About Us

The Club was the first of its kind to be formed in New Zealand and arose from the view that there was a need in the community for a leisurely style of tramping for the mature person.

In December 1977, Valda and Bruce Hodges inserted an advertisement in the Christchurch suburban newspapers. Forty replies were received, and from this enthusiastic group of people, the Over Forties Tramping Club was formed. The inaugural meeting was held on 15 March 1978, at which the Club’s constitution was presented and adopted, and officers and a committee were elected.

The Club currently has about 450 members and a wide variety of tramps are undertaken ranging from leisurely to very challenging. Tramping with the club has proved to be a great way to meet people of a similar age group with a common interest in the environment. AFFILIATION TO THE FEDERATED MOUNTAIN CLUBS OF NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED

The FMC supports the Club’s activities and members’ enjoyment of the mountains and countryside.

It promotes and encourages better knowledge of the environment and the acquisition of skills and safety techniques. The FMC protects members’ rights of access to public lands and promotes the sound management of recreation in the natural lands and waters of New Zealand, acting when necessary to protect and maintain the quality of the environment.

Members also receive the FMC quarterly magazine.

With a club the size of ours, and engaged in what can be challenging situations, it’s important to have clear guidelines as to what is expected from members. The following rules were drawn up, with safety being the main focus, but also as a general guide to tramping etiquette.

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Approved at AGM 31/03/09
  • All prospective members are to be directed to the Membership Officer
  • Prospective members must complete three qualifying day tramps to Leaders’ satisfaction.
  • All members must become thoroughly familiar with the Equipment and Safety provisions set out in the Members Handbook
  • All members must be financial
  • Any subscription more than three months overdue will result in loss in membership.
  • Any member resigning must do so in writing and outstanding monies must be paid in full before the resignation is accepted before the next AGM
  • All members must respect club equipment and private property
  • All members undertake to comply with the leaders reasonable requests and must assist the leader in every way
  • A leader has the responsibility and right to refuse anybody they consider for any reason may not be able to cope with the conditions
  • All leaders decisions must be made in the interests of the party as a whole with safety being paramount.
  • Permission must be obtained from all landowners or authorities
  • No Club trip which involves staying out overnight can be undertaken without the leader lodging a Help Form with either the Coordinator of the Base Camp and Backpacking Programme or the Monthly Overnight Tramps Organiser, or their designated substitutes.
  • Leaders of all trips, which involve staying out overnight, must carry a locator beacon or a mountain radio.
  • Leaders on day trips must carry a locator beacon. The exception being for tramps on the flat land areas within the Christchurch City boundary or on the City side of the Port Hills provided a cell phone is carried and that there is certainty of good coverage.
  • All huts or accommodation must be left in a clean and tidy condition
  • All fires must either be extinguished or left safe.
  • On all tramps members must carry a Club health card, a first aid kit and be clothed and equipped as required under the Equipment and Safety section of this Handbook.

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Ordinary meetings are held on a regular basis commencing February. See Meetings. Meetings normally begin at 7.30 p.m. with reporting of trips and informal discussion of Club business. An invited speaker may follow, or an activity of a social or training nature.


Throughout the year the Club organises day tramps for members on Wednesdays and Sundays. To cater for the varying degrees of strength, fitness and experience of members, two or three tramps are scheduled on each day. The system used to enable members to select their tramps is outlined in Tramp Information.

The Club also offers backpacking trips of overnight or longer duration, and base camps, where members are based in suitable accommodation at a central position from which a variety of day tramps may be taken.

The Newsletter

A Club Newsletter is published monthly containing:
  • forthcoming meetings
  • day tramps arranged for the following month
  • backpacking trips
  • members’ accounts of Club tramps
  • any other material of interest
Officers of the Club

The management of the Club’s affairs is in the hands of a Committee, consisting of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain, Membership Officer, Newsletter Editor and up to five ordinary members. The roles of Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will be familiar to all.

Detailed job descriptions are included in the Policies and Procedures Manual

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  • Members are entitled to go on any Club trip provided it is within their capability and it is their responsibility to be fit for the trip of their choice
  • Be willing to be led, and to be a cohesive part of a group. This always assists the leader and makes the trip safe and enjoyable.
  • Offer assistance when necessary and be aware at all times that others strength and experience may not be as great as your own.
  • Show consideration for others and concern for the group as a whole. To be first and fastest is of no importance. Taking time to enjoy the environment is important.
  • Respect the views of others and endeavour to foster a friendly, caring attitude.
  • Respect landowners’ requests. It is a privilege to walk on private land.
  • Be willing to endorse and abide by the overall objectives of the Club, as stated in the Constitution.

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