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The Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club is based in Palmerston North and runs weekend and mid-week tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, where talks are given by different speakers on topics related to the outdoors. Meetings are held at the Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to the Lido Aquatic Centre) and start at 7:30pm. You are very welcome to come along and have a look.


Lodge image

The club has a lodge on Mt Ruapehu where members and their guests can stay for skiing, climbing and tramping trips.


Coming up...

Thursday 14 September 2017 - 7:15pm (7:30pm start)

Hosted by: PN Tramping and Mountaineering Club

Annual Inter-Club Quiz Night

Quakers Hall, 227 College St, Palmerston North (down the dark driveway)


Make up a Team (or teams) of 4-6 people - or just ask your members to come along on the night and join a team then.

Looking forward to seeing you for some (serious) fun - who will win the Trevor Bissell Memorial Billy Trophy this year? And the chocolate? !

Thursday 14 September 2017 - 7:15pm (7:30pm start)

Hosted by: PN Tramping and Mountaineering Club

Annual Inter-Club Quiz Night

Quakers Hall, 227 College St, Palmerston North (down the dark driveway)
picture Make up a Team (or teams) of 4-6 people - or just ask your members to come along on the night and join a team then.
Looking forward to seeing you for some (serious) fun - who will win the Trevor Bissell Memorial Billy Trophy this year? And the chocolate? !

3 October 2017 - 7:30pm

Convened by: Howie Nicholson

MTSC Photo Competition

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to Lido)
picture Our annual photo competition will be held at our October club night. Judging from past years there will be some stunning images on display, and the three best images in each category will be entered into the interclub competition (see below). Come along for an evening of exceptional outdoors photography.

1) Landscapes (NZ) - Pictorial interest in NZ, no people
2) Above Bushline (NZ) - Predominantly alpine scenery in NZ, above bushline, e.g. rock and snow, tussock, etc., may include people
3) Below Bushline (NZ) - Predominantly bush,scrub, lowland to sub-alpine areas, may include people
4) Natural History (NZ) - NZ flora and fauna or detail, e.g. geology, ice formations, animals, plants etc.
5) Topical (NZ) - People or detail related to tramping, climbing, skiing, hut and camp life, etc. in NZ
6) Overseas - Photos taken overseas, open category: e.g. landscape, people, natural history, etc.

Contact Howard Nicholson via email at photocomp [at] mtsc.org.nz or phone (06)357 6325 to arrange to:
- Upload images to a Dropbox folder (I will send you a link to use)
- Email your entries to me directly
- Deliver your entries to me on a CD/DVD

I will need your entries by Friday 29 September 2017.
Conditions of entry
Unless you notify us otherwise, by entering this competition you grant MTSC the right to:
+ Use submitted images for MTSC publicity purposes
+ Submit your entries into the local Interclub competition to be held on 4 October 2016
+ Submit your entries into the Federated Mountain Clubs annual photo competition

Monday 9 October 2017 - 6:00pm

Hosted by: Massey University Alpine Club

Annual Inter-Club Photo Competition

Massey University Student Centre Lounge
picture MUAC is hosting the interclub photography competition on Monday 9 October 2017, starting at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome, so come along and support your club, or to just enjoy the images created by other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Images from the MTSC, PNTMC and MUAC club competitions will compete for top honours.


We run a variety of tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities.

Weekend Trips (including Sunday day trips)

