• Welcome to the Masterton Tramping Club website, we are a small, friendly and active club. We offer a wide variety of adventures throughout the year. These trips vary from easy, one day walks, to multi day camping trips in the south island.

    Masterton Tramping Club

  • Welcome

    We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) at the Masterton Community Centre, 41 Perry Street. Meetings start at 7.30pm, and at most meetings we have a guest speaker or some form of training. Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to come along to meetings and join a trip.


    Some examples of past trips include:

    • Family day trip to Kapiti Island
    • Camping at top of Cone, Tararuas
    • Easy overnighter to Tutuwai Hut
    • Week long adventure past Dragon’s Teeth in Kahurangi National Park
    • Off-track adventure, Kiriwhakapapa area, Tararuas


    We organise a trip most weekends, either a local trip usually on a Sunday, or a longer overnight trip which may go beyond the immediate area of the Tararuas.


    Trip categories are:

    • Easy: 4-6 hours, possibly hills with plenty of rest stops. Suitable for beginners.
    • Easy+: 4-6 hours, probably some short hills.
    • Average: 5-8 hours, some hills, fewer rest stops. Suitable for people with reasonable fitness and some experience.
    • Fit: 6+ hours per day, lots of hills, may go off-track, stops for lunch and ‘smoko’. Suitable for experienced trampers with good fitness.


    We suggest the new members start with an Easy trip to assess their fitness.
    The Club has some equipment available for members to borrow.


    Link to Club's Constitution

  • Upcoming Trips

    If you're interested in joining us on any of our trips, please come along to our Club night and make contact with the trip leader.

    We usually offer a trip each weekend, either a day trip on a Sunday, or an overnight tramp. Day trips are a great way to gain fitness without having to carry a heavy pack. Each trip has an indicated grading, and approximate transport cost. All potential members are urged to start with an easy trip so as to judge their fitness, confidence and ability. If in doubt check with the trip leader.




    1st/2nd/3rd June

    Bushy Park, Whanganui

    A weekend exploring!

    Stay at the bunkhouse for 2 nights and

    walk among giant trees and experience rare

    native wildlife in a stunning ancient forest.

    Leader: Sandra Burles Ph 021 061 7054

    Grade: Easy. Car pool cost TBA


    5th June

    Club Night

    News, trips done, trips coming up and the MTC Club ........


    8th/9th June - Would anyone like to lead or suggest a tramp?


    15th /16th June

    Sunrise Hut overnight

    A very popular Ruahine hut, a chance to see the

    sunrise over the Hawkes Bay.

    Leader: Tony. Ph: 022 454 1107

    Grade: Easy + . Car pool cost TBC

    Hut – Must be booked, $25 adult


    22nd/ 23rd June 

    Upper Hutt short walks

    Plenty of options available – details to be confirmed

    Leader: Christine. Phone 06 377 3756

    Grade: Easy. Car pool cost $10


    29th/30th June

    Marchant ridge to Alpha Hut, return via Quoin

    An opportunity to visit the newly spruced up Alpha Hut

    Leader: Conrad. Ph 027 338 5008

    Grade Fit . Car pool cost $8



    3rd Club night
    News, trips done, trips coming up
    Speaker: Monique Leerschool - Long tailed bats
    at Kaipaitangata.
    10 min talk: Conrad - Hypothermia


    7th July
    Old Tram Track, Kiriwhakapapa
    Leader: Denise, Ph. 021 116 1424
    Grade: Easy.
    Carpool cost: $8
    14th July
    Carrington Ridge
    Heading up Carrington Ridge from Mangatarere Valley
    Rd and coming out at Holdsworth car park.
    Leader: Gail. Ph. 027 675 8257
    Grade: Average.
    Car pool cost $10


    20th/21st July
    Cattle Ridge overnighter
    Heading in from Putara Road end via Roaring Stag. It
    could be a cold one…BYO firewood!
    Leader: Conrad. Ph. 027 338 5008
    Grade: Fit. Car Pool $10

    28th July

    Cannon Point walkway
    Zig zag through the hills north of upper Hutt to the
    historic Birchville Dam.
    Leader: Margaret. Ph. 021 136 4323
    Grade: Easy +.
    Car Pool cost $15





    3rd/4th August

    Cow Creek Overnighter
    Going in via the Ruamahanga Gorge Track, coming
    out via Blue range to Kiriwhakapapa.
    Leader: Conrad. Ph. 027 338 5008
    Grade: Average.

