Club Night August 2020

Trip Reports:

7 members enjoyed a walk around the Mt. Nimrod Reserve, with views from Banks Peninsula to the Waitaki River Mouth.

There was a 17k return walk up the Mt. Studholme access road was on another fine day, also with great views. Sitting in the lee of the transmission tower for lunch resulted in the odd shower of icicles being blown on them.

The Wednesday Walkers had day trips to Snake Gully near Hampden, the Three Peaks and 2 Tunnels circuit at Tapui, the Maerewhenua gold diggings, and a new walk up Mt. Tara in South Cantebury.

The Wanderers had walks near the Moeraki Lighthouse and Kelseys and Gunns Bush.

Coming trips are

a local bike ride and a tramp up Swampy with several possible return options.

Trip Planning for the October to December period took up the bulk of the evening. These tramps will shortly be available on the NOTMC website.

Takahe on Heaphy Track

The evening concluded with Maurice Gray telling us of a couple of trips he did. The first was riding the Heaphy Track from the Collingwood end while his 2 companions walked it. A highlight was seeing what seemed to be a very tame takahe on the track.

The other trip was to Ben Dhu in the Rhoboro Hills beside Lake Pukaki. This was a round trip which included negotiating almost impenetrable wilding pines and rosehip bushes by walking up a creek bed and ascending above the snowline for some fantastic views of Mt. Cook and over Lake Pukaki. A kind couple in a Juicy van gave him a ride back down the road to his car to complete the round trip and saved him riding his bike in the dark.

On Ben Dhu