Wednesday Walkers

 

 

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 northotagotmc@gmail.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.

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Recent Walks

Tapui 3 Peaks & 2 Tunnels

Wednesday 28-July 2021

31 walkers started out from Victoria Hill Road on what looked like a sunny winters day However almost immediately a cold South-easterly started blowing and the day deteriorated gradually throughout our walk, although we were sheltered in the valleys. First climb was a steep grunt up the east face of Rakis Table, followed by a table top walk to the western end for good views looking towards the Kakanui’s. It was then down the northern face to Rakis Tunnel for morning tea in a sheltered hollow.

Torches at the ready we navigated the tunnel and after exiting the west end, turned through a gate to follow the old railway embankment towards the blocked Tapui tunnel. At one stage we were thwarted from following the embankment by two large angus bulls who were quite upset by our presence, so it was decided that discretion was the better part of valor and we skirted round them with a stout fence separating us. Unfortunately someone had dropped their woolly hat in the bull paddock so Klaus, being the largest person who could also run the fastest, volunteered to get it, with a successful outcome.

After viewing the Tapui tunnel entrance, we climbed south, summiting Belmont Hill for lunch with great views all round. We then headed east  over rolling downlands, with a short walk along Tunnel Road, eventually summiting Victoria Hill for the third peak of the day. A good work out with some good views of North Otago farmland from the mountains to the sea.

Many chose to finish the day with a warm up at Fort Enfield.
Ross

Earthquakes Circuit – anti-clockwise

Wednesday 21 July 2021

The walk started straight into this spectacular Earthquakes tourist attraction.  In the past, this has been at the end of the day.  After a visit to the “Post Office”, deep in the chasm where a generation or two (including one of our group, and his father), like many others, have scratched their names in the limestone lots of years ago.

Then it was road walking along Earthquakes Rd for a km or three before heading west and then gaining elevation sharply (at first) but then more gradually later.  Our lunch stop was at the highest and most westerly point of the circuit and revealed magnificent vistas of not only the Kakanui mountains but also a huge part of the Nth Otago downlands – not to mention the Sth Canterbury ranges across the Waitaki.  It was then a straightforward walk through even more magnificent limestone landscapes back to Earthquakes rd.

The day was capped off by an open invitation to Leigh and Raewyn H’s home for coffee.  This was the perfect finale to a great day out.     Bill

Cornish Head & Matanaka to Karitane River Mouth

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Matanaka/Karitane spit – 14 July 2021
23 Walkers braved a cool winter day for the drive to Waikouaiti and the walk around Cornish Head to the historic Matanaka farm buildings. The day became fine and clear but cold  – however the magnificent views south, the numbers of spectacular gnarled trees, and the amazing jagged coastline way below us more than made up for it. A bit later getting to the farm buildings than expected, which made the planned extension of the walk over to the Waikouaiti River and down to the spit opposite Karitane a bit dicey for the 1.00 pm low tide. So lunch on the beach near the end of Beach Rd and then an hour’s walk straight down the beach to the spit which many of the walkers had not done before. Next time we will arrange the walk in reverse and add in the short walk along the river with a suitable tide.
About 16 km.
David

Ashlands Road – Snake Gully

7 July 2021

Trip:  This tramp was yet another variation on the rich offerings of Snake Gully. After a night of rain, the day dawned fine, as forecast by the Norwegians. As a result of the rain, and extensive pig-rooting, the theme of the day was “Mud, glorious mud”. 

Ashlands Road turns to the right off SH1 at the end of the first straight south of Hampden. We parked in the grassy/muddy area between the end of Ashlands Road and the Ngutukaka Creek and started walking at about 9.20am through the top gate to the left of the entrance to the farm yard. The route followed a farm track which wound up a moderate slope which led on to a broad ridge which climbed gently but steadily past an airstrip to a high point marked by a geodetic survey mark. The eastern slope afforded fine views of the coast from Katiki Point to Shag Point and a sheltered slope, out of the bitterly cold southerly, was chosen for morning tea. 

Smoko over, we kept on along the ridge, down across a saddle, and up again to another knob, marked by a water tank, which we circled around to look down into Trotters Gorge and across to the familiar shape of Trig L.  A couple of hundred metres further we were able to spy the green roof of the Varsity Hut.  It was then a matter of retracing our steps back down the broad ridge to the end of the forestry block, then tuned hard left through a gate and down a grassy gully on to a track which led north-east above an impassable bluff. Eventually the track came down to the Waiwherowhero Creek which we crossed – most downstream by a dilapidated bridge, the rest upstream where it narrowed enough to jump across with assistance.

