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Grade Hard. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 7 Dec.

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Stay Friday night in Arthur's Pass. On Saturday, gain Waimakariri Col via the Rolleston River, climb Mt Armstrong, and stay in Waimakariri Falls Hut. On Sunday, either climb Carrington Peak or enjoy a lie-in, then walk out to Klondyke Corner.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 14 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Out west past Springfield, this pleasant day tramp starts next to the homestead on Brookesdale Station and leads in over rolling farmland, on up the valley to the little gem that is Lake Rubicon, nestled in the foothills of the Torlesse Range. We then follow a track up the valley for a short distance, then down the Rubicon River to a 4WD track which takes us through some farm paddocks back to the cars.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost . List Closes: 14 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The plan is to park at the top of Porters pass, get out of the cars and head uphill at a nice easyish pace. 800m of climb for the fantastic views awaiting us from the top. A chance to look across the peaks which comprise the Torlesse range and plot your assault on them.

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BY16. Approximate cost $50+Accom. List Closes: 14 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

We will be taking advantage of 4 days off work to go adventuring somewhere. Weather will dictate destination. There's the possibility of boating across Tasman Lake to access the mountains and climb The Nuns Veil. There will be a fee for this option. Glacier travel skills will be needed. Contact both leaders by email if you're interested. Limited to 8 people including leaders

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Grade Mod/Hard. Map(s) BW17, BW18, BX18. Approximate cost $45. List Closes: 14 Dec.

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This is a glacier crossing group camping training trip with shared meals and gear. From Erewhon Station in Rangitata Valley we’ll head as far up the Clyde as we can go in the 4X4s and access the Garden via Perth Col. Grade Moderate Hard but let the trip leader know if you have limited snow skills. The grade reflects the glacier travel skills needed, may also need rope and belay skllls to achieve the peaks. The pace will not be fast, and hopefully much of the riverbed travel will be covered in 4x4 vehicles.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 21 Dec.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Head up the Waimakariri river to Anti Crow Hut the head south up the Anti Crow River to camp high, somewhere near Gizeh Col. Explore the area to see if ridge or glacier travel would be best way to head towards Greenlaw Col and Mt Speight then on to Mt Harper. Out via Camp Spur to Carrington Hut. Contact leader via email

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BZ13, BZ14. Approximate cost $45. List Closes: 4 Jan.

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Leave Friday night and stay somewhere near Twizel. Saturday morning we drive to the road end, do a short climb (650m) over the ridge to Top Dingle Burn hut where we drop the heavy gear. With day packs we charge up on to the Huxley range, climb the peak and drop back down in to the Dingle burn to complete a loop. Stay at the hut on Saturday night followed by a leisurely return to Christchurch on Sunday

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Grade EasyMod/MTB. Map(s) BT24. Approximate cost approx $40. List Closes: 4 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This is a moderate grade cycle track that can easily be done as a loop in 2 days from Christchurch. You do not need a full suspension bike to do this trip – front suspension only is fine. Depart Z Station 8am for Maling Pass Carpark. Day 1 to Pool Hut, Day 2 to St James Homestead and back to the cars along the road.

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Grade EasyMod. Map(s) BW23. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 11 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This is a well appointed hut in behind Mt Thomas with a nice track, making an easier end of easy/moderate tramp. There is a crossing of the Okuku River at the start of the track so you could wear old shoes or sandals for this, changing into boots for the walk, Which is mainly in beech forest. Look forward to lunch at the hut before returning the same way. Return trip 5 hours, 12kms.

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Grade Easy Mod. Map(s) BY18. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 11 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Easy moderate trip going up Deer Spur. Lovely views over the plains

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU20, BU21, BV21. Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 11 Jan.

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One of the great trips to a stunning location on the west coast. Walk up the Taramakau river before climbing up to the hut on a prominent alpine scarp. Stay up to watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea. On Sunday walk out past Mt Koeti and drop back down near lake Kaurapataka. A must do trip.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BX20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 18 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

At 1171m, this minor peak is in the Alford Range, half way between Mt Hutt and Mt Somers. We will access it via an easement across private land and then through the Alford Scenic Reserve - Small, but includes good stands of beech. There is a 4WD track up part of the way to 900m and then a route through sub alpine vegetation, to the summit which affords great views of the surrounding area. 600m height gain. Return the same way.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) BX19. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 18 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This gives us a varied trip in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. Starting at the Woolshed Creek carpark, a 400 m climb up the Rhyolite Ridge to the Mt Somers Walkway which we follow up to the Bus Stop Overhang and down to Woolshed Creek Hut. This section of the route takes in dynamic scenery with regenerating mountain beech, within a landscape of deep pools, waterfalls, rocky tors and canyons. From the hut we follow the Miners Track back to the carpark through open grassland and Subalpine herbfield. On the way visit the old coal mine workings. Please note earlier start time.

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 25 Jan.

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We'll go up the Mt Aicken track, then follow the long ridge that encloses the Devils Punchbowl Creek catchment, taking in Mt Aicken, Blimit and Mt Cassidy. Descend to where we started via Cons Track. This trip involves rock scrambling and some exposure (grade 2 in the guidebook). Take plenty of water. Helmet required, let the leader know if you need to hire a club one (free of charge). The trip is best in dry weather; if it's wet, we'll come up with an alternative.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) BS27. Approximate cost $55. List Closes: 25 Jan.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Waitangi Day 2018 is Tues Feb 6th offering an opportunity to get 2 great peaks outside of the Southern Alps in one long weekend. Hopefully the Kaikoura Rd will be open and we can head to Dee Hut Fri Feb 2 6pm Z Station Papanui Rd. Might need snow skills

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost approx $50. List Closes: 25 Jan.

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A highly recommended trip to a stunning area of true West coast bush and Southern Alps. We've had requests for this trip to be run and its well worth doing. Waitangi day falls on a Tuesday this year so you can do this at a solid moderate pace and enjoy yourself. Anyone keen to lead this one please let me know

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 1 Feb.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Situated in the alpine Lake Coleridge basin tussockland area. We first skirt around the edge of Lake Georgina and up to Point 825 for some good views of the lake. Climb up to Mt Georgina (944m ), and then descend through open scrub country To visit Red Lakes. Follow a 4WD track out to the Lyndon Road. The trip will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $TBA. List Closes: 31 May.

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Nestled among arguably the most stunning alpine scenery in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc trail is a must-do 9-11 day tramp that's worthy of a high rank on your bucket list. Winding through the picturque alps of Switzerland, France and Italy, this 170 km trek is an amazing experience you will never forget. If tramping sometime next June - July with other CTC members through unbelievable postcard views tickles your adventurous juices, please send me a quick email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll send you further information. Numbers are limited, so please reply ASAP. Here's a short video that will give you a taste of what you could expect to experience on the Tour du Mont Blanc, https://youtu.be/mIyAqOFBM70