Wild Cattle Hill (Banks Peninsula) – Sunday 19 November ‘17

With a large anticyclone weather system firmly anchored over much of the South Island, good weather for this day trip seemed guaranteed.  The morning dawned with a clear blue sky and still conditions that lasted the entire day. The 13 of us gathered at PMH for this trip bundled into three cars and headed off for Puari (the Port Levy settlement) where we parked next to the Marae.  Jet skis were already whizzing around on the bay and we were all hoping that we weren’t going to hear them during the day.

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Foggy Peak - Sunday 29 Oct 2017

Fine weather lured fourteen PTCers to Porters Pass for this easy-moderate 800m climb to 1741m Foggy Peak. Leader, Gary stayed near the tail-enders while Merv pushed for the top and then went part-way to Castle Hill Peak.

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North Opuha - 30th Sept – 1st Oct 2017

Six in two cars left for Spurs Hut on the North Opuha track, not far from Fox Peak ski-field—about 3 hrs car travel. We got away at the civilised time of 8.30 Sat morn. Kerry, Dan and Lee enjoyed a Geraldine coffee stop and caught up with Raymond, Peter and Di at the Hill Top Farm café. The pleasant winding inland Canterbury roads through green pastoral farming country ended at the Fox Peak ski-field gate.

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Te Oka Reserve - Devils Gap - Sunday 22 Oct 2017

With a car at each end of our walk, six trampers made the short climb to Te Oka Peak and were thrilled with the view of Little River, Lake Forsyth, Lake Ellesmere and the whole length of Kaitorete Spit on this clear, sunny day. Thanks to a wet spring the hills were very green.

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Maukuratawhai - Sunday 27 August 2017

A nor-wester was predicted so Merv was wondering if people would arrive at the meeting point. On the day we had a neat car-load of four and our 0700 start got us over Jacks Pass by 0915.

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