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
22 February 2017
NB. 7.30am start
Day at Mcleods
15 February 2017
Today the Wednesday Walkers took a day off walking in the hills. Instead, Jane G. had organised a visit to Wendy and Ken’s new property near Kakanui.
To help Wendy and Ken settle into their beautiful property, 26 WW’ers volunteered for a working bee in the large garden which required a certain amount of TLC after they had moved in 3 weeks ago.
What a wonderful sight greeted us – ample sheds for Ken, a beautiful house for Wendy and the best view in North Otago for them both! A panoramic view of the Kakanui Mountains from South Peak to Te Kohurau, following on to the St Mary Range and Kirklistons. Far away to the west you could see Totara Peak.
Today was a perfect summer day. After an 8.50am start in the gardens, work stopped at 10am for a delicious morning tea supplied by three WW members. Then more garden activity till lunchtime. By all reports everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day in McLeod’s garden. We now look forward to seeing them out in the hills again. Thanks Wendy and Ken for your hospitality.
Thanks to Jane G. for her good idea – it was a great success.
Wednesday 8 February
With a skiff of snow on Mt Domett and the corresponding temperature at the starting point, the sixteen partakers must have each had thoughts about the wisdom of coming on this tramp. The blog had mentioned togs and swimming. One tramper inadvertently tried the water – and survived!
We left the cars at 10 am and arrived Chinaman’s hut at 11.45, where many of us gorged on the splendid crop of raspberries surrounding the hut – dessert first! After a relaxing early lunch at the hut, some walked on up to the divide of the stream and the nearby waterfall, (30min) to get a better look at the options for climbing the two mountains – Domett and Grayson. Much nostalgia for those who had been there many times in the past.
Back in town about 5.30pm or soon after.
3 Waikouaiti and Karitane Walks
Wednesday 1 February 2017
With the weather still unpredictable we drove down to the car park at the end of Beach Road, Waikouaiti. Bill S. was waiting to join us there so we set off along the beach road to the creek before heading upstream to our first objective, Hawkesbury Lagoon. We were able to cross this via grassed walkways to the other entrance just short of the Racecourse where we had morning tea. The lagoon was alive with bird life such as spoonbills, Canada geese, ducks and the odd blue heron. We crossed back and on to another walkway ending up on Beach Street where we returned to the cars.
Next stop was a beach front car park in Karitane where we had lunch in brilliant sunshine at the waters edge just across from where the whales were hauled up on to the spit for cutting up many years ago. The lovely Huriawa Pa walk was next with all its interactive signs suggesting you stop and listen to the voices of the past —. A place full of history.
One car load then went home while the rest of us drove to the car park at the beach below Matanaka Hill. We then walked up the road and across the paddocks to Johnny Jones farm buildings. These are well preserved with the buildings housing a school classroom, a good historical record of the site, a 3 person long-drop and a stable for large clydesdale horses complete with their tackle. It was then back to the cars, a paddle in the sea for some and home via an icecream stop at Hampden, an enjoyable leisurely walk.
25 January 2017
Chinamans Hut was not an option today with Dansey Pass Road closed to traffic and the Otekaieke River flooded in the previous days.
When 20 WW’s turned up at Towey St, all were eager to know where today’s walk would take us. So after a vote – Puketapu vs Herbert Forest – Herbert Forest won by ½ a vote? with 2 abstentions!
By 9am all 7 cars were parked at the Swallows track carpark. Today the aim was to walk all 3 tracks – Swallows Walk, Podocarp Track and Hoods Creek. Just as we moved off from the park a few heavy drops of rain encouraged some to put on their wet-weather coats. The rain continued till we reached the cave, where mournful Milligan-like moanings of “let me out” could be heard. (Where was the leader?) Still a few spots of rain as we walked along Middle Ridge Road to the start of the Podocarp track. At the Genbirnie Loop junction we decided this was the place to have smoko – the sun now shining.
From here most walkers decided on walking the Loop while a few chose to continue along the Podocarp to the Big Trees – two Kahikatea and one Matai – where the two groups met. From there, on up to the end of the Podocarp Track to Diamond Hill Rd for lunch. The usual lunch spot is now covered in gorse but the road-sides offered a sunny and sheltered spot for lunch.
Following lunch 5 walkers decided to take the road back to the gate on Breakneck Rd and walk back to the carpark. The majority walked the Hoods Creek track taking us back to Breakneck Road and back to Swallows carpark. All back by about 3pm
As can be seen by the photos, maintenance is required on parts of the track where trees and branches have fallen in recent storms. The forest is lush and green making it a pleasure to walk the tracks. Margie
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.
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.