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Contents:
Easter Weekend. Lake Waikaremoana, Camp Kaitawa
Queens Birthday Weekend. Whirinaki Recreation Camp
Big Hill Station Permit
NTC 40th Anniversary – Please submit ideas for this event, which will take place on October 2nd.
Respecting private farmland
Ruahine Forest Park Huts DOC Review
Social Events – Calendar
Tell everybody u TRAMP!

Easter Weekend, Lake Waikaremoana 18-21st April 2014
Camp Kaitawa.
The camp is found on about 1½ acres of flat land beside Lake Wherowhero, about 1.5km from Lake Waikaremoana. The club has reserved two cabins, each sleeping four, and will be sharing the kitchen and lounge facilities with the North Kiwi Conservation group. There are shared washing facilities, including hot showers, etc.

Costs: Accommodation: $25.00 per person per night for the accommodation.

Food kitty: to be confirmed

Transport costs: to be confirmed

Sue Martin (06 835 8144) and Ted Angove (06 844 8131) are the contacts for this break, so please contact them if you are interested.

Activities will be day walks, including:

Onepoto to Panekire Hut and return. 4 hours, 9 km
This is the most strenuous part of the great walk trip, but the views from Panekire make it worthwhile. The track starts from the Onepoto Shelter and leads you through the
former Armed Constabulary Redoubt Parade Ground before climbing steadily up
to the top of Panekire Bluff. It then follows the undulating ridgeline before reaching
Puketapu Trig (1180 metres) and onto Panekire Hut.

Hopuruahine Landing to Whganganui Hut and Waiharuru Hut and return. 4 hours, 17 km
This is another moderate day of walking with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities
and chances to relax beside the lake’s edge. From the Hopuruahine suspension bridge, the track is level to Whanganui Hut. It then climbs over the Pukehou ridge Waiharuru Hut.

The Ruapani Circuit Track. Approx. 6 hours.
About half an hour beyond the Waikareiti day shelter, a left fork takes you onto the Ruapani Circuit Track, which passes 7 wetlands to exit onto the Waikareiti Track again near the main road.
The Old Maori Trail. 2 hours. Starting at Rosie Bay, the track follows what was a traditional Maori route to Lake Kaitawa. It follows a valley which arcs around the trailing edge of the landslide block which slid from Ngamoko (see Lou’s Lookout description in Lake Waikaremoana area short walks). It features grassy clearings and some beautifully formed totara and matai trees.
After passing through dense bush the track descends gradually to Lake Kaitawa.

Queens Birthday Weekend. Whirinaki Recreation Camp May 31st – June 2nd.
This is an outdoor and education centre. 5km from Minginui Village in Whirinaki Forest Park. A 10 birth cabin has been booked. Cost $30 per cabin. Lighting by candle. Wood heater in all huts. A cooking shelter with wood Bbq, fuel provided. Flush toilets. A lot of tracks in the area.

Big Hill Station Permit
We have been lucky to get a permit to drive through Big Hill Station, for a week in June 20-26th 2014. Let’s get our thinking caps on, for trips you would like do. The November tramp went very well, the picture below is taken at Dianne’s Hut. See the full trip report soon to be posted on the website.

NTC 40th Anniversary Diner, October 2.
The diner will be held at a venue (yet to be advised).

Respecting private farmland
We would like to remind all club members that where a tramp passes through private farmland, permission must be sought prior to the tramp. This is a basic courtesy, and club policy.

Ruahine Forest Park Hut and Tracks – DOC Review
The club’s views on the possible removal of huts and tracks in the Ruahine Forest Park. The club’s view is that we would be disappointed if such action were necessary. We wish to ensure that consultation not only with the local tramping and deerstalking groups occurs. A working group has been mooted as a way forward to get the mix of views of tramping and deerstalking clubs i.e. those that have been attending the two meetings that DOC have held to-date on the review. This is a positive step, and NTC will be playing its part by submitting opinion and options to the working group on how we all manage the future of the huts and tracks in the RFP.

Having a final break before climbing up back to No Mans Road. Sitting outside Dianne's Hut.
Having a final break before climbing up back to No Mans Road. Sitting outside Dianne's Hut.

SOCIAL EVENTS
Grab a bike, put on your comfy shoes, bring a friend or relation and join us for some social activities. No meetings or phone calls, just meet at the designated place, with a smile and change for coffee, ice cream etc. Check out the meetings diary page for more details.

Tell everybody uTRAMP!
Are you displaying the iTramp bumper sticker? The motif doesn’t replace the logo created in 1974, but is intended to promote the club. Stickers are available from Julia Mackie, and business cards from John Dobbs. Let’s show ourselves off to the world!

Our new bumper sticker
Our new bumper sticker