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Dec 13 2017

Harwood – End of year picnic

37 km.

6. 13/12/2017. All. Picnic lunch. E. Leaders: Alex and Liz

Route map, courtesy Ian. (Ian pic and caption.)

Having just emerged from ‘gorse forest’ track onto golf course. (Ian pic and caption.)

The leaders for the day. (Judy pic.)

Pot luck Christmas lunch.(Helen pic and caption.)

5. 27/9/2017. Hikers. Portobello to Harwood. E. Leaders: Chris and Dot.

Map of route, courtesy Ian.

The track from Portobello to the aquarium being made difficult with slips and mud, the leaders decided on a new hike for the day.  20 keen members left the cars at the Portobello show-grounds and headed the short distance up the hill to the cemetery for morning tea.

Coming away from morning tea.(Ian pic and caption.)

It was a glorious morning, calm and mild, and there were many comments on the fact that cemetery sites always seem to have the best views…. this one right across Portobello and the tranquil, beautiful harbour.

The thought of walking all the way to Harwood seemed a bit daunting to some, but in fact was very pleasant, following the cycle track all the way so that traffic was never a problem.  The predicted north-east breeze never arrived and jackets were gradually shed along the way.  Round Lower Portobello Bay several slips were commented upon, and we reached the picnic grounds for a leisurely lunch by mid-day.

Lunch at the Harwood Picnic Grounds. (Ian pic and caption.)

After the young-at-heart had a play on the swings…

Stop gazing round. Swing!.(Ian pic and caption.)

…and slides not to mention the hammock,

Help! Someone get me out. (Ian pic and caption.)

we made our way back to the cars by the same route, and so to Macandrew Bay for coffee etc.

A hike not done before, so thanks to Chris and Dot for some thick quinking (thanks Jay!) in finding a great alternative for the day. – Judy.

4. 17/12/2012. All. Harwood. End of year picnic. Leaders: Chris and Dorothy.
3. 15/12/2004. All. Christmas finger food lunch at Harwood. Leader: Chris.
Pause at sign.

Pause at sign.

Lunch in Harwood Hall. Dorothy, Wendy, Carmel.

Lunch in Harwood Hall. Dorothy, Wendy, Carmel.

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Lunch in the Harwood Hall. Wendy, Carmel.

2. 17/12/2003. All. End of year Tramp. Share finger food. Leaders: Jean, Chris.
Setting off.

Setting off.

1. 19/12/1998. Xmas Lunch, Harington Point. Leader: Chris.

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Nov 29 2017

Chingford Park, Quarry

Published by under Both Hikers & Trampers

Distance from car-park: 20 km.

5. 29/11/2017. Hikers. Quarry, Chingford Park. Easy. Leaders: Jan Y and Jan B.

Route Map, courtesy Ian.

We had a good turnout of hikers and 3 trampers – 23 in all.  Parked in Selwyn Street and meandered along the Lindsay Creek track, then up through a bush track till we reached the lookout on the top terrace.

(Kevin pic.)

After morning tea descended down along the various levels of the quarry (with the odd spot of back tracking – it really is a maze of tracks).  Gardens are all pretty overgrown now, but tracks were still in reasonable condition.  A few late flowering rhododendrons, but most were finished.  When the quarry closed in 1980, Jim Hunter (the owner of the quarry) planted out 34,000 trees and shrubs.  The amphitheatre where the quarry concerts were held in the 1990s obviously used for grazing now.  Because we had trampers with us, suggested they walk up Baldwin Street and pleasantly surprised at the number of hikers who took the opportunity to do this.

Balwin Street. Watching the  tourists. Taken by one who didn’t take the opportunity. (Ian pic and caption.)

A cruise ship was in town, so a lot of activity with tourists coming and going.

Carried on to Chingford Park past the old stables.

(Kevin pic.)

Betty Finnie had stayed at the homestead when she was a child, and had good memories of it.  The house was built by PCNeil,  a prominent Dunedin businessman, and was demolished in the 60s.  We then walked the bush track and wandered round the redwoods before adjourning to the cricket pavilion area for lunch. Interesting to see that there is a disc golf course layout in the grounds.  Returned to the cars via North Road and the Lindsay Creek track, and stopped off at the Museum Cafe for refreshments.  An ideal day for walking in bush as quite hot, and the bush provided good cover. – Jan Y.

4. 19/11/2014. Hikers. Chingford Park, Quarry. Easy. Leader: Lance, Fred.

Route

Route. A bit complex at start, with two and fro walking in Chingford before morning tea.

Lance led 28 of us here and there on the Chingford flat, filling in the early period before morning tea.

There was no shortage of wonderful trees, tall and otherwise. Here is an ‘otherwise’.

Remarkable trunk(s). (John pic)

Remarkable trunk(s?). (John pic)

Overnight rain left the grass very wet, with storms threatening. Lance’s plan was to have assured shelter for the cuppa. As it turned out, we dined and supped in wonderful sunshine.

Morning tea panorama (John pic)

Morning tea panorama (John pic)

Following that, Lance led us up behind the stables, up through a wonderful plantation of English beeches right to the top fence line of the property. Then down an out through the Afton Terrace exit. Then it was down Kelvin Road and Watt Road out to North Road. Some heavy rain forced us into parkas but soon succeeding sun had us almost  wishing out of them again. Then it was into Palmers Quarry Garden.

Palmers

Palmers Quarry Garden.

We climbed the steep roadway on the right of the quarry, and branched out along the first terrace to view the lovely picnic area below.

Palmers

Picnic area (John pic)

We entered the next terrace to stop for lunch, still in good sunshine.

Lunch (John pic)

Lunch (John pic)

Back out again and up to the third terrace, which we followed right on along its contour through broom and bush till we reached a a large grassy area, where the track turned sharply back and steeply down to reach the Lindsay Stream opposite Felix Street across the water. A wide track on the true right led us downstream till we came to a bridge on Selwyn Street, which street we followed out to North Road again. Then it was just a case of treking back up to the cars again, catching another brief shower just before we got there. where we dispersed to go our various ways. For some, coffee was to be at the Museum Cafe.

Coffee

Coffee at the Museum Cafe. (John pic)

Thanks to Lance for another well-conducted tramp. We’re sorry Lois wasn’t up to coming out today. – Ian.

3. 6/6/2012. Both. Chingford Park, Quarry. Easy. Leaders: Joyce, Elaine

Joyce and Elaine led 15 of us on a well-planned walk. I had not realised the full extent of the tracks in the Quarry and Chingford Park.

The route. The numbers are the km marks.

We stopped for a cuppa behind the Hospice.

View of Baldwin St from behind the Hospice.

The Youth Grow plant centre was a good place to stop for lunch with a convenient garden edging to sit upon. I failed to detect the black dot of Venus crossing the sun by projecting the sun’s light through a monocular upon a sheet of white paper. Disappointing.

 

Lunch at the Youth Grow plant centre in Norwood St.

It was a lovely sunny walk for our  first Wednesday of winter. – Ian.
2. 16/6/2010. Hikers. Chingford Park, Quarry. Easy. Leaders: Joyce, Elaine
We parked at the foot of Baldwin St, but no, we didn’t ascend it.

We think we’d drink the creek rather than the trough. (Bob pic and caption)

Instead we mounted some equally steep paths and tracks on the other side of NE Valley, first of all in Palmers Quarry and then along to Chingford Park . The day was bright, still and cool, and the fresh morning air and clear views from the various terraces above the quarry were invigorating. We remembered the Park of years ago when it was a most successful amphitheatre for concerts and other gatherings, and the extensive plantings by Palmers had turned it into a wonderful garden setting, now sadly all unkempt, grazed or fenced off.

An enjoyable view across the “amphitheatre”. (Bob pic and caption)

Morning tea was taken in a sunny upper corner, and then we progressed through stands of natives and plantings of eucalypts and others of garden origin including an aromatic shrub unidentified but admired, via a meandering route, and after that, along NE Valley Rd to Chingford Park where we took an early lunch and conversed by talkative Lindsay’s Creek. We explored the rear of the park above the stables, first of all hugging a giant macrocacarpa

And now it’s time to hug a tree and give it … (Bob pic and caption)

….a circle of friends. (Bob pic and caption)

and then following trails through a mixture of native bush and then a great stand of English beech, richly carpeted beneath by the leaves of years.

We tread lightly if not quietly across the carpet of Beech leaves. (Bob pic and caption)

A very stable group. (Bob pic and caption)

Two very prop-er men! (Bob pic and caption)

A short walk and an early finish, but probably well timed as the clouds were gathering and the day cooling off in the growing breezes. Thanks to Elaine and Joyce for allowing a relaxed and sometimes impromptu jaunt. – Bob.
1. 18/4/2007. Hikers. Chingford Park, Quarry. Easy. Leaders: Molly, Mary M.

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Nov 01 2017

Pyramids, Victory Beach

No. 48 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Pyramids & Beach Area. (Victory Beach) Beach Walk only. Year Round”
Location: 38 km from car park.

Topo of Area

25. 1/11/2070. Both. Papanui Inlet, Victory Beach and Pyramids. E. Leaders:  Bruce and Liz.

Route map of Hikers medium sub-group only, less the small pyramid, climbed by others, courtesy Ian. Trampers also climbed the larger pyramid.

Report 1 November 2017. Pyramids and Victory Beach.
Thirty-five hikers and trampers set off from the Pyramids car park in Dick Road at approximately 9. 45 am towards Papanui Inlet passing 7 Sheldrake ducklings and their parents in a pond on the way.

We entered into the saltmarsh at the sign and followed a path to the inlet, turned to the left, walked approximately 400 m around the edge of the inlet, and then climbed a small bank on the left to get on to the 4-wheel drive track. We went along this about 100 m to a relatively sunny spot for morning tea.

 

A great place for morning tea. (Clive pic and caption.)

After morning tea, we continued along the 4-wheel drive track towards the sea crossing a plank bridge and then the style into the DCC Okia reserve. We continued on the track to where it veered to the left into the scrub and went instead to the right down a small bank on to the sand bordering the inlet. The bank was about 10 m before where the concrete square on the bank used to be. The square has now fallen down the level of the inlet. We proceeded around the edge of the inlet on relatively firm sand. The tide was coming in, with at 2.0 m high tide due at 3.16 pm. We soon met our first sea lion sleeping in the sun and later sitting up in the water facing us and periodically giving us a view of its oral cavity.
Another sea lion was on the point and lumbered towards us before settling down to rest. After turning to the left around the point of the beach we proceeded up the beach. A group of four sea lions consisting of a mother and 3 younger members of the species where resting…

Sea lions and fur seals were on the beach. (Clive pic and caption.)

…near the site of the 1861 Victory wreck, the upper crescent of the fly wheel of which was visible periodically when the waves subsided. We were strung out along the beach as we travelled north passing another sea lion and a dead sea lion or seal pup in a state of partial decomposition.

We congregated for lunch at the foot of the sand hills, about 70 m before the track leading to the pyramids, between approximately 12. 15 pm and 12.30 pm.

The birthday boy Clive in his 70th with chocolates. (Helen pic and caption.)

After lunch a group of 16, led by Arthur, departed slightly before rest with the intention of returning to the car park via the end of the beach, the large pyramid and then the small pyramid.

The remaining 19 went 70 m north to enter the track to the pyramids which is marked by a yellow and black pole, approximately 50 cm high, in a steel square framework. After passing a board referring to the wildlife we split into two further groups with 7 continuing on the grassy track straight ahead to the pyramids, and then the car park, while the other 12 turned to the right and followed a more circuitous route via some initially longish grass, the rosette, and the Margaret Hazel slope turnoff to the cave in the small pyramid which, uncharacteristically, had water covering the floor.

