Wednesday Walkers

 

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 northotagotmc@gmail.com 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.

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This Weeks Walk

 

Recent Walks

Ngapara Farm Walk

22.11.17

 

Seacliff Split Rock

15 November 2017

The expectancy of a ‘blue-bird’ day brought 25 Wednesday walkers out for the Seacliff – Split Rock walk. However, on arrival at Seacliff around 10am, the usual summer low cloud hung around as we began our walk, where a Senior History Lecturer ( friend of Jane G’s s son) from the Otago University spent over an hour relating some of the stories of the ‘Lunatic Asylum’, as it was called in the 1880’s.  In its hey-day there were 1500 patients many of whom worked on the 1000acre farm surrounding Seacliff. The photos show the old buildings we were guided through, with some horrifying tales being told of asylum life.

It now being 11.30am, we decided to have an early lunch in the gardens. And, following lunch, because we were now in the lower half of the reserve gardens we made the decision to continue the walk widdershins! This meant a 2km road walk towards Karitane. It also meant, with less walking time, we were unable to visit the Maori Cemetery at Brin’s Point. We left the road at the gate leading up to Split Rock. The ‘split’ is definitely two-way but a few decided it would be more fun for two groups to meet in the middle – hence muffled laughter could be heard from within! The views from the top of the rock, in spite of the low cloud, were post-card quality.

From the rock, the walk took us up the farmland ridge, through the now dead gorse 4WD track (accessed by rolling under a fence using varying techniques), over paddocks with a herd of curious beef cattle lining the fence next-door and then back via the old slaughter house for afternoon tea. From there it was a short distance back to the parked cars at the entrance to Seacliff.  Our thanks to our history friend for taking the time to make this a particularly interesting, if not different kind of Wednesday Walk.

It was a slow road trip back to Oamaru, with road works holding up traffic as it did in the morning. At least one car-load stopped at Palmerston for coffee – very good coffee too! It was well after 5.30pm when we arrived back in Oamaru.     

West Maerewhenua

8 November 2017

With a promise of clearing weather after some heavy overnight rain, 18 trampers turned out in spite of the Kakanui’s whitened yet again, down to Dansey’s Pass level.

This walk started with a two kilometres trudge to the top West Maerewhenua Rd where it soon turned into an “only just” bash through over-grown broom almost closing what used to be a reasonable 4WD track just a couple of years ago.  However, forty minutes later we emerged into clear pastures, biting wind, clear blue sky and scenery as good as you get.  After carrying on up to the boundary (deer fence) we circled towards Pringles gully road and soon were having lunch in the shelter of some old man pines.  After another two kilometres down the road we dropped into Pringles Gully creek which apart from a slight (and unintended) detour, took us out to arable land.  A wander back towards W Marawhenua rd and a short visit to some historic remains of a house concluded a most enjoyable 12k walk.   Bill

HERBERT FOREST WALKING BEE.

1ST November, 2017

TRAMPERS: 17 worked on Swallow’s Track and Glenburnie/Podocarp Loop, while 10 were on Hood Creek and top of Podocarp.    CARS: Georgie,Klaus, Mike, Catherine & John.

WEATHER: Sunny and very warm.

The Swallow’s track group divided into three groups and two people reached the road at the top of the track well ahead of the rest of us and then carried on tidying the Podocarp track.  The larger group reached the road at 11.30 and walked partway down the Podocarp track for a leisurely lunch.  No sleeping on the job!  We were well entertained by 20 eager? Trampers from St Joseph’s who were training for a trip to Mt Somers.  Before I saw them I thought it sounded like a herd of elephants stampeding through the forest.  Fit young things passed me while carrying packs weighing anything from 11Kg to one large boy carrying 17Kg.  They planned to rush through the Glenburnie loop and return down the Swallows.   Jane

Six of the Hoods Creek group walked into the bottom of the track and worked their way through, meeting the seventh who had worked his way down from the top after having cleared the Podocarp Loop. Small drama at the end when four of the seven headed back down the road, leaving the last two from Hoods Creek and the seventh who had got his car stuck trying to turn around at the top of the Podocarp Track.

