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.
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.
This was a wonderfully snowy, wintery trip, even returning on the Sunday afternoon over the Lindis
Pass in a blizzard! But Neville drove the van steadily onward, undaunted by horizontal falling snow.
The nine of us had left early Saturday at 6.30am and reached the Snow Farm carpark by 10.15am,
giving the four cross-country skiers just enough time to hire skis and join their lesson by 10.30.
The remaining five strapped on snowshoes over our tramping boots and headed off along the trail to
Meadow Hut for lunch. Snowshoeing is easy: there is no technique involved and it is light and easy
on your feet. Just watch out for snow drifts! We cross-crossed the hills on the return to base,
marvelling at the wide sparkling snowy landscape.
The team stayed the night at Zula Lodge – a comfortable backpackers with a roomy kitchen and
living area at Albert town, after dining out in style at Relishes in Wanaka.
Next morning we headed around Lake Wanaka to Diamond Lake and a 3 hour return trip up to the
Wanaka lookout, then climbing Rocky Mountain where we got impressive vistas up Lake Wanaka
and into the Matukituki Valley.
With an eye on the snow clouds rolling in, there was no stopping for lunch in Wanaka where snow
was flurrying past, and we made straight for Lindis Pass.
A great trip, and now we are keen to book a Snow Farm hut for an overnight stay next Winter!
Queenstown – June 31st/Aug 1st. Combined trip with the Hokonui Tramping Club.
Eight of us, including one of our newest, and the youngest club member, (13) left Oamaru early Saturday morning to be in Queenstown by 11.30. There we were joined by two other NOTMC people already in Queenstown and five Hokonui members — including one who now lives in Napier! Shane from Hokonui had planned a walk round the Mt Crichton Loop track, taking in the Lake Dispute track and we set out from Twelve Mile Delta about 1.00pm. We walked a well formed track, gently uphill through beech forest till we stopped for lunch at a restored historic gold miners hut, once lived in by Sam Summers and his family. Nearby there are other interesting remnants of gold mining times including a rock tunnel which was an old tail race. From there we climbed a bit higher to come out into open tussocky land, enjoyed great views and then dropped back down the Glenorchy Rd via the Lake Dispute walkway.
Depending on interests and levels of energy, people did a variety of things on Saturday night including night skiing, attending a free concert on the slopes, a fire works display, riding the luge and enjoying a good pub meal in town topped off by watching the NZ Womens’ Sevens team win gold at the Olympics.
Sunday, the two extra NOTMC did their own thing and two others decided to do a different short walk than the main group, so the group was a little smaller, but we were also joined by another Hokonui member there for just the day. We did a shorter walk departing from Arrowtown, walking along the Arrow Gorge Track to join the Saw Pit Gully track. A good climb through beech forest again to a saddle with views over the lakes then back down to Bush Creek to the cars parked near the old Chinese settlement. Lunch in Arrowtown and home, having been exceptionally lucky with the weather, no rain at all despite a very wet weather forecast.
Many thanks to Shane from Hokonui who planned the walks, organised the accommodation and generally kept everyone in order. It was a very enjoyable trip, and a good opportunity to meet new people to swap stories and ideas with. People enjoyed the chance to choose different walks and activities and both clubs agreed we’d like to get together for a joint trip again some time in the not too distant future.
The Club decided to participate in Conservation Week at the beginning of September. The committee will decide what to do.
Members were asked to report any wallaby sightings while out in the hills to a District Council, especially sightings on the south side of the Waitaki River.
The Wednesday Walkers had day trips to Cornish Head and Matanaka, finishing with a return beach walk to the Waikouaiti River Mouth, the Earthquakes and farm walk near Duntroon, The Tapui 3 Peaks and 2 Tunnels circuit, and the A2O track from Aviemore to Kurow.
The Tramping Club had a weekend trip to Queenstown, where they joined up with Hokanui Tramping Club members. They walked the Mt Crichton Loop Track which took them past Lake Dispute. Some went night skiing or down the luge, and on Sunday they did the Sawpit Gully Walkway near Arrowtown.
The other Tramping Club Trip was to the Waiorau Snow Farm where they enjoyed snow shoeing and cross country skiing, staying in Wanaka. They managed to make it home over the Lindis Pass in a snow storm.
Coming Trips are skiing at Ohau, a weekend of Dunedin walks, and climbing the Ben Ohau Range returning via the Greta Track. The September Club night will be a quiz night.
The rest of the Club night was taken up with planning trips until the end of the year.