Cave flooded. First time ever for us. Extensive flooding of marshes and tracks never seen before. Wet winter! (Ian pic and caption.)

Approximately 6 members then climbed the small pyramid.

We were then met by the returning trampers and, after some more pyramidal ascents were mad,e we returned to the carpark and then, for most of us, had refreshments at the Bay Café, Macandrew Bay.

A pond was present just before the rosette and a temporary bridge and detour was present on the track just after the Margaret Hazel slope turnoff because the track was flooded. The track was partially built up for a few metres near the small pyramid, evidence of a wetter than usual winter. Some pot holes were present in Weir Road. The Pyramids/Victory beach area remains as a place where a level round walk with varied scenery in the country is possible.

The weather was good with some early mist, relatively high temperatures and a cooling breeze on the beach. The distance travelled, depending on the route chosen was approximately 10.5 to 13 km. Including the rosette and the small pyramid ascent the distance was 11.7 km.
My thanks are due to Liz Griffin for stepping in and performing admirably as co-leader/back marker at short notice.
– Bruce

Trampers’ addendum report.

16 trampers left the main group after the lunch stop, and continued along the beach to the north end. It was rather a scramble to get up the steep sand dune, to find that the track along the top was quite overgrown. However the leader unerringly led the group 100 metres or so until the mown track was reached, and easy going.

As we took a last look at the sea,

Bruce on his first tramp back after surgery . (Helen pic and caption.)

2 or 3 porpoises were spotted frolicking in the surf. The wildlife was wonderful today.

12 trampers climbed to the top of the big pyramid,

Both Pyramids. (Helen pic and caption.)

to gain the superb views on offer. Down again, we continued and caught up with the Hikers, the last of whom were just descending the small pyramid.

4 trampers also ascended it, to claim having climbed both pyramids today.

And so we returned to the cars together, after a most enjoyable day’s tramp. – Art.

24. 2/11/2016. Both. Papanui Inlet, Victory Beach and Pyramids. E. Leaders: Marjorie and Bruce.

Thirty-one hikers and trampers met at the Pyramids car park on Dick Road at 9.50 am on a calm sunny morning. Low tide at Dunedin was 0.3 m at 1258 and the Papanui Inlet tide is about 1 hour later. Three of the group (Leslie, Bev and Molly) accepted the shorter route option of taking the direct yellow-marker route to Victory Beach via the Pyramids while the other 28 proceeded via Dick Road past some bovine mothers and children who found us to be of interest.

 

Bruce

Cows and calves. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Cows and calves. (Bruce pic and caption.)

We entered the salt marsh by crossing the ditch opposite the sign

Crossing creek. (Helen pic and caption.)

Crossing creek. (Helen pic and caption.)

and walked straight ahead to the estuary before turning left for approximately 400 m …

Tide out. (Helen pic and caption.)

Tide out. (Helen pic and caption.)

… to have morning tea on the 4-wheel drive track approximately 200-300 m from the gate at the north end of the road. Overgrowth of the lupins and bank erosion made it easier to walk on the estuary for a distance to where the bank up to the 4-wheel drive track was less steep. A suitable morning tea site, with access to the pine forest and some logs for sitting on, was present after the barbed wire fence on the left stopped.

After morning tea we proceeded along the track, over the railway sleeper bridge and then the style into the Okia Reserve and followed the track with white markers to the estuary edge where a large concrete block was present. The bank was eroded here and most of us went down a slightly easier place a few metres before the block.

We then walked on the firmer sand near the water’s edge going to the end of the estuary, passing some Paradise (Sheldrake) ducks and then around the sandy point with dunes to Victory Beach. We paused to inspect two sea lions.

Sealions. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Sea lions. (Bruce pic and caption.)

The fly wheel of the Victory was partly submerged.

[Scroll down to (20. 16/7/2014 tramp report) to view a new photo insertion (I’ve just learnt how to make out of a video frame), of Bruce standing on top of the Victory flywheel back at that date. (There’s also a video to click on just below it.) – Ian.]

At 12.05 pm the groups of 3 and 28 merged and we lunched on the sand at the base of the track marked by an orange pole and two green crayfish pot floats.

 

Lunch on Victory Beach. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Lunch on Victory Beach. (Bruce pic and caption.)

After lunch Molly and Clive followed the shorter option path back to the Pyramids and cars while the other 29 took the 4-wheel drive track to the right and then when almost at the cliffs at the end of the beach turned to the left to follow the track around to the rock rosette.

Rock Rosette. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Rock Rosette. (Bruce pic and caption.)

We continued on the loop track to the Margaret Hazel Slope track.

Margaret Hazel slope. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Margaret Hazel Slope. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Five of the trampers made a detour from here back to the cars via the top of the large Pyramid.

Us on top. (Helen pic and caption.) [of smaller pyramid - Ed.]

Us on top. (Helen pic and caption.)

The rest continued back to the junction near the small Pyramid where most waited while approximately 6 visited the cave in the small Pyramid to inspect the pentagonal and hexagonal basalt column crystal structures.

Basalt columns in cave. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Basalt columns in cave. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Approximately 8 persons took the 10 minute track up to the top of the small Pyramid for the expansive viewbefore following the others back to the cars via Dick Road. Everyone was back at the car park by approximately 3 pm and refreshments were consumed at the Portobello Café.No major calamities occurred on the day. A potential problem may occur if the track up the small pyramid is strayed from because of the steepness of the terrain. The persistent sun may have caused some sunburn. The route followed requires the low tide to be at an appropriate time.

The distance travelled by the main group was approximately 12.3 km with the small and large pyramid ascents adding approximately another 0.15 and 1.2 km respectively. – Bruce.

23. 20/4/2016. Trampers. Pyramids, Victory Beach and Papanui Inlet. Leaders: Neil and Margreet.Ten trampers set out at 0945 on a warm autumn day to explore this scenic reserve and beach.  We stopped for morning tea at a well concealed cave

Neil in Cave. (Helen pic and caption.)

Neil in Cave. (Helen pic and caption.) [Note: Ed. recalls climbed by only an adolescent before.]

and then followed the undulating track to the beach. Even though it was still near low tide, we could only see a small part of the fly wheel of the wreck of the “Victory” at the South end of the beach. Much more impressive were all the seals …

One of many seals on the beach. (Margreet pic and caption)

One of many sea-lions on the beach. (Margreet pic and caption)

… lazing on the sand and gambolling in the waves. There was also a lone, grounded Mollymawk …

Mollyhawk on the beach (Margreet pic and caption)

Mollymawk on the beach (Margreet pic and caption)

… on the beach, seemingly injured.

Once we reached the end of the beach we turned into the Papanui Inlet and had lunch in a scenic spot where we were entertained by young seals frolicking in the water nearby.

We meandered around the inlet and then followed the gravel road back to the car-park.

As we had made good time, it was decided to drop our packs at this stage, and do some more exploring. Four trampers climbed Little Pyramid

Great view from Little Pyramid. (Margreet pic and caption)

Great view from Little Pyramid. (Margreet pic and caption)

and the other six went up the larger pyramid

Girls on top of big pyramid (Margreet pic and caption)

Girls on top of big pyramid … (Margreet pic and caption)

Then nen on top of big pyramid (Margreet pic and caption)

… then men on top of big pyramid (Margreet pic and caption)

via Margaret Hazel Slope. It was worth the clamber to get great views of the beach and surrounding hills from the summits.

A coffee stop at Portobello completed an enjoyable day’s outing.

In total we walked 11.85 km. – Margreet and Neil Simpson

22. 13/5/2015. Hikers. Pyramids. E. Leaders: Chris and Adrienne. Later: also Bruce.
GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

Today’s tramp was an alternative to Murray’s Farm which was deemed too wet following the previous day’s rain. After regrouping at the gate into the reserve, we resorted to the club’s habitual setting in the nearby cave for morning tea, happily in sunshine.
Then followed the trek out to the beach along along the usual, but surprisingly cleaned-up track, extravagantly cleared to a width greater than we had ever encountered before, complete with side bays as well. Obviously a scrub-cutter operator had enjoyed their job.
But at the beach entrance, whoa! Full tide! Even Keith and Ian’s trek along the narrow wave-touched strip of remaining sand ‘pour encourager les autres’ (to encourage the others) to reach less wave-washed sand further on, failed to inspire the leaders, indeed earned only their rebuke for ‘not staying behind the leader’. Sigh.
An alterative suggestion from Bruce to visit the viewing spot of the 30 metre wide circular geologically-formed rock “rosette” on the cliff-face of the larger pyramid found favour, so thence we trouped.
 This proved an occasion for some interesting discussions. “Where is it?” “There it is. Can’t you see it?” “No, I can’t”. “Look, it’s right THERE.” Well, I suppose we can’t all be brilliant.
Presently, returning the way we had come, we stopped on a slope of the track for an early lunch,
Lazy lunch. (John pic)

Lazy lunch. (John pic)

lazing enjoyably in the sun with not too much wind to disturb us. Following lunch, back on the main scrub-cleared track, came an early afternoon decision time. A goodly half of our number (of 28), elected to return to the cars, but not all …. Now, over to Bruce. – Ian
Loop group. After lunch a group of 13 headed out to the beach some distance north of our earlier entry point to the beach before lunch. A sand cliff was present where the track reached the beach due to sea erosion and we had to make a short detour on a less defined track, 20 m further north, and a short slide to the beach.  Going to the earlier entry point further south would, in retrospect, have been better. We proceeded down the beach…
Along the beach. (John pic)

Along the beach. (John pic)

…past 6 sea lions who were mainly at the southern end of the beach. The fly wheel of the Victory was partly visible between waves.
Flywheel. (John pic)

Flywheel. (John pic)

After rounding the point at the end of the beach we proceeded up a rather boggy narrow stretch of sand on the edge of the inlet until we reach the pine tree stump, approximately 500 m along the inlet, where we climbed a short slope of bank , beside a concrete slab on the top of the bank, to get on to the grass road…
Smile, please. (John pic)

Smile, please. (John pic)

…leading the style at the edge of the reserve. After crossing the style we passed the holiday homes on our right, in the Clearwater property, and then crossed the bridge providing vehicular access to the cribs. It had been repaired with macrocarpa sleepers since our last visit. We continued along this grass track until we reached the gate at the end marked private property (inverted). We then went down a diagonal track to the left of the gate, past Ian’s sheltered morning tea spot, and along the edge of the Inlet. Because of the high water level, approximately 25 cm  deep, it was necessary to cut across the corner of the paddock. We did not cross the water filled inlet/ditch leading to the Salt Marsh sign on Dick road until we were nearly at the road. We then crossed the next ditch parallel to the road beside the sign and walked 2 km along the road back to the car park arriving there at or slightly before 2.45 pm. Another idea for another time would be to consider walking from north to south along the beach to see the fly wheel and any sea lions that might be about and then returning along the beach to cut out the 2 km of walking on the gravel of Dick road. The weather today for this part of the hike remained calm and warm. – Bruce.
Hang on, P.S., BTW or whatever. The Loop Group coffeed at Portobello…
Coffee at Portobello. (John pic)

Coffee at Portobello. (John pic)

…and the ‘others’ were going to go to Nichols. – Ian.
21. 12/11/2014. Hikers. Pyramids. E. Leader: Bruce, with Bev as back-up.
Route

Route

Twenty-two intrepid hikers were undeterred by the forecast of an afternoon southwesterly change and after proceeding through Portobello to Weir Road turned left into Dick road and parked at the Pyramids and Victory Beach car park. They crossed the style and proceeded along the Riddle Road causeway, through the gate at the end and passing to the left of the little pyramid turned to the right on the beach track (not to the left on the loop) and, a short way along, took a short track to the right to have morning tea in the cave at the little pyramid.

