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Car parking at Iwikau Village

A car park booking system is now in place at Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. If you wish to arrive between 4:30 am and 10:00 am then you need to book a park. After this time, it is a "free for all" and if the parks are full, then you will be turned away.

A limited number (400) of carparks will be available for overnight parking, which do not need to be booked (during the 2020 season), unless you are arriving during the peak hours noted above. However, carparks are available on a "first in, first served" basis.

The Bruce Road may close at 6:00 pm if the weather forecast is for snow, wind or a freezing level below 1600m. It will not re-open until 7:00 am and only if the road is cleared and conditions improved.

For more details, see the Mt Ruapehu Carparking Help Page.

Trips are Back On!

Check the online trip card regularly, as updates are being made periodically

The Lodge is now OPEN!

Contact the Lodge Booking Officers to secure your place in the Lodge this Winter!

MTSC Covid-19 Updates

Further information about the effects of Covid-19 on MTSC operations will be posted on the MTSC and Covid-19 webpage.

Winter Trip Card - Add your trips now!

The draft Winter 2020 Trip Card is here. We go to varied and interesting destinations, thanks to you. Please enter your trips on the card directly, or else email them to the Chief Guide, Ken Mercer. Alternatively, give Ken a call. You have until the end of March to add your trips to the card.

Lodge Work Parties

The plans for the changes to the lodge layout are here.

Work parties at the lodge will resume in Spring. In the meantime, enjoy Winter!

New Minibus

Reports from those people lucky enough to have already travelled in the new minibus have been positive. We are now looking for ideas on how to best advertise our club with signwriting. If you have ideas or photos that may translate into a graphic for the minibus then please contact the Minibus Manager, Ken Mercer, asap.

Subscriptions 2020

Subscription invoices were sent out in April 2020. If you have not received yours, then please contact the Membership Secretary (Sue). When making payment, please clearly identify your payment with your 7-character membership ID and add "Subs" to the details.

Winter Trip Card - 2020

The MTSC Winter Trip Card is available online now and will continue to be updated

Thank you to all of you who have offered to lead trips - we couldn't provide such an interesting menu of destinations without you.

MTSC Lodge

The lodge at Ruapehu is a great launching pad for your Winter and Summer adventures. See the lodge page for further details.

Events

Coming up...

Tuesday 7 July 2020 - 7:30 pm

Howie Nicholson, Rob Pringle, Ken Mercer, Peter Rawlins, Hazel Phillips and Tim Swale

Skiing in New Zealand and the MTSC Lodge

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Howie, Rob, Ken, Peter, Hazel and Tim will give short presentations of some memorable trips to Mt Ruapehu and beyond, involving skiing, tramping, ski-touring (tramping on skis), visiting the lodge and more. The talk should appeal to trampers and skiers alike, whether they have ventured up the mountain or not.

Topics include: Things to do in and around the lodge; History of MTSC Lodge; Progression of ski design; Family-friendly Mountain Adventures; Mt Ruapehu mystery section; and Ski Touring.


Tuesday 7 July 2020 - 7:30 pm

Howie Nicholson, Rob Pringle, Ken Mercer, Peter Rawlins, Hazel Phillips and Tim Swale

Skiing in New Zealand and the MTSC Lodge

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Howie, Rob, Ken, Peter, Hazel and Tim will give short presentations of some memorable trips to Mt Ruapehu and beyond, involving skiing, tramping, ski-touring (tramping on skis), visiting the lodge and more. The talk should appeal to trampers and skiers alike, whether they have ventured up the mountain or not.
Topics include: Things to do in and around the lodge; History of MTSC Lodge; Progression of ski design; Family-friendly Mountain Adventures; Mt Ruapehu mystery section; and Ski Touring.

Tuesday 4 August 2020 - 7:30 pm

Richard Lander

MTSC Photo Competition

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Lodge

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The club has a lodge on Mt Ruapehu where members and their guests can stay for skiing, climbing and tramping trips.

Trips

We run a variety of tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities.

