Tramping Programme 03 July – 25 September 2024

TEN TRAMP MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATION YEAR: 1 April 2024 – 31 March 2025

The cost of tramps is $25

 03 July                  8.30am                  Bridle Path – Lyttelton – Pony Point – Stan Helms

 P/U: Bridle Path track, Heathcote

Steady climb over Bridle Path then undulating to Pony Point. Back to Lyttelton where the Standards continue on up Stan Helms to the Bridle Path and back to Heathcote.

Stats: distance 13km, ascent not recorded, time 4hrs

 10 July                  The annual birthday lunch. Details in the booking system.

 17 July                  8.30am             Mt Alexander NOTE CHANGED FROM Weka Pass Farm

P/U: Woodend

Standard Route: A steady climb on farm tracks to the summit and loop track back to the bus. Wonderful views.

Alternative Route: As above to the summit but returning via the farm tracks.

Stats: distance 15km, ascent 672m, time 4hrs 45mins

 24 July                 8.30am                 Dalethorpe to Annavale

P/U: Yaldhurst

Both groups:  A steady climb on farm tracks to a wonderful viewpoint on the Russell Range for lunch. Descend to Annavale airstrip alongside SH 73.

Stats: distance 14.1km, ascent 383m, time 4hrs 15mins

31 July                  8.30am                 Flock Hill

P/U: Yaldhurst

Farm Track to limestone outcrop area and over Flock Hill, returning via a second farm track.

Stats: not yet recorded

07 August           8.30am                  Sumner – Godley Head – Evans Pass

P/U and meeting point: Clocktower Scarborough.

Alternates taken to Evans Pass.

Standard route: Walk over Scarborough to Taylors Mistake, Boulder Bay, Godley Head and out to Evans Pass.

Alternative route: Walk reverse of Standards from Evans Pass  to Scarborough. There is only one major climb from Taylors Mistake over Scarborough Hill though can take a shortcut down the Annaconda track from Breeze Col or go all the way to Godley Head and around.

Stats: distance 14km, ascent not recorded, time 4hrs 20mins

14 August           8.30am                  Coalgate Forest

P/U: Yaldhurst

A farm walk with short climbs and rolling hills with great views from the Alps to the Peninsula. Return on farm tracks and Whitecliffs Rd to Farr St.

Stats: distance 12.5/ 8km, ascent 250m, time 4hrs

21 August           8.30am                  Kate Valley – Tiromoana Bush Walkway

P/U: Woodend

Standard route:  An undulating descent through Tiromoana wetlands and farmland. Detour from the wetlands track to climb Ella Peak before continuing to the beautiful Pegasus Bay beach for lunch. Steady ascent along a shingle road to the bus.

Alternative route:  As above, except for the climb to Ella Peak.

Stats: distance 12.8km (alternates 11km), vertical ascent 424m, time 4hrs 25min

28 August            8.30am                 Little River – Birdlings Flat

P/U: Halswell    

A road walk with steady climb to the ridge, along Bossu Rd and down to Birdlings Flat.

Alternative option: As above but starting at the top of Kinloch Road.

Stats: distance 17.7km, ascent 600m, time 4hrs 20mins

04 September   8.30am                 Rabbit Hill – Trig M Hill

P/U: Yaldhurst

High-country tussock foothills walk.

Stats: distance 8.6/10km, ascent 1105m, time 3hrs 45mins

11 September   8.30am                 Huntsbury – Mt Vernon Park

P/U: PM Hospital

Standard route: From the top of Huntsbury Avenue, follow various tracks to Sign of the Kiwi, Sugarloaf and Mt Vernon, eventually descending via Mt Vernon Farm Park and Bowenvale.

Alternate route: As above but not over Mt Vernon.

Stats: distance 12.8km, ascent 500m, time 4hrs 15mins

18 September   8.30am                 Charteris Bay – Purau – Diamond Harbour

P/U: Halswell

Some short steep climbs on inland rural and urban roads to Purau. with the return to Diamond Harbour along the undulating coastal margin walking track. Standards continue on the coastal path to Charteris Bay pick-up.

Stats: distance 14/9km, ascent 153m, time 4hrs 30mins

25  September  8.30am                 Washpen Falls

P/U: Yaldhurst

This is a commercial operation where there is an entrance fee that may be paid by the club. Climb through an ancient volcanic canyon filled with native bush and birdlife. Descend following a creek and waterfalls.

Standard Route: As Alternates above though continue to the top of the peak for lunch and wonderful views of the Canterbury Plains.

