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
A ‘gentle ‘ working bee. Please bring loppers, secateurs etc.
18 March 2015
The first stage of our walk was a variation of Mary’s farm/forest walk in October 2014; so the story begins at McKenzie Road today. At this point we turned right and walked up the road and entered the gate signed ‘NO ENTRY’. The road dropped steadily through the old gold diggings. An interesting ‘tip’ stopped the tail-enders for a second look! Then with a deviation from the diggings road we took a right turn onto a rather over-grown, narrow track (probably a moto x track). This led us to a swampy area. Decision time – follow Trevor through a forested area or cross the swamp and follow one of three other route-finders searching for a way up through the gorse, thistles & broom. We decided to follow John (up through the gorse, thistles and broom) as he was the first to reach the open ground at the top of the ridge. Though it was vertical and at times we were crawling under low ‘old man gorse’, all managed to regroup and continue down to the south branch of the Maerewhenua River. This we followed, criss-crossing a few times until a rather steep section split the group. One group followed on down to the Access track (Trevor & Bill’s efforts last year) to the Bridle track. The other group continued up the ridge to meet Beatties Hill and walk down the road to the Access track.
It was at least a half hour climb up the Bridle track taking us out on Cemetery Road and on to Mary’s yards where the cars were parked. By now it was just past 5pm. Francis stats. indicated we walked close to 16 km.
A most enjoyable ‘mystery’ walk – with thanks to Mary making it possible.
Roxburgh- Gorge and Clutha Gold Bike Ride 10-13 March 2015
Day 1 – Roxburgh Gorge (upper) Alex to Drs Point
A sunny start at Alexandra the trail is at its best
A 10 km ride to Drs Point for a quick snack and a rest.
A return ride back to Alex then up the trail to Clyde
Then Alex by the Rail Trail – another 8 km ride
Day 2 – Rox. Gorge (lower) and Clutha Gold Trail
Down the road to Roxburgh Dam the lower Gorge beckoned
A few hairpins and hills – not a problem we reckoned.
At Shingle Creek the halfway point ($95 was the quote)
Back to the dam by trail we bike – who needs a ride in a boat?
An easy ride from the dam down to Roxburgh East
The holiday accommodation was great to say the least.
Day 3 Clutha Gold Trail – Roxburgh to Beaumont
Cruising down to Millers Flat, ‘cross the bridge to the pub
For teas and scones and coffee – ‘tis the village hub.
There’re orchards and farms – and dividing this country
The mighty Clutha Mata-au flowing boldly to the sea.
All downhill to Beaumont, history plaques galore
Great food at this pub, the hosts couldn’t do more.
Day 4 – Beaumont to Lawrence
Up early, there’s a hill climb to Big Tunnel at the top
Bike through with headlamps on – at the end we have a stop.
A photo shoot then on our way, the down-hill ride is fun
The sun is with us all the way on the final easy run.
At Lawrence we celebrate our 152km ride
Then Ross says ‘Who is walking?” – up Gabriel’s Gully we stride
As the southerly weather threatens by now we’re on the run
Just in time we beat the rain ——
We had the greatest fun!
Going for Gold
Sixteen cyclists and two drivers bold,
( all over 60 I’ve been told !),
Set off for Alexandra, a place of great renown,
For thyme (!) rivers, and now a cycle town.
Beds sorted, lunch was downed,
No one dared to mess around,
Away to explore the Roxburgh gorge,
Alongside the mighty Molyneux,
Where, blue green waters surge.
The track went down and up around,
Steep bends and rocky faces abound,
Signs where Chinese miners huts had been,
Remains of previous endeavours seen,
All this added to a wonderful scene,
Greatly enjoyed by our cycling team.
Day two saw us in the saddle again,
At times we thought we were insane,
As up the lakeside the track twisted,
U-bends a plenty, concentration insisted
Care to be taken, or we’d be bruised an’ blistered
Amongst the rocks and matagouri that existed !
