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
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!
Puketapu and Trotters Gorge
17 Dec 2014
Twenty five, including Steve and Ann back from England, headed south to Palmerston for what was described as an easy day. The weather was fine and warmish with a stiff NE wind. After the mandatory rest room stop we headed up Puketapu Hill.
No one wanted to make a race out of it, but some opted to go straight up the steep way while others circled round the back for a slightly easier climb.
Morning tea was had on the sheltered SW side of the summit and after a lengthy admiring of the views, which included some of our coastal walks, we descended via the bulldozed track on the south side back to the cars by 11-30 am.
A quarter hour drive saw us at the Trotters Gorge picnic area for lunch. Trotters Gorge looked like an oasis with clear-fell logging having taken place on the north and south sides. Bird life was scarce apart from a large black rooster looking for some of our lunch.
Our second walk took us up the gorge to the west of the picnic area with a loop up a creek, over a rocky view point, and back down another creek. We were back at the cars just after 2 pm.
The huge ice-creams at Hampden took a bit of handling as they were half melted before we got them, but were enjoyed by the participants, and we were back in Oamaru by 3-30 pm after another enjoyable Wednesday walk.
Millennium walkway – Moeraki
Puketapu and Trotters Gorge (or not)
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Seven Oamaruvians met up with five Kakanuiites at Maheno on a grey drizzly southerly day which promised little, despite a weather forecast of showers clearing in the afternoon. The outlook was not improved by a text from Head Girl reporting heavy rain in Palmerston. A committee meeting produced a tactical decision to do the Trotters Gorge walk in the morning, leaving Puketapu in the afternoon when it should have cleared. The three cars duly headed south but failed to get through Hampden due to the irresistible pull of Vanessa’s coffee and date scones. From the warmth of the café, the group watched the sky partially clear, and then darken as another shower arrived. Further deliberations resulted in a complete change in strategy: Plan B would be the Millennium Track to Moeraki.
After the short drive to the road into Moeraki, we set off along the track to the village and up the steps to the lookout. The return trip took us around the back streets of Moeraki and then down along the beach to the old saltwater baths site. After admiring some remaining brickwork, we settled down to lunch on the rocks. As it was now low tide, most walked along the rocks and beach and all turned north to continue along the beach to the Moeraki boulders. We returned to cars after an easy but pleasant walk, and without getting wet.
North Temple – Lake Ohau
3 December 2014
It may have been the early 7.30am start that brought just 17 trampers to Towey Syreet. Leaving almost on the dot it took 2 hours to reach Ohau Station where Dave and Bev were waiting to join the group. By the time the picnic area was reached it was 9.45am and all were ready to start walking at 10am. This meant that all 19 walkers would be able to reach the head of the North Temple by lunchtime.
Some people were keen to find mistletoe but it was either high up in the beech trees or only a few tell-tale petals on the ground. Not the brilliant blaze of colour seen in other years. The forest track is in quite good condition – mostly dry and with the usual detours up the riverbed. Not a lot of birdsong in this forest – one long-tailed cuckoo with its shrill Sh…… call, a native falcon call and one or two bellbirds. Morning tea was en route with only a short break as most of the group were anxious to view the spectacular views at the head of the valley. By 12.30pm everyone had reached the lunch-rock.
Following lunch a large group headed off up the valley to explore this wonderful amphi-theatre of peaks and passes of snow, rocks, mountain streams and black beech forest. Looking over to the Gun Barrel Pass (now the Gunsight Pass) you could see the progress of two climbers like specks moving their way up the gut. Not the best day for going over to the South Temple as light rain had set in and the temperature was dropping. This did not prevent a small group hunt for an elusive little ranunculas (hybrid) first found here in 2005. But not a sign to be seen today even with the GPS reading indicating the right spot! However, this was just the right time for the Ranunculas lyallii, (Mount Cook Lily) or giant buttercup, to be in flower further up the slope. The Celmisias needed another couple of weeks before they would be out. With the cooler, moist air most walkers decided this was the time to head back down the forest track.
It was almost 3.30pm by the time the last of the walkers were back at the picnic area where the sandflies were making themselves a nuisance. Everyone agreed the walk was a great introduction to an alpine area – especially those on their first visit.
At least two cars stopped at Omarama to check out their ice-creams. Back in town by 7pm.
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.
Wednesday Walkers Walks
If you have a walk you would like to do, please suggest it at next weeks walk.
ABC Caves Gentle Annie Hut Altavady Gibson Farm Walk Anderson Lagoon – Shag River Golf Course Wainak Ashlands Rd – Kemp Rd – Katiki Government Hill Aviemore – Mt. Dryburgh Grampians Awamoko Stream Gunns Bush Balmoral Huts Hamilton Hut Ben Ledi Hampden Round trip
Ben Lomond Herbert Forest Ben Ohau Island Cliff Benmore Walkway Island Stream Waterfall Benmore Peak Kakanui Peak Big Ben Kakanui – Hampden Big Kuri Creek Karitane Walkway Black Cap Kauru Hill – Fuchsia Creek Bobbys Head Kaiwarua Station
Borland Lodge Kettleholes, Omarama Boundry Creek Kurow Hill Canyon Creek Little Domett Central Otago Rail Trail Livingston – Beaties Hill Chinamans Hut Loman Run Chinamans Cave Moana Station Clear Stream Moeraki Lighthouse Cone Moeraki Walkway
Conical Peak Mopanui Deep Stream Mt. Alexander
Devils Bridge Cave Mt. Alexander Loop Devils Elbow Mt.Cargill Doctors Point
Mt. Cook Dome Hills Mt. Dalgety
Domett Loop Mt. Dasher Douglas (Rob & Sue) Mt. David
Elephant Hill Mt.Difficulty via Allan Rd. Evansdale Glen
Mt. Difficulty via Dasher Flannagans Pass Mt. Difficulty, Hectors
Fox Peak Freehold Creek Mt Domett
Pigeon Bush Mt. Dryburgh Pigeon Bush – South Peak Mt. Evelyn
Puketapu Mt. Fortune Quailburn
Mt. Grayson Rakis Table & Tunnel Mt. Kirkliston
Razorback Mt. Kohurau Rock & Pillars
Mt. Kyeburn Rosella Ridge Mt. Milne
Round Sheepyards Mt. Miserable Mt. Nessing
Scout Hill Mt. Nimrod via Haka Seacliff Reserve
Mt. Nimrod Reserve Shag Point Mt. Obi
Silverpeaks Round Trip Mt. Parker Staircase Ridge
Mt. Peel Station Peak Mt. Pisgah
Stony Ridge Mt. Misery – Conical Peak Swampy – Leith Saddle
Meyer Tabletop Mt. Stalker
Tapui Farm Walk Mt. Studholme Te Huruhuru
Mt. Sutton – Ohau Temple – North Mt. Sutton – Waitangi
Temple – South Mts. Trotter & McKenzie The Hayes
Mt. Watkin Timaru Walkways Noondale Reserve
Trig J Oamaru Walkways Trotters Gorge
Obi, Mitchells Hut Tokarahi Farm Walk Obi, Mt. Stalker
Te Anau Trip Obi, Shingle Creek Orbells Cave
Waihao Walkway Otekaike Bridle Track Waipiata Otekaike Hill
Starting place is the Towey St Tennis Courts (see the map at the top of this page) usually at 8-30am every Wednesday.