The very best North Island weekend tramping!

Want to go hiking in superb locations in NZ’s North Island ?

Then join us on one of our fantastic weekend tramps:

  • overnight (2 day) tramps on a standard weekend
  • 2 night, 3 day tramps on long weekends
  • 3 night, 4 days at Easter
  • occasionally a little longer, requiring some time off work

All our weekend tramps are small group, meticulously planned, with highly experienced leaders. They can be on or off track, hut based or camping.

Where do we go? To all the very best North Island hiking locations, mostly into our superb regional and national parks.

Join us! You’ll be blown away by the our amazing array of bush, river, alpine and coastal trips.

Note: Non-members are welcome on our weekend Club tramps - but priority will be given to members.

Check out the further info below !






Preview of a typical ATC North Island overnight tramp

Friday, 7pm. Everyone clambers aboard Big Blue and we’re off. The bus is in sleeper mode, so we can all lie down and snuggle into our sleeping bags. There’s animated chatter, maps being scrutinised, an air of anticipation.

Gradually quiet descends as people fall asleep, and a few hours later we’re at the roadend. The keen ones pile out and set up tents. The rest doze off again.

6am and the early risers are up. Breakfast, briefings, packs rearranged. Then we’re away! Off for two days of stunning North Island hiking. Bush, rivers, tops – what will the next two days have in store this time?

Want to know how these overnighters work out? Then read our members’ accounts of weekend tramps on our trip reports page here.

Want to line up your next weekend tramp? Check out our calendar here

Fantastic extended North & South Island tramps

Our magnificent South Island multiday summer tramping programme

Every year just after Christmas we descend on a stunning, South Island location for a series of spectacular multiday tramps.

There’ll be tramps rated easy, medium and fit, and of varying lengths – from 3 to 5 or more days. Members can join one, or several of them.

It’s the highlight of the year for many members.

And then in February we do it all again in a different but equally awesome location!

So keen members can get in two weeks of awesome tramping over late December and early January, and then another dosage in mid to late February. Now that’s hard to beat!

But note: These extended multiday tramps typically fill up (real) fast, so early bookings are essential - see what we have lined up this coming summer here.

Other extended tramps

The Kaimanawas, Kawekas, Ruahines, Tararuas. One of these magnificent ranges will be the playground for our annual extended North Island tramp.

These are normally challenging 5-8 day tramping expeditions through spectacular and more remote country. They’re suitable for the more experienced (and fitter) tramper.

But wait, that’s not all …

Most years we also have a hut-based mid-winter tramp or tramps not too far from the white stuff down south. Totally different to summer tramping, these give a different perspective of invariably stunning landscapes and with fewer people about.  Fantastic!

Want to know what’s coming up? Keep an eye on our Extended Summer Tramps Calendar and Multiday Tramp Calendar – and get in real fast so you don’t miss out ! 


Preparing for a multiday tramp

Multiday tramp gradings

Easy:      4 - 6 hours tramping Usually formed tracks, easy pace
Medium: 6 - 8 hours tramping Suitable for those with some experience and good fitness
Long / Fit: 7 hours and over Experience and a high level of fitness necessary

Trip Gradings are given as a guide only. Weather and track conditions can make the trip harder. Read the trip description in the tours programme and discuss your intended trip with the leader before booking.

How to join an ATC multiday tramp

  • Phone the leader to discuss the tramp, outline your recent tramping experience, and confirm this is a suitable tramp for you.
  • Ensure you have the correct gear.
  • Book and pay for the tramp.
  • Arrive at the bus departure point in good time, suitably prepared. Refer to the tramp details for time and place, and the standard pickup directions and maps.
  • Advise the leader of any medical conditions in case a problem arises during the tramp.

Weekend tramp transport – Club Bus

Even before you start tramping, travelling in our Big Blue is an adventure in itself ! There is a guide for new travellers attached to this page.

Gear - Tramp Essentials

  • Bring your own food, sleeping and cooking gear, map and compass.
  • Clothing should be adequate for the likely conditions. We suggest three layers of clothing. Lightweight fabrics that retain body heat (even when wet) are recommended. e.g. polypropylene, wool or fibrepile.
  • A waterproof rain jacket with a hood is absolutely essential for all tramps.
  • On all winter tramps or when specified, bring full storm gear, e.g. over trousers, warm gloves, over mittens, warm hat or balaclava and longjohns.