Weekend Trips (including day trips)

June
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
14Rangi HutEasyTim Swale022 134 8384
19-21 Lodge Food Carry Restricted Howard Nicholson 027 294 1941
July
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
25,26Parks Peak - RuahinesMediumDave Mitchell021 109 2924
August
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
22,23Elder Hut via Renata RidgeMedium-FitDave Mitchell021 109 2924
September
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
12,13Crater Camping and Ski/Climb NgauruhoeTechnicalPeter Rawlins021 678 0747
19Sledge to Naenae CrossingMediumTim Swale06 376 6556
October
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
10Palmy WalksEasyLinda Campbell027 333 4493
17,18Whakapapa to Turoa Ski CrossingTechnicalPeter Rawlins021 678 0747
November
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
14,15Howletts Hut - RuahinesMedium-FitDave Mitchell021 109 2924
14,15Lodge Photographic WorkshopAllRichard Lander

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

June
DateLeaderPhone
17Christine Finnegan027 230 5032
24Ewen Cameron022 034 1180
July
DateLeaderPhone
01Linda Darbyshire027 354 6171
08Robbie Green022 398 2205
15Coralie/Evan/Davies357 6288
22Judy Swainson358 4082
29Allan Rae358 3962
August
DateLeaderPhone
05Richard Hunter357 6821
12Dennis Jensen329 3229
19Ian Brookes358 7974
26Anne West357 5716
September
DateLeaderPhone
02Bill Milham356 8136
09Margaret McKenzie358 2535
16Darlene Westrupp021 167 8815
23Jill Faulkner323 6094
30Jenny Williamson328 6857
October
DateLeaderPhone
07Marion Beadle323 3246
14Carolyn Brodie027 358 6037
21Bev Akers325 8879
28Harold Pettersson357 4284
November
DateLeaderPhone
4Richard Lander021 840 472
11Bob Hargreaves357 0734
18William Laing358 4876
25Christine Finnigan329 7822
December
DateLeaderPhone
02Ewen Cameron022 034 1180
09Rod McKenzie357 0136

Thursday Trips (Medium)

July
DateLeaderPhone
2Mike Irvine354 0471
9William Laing358 4876
16Syd Easton (D) 3567462
23John and Gillian Thornley356 9681
30Christine Scott354 0510
August
DateLeaderPhone
6Nigel and Jill Spencer (D)329 8738
13Vacant
20Hugh Wilde (D)356 9450
27John Brock329 4834
September
DateLeaderPhone
3Carolyn Brodie027 358 6037
10Bryce and Raewyn Buddle353 5163
17Ewen Cameron022 034 1180
24Suzanne Clark356 8322
October
DateLeaderPhone
1Norman Cooper357 5531
8John Doolan (D)027 446 8740
15Syd Easton (D)356 7462
22David Grant (D)328 7788
29Wayne Lincoln (D)021 068 5237
November
DateLeaderPhone
5Chris Mercer(D)356 2635
12Royce Mills021 055 2527
19Glenn Pendergrast356 7487
26Tony Evans (D)027 829 3069
3Mike Irvine354 0471
December
DateLeaderPhone
10William Laing358 4876

Newsletters

The latest version of Beechleaves , our monthly newsletter, is available here to download. Previous editions can be downloaded from our newsletter archive.

Get your newsletter by email and save 10 bucks!

Most members now receive their newsletter (in colour) via email or the MTSC web page. The rate for receiving a black-and-white paper copy in the post increased last year, to offset the additional costs of printing and postage. Email the Membership Secretary if you wish to change your newsletter delivery options.

About MTSC

Membership is now available! Will you join us?

The Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club is based in Palmerston North and runs weekend and mid-week tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, where talks are given by different speakers on topics related to the outdoors. Meetings are held at the Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to the Lido Aquatic Centre) and start at 7:30pm. You are very welcome to come along and have a look.

Payments

Bank account

The MTSC bank account for depositing your subs, lodge payments etc. is 03-1521-0220353-000 (Westpac)
Please ensure that any payments are clearly identified with your membership code and a description of the payment.

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