A walking group go on day walks within two hours driving from Oamaru each Wednesday.
You are welcome to join us for the day and no membership is required.
Trip information can be sent to your email address by Tuesday, the day before the trip. If you wish to go on this email list please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your wish to be included in the mail out.
Unless otherwise notified trips will leave at 8-30 am each Wednesday from outside the Towey St. tennis courts, Oamaru . You are welcome to just turn up to be included in that days trip, though be aware that there is the very odd cancellation or time alteration.
See down further under Group Skills and Day Gear Checklist for some things to be aware of on the walk and what to bring.
This Weeks Walk
Wednesday the 9th September
Tapui Farm Walk
Wednesday the 2nd September
11 set out on a cloudy day that warmed up to pleasant temperatures with the odd glimpse of a watery sun. This walk was slightly different to previous ones on these farms. We again started out from Scott’s yards but headed down to the Tapui Homestead Road junction with Slaty Creek, which had quite a bit of water in it from the 20mm of rain the previous day. After finding a shallow place to cross and meeting Johny, the next farm owner, we headed up the slippery farm track to a high point where we had morning tea with good views towards the coast.
Then it was down to Slaty Creek again but with a culvert crossing before heading west to the farm boundary. Turning north into Neil’s farm we ascended the small hill near the house for good views of most North Otago mountains. A cool south easterly started to blow so we headed down to a sheltered spot for lunch.
We then continued east to Scott’s boundry and over undulating farmland back to the cars by 2pm. A pleasant walk in the North Otago downlands.
Maerewhenua Foothills Walk
Bushey Creek road end, up through Barry Simpson’s run block, around to top end of Basalt Creek Rd and return crossing lower reaches of Sheep-wash Creek.
This was a new trip in a very long list of previous Wednesday Walker’s venues.
No less than twenty-four innocent walkers put their lives in the hands of a member whose reputation of many years was for getting people lost. However, in spite of the offer of a confusing number of optional routes with varying difficulty along the way, some easier, some harder, we somehow finished up with the same number of walkers that we started with!
The near perfect weather forecast was less than perfect as we were greeted with a chilling south west squall just as we were setting out. The participants gradually assembled in the lee of some trees out of the wind. They were looking remarkably interested in heading down wind and down-hill, but on learning that in fact we were going to be heading up the road directly into the squall fazed no one, at least not on the outside.
With the squall abating, morning tea was enjoyed in the upper reaches of Sheepwash creek before the gradual but significant climb through delightful tussock to the ridge over-looking Otekaieke stream.
We had leisurely lunch at the beautiful setting of what was the Hamill home of maybe 100 years or more past. Although the house is now derelict, the kitchen was still remarkably intact.
The afternoon started with a three kilometre walk down Basalt creek road. This tended to draw walkers into a false state of relaxation, but as the traverse of the lower reaches of Sheepwash creek/gorge came into focus, the vibrant chatter dispersed. However, as often happens with Wednesday walks, first impressions are misleading.
Getting through the gorge was barely a challenge for most and in no time we were back at the cars.
This is a circuit that hopefully will be accessible for many years to come.
Split Rock – Seacliff
With stops at Maheno and Palmerston, 20 of us travelled to Seacliff with another stop at the lookout at Puketeraki to get views over Karitane, Waikouaiti and the hills surrounding the area. Starting at the site of the old psychiatric hospital, we read the provided information, saw the ruins of the superintendant’s dwelling and the magnolia tree that Janet Frame wrote about in one of her books. Morning tea was taken at a concrete wall.
Then it was off to the farm area where we passed where the hen sheds used to be, up to the ruins of the slaughter sheds and out to Russell Road. Up a farm track, through a gorsey paddock to the highest point of the tramp. From there it was down a ridge to a spot with a good view of the surrounding countryside, where we had lunch.
Down the hill, through a gate which was difficult to open and through some bush we arrived at Split Rock. Some climbed the rock and most went through the split. Then down the hill, across the road and the railway line. We split up then, some elected to go back to the cars, while the rest went down to Brynn’s Point to the little old cemetery before going back to the cars.
I think everyone enjoyed the scenery and the variety of this tramp and apart from some muddy patches the weather and conditions were quite good. Stewart J.
Wednesday 19 August
Wednesday 12 August
Trip: All vehicles left Towey Street at 8.40am and proceeded through Weston, parking on Airedale Road just by the entrance to Parkside Quarries.
The first leg took us 2.5km north along Airedale Road past 3 houses, turning left into the entrance to Tim Petrie’s farm Grande Vue. We walked up the drive, past the house and swung right through the yard where we had a very pleasant chat with Tim Petrie. The route then took us north up a fenced farm track, through a dip and up to the highest point where we turned left through a gate, up a gentle slope to the crest of the Teaneraki escarpment where a short walk to the left took us to the famous hut-cum-rugby-stadium where Rugby World Cups have been watched on television from tiered seating. Morning tea was taken admiring the extensive view of the Waiareka Valley and the snow-capped mountain ranges. We were also able to get a clear view of the route ahead.