Meanwhile the deep blue-green Lake lay,
Moody and magnificent cradled by hills of sombre gray,
Back to the Roxburgh Dam and across to the east,
(by now we were used to our sturdy beasts)
Day three we awoke to a misty morn,
Some of us dismissed this with scorn,
‘ A sunny day will surely follow forth,
And we will ride the trail for all its worth !’
Winding our way alongside the writhing river,
Thru willows and Kanuka stands forever,
Wendy came to a squishy stop,
As her back tyre tube a hole did pop,
Her gallant knight on his ancient steed,
Was by her side at this time of need,
While others their thirst would quench,
Or devour delicious ice-creams on a handy bench,
On to Beaumont hotel for a well earned rest,
the staff there really did their best,
Fine food and fare was just so neat,
T’would be hard to find,
A better place to eat.
Day four, fog heralded the dawn,
But lifted soon in the early morn,
Fine breakfast food some enjoyed,
For others strategic plans were employed,
The track to Lawrence an old rail trail,
Plaques tell a tale of hardships and travail,
A long tunnel to venture through, a sight to behold,
Shovel and pick wielded by men of old,
A downhill ride to Lawrence Town,
The vans awaiting to take us down
To Gabriels Gully for a look around,
The historic site where gold was first found.
Golden memories we have made ourselves,
Now in historic memories we may delve,
Relate, in some small way,
To those pioneers their bones now lie in clay,
Goldminers, farmers, engineers and the likes,
We have seen their bridges, huts, farms, and sites,
And all of this ON OUR BIKES !.
- A loop.
Permission: G.A. Cameron 034360417 Wainui
Organizer Ina, Leader: John C.
Start: 8.30 am
Conditions: Overcast with fog but mild
Distance: one way: 75km
Cars: Bill, Klaus, Ross, Steven, Norma, Heather.
After organizing the transport, we left Towey Street and traveled to the turn-off at Glenavy, where we waited quite some time for a car, who had carried on past Glenavy. Eventually the car was located and we all left driving past Ikawai and Stone Wall to the turn-off to Little Roderick, where again we waited for some cars, who had gone to Mt Parker instead! A sound suggestion was made, to hand out the radios to each car before setting off!!
So we arrived at Little Roderick in fog with light drizzle. We left the cars at 10.15am, going up the steep track as far as the gate, where we stopped for morning tea. It took the slower ones about 45 minutes. Ross B was feeling not at all well and decided to turn back and with a radio and several phone numbers, he turned back on his own.
The rest went through the gate and went right up a track, leading to Mt Meyer. Unfortunately, we were still in the fog, so we missed the views.
We were then offered the choice, either to go back the same way, or go down to the Mt Orr creek and follow that until we met the track we had come up on.
We all opted for the last choice, so after coming of Mt Meyer (really it was only Klaus, who climbed the real Mt Meyer and the rest passed underneath) we walked down to the track leading us down to the Mt Orr stream. Half way down we stopped at a beautiful spot, enjoying the views, the sun lunch and the company. We left there at 1.15pm. The last bit of the descent was off track, so it was good to eventually come to a very good track beside the river. We walked in the most beautiful valley beside the stream, gradually climbing. The steepness was not so much a trouble, just the sun. It was very, very warm, and we had a few stops, waiting for the last ones at the top. We left there at 3.20pm and then only had the steep track down to the cars which we reached by 4pm.
After the usual cuppa, we were back in town at 5.45p
It was by no means an easy walk, but especially after the fog cleared the scenery was amazing.
Kaiwarua River Walk
Organisor/ Leader: John C
Conditions: It was raining as we were organising the cars, but the day turned out fine, with strong winds in the afternoon.
Distance:One way: 80km.