 

Cuppa. (John pic.)

Morning tea. (John pic.)

We confirmed the basalt blocks were five rather than six sided.

After morning tea, we retraced our steps and turned to the left onto the loop track. We passed the Margaret Hazel slope (marker 4) noting that one can reach the top of the large pyramid by going up it and turning left. (Earlier we noted a 10 minute track to the top of the small pyramid started just after the gate at the end of the Riddle Road causeway). We continued to the right on the loop track and stopped at marker 6 to view the circular rock rosette feature …

Rosette (Bruce pic.)

Circular rock rosette (Bruce pic.)

… on the cliff face. Antony Hamel describes this as a 30 m wide pod of lava which is inaccessible to grazing animals and that it contains less common native plants such as the Easter orchid.

We should then have turned sharp right to the yellow marker pole and then a sharp left to the beach at markers 8 and 9 but ended up on a more circuitous route ending up with a short slide to the beach.

Slide (John pic.)

Short slide to the beach.  (John pic.)

We proceeded down Victory Beach noting one sea lion and a partially submerged Victory flywheel (1861) just before the end of the beach where we found sheltered spots for lunch at 12.10 pm.

Lunch (John pic)

Sheltered spots (more or less) for lunch (John pic)

Another sea lion was resting at the water’s edge between our lunch spot and the inlet. After lunch we travelled along the water’s edge to where a grass track leading to the cribs starts. It was marked on the bank by a concrete rectangle but one needed to climb up the bank to see it. It was just past the end of the pine trees between the cribs and Victory beach. Some of our party overshot the turnoff and rejoined the track further on while others backtracked a little to get onto the grassy track. We all met up again …

Met up (John pic)

Met up again. All ‘parkaed-up’ after the short storm blast. (John pic)

…  just before the locked gate and stile at the boundary of the Okia reserve.

After crossing the style we continued along the grassy vehicle track on the inlet side of the fence separating the inlet from the property of Jason Clearwater. We crossed over a somewhat rickety bridge containing a round fencepost alongside the rectangular hardwood decking. At the end of the grass track we came to a locked gate with an inverted Private Property sign. We went down a track then to the left of the gate and along the inlet beach until level with the sign, about 300 m on, marking the salt flat conservation area. We headed at right angles to the sign along a narrow path alongside a snail-containing water course to a corresponding sign next to Dick Road. We crossed the relatively firm ground in the ditch beside the sign on to Dick Road and then walked, mainly in the sun, back to the carpark where we arrived at 1.55 pm.

Distance travelled 11.73 km by Garvin GPS, 10.6 km by Iphone, 12.33 -12.48 km by pedometer. Overall the weather could have been worse. A cold wind blew for a short time near the end of Victory beach and some spots of rain fell shortly after lunch leading us to put on our coats but it soon stopped and it was not enough to get wet with. Several of the group stopped for coffee or fruit juice at MacAndrew Bay …

Coffee

Coffee

… on the return journey to Mosgiel. Thanks were expressed to Bruce for leading and Bev for backmarking. – Bruce.

20. 16/7/2014. Hikers. Victory Beach. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
GPS

GPS

A Herd

A Herd

Marsh start

A Marsh

Harbour Cone

A Harbour Cone pic

A log

A Log

Silhouette

A Flywheel. (of wrecked Victory)

Bruce on Victory Flywheel.

Bruce on Victory Flywheel.

And A rare extremely-low-tide video of the Victory Flywheel, with Bruce standing on the top

19. 24/11/2010. Trampers. Ryans Beach. M.
Since learnt: “Ryans Beach is entered legally only by the landowner (Penguin Place) and scientists.”

GPS of route, courtesy Ken.

The climb out of Victory Beach up to the headland.

The descent to Ryans Beach.

Pam supporting the mast.

Close-up of the wreck.

Close-up of the wreck.

Smile please. Enjoying the view from the headland.

View from headland of Okia. Older beach lines showing.

18. 11/8/2010 Hikers Pyramids, Victory Beach. Easy. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris.

The Logarithmics ? – Lunch on an accommodating log. (Bill pic and caption)

17. 19/8/2009 Hikers Victory Beach, return road. Easy. Leaders: Mollie.
16. 29/7/2009 Trampers. Larger of two pyramids, Victory Beach, return lupins. Leaders: Arthur H, Ian.

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"Elephant" Pyramid. Note the elephant: ears, eyes, trunk, shoulders, curled trunk. (Bill pic and caption)

“Elephant” Pyramid. Note the elephant: ears, eyes, trunk, shoulders, curled trunk. (Bill pic and caption) Pat, Ian

"Large" Pyramid. (Bill pic and caption

“Large” Pyramid. (Bill pic and caption

Ascending Margaret Hazel Slope

Ascending Margaret Hazel Slope. George, Pat, Sabina, Doug, Glenice, Bill, Arthur

Ascending Larger Pyramid

Ascending Larger Pyramid. Club members barely detectable on skyline.

On Large Pyramid. (Bill pic and caption). Who? Ian, who? Pat, Sabina

On Large Pyramid. (Bill pic and caption). Who? Ian, who? Pat, Sabina

View Towards Beach from the Larger Pyramid

View Towards Beach from the Larger Pyramid

View from larger Pyramid to Planation

View from larger Pyramid to Planation

Starting the descent

Starting the descent. George, Glenice, Pat, Sabina.

Striations on nearby cliff

Striations on nearby cliff

The Two Pyramids. (Arthur H pic)

The Two Pyramids. (Arthur H pic)

Through dunes to beach

Through dunes to beach. Pat, Sabina, Arthur

Paddle Wheel of Victory Ship

Fly Wheel of Victory Ship at low tide. (Arthur pic)

A scene. (Arthur H pic)

A scene. (Arthur H pic)

Harbour Cone from Inlet

Harbour Cone from Inlet

Returning to Pyramid

Returning to Pyramid

15. 1/10/2008. Both. Pyramids, Victory Beach. Medium. Leaders: Bill H. Lesley, Molly.
14. 20/2/2008 Pyramids, Victory Beach. Leaders: Bob, Neil.

Another lovely Wednesday, as we have come to expect over the years. Large muster of 21 hikers today, due possibly because it was another beach walk and a very popular one at this time of the year. It was the Pyramids and Victory beach. After parking cars and getting everyone organised and over the stile, it was along to the Pyramids for morning tea. Refreshed and ready to go, it was on down the track to the beach. How very pleasant and enjoyable it was. The sun made the sea really sparkle, and the seals and sea lions were out frolicing or lying in the sun relaxing on the rocks or the sand as the fancy took them. We went to the left first as far as we could to the rocks. Then we turned round and walked to the other end of the beach, watching the seals and sea lions playing or resting as we went along. Cameras got plenty of use and I’m sure we’ve got some good photos to keep in our collections. Lunch was at the Papanui Inlet end of the beach and a very pleasant place to sit and relax it was. On round the end of the beach and back across the grass by the cribs and then the swampy bit to the road. Some of us didn’t have to walk all the way back to cars as Bob H. and Peter went and picked up drivers to save some of that road walking. Very good hike, enjoyed by all. – Bev

Basalt Rock above cave at Pyramids. (Bill pic)

Basalt Rock above cave at Pyramids. (Bill pic)

Basalt rock on slope of Pyramid. (Bill pic)

Basalt rock on slope of Pyramid. (Bill pic)

Tea break at Pyramids cave. Chris, Joyce. (Bill pic)

Tea break at Pyramids cave. Chris, Joyce. (Bill pic)

Sealion in rocks (Bill pic)

Sealion in rocks (Bill pic)

Sealion stretching? (Bill pic)

Sealion stretching? (Bill pic)

Tangled seals (Bill pic)

Tangled seals (Bill pic)

13. 15/2/2007. Hikers. Pyramids, Victory Beach. Easy. Leaders: Bob H, Margaret D.
12. 15/2/2006. Hikers. Pyramids, Victory Beach. Leaders: Les and Margaret, Mary M.
11. 27/10/2004. Both. Pyramids, Victory Beach. Easy. Leaders: Graham, Ian, Ann R, Chris, Betty
Cave in Pyramid.

Cave in Pyramid.

Ships Wheel? of "Victory"

Paddle Wheel of “Victory” Ship

Drift wood. Dog?

Drift wood on Victory Beach. Dog?

10. 3/9/2003. All. Pyramids. Easy. Leaders: Lesley S, Catherine.
Glenice, Bill, Bob, Ria. Track access to Victory Beach

Glenice, Bill, Bob, Ria. Track access to Victory Beach

Okia Reserve Track. Dot? in rear.

Okia Reserve Track. Dot? in rear.

9. 4/12/2002. All. Pyramids, Victory Beach. Easy. Leaders: Lesley S, Evelyn C, Pam McD
8. 4/7/2001. Combined. Pyramids – Ryans Beach. Easy+. Leaders: George, Ray and Diana.
7. 21/7/1999. Victory Beach, Pyramids. Leaders: Chris, Sylvia, Diana.
6. 10/3/1999. Pyramids – Victory Beach. Leaders: Barbara McC, Sabina, Irene.
5. 18/2/1998. Victory Beach, Pyramids, Ryans Beach. Leaders: Chris, Bev H, Ria H.
4. 30/10/1996. Victory Beach – Pyramids. Average. Leaders: Joan H, Ria H, Jean
3. 31/5/1995. Pyramids, Victory Beach, Ryans Beach. Medium. Leaders: Shirley McN, Mary Y, Betty B, Margaret D
2. 16/2/1994. Pyramids, Taiaroa Hill. Medium. Leaders: Shirley McN, Denise, Alison, Mary Y. Easier alternative: Leaders: Bev McI, Frances M.
1. 23/3/1988. Victory Beach and Pyramids. Seals, penguins, rock formations. Leaders: Kath R, Dave M.

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Sep 06 2017

Leith Saddle, Swampy Spur, transmitter tower. Also Rustlers/Burns Tracks

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Click Swampy ridge track for background information.
See also: Leith Saddle and Morrison Tracks
Leith Saddle, Waitati Valley Road, Sawmill Track, Swampy Ridge, Burns Track
Click boardwalk history for account about the original Leith Saddle Track  and the establishment of the boardwalk in 1993.
For our Club’s part in the boardwalk venture see boardwalk for an ODT account of its construction.
See also TRTC Jack Merrilees (who died January 2015)

Cars park off motorway at Leith Saddle yard (alternatively down side road at bridge (restricted space). 25 km from car park.
Walk across side road to track.
Gravelled track 1.5 km. (morning tea on lookout seats a little further on)
Transmitter tower 2 hours.
Going further: along road past doppler radar to DoC sign.
Right along Rustlers Ridge track to junction with Burns Track.
Through junction and up and round hill on Rustlers Ridge Track. (Lunch on hill)
Down ridge to pipeline. (Alternatively turn right at junction for Burns and down to pipeline)
Turn right along pipeline.
5.5 hours in all.
Burns/Rustlers circuit Maintained by Green Hut Track Group. DCC land.

32. 6/9/2017. Both. Leith Saddle, Swampy, Burns, Pipeline Tracks circuit. M. Leaders: Betty and Jim.

A total of 33 persons started.
The total party walked to the Lookout Point for morning tea and at this point George Haggie served chocolates to celebrate his birthday.

George plus chocolates. 89 yesterday. (Helen pic and caption.)

