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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

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

Events

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Tuesday 6 March 2018 - 7:30pm

Bob Hodgson

How to enjoy the Cook Islands

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to Lido)

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In the company of Sue, my wife, I have enjoyed many active holidays in the Cook Islands. Our initial visit was made in 2000 to Rarotonga, the Capital Island, and we continue to make it our base. Since our first visit to Rarotonga, we have also visited; Mangaia, Atiu (twice) and Aitutaki (four times).

Our main activity has been snorkelling in the lagoons but we have also walked, tramped and cycled as well as descended into caves in Mangaia and Atiu, gone ocean fishing and sailed in a vaka (ocean sailing canoe). One unlikely activity was making a tour of the Green Peace flagship, the Esperanza an ex Russian navy, submarine mother ship.

Recently we made our thirteenth visit to the islands. Over the years we have gained a love of the islands and have come to admire the friendly and capable islanders. In this talk illustrated from our large collection of photographs, I will give a brief history of the Cook Islands who incidentally celebrated the 50th anniversary of their independence from NZ in 2015, describe the Islands and discuss what they offer to the active and curious visitor.


Tuesday 6 March 2018 - 7:30pm

Bob Hodgson

How to enjoy the Cook Islands

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to Lido)
picture In the company of Sue, my wife, I have enjoyed many active holidays in the Cook Islands. Our initial visit was made in 2000 to Rarotonga, the Capital Island, and we continue to make it our base. Since our first visit to Rarotonga, we have also visited; Mangaia, Atiu (twice) and Aitutaki (four times).
Our main activity has been snorkelling in the lagoons but we have also walked, tramped and cycled as well as descended into caves in Mangaia and Atiu, gone ocean fishing and sailed in a vaka (ocean sailing canoe). One unlikely activity was making a tour of the Green Peace flagship, the Esperanza an ex Russian navy, submarine mother ship.
Recently we made our thirteenth visit to the islands. Over the years we have gained a love of the islands and have come to admire the friendly and capable islanders. In this talk illustrated from our large collection of photographs, I will give a brief history of the Cook Islands who incidentally celebrated the 50th anniversary of their independence from NZ in 2015, describe the Islands and discuss what they offer to the active and curious visitor.

Tuesday 10 April 2018 - 7:30pm

Ken Mercer

Orienteering

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to Lido)
picture Every tramper likes to look at maps; to plan trips, to figure out where you are or even to use in conjunction with a compass to find your way around in the hills. Orienteering is a great way to help develop navigation skills. For this club night we'll have a short theory session at the club rooms then head out to have a go at the orienteering course in the Esplanade. If your skills are pretty good already come along and help your fellow club members to learn. If you have them, please bring your compass and headlamp along.

Trips

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

Weekend Trips (including Sunday day trips)

October
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
7-8Waterfall Hut (now 14-15 Oct)Med/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)CANCELLED (was Zekes Hut)Easy/Med.Helen Peek021 065-0754
November
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
4-5Rangiwahia HutMediumKen Mercer027 364-6475
12 (Sun)Holdsworth AreaEasyLinda Campbell027 333-4493
19 (Sun)Beyond Ruapae FallsMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
25-26Kime HutMediumJenny McCarthy021 215-2197
25-26Lodge Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
December
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
2-3Ski Tour RuapehuTechnicalKen Mercer027 364-6475
2-3Ruapehu walksEasy/MedTim Swale022 134-8384
9-10Roaring Stag HutEasy/MedHelen Peek021 065-0754 / 358-9470
9-10Leon Kinvig HutMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
17 (Sun)Tree Trunk GorgeFitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
January
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
(Wellington Anniversary 20-22nd)
7 (Sun)Kohitere Trig - LevinEasyHelen Peek021 065-0754 / 358-9470
28 (Sun)Te Ekaou StreamFitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
February
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
3-6(CANCELLED)Queen Charlotte Walkway
3-6Lodge Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
10-11McKinnon HutMed/FitJean Garman021 176-0209
17-18Somes Island and Wellington WalksEasyLinda Campbell027 333-4493
17-18East Waitewaewae RiverFitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
24-25Mangahao Flats Work PartyMediumJean Garman021 176-0209
March
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
3 (Sat)Top Gorge HutMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
3-4Manawatu SAREX
10-11Makaroro River TripMediumHoward Nicholson027 294-1941
17-18CANCELLED: Bush CraftEasyTim Swale022 134-8384
17-18Dundas Hut via Harris CrkFitGarry Grayson027 269-5934
24-25Taranaki WalksEasy/MedLinda Campbell027 333-4493
30-2CANCELLED: Lodge Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
April
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
1 (Sun)Tour de Palmerston North (Cycling)EasyKaren Tutt021 064-5918
7-8Orongoronga ValleyE/MJohn Beech354-9310
14 (Sat)Waihohonu LoopMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
21-22Howlett's HutMediumGarry Grayson027 269-5934
25 (Wed)Castle RockMediumJenny McCarthy021 215-2197