Cars: Ross B, Georgie, Chris, Les, Dave I, John C,
It took some time to organize the cars in the rain, but we finally managed to accommodate every-one and departed, gathering again at Glenavy, then through the back roads via Waiho Downs , Waiauranga, then continued on a gravel road, steep and winding to Kaiwairua Station, where we parked the cars opposite the woolshed. We had a small hold up, as one of the drivers decided to go to Waimate to fill up with petrol in case there was not quite enough in the tank. But no problems. The main group set off down the track to the 1st deer fence, then turned left and followed the path to the river, where they had morning-tea and waited for the last carload, who were about 10 minutes behind but had been in radio contact
We then all proceeded along a track beside the river, but John reminded us it was a river walk, so please come down to the river. We came across a beautiful swimming hole at about 11.45am, but nobody wanted a swim, so we continued further down the river. We found another swimming hole where we stopped for lunch and quite a few tested the water and enjoyed a swim. After lunch, we continued down the river, into a strong head wind, criss crossing the stream several times, until we reached the end of the valley, then up a small ridge to the other side. Some went down to the river and walked in the riverbed, while others found a track beside the river a bit higher up. Eventually we all ended in the river again, criss crossing as before with some stops at a few wonderful swimming holes for the keen swimmers until we came out of the riverbed onto a track. There we had a cup of tea while we waited for every body to gather, then turned right up the track, which brought us back to the woolshed in about 45 minutes.
We all had a wonderful day in the most beautiful surroundings. How lucky can you get. Thanks John for organising this great day Ina.
Deep Stream, Lake Aviemore
Wednesday the 18th February
Permission: David and Kerry Sutton 034387781
Organiser: Ina Leader: Ross M
Start: 8.30 am
Conditions: Sunny, hot summers day. Country side extremely dry.
Distance: one way 83km.
After organising the cars, we left Towey St. and travelled to Kurow for the usual comfort stop, then continued to the Aviemore dam, crossed the dam and parked the cars at the parking place near Deep Stream. We left there at 10am.
Ross led us to a gully about 300 meters to the left of the parking place, which brought us to the ridge, quite a steep pinch. We then continued on the ridge till we reached the highest point and stopped for morning-tea and to admire the fantastic views of Lake Waitaki and beyond ( 10.45am).
We then followed the ridge to the top of the valley, then gradually made our way down to Deep Stream. We headed for the last Willow tree and were all so relieved to be able to get out of the hot sun (12.30pm)
We did enjoy our lunch under the trees, but then had to get out into the sun again, on the look-out for the good swimming hole in the stream, which we eventually found and was enjoyed by a dozen swimmers.
Then on again beside the stream till we came to the place, where we had to cross the stream onto the track which would lead us back following the stream to the carpark. That track had deteriorated markedly from the last time I went over on it, but a bit of care and slowly does it. We all made it back to the cars after having a short stop at the seat on the wee “peninsula”, which is such a beautiful spot!!! Back at the cars, lots of the group took the opportunity to cool off again in the stream with another swim, and then off to Kurow for a very welcome ice-cream. A wonderful day was had by all. We were back in town at 5.15pm.
Balmoral Huts, Round Yards
Wednesday the 11th February
The entire group of 36 walked from the yards at the top of Balmoral Road down to the river and stone yards where we had morning tea.
River Walk report
From there 19 of us elected to go along the river and meet up with the other group at the crossing. Boulder hopping was the order of the day, and lots of river crossings. The rocks were sometimes very slippery, so care had to be taken. However there were amazing swimming holes all along, and the water was pleasantly warmish. We stopped for lunch at 12.30, and several keen folk had taken their togs, and had a lovely swim. Everyone got pretty wet anyway, as some of the crossings were quite deep. Chris would get the prize for most swims – a real mermaid! The other group had already departed up the final hill when we arrived, so we climbed out steadily to meet up at Balmoral Hut.
Meanwhile the other 17 trampers left the morning tea area at the stone yards and carried on up the hill that eventually leads to the saddle. Soon after 12.30 the group stopped for lunch in the tussocks just off the 4WD road. Great views of the Kakanui Mountains from here and there was even a rare view of Kattothyrst. From there it was all down-hill to the saddle and the river crossing where the River Walkers made an appearance about 3pm. A steady walk up the hill brought everyone out at the Dome Hills trees. Then there was a short walk along the road to the Balmoral Huts where vehicles had been parked earlier in the day. All arrived back at the Hannon’s yards by 4.30pm.
Unfortunately the January walks have disappeared off the website!
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. 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.