Be a great tramper, follow the Minimum Impact Code
Trip lists are generally posted on the notice boards late in the evening five Tuesdays before the trip.
If you are a nonmember or a new member please discuss the trip with the leader before putting your name on the trip list.
Everyone signing up for a weekend trip should attend the Tuesday meeting before the trip to arrange details of the trip with the leader. If you cannot attend, please advise the leader beforehand. If you cancel, please cross your name off the list or advise the leader before the Tuesday before the trip. For information about where the tracks are located contact the Chief Guide, search our trip reports or check out New Zealand Tramper.
Should numbers be restricted on a trip due to transport, accommodation or any other reason, non-members bookings cannot be confirmed until the closing of the lists or the Tuesday before the trip, whichever occurs first. The leader then has the right to accept or refuse further bookings.
If you wish to lead an extra trip please discuss with the Chief Guide or the Tramping Organiser.
Trip Leaders are welcome to download the trip report form, complete it and email it to the Tramping Organiser to report on their trip. It is most helpful if this is done straight after the trip because the Sue Boyde -> mailto:ttc-tramping-organiser [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on (04) 902 0858, or Mary Kane -> mailto:ttc-tramping-organiser [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on (04) 973 2254 needs the reports for the following Tuesday trip announcements. However, late reports with additional information are also appreciated.
Factors such as type of terrain, prevailing weather conditions, general party fitness (a party is as fast as its slowest member), and leadership, never repeat themselves in an identical fashion so times are estimates only.
|R||Ramble||2 to 3 hours, at a very leisurely pace.|
|BBB||Bus-boots-bus||Bus to walk, and bus back to start.|
|E||Easy||Up to 4 hours per day, pace slower than E/M.|
|E/M||Easy to Medium||Up to 5 to 6 hrs per day, pace slower than M.|
|M||Medium||Up to 7 hours per day, at standard walking pace, some off track travel.|
|M/F||Medium to Fit||Up to 8 hours per day, pace faster than M, off track and above bush line travel to be expected. |
Note: These trips are listed as "Off Track Exploration", their destinations can vary according to the weather.
Contact the Leader listed for further information.
|F||Fit||Over 8 hours per day, pace faster than M/F.|
|Family||Suitable for school age family members with parents.|
|Preschool||Suitable for preschool children in buggies.|
|Instruction||Instruction such as Bush craft or Alpine instruction|
|Lodge||Trips based on lodge accommodation. Can have different grades of trip at the same time.|
|Ski||Board, ski, and snow trips, often based at Tararua Lodge|
|Climb||Alpine climbing trips generally involve 8hr+ days and require AIC skills or equivalent experience. However, members are welcome to join for the approach tramp. Rock climbing trips require relevant experience only.|
|WP||Work party. An opportunity to help work on and maintain the clubs facilities|
Trip grades are a guide only, for a better idea of any trip pace please discuss with the leader.
For example, a medium party travelling faster and longer than an easy party may cover up to twice the distance or height of the easy party.
Gear hire charges are as follows
|Tent poles & pegs||nc||nc||5||15||15|
|Aluminium fuel bottles||nc||nc||5||10||20|
|First Aid Kit||nc||nc||nc||nc||10|
|No charge to hire||nc||Not allowed to hire||na|
You can purchase FMC pack liners for $2 each
- deposits are required by non-members on all items
- deposits are required by everyone for Avalanche Transceivers and personal locator beacons
- ropes, harnesses, quickdraws, slings, ATCs, and karabiners can only be taken out by instructors, not by anyone else.
- charges must be paid in advance
- equipment returned clean and dry on the first Tuesday evening
- TTC approved courses and programmes are exempt from charges
- non-members may hire gear only to use on a club trip, fees and a deposit will be required.
- TTC programmes and courses have priority over usage of the gear which means some gear will not be available for general club activities at times eg AIC, Bush craft, Ski courses, and Youth programme
- when hiring crampons bring your boots along for fitting.
