Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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30 people showed up at the home of Murray and Cathie in Konini Rd at 2pm. We drove to the Arataki visitor centre on Scenic Drive, and set out on our walk at 2:35pm to follow the Beveridge Track to Exhibition Drive. This was a well-formed gravel track that also serves as a cycle track. There were great views out to the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir and the Manukau Harbour.
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We came out to Mackies Rest at 3:10pm, and carried on along Exhibition Drive that once had part of the tramline to the Nihotupu Dam. A couple of tunnels that this line went through were seen. We also had a look at the site of the original Beveridge house that was on this drive, this was now completely covered in forest and no trace remains of the house.
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After arriving at the Titirangi filter station we crossed Scenic Drive and dropped down to the pumping station at the start of Konini Rd, and arrived back at Murray and Cathie’s at 4:30pm. Drivers were taken back to Arataki visitor centre to collect their cars. Distance was 6.7km, average speed 4.3 km/h, maximum speed 6.7km/h.

We had about 50 people come to our end-of-year BBQ at Murray and Cathie Black's in Titirangi. There was a yummy selection of food to help ourselves to. While we were enjoying our meal our hosts led a drawing game where we broke up into groups. One person from each group was given something to draw and the rest of the group had to guess what they were drawing. The first ones to guess correctly won a chocolate.
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Afterwards we gathered in the lounge for a Christmas carol singsong acappella - Joy To The World, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Mary’s Boy Child and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - before Nelson Young told us that what he liked about tramping and staying in trampers' huts was no TV or distractions, and to enjoy devotions in all sorts of amazing places as a Christian club. He said that Christmas is a time of giving because of all that Jesus Christ has given us, and it is a time to celebrate. We Christians are the salt of the earth, and because the birth of the baby Jesus was the greatest event in history we celebrate it together. David W spoke about two essential things to take on any tramping trip - a compass and a whistle. Christine M gave an update on the Summer Tramps to the northern South Island, and Leila said something about the Zula Lodge in Wanaka.
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