Monthly Report

Club Night July 2022

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

11 July 2022

Trip Reports

The Quarintine Island trip could hardly be classified as a tramping trip but 19 members along with some partners took the oportunity to visit this Otago Harbour Island.
9 members walked the cliff tops and beach from Andersons Lagoon to the Shag River Mouth. Some excellent views of the local wildlife, sometimes in action, were had.
The Wednesday Walkers walked the Timaru inland walkway from Saltwater Creek, did a circuit from Windsor up Peaks Road returning via the A2O bike track, a Ngapara Farm walk, and the Seacliff- Split Rock circuit.

Coming Trips
1. Nimrod Reserve, going up the zig zag track, before returning and doing  the loop track.
2. Cass Valley weekend on the west side of Lake Tekapo.
3. An A2O bike ride from Oamaru.
4. Snow shoeing  and cross country skiing at the Pisa Range snow farm.
5. A September event reminder of a snow skills weekend at Awakino.
Please look at “What’s On” for more information and booking cutoff dates.

Quiz Night
Members enjoyed a quiz  on tramping topics organized by Bess, which included identifying bird song, recognizing huts, lakes and map points. A correct answer was rewarded with a chocolate fish and no yellow cards were issued!


Thursday, June 30th, 2022


    The meeting was attended by16 people.

There was no inward correspondence to be noted.

  TRIP REPORTS: Trips were made to Studholmes Bush and the White Horse
near Waimate, and Mt. Dryburgh.

                             Wednesday Walkers went to a variety of
places- Kauru Hill, Waihao Forks,Tapui, Durden Hill and Mt. Baldie near
Waikouaiti, and Enfield Escarpment.

                          Jonathan gave a presentation of items from the
Club’s archives including  programmes, gear lists, trip accounts
accompanied by wonderful line drawings and odd snatches of poetry
(doggerel?)from the Club publication “Footprints” in 1987 when Dave
Mellish was President and Jenny Kitchin (Gray) was Secretary, and going
on until 1991.Accounts included a 9day trip on the Dusky Track , trips
to Fox’s Peak, thr Greenstone /Caples and many other 3-5 day trips.
There was a wonderful account of Ian Roger’s opinion of the newly
introduced GPS system- cost $6671.00 then- and a great caricature of him
done up in a metal suit and wheeling the whole contraption in a
wheelbarrow. There were some really entertaining trip reports and we
recognised a number of familiar names – many still going strong- all  of
this made for a very entertaining evening.


 REPORT OF 46th AGM of NOTMC, 9 May , 2022.

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

 REPORT OF 46th AGM of NOTMC, 9 May , 2022.

     Fourteen members were present. There were 4 apologies.

     Minutes of the 45th AGM were read.

President’s Report: This noted that member ship numbers were steady,
standing currently at 86.

                                     The financial position is healthy.

  Thirtytwo trips were listed and 21 went with a total of 40 people.
Covid concerns affected a number of trips.

  Treasurer’s Report: this showed a healthy year with total income of
$2221.38 and a cash surplus of $255.38

                                     Membership fees are to remain at
$45 family; $30 single; $15 social: $10 students.

Election of Officers: President; Julian Hardy

                                      Immediate Past President:Robbie

                                       Secretary:Jonathan Bielby

                                       Treasurer:Neville Corry.

Committee: Karyl Robertson, Julia Christie, Bess Allan, John Chetwin,
Jenny Kitchin.

          There was no general business and the meeting closed at 7.50 p.m.

         The normal meeting which followed noted there had been no Club
nights since February due to Covid.

        Expeditions had been to the the Cameron Valley, the Otago
Harbour Bike Track after crossing from Port Chalmers to Portobello, up
Ben Ohau, Mt. Miserable- biking from the Reid Road carpark to Kahikatea
Hut, Lake Clearwater, Arthurs Pass which included Otehake Hot Pools and
going through Cave Stream, and Carey’s Creek starting near the bottom of
the Kilmog.

                    A Trip Planning session for the next Programme was
held at the conclusion of the Trip Reports.

Club Night November 2021

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

November 8th Club Night was attended by 17 people.


Trip Reports: 10 trampers went to Hermit’s Cave in the Silverpeaks area, up Green Ridge to Pulpit Rock and then to Hermit’s Cave. Going above the cave gave a view of Jubilee Hut and there are two more caves in the area and a number of tracks to discover on other trips. 

      A group went to Dunedin  and to Signal Hill which gave good views of the Otago Peninsula and out to sea . There are also lots of tracks to be explored in this area.


      Wednesday Walkers went to Duntroon and walked to Elephant rocks and back;they covered 14 km. The next week they did the Domett Loop. A trip went from Anderson’s Lagoon to the Shag River mouth  to look at nesting shags and their young in the colony along the cliffs, as well as sea lions on the beach.. There was a good farm walk up from Tussocky Road to Big Stony . The Wanderers went to a spot above the Shag River mouth, and walked some of the Mountain bike tracks in Herbert Forest, followed by a spectacular garden walk in the area. 


     The main business of the evening was Trip Planning for the Summer Programme, and this produced ideas for some exciting and different summer tramps and bike rides for a range of abilities, which will be something to look forward to.

Club Night 11 October 2021

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

14 masked and spaced out members attended the Clubs October meeting under covid level 2.

Robbie reported that the large pine tree lying lengthwise along the Hoods Creek track in the Herbert Forest has had a temporary track cut around it.

Since the last meeting one trip was cancelled because of adverse weather, but a trip up Maryburn stream was enjoyed by a small group who then climbed Simons Hill.

The Wednesday Walkers had walks on the Roseneath Station loop, the lower part of Station Peak, the Herbert Forest circuit and the escarpment from Waianakarua to Herbert.

Coming trips are to the Silverpeaks looking for the Hermits Cave, the Rock and Pillar Range, and the Signal Hill track from Logan Park.

There was discussion on the draft Waitaki District Councils Spatial Plan looking at urban housing expansion over the next 30 years. Concern was expressed about the possible inclusion of reserve areas being used for housing, in this plan.

Jonathan then took us down memory lane, looking through the Clubs archives at old trips, annual reports and bushcraft / survival courses.
Jane Naish expanded on one of these which was her first bushcraft course in the Hopkins Valley. Basically it was about why you don’t go up the Hopkins for a bushcraft course in a Nor’wester.
 It rained heavily and the rivers rose rapidly. A family in their hut had to be evacuated across the Hopkins pending the birth of their next child, members river crossings and hypothermia were coped with and another family group with an imbalance of food and wine was helped out, making it a bushcraft course to remember and learn from.