We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm - see "Where do we meet?" for the exact venue and a map. Various social functions are organised, the atmosphere is informal, and tea and biscuits are served. We show slides or have guest speakers most nights. If you can give a presentation or have ideas, please contact the Social Convenor via the Contact Us page. Please note that formalities start at 8:00pm sharp, and if there is a guest speaker, he/she will start at 8:15 pm sharp. Other social occasions and trips are arranged at various times. Come along!

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Newsletter Folding and a general catch-up at the club rooms. The suggestion is we use newsletter night to have "lightning" talks: one or two short talks showing photos from a (fairly) recent trip by a club member. This is designed for members who just want to show a few photos of a recent trip in an informal way, after newsletter folding. The evening's topic will be sent to club members via email by Monday night. Please contact me if you'd like to talk.
Hi Everyone, pencil this date into your calendars. It's time for a hearty breakfast together followed by the awarding of the Loo-Loo Trophy!. An easy "Buffet-Buster" walk to follow. The Mid Winter Breakfast Venue is Sequoias Restaurant, Redwood Hotel, 340 Main North Road. There is parking accessed off Preston's Road in the Redwood Tavern car park (turnoff is by Liquorland). There is also parking, including disability, in front of the Hotel reception, accessed off the Main North Road. The cost is Adults $19.90. Children 5-12 yrs $9.90 and under fives are free. The menu covers both cereal and buffet options, and you aren't limited to either/or: you can have cereal and buffet! Please sign-up for the breakfast by any of the following means: trips online, club night list, e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring me on 03 3584580 or txt 0221526158. Please sign up by Wednesday 28th June, so I can let the hotel know approx numbers. Don't forget the Loo-Loo awards are deliberated on and awarded after the Breakfast. There is a "Buffet Buster" easy walk afterwards. We'll be leaving from Sequoia's and heading northwards to the Waimak area. Details of the walk will be notified closer to the date. Hope to see lots of club members up early and socialising!
"Tonight we're lucky to have well-known mountaineer Geoff Gabites, who is the co-founder of Macpac, one of NZ's most iconic outdoor equipment brands. Geoff and his wife Shelley founded Dunedin company "Wilderness Equipment", then merged with "Macpac" in 1980 to form "Macpac Wilderness Equipment". Their classic pack the Torre Egger was the first internally framed pack. Geoff has moved away from tramping and climbing over the last 20 years into guided outdoor adventure pursuits. He founded cycle touring, trekking and hiking company "Adventure South" and more latterly "Cycle Journeys", which offers a range of NZ cycle tours including the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail. Geoff has the pedals turning in stunning overseas locations. Tonight he'll cover fully guided cycling on the 470 km long Leh to Manali Highway in Northern India, over high passes up to 5,000m, and closed by snow for 8 months a year. He'll then take us cycling in Japan and Peru. Come along for a great evening on the bike seat through some fabulous scenery and different cultures."
"High Places" is an independent trekking company based in Nelson and run by Bob and Mary Lancaster. Their company offers treks in many parts of the world, and tonight Mary will talk tonight about the treks she has done in Nepal, Bhutan and India, including the Everest 3 Passes trip.
Tonight Sue Piercey, from the Peninsular Tramping Club, is talking about her hike along the spectacular Larapinta Long Distance Trail in the Northern territory of Australia. For 200 km it winds its way along the backbone of the MacDonnell Range, north of Alice Springs. This is a shared evening with members of the Peninsular Tramping Club.
Newsletter Folding and a general catch-up at the club rooms. The suggestion is we use newsletter night to have "lightning" talks: one or two short talks showing photos from a (fairly) recent trip by a club member. This is designed for members who just want to show a few photos of a recent trip in an informal way, after newsletter folding. The evening's topic will be sent to club members via email by Monday night. Please contact me if you'd like to talk.
Tonight Mark Brabyn or another team member from the "Citizen Science Kea Project" is coming to talk to us about their work to stop the on-going decline of our unique, mischievous and highly intelligent mountain parrot. Topics will cover monitoring kea numbers in the back country, and educating people about the kea".
Tonight club member Adrian Busby, an active member of Land SAR and a long time alpine skills instructor, is talking about equipment and safe travel in the winter alpine environment. More details to follow.
Club member and mountaineer Bill Johnson is talking about his recent trip to climb Denali. Bill bivvied at 19,600 m, just 700m below the summit at 20,320 m. Although his gear was rated to -40° C, he says temperatures were around -60° C and the extreme cold a real challenge to deal with. While summit day was thwarted by the weather, Bill had a great trip and has some fantastic photos to show us.
Club member Gort Stephan is talking about his trip to FNP and tramping the Dusky Sound Track. More details to follow.