Trips Information
Day Tramps
Backpacking Tramps

Day Tramps

Each Wednesday and Sunday two or three tramp options are available to members.
These are published in the monthly Newsletter and contain the following information:

  • Title and area: e.g. Mt. Cass - east of Waipara.
  • Terrain: e.g. tracked or untracked, open country or bush, gradient or elevation, rivers if any, interesting features.
  • Cost: Based on kilometres travelled to/from tramp start.
  • Time: Approximate walking time, including breaks.
  • Grade: 1 to 5; 1 being easy to 5 being hard and demanding
  • Departure: Place and time.
  • Leader: Name and telephone number. Members should consult tramp leaders if additional information or clarification is required.

    All tramps, unless marked Non-Qualifying (N.Q.) are qualifying trips for prospective members.

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These generally fall into the following three categories.


Terrain: Typically follow straightforward well-marked tracks through forest, and poled routes along river flats or over low passes.

Experience: Suitable for those who have done very little tramping. A time to learn tramping skills rather than using all of them.

Fitness: Generally walking on well-formed tracks over easy terrain for no more than 4-5 hours per day, with no major river crossings.


Terrain: Typically involve straightforward alpine passes, and follow well-known tracks or routes. Can involve travelling along riverbeds or on tussock tops.

Experience: Must have tramping experience, and be competent at map-reading and route-finding. An ice-axe may be required in winter and spring, and experience at river crossing is essential.

Fitness: Need to be capable of tramping for up to 6-8 hours per day over a wide variety of terrain.


Terrain: Routes are largely untracked, following stream beds, bush spurs and rocky tops. Typically involve crossing high alpine passes into seldom visited areas.

Experience: Navigation skills are critical, as well as experience in bush-bashing, tops travel, tricky route finding, river crossing and rock scrambling. An ice-axe and crampons are often required, even in summer.

Fitness: Trips will often require more than eight hours of strenuous tramping per day.

Reprinted with permission from Tramping in the Southern Alps: Arthurs Pass to Mt Cook by Sven Brabyn and Elise Bryant, 1994.

Cost of transport for backpacking or base camp trips

A charge for the cost of transport will be shared among participants - the leader will determine this.

So, that’s all about The Over Forties Tramping Club. If it sounds like you, then please give our Membership Officer a call for joining details

If you have any queries, just ring a Committee member, who’ll be only too pleased to answer any questions.

Taking the first step is always the hardest. However, once you’ve done a couple of tramps, you’ll be able to decide if it’s for you or not.

We look forward to meeting you on the tramps.