Trampers on the Pineapple Track, Flagstaff

OTMC Day Trips

The OTMC run a day trip most Sundays throughout the year. Trips generally leave the Clubrooms (3 Young Street, Dunedin) at 8am between November and April, and 9am from May through to the end of October. Different times may apply, check the trip programme or contact the leader listed on the programme.

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 leave the clubrooms at 8am between November and April, and 9am between May and October (unless stated otherwise on the trip card or in the Bulletin).
  • A list of names, addresses, cars, intended route and the name of a SAR contact will be left at the clubrooms.
  • 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 clubrooms (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