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Wanderers Tramping Club Bulletin September-December 2014

Wanderers Tramping Club


September - December 2014


Wanderers Tramping Club Bulletin September-December 2014

Trip Programme

Trip Date Booking Information

September 7 Volunteer Mine Lorna (849 0940)

Open 25 August

September 21 Waitete Rd to Reservoir Rd Grant (853 3434) Waihi Open 8 September October 5 Ananui Falls to Franklin Rd Colin or Margaret (855 1335) Open 22 September October 15 Annual General Meeting Margaret (855 1335) [Wednesday] October 19 Waitewhata Hut Just turn up (pot luck lunch optional) at Wintec car park October 24-27 Urutawa Forest Reserve Colin and Margaret (8551335) Labour Weekend (Opotiki area) Open 6 October Closes 20 October November 9 Hora Hora Bluffs Dianne (853 2980) Redwoods Tokorangi Pa Track Open 28 October November 23 Kaitarakihi Rock Dianne (853 2980) Broken Hill – Tairua Open 10 November December 7 Christmas Tramp Open 6 October Quote “After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value.” — George Macauley Trevelyan

 2 Wanderers Tramping Club Bulletin September-December 2014 Emergency Information Wanderers’ trips occasionally return up to an hour or more beyond the stated return time given in the Bulletin. This happens due to the variable nature of the tramp, the weather and the people on the tramp. However, in the event of a trip being seriously held up (possibly two hours after the time indicated), communication will be made through the Operations Room, Central Police Headquarters, Hamilton.

Trip Bookings Remember that any default in notifying the leader of cancellation of bookings renders you liable for the cost of the trip.

Responsibility "Whilst the committee will take all reasonable care to ensure the safety of participants on trips, the participants themselves undertake such trips entirely at their own risk and no responsibility will be

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Booking Information Bookings for trips open two weeks before the trip date not before 5.30pm.

Please choose a suitable time to ring the number given. Avoid early morning weekday calls and alternative calls to place of employment. If, after booking, you are unable to go on a trip, please cancel promptly so that your place may be reallocated.

It is essential that at least 24 hours notice of cancellation be given.

Default in cancelling may render you liable for the cost of the trip.

If you check the programme you will see that each walk or tramp is graded 1, 2 or 3.

These “gradings” are defined here:

Grade 1 (easy): A tramp on fairly level formed tracks, duration 4+ hours and where there may be the option of returning by the same track.

Grade 2 (moderate): A tramp of 5-6 hours, often on less well-formed tracks, or on off-track routes; can involve river crossings, or short sections of steep terrain.

Grade 3 (fit): Can be over 6 hours duration, tramping on either formed tracks or off-track routes, river crossings, steep terrain, snow conditions.

You will enjoy a tramp better if your level of fitness isn't of concern to you.

NOTE: Until further notice all trips will leave from the Wintec student carpark, cnr Collingwood & Tristram Streets.

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President’s Ponderings ….

Hi everyone I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. We are into the last bulletin and tramps for 2014 already.

The planning committee has some good challenges for those who want to get out of your comfort zones and we will revisit some places we’ve been before but with a twist.

The Labour weekend trip is a go, “we are off to the Urutawa Forest Reserve (Opotiki); numbers are limited so book early. The Christmas trip is well on its way to being finalised; this will be a social event with a walk and of course a little something special to celebrate the end the year. This trip is always popular and is for everyone, so book early to reserve your place on the bus.

In October we have our AGM and a reminder that subscriptions will be due.

As I have mentioned previously in my ponderings, a club is not a club without its members so get involved and I hope to see you at the AGM. If any of you have a tramp you would like us to consider please contact me, remember not all of have been everywhere and some of us might like to go back for another look.

Keep well, keep safe, enjoy life, happy tramping and season’s greetings.


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Time to explore another old mining area. You may get wet feet as we have to cross the Maratoto Stream first thing, then it’s a steady uphill for about 30 minutes, after that whilst it is still upwards it is a gentler gradient. There will be time to pause and take the views to Maratoto Rock and the Waipahake and Wires track areas. Some of it quite clearly an old road way as there was a saw mill in area in the 1940’s. Then we move into virgin bush and a lovely kauri grove. It is near here we find the evidence of the Volunteer mine the only mine in the Maratoto that returned a profit to its owners.

