ATC members officially opened their new hut, Ngaro Te Kotare, in the Waitakeres on March 17, 1929 as a wild place to get away to in what was then a quite remote area. The remoteness diminished significantly over time, leading to a second hut – Te Hapua – in the Hunuas, and then after the war, to Memorial Hut at Mt Ruapehu.

Over recent years there has been limited use of NTK by members, but until the Waitakeres Park closure, it was frequently used by youth groups and tramping clubs from out of town keen to experience the many local Waitakeres tracks.

We have postponed the birthday celebrations until later in the year, possibly as part of a mid winter Christmas lunch - watch this space.

Help celebrate NTK’s birthday!

The format of the day is arrival at the driveway entrance on Anawhata Road from 10.30 onwards for a shared birthday lunch around midday, with plenty of time before and after the lunch to sit and chat and explore our own little patch of the Waitakere bush.

Members Cutting Piles for NTK in 1929

A flexible end time, perhaps around 3pm.

If you are able to help organise the rescheduled event please contact Tony Walton ( 630 2591 / 027 478 5223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.