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13 February Rene and Keith Thomas. Walking off track in the MacDonnell Ranges.
While the Larapinta Trail provides an excellent introduction to walking in the MacDonnell Ranges, walking off track provides the experienced tramper/bushwalker with many opportunities to explore this ancient landscape with gorges flanked by red sandstone walls, rocky peaks and ridges rarely visited. The open and rocky terrain partially covered by spinifex (depending on when it was last burnt) allows you to walk anywhere. Off track extended walks have to be approved by rangers. The only physical limiting factor is water and it is important to know where you are likely to find it. Our talk will focus on these lesser known areas of this magnificent National Park."
Sales Table run by Graeme Lythgoe. Bring your cash and your saleable items.
20 February Cape Reinga to Bluff by bike - the pensioners version
Christmas 2017 Zita and Mike Wespel-Rose rode their bikes from Cape Rienga to Wellington following the Tour Aoteroa route but independently. This Christmas they plan to complete the rest of the trip from Picton to Bluff. Hear how they got on."
27th February Cruising Fiordland on the Milford Wanderer Dennis Page
In early September 2018, 32 lucky HVTC members, led by Graeme Lythgoe, headed south to Manapouri to explore by boat, the southernmost fiords of New Zealand's largest national park. The trip was hosted by Real Journeys and began with an exhilarating chopper ride to Preservation Inlet to rendezvous with the Milford Wanderer and then commenced a delightful week of cruising and exploring six of the seven most southern fiords in the country. Tonight we showcase some of the country's pristine natural history and beauty but in addition, we highlight the wealth of early European history the area has to offer - A history that predates much of that which occurred in Northland and is perhaps under-appreciated by many.
6 March Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Loop Andrew Robinson
Seven club members spent 9 days over New Year exploring the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, following the Te Pua-a-Tāne loop. Lots of birdlife and big trees, occasional mountain bikers and thunderstorms, the odd bit of windfall and a cave made for an interesting and varied trip.
The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions.
If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact
Michele or Pamela at club night, or email details to Pamela.Campbell@comcom.govt.nz