It isn’t a long walk, about 8 km, and should take about 2.5 hrs into the relics where we will explore. It isn’t a manicured track, so expect a few windfalls and scrambles.

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A member of the Hamilton Tramping Club walked the Hollyford Track earlier in the year and stayed the night in the Demon Trail Hut. She saw Ray Hoare's WTC name badge beside the hut log book that someone had found and knowing we are Hamilton based and knowing Kathy Old is a member of both clubs gave it to her. Kathy gave it to her sister Lucille who then gave it back to Ray at the Whirinaki Easter Tramp.

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This is a new tramp for the club. After leaving the bus we head up a track, over a small stream and then a little further on we come to a pine forest which we enter. The track follows a gentle slope until we come to an intersection with the native bush which is our starting point to climb up onto the ridge.

There are glimpses of the surrounding area and of Waihi township along the way. We will come to a point where the track then heads down to the Walmsley Stream, which we will cross, and connect with a vehicle track. Not far away we can have a look at an old dam which supplied water to Waihi.

The bus will be waiting a half hour walk down the vehicle track. Expect to tramp for 6 hours (G3).

The grade 1s will do the start of the track as far as the native bush and the end as far as the dam with something of a historical nature in between.

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Grade 1+: Our walk also commences at Woodlands Road following the Waitengaue stream and [yes] wet feet are a definite but the stream crossings are not difficult. We continue on to a clearing (easy grade) and from there it’s approx 10 minutes to the junction. However we will return to the clearing for lunch. We retrace our steps back to the bus and then it’s on to Waitawheta to meet the others – time permitting a cup of coffee on the way.

Leaders: Ray Hoare and Colin Standing (G3); Ann & Dianne (G1+)

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We will meet at the car park and travel in private cars to the start of the tramp and make our way to the hut for a pot luck lunch (optional) – some may prefer to bring their usual lunch but perhaps a few extra “goodies” to make a fun day. We may split into groups for those who do not wish to go all the way. It is a 3 hr walk to the hut on a good flat track, crossing the river a number of times, some crossings on bridges, others wading through the river. After lunching at the Hut we will retrace our steps back to the cars.

Come along for a fun day out.

No specific trip leader, however will have our usual club safety gear with us.

Any queries, phone Ann on 847 2460, or email:

summerfields@vodafone.co.nz Just turn up at 7.30 am at the Wintec car park, and bring some cash to pay the drivers.

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To be held at the Celebrating Age Hall, in Victoria Street.

The AGM starts at 7.30 pm and full details will be posted to all members beforehand.

This will be followed by a presentation by the Webmaster, Ray Hoare. He will explain the main features of the Wanderers’ web site, and show how you can submit your own materials for display. By presenting some of the interesting, amazing and sometimes funny videos and slides already on the website, Ray will entertain you this night, encourage you to tell others about the site, and invite you to view the site for information and entertainment every now and then throughout the year. Come and enjoy the show!

The final event of the evening will be supper, which will be provided by the committee. If other members wish to bring a small plate that would be very acceptable.

The evening is expected to end at around 9 – 9.30 pm.

To offset expenses a cold coin donation will be collected.

Contact numbers:

Margaret Standing: 855 1335 Pam Cornforth: 856 5922 Ray Hoare: 856 2675

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Come and join us for the Labour weekend in the Urutawa Native Forest reserve, alongside the TeWaiti stream near Opotiki.

Accommodation is at Bushaven (http://bushaven.wix.com/bushaven#!bushavenaccommodation/vstc5=house) a 5 bedroom house, with full facilities, suited for about 20 persons.

Plan is to leave Hamilton morning/afternoon of Friday 24th and staying at Bushaven for 3 nights, returning Monday afternoon.

You will need to bring sleeping bags/bed linen and pillow/pillow case etc.