Just over the creek a track wound under an imposing bluff with a rocky overhang and trees and, as it was now 12.30pm we settled down for lunch in a sunny, sheltered spot where we were entertained by an apparently fearless Karearea perching in a kanuka only a few metres away. Twenty minutes later, we set off up the clear, but in places very muddy, track towards another imposing and sculptured bluff before swinging right up to a saddle which promised to take us to the grassy ridge. It did, and on the way joined the route we had in the past taken on our way down South Peak, which loomed to the west. At the saddle we had a choice of going down the ridge to our right or the broad grassy valley on the left. We chose the valley, which sloped gradually down with a rugged limestone escarpment to the right and outcrops resembling Easter Island (Rapa Nui) moai rearing out of the bush on the left. The valley eventually narrowed and led out onto the flats. A culvert took us across Ngutukaka Creek and onto a track which took us back to the cars, which we reached just on 2.30. It had been good to get out into the hills again and, despite the mud, the day was enjoyed by all. John

 

 

Group Skills

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. 09-9 First aid practise 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.

ABC Caves

Altavady

Anderson Lagoon – Shag River

Ashlands Rd. – Kemp Rd. Katiki

Aviemore – Mt. Dryburgh

Awakino Ski Field

Awamoko Stream

Balmoral Huts

Ben Ledi

Ben Lomond

Ben Ohau

Benmore Walkway

Benmore Peak

Big Ben

Big Kuri Creek

Bike rides

Black Cap – Scout Hill

Bobbys Head – Pleasant River

Borland Lodge

Boundary Creek

Canyon Creek

Cave Hill

Central Otago Rail Trail

Chinamans Hut

Chinamans Cave

Clear Stream

Cone

Conical Peak

Deep Stream

Devils Bridge Cave

Devils Elbow

Doctors Point

Dome Hills

Domett Loop

Douglas (Rob & Sue)

Earthquakes

Elephant Hill

Evensdale Glen

Flannagans Pass

Fox Peak

Freehold Creek

Gentle Annie Hut

Gibson Farm Walk

Glenthorn Station

Gunns Bush

Golf Course, Waianakarua

Government Hill

Grampions

Gunns Bush

Hamilton Hill

Hampden / Moeraki

Hampden Township

Hillgrove Farm Walk

Herbert Forest

Heywards Point

Island Cliff

Island Stream Waterfall

Kakanui Peak

Kakanui – All Day Bay

Karitane Walkway

Kauru Hill – Fuchsia Creek

Kawairua  Station

Kettleholes, Omarama

Kurow Hill, Awakino Gorge

Kurinui Reserve

Lindis Pass / Dalrachney

Little Domett

Livingstone, Beaties Hill

Loman Run

Maerewhenua Gold Diggings

Moana Station

Moeraki Lighthouse

Moeraki walkway

Mopanui

Mt. Alexander

Mt. Alexander Loop

Mt. Bitterness

Mt Cargill

Mt Cook (Not the Summit)

Mt Dalgety

Mt. Dasher

Mt. David

Mt. Difficulty – Allan Rd

Mt Difficulty – Dasher

Mt. Difficulty – Hectors

Mt. Domett

Mt. Dryburgh

Mt. Evelyn

Mt. Fortune

Mt. Grayson

Mt Kirkliston

Mt. Kohurau

Mt Kyeburn

Mt. Mary, Trig J

Mt. Meyer

Mt Michael

Mt Milne

Mt. Miserable

Mt Nessing

Mt. Nimrod (Haka)

Mt Nimrod (East)

Mt Nobler

Mt. Obi

Mt Orr

Mt. Parker

Mt. Peel (Little)

Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Stalker

Mt Studholme

Mt. Sutton, Ohau

Mt Sutton, Waitangi

Mt. Trotter

Mts. Trotter & McKenzie

Mt. Watkin

Ngapara Farms Walk

Noondale Reserve

Oamaru Walkways

Obi, Mitchells Hut

Obi, Mt. Stalker

Obi, Shingle Creek

Orbell’s Cave

Otekaike Bridal Track

Otekaike Hill

Peel Forest

Pigeon Bush – Duncan Road

Pigeon Bush – South Peak

Pleasant River, Bobbys Head

Prominent Peak

Puketapu Hill

Pulpit Rock

Quail Burn

Raki’s Table / Tunnel

Raki’s, Belmont, Victoria Hills

Razorback

Rock & Pillars

Rosella Ridge, Silver Peaks

Roseneath

Round Yards circuit / gorge

Seacliff Reserve

Shag Point

Siberia Hill

Staircase Ridge

Station Peak

Stony Ridge

Suttons Face

Swampy, Leith saddle

Table Top via Wainak  Reserve

Table Top via Herbert Forest

Tapui Farm Walk

Te Huruhuru

Temple – North

Temple – South

The Hays

Timaru Walkways

Trotters Gorge Reserve

Trotters Gorge Trig L

Tokarahi Farmwalk

Waihao Walkway, Hotel circuit

Waimate Gorge

Waipiata

Weston Escarpment

White Horse

Woolshed Creek

Wainono Lagoon

Starting place is the Towey St Tennis Courts (see the  map at the top of this page) usually at 8-30 am  every Wednesday.