A good day’s work, with all tracks cleared apart from the stretch of the Podocarp Track from the Big Trees to the Podocarp Loop.    John

 

 

 Anderson Lagoon – Shag River  

 25 October 2017   

       Despite a cool start to the day, with wet weather predicted, there was a good turnout of walkers at Towey Street joined by the Kakanui contingent at Maheno.   We travelled onto Palmerston and then followed the Goodwood Road to the Anderson’s Lagoon.  It was a surprise to discover a crazed mudflat over a significant portion of the lagoon area.  Although most members of the group walked along the track at the former edge of the lagoon until they reached the beach, it was possible to take a shortcut over the mudflats. The high tide meant we had to cross the lagoon mouth and climb the staircase to the clifftop track before reaching our morning tea stop on a grassy bank overlooking the beach.  We continued along the cliff top track which took us up and down the headlands before reaching the beach access again.  Fortunately Klaus and Stuart set up the rope ready for an easier climb off the beach on our return journey. The shag colony was in residence nestled on their precarious balconies. We enjoyed watching the young chicks of various ages, sitting up in their messy nests made from twigs and grasses cemented together by guano.  The shags were largely undisturbed by our presence. On the other hand we were cautious not to disturb the fur seals relaxing on the beach before reaching our leisurely lunch stop at the mouth of the Shag River. 

The ominous clouds threatened rain for our return and so we donned our wet weather gear.  Jane checked out circumnavigating the first headland but a landslip meant it wasn’t possible.  The rope gave us the leverage to climb back off the beach to the clifftop walkway.  As the tide was sufficiently out we were able to return to the beach and scramble over the rocks before Anderson’s Lagoon without having to resort to climbing back down the staircase.

On the return drive, a number of the group stopped at the Palmerston Asparagus farm to purchase the first of the season bunches of asparagus.  Despite the cool temperatures, a few Wednesday Walker stalwarts of Hampden Hilltop ice creams kept the tradition alive.   Lyn A.

 

Trotters Gorge – Dave’s Track

18.10.17

Trip:  We parked across the creek in the Trotters Gorge picnic area and, having made use of the splendid new facilities, set off at 9.30-ish.  The creek was quite low, so crossings were easy, although it was apparent that heavy rains in the winter had caused severe flooding which had altered banks in some places.  First stop was at the University Hut for smoko – early, but it was sunny and offered dry seating. After morning tea, we carried on up the track beside the creek, veering off to the right just before a “Track Maintenance Ends” sign to cross a grassy flat and go down a low bank to the stream.  A shallow crossing took us to the true left, bypassing the old crossing which now led to a sheer bank. Shortly after this crossing, a search through the scrub in towards the cliff revealed a long-lost gold cradle left behind by a miner who reputedly did take some gold from creek.

A trek through low scrub led to the decision point: carry on up on to Dave’s Track or turn left up a bulldozed track past Ahn’s Peak.  All chose the former. So up the steep bank we climbed, then sidled along it above a bluff until we descended back to the valley floor. Even though many of the markers placed a year or so before had disappeared, the route was clear as we wound up the valley, through flax and manuka scrub.  Eventually the track turned right to climb up to and follow along the base of an overhang. A scramble up a steep pinch took us on to another sidle along the ridge. Around this stage the search for orchids bore fruit, with one spider orchid plant and patches of green hood orchids (some in flower) being spotted.  Passage up the next steep pinch was eased by some judicious work with a grubber, supplied by John, carried by Dave, and wielded effectively by Mike and Ross. Another sidle and the final climb offered little resistance as all twenty-four found themselves, in some cases with considerable surprise, on the top of the ridge to admire the view and the display of clematis.

The sheltered, sunny clearing at the top was too tempting a lunch spot to resist, even though it was not yet mid-day. A good half-hour or so later, and we set off again, up a rocky step and then gently climbing to the road.  A steep descent led to a steady climb past a stunning mass of clematis in a small grove of trees below the road. Finally, we reached the highest point of the trip (some 530 metres above the start) at the junction with the Piwakawaka Road. Here, we turned sharp left to begin the descent, initially down the Piwakawaka Road, then veering left on to the bulldozed track down past Ahn’s Peak. Here we left the track, with about half the party walking up through the bush and long grass to the rocky platform at the top of Ahn’s Peak to admire the view across the gorge to the route we had taken up and the imposing cliffs on the other side.  Rejoining the group who had rested in the shade, we all set off down the hill, past the turn-off to Dave’s Track, to retrace our steps of the morning, past the University Hut and through the half-dozen stream crossings to reach the cars shortly after 2.30.  All felt a sense of achievement.  Well-earned ice creams were enjoyed in Hampden.    John

 

 

 Group Skills

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. 09-9 First aid practise 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.