Accommodation charges at Huia Lodge are $350/day, so this amount will be divided between the number attending.

Tramping: Several walking, tramping and mountain biking tracks are available close by including Motu Trails, Pakahi Track and TeWaiti track.

Decisions will be made on the day relative to weather and group requirements. Expect to walk on Saturday, Sunday and maybe a short walk on Monday (take a look around Opotiki and area) before returning home.

Costs: Accommodation – about $17.50/night (depending on numbers), transport – (shared private vehicles) expect about $30-$40 each (negotiate with your driver). Adequate parking is available.

Food: Expect to provide your own dinner on Friday, maybe provide a shared pot-luck dinner for Friday/Saturday, maybe eat out on Sunday (Opotiki only 20 minutes), or cook your own at the House. Provide food for breakfasts and lunches + imbibing fluids where required.

There are limited places for this long weekend trip, which is restricted to members only - so book early to ensure your participation.

Leaders: Colin and Margaret Standing, Dianne Lee + others.

Bookings: Open Monday 6th October, closes Monday 20th October $50 non-refundable deposit applies. 07 8551335 (Colin and Margaret) Send cheques to treasurer PO Box 61 or internet bank transfer to Westpac a/c 030306 0208429 00 Please send email note if paying by internet banking to standings@xtra.co.nz

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South of Rotorua we take the Tokoroa-Te Kuiti turn. Our tramp starts from the Rongomai Marae with a farm walk of 30 minutes to the bush. As we approach these bluffs, the immediate thought, is, “how the devil do we get up there”. Well, it’s not impregnable, and there is a way. We climb steadily for 1½ hours; a bit like human dominoes. Eventually we attain a flattish area beneath a huge rock buttress, where we can recharge – more “up” from here.

We then enter into nice virgin bush, old totara, tawa, tawari, miro, horopito and rimu. Once on the top its an easy track southeast for a half hour to our lunch spot, and awe inspiring views on a clear day; peaks from Ngongotaha to Ruapehu. Our return will be a reversal – care and concentration required descending.

Fair to say; be fit, take plenty of water and high octane solids. Expect to be out for near to 6 hours.

Leaders: Winston Flemming, Rotorua Tramping Club and his band of merry men.

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“cardiac steps” which brings you up past the wastewater treatment ponds to return to the start via Katore and Nursery Roads.

Total walking time if you complete the loop will be approx. 4.5 – 5 hours.

Leaders: Dianne, Keith & Pam

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The Broken Hill area has a Gold mining history going back to 1912 and was logged for Kauri. We start the day leaving our transport near the DOC campsite on Puketui Valley Road end and make our way past the Government Battery and then up onto the track which is a steady climb and

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steep in places, but do not worry, we will take our time. This then comes to a junction that will lead us onto Collins Drive which is a 15 minute boardwalk through the 500 m long tunnel; so you will need torches. Onto the Water Race tunnels track (the original race was 3300 m long) and back to the waiting transport.

Total walking time approx. 3-4 hours. Lots to stop and see.

Leaders: John Davies, Peter Scott (G3); Dianne, Keith & friends (G1+)

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Thai Massage Full Body.......... one hour.......$50.00 Foot Massage

Neck, Shoulders and Back...... one hour.......$50.00 Neck, Shoulders and Back...... half hour....... $30.00 Club members, family, and friends only

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 Bus leaves at 8 am for the Te Puna Quarry near Katikati. On arriving we will have our morning tea.

 Spend the morning walking the various pathways in and around the Quarry enjoying the surroundings and views.

 As we will have approximately two hours to walk about, you can take your lunch and have it at your chosen spot, noting that we will depart the Quarry at 12.30 pm.

 We will travel to Katikati for a walk along the picturesque Uretara Stream.

 A swim at the Dave Hume Swimming Pools can be enjoyed for those who bring their swim gear. People choosing not to go for a dip can coffee in town or browse the shops and murals (for which Katikati is renown).

 At 4.30 we will be at the Talisman Hotel ready for a delicious three course meal (vegetarian included). Details of the dinner will be passed around on the bus.

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