MTSC Cycling – Linton and Beyond

We will depart from the Esplanade side of the He Ara Kotahi bridge at 9.30 am to ride to Linton Army Camp, then right on to Camp Rd, left on to Whitmore Rd and right on to Weld Rd for a short distance. From there we will cycle through a private farm (with kind permission from the share farmer, Jared) and onto Akers Rd, near a railway crossing. Then it’s left into Te Puna Rd past the turn off for a bit, then back to Lochmoigh Rd, left into Lindon Drain Rd, right into Craws Rd then right into Linton Station Rd and along to the historic Craw house (built in 1897). Then it’s back to Akers Rd and a retrace of our route and on to the Esplanade Café for a coffee. Total distance is about 40 km with few hills. The farm track is unsealed and a bit bumpy but all the roads are sealed and fairly quiet.

Weekend Social Get Together at the MTSC Lodge

Come along to our Potluck Dinner and social weekend on 4-5 November 2023 and bring your partner / significant other if you would like. There will be optional tramps on Saturday and Sunday or just relax and enjoy the lodge. Important – This is limited to 32 people (Lodge capacity) so please respond asap if you keen. 🙂

Please include in your reply email the names of those joining us. 

Open to all club members with transport by the club van and private vehicles.

There will be a bed for everyone in the lodge’s shared rooms. Choose your bed as you arrive (we will not be allocating beds). Cost: $50 per person per night plus the cost of transport based on mileage (likely to be about $50).

Food/Drink: Bring per family (to share for dinner)

– a dessert or snack/starter plus a main dish (meat or veg).

Also bring what you would like to drink, bread (if you would like it for lunch/breakfast) and any special food/drink you would like. The pantry and freezer are well stocked at the lodge so most things will already be there for all other meals.



Monthly Cycle Tour – Marton 10:30am

Parking on Tutaenui Road by the first 50 km sign. 
Heading north on Tutaenui Road / Galpins road turning right into Warren road, left into Mt Curl road, right into Leedstown road (if you miss this turn you end up on state highway 1).
Staying on Leedstown road till the end turning right into Jefferson line then left into Tutaenui Road and back to Marton.
You will have completed a 40 km ride.
The ride is on back country roads mostly sealed with some very good views worthy of stopping and taking photos.
This ride is in the same area as my last ride but is far better. 
Please wear high visibility jackets. 
We will then go to MOOMAR cafe for a well earned coffee, 
MOOMAR cafe is located at 1813 State Highway 1, half way between Bulls and Hunterville.

MTSC Photo Competition 2023 – Results

The results from the MTSC Photo Competition 2023 are available here.

Winning entries will be entered into the Interclub Photo Competition, scheduled to be held on 2 October 2023 and hosted by Massey University Alpine Club. 

MTSC Bike Ride

This will be an easy, non-technical, flat and scenic bike ride along the bike trail beside the Pekapeka to Otaki expressway.
It will include “extras” exploring trails on both the inland and coastal sides of the trail.
The route will be on designated bike paths, walkways, stop banks and quiet country roads.
At one point we will need to bike across the Old State Highway One bridge on the south side of Otaki town.  
There is a bike / walking path over the bridge. This can be safely walked if anyone prefers not to bike this rather narrow bridge path.  
Estimated distance: 30km
Time including stops 2 1/2 hours
Meet at car parking beside Harrisons Garden Centre, Pekapeka – 9.30 am for coffee at the garden centre cafe beforehand if you wish.
Be ready to start biking 10 am.
Driving time from Palmerston North is about 1 hour 10 minutes (depending traffic and road works!)
Approaching Pekapeka on the Expressway, take the Waikanae turnoff, then a short distance later, a right turn to Pekapeka.
This will take you on an overbridge back over the expressway and you will double back towards Pekapeka. It is clearly signposted!
Bring some snacks for a stop along the way.
We will book a table for lunch at Harrisons Cafe 12.30 pm.

Midweek Adventure Lodge



8.00am leave PN. Morning tea in Ohakune
Everyone to meet at Lodge (probably around midday)

Get settled, sort beds, gear etc


Taranaki Falls Loop Walk (2 hours – Easy) OR Silica Rapids Walk

Trip Leader – Tim Swale

Note: Take normal tramping gear and packed lunch

Visit Visitors Centre – optional


Shared dinner and social evening



Tama Lakes Walk 6 hours return



Possibly Tuapapakura Falls Track 1.5 hours each way



Additional Info:

Feel free to bring up something we may enjoy doing in evening. No pressure though as I am sure there will be lots of chat to be had!
Everything you bring must be able to be carried to the lodge from the carpark. This is approximately a 15 minute walk.
We will need a trip leader for each tramp.
The aim is to keep it relaxed, flexible and weather appropriate.


Let’s have a few days together 😃

A Frame & Stanfield, Medium

My plan is to start from the carpark at Tamaki West Rd, up to Traverse (A Frame) Hut, along the ridge & down to Stanfield Hut. From there it’s back to the carpark via Holmes Ridge track.