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 and events are held at the Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to the Lido Aquatic Centre) and start at 7:00pm. You are very welcome to come along and have a look.
The MTSC bank account for depositing your subs, lodge payments etc. is:
Please ensure that any payments are clearly identified with your membership code and a description of the payment.
After the formation of the Manawatu Tramping Club on 6 November 1928, there followed years of track cutting in the surrounding area and Tararua Ranges. Notably, Te Matawai Hut, built at the bushline below Pukematawai near the headwaters of the Otaki, Mangahao and Ohau Rivers, was completed by Labour Weekend 1932, and the first Harris Creek Hut in the Mangahao River valley was erected prior to World War II. During the 1930s there were several trips to Tongariro for skiing on Mt. Ruapehu.
A decision to build at Iwikau on Ruapehu in 1949 led to the opening of a one-roomed hut in 1950. A major extension of the living areas in the 1960s, bunkroom extensions and refurbishment from the 1980s through 2010, and remodelling of the basement, entrance and toilet areas between 2018 and 2023 has made Manawatu Lodge a valued feature of our club today.
Our name changed to Manawatu Tramping and Skiiing Club Inc. in 1967, and today MTSC continues to actively support the maintenance of huts and tracks, conservation, search and rescue, tramping, mountaineering, skiing, ski touring, biking, and more.