29-30Roaring Stag LodgeEasyMark Learmonth355-9143
6-7Tutuwai HutMediumKen Mercer027 364-6475
13-14Sparrowhawk Biv.MediumJean Garman021 176-0209
21 (Sun)Glacier Ridge (Ohakune)Med/FitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
27-28Ngamoko HutMed/FitHoward Nicholson027 294-1941
28 (Sun)Kapakapanui LoopMediumLinda Campbell323-3836
1-6Abel Tasman LoopMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
11 (Sun)Longview HutMediumTim Swale06 376-6556
17-18Lodge Food CarryAllHoward Nicholson027 294-1941
8-9 Beginner's Ski WeekendAllKen Mercer027 364-6475
16 (Sun)Tree Trunk GorgeMed/FitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
29-30Technical Ski ImprovementIntmed & aboveJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
6 (Sun)Sunrise HutMediumJenny McCarthy021 215-2197
12Pizza Night at the LodgeSazio (ITA)Howard Nicholson027 294-1941
12-13Technical Ski ImprovementIntmed. & aboveJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
12-13Crater Lake (Ski/Brd/Walk)Intmed. & aboveJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
19-20Triangle HutMed/FitJenny McCarthy021 215-2197
26-27Holdsworth-Jumbo CircuitMediumTim Swale06 376-6556
26-3(Sep)Ski Tour CanterburyTechnicalKen Mercer027 364-6475
2-3Totara FlatsEasyLinda Campbell323-3836
9-10Climb & Ski NgauruhoeIntmed. & aboveJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
16-17Weekend in the SnowAllKen Mercer027 364-6475
23-24Maropea Forks HutMed/FitJean Garman021 176-0209
23-24Technical Ski ImprovementIntmed. & aboveJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
30-1Weekend in the SnowAllCarl Pester021 131-6264
7-8Waterfall HutMed/FitJean Garman021 176-0209
14-15Lodge Party WeekendAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
20-24Southern Richmond FPMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
21-23Mangaturuturu HutEasy/Med.Helen Peek021 065-0754
29 (Sun)Zekes HutEasy/Med.Helen Peek021 065-0754

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

03Bob Hodgson356-2915
10Jill Faulkner323-6094
17Rita Hodson323-5491
24Maurice McDonald357-5522
31Margaret Foot357-8003
7Christine Finnigan329-7822
14Russell Poole022 658-0661
21Denise/Chris Brunskill354-2511
28Harold Pettersson357-4248
5Ian Ritchie328-9618
12Bob Hargreaves357-0734
19Jenny Orange357-3380
26Evan/Coralie Davies357-6288
2Marion Beadle323-3246
9Linda Darbyshire354-6171
16Bev Akers325-8879
23Andrew Brodie358-6576
30Rod McKenzie357-0136
6John Ridge357-3744
13Dennis Jensen329-3229
20Russell Poole022 658-0661
27Robert Bruce329-7858
4Ian Brookes358-7974
11Leonie Lowndes359-5005
18Allan Rae358-3962
25Margaret Foot357-8003

Thursday Trips (Medium)

4Syd Easton356-7462
11Richard Ellis357-6410
18Carolyn Brodie358-6576
25Suzanne Clark356-8322
1Craig Ross355-3445
8Nigel & Jill Spencer329-8738
15Norman Cooper357-5531
22John Doolan027 446-8740
29Christine Scott354-0510
6Glenn Pendergrast356-7487
13Royce Mills355-8556
20John Brock329-4834
27Hugh Wilde356-9450
3David Grant328-7788
10Peter Wilson357-2403
17Judy Swainson358-4082
24Geraldine Fovakis356-4327
31Merv Matthews357-2858
7Bryce & Raewyn Buddle353-5163
14John McLeod323-5785
21John & Gillian Thornley356-9681
28Brian & Ruth Evans323-7614
5Chris Mercer356-2635
12Glenn Pendergrast356-7487
19Syd Easton356-7462
26Richard Ellis357-6410


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Trip card changes

Pizza Night at the Lodge has moved to 12 August 2017

Triangle Hut weekend trip dates are Sat 19 August - Sun 20 August 2017

Photo Competitions

The MTSC photo competition will be held on Tuesday 3 October 2017. Now is a good time to start searching for your best pics or taking that winning shot. The inter club competition will be hosted by MUAC on 9 October 2017


Subscriptions were due by 31 May and most have been paid. If you are one of the few who have not yet paid then please do so immediately, to prevent your membership from being terminated. Contact the Membership Secretary ASAP if you have any queries.

MTSC is absorbing the recent rise in our FMC levy, so membership is especially good value this year.

Winter Trip Card

Check out the Winter Trip Card online now!

Winter at the Lodge

The lodge at Ruapehu is a great launching pad for your Winter and Summer adventures. See the lodge page for further details.


Bank account

The MTSC bank account for depositing your subs, lodge payments etc. is 03-1521-0220353-000 (Westpac)
Please ensure that any payments are clearly identified with your membership code and a description of the payment.

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