Booking A Trip


Saturday and weekend overnight trips; please book by Wednesday.

Sunday trips; please book by Thursday.

Cellphone Numbers - No Return Calls

Calls will not be returned to cellphones so please leave a landline number, or an email address on answering machines, or call back later.

Enjoy your trip.


For guidelines in how to add a trip into the programme - click here.

[Note: Use Trip list for overview of trips, and to add trips.]
25 - 27 August
Scotts Knob (2160m)
Fit  $29

Mike Drake   522 4458

It's a little while since the club visited Scotts Knob. In 2004 we had eleven people summit.

Greigs Hut is accessed via the Leatham Road. Ford the Leatham River then follow a 4WD track for around 14km along the Branch River. Steep cutouts from side streams can make this track a little challenging.

Friday Evening

A great way to do this trip is to get into Griegs Hut on Friday evening, climb Scotts Knob on Saturday, then a leisurely trip back home on Sunday.

Flexibility of team members to get away from Richmond around 17:00 (or earlier) will determine the viability of this option.

Summit Day (Saturday or Sunday)

Leave Greigs Hut early and follow Scott Stream and continue up the head of the valley to the saddle. Turn right and climb a steepish section to the summit. 1550m climb, 14km return.

Ice axe and crampons required. This is a good followup to the Snow Skills weekend.

N29 / Topo50 Maps BR25, BS25
3 September
Beebys knob
Medium (Scale: 2.9)  $17

Sue Henley   544 9599


Climb 700m over 4km through bush on the old track to the road on the open tops. 2km along the road to Beebys Knob and another 2km further to Beebys Hut. Total 16km and 840m climb to the hut. Return via 4wd route down to Top House Rd entrance. A quick car shuttle before we head home. 

Topo50 Map BR25
4 September
Pub Night Social

Kate Krawczyk   547 6463/


Eddyline Brewery & Pizzeria (8 Champion Rd, Richmond).  

ALL welcome for a social from 7.00pm on. Come along and have your say, or just come for a drink and a chat. 

10 September
Days Track circuit

David Blunt   548 6826


Meet at the Lions playground behind the Tahuna library at 9.30am and proceed along Rocks Road to climb up the reinstated Days track to Princes Drive returning via the Basin Reserve.


10 September
Hoary Head
Hard (Scale: 4.2)  $12

Barry James   546 6153


Drive to near the top of Mt Campbell (1330m), walk over the summit then pick up the ridge to Hoary Head. The ridge is open at first then enters the bush and goes over a couple of high points before climbing to the broad summit of Hoary Head (1473m). Return the same way. Approx 18km with up to 1300m of climbing on little or no track. Good 4WDs required to access Mt Campbell.

Topo50 Map BP24
16 - 17 September
Balloon Hut via Asbestos
Fit (Scale: 3.1)  $21

Liz Henderson

Overnight to Balloon Hut (1 serviced hut ticket) via Asbestos Cottage - a fantastic and interesting slice of history in that area.  Intention is to do a loop that weekend via the ridge track above the Cobb Reservoir to Lake Peel one day, and going via Upper & Lower Junctions the other, the order of which to be determined nearer the time with weather and ability of group.  If there is snow about, crampons may have to be carried to traverse above Deep Creek if any hard snow is present.  Nothing particularly difficult, and not a huge amount of climbing but walking about 20km a day. 

23 - 24 September
Sawcut Gorge/CapeCampbell
Easy  $36

Andrea Cockerton  

539 3758 (work)

Hurray,  no heavy overnight packs to carry!


Drive to Marfells Beach (DoC Campsite - $6.00 pp) and set up camp, then catch the low tide for a beach walk to Cape Campbell lighthouse, taking 4-5 hours.


Pack up and head a bit further down the coast and follow Ure Road in to the start of the Sawcut Gorge track for a splash along the upper reaches of the Waima River and up a side creek to the Gorge. If the Gorge is not accessible we will do something else in the area instead.

Topo50 Maps BR29, BS28-29
1 October
Maitai/Coppermine circuit
Fit (Scale: 3.6)  $2

Bob Renshaw   548 2548


From the Maitai Dam, climb the Peaking Ridge track up to Sunrise Ridge and follow it through to the Dun Walkway. Do a left turn and head south towards Windy Point and Coppermine Saddle and descend back to the dam via the MTB/walking track.

Topo50 Map BQ26
2 October
Club Night


Monday. 7.30pm, Nelson Intermediate School, Tipahi Street.  Gold coin.

Guest Speaker: Mike Glover

Mike will be speaking about a recent trip He,Wade Glover and Dion Pont made to spectacular Ivory Lake in the West Coast high country

8 October
Hacket - Browning Spur
Fit (Scale: 3.3)  $NR

Pat Holland   539 1340


A variation on our most popular Nelson backyard track. From Hacket car park follow track to top of Browning high water bypass. Leave track and keep climbing N in the bush for 600m to the top of the ridge arriving at a spectacular group of large rocks. Turn right and follow ridge due E for 2.5km until Rocks Track is crossed. The ridge is a bush bash, but mainly fairly open. Follow the Rocks track down to Totara Saddle and return to Hacket carpark via Browning Hut.

