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Urgent Survey Responses needed - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Voluntary Administration

Your response to 2 surveys is urgently requested. There is a government-proposed (MBIE) option that could allow a new company to operate the Ruapehu skifields in the future. If it goes ahead, there would be a huge benefit to this club. Please respond to the relevant survey(s): there is one for Life Pass Holders and another for anyone with an interest in activities on Mt Ruapehu. Please respond by 4 pm Thursday 24 November 2022.

Lodge Work Parties - 2023

This coming February, we will be starting work on upgrading the toilets. We need your help! You don’t need to have a trade background, as we just need help to do the work, clean up and cater for the workers.

Work parties will run over 2-5 days on an extended weekend. You are very welcome to come for one or more days.

  • 17 Feb to 20 Feb – strip out, frame up, and complete plumbing install and window install, if numbers allow.
  • 3 – 5 March– install gib and cavity slider, and plaster and paint (spray gun)
  • 17 – 19 March – install panels between toilets, and trim and fit out electrical and plumbing, minus toilets
  • 1-2 April - Final trip to install toilets and complete any minor items
Contact John Lyttle - Lodge Manager - 027 433 6307

Photo Competitions

The results from the 2022 MTSC Photo Competition are here.

The Interclub Photo Competition between Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club, Massey University Alpine Club and Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club, was held on 4 October 2022 and was hosted by MTSC.

Health and Safety Policy

An updated health and safety policy has been released.

Covid-19 Update

MTSC follows the Government's guidance and policies about Covid-19. Masks are not required to be worn in the minibus, at clubnights or at the lodge. However, we respect that some people will still want to wear a mask and we encourage people to do so.

Please do not come to clubnights, use the minibus or go to the lodge if you have any cold or 'flu'-like symptoms, or if you suspect that you may have Covid-19.

Minibus Rates Increased

The committee has agreed to increase the fees for using the minibus. The rates had not changed for several years and recent increases in running costs (fuel, for example) have been the driver (get it? Driver? Oh, never mind...)

The new minimum rate for the minibus is 60c per km, with a minimum per person rate of 10c per km. This means if there are only 5 people travelling in the minibus, then the rate is 12c/km per person; for 4 people the rate is 15c/km/person, etc.

Trip Card - 2022

The MTSC Trip Card is available online 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. Contact the Chief Guide if you wish to add a trip or two.

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 6 December 2022 - 6:00 pm (Walk), followed by Dinner at the Indian Summer Restaurant at 7.15pm

Linda Campbell

End of Year Walk and Dinner

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

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This is the same walk that was planned for 2021. While it did go ahead only a few hardy souls did the walk due to weather conditions so we will try again this year and hope for better weather.

We will meet at 6.00pm at Summerhill Car Park. Starting from the track near the car park we will enter Summerhill Reserve and walk down through the reserve to Ruapehu Drive. We will turn right and walk along Ruapehu Drive to reconnect with the track that will take us to Cashmere Drive and along to Peren Park Playground before coming back out onto Ruapehu Drive not far from the car park.

After our walk we will head to the Indian Summer Restaurant, 194/200 Ruapehu Drive, Summerhill Shopping Centre.

Why not get a group of your tramping friends and partners together and either walk and have dinner or just join us for dinner? All welcome. So that she can book for everyone, please let Linda know on or before Wednesday 23 November if you will be joining us for dinner. Text her on 027 333 4493


Tuesday 6 December 2022 - 6:00 pm (Walk), followed by Dinner at the Indian Summer Restaurant at 7.15pm

Linda Campbell

End of Year Walk and Dinner

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

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This is the same walk that was planned for 2021. While it did go ahead only a few hardy souls did the walk due to weather conditions so we will try again this year and hope for better weather.
We will meet at 6.00pm at Summerhill Car Park. Starting from the track near the car park we will enter Summerhill Reserve and walk down through the reserve to Ruapehu Drive. We will turn right and walk along Ruapehu Drive to reconnect with the track that will take us to Cashmere Drive and along to Peren Park Playground before coming back out onto Ruapehu Drive not far from the car park.
After our walk we will head to the Indian Summer Restaurant, 194/200 Ruapehu Drive, Summerhill Shopping Centre.
Why not get a group of your tramping friends and partners together and either walk and have dinner or just join us for dinner? All welcome. So that she can book for everyone, please let Linda know on or before Wednesday 23 November if you will be joining us for dinner. Text her on 027 333 4493

Tuesday 7 February 2023 - 7:30 pm

Peter Rawlins (Convenor)

Show and Tell

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

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This is a bit of a social occasion and the opportunity to catch up after the summer break. It is a chance for any club member to share their fun summer trips / activities. It does not have to be a long presentation – just a few slides and a short talk on what you have been up to.
Peter Rawlins will organise the programme of speakers. Please contact him at rawlins.hunt[at]gmail.com if you are willing to share your summer trips.

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 Sunday day trips)

September Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
10MTB Kimbolton Backcountry roads + lunchMNicki Fielder022 515 3807
24-25Cow Creek HutMTim Swale022 134 8384
October Meeting this month: 4 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
8Snowskills at lodgeTechnicalHowie Nicholson, Ken Mercer0272 941 941, 027 364 6475
15MTB Woodville Backcountry roadsMNicki F, Judy S022 515 3807
30Deadman's CircuitMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
November Meeting this month: 1 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
19MTB Waitarere Forest and BeachMNicki F, Royce M022 515 3807
26Orongorongo WalksMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
December Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
16-18Exploring Ruapehu WeekendMTim Swale022 134 8384
January Meeting this month: none (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
14MTB Foxton Forest TrailsMLynda Hunt, Nicki F225153807

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
26Apiti trackCheryl D & Marilyn H021 374 882
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Wharite Peak or Coppermine Loop/TrackHarold Pettersson021 047 2055
9Stanfield HutLeonie Downdes027 359 5015
16Raparapawai Stream and Grainger TrackMargaret McKenzie358 2535
23Herepai HutAnne West/Ewen Cameron 220341180
30Rimu ValleyMary Mercer027 372 5375
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
6-7Overnight/Day to Irongate HutEwen Cameron022 034 1180
14Christmas Gathering - Sledge TrackMary Mercer027 372 5375
January
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
24-26Ruapehu Rambles, Club LodgeKen Mercer027 364 6475

Thursday Trips (Easy + Medium)

September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Exploring in Otaki ForksRoyce Mills021 055 2527
8Sledge track / Arapuke MBPJohn & Gillian Thornley356 9681
15Waihohonu, Tongariro National ParkTony Evans278293069
22Otangane LoopDarlene Westrupp021 167 8815
29Waitahinga Dam loopJinnie Anderson021 0220 9874
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
6Roaring Stag hutWilliam Laing022 099 7988
13Mangahao-Makahika trackAlistair Hall06 357 1832
20Zekes Hut Tony Evans027 829 3069
27Mangaehuehu HutCarolyn027 358 6037
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
3TunipoNicki Fielder 225153807
10Stanfield hutSuzanne Clark356 8322
17Blue Range Hut or Te Mara LoopJenny McCarthy021 2152197
24Powell Hut and beyond Audrey Shepherd / Syd Easton06 356 7462
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Parawai Hut overnighterJudy Swainson06 358 4082
8Wayne Lincoln021 068 5237
11(Sun) BBQ at Massey Chaplaincy facilityJinnie Anderson021 0220 9874

Newsletters

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

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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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