return is 18km with a 300m vertical climb.  From the turbines, the views are amazing. On a clear day it’s possible to see the distinctive cone of Mt Taranaki in the far distance.
Grade 1’s will walk uphill for 2½ hours at their own pace and then return to the vans.
Grade 2’s will walk to the top, have lunch below the turbines and return to the van in five hours.
Depart: 8.30am Return: 4pm
Cost: $25.00 (members)  $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G1 Tony and Friends  G2 Rose and Ron
Bookings Open: Monday 20 June at 6pm
Contact: Tony Dickens  Phone/Txt 0274 764 098  Email

Sunday 17 July Waitetuna Grades 1 & 2
Hillary Hope Reserve
The vans will head out towards Te Pahu and take old Mountain Road to reach the reserve. It is only a 30-minute drive from Hamilton.  The 460ha reserve adjoins the Four Brothers Scenic Reserve and the Karamu Walkway. The entrance is at 732 Old Mountain Road, Waitetuna. There are toilets at the carpark.
Grade 1’s will walk the David Thom loop first and follow up with the Mangakiriri Loop if they feel like a longer walk. Total walking time would be 3.5 hours.
Grade 2’s will walk the three loop tracks for a total walking time of 5 hours with three climbs of 100 vertical metres and muddy underfoot conditions.
1) David Thom Loop Track
Description: Intermediate track generally well formed with some steep sections that may be rough or slippery in July. 
Time: 2 hours with 100m vertical climb.
2) Hope Loop Track
This track is closed annually over the lambing season (approx. 1 August – 31 October).
Description: Advanced track with numerous very steep, rough, slippery sections
Time: 3 hours with a 130-metre vertical climb
3) Mangakirikiri Loop Track
Intermediate-advanced track with some rough, slippery and very steep sections
Time: 1.5 hours with a 100-metre vertical climb.
Depart: 8.30am Return: 4pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G1 Rose and Friends G2 Tony and Ron
Bookings Open: Monday 4 July @ 6pm
Contact: Tony Dickens Phone/Txt 0274 764 098 Email

Sunday 31 July Mt Maunganui Grade 1   
Mauao (Mount Maunganui) + Hot Pools
A great way to spend a winters day. A walk with good company, good views and a hot soak. The vans will take us to “The Mount” and there a variety of ways to enjoy the Mauao experience.
► A leisurely walk around the base track 3.4 km
►The Waikorire Track is the steepest track to the summit of 232 metres with well-formed  steps winding up eastern side of the volcano
► The Oruahine Track around the northern and western sides, eventually joining the 4WD track to the top 
► All the way up to the top on the 4WD track
Afterwards enjoy a hot soak/swim at the Mount Pools with maybe coffee or ice cream (or both).
Depart: 8.30am Return: 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: Colin and Margaret Standing and friends
Bookings Open: Monday 18 July @ 6pm
Contact: Colin or Margaret Phone 07 8551335 Txt 027 3266886 Email

Saturday 6th August      MID WINTER LUNCH 
 At  Matte Black    St Andrews Golf Course
Matte Black are offering a menu choice of either  corn fritters, chicken salad, fish n chips  with small bite size slice and filter coffee 
$25pp,  Or you can choose from the cabinet or their menu.
The bar will be open
Meet at 12noon, Lunch is at  12.30
Bookings to Pam please by 30 July for catering
Bookings Open: Monday 4 July @ 5.30pm  Close: Saturday 30 July @ 5pm
Contact: Pam Cornforth  Phone 07 856 5922 Txt 027 278 0690 Email   

Sunday 14 August Waipapa Grades 1 & 3 
Waipapa Dam to the Mangarewa Suspension Bridge
The vans will head south for an 80-minute drive to the Waipapa Dam. There are toilets at the dam car park.  Starting from the Waipapa Dam we walk north (towards Hamilton) following the Waikato River. 
After walking only 1km the trail hits the Tumai steps. The reward at the top of the steps is awesome views down the lake. Another 9km from the steps is the spectacular 80m long Mangarewa suspension bridge which is 42m above the stream below. This is an out and back trail so we will be retracing our steps back to the Waipapa Dam where the vans will be parked.
Grade 1’s will walk the trail at their own pace and after 2 or 3 hours return to the vans at the Waipapa Dam for a total of 4 to 6 hours walking.
Grade 3’s will walk to the suspension bridge and return for a total distance of 20km. Expect to walk for 6 to 7 hours.
Depart: 7.30am Return: 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (members) $30.00 (non-members)
Leaders: G1 Tony and Friends G3 Rose and Ron
Bookings Open: Monday 1 August@ 6pm
Contact: Tony Dickens Phone/Txt 0274 764 098 Email