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.
This Week’s Walk
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
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.
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.
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.
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.