Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Woosy Bike Ride , 18 August 2019
It took a lot of work arranging the perfect day for a bike ride and no effort was spared and the results were definitely worth it because this particular day was made for it, no clouds at all, brilliant views to the higher hills covered in last week’s snow, little wind.
Nine turned up at the Purton’s carpark in Maheno at 1pm, 2 non club members. There were ebikes as well as pushbikes. It seemed a natural selection process as those on the push bikes opted to do a 20km circuit and those with ebikes opted to do the longer western circuit amounting to 36km. So 5 on the eastern side of Maheno 4 the other and off we went.
One member on a new bike copped some questions relating to all the features in this latest edition of ebike which included the fitting of an airbag.
It is hard not to be enthusiastic about ebikes, there is nothing to dislike about them, they flatten all the hills and always give you a tail wind, in fact they take away about 50 years of ageing and make you feel like a ten year old on a bike. So for us on the western circuit we thoroughly enjoyed the ride through Kuriheka , admiring the old buildings and stopping at the memorial built to remember all those fro the area that went to fight in WW1.
On we went stopping only at the intersections enjoying the great views of the hills, quite roads, the only vehicles we met once when we were on the Tullimett Rd stopping for a drink.
The return leg into a breeze all the way along a network of roads zigzagging our way back to Maheno avoiding tarsal and the main road.
We arrived back at the carpark about 3.30pm with the ones who did the eastern circuit back too, good timing.
Bike ride report trip 2
Five of us on more traditional historical bikes with the exception of one e-bike did the shorter 20 km trip. We left Maheno on the Maheno/Kakanui Rd and then turning into the Maheno/All Day Bay Rd onto our first hill/work out for the day up pass the Maheno Cemetery. We follow this road onto the gravel and along it to we met up with Happy Valley Rd which we turn into and a downhill run to Robertsons Rd. We turned into Robertsons Rd and after going downhill it was back up hill again, with a few ups and down along this road but we had great views of the mountains with the snow on them. We followed this road till we met up with MacLean Rd which we follow down towards the coast and out onto Waianakarua Rd by All Day Bay where we stopped for a break. After our break it was a good uphill slog and along the coast towards Kakanui and as we were coming into Kakanui, Phyllis’s bike decided it had had enough and spat the dummy with bit of derailleur and springs flying out everywhere. So we had to leave Phyllis behind and travel back to Maheno on the Maheno/Kakanui Rd to the vehicles, where I went back and picked Phyllis and her broken bike up.
She may have a good excuse to get a e-bike now. Thank to Robbie for organising the maps and route, with great weather and views we all enjoyed our ride.
It sounded like their ride was enjoyable as well so all around everyone was happy and a good finish was had at the tavern by way of a nice drink and a debrief with the usual laughter. Thanks to those who made it, they were, Bron, Maurice, John, Robbie on the western circuit and Ross, Neville, Phyllis, Colin and Julie on the eastern one.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Sunday 4th August 2019
Even though cold weather was forecast for the day of the trip to Bobby’s Head, seven trampers ventured out.
It started with a walk along Goodwood Road to a cemetery and old church yard. With the church no longer standing we noticed that a lot of the graves were of the Preston and Dunkley families.
We then continued along the road towards Matai Farm with the sun now shining and temperatures getting warmer, necessitating a few layers to be shed.
After following a fence-line down a paddock we came across the first of many electric fences which we found live after testing with the tester.. We then skirted around an estuary on a farm track, over sand dunes and onto the beach where the Pleasant River meets the sea.
A morning tea break was taken before climbing up to the cliff tops where we followed the coastline across the farmland and negotiated many more electric fences. (All shocks avoided)
As we were lucky enough to catch a low tide we made our way back down from Matai Farm to the beach and observed the unusual formations in the mud stone on the cliffs before reaching Tavora Beach for a lunch stop.
Now in the Tavora Reserve, we followed a track over the sand dunes and through stands of native bush up onto Bobby’s Head where we admired the views from the Otago Peninsula in the South to Shag Point in the North.
With a short walk across a paddock and over a couple of stiles, once again we came out onto Goodwood Road and after a 500 meter walk we were back at our vehicles at 3pm.
A stop at Palmerston for ice creams followed on our way home.
Thank you to John for the guiding expertise and liaising with the farmer to make this trip possible.
Thanks also to Lynette, Julian, Bronwyn, Neville and Maurice for their company.
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Sunday 7th July 2019
Eight trampers in two vehicles arrived at the car park at the north end of Katiki Beach at 10 o’clock, having driven the 45 km from Oamaru – the late start was determined by the 1 pm low tide. A ninth participant met them there. The two largest vehicles were ferried down to the car park at the south end of the beach and left there, with the third vehicle returning north with the drivers. About 10.30am we set off north up Katiki Beach to walk the 2kms to the northern limit where the beach meets the hills of Katiki Point. On the way we crossed the trickle that comprised Trotters Creek and turned around just before 11 o’clock at an unnamed estuary by the end of the beach.
We then headed southward down the beach, passing our starting point and stopping for morning tea about an hour after we had set off. It was now 1 ½ hours from low tide so the sand was getting wider and was firm enough to provide an excellent walking surface. The beach was sheltered from the stiff, cold northerly breeze so it was warm enough some top clothing layers to be removed. Shortly after smoko, we started coming across the many and varied rock formations which are a feature of Katiki Beach. There were reefs with round pools, Katiki boulders (similar to Moeraki boulders), layered strata in the cliffs, rock shelves notable for their protection of slippery algae, and, further along, myriad small spherical rocks like bowling balls. Navigation of the rock formations, not to mention photography, made for slow progress, so it was not until almost 1.15 that we passed the last rocks and settled down for lunch.
