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

West Maerewhenua Foothills

13 Sept 2017

On a calm day ideal for walking twenty seven walkers set off from a paddock near the top of the Simpsons farm at Maerewhenua West. After a short walk up the road, it was through a gate then along the ridge, until we climbed down to the creek where morning tea was had in the sunshine. Five people then left to do an easier walk while all others climbed rather steeply up a track. Then a pleasant walk along the ridges took us down and up again. Finally a track took us to a rocky outcrop with perfect views down the valley towards Campbell Park.This was the lunch spot.

Lunch over, it was back on the track until a gate took us to the top of Sheepwash Creek gorge. Here  we began a steep down-hill climb and crossing the stream several times, plus a little bush scrambling, before all were rewarded with a rest in a clearing. Further on down the gorge, (the kowhais not yet in flower) Bill found the exit to the rocky, matagouri-lined steep track zig-zagging up to a paddock that lead back to the cars. A lovely walk, if trying at times, with wonderful views all day.  A total walk of 12.5 km and a climb of about 900m.

 Georgie

 

 

Blairgowrie Run, Turnbulls Rd.

6 September 2017

 

24 walkers headed out through Five Forks to the cattle yards halfway along Turnbull’s Road on a blustery Nor Westerly day. Jane S was waiting to join us there for her first walk with us.

The walk started by heading further up the road to the Blairgowrie cattle yards and further south across paddocks that were greening up in the spring weather. A stop was made in the shelter of some snow tussocks for morning tea where 2 walkers decided to turn back. We then headed SE across the paddock to the eastern boundary paddock before turning NE along  that boundary. The going was easy, following a well defined track, and we made good time before crossing the first Fuchsia Creek tributary, with a sharp climb back up to the fantastic views of the North Otago downlands.

We then continued in the same direction before descending to the second tributary where we stopped for lunch on a sheltered sunny bank. A comment was made that Wednesday walks don’t get much better than this! After a leisurely lunch we followed the 4wd track up the other side, skirting the neighbors block of pines until we gradually ascended to the start of an internal stock race.

Realizing we had to head further west, we turned up a ridge until we could see Turnbull’s Road. It was then a short descent across a Stony Creek tributary and up a track to the cars shortly before 2pm. Everyone enjoyed the 11km walk.

Ross

 

ANITA   VICKER’S   FARM  WALK  –   KATIKI .  

  30TH  AUGUST   2017.

On a day that dawned much better than predicted, 27 people left Towey street, adding  another  6 at our Maheno pick up, arriving at Katiki at 9.15am—–45kms.

Dave introduced Anita Vickers-, the farm owner, to the group and she then lead us up the hill, over into the next gully, then up to an old hay barn.    The views from here were just amazing, extending from the Moeraki  lighthouse  to Shag point, with even a small boat viewed out from Shag Point.

From here we were very  close to the forestry area, with more views over into Trotters Gorge.

Lunch was taken on top of one of the hills by the boundary fence of Anita’s  brother’s farm. We continued on into Spud’s farm where breeding cows were feeding on winter crops.     From there back along the flats  and back to the cars parked by the woolshed,  by 1.30pm.

A very enjoyable , easyish 9km walk , a little muddy in places but otherwise great terrain, our walk made so enjoyable by Anita’s company—many thanks.                                                                                      Dave.

 

‘Roseneath’ – Lake Waitaki

23-8-17

Thirty one Wednesday Walkers (including three visitors who’d driven down from Timaru) took advantage of good weather to explore a new venue reasonably close to home, yet over-looked in years gone by.  This property, which lies immediately south of Lake Waitaki, stretches from just above the Waitaki dam all the way to Aviemore.  It has relatively easy contours reaching a high point of just 991m. 

On meeting the owner Jock Russell a few days prior, his words were “there are a maze of tracks over there – take your pick”.  That we did with options for the various degrees of age, fitness levels, and general well-being.  The scenery was as good as it gets, starting with towering limestone rock formations over-looking a man-made dam in the most unlikely setting.  As we got higher, there were breath taking scenes of Lakes Waitaki and Aviemore, then later, the end of the snow-covered St Mary’s range towering over us.  This venue will certainly be one to remember for future walks but always at times that don’t interfere with the farming operation.

