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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This Week’s Walk

 

 

Recent Walks

Wednesday Wanderers

Millennium-Moeraki Walkway

Wednesday 22 May

With a cool morning start we left Oamaru at 9-30 with 10 ladies and one man to keep us in order.  We parked at the west end of the Millennium track and walked to Fleurs Place where some enjoyed coffees and the rest eat some of their lunch at 11am.  From here 8 of us continued up to the Lookout while 3 watched a few seals for a while before going back to have lunch at  the Tavern!  When 8 of us left the Lookout (which was free of any cold wind) we followed the top road until we reached the road which goes down to the 1st Kaik.  We decided unanimously that we would like to have our lunch on the beach down there.  Just perfect on a sunny windless day and low tide.  The return walk up the hill seemed easy after a dose of sea air.   We returned to the Millennium walkway which made for an easy walk back to the cars at 2 o’clock and the other 3 Wanderers were there also. We all agreed this was an enjoyable day wandering around Moeraki in the sunshine with great views.   Jane

 

Verbakel’s Farm

Wednesday 15 May 2019

With a morning red sky and a Nor’wester blowing, 23 Walkers headed out to Verbakel’s farm. 3 Wanderers arrived later, doing a shorter walk.

We were met by Francee who led us around her farm. Climbing up the hill on a well formed lane we soon came to where the old Oamaru water race emerged from a tunnel, crossed over a short bridge and disappeared back into another tunnel. Shortly afterwards we left the lane and skirted the first of many plantations where we were sheltered from the increasing nor’westerly wind. Eventually we emerged up on the tops with good views all round. Morning tea was in the shelter of another plantation and a little while later after circling round, we descended into a gully  which had some interesting limestone formations. Eventually we came to another section of the old Oamaru water race, this time where it emerged from a tunnel and crossed a 10m high aqueduct before disappearing down a gully in the direction of Oamaru.

After climbing up a steep hillside we met the 3 wanderers who had started an hour after us and had done a shorter route. Crossing over our original lane we climbed another hillside, sheltering behind another plantation for lunch, closely watched by some friendly cows. It was then up another ridge with views over the Waitaki Plains and down a lane back to the cars by 1-30pm. A 10k walk on a mild Autumn day.

Roseneath- ‘Wharekuri’    Near Aviemore Dam

Wednesday 8 May

Emerging from the cars at the Aviemore dam into just seven degrees temperature with a strong wind and grey skies had the organiser thinking he may have made the wrong decision with regard to the appropriate venue for the day.  However, the wind subsided considerably as we left the lake and the temperatures climbed, both outside the clothing as well as within as the steady gain in altitude became apparent.

With the many 4WD tracks on this property we were spoilt for options.  However, the morning climb saw us sitting on a spectacular outlook rock about 500m above our starting point.  Then it was a case of taking the right option at the various junctions to make the most of the day without cutting the trip too short or indeed getting people home too late.  This was new country for all of us so the modern phones with the appropriate mapping apps came in handy as we made our way eastward towards Wharekuri Creek.

A visit to the Historical site of early accommodation followed by a short walk back to the cars along the as yet uncompleted A2O bike trail ended yet another enjoyable day out for 23 participants.

Bill B.

 

Raki’s Table, Belmont and Victoria Hills

1 May 2019

With the day forecast to be fine and warm 24 walkers gathered at Towey Street to visit three hills in the Tapui area. We parked on farmland just off Victoria Hill Road before skirting around Raki’s Table (Schaffer property) by a 4wd track, from which we gradually climbed to the top. After admiring the views we picked our way down to the A2O track for morning tea before walking through Raki’s Tunnel. Here we greeted several cyclists who had just come through the tunnel and were heading towards Windsor.

Following the old railway, past the blocked Tapui Tunnel and then uphill, we finally made it to Belmont Hill for lunch.  Lots of seating in the upstairs gallery rewarded everyone with panoramic views of North Otago. A few stragglers could not help casting their eyes over to the next property where a stand of pine trees was being cut down – perhaps in preparation for dairying?

A few more uphills and down dale before we reached  the final 4wd track that gradually wound up to Victoria Hill where a copse of pine trees was planted at the time of Queen Victoria’s death in 1901. A  herd of young cattle couldn’t contain their curiosity as they milled around us on this last leg of the trip.  Again there was some reluctance to leave this site where again we took in the last views of where we had walked. It was only a 5 minute romp down the hill to where the cars were parked.

A most enjoyable tramp in perfect Autumn weather concluded with a social debriefing at Fort Enfield. 

 

 

 

Otematata-Benmore Walkway

24 April 2019

Weather:  After the early morning low cloud cleared, the day was sunny, warm and calm until easterly wind sprung up late afternoon.

Trip:  Twenty-six trampers left Oamaru at 8.30am, driving west through fog, to meet up with the 27th at Kurow.  They then drove to the boat harbour camping area just west of the Otematata River to park and boot up. Walking started around 10 o’clock, initially up beside the boat harbour to the river, then back along the Otematata Wetlands Walkway through the camping area to follow the river bank, stopping to admire the autumn colours and, at 10.45, for morning tea at a couple of well-sited picnic tables near the top of the old airstrip. The main party carried on following the river to look at the Benmore dam which, judging by the river flow, had all generators operating. They then circled around the end of Loch Laird to meet up at noon with a renegade group, who had headed straight across the flats rather than follow the river and lake as planned, to lunch on the bank near the site of the old information centre.

Three walkers had turned back from the Egyptian dunnies, and two more left the main party after lunch. The remaining 22 set off at about 12.30 towards then up the Loch Laird Road, past the turnoff to the dam. Shortly before the road ended at the car park, they turned left over a fence for a short climb up a gully to meet the Benmore Walkway return leg. There they turned left again to climb steadily up the track as it zig-zagged to the corner where it turned sharply right along the top of the ridge. From there, the track ran along the undulating ridge to a signposted junction with the track which led out to the Benmore Islands Lookout. Five minutes later, they were at the lookout, gazing in awe at the stunning view encompassing the azure blue lake with its bays and islands, and mountains dominated by the Benmore Range but with the shadowy figure of Aoraki in the far distance. Brilliant yellow poplars and willows contrasted with the tawny tussock of the hillsides and the green of wilding pines.

Satiated with scenery, the trampers turned around at 2 o’clock to head for home, turning left at the main track and following it down to the carpark at the top of the Loch Laird Road. A marked change from previous visits was the extensive logging of pines that had taken place on eastern slopes and gullies, leaving a track now vehicle-wide through a barren landscape for the last kilometre or so.

Then it was down the road, across the flats, through the camping area and back along the Wetlands Walkway to reach the cars at 4 o’clock. A day of brilliant scenery and weather culminating in ice-creams at Kurow.   John

 

Ngapara Farms Walk –

17 April 2019

This walk is chosen at this time of year for the autumn colours of the trees, however, the fact that we were a week or two early (in that regard), did not impact on the enjoyment factor given the absolutely stunning weather.

This is a walk that has lots of options (distance and difficulty) depending entirely on “the mood” of the day.  After a 30min break for morning tea, plus almost an hour over lunch, once again with summer-like sun beating down, the option was taken later to by-pass the extra loop through the fourth farm, Wallfield, my old farm.  The distance covered however was 15 Km and for most, that was enough on this extremely relaxed day. Once again the scenery and the occasional babbles of the history of the place made for an enjoyable day for the fifteen participants.

Bill B.

 

 

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.