Ngaruawahia (John’s Family Farm) @ John's Family Farm
Jul 10 – Jul 11 all-day

I am organizing a replacement trip for the Ngaruawahia trip we had planned for April, that got cancelled by Covid.  So far, it is open to the people who booked for the original trip.

However, everyone else is welcome to meet us at 10.00 on Saturday 11 July at John’s old family farm near Ngaruawahia, The address is 1460 Waingaro Road, Glen Massey and is on a corner. Go up the drive and park outside an implement shed. It takes about 90 minutes to get there via Huntly. Cross the river here and take the back road past Pukemiro.

The farm is a mixture of rolling country and steep hill country. There are small patches of bush. It may be muddy. Time: 3-5 hours.

Motukaraka/Flat Island, Beachlands @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
Jul 19 @ 8:30 am

Grade: Easy

Time: 3-4 hours

Meet at Glen Eden or at 9.45am at corner Puriri Road and Hawke Crescent, Beachlands.

The island is accessible at low tide via a sandbar three hours either side of low tide.  On 19 July it is at 11.50am. The island can be walked around and climbed up onto. There is a shipwreck, a shag colony and sandstone cliffs.

New Zealand Herald:

“The island glitters less than 500m away, but a sense of magic belies its proximity. We feel thrust into the turquoise water of the gulf, adrift on a giant raft.”

Then we will go to the nearby Omana Regional park.

Non members must contact the Leader before trips to ensure suitability.

Club Night – Great Walks in New Zealand @ Kelston Community centre
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Over the years Christine has tramped (and paddled) all of the Great Walks on DOC’s list plus walked many other tracks equally beautiful and with as high a standard of track and accommodation as the official Great Walks. So enjoy seeing tramping from Te Urewera to Rakiura/Stewart Island and you may be tempted to book your next tramping holiday. Many familiar faces feature in the slides. The pic is of the Queen Charlotte Walkway.

Please come along & support your fellow trampers, mix & mingle & have a cuppa.

Panmure – Pt England – St Helliers @ New Lynn Bus Station Stop 5914
Jul 26 @ 8:30 am

For today’s walk, we will meet at the NEW LYNN BUS STATION STOP 5914 where we will catch the number 18 bus into the city (may even be a double decker) We will then walk down to Britomart, and board the 9.46AM train to Panmure  The journey to Panmure is 15mins, so our walk will commence around 10am

On arrival at Panmure, we will walk down Lagoon drive and take a left turn, and follow the walkway through to Pt England, on through Churchhill  and Glover parks. Finishing at St Helliers, where we will bus back to Britomart.

The walk will be approx. 3hrs excluding breaks. Of course anyone wishing to extend the walk can walk to Britomart approx. 2 hrs, instead of the bus option.

Originally the trip into town was going to be by train, but because of the closure of Mt Eden station, the train only goes as far as Kingsland, and would have involved a rail bus to Newmarket, and then back on the train to Britomart, so the best option is the number 18 bus from New Lynn direct into town. The number 18 bus leaves every 12 minutes and follows Great North rd through Avondale, Pt Chev, and Grey Lynn.

Please advise leader if you wish to meet at Britomart or Panmure.

Non members must contact the Leader before trips to ensure suitability.

Mangemangeroa Reserve, Whitford, East Tamaki @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am

Grade: Mostly flat with some short, steep portions

Time: 3-4 hours

Meet: Glen Eden at 8.30 or Somerville Road (off Whitford, off Chapel Road) at the White Barn opposite 309 Somerville Road at 9.30.

Within the reserve we follow well-formed and maintained gravel paths. The path follows the Mangemangeroa Creek to Shelly Park Boat Club. At low tide we walk along the foreshore to Cockle Bay. Join the cockle gatherers (hence the name of the bay). We can either retrace our steps or come back on quiet residential streets. The reserve passes through a diverse landscape of farmland (minus the animals), native forest, unique estuary and salt marsh habitats. When we are almost back at the barn we have the option of extending the walk.

Non members must contact the Leader before trips to ensure suitability.


Ambury/Puketutu Island/Stonefields Bike Ride @ 11 Ashcroft Ave, Mangere Bridge
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am

Grade: Easy

Time: 4.5 hours

No meeting at Glen Eden. Come at 9.00am to 11 Ashcroft Avenue, Mangere Bridge with your bikes.  We will go through Ambury Park, out to Puketutu Island for morning tea and then on to our ‘private beach’ for lunch. Enjoy a day of easy biking and lots of fresh air.

White’s Beach @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
Sep 6 @ 8:30 am

Grade: Moderate

Time: 3-4 hours

Meet at Glen Eden at 8.30am  or North Piha carpark at 9.15 am. Please advise leader if meeting at North Piha.

We will walk up to Te Waha Point and then down to Whites Beach and Fishermans Rock. Up to Anawhata Road and back down to Piha.

Then a short drive to another carpark and a 10 metre walk into the Piha Café.

There will be a few steep bits. Non members please contact the leader first.