Some of the party turned back because of the increased steepness and slipperiness of the track caused by recent rain.

From this point 15 trampers split off and forged ahead for an extended tramp that brought them down to the gravel road and back to the cars at the saddle.

7 hikers had lunch at the micro wave tower at the summit before returning to the cars at the Saddle where they met up with the members that had returned earlier.

We then adjourned to the Plaza Cafe and the tramping party arrived a short time later.

Weather conditions were pleasant.
Cell phone coverage to stay in contact with the split up groups was of assistance. – Betty and Jim.
…..
The combined group split after morning tea on the Leith Saddle Track, 15 trampers forging ahead to go further.

We reached the Microwave up on Swampy soon after 11 am…

At the Microwave. (Helen pic and caption.)

…and decided to carry on to Swampy Summit and do a circuit instead of returning down the same track.
The breeze up top was decidedly chilly but the views were superb – 360 degrees. Whichever way you looked there was something to see.

 Taken after the trampers had left the hikers en route to the Burns Track from Swampy. (Phil pic and caption.)

We rested briefly beside “The Space Ship” (Aviation V.O.R. Beacon) at the highest point of Swampy while Neil2 explained its use.

Further on we turned off onto the “Access Track to Burns and Rustlers Tracks” – so the sign stated. Wouldn’t it be simpler to call it “Rustlers” Track – or would that not be logical?
It was lovely walking through the tussock on the upper part of this track. After a time we stopped to ear our lunch in the sunshine, sitting in the shelter,

(Margreet pic.)

and still with nice views to the north-east.

Lunch looking down to Blueskin Bay. (Helen pic and caption.)

Further down, the track was a bit slippery in the bush but we soon came to the Junction.

It is some years since I was last on the lower half of Burns Track, and had forgotten how much pleasure could be had while slip-sliding down the first steep and muddy part. There were also some muddy patches further down, and several members of the group made the most of the opportunity provided to add some mud to their clothing, etc.
However, most of the Burns Track was very pleasant. At the bottom it was along the Pipeline Track and then the road for a kilometre to gain the cars where they had been parked.

Today’s tramp had provided a good variety – bush tracks, tussock, and views – what a great day it had been. Distance – 10.8 km.
The hikers had already returned, so most of the trampers followed to rejoin them at the Stadium’s coffee shop to complete the day. – Art.
31. 23/11/2016. Trampers. Leith Saddle, Swampy, Rustlers, Pipeline Tracks circuit. M. Leader: Arthur.

It was a bit of a shock to the system when we climbed out of the cars at the Leith Saddle carpark beside the Northern Motorway. A cold wind was funnelling up from the south, bringing low cloud with it.

But the Leith Saddle Track was nice and sheltered and we soon warmed up as the first ten minutes had a distinct uphill flavour to it. A good gravel track, with nice native forest to enjoy. Lot of ferns too, but not much birdlife today.

We reached the observation point at about 10.00 a.m., but the only view we got was of lots of cloud. We had our morning tea in the shelter of the vegetation close by.

As we climbed higher the low cloud cleared a little and we could get the occasional glimpse of the city, and back towards Blueskin Bay.

The wind was cold and most unpleasant

Theresa getting blown around up top. (Helen pic and caption.)

Theresa getting blown around up top. (Helen pic and caption.)

when we reached ‘Swampy Spur Trig S’, which is quite exposed. Otherwise the track was more sheltered till we reached the microwave, where we found a group of six trampers having their morning tea. A five minute stop with them was taken. They had proceeded us up the track, but were returning by a different route to us.

From the microwave we had a half hour road walk on top of Swampy.

Space shuttle for the planes. (Helen pic and caption.)

The doppler radar navigation complex. (Helen pic.)

We kept moving as the wind was rather coolish, but we could get quite a good view down over Mosgiel and the Taieri, if a little hazy.

We turned off onto the good track through the tussock, heading down “Rustlers Ridge”. The sign at the top states “Access track to Rustlers and Burns Tracks.”

The weather seemed to be clearing a little and we could get a good look at the Silver Peaks. We stopped a little early for our lunch, while there was still a good view of Blueskin Bay. Unfortunately a light shower arrived while we were eating but we were well hunkered down in shelter.

Lunch out of the wind. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lunch out of the wind. (Helen pic and caption.)

A chocolate treat from birthday girl, Judy K, keep our spirits up. – Thanks, Judy.

Only a few minutes’ travel got us to the junction with Burns Track. We continued down Rustlers, eventually reaching the Pipeline Track which would take us back in the direction of the cars.

The Pipeline Track had a few muddy patches on it, but also some very pleasant parts. The rocks were a bit slippery when we crossed Burns Creek, and we were soon out onto the road for the last kilometre or so.

The eight trampers out for the day’s fun had walked 12.1 km – a good training day for the tougher tramps coming in the next two weeks. And it had been an enjoyable day’s tramp. Moving time was 2 hrs 40 mins.

It came on to rain lightly as we got back to Dunedin, where we stopped at the Hot Chocolate Shop (some did have coffee though). And then back to Mosgiel, all fired up for next week. – Art.

30. 25/11/2015. Trampers. Burns-Rustlers.

Garmin GPS of Route, courtesy Ken: Burns Swampy Summit Swampy Ridge Burns Rustlers Pipeline tracks

Garmin GPS of Route, courtesy Ken: Burns Swampy Summit Swampy Ridge Burns Rustlers Pipeline tracks

Today, we did a tramp that maybe only one member of the group had done before.

We started off at the beginning of Burns Track from the Leith Valley Rd. car park, made our way up the short climb to the Pipeline track, where we turned right, & walked along to the short track leading to the Intake for the pipeline. We thought this was the entrance to Burns track, as Hamel’s book states that the entrance is hard to find. However, we soon ran out of track, so retraced our steps, & walked further along the Pipeline track until we found the large sign proclaiming Burns Track, & this was where we had morning tea.

1 Morning tea spot at start of Burns track. (Ken pic and caption)

1 Morning tea spot at start of Burns track. (Ken pic and caption)

As we were making our way up to Burns saddle, we came across two Green Hut track workers, who were doing a great job of track maintenance. The climb up to Burns saddle is quite steep, but with a few rest stops we all made it ok.
After some discussion, we decided to take the track to Swampy Summit, & have lunch at the Airways building at the start of the Swampy Ridge track.

2 Lunch at Airways building. (Ken pic and caption

2 Lunch at Airways building. (Ken pic and caption

After lunch we walked along the Swampy Ridge track till we found the sign at the top of Burns track. We followed this sometimes muddy/swampy track back to the Burns Saddle, & then took Rustlers track back down to the Pipeline track. This was also a bit muddy in places, so I don’t think anybody got home with clean boots. From here it was just a walk back along the Pipeline track [also a bit muddy] back to the cars.

There were some tired bodies at the end, but all enjoyed the walk on a very nice [25° C] day to be out tramping.

Walked 12km
3.4km/h
3h 30min moving
climbed 562m
max height 740m – Ken

29. 4/2/2015. Both. Leith Saddle, Swampy Spur, Transmitter Tower. Leaders: Ian, Jill.

Twenty-three of us turned up for the scheduled Leith Saddle Track route. To accomodate our differing individual climbing speeds, the leaders advised us to climb at our most comfortable rates, to all meet at the view point seats for the morning cuppa. After a sociable meeting, Jill led us on again, ever onwards and upwards. However rain set in, getting only heavier and colder with even some hail appearing. And it did get HEAVY. At the trig on the exposed Swampy Spur, the wind was so fierce that leader Jill made a prudent decision, given the uncertain outlook at the time, for the Hikers to turn back,  allowing seven Trampers among us to carry on. Unbeknownst to us at the time,  the worst was over and the storm was passing. For the Trampers, of course, there was the immediate shelter in the dip in the track beyond the Trig, where it drops down from the Swampy Spur.  For the Hikers, it was back down into the shelter of the bush.
The Trampers reached the Telecom Tower on Swampy Ridge. The possibility of going on along Swampy Ridge to the point where the Rustlers Ridge track turns off, and returning along the Burns track was complicated with one or two of the party being found to be part of car loads with Hikers who were already returning back.
Meantime the Hikers had spent some time down at the Lookout, allowing all to regroup and make sure everyone was all right. As it turned out, Elaine had taken a fall on one of the wet wooden step side edges but was still mobile. During that time, the Trampers caught up on the Hikers just as the latter were setting off down again.
At track’s bottom, we separated. A few stopped off nearby to lunch in the sun.
Several Trampers, (whose car-loads were not complicated with some Hiker passengers), set off down the Waitati Road and along the pipeline track to take a look at the end of the Burns Track for those among them who hadn’t seen it before.
Here is Ken’s account of that part:
“These pics…

1 lunch stop. (Ken pic and caption)

Lunch stop 1. (Ken pic and caption)

 

2 lunch stop (Ken pic and caption)

Lunch stop 2. (Ken pic and caption)

 

…were taken on the pipeline track at the bottom of Burns track. We just went for a little bit of a recce to see what the area was like, with a view to doing something in that area later. -Ken.”
The majority of the Hikers lunched at Sullivan’s Dam in calm sunny air on a nicely warmed-up concrete slope.
Somewhat approaching a dozen caught up on each other at Topiary’s later for a convivial coffee.
An interesting day. A different day. All ended well (except for Elaine). – Ian (for the leaders).
28. 5/12/2012. Both. Leith Saddle. Leaders: Bev and Leslie.

27. 13/11/2013 Trampers. Leith Saddle, Swampy, Rustlers, Pipeline tracks.
From the Leith Saddle we went up a very well constructed and maintained track to the picnic area (where the seats are) where we had our morning tea. In the quiet, the roar of trucks on the motorway was very noticeable.
We encountered fog from that point on, very light of course, but when we got to the top it was clear only at the place we were and a short distance ahead.
We passed the place where it seemed the aliens had landed (the airplanes navigation complex) and headed down the track that that led to the junction of the Burns and Rustlers tracks.
We lunched about halfway down Rustlers in a good sheltered spot. We eventually got down to the bottom and headed along the almost flat pipeline track. The end part of it was mown grass! Instead of heading down the farm track we continued right ahead, across the bridge and out onto the road and back up to the car.
I must say all track signs were very clear. – Heb.

26. 14/9/2011. Trampers. Leith Saddle, Swampy, Rustlers, Pipeline tracks.

Bush sheltered us for the first bit along the now step-less, if still steep in places, beautifully gravelled DoC track. It looks like what one of us said that those in the UK would disparagingly call a Yellow Brick Road or pedestrian motorway. Perhaps however, the only practical way to overcome the bush underfloor condition. Even beyond the bushline, the track was still wonderful underfoot, accompanying and crossing only muddy traces of the original. Here we took our ‘cuppa’ on the lookout seat there, after wiping the remaining snow off it.
Now we were exposed to the gale coming straight up from the Antarctic as we tackled the steep hill-side beyond.
 At the Swampy Ridge Trig, we were exposed to the wind blustering from our left so much so that we were blown off our feet. It was a relief after negotiating past the trig’s stay-wires to slip down through the rocks into the comparative shelter of the dip beyond.
Across the dip, the last bit of a climb and we scurried into the shelter of the Post Office building.

We had planned the clockwise direction so that the wind would be behind us on Swamp Ridge. Well, not quite behind us, more on our left shoulders. But it was still preferable to battling it head-on.