Stats: distance 15km, ascent 654m, time 4hrs 30min

Tramping Programme 03 April – 26 June 2024

TEN TRAMP MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATION YEAR: 1 April 2024 – 31 March 2025

The cost of tramps is $25

03 April             8.30am                  Bellbird Loop

                                P/U: PMH

A walk through Kennedys Reserve and then tracks above Governors Bay.

Stats: distance 9km, ascent 480m, time 4hrs

 

10 April                8.30am                 Monument – Mt Herbert – Diamond Harbour Domain

P/U: Halswell

A steady climb to the summit of Mt Herbert with some sections of the track being steep and quite long. A long descent to Diamond Harbour township and the Memorial Gardens.

Stats: distance 14.5km, ascent 552m, time 4hrs 30mins

 

17 April                8:30am                  Flagpole

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard route: Undulating farm track above the Selwyn River, then a climb through pine trees and open country to the saddle for lunch. Continue up to Flagpole then down the farm road to the bus. The leader may choose the anticlockwise route.

Alternative route: Undulating farm track above the Selwyn River to lunch by the river. Return by the same route.

Stats: distance 17.6km, ascent 827m, time 5hrs

 

24 April                8.30am                Glenafric

P/U: Woodend

Walking over undulating farmland to the coastal cliff for lunch with great sea views.

Stats: distance 14.3/13km), vertical ascent 640m, time 5hrs

 

01 May                 8.30am                 Mt Alexander    NB Late return – 5:00pm

P/U: Woodend

Standard Route: A steady climb on farm tracks to the summit and loop track back to the bus. Wonderful views.

Alternative Route: As above to the summit but returning via the farm tracks.

Stats: distance 15km, ascent 672m, time 4hrs 45mins

 

08 May                8.30am                  Camp Saddle     NB Late return – 5.00pm

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard Route: Approach via the Broken River Ski Field road, then climb to Camp Saddle. Walk along ridge then down the scree slope and return to the bus.

Alternative Route: Walk along the track to Lyndon Saddle and up Helicopter Hill. Return to the saddle then back to Broken River via the Craigieburn Track.

Stats: distance 13.4km, ascent 853m, time 4hrs 50mins

 

15 May                 8.30am                 Greta Valley                                                                                      

P/U: Woodend

Standard and Alternative Routes: Tramp over undulating North Canterbury farmland with moderate ascents and descents.

Stats: distance 15km, vertical ascent 528m, time 4hrs 30mins.

 

22 May           8.30am                  The Doctors Pyramid Valley

P/U:  Woodend

Standard route: Initial steady climb on farm road, then a descent before a further climb to the lunch stop. Good views. Return on undulating terrain, then downhill to coach.

Alternative Route: Initial steady climb on farm road, then undulating until lunchtime. Good views. Downhill return to coach.

Stats: distance 12.2km, vertical ascent 660m, time 4hrs 30mins.

 

29 May                 8.30am                 Tree Planting followed by a walk.

This will be around the Summit Road area with details to be advised later.

 

05 June                8.30am                 Craigieburn Forest Park – Ski Lodge – Hwy 73

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard route:  Steady ascent to Lyndon Saddle to join Craigieburn Valley Track. Continue on track to ski field base, and return via ski field road to SH 73.

Alternative route: Short walk along Craigieburn Ski Field Road to join undulating

Craigieburn Valley Track. Continue along track to ski field base, returning via ski field road.

Stats: distance 14km, vertical ascent 612m, time 4hrs

 

12 June                8.30am                 Gebbies Pass – Kaituna Valley

P/U: Halswell

Alternative Route: A gentle climb through pine forest and farmland to the Packhorse Hut, descending to Kaituna Valley after lunch.

Standard Route:  As above, but continue along Mt Bradley Track for lunch before descending to Kaituna Valley.

Stats: distance 13km, ascent 560m, time 4hrs 40mins

 

19 June                **8.00am**  Hinewai Reserve   NB Late return – 5.30pm

P/U:  Halswell

Walking through bush clad valley with steady downhill to lunch then back to the bus.

Stats: distance 11km, ascent 500m, time 4hrs 30mins

 

26 June                8.30am                 Leith Hill Slump – Kura Tawhiti                                                 

P/U: Yaldhurst

Both Groups: A steady climb through bush initially following logging trails, then down across the river before an uphill stretch past the sinkhole. After lunch continue on Castle Hill Station track to Kura Tawhiti.

Alternative Route: This group may elect to omit the logging trail section of the tramp.