    Car Pool $8

    7th Club Night
    News, trips done, trips coming up
    Movie night! Tararua S-K.
    10 min talk: Sandra - choosing the right snack bar

    11th August

    Herepai Hut
    Starting from Putara Road End, head into the hut for
    lunch, return the same way.
    Leader Nigel. Ph: 027 356 6322
    Grade: Easy + .

    Car pool cost $10

    18th August

    Honeycomb Rock walkway
    Head out to the coast for a walk to visit the unusual
    Honey comb rock formation.
    Leader Viv. Ph: 021 0857 9074
    Grade: Easy .

    Car pool cost $10


    24th/25th- Would anyone like to lead or suggest a tramp for this weekend?




    1st September

    A Frame hut from West Tamaki Road (west of Dannevirke)
    Head into the Ruahine Forest Park, to A Frame Hut with great
    views both East and West (weather dependant due to stream
    Leader Sandra. Ph. 021 061 7054
    Grade: Easy + .

    Carpool cost $15


    4th September
     Club Night
    News, trips done, trips coming up
    Judging of the MTC entries for the FMC
    photo competition. Have you got a picture
    to enter? Here are the 2024 categories →
    10 min talk: Gail - what am I reading?


    Jumbo Powell Circuit overnighter
    Going in via Jumbo Hut, staying at Jumbo Hut
    (you’ll need to book a bed for Jumbo Hut).
    Leader: Tony. Ph: 022 454 1107
    Grade: Fit.

    Car pool cost $8

    15th September

    Masterton Recreational Trails
    Plenty of options available – details to be confirmed
    Leader: Viv. Ph: 021 0857 9074
    Grade: Easy


     22nd September

    Hidden Lakes (TBC), Kopuaranga
    Leader: Mike & Laura. Ph. 021 060 5375
    Grade: Easy + .

    Car pool cost: $8

    29th September

    Sledge Track
    Headover to the Manawatu to
    explore the Sledge Track area.
    Leader: Gail. Ph. 027 675 8257
    Grade: Average.
    Car pool cost $15




  • Trip Reports

    Read about some of the trips we've been on recently

    11 mai 2024
    Kia Ora 4 Club members did a quick trip to Atiwhakatu Hut on the morning of the 12th May. It was a cool frosty morning (the best frost so far?!) and there was some white grass lining the road as we headed out. Never mind the temperature though - so members still wore shorts! On the way to...
    Winzenburg Hill Trip Report 7 of us left Mt Holdsworth on a cold frosty morning. None of us had climbed Winzenberg before. Armed with a map and a vague idea of a starting point we made our way, along the muddy flats then up the hill. We enjoyed the vegetation changes along the way, and...
    29 avril 2024
    Tunnel Gully from Remutaka Incline – Sunday 28 April 2024 Participants: Margaret, Nigel, Laura, Mike & Nathan Five of us set off on a perfect weather day for tramping – blue skies and no wind, although it was a bit chilly in the shade to start with. We parked one car on the Kaitoke Loop...
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  • Club History

    The Club was formed in 1957 with the amalgamation of the YMCA Tramping Club and the Masterton Outdoor and Social Club.
    At that time members were also participating in the construction of what was to be called Blue Range Hut, a joint exercise with the NZ Forest Service.
    The Club also inherited a hut at Mitre Flats, the second hut at that location.
    The Hut on the Atiwhakatu River was built during 1968.
    Today the Club still maintains Blue Range Hut, it being a non core hut, for DoC and the community. The Tararua Aorangi Rimutaka Huts committee helps with funding for this work.
    The third hut at Mitre Flats, and the second Atiwhakatu Hut are both core DoC Huts, although Club members still help with minor repairs and maintenance.