Once we turned off onto the track linking down to the Burns/Rustlers junction, the wind was now more comfortably behind us. Relief. And then when the track started its plunge down from the tops, – no wind. Ahh. Had it stopped or were we just sheltered?
We should pause here to acknowledge the benefit of the most magnificent track-clearing work we have ever experienced on this track. Bravo. Where tussock, celmisia and flax often used to overhang and impede, the track was open all the way! In fact, when we got to the steepest and slipperiest part just before the junction, it was hard to find anything left to hang onto!
At the junction, all was sheltered and most pleasant with bits of sun shining through. We lingered for a while after lunch.

 

Rustlers had been cleared too, but it was the same old Rustlers Ridge, tree-rooted and bits of bog in places.
Then we were down on the contoured Pipeline track, level – did I say level? – all the way except for its now many ups and downs.
And its boggy bits get not better. Except, that  someone has where possible put sodded tracks alongside some of the worst of them. Except for the following one.

Remember the detour that led around to the Burns Creek weir crossing? Well, it’s still there, but now relegated to redundancy. The former disused track that lead down to the old non-existent bridge, has been reopened and steps dug down into the creek and back up the farther side.

Whom to thank for all the track work we benefited from today? The Green Hut group? Task Force Green? Well, thanks all, anyway. You made it all so much easier and pleasanter.

Then it was just onto the really level part of the Pipeline track, past the foot of the Burns Track, out the old Waitati Road and up the cars. As you can see from the pics, we were well wrapped up, we survived and enjoyed a good workout. – Ian.

25. 24/3/2010. Trampers. Leith Saddle, Swampy Ridge Track, return Burns Track, Pipeline Track. Moderate.

Today was the first time we tried out the track since it had replaced the steep stepped boardwalk two years ago.

 

It turned out to be an excellent tightly-packed gravel path bordered all the way to the lookout with staked sides. In contrast to the former stepped boardwalk, (a few of whose boards had also suffered breakages), we encountered no steps until well up the hillside. (This didn’t exclude some quite steep slopes also at times.) But what a path!

Doug and Sabina stop for a chat on the track.

On the steeper slope past the lookout excellent steps had replaced the former scramble. It was gravel with occasional heavy metal all the way, past Swampy Spur right up the telecommunications tower at the top.

As we walked along swampy ridge, the glint of sunshine on cones of the doppler radar navigation complex caught our attention

Further on, as we turned off swampy to go across and down to the Burns Saddle for lunch, we found the track to be beautifully cleared for most of the way. Thanks to the clearers.

We found parts of the Burns Track well cleared also, but prior to entering the bush it was so heavily covered by what appeared to be rank hook grass (but fortunately seedless at this stage) that we could detect the track only by pushing through by feel. Down at the bottom, the pipeline track had been recently mown making for easy walking. Then it was up the road and back to the cars. Seven of us ventured out. It was a good day. – Ian.

24. 24/11/2008 Trampers. Leith Saddle, Rustlers Ridge, Swampy, Leith Saddle Tracks. Leaders: Peter & Wendy

Once again the weather forecast was chancy but nine of us had the best of the day, striking rain just as we got back to the cars at the end. From just a little way down the Waitati road from the Leith Saddle, by a bridge where we parked our cars, we made our way up to and then along the nicely level Waitati-Leith pipe-line track (that takes water to Sullivans Dam), passing the foot of the Burns track and going further along to the Rustlers as we had decided to do the circuit anti-clockwise this time. Rustlers proved well cleared and we made our way easily up to the crossing junction of the 4 tracks, viz. Rustlers Ridge (and the extension of Rustlers up to Swampy Summit) and Burns (and the Burns extension to the Swampy Ridge track further north) and early-lunched at 11.30 a.m.

 

Lunch at Rustlers-Burns. Wendy, Peter, Glenice

Lunch at Rustlers-Burns intersection. Wendy, Peter, Glenice

 

Lunch at track junction. George, Hazel, Pat, Bill

Lunch at track junction. George, Hazel, Pat, Bill

Returning on the Burns, we soon crossed the Burns Creek…

Burns Creek crossing. Sabina, Hazel, Glenice, Bill Pat, Wendy

Burns Creek crossing. Sabina, Hazel, Glenice, Bill, Pat, Wendy

…and enjoyed the walk through the flax and later the bush, back down to the pipe line and out to the cars. We heard a bell-bird and two or three grey warblers but that was all. We enjoyed the bush and were rewarded by the magnificent views. – Ian

 23. 29/10/2008. Trampers. Burns-Rustler. Medium-. Leaders: Leonie, George, Ria L

22. 24/10/2007. Trampers. Rustlers, Burns. Medium. Leaders: Wendy and Peter.
21. 20/9/2006 Leith Saddle, Swampy Spur, return Rustlers Ridge. Leaders: Ian, Sabina
20. 1/9/2005. Both. Burns, Rustlers. Shirley, Bruce, Doug M, Bob and Nadia, Kerri
19. 20/10/2004. Both. Leith Saddle, Swampy Spur, return Burns Track. Leaders: Barbara M, Val, Arthur and Barbara.
Dunedin from Swampy. Pat

Dunedin from Swampy. Pat

View

View?

18. 2/7/2003. Trampers. Burns – Rustler Track. Medium. Leaders: Lex, Ian.

On Swampy Summit

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Sign on Tracks' Crossing

Snow on Burns Track

Rustlers Track Sign

Near end of tramp. On pipeline.
17. 25/9/2002. Leith Saddle – Rustler Track. Medium. Leaders: Hazel, Bill and Pat.
16. 8/5/2002. Alt. Burns – Rustler. Medium. Leaders: Nancy, Joyce, Val.
15. 26/9/2001. Leith Saddle, Rustlers. Medium. Leaders: Claude, Les and Margaret.
14. 31/1/2001. Rustler – Burns Track. Leaders: Nancy, Frank and Lesley.
13. 7/9/2000 Leaders: Bob & Nadia, Shirley
12. 12/7/2000. Leith Saddle – Rustler Track. Leaders: Bob H, Shirley McN, Val.
 11. 9/2/2000. Burns – Rustler Track. Leaders: Eleanor, Bev McI, Daphne.
10. 31/1/2000 Burns-Rustler. Leaders: Nancy, Frank & Lesley
9. 10/2/1999. Burns – Rustler Tracks. Eleanor, Nancy, Lesley S.
8. 30/9/1998. Pigeon Flat, Swampy, Burns Track. Leaders: Ted, Les W.
7. 15/9/1998 Leith Saddle, Swampy Spur, return Rustlers Ridge. Leaders: Les W
6. 1/7/1997 Leith Saddle, Gold Trail return Swampy Spur Leaders: Jack & Rosemary, Daphne
5. 11/11/1996 Leith Saddle, Gold Trail return Swampy Spur Leaders: Bev H, Ria L
4. 30/8/1995. Pigeon Flat, Swampy Spur, Burns Track. Medium+. Leaders: Bob H, Doug and Ngaire, Ted.
3. 13/5/1992. Burns Rustler Track. Combined bush and open country. Great views. Average. Leaders: George, Margaret S, Ivan & Bev
2. 18/10/1989 Burns Rustler Track. Average+ Native Bush. Leaders: Bob H, George H, Mary Y, Margaret S
1. 10/2/1989 Burns Rustler Track. Leaders: Eleanor B, Nancy, Lesley S

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Aug 09 2017

Millennium Track

Published by under Both Hikers & Trampers

Click !!!Taieri River Geology!!! for background information.

Wardells’ Cottage abt 25 km from car park.
High tides flood the access road and this has happened to us more than once. N.B. Programme Committee! Avoid high tides forecast near the the hours of 9.00 a.m. or 2.00-3.00 p.m.

17. 9/8/2017. Hikers. Millennium Track. Leaders: Bob and Lesley.
20 Hikers set out on this bush walk along the Taieri River. The usual wet portions were muddy following all the rain. There were a few small slips onto the track and a few bites out of the lower side, but all negotiable. The track was carpeted with leaves and twigs. Morning tea was at the usual spot down beside the river…

(Wyn pic.)

…and lunch at John Bull Gully.

(Wyn pic.)

This track with many silver ferns and birds is a favourite for many members. We ALL adjourned to The Black Swan for refreshments. – Lesley.

16. 29/7/2015. Hikers. Millennium Track. Leaders: Helen, Bev.
iPhone GPS route map

iPhone Nike app route map of Millennium Track trek.

Our day started with some rain so we had morning tea early at house at start.
Morning tea out of the rain

The 20 Hikers having morning tea out of the rain (John pic)

!!!Click here to get John’s video of us sheltering in the old house verandah!!!

By then the rain had stopped so had a lovely walk led by Helen at front and Bev at the back. Lunch in the ordered sunshine at the tables at John Bull’s gully.

Lunch (1) (John pic)

Lunch (1) (John pic)

Lunch (2) (John pic)

Lunch (2) (John pic)

Slight rain as we started back then the sun again.Nice to see the river through the trees with the leaf drop. Back to cars and through some water on the road. High tide.
Coffee at Wal’s ended our enjoyable day. – Helen

15. 5/10/2014. Both. Millennium Track. Leaders: Les and Margaret.
Tea break

Tea break

Lunch at John Bull Gully

Lunch at John Bull Gully

14. 24/7/2013. Hikers. Millennium Track. Leaders: Les and Margaret.
13. 15/6/2011. Hikers. Millennium Track. Leaders: George, Dorothy
12. 18/8/2010. Both. Millennium Track. Medium- Leader: Lesley St.
Four Trampers unable to do their tramp came with Hikers but walked further to the seat. – Ian
11. 9/9/2009 Hikers. Millennium Track. Medium-. Leaders: Evelyn, Graham
10. 21/1/2009. Hikers. Millennium Track.  Easy+. Hikers Leaders: Les, Margaret, Bev
9. 2/4/2008 Leaders: P McLean, L Gowans
Should we split up?

Should we split up?

Being the first tramp of the month, trampers and hikers combined to walk a good old standby, the Millennium Track down the Taieri River from the old Wardells house. It was a substitute for Berwick Forest which is presently difficult to gain access to. Although only 16 turned out, with many trampers noticeably absent, it was still a good day out, starting cold but improving. In spite of being a frequently used tramp, it’s a lovely piece of bush to take your time in and enjoy and the bird life is a joy to hear. A feature of the walk for the trampers was that 11 walked on beyond John Bull Gully to sample the recently broadened track as far as the seat at the high point of the track. The gradient had been realigned with all steps eliminated, sometimes however making for steep slopes. With the pine plantation gone, we were surprised to see that bullibulli

Bullibulli colonising the slop

Bullibulli colonising the slope

has largely colonised the area. A delightful surprise on the return walk was a juvenile harrier hawk (?)

Juvinile Harrier Hawk?

Juvenile Harrier Hawk? (But see comments below post.)

perched on a broken trunk which quite calmly allowed us to photo it. The 5 of us who chose to go just to the picnic spot by the river really had a very happy time, taking in the scenery, having our lunch and walking back to cars in a leisurely way. – Bev and Ian

8. 5/12/2007. Both. Millennium Track. Easy. Leaders: Lex, Dot T
Wood Pigeon nr track start

Wood Pigeon nr track start (5/12/2007)

Tea stop. Doug M, Neil, Bob H

Tea stop. Doug M, Neil, Bob H (5/12/2007)

Track through newly-cleared plantation. Doug M, Bill

Track through newly-cleared plantation. Doug M, Bill (5/12/2007)

7. 7/3/2007 Leaders: Evelyn C, Bob & Evelyn
6. 13/9/2006. Hikers. Millennium Track. Henley. Easy. Leaders: Lesley G, Chris
5. 19/10/2005. Both. Millennium Track from Henley. Leaders: Ray and Diana, Dorothy S
4. 12/1/2005. Hikers. Millennium Track, Henley. Leaders: Betty B, Dot T
3. 17/4/2004 Trampers. Millennium Track, Henley. Trampers. Medium. Leaders: Glenys P, Wendy B. Easy. Hikers: Jack & Rosemary
2. 7/5/2003 Both. Millennium Track from Henley. Easy. Leaders: Evelyn C, Wendy J, Ray, Les W
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Reflections

Bull Creek lunch. Evelyn, Bill, Lex, Doug Pat

Bull Creek lunch. Evelyn, Bill, Lex, Doug Pat (7/5/2003)

1. 21/8/2002. John Bull – Taieri Mouth from Wardells Henley. Medium. Leaders: Claude, Ian, Donny.