Stats: distance 9.5/8.8km, vertical ascent 338m, time 4hrs

Tramping Programme 17 January – 27 March 2024

TEN TRAMP MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATION YEAR: 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024

The cost of all tramps is $25.

17 January          8.30am                Rakaia Gorge Walkway

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard route: An easy walk from Evans Family Reserve to the boat harbour and return. Some moderate climbs and descents with lovely river and gorge views.

Alternative route: As above, but via the LoopTrack

Stats: distance 10.3km, vertical ascent 414m, time 3hrs 30mins

 

24 January          8.30am                 Hill Top to Cooptown                                                                    

P/U: Halswell

Standard route: Climb through native forest and a rocky gully beneath cliffs in Montgomery Reserve, then through Whatarangi & Mt Sinclair Reserves.  Descend through farmland after lunch.

Alternative route:  Undulating track from Pettigrews Road through Whatarangi & Mt Sinclair Reserves.  Descend through farmland after lunch.

Stats: distance 15.8km, ascent 504m, time 4hrs 30mins

 

31 January          8.30am         Dry Acheron                                                                               

P/U: Yaldhurst  

A mixture of flat grasslands, moderately graded natural stream verge, rocky dry stream beds and many stream crossings.

Stats: distance 12km, vertical ascent 180m, time 3hrs 45mins

 

7 February          8:30                       Mt Alford                                                                          

P/U Yaldhurst

Standard Route: Steady climb through Alford Reserve beech forest, tussock country and then sub-alpine scrub to top of Mt Alford. Great views. Return via same route.

Alternative Route: Same as above climbing as high as able, followed by side trip through Alford Forest Scenic Reserve

Stats: distance 9km, vertical ascent 730m, time 4hrs 45mins

 

14 February        8.30am                Glenafric                                                                            

P/U: Woodend

Walking over undulating farmland to the coastal cliff for lunch with great sea views.

Standard Route: Returning via the beach.

Alternative Route: Returning via farmland.

Stats:  distance 14.3/13km, vertical ascent 604m, time 5hrs

 

21 February        8.30am                 Pony Point – Barnett Park                           

P/U: Barnett Park

A mixture of gradual and steeper climbs and descents between Lyttelton and Moncks Bay. Connect with Major Hornbrook and Chalmers Tracks, then up to the Crater Rim Walkway and the gun emplacements. Down to the Summit Road and Eastenders Track.

Stats: distance 13km, ascent 583m, time 4hrs 20mins

 

28 February        8.30am                 Hogsback Track – Castle Hill                                      

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard route: Tramp along an undulating mountain bike track from Castle Hill Village to the western end of Hogsback Ridge.  After lunch on the ridge and return along the same track.

Alternative route: As above but stopping for lunch along the track as suits.

Stats: distance and ascent yet to be recorded, time 5hrs

 

6 March               8.30am                                 Boundary Hill – Red Lakes                            

P/U: Yaldhurst

Standard route: Grassy river terraces and alpine pasture with a climb to the top of Boundary Hill for outstanding 360 degree views.  An initial steep descent, then a four-wheel drive track to the Red Lakes and Lyndon Rd.

Alternative route: The route forged follows a four-wheel drive track up the valley before the fault line, to Boundary Hill. Those who wish to, can climb to the summit for lunch. All return via the fault line.

Stats: distance 11.5/7.6km, ascent 519m, time 4hrs.

 

13 March             8.30am                Bowenvale – Victoria Park – Bowenvale                

P/U: End of Bowenvale Ave

A steady climb to the Summit Road, then siding tracks to Victoria Park and descent to Bowenvale.

Stats: distance 9.5, ascent 625m, time 3hrs 40mins

 

20 March             8.30am                 Kate Valley – Tiromoana Bush Walkway                              

P/U: Woodend

Standard Route:  An undulating descent through Tiromoana wetlands and farmland. Detour from the wetlands track to climb Ella Peak before continuing to the beautiful Pegasus Bay beach for lunch. Steady ascent along a shingle road to the bus.

Alternative route:  As above, except for the climb to Ella Peak.

Stats: distance 12.8/11km, vertical ascent 424m, time 4hrs 25mins

 

27 March            8.30am                 Coalpit Spur

P/U: Yaldhurst 

Standard Route: up Mistletoe track to the ridge then down Craigieburn Road and drop

down Coalpit Spur.

Alternative Route: around Sidle 73 track before descending the Coalpit Spur track.

Stats: distance 14km, vertical ascent 612m, time 4hrs