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, . 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

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 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.

WADTC AGM 2021 @ Kelston Community Centre
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please come along to have your say on the future of the West Auckland District Tramping Club. This will be an especially important AGM and should not be missed.

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.

Cutty Grass Track @ Glen Eden Kiwibank
May 30 @ 8:30 am

8.30am Glen Eden or 9.30am Cutty Grass Track entrance

Grade: Easy

Time: 3-4 hours

Entrance on left hand side of Scenic Drive coming from Swanson end. Limited parking available so please carpool.
Flat easy conditions. Walk out to lookout and return. Coffee at Swanson railway station.