Planning for the Safari for 2018 is well under way. It will be in the central North Island and include members from our affiliated club HTMC (Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club).

Dates Saturday 24th  February – Sunday 11th March with the trip bookended by ATC Sunday trips to which the Hawaiians will be invited (Omanawanui on Sunday Feb 25th and Pararaha Stream on Sunday March 11th).

Monday 26rd Big Blue will take us to Blue Lake outside Rotorua for 2 nights at the Top 10 campground with local walks and a half day trip to Mt Tarawera the highlight of this section (it has been many years since the club has been able to get to the crater and we will take advantage of a local iwi guided tour).

Wednesday 28th move onto Ohope Beach staying at the Top 10 Campground for the next 3 nights. Main trip here will be to White Island (with possible trip to Whale Island Sanctuary if we can arrange it). Another day we will do the Nga Tapuwai o Toi tracks above Ohope.

Saturday 3rd – Wednesday 7th will be spent at Snowsports Lodge at Ruapehu. Options here include the Tongariro Northern Circuit (3 days / 2 nights); round Ruapehu Circuit (4 days / 3 nights – fitness required – contact Ian Roberts if interested); RAL guided climb to Crater Lake; Tongariro Alpine Crossing; Mt Tongariro; Tama Lakes and other shorter walks in the vicinity.

Thursday 8th to Waitomo Caves for 2 nights in the Top 10 Campground in the Village – a variety of caving trips possible including black water rafting; walks around the limestone hills and bush.

Saturday 10th return to Auckland to arrive by mid afternoon.

Interested ?

Let Russell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know now.  He will send you an application form that will help him plan the accommodation bookings for the trip.

No final committment is required until the end of September but expressions of interest are very useful for planning purposes.