Taieri Recreational Tramping Club members (from left) Fred Deans, Judy Knox and Ian Fleming love getting out and about in the fresh air. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The opportunity to explore the great outdoors with
like-minded people is attracting greater numbers of keen
walkers and trampers to the Taieri Recreational Tramping
Since January, the club has noticed an increase in the number
of people taking part in its Wednesday walking groups.
The club offers three levels of participation - tramping,
hiking and rambling - and its members are mostly retired.
Club secretary Ian Fleming said new members had swelled the
hiking group by about 15 to 35 people.
''We're getting new people joining every month or so.''
The 26-year-old club was popular in its early days but
membership started dwindling in recent years as members got
''We've got several octogenarians. As the hills get steeper
and the tracks longer, you have to decide judicially which
tramp to go out on. Some are drifting down to hikers.''
He put the recent resurgence down to word of mouth,
advertising and people's keenness to get out and see some of
The club had about 160 to 200 walk options from Palmerston to
Milton, including the Silver Peaks, Middlemarch, Maungatuas,
coastal walks and even walks through Dunedin's Town Belt.
Trampers headed out for day trips, while the hikers' trips
returned by afternoon tea time and the ramblers took to the
streets of Mosgiel, Mr Fleming said.