To enable use of gear for the next weekend, all gear must be returned to the gear room by the next Club meeting.
- all gear must be clean and dry upon return.
- tents and flies must be neatly packed with number visible and complete with bag of poles and pegs.
- use of equipment in first aid kits must be recorded and advised to gear custodian to enable replenishment.
Please report any loss of or damage to Club gear to the Gear Custodian. Anyone responsible for such loss or damage is required to pay an appropriate amount as determined by the Committee. The gear room is open on Club nights from 7.45 p.m. until the start of the presentation and from the end of the presentation until 9.30 p.m.
Mountain radios for trips can be hired from the Wellington Mountain radio or Christchurch Mountain radio services.
The transport used by the Club depends on the trip destination and popularity.
For local trips, we mostly use car-pooling and for more distant destinations we use either car pooling or commercial transport.
Please advise your trip leader early if you can offer or require transport.
Departure points and times vary and trip members should check the arrangements with the leader.
For weekend or longer trips non-members must pay costs in full (transport, accommodation, and food) on the Tuesday before the trip.
Anyone withdrawing from the trip after that Tuesday is required to pay the full fare and expenses.
Boots must be worn - other footwear is unsuitable unless the trip leader agrees otherwise. Always take parka, warm clothing, drink, lunch, snack food (chocolate or dried fruit) and torch. Consider the need for other Weekend Gear items. A change of clothes for the homeward journey is often a good idea.
- Cotton shirt/polypropylene or wool singlet, bushshirt/polar fleece jacket/wool jersey, quick drying shorts, underclothes, two pairs wool/polypropylene socks, boots, gaiters, handkerchief.
- Storm clothing
- Waterproof parka and overtrousers, wool mittens, balaclava/hat.
- Change of clothing
- Polypropylene/wool top, polypropylene/wool long johns, socks, underclothes, hut footwear.
- Sleeping gear
- Groundsheet, sleeping mat, sleeping bag and liner.
- Other gear
- Torch, spare bulb, personal first aid, compass, map, DoC hut tickets/annual pass, toilet paper, insect repellent, whistle, matches in waterproof container, candle, 1 litre of water, camera, antihistamine tablets, water purification tablets, small towel, sunhat, sunblock, sunglasses, togs, toilet gear, stove and fuel, billy, pot mitt, tent, fly, poles and pegs. Line pack with large plastic survival bag to keep all gear dry, or use smaller bags.
- In Winter and Alpine conditions
- additional top and longs, socks, overmitts, snow goggles, crampons and ice-axe (check with trip leader). Extra pack weight approximately 3 kg.
Please check with the leader regarding communal food, e.g. dinners.
For a normal tramping weekend two breakfasts, two lunches, one evening meal, and snacks are required as follows.
Note that this is a guideline only and individual tastes and requirements will vary.
The approximate total weight per day is 1 kg per person.
- Each Breakfast
- 150gm muesli or cereals or 75gm porridge and milk powder or 75g macaroni and 50gm cheese.
- Each Lunch
- 150gm bread or biscuits or Tararua biscuits and spreads, cheese, salami, fruit, Refresh.
- One Evening Meal
- 150gm pasta or rice, meat or beans, dried or fresh vegetables, dried soup, dessert.
- Beverages (per weekend)
- 10gm tea or tea bags or 25gm coffee or 50gm Milo, milk powder.
- Condiments (per weekend)
- Salt, pepper, herbs etc (according to party tastes) 15gm.
- Snacks and Scroggin (per weekend): scroggin (nuts, dried fruit, seeds), chocolate or carob, barley sugars, muesli bars. Total 300gm.
- Bowl, mug, knife, spoon.
- Total pack weight
- 12 to 15 kg.
Note to parents, relatives or friends of members on Club trips: Should a party be late in returning, please do not worry unduly as this happens often and there are probably good reasons for their delay. If you are in doubt please contact the Chief Guide, a Tramping Organiser or the President.
If you have any concerns about safety on a Club trip please contact the Chief Guide, Safety Officer or President.