After smoko, we headed down to the right (north) of the hut towards a 4wd track below. This turned back left (south) towards the bottom of the Teaneraki Cliffs, then zig-zagged down past the site of the old lime kilns (sadly gone) to the valley floor. We turned left into another lane before reaching the cowshed. This lane took us south, first gently then more steeply uphill, on to the north end of the Weston Escarpment. We skirted the crest, criss-crossing fences as necessary, dodging among and over the many interesting rock formations (including a number with loose ‘caps’) and around bushes. At about noon we found relatively sheltered and sunny spots and settled down for lunch.
The afternoon session continued the walk along the escarpment crest as far as the agricultural lime quarry. We followed the northern edge of this to the top of the hill, and then headed down to the left towards the Parkside Oamaru stone quarry. As no work was happening, we were able to walk along a track above the quarry and look straight down into it. We then headed down the track past the house to the left and along the Parkside avenue to return to the cars. Newcomers and old hands alike agreed it had been a great day, the latter particularly fascinated by seeing at close hand features they had previously only seen from the road.
Tapui 3 Peaks and 2 Tunnels
Wednesday the 5th August
Trampers – 24
Departed Towey Street 8.30 in 5 cars
We drove to Raki’s Tunnel via Five Forks, and parked in the Alps to Ocean cycle trail area at the mouth of the tunnel. We then walked through the tunnel which has been beautifully restored, and then climbed up to Raki’s Table on the Schaffer property, where we admired the very clear views of snow covered mountains. Back down again to the tunnel for morning tea in a very sunny sheltered spot, then followed the old railway line through John Dodd’s property to the entrance of Tapui Tunnel, which is impassable, and from there went up to Belmont where we had lunch at mid-day. From there we made our way to Rex Hamilton’s property and climbed up to Victoria Hill where there is a copse of pine trees planted in 1901 on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s death. We walked along the road back to the cars, arriving at 3.30.
It was a very clear, cold, breezy day, with fantastic views, and a good area to walk at this time of year.
We sometimes walk in places where it is easy to get lost, or fog comes in unexpectedly.
* Always follow the leaders instructions. STAY WITH YOUR GROUP.
* Keep in view of someone with a two way radio.
* If you think you are lost or unsure where to go, eg. A fork in the track or reduced visibility such as fog, STAY PUT. Make yourself visible with a bright article. Call out or blow your whistle. Someone will look for you.
* Always let someone know if you are going off the track eg. Toilet stop or photo shoot.
* Look behind frequently to keep the person behind you in view, and also to know where you have walked in case you need to go back.
* The person who opens a gate should close it, or designate someone else who knows how, to do so. Leave all gates as you find them.
Day Gear Check List
The following should be carried with you, no matter how nice the weather is when you leave. Day pack, boots, socks plus a dry pair in the vehicle, water/wind-proof coat with hood, over-trousers, shorts and long johns or long trousers, thermal singlet, shirt, warm jersey/jacket, gloves/mitts, warm hat, sun hat. NO COTTON OUTER GARMENTS PLEASE. This includes jeans as they contribute to hypothermia when wet. Sunglasses, lunch, snacks/emergency rations, full water bottle, sun block, first aid kit, toilet paper, torch, map, compass, whistle, survival sheet/bag, a bright piece of equipment or clothing. Optional Gaiters, camera, walking sticks, spare clothes in the vehicle.
160 Wednesday Walkers Walks
If you have a walk you would like to do, please suggest it at next weeks walk.
Anderson Lagoon – Shag River
Ashlands Rd. – Kemp Rd. Katiki
Aviemore – Mt. Dryburgh
Awakino Ski Field
Big Kuri Creek
Black Cap – Scout Hill
Bobbys Head – Pleasant River
Central Otago Rail Trail
Devils Bridge Cave
Douglas (Rob & Sue)
Gentle Annie Hut
Gibson Farm Walk
Golf Course, Waianakarua
Hampden / Moeraki
Hillgrove Farm Walk
Island Stream Waterfall
Kakanui – All Day Bay
Kauru Hill – Fuchsia Creek
Kurow Hill, Awakino Gorge
Lindis Pass / Dalrachney
Livingstone, Beaties Hill
Maerewhenua Gold Diggings
Mt. Alexander Loop
Mt Cook (Not the Summit)
Mt. Difficulty – Allan Rd
Mt Difficulty – Dasher
Mt. Difficulty – Hectors
Mt. Mary, Trig J
Mt. Nimrod (Haka)
Mt Nimrod (East)
Mt. Peel (Little)
Mt. Sutton, Ohau
Mt Sutton, Waitangi
Mts. Trotter & McKenzie
Ngapara Farms Walk
Obi, Mitchells Hut
Obi, Mt. Stalker
Obi, Shingle Creek
Otekaike Bridal Track
Pigeon Bush – Duncan Road
Pigeon Bush – South Peak
Pleasant River, Bobbys Head
Raki’s Table / Tunnel
Raki’s, Belmont, Victoria Hills
Rock & Pillars
Rosella Ridge, Silver Peaks
Round Yards circuit / gorge
Swampy, Leith saddle
Table Top via Wainak Reserve
Table Top via Herbert Forest
Tapui Farm Walk
Temple – North
Temple – South
Trotters Gorge Reserve
Trotters Gorge Trig L
Waihao Walkway, Hotel circuit
Starting place is the Towey St Tennis Courts (see the map at the top of this page) usually at 8-30 am every Wednesday.