Lunch over, we walked down the sandy beach to the start of the rock shelf which runs down the north-east side of Shag Point and was now fully exposed by the low tide. Walking was a careful process, avoiding the dark algae which could make the surface extremely slippery and using poles for extra stability. The sandstone shelf supported an amazing variety of rock formations including huge Katiki boulders, many split to form open flower buds or spa pools, straight drainage channels, parallel tram lines and strange prehistoric scripts. Many of the rocks contained fossils. By 3 o’clock, we had reached the end of the walkable section and, watched by a group of young seals, we climbed up the rocks and then some steps to a grassy reserve behind some cribs.
Because of the time, we decided not to continue on to the point itself but, after a short break, turned right up the road and old railway formation for the 2km walk back to the cars. The 17 km walk in very pleasant conditions had offered much of interest for Chris, Bronwyn, Bess, Bevan, Julian, Lynette, Neville, Robbie and John.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Six of us met in Oamaru and headed for Lake Aviemore with a fine weather forecast for the day. As we crossed the Aviemore Dam the lake was quite rough with plenty of whitecaps. We pulled up at the car park at deep stream and met another one of our members there. The wind was a cold westerly coming down the lake, so it was on with all our warm gear before we headed off, but it was soon off with all the warm gear once we started the walk because we had shelter from the wind.
Deep Stream is a public walkway that follows around the side of a small Lake that Deep Steam flows into. The track is about 2km long and has a couple of picnic spots along the way, but the track is getting a bit rough near the top end of the track.
We had permission from the farmer to carry on up the stream, so after crossing the stream with wet feet the gorge opens up into a big valley. We followed a 4WD track up the valley for about 3 km till the stream goes into a bit of another gorge.
We then climbed high out of the valley to the east trying to find the best path through the scrub and matagouri to meet up with a wee valley that meets the stream from the east. It was in this valley that we had seen heaps of Wallabies about 4 yrs ago when we last did this walk, but there was none to be seen this time.
On the saddle at the head of the valley we had lunch looking down on Lake Waitaki and the mountains beyond. After lunch we dropped down into a wee gut and back up onto a 4WD, where we did see one Wallaby. We then followed the 4WD track down pass some remains of an old building and out pass the fisherman’s bend camping area.
Back down at the camp it was back into the cold wind, so it was back on with the warn gear, but as we got up to the dam the wind changed to a warm NW. It was soon back to the cars after a 5 ½ hour hike and about 15km all up.
Thanks – Julian, John, Marian, Robbie, Shirley and Bill F for the great company for the day. Neville
Monday, June 17th, 2019
After a break of 5 years this event was reestablished for the NOTMC this last weekend by an intrepid group of 7. Leaving the comforts of civilization this group made their way to the bottom of the 3 hour climb required to get to Big Hut with uncertain overcast conditions. Cloud covered the tops as we headed up but the activity resulted in rapid warming and before long clothes were being shed to avoid overheating. After a short munch stop about two thirds of the way up and an improvement on the meteorological front a small snow ambush took place with less fortunate down hill members being attacked from above no injuries resulted and we continued up the hill to arrive at the hut by about 1 ish.
After a substantial recovery break a group rugged up to face the elements once again to explore the range to the south with its spectacular rock tors. A couple of young students keen on skiing had come up before us and could be seen in the distance for most of the afternoon indulging in their snowy pastime, they later informed us that they had hoped to get to one of the Queenstown skifields but lacking in snow cover they had decided to come to the Rock and Pillars.
As the photographic evidence shows, the snow was not abundant on the Rock and Pillars either, a dump of some 2 weeks earlier had not been replenished. Conditions were rather cold though with a biting westerly wind ensuring a polar aspect that we have come to expect up there. The one iceaxe brought up by the party was usefully employed to gain access to the water tank at the hut.
After the reuniting of the intrepid group with the stay behinds the convivials were brought out and the social aspects of this trip were established with shared nibbles, drinks and eventually table tennis to keep the circulation going. After dinner the main event took place and a large array of desserts took centre stage. One member started to display major signs of distress at this point, with frequent absences and mutterings on return. It turned out that their contribution to dessert had failed to make it up the hill having been left behind on the kitchen bench at home. We all felt great sympathy with this member and many sounds suitable to this situation were made in his direction. His contribution of canned high pressure cream was appreciated though. It is highly unlikely that this omission will ever be forgotten and it will undoubtedly enter the historical record of our club.
As has been the case in the past the desserts far outweighed our capacity to eat and the 2 young skiing fellows were dragged from their beds in order to help us consume the wonderful delicacies on offer leaving just a smaller remnant to be taken care of for breakfast the following morning.
The night was long and the temperature variable going from quite cold to too warm and back to cold after a small blizzards passed through at about 5.36am which made the journey to the loos challenging.
The intension had been to do the round trip and return via Leaning Lodge but after much waiting for the clagged in cold conditions to change during the morning it was eventually decided to return the same way that we’d come the previous day. The snow encountered the previous day was hard on the return and we were pleased with our decision to return that way. We would have encountered harsh conditions via the Leaning Lodge route with exposure to steep snowy slopes making for unnecessary risks of a fall.
It did warm up on the way down and our winter gear was shed at different points on the journey. We arrived back at the carpark in time for another lunch (a previous lunch stop having already taken place). After another discussion it was wisely decided to stop at Stanley’s for a pint and a debrief.
This was a great trip with a strong social focus which highlighted the high regard and enjoyment we get from the spending time in the hills with our mates. Thanks to those who came and they were Marion, Maurice, Phyllis, Neville, Julian, Bill F and Robbie.