Trampers on the Pineapple Track, Flagstaff

OTMC Day Trips

COVID-19 Update: October 11, 2021 - Day Trips

OTMC Day Trips under Alert Level 2 will operate as follows from October 17 :

Day trips have always been available to both club and non club members so the preferred option is for people wanting to attend a day walk to meet at the location during level 2.

If a Day trip is scheduled to leave from the club rooms or Woodhaugh Gardens, then the following guidance will come into effect (departure points for trips are listed on our trip programme)

Preference is for club members only if car-pooling is used.
If feeling unwell - stay at home.
Wear a mask if car-pooling with people you do not know.
Maximum of four people to a car, and the trip leader will need to record who is travelling in each car
Ensure you scan the NZ Covid Tracer at the clubrooms (available on the outside of both doors).
Ensure you complete the OTMC SAR list, and email to and your SAR contact before you start tramping (SAR Forms are available here).

The trip leader has the ultimate discretion so they may also ask some screening questions related to Covid on the day. Please continue to respect the job they do.

Day Trips

The OTMC run a day trip most Sundays throughout the year. Trip departure meeting and place is not set anymore, refer to the trip programme for details, or contact the trip leader or Day Trip Conveners.

All trips have a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) on them - we collect a list of names and contact phone numbers for people to be notified in case of an overdue trip. This list is copied to our PLB contacts as well as the appointed Search and Rescue contact for the trip (organised by the leader).

The fitness/ability grade varies from trip to trip. Please check below for details. Please read these OTMC notes on Day Trips:
  • Non-members are welcome on Day Trips but must contact the trip leader or Day Trip Convener beforehand.
  • Day trips depart from the meeting point at the time listed on the trip programme.
  • A list of names, addresses, cars, intended route and the name of a SAR contact will be emailed to the SAR contact person and OTMC PLB list..
  • The trip leader has the authority to refuse to take persons without adequate equipment.
  • Transport is by car pool. Costs will be charged to cover driver's expenses, and these are as shown on the Trip Programme. Trip cost is payable to the driver upon leaving the departure point (do not leave until the end of the trip).
  • Non members are limited to 12 tramping days with the club over one year.

Downloadable Files for OTMC Day Trips

OTMC Trip Grades

Trip grades are guidelines. If in doubt, try an easier trip first.

Note: OTMC trips are graded by the time the trip is expected to take, not the distance.

  • EASY (E): Generally suitable for beginners, but proper clothing and equipment are ESSENTIAL (see lists below). About 3-5 hours tramping per day.
  • MODERATE (M): A reasonable standard of fitness and experience needed. About 5-7 hours of tramping per day
  • FIT (F) These trips are expected to be longer and may be more difficult. About 7-9 hours tramping per day.
  • FITNESS ESSENTIAL (FE): A high level of fitness, experience and self-reliance is essential. Most available time will be spent tramping, 10-24 hours per day
  • CLIMBING (C): Climbing equipment, experience and fitness essential.

Other grades are used, for example E/M (4-6 hours tramping time) and M/F (around 6-8 hours tramping time)

Attendance on FE and C trips is by prior arrangement with the Trip Leader only.

  • INSTRUCTIONAL (I): Priority given to club members. Trip cost calculated to cover instructor’s expenses. Only open to non members if sufficient space available.

Minimum gear requirements for day trips

  • Sturdy boots
  • Waterproof parka
  • Jersey
  • Shorts or walking trousers (no jeans)
  • Fleece
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Torch
  • Waterbottle (fill at home)
  • Beanie or similar warm hat
  • Mitts / gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Over-trousers (can depend on season - optional)
  • Long johns (good to have as emergency clothing)
  • Gaiters (desirable rather than essential).
  • Personal first aid kit