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Jun 28 2017

Brighton Walks

Published by under Beach,Both Hikers & Trampers

15 km from car-park.
5. 28/6/2017. Trampers. Kaikorai Estuary to Brighton. E. Leader: Jill.
On a frosty morning 10 trampers ventured south into the sand dunes at Ocean View Domain. Initially we crunched on frozen sand which was a contrast to last weeks creek crossings, rope climbs and the mud. It really was a pristine day the sea gently rolling in with a spray along the tops , sun out in its full glory and a clear horizon and no mid winter dippers !!
We followed the Ocean View coastal walkway

Clive pic.

towards  Brighton. This is a purpose built track, fenced with access points to the beach to help protect the fore dunes. The back dune area has also has been replanted and is an ongoing project along with weed gorse and broom eradication.  The track meanders round a little creek back to the main road just below Big Rock. We climbed Big rock and had wonderful clear views both north up the coast

Clive pic.

and south over Brighton and beyond. That was our hill climb for the day.

Our return was along the beach to the Kaikorai stream estuary where we had lunch along with the seagulls.

Clive pic

Our trip back was over the mud flats into the dunes again along a tussock covered track. We were accompanied by a local farm dog who wasnt really willing to go with his owner who was out training his horses on the beach. We eventually came out on the beach again and back to the cars  the time only being 1 pm. Back on the road towards Westward I had spotted a sign to a B n B and Gallery so all were keen to venture up the gravel road to a hidden gem where we meet the artist Karen Baddock who proudly showed us into her studio  and explained the history of some of her pieces . As I had read the birds look as tho they are ready to fly off the canvas. Her address karen.baddock@fine-art.co.nz. It’s well worth a visit .We walked 10.2 kms and had our art fix as well . An enjoyable day . – Jill

4. 14/6/2017. Hikers. Brighton walk. Leader: Alex and Liz.

Nike app route map courtesy Ian. Was a bit slow remembering to turn it on.

Eight hardy hikers enjoyed a walk along sand dunes at Ocean View with morning tea stop at playground.

Off to Brighton on a street walk with many points of interest given.

Climbing back down from top of Brighton’s Big Rock. (Ian pic and caption.)

Back to Ocean View…

Liz pic.

…for a one and half hour lunch stop with many topics discussed at the invitation of Marjorie and Bruce Spittle.  The weather was up and down but an enjoyable day had by all and off to Agnes’ coffee shop for refreshments and more wisdom. Great company.  – Liz and Alex.

Route map, courtesy Ian. (Begun a few minutes late.)

Beginning descent from Brighton Big Rock. (Ian pic and caption.)

3. 8/8/2012. Hikers. Brighton Walk. Leaders: George and Chris.
Just thought I would say what a great day we had with our hikers’ day. The leaders Chris and George where the upmost of leaders.
The day started from the rugby club’s rooms at the Brighton Domain. Up and on through muddy fields.  And, I will say, a field with a very huge bull with his lot of cows. One of our group,  whom I will not name due to privacy laws, was very stressed about the bull. So we formed a group around her and we moved through. So far, so good.
Then we were approached by a group of horses  (sorry, are they called a group?). They demanded  food. Lucky for us George had a container of carrots!
Whew – we got through all that!
Then George found a wool stand to have lunch under cover. Well done, George.
What a day!  I think we must have done about  10 km.  Lots of laughs.
P.S.We girls did agree the uniforms of all the guys at the games are wonderful. – Elaine.
2. 14/12/2011. All. Brighton Recreational Reserve. End of Year Tramp. Easy.
George first took 22 of us along a short beach walk and up to his property for morning tea. A light drizzle had set in, but not too discouraging. Thank you George for providing so many chairs.

Part of group on George’s front lawn having morning tea. (Ken pic and caption)

Chris then took over and led us around a number of Brighton’s back streets overlooking the Otokia Creek. (I like ‘Stream’ better, but Creek it is.) Non-Brightonians were surprised by the extent of the township’s suburb.

Blooming wild flowers

Overlooking the Otokia Creek from Brighton back streets

 However the light rain wasn’t letting up, so at 11.00 a.m. we adjourned prematurely to the Brighton Rugby Football Club Hall (sic) on the Brighton Recreational Reserve (sic) (you can see I have googled all the correct local nomenclature).
With an hour’s wait till lunch time, Bruce, however, had happily brought along his guitar and songbooks, led us in some merry singing. In seemingly no time at all, we arrived at meal-time. President Bev presented an excellent official welcome and we enjoyed a pleasant sociable hour or so over a generous and varied selection of food. Thus came to its close another successful year. – Ian.
1. 13/12/2006. All. Brighton Domain. End of Year Tramp – Xmas finger food lunch. Easy. Leaders: George, Chris.

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Jun 14 2017

Clarendon Area, Stone Stables, Lime Works, Whale Museum and Lookout

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No. 82 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Old Stone Barn Clarendon Farm”
Background History of Stable and Cemetery
38 km from car park
14/6/2017. Clarendon, Cemetery,Sinclair Wetlands, Berwick Camp. Leader: Eleanore.
Today 7 hardy (maybe silly) trampers drove to Phosphate corner at Clarendon, then along Berwick road, parked up and walked up the hill to the Cemetery (my Great Great and Great Grandparents,  some Siblings and Children from Sinclair family are buried there.
We then drove further along Berwick road, parked and proceeded up the track to the hay barn for smoko.

Shed for morning tea out of the freezing wind. (Helen pic and caption.)

Mud to get to the shed. (Helen pic and caption.)

We all decided it would be no fun climbing round and up Mary Hill with frequent showers and a bitterly cold wind.
On the way back we briefly stopped at Sinclair Wetlands then drove into Berwick Camp, a year 8 class was there on camp, talked with the Activity Coordinator and strolled up to the dam.

On a bridge at the Berwick camp. (Helen pic and caption.)

It was plain to see what fun the young students were having, particularly when having a turn driving round with a leader in an old converted type of Land Rover in the mud.
So after all this strenuous activity we journeyed on to eat lunch (and cake) at a little hilltop cafe in Clyde street. – Eleanore.

Lunch at Eleanore’s with a lovely warm fire and cakes which were enjoyed by us all. (Helen pic and caption.)

24/4/2013. Hikers – and a few trampers. Limesprings Farm, McNeil Rd, Whale Museum, and return back through Farm by a different route. Leaders: Jim and Betty.
Route

Route, unfortuately stopped at Whale Museum, for some inadvertant technical reason! Cattle track up middle, McNeil Rd and extension at top.

The overcast day succeeded a wet 24 hours, and several trampers joined us after cancelling their bush walk up Raingauge Spur for safety’s sake. We parked the cars halfway along Driver Road and walked on to enter Limespring Farm. Continue Reading »

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Apr 26 2017

Deep Creek Weir from Old Dunstan Road past Rocklands

No. 2 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Stream [Stream crossed out and replaced by Creek] (Rocklands). R Lippers. Cattle.”
No. 56 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Creek from Old Dunstan Road. (Rocklands. Year Round”
Est, 50 km from car park.
See Deep Creek Water Scheme Pipeline history.
See further background information behind Deep Stream project
Not suitable for Ramblers. 4WD track to top gate non-negotiable. O.K. to further back for Hikers.

14. 26/4/2017. Deep Creek Gorge Pipeline . Leaders: Theresa and Arthur.

Nike app route map, courtesy Ian.

Leave the car park and go up SHWY 87 until Clarks Junction. Turn left onto Rocklands Road. Travel on excellent tar seal until you pass the Rocklands Station complex. Now you will be on gravel and at the beginning of the Old Dunstan Trail. Turn left off the Old Dunstan Trail and proceed on farm track for 2 kms. Park cars at the trees. Cross over farm land for a period of time — only down and up one gully,

Morning tea in gully, sheltered from a breeze. (Clive pic.)

going in a west / north direction towards the gorge. A gate in the middle of a paddock with a faint track going in the right direction. Two  small newish huts with a solar powered panel on roof mark the beginning of the Gorge  track. This is part of the Te Papanui Reserve. Traverse  pipe line for approx 1/12- 2 kms.

New section at start,  replacing broken single wooden planking. (Keith pic.)

The pipe line is suspended  off the cliff high above the Gorge .The track is narrow  on the pipe line …

(Clive pic.)

… but is easy and in the main flat. There are many foot bridges to cross. (An in-house challenge to count the number, caused differing results/) One  dedicated tramper even ticked them off on a piece of paper .WHO  are we to disagree!! A small dam was at the head of a very picturesque Deep Creek Gorge.

(Keith pic.)

(Keith pic.)

Repeat the trip back to the road just beyond the huts. From then it is an easy road tramp back to the cars. 12 very happy trampers enjoyed a WOW 😳 kind of a day out. Approx 10 kms  in length. Debrief and coffee at Outram. -Theresa.

13. 9/4/2014. Trampers. Deep Creek. (A replacekment for ‘The Gap’, programmed for the day, which would have turned out extremely muddle.)
 The first thing we struck was hundreds of sheep by the trees where the cars normally park.
so we parked just before that spot and skirted the trees on the other side so as not to disturb the sheep.  We left morning tea till we got to the old hut …
Morning tea in the sun (Heb pic and caption)

Morning tea in the sun (Heb pic and caption)

… sitting on some concrete pipes there. From there we followed the track taking us onto the pipeline …
Looking upstream toward the weir (Heb pic and caption)

Looking upstream toward the weir (Heb pic and caption)

… right up to the weir.
Ria and Eric at the Deep Stream Weir (Heb pic and caption)

Ria and Eric at the Deep Stream Weir (Heb pic and caption)

About halfway back we enjoyed lunch in the sun sheltered in a gully with no wind. It was great. From the hut on the way out, we followed  white pegs indicating the pipeline which helped us avoid getting our feet wet in a muddy creek. Then it was back to the cars. A great day for tramping. – Heb.
12. 31/8/2011. Trampers. Deep Creek.

GPS

Five of us battled a strong wind on the tops, really icy and straight from the antarctic, to a late cuppa at the cave part way up the road from where we park the car. However the cave faced straight into the wind so we nestled behind it in the shelter of its lee.

The cave, with light chinks in the ‘bricked up’ rear.

Wrapped up in wind-breakers, gloves and woollen hats we struggled onward and upward to at last the crest of the slope and escape down into the shelter of Deep Creek’s gully and onto the walkway.

Looking downstream at start. (Ken pic and caption)

Ian, Linzi, Ria and Doug at start of creek track. (Ken pic and caption)

There was quite a lot of water in the creek. (Ken pic and caption)

Part of the track. (Ken pic and caption)

Doug, Ria, Linzi and Ian at the weir. (Ken pic and caption)

A large flow of water over the weir. (Ken in the background disappearing up the ladder.)