Wednesday Trips (Easy)

October
DateLeaderPhone
4Ian Brookes358-7974
11Leonie Lowndes359-5005
18Allan Rae358-3962
25Margaret Foot357-8003
November
DateLeaderPhone
1Bob Hodgson356-2915
8Jill Faulkner323-6094
15Maurice McDonald357-5522
22Anne West357-5716
29Christine Finnigan329-7822
December
DateLeaderPhone
6Marion Beadle323-3246
13Denise/Chris Brunskill354-2511
January
DateLeaderPhone
31Sue Pither357-3033
February
DateLeaderPhone
7Rita Hodson323-5491
14Coralie/Evan Davies357-6288
21Harold Pettersson357-4248
28Chris Teo-Sherrell355-1816
March
DateLeaderPhone
7Bob Hargreaves357-0734
14Richard Hunter357-6821
21William Laing358-4876
28Judith/Peter Zwart353-5087
April
DateLeaderPhone
4Linda Darbyshire354-6171
11Rod McKenzie357-0136
18John Ridge357-3744
25Bev Akers325-8879

Thursday Trips (Medium)

October
DateLeaderPhone
5Chris Mercer356-2635
12Glenn Pendergrast356-7487
19Syd Easton356-7462
26Richard Ellis357-6410
November
DateLeaderPhone
2Suzanne Clark356-8322
9Carolyn Brodie358-6576
16Craig Ross355-3445
23David Grant328-7788
30Norman Cooper357-5531
December
DateLeaderPhone
7Peter Wilson357-2403
14John Doolan027 446-8740
15Barbecue
January
DateLeaderPhone
No one rostered for this month
Contact one of the regulars!
February
DateLeaderPhone
1Christine Scott354-0510
8Royce Mills355-8556
15John Brock329-4834
22Hugh Wilde356-9450
March
DateLeaderPhone
1David Grant328-7788
8Judy Swainson358-4082
15Judith Tonson356-4191
22Merv Matthews357-2858
29Bryce & Raewyn Buddle353-5163
April
DateLeaderPhone
5John McLeod323-5785
12John & Gillian Thornley356-9681
19Brian & Ruth Evans323-7614
26Chris Mercer356-2635

Newsletters

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News

The latest news and updates are on our Facebook page.

Winter Trip Card - 2018

Below is the link to the trip card planning spreadsheet. If you haven't done so already and you would be so kind as to run a trip, please go to this link and fit your trip in. This needs to be done by the 8th March!

MTSC Winter Trip Card Planning Sheet

Lodge Work Party - 3-4 Feb 2018

Purpose of the trip will be mainly based around the painting of the lodge and undertaking minor repairs. We also plan to start excavation of soil to increase the size of the downstairs drying and ski room. The weekends are free to workers and no skill level is required. There is also cleaning and catering to be done.

The club van will be leaving Palmy at around 6pm on Friday night and there will be a fee to help cover fuel costs. Please bring painting gear and digging equipment. If you intend to come please let me know so that we can ensure we have a seat in the van (if required) and a bed at the lodge.

Contact: John Lyttle - Lodge.Manager@mtsc.org.nz - 027 4336307

Proposed Lodge Alterations

Some changes to the layout of Manawatu Lodge at Mt Ruapehu are proposed. The proposed plans are here. Feel free to contact the Lodge Manager, John Lyttle, to provide feedback.

Summer Trip Card

Check out the Summer Trip Card online now!

Summer 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.

Payments

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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