  • Huts

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    Blue Range Hut

    Grid Reference: E1812491, N5481135 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: 4 Single
    Cost: 1 Standard Hut Ticket
    The Hut was built during 1957 and 1958 by members of the newly formed Masterton Tramping Club, and staff from the NZ Forest Service. The Club organised a trip at fortnightly intervals for 18 months to carry the materials up, with regular races to see how many return trips could be made in one day, it is nearly a 700 metre climb.
    The Hut was opened by Mr. D.Blythe (NZFS) and Ted Esler, an early member of the Club, on Sunday 9th November 1958.

    More Info

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    Atiwhakatu Hut

    Grid Reference: E1806817, N5472972 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: 26 bunks in three separate rooms
    Cost: 1 Standard Hut Ticket
    The first hut was built in 1968 as a joint venture between the Club and NZFS, and slept 8-10.
    When the hut was opened it was a three hour walk along the Atiwhakatu track, which had many climbs and descents, no wonder that the river was a popular option.
    Today, with the new(ish) track it is an easy 90 minute walk, and about 30 minutes for a fit mountain runner.
    The new hut, built by DoC, was opened in June 2009. It is a much larger 12 bunker of the latest design.
    Due to unprecedented demand DoC once again extended it, to its new 26 sleeping design in 2013. The club no longer maintains this hut.

    More Info

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    Mitre Flats 3

    Grid Reference: E1808985, N5477084 (NZTM2000)

    Bunks: Two platform Bunks, sleeps 14
    Cost: 1 Serviced Hut Ticket
    After many years of consultation and fund-raising Mitre Flats 3 was constructed in 1988 by the Department of Conservation at a total cost of $29,000. With $4,000 being donated by Masterton Tramping Club, (including $400 from Masterton Licensing Trust, $275 from South Wairarapa Tramping Club and $25 from Kaumatua Tramping Club).
    The first hut was built in 1935 and the second hut was built in 1953

    More Info

  • Library

    Masterton Tramping Club has some books that we are happy to lend out. If interested please enquire by contacting us.

    Books available to lend

    Wairarapa. An Historical Excursion Bagnall, A.G. (1976)

    North Island, Weekend Tramps Barnett, S (2002)

    Plant Icons of New Zealand Church G. and Greenfield P. (2005)

    New Zealand Endangered Species. Birds, Bats, Reptiles, Freshwater Fishes, Snails and Insects. Cusa, N.W., Lockley M. (1980)

    Where to Find Birds of the Wairarapa Dennison T, Scadden, Watt B

    Some Better Known NZ Wild Flowers and Birds Department of Tourism and Publicity

    The Natural World of New Zealand. An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of NZ's Natural Heritage Hutching G (1998)

    The Reed Handbook of Common New Zealand Birds Kinsky F.C., Robertson C.J.R. and Marshall J (1987)

    New Zealand Islands McGeorge P and McGeorge R (2004)

    New Zealand; Land of Birds Moon G. (2001)

    Spot X, Tramping New Zealand. Over 400 Tracks Moore, C. (2007)

    Wairarapa, A Place Apart. Nikolaison P. and Wall M. (2006)

    Ruahine Forest Park. A guide to Family Walks, Tramping Tracks and Routes Ombler, K (1993)

    202 Great Walks. The Best Day Walks in NZ Pickering M. (2003)

    The Four Corners of New Zealand Reed A.H. (1954)

    Wairarapa Walks Rhodes, J. and Cederman, A. (1989)

    Tararua Footprints. A Tramper's Guide to the Tararua Ranges Rodgers, M (1996)

    New Zealand Bird Portraits Soper M.F. (1963)

    New Zealand, Portrait of a Nation Stewart, G. (1985)

    From Mountains to Sea. The Story of Westland National Park Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (1990)

  • Get in contact

    Use the form to enquire about going tramping, joining the club or just to seek general information about tramping in the local ranges.

    41 Perry St, Masterton