- Plan your trip thoroughly
- leave an Intentions Form with a responsible person
this should include
- the route you intend to take
- the party size, and experience level of the group
- time and place of return
- Carry sufficient clothing, equipment, food, and water
- take appropriate equipment
- take extra equipment in case of emergencies
- take navigation equipment and know how to use it
- Carry a means of emergency communication
- Mountain radio, satellite phone, or personal locator beacon.
A radio communication device is necessary in the outdoors where cell phone reception may be limited or unavailable. Emergency communication devices can be hired at minimal cost or purchased.
- Check the weather forecast
- monitor the weather in the days before you leave
- continually monitor the weather conditions during the trip
- Check the track and hut conditions
- check with the Department of Conservation, locals, local tramping clubs, Regional Authorities, or District Councils
- Beware of rivers - if in doubt DO NOT CROSS
- know when, where, and how to cross
- attend a river safety course before you go
- Prepare for emergencies
- when things go wrong, use the STOP model for making decisions:
Stop, take a breath, sit down, and remain calm
Think, look around you, listen, brainstorm options
Observe what is around you, evaluate the potential consequences
Plan what to do what is necessary to keep alive, then act. Water, shelter, warmth, and the will to survive are the essential elements to your survival, but if in dougt stay put.
If a Club Trip is involved in or with an accident, please contact one of the Club Search and Rescue officials, Chief Guide or a Tramping Organiser.
Before the trip:
- If you cannot lead your trip, contact the Tramping Organiser or Chief Guide at least 4 weeks before the trip and try to arrange for a substitute leader.
- Make yourself familiar with the area to be visited.
- Obtain permission to camp on or cross private property.
- The Tramping Organiser will place the trip list on the notice board in the clubrooms four weeks before your trip.
- Add details (probable length of days, river/bush/tops travel, type of track/ route etc) to encourage members to come on your trip.
- Promote your trip using the Email news groups and website (check fixture details, promote on the news page).
- The Club Transport Officer handles bookings for non-private transport. Note that deposits may have to be collected in advance from party non-members.
- Obtain hut tickets from the Gear Room.
- Check with all persons on the trip to ensure that they know the type of trip you will be leading and that they will be fit enough to cope.
- Discuss food, clothing, equipment, special gear (for work parties, gorge trips etc) and transport with trip members.
- If you are in any doubt about any of the above points or you want to change the route or departure time consult the Chief Guide or a Tramping Organiser
During and after your trip:
- Collect fares and pay them to the Treasurer. Supply details of any defaulter.
- Use the Club's stickers in hut intention books to highlight our presence in the area.
- As leader, you are responsible for any party club gear, so note who is carrying it and arrange for its prompt return to the gear room (please dry tents and clean billies).
- Report numbers on trip, track and hut conditions and other required information to the Tramping Organiser.
- Write a short account of the interesting features of your trip for the Tararua Tramper or have someone else do it.
- If it is a long trip or one of particular interest arrange for a longer and more detailed account for publication in the Tararua Annual.
- Consider preparing a presentation of your trip to the Club for a Tuesday night meeting.
Toitu te whenua (Leave the land undisturbed)
- Protect plants and animals
Treat New Zealand's forests and birds with care and respect. They are unique and often rare.
- Remove rubbish
Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
- Bury toilet waste
In areas without toilet facilities, bury your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites and huts.
- Keep streams and lakes clean
When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Because soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered. If you suspect the water may be contaminated, either boil it for at least 3 minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
- Take care with fires
Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you do use a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before leaving.
- Camp carefully
When camping, leave no trace of your visit.
- Keep to the track
By keeping to the track, where one exists, you lessen the chance of damaging fragile plants.
- Consider others
People visit the back country and rural areas for many reasons. Be considerate of other visitors who also have a right to enjoy the natural environment.
- Respect our cultural heritage
Many places in New Zealand have a spiritual and historical significance. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
- Enjoy your visit
Enjoy your outdoor experience. Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there? Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.