ABC Caves

Altavady

Anderson Lagoon – Shag River

Ashlands Rd. – Kemp Rd. Katiki

Aviemore – Mt. Dryburgh

Awakino Ski Field

Awamoko Stream

Balmoral Huts

Ben Ledi

Ben Lomond

Ben Ohau

Benmore Walkway

Benmore Peak

Big Ben

Big Kuri Creek

Bike rides

Black Cap – Scout Hill

Bobbys Head – Pleasant River

Borland Lodge

Boundary Creek

Canyon Creek

Cave Hill

Central Otago Rail Trail

Chinamans Hut

Chinamans Cave

Clear Stream

Cone

Conical Peak

Deep Stream

Devils Bridge Cave

Devils Elbow

Doctors Point

Dome Hills

Domett Loop

Douglas (Rob & Sue)

Earthquakes

Elephant Hill

Evensdale Glen

Flannagans Pass

Fox Peak

Freehold Creek

Gentle Annie Hut

Gibson Farm Walk

Glenthorn Station

Gunns Bush

Golf Course, Waianakarua

Government Hill

Grampions

Gunns Bush

Hamilton Hill

Hampden / Moeraki

Hampden Township

Hillgrove Farm Walk

Herbert Forest

Heywards Point

Island Cliff

Island Stream Waterfall

Kakanui Peak

Kakanui – All Day Bay

Karitane Walkway

Kauru Hill – Fuchsia Creek

Kawairua  Station

Kettleholes, Omarama

Kurow Hill, Awakino Gorge

Kurinui Reserve

Lindis Pass / Dalrachney

Little Domett

Livingstone, Beaties Hill

Loman Run

Maerewhenua Gold Diggings

Moana Station

Moeraki Lighthouse

Moeraki walkway

Mopanui

Mt. Alexander

Mt. Alexander Loop

Mt. Bitterness

Mt Cargill

Mt Cook (Not the Summit)

Mt Dalgety

Mt. Dasher

Mt. David

Mt. Difficulty – Allan Rd

Mt Difficulty – Dasher

Mt. Difficulty – Hectors

Mt. Domett

Mt. Dryburgh

Mt. Evelyn

Mt. Fortune

Mt. Grayson

Mt Kirkliston

Mt. Kohurau

Mt Kyeburn

Mt. Mary, Trig J

Mt. Meyer

Mt Michael

Mt Milne

Mt. Miserable

Mt Nessing

Mt. Nimrod (Haka)

Mt Nimrod (East)

Mt Nobler

Mt. Obi

Mt Orr

Mt. Parker

Mt. Peel (Little)

Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Stalker

Mt Studholme

Mt. Sutton, Ohau

Mt Sutton, Waitangi

Mt. Trotter

Mts. Trotter & McKenzie

Mt. Watkin

Ngapara Farms Walk

Noondale Reserve

Oamaru Walkways

Obi, Mitchells Hut

Obi, Mt. Stalker

Obi, Shingle Creek

Orbell’s Cave

Otekaike Bridal Track

Otekaike Hill

Peel Forest

Pigeon Bush – Duncan Road

Pigeon Bush – South Peak

Pleasant River, Bobbys Head

Prominent Peak

Puketapu Hill

Pulpit Rock

Quail Burn

Raki’s Table / Tunnel

Raki’s, Belmont, Victoria Hills

Razorback

Rock & Pillars

Rosella Ridge, Silver Peaks

Roseneath

Round Yards circuit / gorge

Seacliff Reserve

Shag Point

Siberia Hill

Staircase Ridge

Station Peak

Stony Ridge

Suttons Face

Swampy, Leith saddle

Table Top via Wainak  Reserve

Table Top via Herbert Forest

Tapui Farm Walk

Te Huruhuru

Temple – North

Temple – South

The Hays

Timaru Walkways

Trotters Gorge Reserve

Trotters Gorge Trig L

Tokarahi Farmwalk

Waihao Walkway, Hotel circuit

Waimate Gorge

Waipiata

Weston Escarpment

White Horse

Woolshed Creek

Wainono Lagoon

Starting place is the Towey St Tennis Courts (see the  map at the top of this page) usually at 8-30 am  every Wednesday.