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 email@example.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 what to bring.
This Weeks Walk
Tapui 3 Peaks and 2 Tunnels
Wednesday the 5th August
Wednesday the 29th July
THE LONG SHORTWALK
The walk today, Dave said, is not very far,
As we were dining at night at Purton’s Cafe and Bar.
He said we’d be home by well before two.
So a little lunch and a bottle of water would do.
The walk was round town, so no transport required:
Just Shanks’s pony, and we were quite inspired
By the views of the sea, from Wansbeck Street,
And the steam punk playground now virtually complete.
We got to the precinct, then walked at the back
of those solid old buildings, then on to the track
which led to Waitaki Avenue and the Boys’ High School.
Morning tea at the park before Buckley’s Hill.
With ease we managed that steady climb,
Then admired Reservoir Road gardens – simply divine.
We did a circuitous route round the mountain bike track.
Some took the wrong path, and had to come back.
My meager lunch was soon eaten and gone
As we sat in the sun watching the swans
Warren Reserve was next, so back on our feet
To continue the walk along the hard bitumen street.
Then over the paddock and through the trees,
Down a steep zig-zag- quite hard on the knees!
Then into the steep reserve of Glen Eden,
Planted out in pines – what were they thinking?
We meandered round there with little delay,
Then across Eden Street to the Skyline Walkway,
Along the top of the town which was spread out below,
And the sun in the sky was sinking quite low.
There was no doubt that the walk had been quite long,
And Francis’ high tech equipment couldn’t be wrong.
He measured the distance as 19.4.
But would have been 20 by the time I got to my door.
My legs f’elt weary, as did others no doubt,
But with a spell and a shower ’twas time again to go out,
For a wonderful meal with good mates and much talk.
The perfect end to a day on a rathcr long short walk.
Island Cliff Farm Walk
Wednesday the 15th July
Property Owner : – Steve Ambler
Start 8:30 am
After parking in the yard adjacent to the homestead, we set off through the yard, turned left into the lane, and proceeded up the hill, then right along the slope, into third paddock and on past the “valley of Emu eggs” to the saddle and on to the eastern plateau, where we found a sheltered spot and stopped for morning tea, enjoying the panoramic view.
We then descended down through the limestone rocks to walk and explore just below the escarpment, opposite where we had first walked. We then made our way to the western plateau, once again enjoyed the view, particularly the Kakanui and St. Mary’s ranges, splendid in their snow dress.
Lunch was again taken in a sheltered spot, looking out towards recently converted dairy farm, and also sheep/beef property’s.
Returned across the tops overlooking Tokaraki village, to the lane, and
back to the cars by 1:45pm. A good if somewhat shorter walk.
Very appreciative of the owner leaving yearling deer in an “out of our
way” paddock while we were there.
Kauru Hill Farm Walk
Wednesday the 8th July
Property Owner : – Bryce Burnett
Start 8:30 am
Trip: “Hilltop to Hilltop with surprise in between”
Leaving Towey Street, the first stop was at the Totara Estate, being
welcomed by the manager, Anne Sutherland. After a brief explanation of the site, we all climbed Sabastopol Hill – to the Brydone Memorial. A great360° view over North Otago proved interesting and Ken McLeod gave information of various landmarks. Back down the hill and Anne had tea and coffee ready for us !! lovely as the morning was brisk.
After viewing the buildings we set off for Kauru Hill, and Bryce Burnett’s farm.
After a health & safety briefing – the farm is a “work site”, Bryce took us up the road to park the cars in a paddock next the the deer shed.
We set off with Bryce directing our way through several deer paddocks, entered and viewed part of his property fenced off and covenanted to the Queen Elizabeth ll Trust. Native bush clearly to be seen regenerating in the steep sided gullies.
Some trampers continued round above the river on a track that is not for the faint of heart, (a plunge into the river if you slip) and up a bushy gully, hidden here were some mature Miro trees, while the rest of the party circled round on the top side of the deer fence, meeting up with the others.
Being in a sheltered area we had our lunch here. Climbing back to the tops we again looked down into the regenerating gullies supporting Totara, Lance-woods, (juvenile and adult stages) cabbage trees, pittosporums etc.
We continued on across the farm towards the Kauru Hill road, passing a significant number of cabbage trees and also a herd of deer approx 250 in number.
At this stage a shower of sleety rain came across and we decided not to climb to the top of Kauru Hill, (Roger Fox’s property permission obtained).
Although a cool wind, the tramp was enjoyed and all agreed Bryce had made a good move to exclude stock and covenant the gorge area and let the bush regenerate.
Heading home at 2:30pm
Moeraki Peninsula Farm Walk, Millenium Track and Lighthouse.
Wednesday the 1st July
15 people left Towey street picking up another 12 at Maheno, travelling down to Moeraki where cars were parked at the beginning of the Millennium track just past Coronation street. David Inkersell was the leader and it was home territory . We set off up Coronation street, into Dick’s road, into Bill Piles property, past the reservoir, and on up the hill, through Moeraki native bush, which would be so beautiful in spring when all the kowhai trees are in flower. Continuing on into Lighthouse Hills property and on up to the trig station where we had a 360 degrees view while having morning tea.
From there we cut down the hill through the bush again and out onto the Lighthouse road. It was then across farm land to kaik no2 with again beautiful views of the sea and across more paddocks to Kaik no 1 where lunch was had sitting on the beach in the sun with the tide coming in.
After lunch it was on up the Kaik road as far as the Marae where we turned into Piles paddock again and followed the coast through the dump paddock to the Whalers watch monument above the port. From the monument the group split several ways , some opting to go down for coffee, while others went down the hill to the beach and up over the hill, and the rest back up the hill from the beach and then down the steps on the Millennium track.
From Fleurs, it was back to the cars along the Millennium track.
From there some opted to head home, while 4 cars drove out to the Lighthouse, where we walked down to the Island, past many large seals basking in the sunlight and back to the viewing shed to look for any yellow eyed penguins. Several were heard, but none seen.
The day was made very enjoyable with such good weather and the many interesting stories David was able to tell about the local history.
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.