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 a recommendation of what to bring.
Not That Big Rock
Wednesday 13 October 2021
Weather: Overcast, strong cold south-west wind, rain threatening-improved during day as skies cleared and temperature rose.
Trip: The planned trip for the day was the Big Rock circuit on Dome Hills. However, the continuing southerly storm which was coating the hills in snow forced a change in plan. A short discussion at Towey Street led to a consensus on an alternative trip.
So we drove to Duntroon, parked and set off along the A2O trail towards Elephant Rocks. On the way, we did a short side trip to the Maerewhenua rock art site and paused for morning tea on suitably positioned log segments at the side of the track. We then climbed the hill and turned into the Elephant Rocks paddock where we variously explored, cavorted and lunched among these big rocks. The views of the snow-clad and sometimes cloud-enveloped mountains were spectacular, but made us pleased that we weren’t up there.
Lunch over, we carried on up the hill, then down to the entrance to the Anatini whale fossil site and further exploration, some struggling to identify the whale parts but all admiring the striking rock formations. It was then about turn, down the hill and back along the Maerewhenua Valley to Duntroon. Duntroon was closed, so we were forced to repair to the Fort Enfield for the formal debrief, which concluded that the 17-plus km walk had been surprisingly enjoyable. John
Waianakarua Escarpment/Herbert Cemetery –
October 6, 2021
Herbert Forest – Round Trip
Wednesday 29 September
Our first trip following daylight saving was to the Herbert Forest. With the promise of a fine day 23 walkers met at the Swallows car-park from where we planned to walk the 13+km Swallows, Podocarp and Hood Creek tracks. As we walked up the Swallows, we commented on how dry it was underfoot. From the cave it was only a short distance to the junction of Queens and Middle Ridge Rd where we opted to have smoko.
Then another short road walk to the beginning of the Podocarp track. We continued on this track until reaching the ‘big trees’ – Kahikatea and Matai. We were also able to identify numerous Totara, Rimu and Miro trees. This special forest is the last remnants of a Podocarp forest on the east coast, between Christchurch and Dunedin. A few streams were crossed on the way.
On leaving the Podocarp track there was another short road-walk to the start of the Hoods Creek track – but who has locked up his bike here? We had just settled down here for lunch when Robbie V. suddenly appeared from down the Hood Creek track. He was able to inform us of the condition of the track – tree-fall in a few places from recent gales and maybe a bit of bush-bashing. Lunch over we set off down the track, minding the onga-onga (native nettle) growing on the side of the track. Sure enough we met the results of the gale. One large pine tree had taken care of 20-30 metres of track, but was able to be negotiated higher up. Many small stream crossings in this section too . Then on to the 5m ladder – but this was no problem for this group. All regrouped at the road at the end of Hood Creek track. From here, via Breakneck Rd, was about a 3km walk back to the car-park. Some tiny hobbit-sized cabins, along with some elaborate-looking stone work, were seen in a property on the way back. We arrived at the car-park soon after 3pm.
An enjoyable ‘debriefing’ was held at the Maheno Pub where we were warmly welcomed by the new proprietors. Margie
Station Peak Foothills
Wednesday 22 Sept 2021
It was a brilliant clear fine day which made our first experience on
this unique Northbank Waitaki farm property so enjoyable. Twenty one
walkers set out from the woolshed paddock just to the West of the
original Station Peak homestead which was built in the 1850’s when the
property was first taken up by early settler, Herbert Meyer.
Once we were atop the hillock behind the woolshed the farmscape
northward opened before our eyes which gave a good lead on where we
should go for morning tea; to the cabbage tree peak just above and
ahead. This spot provided a great vantage point to view the farm layout,
the Lower Waitaki Valley and the mountains from Ben Lomond to the East
and Totara Peak to the West. Most peaks having little of the winter
From this point the route taken was in an anti clockwise direction
toward the western side of the farm property, traversing the contour of
moderately steep foothills (at about ¼ of the way up to the skyline) and
then to return home along the easier lower country before finally
descending to the long established and maintained farm steading. A
shortened walk of c. 8km. Ewes set for lambing nextdoor on the
translator peak ruled out climbing higher or attempting the summit.
The walk was most enjoyable due mainly to the favorable conditions, the
anticipation of discovering an elusive stand of Kowhai, (and some seeds
to collect), and generally being able to let down with no thought of
Covid; and time for a little song and dance. Courtesy of the owners, the
Pavletich family we had a magnificent day out. Ian
Roseneath, Lake Aviemore
Wednesday 15 September
Backwards Around Oamaru
Wednesday 8 September
Trip: This was the day the South emerged from Covid Level 3 to Level 2, so no preparations could be made. Accordingly, the ten hardened walkers met at Towey Street and decided to avoid travel issues by doing a trip around Oamaru walkways, but to do it anti-clockwise.
So we set off up Towey Street, along Perth and Tamar to head across the old landfill site to meet up with a bike track which followed Bushy Beach Road past the deserted BMX track up to a viewpoint with a great panorama to the south. From there, it was back to the road and down it to the Bushy Beach Reserve. Any temptation to linger was quickly terminated by the viciously cold wind, so we climbed back up the road to find a sheltered spot for morning tea.
After smoko we continued up the hill, turned into Brinkburn Street and down a track to the Cape Wanbrow Reserve where we followed tracks up the fenceline, then down around past the old WW2 gun emplacement, the utility of which was debated. Further along, as we headed back towards the town, another debate ensued on the merits of developing so-called Forrester Heights. We then dropped down to Waterfront Road and walked along the harbour to stop for lunch in the shelter of a play area shed. A visit to the Galley for coffee revealed the presence there of two truant walkers who later paid an apologetic visit.
Lunch over, it was across the open area behind Harbour Street, down along the side of Oamaru Creek, over Humber Street, then under the Thames Street bridge, across the ‘stepping stones’, through Takaro Park, and along Cross and Read Streets to Eden Street. On the way we were given a commentary by Mike on the passage of the Glen Creek which appeared and disappeared several times on its way from Glen Street to empty into the Oamaru Creek at Meek Street.
We left Eden Street at Warren Street to climb up the valley, then up through the Glen Eden Reserve to swing around past the Observatory and its eponymous village, where we paused to admire Bill’s building site, then continued downhill to cross to the Gardens and the main trunk railway. It was then a last climb back to the cars which we reached about 2.40pm. Despite the inclement wind, it had been great to be out again stretching legs and expanding lungs on a 15km walk with over 560 metre height gain. Not so good was that we had started with ten walkers but arrived back with only seven – a wastage rate of 30% far exceeding the standard. John
Oamaru’s Byways under Level 2
Wednesday 8 September 2021
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. (Note that we carry several 2 way radios and also a Personal Locator Beacon for emergencies.)
* 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.