Having access to such a scenic place is indeed a privilege which we must respect.    Bill B.

 

A2O Island Cliff to Duntroon

16 August 2017

Weather 

Fine, mild, clear sky, no wind.

Trampers

24

The Trip

We parked just before the Awakino bridge on the Island Cliff-Duntroon Road.  Dave and Margaret agreed to take two cars through to Duntroon, stopping at Grants Road and Elephant Rocks to walk back and join the trampers. They could then take the drivers back from Duntroon to pick up the other vehicles at the end.

We set off at about 9.15, along the Island Cliff-Duntroon Road, turned left up Prydes Gully Road and then right on to the bike track just before the driveway to the Duffs’ farm.  The track here was muddy with a washout at the creek, which meant it was closed to bikes but quite walkable. The track climbed gently north-west through cultivated farmland, with the views of the rolling country and mountains to the west opening up, reaching a high point at Grants Road where the front runners took advantage of a Lions picnic table and the rest sat on the grassy bank for smoko.

After smoko, we headed across the road turning towards the north-east along a ridge with good views of the lower Maerewhenua Valley. A sharp descent down a badly scoured zig-zag on Hores’ farm led to a gully with some remnants of film set buildings. Most of the party took advantage of a short side trip to some spectacular limestone formations and the Anatini whale fossil. Back on the track, we headed up a gentle climb to the road and, a couple of hundred metres further on, the entrance to Elephant Rocks. A short trip down the paddock and we found comfortable spots for lunch among the rocks at the top of the valley- we decided not to go down among the lower rocks because of the presence of ewes and young lambs.  Entertainment was provided by Bev’s endeavour to reunite with its family a lamb which had followed some visitors up and got separated from its mother.

From here, the walk was all downhill to the Maerewhenua valley where a new section of track followed the river for a distance alongside a dairy farm before crossing another washout and re-joining the roadside for the final stretch past the Maori rock drawings, across the Maerewhenua bridge into Duntroon to end, appropriately, at the Fossil Centre at around 2.30.

A perfect day, a relaxed 15km walk and some great views.

Tapui Homestead Circuit 

9 August 2017

27 walkers headed out to Tapui Homestead for a new walk. The weather was warmer than usual though there was a slight nor easter at times. The first stage was up the main farm track, to the green tank, where we turned down towards the Kakanui River and a hut on wheels for morning tea. There was a great view of the river in the gorge below with the snow covered Kakanui mountains beyond.

Then it was on up to Davidsons Road, though 3 decided to turn back before we got there. About a Kilometer down the road we climbed through the fence and walked east along the farm boundary, crossing into the next farm via a steep gully. As it was sheltered from the easterly down here, it was  decided to have an early lunch.

Continuing east along the boundary we eventually crossed Slatey Creek on the farm track that eventually led down to the Tapui Homestead Road. Then it was a short walk up the road back to the cars, with a round trip of just over 14k.

Walkers enjoyed the views of the North Otago mountains and downlands on an almost spring day.

Ross M

 

A2O Cycle Track, Windsor to Island  Cliff       

On a frosty morning , 25 people set forth in 6 cars to Windsor where we parked opposite the old school.

Packs and boots on and off up the road about 400 metres to where the new A2O track begins.     By this stage the sun was shining , with no wind.

Morning tea was enjoyed sitting in the sunshine in a cutting before the Raki tunnel.   As the tunnel was approached torches and head lights came out.    The surface of the tunnel was completely dry for 90% until near the west end where water was dripping from the roof.

From the toilets at the end of the end of the tunnel 23 people turned left up the hill to the end of Peaks road.   The other 2 drivers headed back along the track that had already been walked to pick up two cars  and meet the group back at the end of the track on the Tokarahi /Island Cliff road where they picked up the other four drivers at end of the day.

The views as the group walked up Peaks Road were amazing with wonderful views of snow capped mountains at times peaking through some cloud.Lunch was again enjoyed in the sun at the end of Peaks road.  From there it was mainly downhill. Numerous areas showed just how high the water had risen during the recent  heavy rain.

Overall this trip was a great way to experience this section of the A2O cycle trail without biking it.

In total, just over 19 Kms.

Dave I.

 

 

 

 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.