Creek above the weir. (Ken pic and caption)

Looking down on the weir from the control hut. (Ken pic and caption)

Looking back along the track from the control hut. (Ken pic and caption)

View of further downstream from the control hut. (Ken pic and caption)

On the way back out, we remained to lunch in the shelter of the gully before getting back out to expose ourselves to the wind again. We examined the old hut, little changed from last time, before making the return back to the car, this time thankfully with the wind behind us. – Ian.

11. 10/11/2010. Hikers. Deep Creek. Medium. Leaders: Evelyn C, Graham.

10. 12/3/2008 Hikers. Deep Creek. Medium. Leaders: Joyce S, Lesley G

The adventure for the 14 Hikers this week was a drive via Rocklands Station and the Dunstan Old Road, turning off to the Te Papanui Reserve. There was a cold S.W. wind that kept us in woolly hats for the day, even although we had sunshine as well. A walk up the hillside to a cave amongst the rocks was earmarked for coffee by Joyce S, our leader.
Then on to the gorge of Deep Creek, a tributary of Deep Stream, and the path following the pipe line to the weir.
A Deep Creek Gorge

Gorge in Deep Creek. Looking upstream at beginning of walkway.

Bob H told us about the water race used in the gold mining days and the pipeline to supplement the Dunedin City’s water supply, built in the 1930s. The farmland had been former tussock country but the gorge was not modified and still supported many alpine plants, including gentians in flower. We had several sightings of NZ Falcons, which are now considered to be diminishing in numbers. It was an exciting area to be hiking in,

as the river was a long way below us and the sides of the gorge very steep. Ian F was making mental notes for the retrieval of anyone who miscalculated their step, but fortunately the plan wasn’t needed. We were back at the cars by 2pm and home to Mosgiel 3pm. An exhilarating day. – Lesley G

9. 13/6/2007 Leaders: George, Abe

Snow at top

Snow at top

Lwr Crk

Deep Creek in lower reaches.

Grp

On pipeline. George, Leonie, Tash, Ria, Pat, Ian, Glenice, Arthur.

UprXCrk

Upper Deep Creek showing railed walkways.

8. 23/8/2006. Hikers. Deep Creek, Old Dunstan Road. Medium. Leaders: Val, Arthur & Barbara

7. 24/11/2004. Both. Deep Creek, Lammermoors. Leaders: Evelyn C, Ian, Peter and Wendy

Deep Creek Pipeline Track

Deep Creek Pipeline Track. Evelyn, Wendy, Peter.

Deep Creek Weir

Deep Creek Weir. Evelyn, Wendy, Peter

6. 17/4/2002. Alt. Rockland and Deep Creek. Medium. Leaders: Bob H, Bev H, Bev McI.

5. 21/10/1998. Deep Creek from Old Dunstan Trail. Leaders: George, Les S.

4. 24/3/1998. Deep Creek, Rocklands. Leaders: Shirley McN, Ria L, Bev H.

3. 15/10/1997.

2. 8/2/1995. Deep Creek from Old Dunstan Road. Easy. Leaders: Jack R, Bob H, Ted, Dot T.

1. 20/3/1991. Deep Creek Dam and Pipeline. Great viewing and interesting country. Easy+. Leaders: Dave and Jean, Margaret D, Janice.

 

Background.
The Deep Creek Water Scheme was built during the depression of the 30s.
The Pipeline is 58 years old and 64 km long.
The intake is 675m above sea level.
The catchment is 5420 hectares; mainly tussock with some grassland.
The steel pipeline, lined with bitumen, was in a bad state of repair by the 80s and the leaks were constantly plugged with tapered wooden plugs until it resembled a porcupine.
The authorities were eventually persuaded to renew the worst section, this being done with the aid of a helicopter in 1992. It is a useful supplement to Dunedin’s water supply.
The Pipeline is made of bitumen-lined steel excepting the first 1.4 km which was replaced in 1992 with concrete pipes.
Water quality is variable and often discoloured.
Over the 58 years the yield has dropped from 11,000 cubic metres to 6,800 cubic metres a day.
The water goes to Booth Road Treatment Station and Sullivans Dam.
Replacing the rest of the pipeline is estimated at $20,000,000 and would increase the flow to 17,000 cubic metres a day.
– From a hand-written record in the President’s file and supplemented with other data.

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Apr 05 2017

Coutts Gully – Sawmill Roads – options

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No. 76 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Coutts Gully Return Sawmill Rd Farm”
Livingstonia Park distance from car-park: 31.5 km.

19. 5/4/2017. Both. Sawmill-Coutts Gully Roads. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

Route map, courtesy Bruce.

Eighteen hikers and trampers set off from the grass berm in Burma Road after most of the cars parked on the berm. Five hikers, including Les, Margaret, Leslie and Bev made a separate excursion in the area. The main group walked beside the trees on the beach side of the park and then followed a track through the sand hills to Moturata Road  near the bridge,  following the 2 signposts with first a turn to the right and secondly a turn to the left.  We crossed Moturata Road where the track emerged and then walked 50 m to Sawmill Road on the left. We proceeded up this road and stopped for morning tea just past the house of the farm owner, Alan Gorton, through a gate and just before the dog kennels.

Morning tea. (Ian pic and caption.)

After morning tea we proceeded up the road about 200 m and turned to the left, passing an old coal range and some implement/vehicle sheds,  opposite the Mongolian style dwelling, a Yurt (Mongolian: Ger). We followed a farm road which wound down to the right through some bush and then went up hill through the farm. After some distance we followed sheep tracks straight up a steep part of the hill …

Not the farmer’s bath night. (Clive pic and caption.)

… rather than following a bulldozed track to the left. At the top of paddock was an open gate with a steel bar attached to it.  We went through the gate and continued to the next gate which was closed and had a plastic water tank with sides about 1.3 m in length. We went through this gate and then turned to the left and proceeded in a straight line  through a further 3 open gates, noticing a bulldozed track down the hill to the left but not going towards it. At the top of a brow of the hill, at the end of the straight line of travel, there was bush ahead and soon a grassy track was visible to the left which we went along for 100 m. We then noticed the start of the bulldozed track on the right which led down the hill through bush. The start of the track was not easy to see until we almost reached it because of the slope of the hill. The bulldozed bush track crossed a stream and then went up hill to reach a grassy paddock. We turned sharp left here and proceeded along Coutts Gully Road. The road in its upper parts is just a narrow path between some gorse bushes. We closed the Cyclone gate some distance along and erected 2 netting fences, with plastic bags on them, which were there to keep stock in. We had lunch at the sawmill further down the road.

Lunch at deserted sawmill. (Ian pic and caption.)

Near the bottom of the hill the group split in two with some doing the 40 minute Livingstone-Green family bush walk …

A 40 minute side trip. (Clive pic and caption.)

… with a loop at the end. We went to the right side of the loop.

At the top of Livingstone-Green. (Clive pic and caption.)

The rest of the group proceeded back to the cars. The last of the bushwalkers reached the cars at approximately 2.15 pm. The distance was approximately 11.5 km without the bush walk and 12.5 with the bush walk. The weather was cool but the rain that had threatened in the forecast some days previously did not eventuate. – Bruce and Marjorie.

18. 4/3/2015. Both. Sawmill-Coutts Gully Roads. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
Route 2

Garmin 62S GPS of route, courtesy Bruce. Distance travelled: 12.68 km, moving time 3 hrs 43 mins, stopped time 1 hr 35 mins, moving av speed 3.4 km/hr., overall av speed 2.4 km/hr.

GPS of route

A grosser GPS of route, showing rough kilometers.

Twenty-seven trampers and hikers, including two guests from Wales who had been on the Turf to Surf cavalcade walking group, Jeremy and Mary, departed from Livingstonia Park, Burma Road, Taieri Mouth, at 9.45 a.m. on a calm sunny morning via the marked beach access track closest to the Burma Road entrance.

Entering beach from Livingstonia Park.

Entering beach from Livingstonia Park. (Bruce pic)

We proceeded north along the beach and turned to the left to the white marker pole on the beach edge which led to Moturata Road, just before we came to an assembly of some hundreds of seagulls, or, in the view of George, terns arranged in a square like a cohort from a legion of Roman soldiers.

We crossed Moturata Road and proceeded up Sawmill Road, stopping to admire two Clydesdale horses…

Horses. Clydedales, as someone said?

Horses. Clydesdales?

…that were patted and fed some grass by Chris.

Further up the road, we were greeted by a frisky pup, and then at 10.30 am we stopped for morning tea near a caravan, some houses and a yurt, a Mongolian style tent. After morning tea,

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

we entered the gate on the left, with the permission of Mr Allan Gorton, son of the late Bill, and continued down a steepish winding farm road through native bush into a gully and then up the other side into open farmland…

Emerging from deep gully.

Emerging from deep gully.

…which gradually led further up the hill.

At a gate some distance up the hill near a bush gully we veered to the left to go through another gate. After cresting the hill brow and passing a further gate we climbed another undulation and on the far side of this came eventually to a greenish track that led into the bush on the right. We noticed a further gate away to the left but did not go to it.

The bush road was also somewhat rocky and steepish. At 12.05 pm we stopped for lunch near a corner of the road at which a bank with a rocky backrest provided some seating. Proceeding again at 12.45 pm, we descended further and then gradually climbed up the other side and out of the bush into farmland.

The exit was adjacent to the upper part of Coutts Gully Road which continued towards the top of the hill via a gully on the right. We took the part of the road to the left and descended down towards an old truck parked in the bush on the left side of the road and the sawmill. The initial part of the road was a relatively narrow gap in the gorse. We then came to a Cyclone gate and subsequently a netting gate. Several birds chirped in the QE2 covenanted bush, including melodious korimako (bell birds), on the left of the road. Piwakawaka (fan tails) flitted around in the trees. After passing the sawmill, which had a pile of fresh sawdust indicating it had been recently used, we continued down the road until it emerged from the bush.

Then on the left, we had the option of doing the Livinstone-Green 30–40 minute Green Family bush walk.

Sign indicating walk through QEII reserve on Coutts Gully Road.

Sign indicating walk through QEII reserve on Coutts Gully Road.

A little over half the group did this travelling over a narrow well maintained bush track with steps, bridges and hand rails. We stopped for a rest near a seat that gave a view of Moturata Island,

The seat at the to of the QEII bush walk

The seat at the to of the QEII bush walk. Moturata Island in the background.

set in a turquoise sea, from near the top of the loop track near the end of the bush track. The grass track up to this along the fence line had been recently mown. We then proceeded back to the start/finish of the bush track.

The final portion of the walk was along Coutts Gully Road and Burma Road to Livingstonia Park, where we arrived back at approximately 3.30 pm. – Bruce.

17. 22/1/2014. Trampers. Coutts Gully, Sawmill Road.
After explaining to everybody about the possibility of coming across some bulls, and bees, we set off up Coutts Gully Rd.
Had morning tea in the usual spot at the pine trees where a side road branches off, then went on to tackle the climb to the top road.
After climbing through the top fence, we were surprised to see some bulls in that paddock, as I was under the impression that they were in the paddock we wanted to go back down through. However, we gave them a wide berth, & pressed on regardless, with only one or two showing any interest in us, with most of them moving quickly out of our way. I must say I breathed a sigh of relief when we finally reached the top road, & the safety of the gate. There was certainly a “lot of bull in that paddock”, with probably 50 or so animals. As we had safely negotiated the bull paddock, we then stuck to the original route down Sawmill Rd. At this stage it was starting to get a little cooler, with a breeze, so we decided to get down into the shelter of the pines for a lunch stop. After lunch we walked down Sawmill Rd. [which is just a 4WD track at it’s top end], and spooked a couple of deer on the way down. From the bottom of Sawmill Rd. it was a short walk back to the cars.
We did 13.5 km; 4.3km/h ave.; 3hr 7mins moving time; climbed 320mtrs. max height 347mtrs. – Ken
16. 21/3/2012. Trampers. Coutts Gully, Sawmill Road.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken.