Topo50 Map BQ26
14 - 15 October
Grade TBD 

Liz Henderson


21 - 23 October
Abel Tasman Inland Track
Medium (Scale: 2.4) 

Michele Cunningham  


Labour Weekend trip: Abel Tasman Inland Track from Totaranui to Marahau (unable to start at Wainui due to transport requirements).

Saturday: drive to Marahau, catch 9am water taxi from Marahau to Totaranui (2 hours, approx $47 per person).  Walk up to the Inland Track, possible side-trip up Gibbs Hill, stay night at Awapoto Hut.

Sunday: walk to Castle Rock Hut (views of Marahau Valley and Tasman Bay) via Moa Park (approx 6 hours).

Monday: walk back to Marahau via Holyoake Clearing (approx 5 1/2 hours).

Costs will include petrol, parking at Marahau (I believe this is $5 a day per car), and the water taxi.

Organise your own cooking equipment and food.

Topo50 Maps BN25, BP25
27 - 29 October
Mole Tops, Matakitaki
Fit (Scale: 3.3)  $NR

Steve McGlone  

Phone 021 233 8531

Travel to Tutaki Conservation Area and walk up Jameson Ridge to the tops. Spend the weekend exploring the area before returning to the cars. Tents will be required.

Topo50 Maps BS23, BS24
4 - 5 November
Mt Fell Hut Working Bee

Bob Jansen   548 8257

Provisional date to finalise the Mt Fell Hut renovation, including erect the woodshed, fit new mattress covers and do a general tidy up. This will be a walk-in walk-out trip.

4 - 5 November
Anchorage Hut, ATNP
Easy  $NR

Tim Tyler   927 6189

Boat in from Marahau along the Abel Tasman coast to Anchorage Hut ($38pp). Walk out on Sunday. Suitable for families and children. Boat cost additional.

Topo50 Map BP25
12 November
Piper's Reserve Track

Lynette Salisbury   546 8060

or Mobile: 021 214 0135


Meet at Victory Square, at 10am by the BBQ's, and walk up the new Piper's Reserve Track, along the top of Prince's Drive and down Quebec Road and back to Victory Square. Late entry walkers welcome. Txt or phone by 9:30am Sunday.

18 - 19 November
Leadership Training
Grade TBD 


25 - 27 November
Rafting Grey River

Lawrie Halkett

This year I am keen to take another group rafting, this time on the grey river (see link below for details).

It is a 2 night three day trip and costs $1,100 per person. The company guiding the trip is Hidden Valleys.
I have done two rafting trips with the company and they are excellent, putting safety, comfort and food at the top of the priority listing. rafting.html

Please indicate you interest with me (by email) by end of August and I will then make contact with you.

26 November
Grade TBD 

Kate Krawczyk   547 6463


3 December
Grade TBD 

Graeme Ferrier   539 4094

4 December
Club Night


Monday. 7.30pm, Nelson Intermediate School, Tipahi Street.  Gold coin.

Club Photo Competition

Our club's annual, informal get-together around the table . . . a chance to show off your skills with a camera - and show us where you've been tramping all year.

Guest Judge TBA

Check out the Rules and Categories in the September 2016 newsletter

10 December
Grade TBD 

Ray Salisbury   546 8060

16 - 17 December
Lake Chalice/Mt Patriarch
Medium (Scale: 2.8)  $NR

Ian Morris   546 4785

Saturday: Drive about 3 hours to Staircase Road (4WD required) and walk one hour to Lake Chalice Hut (standard hut ticket). Explore around Lake Chalice which was formed when a slip dammed the valley. The lake flows underground through the slip and emerges as a spring about 500m from the lake.

Sunday: Walk back to the carpark and drive a little further up the road, then climb Mt Patriarch (1656m). About 8km one way from the road end at about 1200m.

Topo50 Map BR26
23 December
Christmas Trip
Grade TBD 


30 December
New Year Trip
Grade TBD 


6 - 7 January
Nydia Walkway

Leah Parker   547 5683

or 021 965 324

Following the Nydia Walkway to Nydia Lodge. $15 pp Duncan Bay to Kaiuma Bay. We may decide on a cross over group / key exchange or locate vehicles both ends. Numbers by November 20th to secure Lodge at such a busy time. Possible options to stay 2 nights at lodge and explore / relax. Fuel TBC  Track 27km in total.

20 - 21 January
Mt Arthur Tableland
Grade TBD 

Mark Graesser   545 6282

Explore the natural and historic features of this area from a base at Balloon Hut.

27 - 29 January
1000 Acre Plateau
Grade TBD 

Kath Ballantine  

Phone 027 931 5689

Details to come