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Matariki Weekend – Northern Pureora Highlights - Medium Fit

You MUST obtain approval from the leader before booking this trip. They'll give you the trip code - without the correct code your booking will be rejected.

Be sure you know everything you need to know before booking this trip - the booking process, the gear you need, departure point, emergencies, tramp grading description. See the Multiday Tramp info page.

Only ATC members can book a trip up to 3 weeks before a trip commences. After that time, non-member bookings may be accepted.

Thursday 13 July 2023

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The Matariki public holiday this year is on Friday 14th July, so we will be spending a few days based at the Pureora Lodge just off SH30, east of Te Kuiti. It is on the edge of the Waipapa kokako breeding area, so close to the Lodge there may be the chance to see or hear these elusive birds.

The Friday/Saturday activities could be preceded by the Sunday activities if the leaders determine the weather may be more suitable.

Medium Fit

Friday From Pureora Village, walk up the Timber Trail and the Toitoi Track to the Pureora Summit (great views), then drop down to the very quaint but small Bog Inn Hut for the night (4 bunks - Standard - tents required). 7-8 hours.

Saturday Leave overnight packs at the hut for a walk to Weraroa 1088m and return, then ascend back over the Pureora Summit and drop down the Mt Pureora Track to Link Road for a bus pickup and return to Pureora Lodge. 7-8 hours. Or alternate cross country route via points 970 and 878 to the Timber Trail.

Sunday From the Lodge head east along the Waipapa Loop and Waipapa South Tracks to Ranginui Rd, then west on the Waipapa North Track until a point from which you choose to test your cross country navigation skills to return directly (southwards) to Pureora Lodge. Your special reward is that dependent on how long that takes, everyone will get to Te Kuiti for dinner sooner rather than later …. no pressure of course! 6-8 hours.

Leader: Robin Houston Ph 027 431 0010 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


While this weekend may not provide the best viewpoints for Matariki, that does not prevent us having a great Matariki shared feast on whichever night all groups will be at Pureora Lodge – either Matariki itself on the Friday, or failing that, on Saturday. Last year on Motutapu we showed how well this can be done, so here’s this year’s chance. Bring food to share with the group.

Accommodation: We will be staying at the spacious Pureora Lions Lodge It features a well stocked kitchen, laundry and drying room, 5 dormitory rooms, and showers. If the weather forecast looks to be “variable”, consider bringing indoor activities as well.

Note that after we clean up and leave on Sunday, unless otherwise advised, we will not return to use the Lodge facilities.

Transport: Club bus
Driver: Keith Ayton and Simon Rainger
Transport Cost: $79 members, $99 non-members
Accommodation Cost: $20 per person per night – so $40 for the Medium Fit Party and $60 for everyone else. Note that if we get unexpectedly low numbers, there may be an additional accommodation charge to ensure we can fund the minimum nightly fee of $300

Add your hut fees to the Transport Cost when booking.
Total Cost:  Medium Fit party: Members $119, Non-members $139. Other parties: Members $139, Non-members $159
Destination: Pureora Forest Lodge
Departure: Thursday 7.00 pm, Club garage, 31 Sandringham Road, Kingsland 

Departure time each day Friday, Saturday 7.30-8.00 am TBA. Sunday target walk start time after Lodge clean-up is 9.00am.

Note: We are accepting more bookings than the maximum number able to travel in sleeper mode on the bus. Once the bus is full, we will ask some people to carpool

Bookings: Contact the leader for approval and the trip code, then complete the form below.



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