Tracks Maintained by NOTMC
Staircase Ridge and Table Top
A Guided walk day was held for theses tracks on Sunday April 12th 2015.
This was a family day and you could choose between walks that were easy, medium, or the lot. There was also a special nature guided walk available.
The day was not held last year because of wet weather, but although the weather threatened to turn nasty, it did not eventuate.
The tracks were in good condition thanks to the efforts of tramping club members over the last few weeks, which included step and bridge building.
Over 60 walkers enjoyed the walks guided by Tramping Club members. Radio communication was provided by the North Otago Search and Rescue team and Forest Transport by the North Otago Motor Group .
A large proportion of the walkers opted to do all the tracks with families opting for the shorter Swallows track which has a cave on it.
The large native trees and bird life are a feature of this remnant Podocarp forest. Hoods Creek Ladder at the waterfall
Swallows Track Upgrade
Saturday 2 December 2017
After a very wet winter extending into Spring some sections of the Swallows Track had become very muddy making for unpleasant walking conditions for our number one track.
After some member discussion and the willing support from Port Blakely and Road Metals timber and gravel were obtained and two working bees got under way.
Construction of a 7m boardwalk was completed at the muddy section prior to the second bridge crossing future proofing this area. Another smaller section plus steps were added in another mud prone area halfway to the bridge.
A second working bee was held on Sat 2nd to lay a matting membrane and gravel over a 70m section from the start of the Swallows Track. After some earlier preparation of drainage and levelling this section soon became a highway. Ten club members with 4 wheel barrows loading transporting and levelling the gravel with great efficiency and enthusiasm. Some of the barrow loads needed extra assistance with a tow rope attached to gain the steeper and longer section.
We can now take a well deserved rest leaving the vistors to enjoy this special place.
Thanks to all our volunteers involved with this project.
Awakino Gorge track
Thanks to Bill this track off SH 83 has been cleared up to Cattle Valley Road though the bottom section needs more attention. The start is marked by a small orange triangle on the fence at the Awakino River bridge picnic area .
South Temple, Lake Ohau
17th March 2012. A group of five club members has re cut and re marked the track along the valley from the hut up to the junction. A lot of the track has been wiped out just above the hut and walking along the widened river bed is now the only option.
South Temple – Maitland
During Labour weekend 2012 four club members marked a track from the South Temple Hut up a tributary towards Mt. Maitland which also gives access to Watson Stream and the Ahuriri Valley. A cairn near the hut marks the start of this route.
Early May 2016 a group of 7 stayed at the South Temple Hut. Some of this group headed back up this tributary to check the route markers.
The old markers were not too bad to locate even though they had faded badly to a silvery grey colour. Using the old markers they were able to tie new orange and pink plastic ribbon and reestablish this as a pretty good route to allow access into the upper basin of this stream.
Dave’s Track, Trotters Gorge
This track in the northern part of Trotters Gorge was opened up again in January 2016.
It starts under and to the right of Ahns Peak, past the University hut and over Trotters Creek.
Now marked with pink ribbons it runs up a valley to a stone cliff which splits the valley and travels along the base of this before a steep climb to the cliff top. It ends on a forestry road with access to South Peak.
Further information can be found in the relevant Trip Report of the track clearing day.
View of track area from Ahns Peak Track along the base of the cliff
Livingstone to Beatties Hill Bridal Track
A side track will take you to some schist rock ruins that was once a hotel with several gravestones nearby. A steep scramble takes you to the Danseys Pass road, part way up Beatties Hill.