Mercer Bay – Comans Loop Walk @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am

Grade: Moderate

Time: 4 – 5 hrs

We will start above Piha at Te Ahu carpark, walk to the headland site of a Maori pa with great views down the coast, continuing on the restored Comans track (lots of steps) to Karekare then looping back up the Ahu Ahu Track, a good climb back to our cars.

Hunua @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
May 2 @ 8:30 am

Grade: Moderate

Time: 5 hours

Meet at Glen Eden at 8.30am  or Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir carpark at 9.45 am. Please advise leader if meeting at the dam. We will head up Lilburn Road to Piggotts campsite, then round Rata ridge to Mangatangi Ridge track, then down the stream to a stream junction, then back via a benched track onto Rata Ridge and down Lilburn Road. There is beautiful bush, no steps or board walks! When we did our recce there were several kaka and kokako as well as tuis and wood pigeons.

Non members please contact the leader first.

Waikato Weekender
May 8 all-day


New trip! Overnight trip or day trip. All very flexible.

The main structure of the trip is as follows, which you can opt in/out of any part.

8 May Saturday:

Drive to Ngaruawahia around midday. Contact Peter if wanting to carpool. In the afternoon, take a walk around this culturally rich town and along the Waterworks bush track to the town’s old reservoir or if you are really keen continue up 1349 steps to the top of the Hakarimata summit.

Book you own accommodation. Suggestion: Riverside Motel, http://www.riverbedmotel.co.nz . At the time of going to print there are 4 units available 2 X sgl 2 X dbl @ $105 per unit. Dinner at the RSA opposite the motel http://www.ngaruawahiarsa.co.nz

9 May Sunday 9.30am:

Cycle the (newish) flat concrete Te Awa riverside cycleway to Hamilton and back. 20 -25km each way. Don’t want to cycle 40 km? – NO WORRIES, turn back when you have had enough.

Don’t have a bike – NO WORRIES, contact www.riverriders.co.nz and hire one (std or electric) from their Ngaruawahia depot.

Not into cycling – NO WORRIES, walk as far along the path as you like and back.

Just want a day trip – NO WORRIES, be at Ngaruawahia by 9.15am and join in then.

DON’T WORRY – BE HAPPY and hopefully see you there 🙂

Rangitoto = Motutapu @ Ferry Pier 4
May 16 @ 9:00 am

Trains to catch see below.

We will get the 9.15am ferry (Pier 4) and the ferry back at 4.00pm. The cost is $43.00 return or $39.00 for an online ticket. (Sorry Gold Cards can’t be used). From the west the train from Swanson leaves either at 7.40am or 8.00am and arrives at Britomart at 8.36am or 8.56am. I will probably take the earlier train in case of hold ups.

This will be a fast pace walk due to time constraints. Unfortunately, our time on Motutapu will be somewhat restricted due to us having to be back at Rangitoto Wharf to catch the 4.00pm ferry. We will walk from the Rangitoto Wharf along Islington Bay Road to the causeway (1 1/2 hours one way) and we will then make a decision as to which path we will take. Please ring me if you are going to meet us at the ferry.

Reserve Ramble @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
May 23 @ 8:30 am


Time: 4 – 5 hrs

We will ramble through a series of reserves out west starting at Riverpark reserve off Bittern Place,Henderson and make our way through to Moire Park, Westgate. An easy day with the occasional patch of mud to make it interesting.