Who are we
a brief History of the North West Hikers
1985 the Bishopdale Tramping Club was formed. Club membership
increased and in 1990 a new group was formed and named the Bishopdale
Ramblers. Ten years of happy rambling was celebrated in 2000 at
the yearly Club trip to Wanaka. Again the increase in member
numbers was the reason for dividing into two groups. The
Bishopdale Ramblers Gold group catered for those wishing to walk a
slightly shorter distance and the Bishopdale Ramblers Silver group for
those generally walking further. There was some interchange
between groups allowing walkers to choose the walk which best suited
them on the day.
By November 2004 it was decided that the two groups would separate and
operate independently. The Gold group remained the Bishopdale
Ramblers and the Silver group voted for the new name of
North West Hikers. The steady increase in the number of people
wishing to enjoy the outdoors and exploring the countryside of
Canterbury on a weekly basis was evident in the eventual formation of
this new group the North West Hikers. There are still several
members who originally started tramping with the Bishopdale Trampers in
1985 and continue enjoying their walks with the North West Hikers.
Many happy days of hiking and tramping have been enjoyed and
great friendships have been formed over the years.