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.]
20 October
Mt Fell Hut Grade TBD 

Simon Garton Email:

Phone: 020 410 85078

Leave Friday night and camp near track start. Walk to Mt Fell hut and stay 2 nights. Sunday options include climb Mt Richmond or check out the tops above Fell Hut.

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

Michele Cunningham Email:

Phone: 021 537 421

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)  $34

Steve McGlone Email:

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 Fit 

Bob Janssen Email:

Phone: 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 Email:

Phone: 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
5 November
Ben Nevis and beyond Fit (Scale: 3.6)  $NR

Barry James Email:

Phone: 546 6153


Follow the Wairoa Gorge Road into the right branch then up Ben Nevis Road to the start point. The track leads through beech forest and open clearings on Gibbs Spur then steeply to the summit of Ben Nevis at 1619m. On this trip we plan to follow the relatively easy ridgeline over a few bumps and on towards Mt Ellis before returning the same way. Four wheel drives preferred for the road in..

Topo50 BR25
6 November
Bar Night - Urban Eatery  

Leah Parker Email:

Phone: 547 5683


From 6pm pop along and catch up with other members in a casual social setting. Urban Eatery has amazing food and a great drinks selection. If we are lucky we may be able to enjoy the new alfresco area outside. 

Everyone welcome, including new members. Grab a drink and food if you like.

Mmmm bring on sticky pork, steamed bun sliders! See you there!

278 Hardy St, Nelson

11 - 12 November
Lake Chalice/Mt Patriarch Medium (Scale: 2.8)  $NR

Ian Morris Email:

Phone: 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
12 November
Piper's Reserve Track Easy 

Lynette Salisbury Email:

Phone: 546 8060


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.

17 - 19 November
Leadership Training  

Kate Krawczyk Email:


You are leading a tramp on Mt.Owen and a trip member goes missing…. what do you do??

One of your group gets sick at the hut, is it serious enough to activate your PLB?

A trip member badly sprains their ankle but you’ve got some rope and a strong group of trampers that are keen to help carry them out…. How do you make a stretcher?

You get lost… should you keep trying to find your way or stay put and activate your beacon?

Would you know what to do? We can help.

The Nelson Tramping Club is hosting a Leadership Weekend at Paretai Lodge in the beautiful Lee Valley for existing trip leaders and anyone who is keen to know how to deal with tricky situations in the outdoors and potentially lead trips. Subjects will include: Leadership, Group and Incident Management, Risk Management, Communication, Trip Planning and much more. We are going to have a great mix of expert speakers, group discussions and activities and learning by sharing experiences and outcomes. There will be something for everyone, and of course some marshmallows around a campfire and some great company to top it all off.

The cost of the weekend is $66 for club members and $92 for non-members (cost includes two nights’ accommodation and meals for the weekend).

Please contact Kate on to register interest or for queries. Payment to be made online to clubs bank a/c prior to weekend.

25 - 27 November
Rafting Grey River  

Lawrie Halkett Email:

Phone: 544 4096

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
Kayaking Pepin Island Grade TBD 

Andrea Cockerton

Phone: 539 3758 (w)

Lets mix it up a bit and do some kayaking, you can stop and stroll on one of the little beaches on the west side of the Island. See the seal colony on the Northern tip.  Kayaking around three hours and lots of opportunity for stops, be brave enough to check out some sea caves. 

2 - 3 December
Balloon Hut via Asbestos Grade TBD  $NR

Liz Henderson Email:


Overnight to Balloon Hut (1 serviced hut ticket) from the Cobb road via Asbestos Cottage - a fantastic and interesting slice of history in that area. Intention is to do a loop this weekend via the Bullock Track and Ridge Track above the Cobb Reservoir to Lake Peel one day, and returning via Salisbury Lodge and Upper & Lower Junctions the other, the order of which to be determined nearer the time depending on weather and ability of the group. Involves walking about 20km a day. 

4 December
Club Night  

Kate Krawczyk Email:


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

Guest Speaker: TBA

10 December
Cable Bay Xmas tramp+BBQ Grade TBD 

Liz Henderson Email:


Cable Bay Christmas tramp.  Meet at Glenduan carpark at 9am.  BBQ at 1pm at Cable Bay.  Bring a Christmas Hat to wear. 

If you do not want to tramp, just meet us at Cable Bay instead. 

$5 per person for food and shuttle back to the Glen.

Please let me know prior to day if you are coming so that we know for food numbers.  

18 December
TBA Grade TBD 

Kate Krawczyk Email:


23 December
Christmas Trip wanted Grade TBD 

Chris Louth Email:

Phone: 547 6628

Trip and Leader Required

30 December
New Year Trip wanted Grade TBD 

Chris Louth Email:

Phone: 547 6628

Trip and Leader Required

6 - 7 January
Nydia Walkway Medium 

Leah Parker Email:

Phone: 547 5683

Following the Nydia Walkway to Nydia Lodge. $15 pp

Kaiuma to Duncan Bay - Track 27km in total.

Water Taxi return to Kaiuma $30

Bookings have been made for this trip. It may still be possible to join. Please contact Leah to discuss.

Fuel TBC

20 - 21 January
Mt Arthur Tableland Grade TBD 

Mark Graesser Email:

Phone: 545 6282

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

27 - 29 January
1000 Acre Plateau Fit (Scale: 3.3)  $NR

Kath Ballantine Email:

Phone: 027 931 5689

The plan is to leave Nelson by 1p.m.on Friday, drive to the road end car park and walk into Lake Matiri Hut (3hrs) for overnight stay. The following day is a steep climb to Poor Pete's Hut (3hrs), then a further 3hrs across 1000 Acre Plateau to Larrikins Creek Hut to stay 2 nights. Sunday we can either climb the Needle or the Haystack, or explore 100 Acre Plateau. On Monday we walk out to cars and return to Nelson.  

Matiri Hut has 8 bunks, but Larrikins Creek only 4 so advisable that some trampers carry tents. Both huts require 1 standard hut ticket per night.
3km from car park we cross the West branch of the Matiri River - easily passable in normal river conditions, but will be a consideration if it rains.


Topo50 Map BR23
11 March
Hoary Head Hard (Scale: 4.2)  $NR

Barry James Email:

Phone: 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
6 August
Club Night and AGM  

Kate Krawczyk Email:


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