Gear Check List


  • Tent / fly
  • Groundsheet (this could be a section of polythene the size of your tent floor)
  • Sleeping Bag (& optional bag liner)
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Pack

  • Pack Liner (could be 1 or 2 plastic rubbish sacks)
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket with Hood
  • Over-trousers (wet or cold weather)

  Clothing chosen from:
  • Light shirt / T-shirt (for summer tramping)
  • Polypropylene / thermal top(s)
  • Polypropylene / fleece
  • Polypropylene / long johns
  • Shorts
  • Bush-jacket / fibrepile jacket
  • Underclothing
  • Hat / Balaclava
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mitts / gloves
  • Socks, spare socks
  • Boots, laces, spare laces
  • Gaiters / puttees

NOTE: You will need dry clothes for sleeping and tent or hut wear and should preserve these clothes in a dry state. Once tramping clothes are wet, you should continue to wear the wet clothes for tramping regardless.

Cooking & Food:

  • Cooker, fuel, lighter or matches
  • Length of candle
  • Billy(s) & pot scourer
  • Dinners, breakfasts, lunches, snacks
  • Water bottle & / or bladder
  • Utensils (e.g. bowl, spoon)
  • Sharp cutting knife


  • Torch & spare batteries
  • Whistle
  • Map and compass
  • GPS (optional)
  • First aid kit (plasters, antihistamine...)
  • Personal medications


  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light towel
  • Toothbrush, soap etc
  • Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
  • Length of cord (for clothes line, optional)


Alpine trips

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons (as required)
  • Overmitts
  • Extra socks
  • Sunglasses or goggles


  • Light shoes for camp
  • Longs (for camp or extra warmth



Gear - Additional Notes

  • Contact the leader with any concerns or gear short-falls. You may be able to borrow or share items.
  • Tents can be shared. You may also want to share cooking equipment or meals with others. Such arrangements need to be made in advance.
  • The club has ice axes and crampons available for hire. Check our Gear For Hire, or contact the trip leader.

NOTE Crampons can only be used with stiff-soled boots – ensure yours are suitable.

  • Several retailers also have gear available for hire, including tents, packs, sleeping bags, boots etc


  • Your food should be high in energy value, quick & easy to prepare, lightweight, and enjoyable.
  • Keep food dry in plastic bags. Screw-top plastic containers can be used for spreads etc. Cans and bottles should be avoided.
  • Carry extra food for emergencies.


  • Dehydrated, dried, or just dry-ish foods that cook fairly rapidly (or can be soaked).
  • Fresh vegetables, fruit and meat (if temperature permits), but bear in mind weight, bulk, and perishability.
  • Breakfasts: Muesli, rolled oats, rice, noodles, dried fruit (this can be soaked overnight).
  • Lunches: Bread, crispbread, cabin bread, butter/margarine, cheese, salami, honey, peanut butter, jam, marmite, muesli bars.
  • Dinners: Ready-packaged meals (eg freeze-dried meals), rice, pasta, noodles, fresh vegetables (e.g. onion, carrot, broccoli) dried vegetables, flaked potatoes, instant soup, flavourings.
  • Desserts: Instant pudding, cheesecake mix, flaked rice, fruit cake, custard.
  • Scroggin/Snacks: Dried fruit, nuts, raisins, chocolate, barley sugars, snack bars, Tararua biscuits.
  • Miscellaneous: Milk powder, beverages, sugar, salt, powdered drinks, etc.

Tramps Returning Late

Please refer to our Contacts Page

Other Notes

  • As a Tramping Club, the tracks/routes we take may be different from those typically used by less experienced walkers. On any tramp you may encounter hilly terrain, muddy tracks with tree roots and other obstacles, and un-bridged stream crossings, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
  • A leader may exclude a person from a tramp if it is considered they are inadequately equipped or are not considered to have the necessary fitness or ability to complete the tramp.
  • As with all outdoor activities there is associated risk.Your Safety is Your Responsibility. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct equipment and are fit and able to undertake the planned tramp.
  • Go to Adventure Smart to view a 7 minute video The Outdoor Safety Code – 5 Simple Rules. This is a must see video for both beginners and experienced trampers.
  • Dogs and firearms are not permitted on any club trips.
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