Monthly Report


Thursday, June 30th, 2022


    The meeting was attended by16 people.

There was no inward correspondence to be noted.

  TRIP REPORTS: Trips were made to Studholmes Bush and the White Horse
near Waimate, and Mt. Dryburgh.

                             Wednesday Walkers went to a variety of
places- Kauru Hill, Waihao Forks,Tapui, Durden Hill and Mt. Baldie near
Waikouaiti, and Enfield Escarpment.

                          Jonathan gave a presentation of items from the
Club’s archives including  programmes, gear lists, trip accounts
accompanied by wonderful line drawings and odd snatches of poetry
(doggerel?)from the Club publication “Footprints” in 1987 when Dave
Mellish was President and Jenny Kitchin (Gray) was Secretary, and going
on until 1991.Accounts included a 9day trip on the Dusky Track , trips
to Fox’s Peak, thr Greenstone /Caples and many other 3-5 day trips.
There was a wonderful account of Ian Roger’s opinion of the newly
introduced GPS system- cost $6671.00 then- and a great caricature of him
done up in a metal suit and wheeling the whole contraption in a
wheelbarrow. There were some really entertaining trip reports and we
recognised a number of familiar names – many still going strong- all  of
this made for a very entertaining evening.


 REPORT OF 46th AGM of NOTMC, 9 May , 2022.

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

 REPORT OF 46th AGM of NOTMC, 9 May , 2022.

     Fourteen members were present. There were 4 apologies.

     Minutes of the 45th AGM were read.

President’s Report: This noted that member ship numbers were steady,
standing currently at 86.

                                     The financial position is healthy.

  Thirtytwo trips were listed and 21 went with a total of 40 people.
Covid concerns affected a number of trips.

  Treasurer’s Report: this showed a healthy year with total income of
$2221.38 and a cash surplus of $255.38

                                     Membership fees are to remain at
$45 family; $30 single; $15 social: $10 students.

Election of Officers: President; Julian Hardy

                                      Immediate Past President:Robbie

                                       Secretary:Jonathan Bielby

                                       Treasurer:Neville Corry.

Committee: Karyl Robertson, Julia Christie, Bess Allan, John Chetwin,
Jenny Kitchin.

          There was no general business and the meeting closed at 7.50 p.m.

         The normal meeting which followed noted there had been no Club
nights since February due to Covid.

        Expeditions had been to the the Cameron Valley, the Otago
Harbour Bike Track after crossing from Port Chalmers to Portobello, up
Ben Ohau, Mt. Miserable- biking from the Reid Road carpark to Kahikatea
Hut, Lake Clearwater, Arthurs Pass which included Otehake Hot Pools and
going through Cave Stream, and Carey’s Creek starting near the bottom of
the Kilmog.

                    A Trip Planning session for the next Programme was
held at the conclusion of the Trip Reports.

Club Night November 2021

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

November 8th Club Night was attended by 17 people.


Trip Reports: 10 trampers went to Hermit’s Cave in the Silverpeaks area, up Green Ridge to Pulpit Rock and then to Hermit’s Cave. Going above the cave gave a view of Jubilee Hut and there are two more caves in the area and a number of tracks to discover on other trips. 

      A group went to Dunedin  and to Signal Hill which gave good views of the Otago Peninsula and out to sea . There are also lots of tracks to be explored in this area.


      Wednesday Walkers went to Duntroon and walked to Elephant rocks and back;they covered 14 km. The next week they did the Domett Loop. A trip went from Anderson’s Lagoon to the Shag River mouth  to look at nesting shags and their young in the colony along the cliffs, as well as sea lions on the beach.. There was a good farm walk up from Tussocky Road to Big Stony . The Wanderers went to a spot above the Shag River mouth, and walked some of the Mountain bike tracks in Herbert Forest, followed by a spectacular garden walk in the area. 


     The main business of the evening was Trip Planning for the Summer Programme, and this produced ideas for some exciting and different summer tramps and bike rides for a range of abilities, which will be something to look forward to.

Club Night 11 October 2021

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

14 masked and spaced out members attended the Clubs October meeting under covid level 2.

Robbie reported that the large pine tree lying lengthwise along the Hoods Creek track in the Herbert Forest has had a temporary track cut around it.

Since the last meeting one trip was cancelled because of adverse weather, but a trip up Maryburn stream was enjoyed by a small group who then climbed Simons Hill.

The Wednesday Walkers had walks on the Roseneath Station loop, the lower part of Station Peak, the Herbert Forest circuit and the escarpment from Waianakarua to Herbert.

Coming trips are to the Silverpeaks looking for the Hermits Cave, the Rock and Pillar Range, and the Signal Hill track from Logan Park.

There was discussion on the draft Waitaki District Councils Spatial Plan looking at urban housing expansion over the next 30 years. Concern was expressed about the possible inclusion of reserve areas being used for housing, in this plan.

Jonathan then took us down memory lane, looking through the Clubs archives at old trips, annual reports and bushcraft / survival courses.
Jane Naish expanded on one of these which was her first bushcraft course in the Hopkins Valley. Basically it was about why you don’t go up the Hopkins for a bushcraft course in a Nor’wester.
 It rained heavily and the rivers rose rapidly. A family in their hut had to be evacuated across the Hopkins pending the birth of their next child, members river crossings and hypothermia were coped with and another family group with an imbalance of food and wine was helped out, making it a bushcraft course to remember and learn from.

Club Night September 2021

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The club managed to hold its monthly meeting under Covid 19 Level 2 rules.

Pre lockdown 5 members enjoyed a day on skis and snow shoes at Ohau ski field.
The weather turned out OK and a meal at the lodge on the way home capped of a good day.

Also pre lockdown the Wednesday Walkers had a new day walk on Elginview Station with excellent views over the Waitaki Valley from the North side.
 A 15k walk around Oamaru was managed under Level 2.

Coming trips are to Maryburn and Simons Hill, and a 2 day trip to the East Ahuriri from Quailburn, camping at some tarns.

The main event of the evening was a quiz with 80 questions on topics of tramping, geography, flora and fauna and general knowledge. All competitors were given “brain food” sweets at the start which were furtively slipped under our masks during the event, though they didn’t help much for some. Margie was a clear winner with a score of 56.