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 a recommendation of what to bring.
This Weeks Walk
Wedneday 25 January
White Horse Hill
Wednesday the 18 January 2017
16 optomistic walkers turned up at Towey St. on a dull day, with a forecast that suggested light rain in the morning turning to heavier rain in the afternoon. They were right!
By the time we arrived at the Waimate Gorge car park, light drizzle was falling with a breezy NE wind blowing. So it was on with the wet weather gear and off up the hill. A morning tea stop was made at the junction to the falls track, then it was a quick walk along the top to the White Horse where we examined the new First World War Memorial seedling of the the original lone pine tree.
We continued further along the top following the new track but eventually decided that as the rain was getting heavier , we would return the same way rather than continuing the long way around. The rain seemed to be clearing the mist away a bit so we had murky views of Waimate and its plain before descending the hill.
We arrived back at the cars just before mid day feeling decidedly damp and proceeded by car to the shelter in the middle of Waimate, where we had our lunch. As the rain was getting heavier it was off back home, having enjoyed our steep climb to the top of White Horse Hill.
Waianakarua North Branch – Mt Misery
11 January 2017
Hooray! Wednesday’s here again – what walking treats are in store? This time we headed for Glencoe Run at the end of Mt Misery road Herbert, after regrouping at the Maheno café/pub. The day started mild but with thick grey cloud which had promised to lift later in the day. The road, though narrow gravel, is good heading up to the Glencoe Run, with a bit of skirting of muddy patches heading up further where we parked. We split into two groups, as some were wanting a more adventurous route down exploring into the Waianakarua river north branch. Others keen for Red hut and Mt Misery, we all left around 10 am.
The river group headed off across some lovely green pasture and down onto a four wheel drive track that narrowed as we walked further down. Surrounded by some marvellous regenerated bush it really is an amazing sight as you descend, weaving your way down towards the river. We stopped for some refreshing morning tea around 10.30 and then kept descending towards the river and the track was easy enough to follow .You had to keep your eyes alert where you stepped with loose rocks, but didn’t want to miss the incredible scene of the bush surrounding us and we really enjoyed the song of a few bellbirds and chatter of fantails. We marked our exit from the track to the river to make it easier to find on our return.
It was very refreshing to reach the river and splash our way along and in it for another 40 odd minutes towards our destination. The river got a bit deeper in places but was still easy enough to cross on this occasion. These huge red and green rocks (argillite) and white rocks are a wonderful surprise beside the lovely bubbling river, a truly great place to enjoy our lunch and admire the view of the bush.
Knowing we had a steepish climb back out in places, we set off back along the river at 1 pm and climbed back out, and onto the track arriving back to the cars just before 3.30 pm. What a lovely part of the district this is and we felt so lucky to enjoy our day out in such beautiful surroundings.
Our group walked 11.7 kms much of it slowly up hill; a really enjoyable walk and great day out and the sun did shine for us near the end of the day.
The Mt. Misery group headed down to the Red Hut for morning tea before sidling up across a paddock to the start of the track. This rose steeply for a while until we reached the tops and then it was a gradual climb up to Mt. Misery trig. Only half the group reached this for lunch, the rest opting for a knob further back but still with good views to the south (Central Otago) and east (Palmerston). The expected NW wind didn’t eventuate and the day remained largely cool with high cloud, ideal walking conditions.
After a leisurely lunch it was back down the track, with half the group taking a more westerly ridge near the bottom to Red Hut. A short walk up to the cars saw us back there by 3pm.
4 Jan 2017
A cold south westerly saw 20 walkers head up the Waitaki Valley to Otematata.
We parked the cars at the lakeside harbour and started up the walkway towards the Benmore dam. A stop was made at a lakeside picnic area for morning tea and to view the dusting of snow on the hills. Then it was on through the sheltered wetland area and various camping areas to the A2O bike trail. We followed this for a while before heading over to Loch Laird for lunch in a sheltered beach.
Most continued on up the road to the top of the dam and then across to the other side. The wind was strong and cold up there but the views made up for it. It was then basically back the same way to the cars for an 18k walk on a cold summers day. Even so there was still an icecream stop at Kurow on the way home.
Island Stream Waterfalls
Wednesday the 28 December
Conditions fine and sunny with a cold Southerly wind.
Six of us met in Towey Street at 8—30 before meeting up with seven more people at Maheno.
John came out later and walked solo to the Waterfalls. As we arrived at the carpark in Tulliemet
Road the Nichols family arrived on their farm bikes and a 4WD. After crossing the South Branch
of Island Stream we came to a fork in the track where we took the left track. Further on when the
track forked we took the faint left track which led us to the pine trees on the boundary. If we had
taken the right fork this is a more direct route to the waterfalls. After morning tea in the shelter of
the trees one group followed the fenceline down through the Kanuka which was fairly steep and
rugged. The rest of us took a more gentle route across the paddocks to the north.
We arrived at the Waterfalls about 11-15 and four of us sat, chatted and had an early lunch
while the rest scrambled down to the base of the waterfall. John soon arrived and followed. Shortly
after we heard screaming coming from the waterfall and as it continued we realised it wasn’t kids
having fun. Jane came up and asked me to phone Nichols to get a 4WD to carry Jessica out
as she had slipped on a rock and badly cut her leg. Fortunately Robin had a small first aid kit with her and is an experienced first aider. It took nearly an hour to get Jessica up the very steep bank and Hugh arrived with the 4WD shortly before they reached the top. They helped Jessica walk to the 4WD, then they met the ambulance at the carpark.
The rest of us were quite happy sitting around in the sun and helping if needed. This was one day
we didn’t have radios as we didn’t expect to have so many people out. Cell phones were good though.
On our way back to the cars we came across the Herperlirions in the paddocks we had seen
them in last year. Not as many as last year. As it was only 3ish we decided to adjourn to Purton’s
Maheno Tavern for a debrieﬁng and to celebrate the end of the year! Great idea.
Gunns Bush and Kelceys Bush
Wednesday 21 December
A small group of 10 arrived at Towey St. at 8-30 am with nowhere to go. Looking for an easy pre-Christmas walk it was decided to head to Waimate and do some short walks.
First stop was Gunns Bush going anti clockwise at the top end. The large podocarp trees were admired and the bird song enjoyed. Arriving back at the cars by mid day we then drove over to Kelceys Bush for lunch. Then it was 9 shallow creek crossings up to the weir with a diversion up to Sanders Falls on the way back. An easy 1 hour walk up a delightful valley.
An ice-cream in Waimate was then enjoyed on this warm day.
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.