From the McMillan Rd end, the track follows a farm fence line with markers to the Mount William Scenic Reserve. The reserve hosts a wide variety of native trees and shrubs including kauri, hard beech and king ferns. From the Mount William summit (373 m) there are expansive views to the West Coast and Firth of Thames.
Louis will then purchase some famous Pokeno bacon & we will head to Miranda & cook you all bacon butties for lunch ($5) & then take a stroll along the shell bank.
If you wish to meet at McMillan Rd please let the leader know.
Mount William is south of Auckland, just past the Bombay Hills. Turn left off SH1 onto Beaver Rd, then right into Razorback Rd and left into Puketutu Rd. Or turn onto SH2, then left into Irish Rd and left into McMillian Rd.
Leitch’s Track to Leitch’s Hut in the Whareorino Forest west of Te Kuiti.
Meet at the car park at the end of Leitch Road on Saturday 2 June, ready for 11am start. It takes about 3 hours to get there from Auckland.
From Otorohanga take State Highway 3 to Kaka Street in Piopio (37 mins). Then take Mangaotaki Road to Leitch Road in Mangaotaki. There is a car park at the end of Leitch Road and the track enters the Whareorino forest here.
The tramp to the hut is about 3 hours and should be easy. Initially, the track is on an old four wheel drive track, then through bush to Leitch’s Hut. We will base ourselves in Leitch’s Hut for Saturday and Sunday nights. Optional walk Saturday afternoon. For Sunday, there is a choice of tracks to go on depending on the weather and the amount of rainfall over the last few weeks, as some of the tracks involve river crossings. On Sunday I propose we do a section of the Waikawau Track and return the same way. This track is pretty, with nice bush. It does have river crossings but the first crossing is outside the hut so we will know how we are placed.
The hut sleeps 16 and is first in, first served. Two hut tickets are needed. We will need some tents as a backup in case the hut is full. There is heating and mattresses and you need to bring your own gas.
Please phone Lynne by 26 May to book your place. Numbers are limited. They have space in her car for 1 or 2 people.
Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music, getting in the swing
You come in to look for a king
Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance (come along for some fun & a dance)
Tickets available at the door or book online as www.titirangirsa.co.nz
Timing: 4 hrs +
From Vellenoweth Green St. Heliers we will cycle around the waterfront, through the city and on to Westhaven for lunch. We will then cycle to Victoria Park, up to Hobson St and along the pink viaduct to arrive at Upper Queen St. From here it is downhill through Grafton Gully and back to the waterfront to return to St. Heliers. Total distance should be approximately 32km.
Meet at Te Henga walkway car park for a 9.30am start
OR Carpool at Swanson railway station at 9am or ring Jill by 9am if going directly to Te Henga walkway carpark as there is no cell phone coverage at Bethells, or organise own car pooling if coming from Gleneden.
This will be an easy fun day on the sand dunes and bush track in the Lake Wainamu area.
Prizes for the best performances on the sandcliff.
If you need to contact Jill, please phone before 9am as there is no cell phone reception at Bethells.
Jim Morrow is back with us once more to entertain us with another talk, this time, about being part of an expedition to the summit of Mt Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest peak outside the Himalayas.
Looking forward to this talk so hopefully we will see you at this club night
Timing: 4+ hrs
Dome Valley bush walk from Dome car park. We will tramp in as far as time & conditions allow on the day. The walk is weather dependant and we will come back using the same track rather than do a car shuttle.
Travel distance to the Dome cafe car park is approx 90km.
Another mid winter roast beside the open fire in the Alpine Sports Club Hut.
This will be the fourth year that Louis have done this & he is certainly looking forward to you all joining him at the hut again for another great evening of wine, food and laughter.
The Alpine Sports Club Hut is only a short walk off Anawhata Road & sleeps 22.
Please contact Louis with interest as numbers are required for catering.