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 HVTC Centenary Walks May 2023

The Hutt Valley Tramping Club was formed in May 1923. One of the earliest tramps was to Belmont Trig.

As part of the celebrations for the Club’s centenary year, on Sunday 14th May 2023 there will be three walks in Belmont Regional Park and one at Petone Beach. The activities are intended to suit current and past members of all abilities.

We will meet at 9.00 am at the regional park entrance at Oakleigh Street, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt for an official welcome and a group photograph.

Anyone who wishes to attend the welcome and photograph, without participating in a walk, is welcome to do so.

Attendees are invited to dress in tramping clothing from the 1920’s or the decade they started tramping.

Starting around 9.30 am, the following walks will take place:

A. A loop walk from Oakleigh St Entrance to Belmont Trig via the Otonga track and the four- wheel drive track, returning via Baked Beans Bend (about 4 hours). Leaders: Bob Deller, Jackie West

B. A return walk from Stratton St Entrance to Belmont Trip via the four- wheel drive track (about 3 hours). Walkers will take private vehicles, ideally with car- pooling, from Oakleigh St. The starting location for the walk will be the car parking area at the end of Stratton St. Leader: Doc Watson

C. A walk from Oakleigh St Entrance to Korokoro Dam and downstream to Cornish St Entrance (2-3 hours). The Club van will transfer walkers back to Oakleigh St. Leaders: Michael Grace, Sandra Pearce 

D. A gentle stroll along Petone Beach, Hikoikoi Reserve and Hut River (1-2 hours flexible). Walkers may be split into two or more groups, depending on how far people want to walk. Non- walkers could enjoy a morning tea near the beach or in a local café. Partcipants will use private vehicles to travel from Oakleigh St to Petone (starting location to be advised later). Leaders: Val, Bruce, Graeme 

Saturday 13th May will be the alternaGve day in case of a poor weather forecast for Sunday. 


The Oakleigh St Entrance is well- used at weekends. Car parking inside may be limited, in which case walkers should park on Oakleigh Street outside the entrance. 

Each group will have two leaders for guidance and safety. 

Walkers should carry food (snacks, morning tea, lunch, water, hot drink if desired), a waterproof jacket, a warm hat, and an additional item of warm clothing in case it is cold. Sun protection should be worn or carried too. The tracks are suitable for sports footwear or walking shoes (tramping boots are not necessary). 

Event Registration:
Please email 100th@hvtc.org.nz to express your interest in participating. 

Put ‘HVTC Centenary May Walks’ in the subject line and indicate which walk you would like to join. 

Please do not use the web registration form to indicate participation in the May walk(s). The registration form on the Club's website is for the November weekend activities only, not for the May walks. 

If you know of any past- members who might be interested, please tell them about the walks.