Six of us trampers took to the hills behind Taieri Mouth, via Coutts Gully Rd.  We had morning tea at the normal spot under the pine forest, then tackled the rather steep climb up to the tops. Two of us decided to go the longer, more difficult way up, while the rest took the easier route.
However when Neil and I reached what we believed to have been the agreed lunch-spot, the others were not to be seen. After a half hour spent looking for them, we had lunch on the top where we could get a good view all around, but saw no sign of them at all.
As we were finishing lunch, we got a phone call from the others asking if they could go on!!!
After inquiring as to their whereabouts, we discovered that they were not too far from us, but had lunched in a place where they could not be readily seen. Ah well…
After joining up again, we made our way back down to Taieri Mouth via a track down a ridge, onto Sawmill Rd, & back to the cars. – Ken.
15. 20/4/2011. Trampers. Coutts Gully, Kennedys, John Bull. Car shuttle. M.

Route GPS. (Courtesy Ken). 14.56 km in 4h 23m. (4.4k/h in 3hrs 20m actual tramping.) Max elev. 305m.

There were 9 of us on the day. A good number. Upper Coutts Gully Road quite muddy after recent rain. Occasional light skiffs of rain, and some sun on the day.

Tea break, well up Coutts Gully track.

Lunch at top. Sheltering from the skiffs of rain and shifting wind.

After this was the walk out to Finlayson Road, along to Kennedys Farm and down to the seat on the John Bully Gully track. Down in the bush the track very muddy and deteriorating in places, especially THE muddy broken-stepped patch. – Ian.

14. 24/11/2010. Hikers. Coutts Gully, Sawmill Road. M. Leaders: George, Dorothy

13. 9/6/2010. Trampers. Coutts Gully Road, Finlayson Road, Sawmill Road, Taieri Mouth.Leaders: George, Bob.

Scanned Google Earth pic of the area of Wed’s walk with a red line tracing the route we took. (Bob pic and caption)

Coutts Gully road was wet a muddy on the first sunny day after a series of wet ones. We discovered as we went further up that the track was now a National Trust protected open space.

Coutts Gully track now a protected open space.

Yet further up and a reminder of the sawmill in Coutts Gully.

Sheds in the sun

Sic transit gloria, mutatis mutandis, or plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose, or something not at all like that. Anyway, a track off to the side, which we used to take, was discovered to be no longer viable. Quite overgrown.

We found that the entrance to a track we had formerly used was now overgrown.

You can see just how muddy the track was, as we edged past stacked wood, well-shrouded against wet winter weather.

On past the sawmill’s stacked wood

Our trekking hitherto had been in gully shade. Now out into the sun, it was time to remove extra clothing which the cold morning’s start had necessitated.

Up into the sunshine and time to remove a layer of clothing

Out into higher open paddocks, but the climbing became much steeper than the more gentle gully incline.

One of the steep paddock climbs

Then it was grudgingly down into a dip, to cross over to a yet more arduous extended paddock climb. Rain had soaked the sheep-nibbled grass to make steeper slopes very slippery also.

The beginning of an long steep climb

We kept to the left of and beyond the route marked out on the map (at the top), to make a fuller day of it. Towards the top, we lunched on the way by a gorsed fence, rewarded by great views of the coast. Until we eventually emerged onto Finlayson Road. Only a short way down and the leaders took us through a gate on the right to make our way back down. A paddock or two and we came onto a most useful connecting ridge, nicely cleared, to get us on the way down to Sawmill Road

On the way back down, on a convenient ridge

As we continued to make our way down, looking back into the sun, we could detect through the bush a track we had taken on one or two former times to take us through a gully from another ridge to this one.

Looking back to a track we have used on earlier occasions – through a bushed gully

Now it was only to continue on back down and out. A good day. Thanks to George and Bob for guiding us through some tricky turns at times to make for a tramp, parts of which we had not tackled before. – Ian
12. 3/3/2010. Both. Coutts Gully Road, Finlayson Road, Sawmill Road, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: George and Bob M.
It was a good ‘walk-in-the-hills’ at 17km as pedometers read it, and it was a good round-trip route from sea level to skyline

From sea to skyline. (Bob pic and caption)

and back on a pleasant summer’s day with distant views to Cape Saunders for the baker’s dozen who did it (perhaps the previous week’s walk had worn some out?).

Setting out. (Bob pic and caption)

There was little ‘road’, in spite of the title of the walk, just some gravel at start and finish, but most of the trip was good pasture land often on cattle tracks or farm roads across Gorton and Wilkinson properties. Morning tea was near a still-operating, one-man sawmill, processing logs from nearby plantations. Pleasant bush lined Coutts Gully with ample birdsong especially from Bellbirds. We slowly climbed out of the gully and then plunged back through it on a 4WD track and out onto spur tops. Lunch was past the landmark lone pine

Lone pine and lunch stop. (Bob pic and caption)

and in a warm enclave among hawthorn and macrocarpa.

Artists Bob E and Elaine at work. (Bob pic and caption)

Here George held a remembrance observance for Ngaire Moir who passed away this week. People remembered her as having been on this walk many years ago when she was active in the club. Our sincere sympathies were expressed for Doug and the family. From this point, we rose by degrees to the Skyline Road which gave us vistas both east and west. A group of friendly cattle walked with us at one point.

We are joined by other ‘walkers’. (Bob pic and caption)

After only 15 minutes or so along the top we turned through yet another gate and took a downhill route along a different spur. There were more friendly/curious cattle, a little club of sheep with one solitary goat who’d joined them as a fully paid-up member, and at one stage George rounded a fenced bend and unexpectedly drafted a flock of sheep back towards us down the path. Then came perhaps the nicest stretch of the walk along a ridge top sheltered by manuka on both sides but through lovely summer grass along a quad bike path.

Grassy ridge. (Bob pic and caption)

From the open pastures that followed, we had good views of Moturata, Green, and White Islands, Sandymount, Saddle Hill, and the whole Dunedin coastline north.

Moturata view and beyond. (Bob pic and caption)

To the southeast, there was the Akatore catchment and forested hills aplenty. And so along Sawmill Road beside the lagoon which sadly did not present us with the flock of Royal Spoonbills seen on the recce, back to the cars (parked outside Denise’s crib, where there were good exchanges with the residents). Bob M
11. 1/6/2005. Trampers. Coutts Gully Road, John Bull. Leaders: George, Bob H
10. 13/8/2003 Trampers. Coutts Gully, Kennedys Farm, Taieri River. Medium. Leaders: George, Joyce.
Sabina

Sabina. Up beyond Coutts Gully Road

Down

Bob, George. Down spur to River

Above

Bob, Tash, Doug, Lex. At seat above the Taieri

Track

Doug, Bob H. Track back down along River

9. 3/6/1998. Coutts Gully, Sawmill Road. Leaders: Dot B, Joan H.
8. 26/3/1997. Coutts Gully Sawmill Road. Leaders: Doug and Ngaire, Frank.
7. 1/5/1996. Sawmill Road – Coutts Gully. Average. Leaders: George, Eric and Dorothy
6. 21/6/1995. Sawmill Track and Coutts Gully. Medium. Leaders: Eric and Dot, Joan H, Chris.
5. 13/9/1992 Coutts Gully, Taieri Beach Road. Long. Leaders: Ray W, Dave & Jean, Shirley
4. 20/2/1991 Sawmill Road – Coutts Gully. Good tramping and views. Average. Leaders: Eric and Dorothy, Jean, Joan.
3. 9/5/1990. Coutts Gully tramp, Taieri Mouth. Average. Leaders: Denise, Jean, Dorothy and Eric, Ria.
2. 12/4/1989 Sawmill Road, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Denise, Jean, Ria, Margaret
1. 16/11/1988 Sawmill Road, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Jean, Ria, Judith

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Mar 29 2017

Murrays Farm, Hoopers Inlet

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No. 93 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Murrays Farm – Sandymount (Chris Hughes) Farm”

Distance for carpark: 31.5 km.

Map supplied by the owner. (Keith pic.)

11. 29/3/2017. Hikers. Murrays Farm. M. Leaders: Keith and Shona.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

It was a foggy, misty morning when 19 Hikers met at the gateway bel0w Murrays Farm before ambling up the road to having morning tea in the implement shed.

We then followed the fenceline up and across the paddocks before descending to explore around a container being used as a crib.

George investigates shower workings on new crib. (Ian pic and caption.)

We exited onto the coast …

We discover a new route from paddock to beach. (Eleanor W. pic.)

… where we had lunch …

Papanui Inlet mouth beach for lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

… out of the northerly wind.

We followed the water’s edge around past the old boat shed, climbing up the hill and visiting an old dwelling also being used as a crib and back along the farm tracks to the hole in the hedge and down the hill to the cars.

Coffee was at Macandrew Bay cafe. – Shona and Keith.

10. 20/2/2013. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.
Cuppa

Morning Tea at old homestead

ducks

Paradise Ducks in formation

tree

Waiting for others in shelter from the hot sun

9. 7/12/2011. Both. Murrays Farm. Medium.

GPS courtesy Ken. Track from distant spot anti-clockwise.

Comfort plus for morning tea. (Ken pic and caption)

Five trampers scaled the almost vertical ascent to the Sandymount road before descending further by the bush.

Hoopers Inlet video

We sampled the beach at the mouth but a keen wind persuaded us up around the point to a boathouse in a more sheltered position.

Lunch stop. (Ken caption and pic)

Just along a little bit from the boathouse, we came upon this nest.

Black gull’s abandoned nest. Our bird expert explained they lay 2-3 eggs-in-nests before inclubating a further pair.

Then it was just a case of following our noses back across paddocks to the cars. – Ian
8. 10/2/2010. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Margaret and Les, Fred.
7. 14/5/2008. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Easy. Leaders:Chris, Gwen.
Fine upstanding Hikers

Fine upstanding Hikers

An eye- and nose-watering wind greeted us when we stepped out of our cars at Hoopers Inlet. It was not a time for hanging around so our group of 13 set off at a brisk trot and soon reached the shelter of a shed which provided a good spot for morning tea.
Fuelled by hot drinks we ventured on and found that the hills and gullies gave good protection and we could enjoy this stroll through beautiful, peaceful countryside with the only other signs of life nearby the large number of paradise ducks. Perhaps they had discovered this place to be a refuge from duck shooters. In the distance sheep grazed and black cattle eyed us with interest.

Sheltered lunch spot

Sheltered lunch spot

We found our way down to the beach and a sheltered corner at the far end provided a comfortable lunch spot.

Seal among the lupins

Seal among the lupins

Margaret’s sortie into the sand dunes also brought to our notice a young seal hidden away under the lupins. We retraced our steps admiring the expansive views of the inlet and the winter colours on the hills.

It had been a short walk but a very pleasant country ramble.

Chris, who knows the area well, ably led us and, before returning home, some of us were lucky enough to stop off with her at a relative’s house on the hill and walk around the interesting garden, admiring both the plants and the panoramic views. – Marjorie.

6. 27/6/2007 Leaders:
Group

Group. Ian, Leonie, George, Tash, Pat, Hazel, Ria.

5. 1/2/2006. All. Murrays Farm, Hoopers Inlet. Leader: Chris.
4. 5/3/2003. All. Murray Farm. Leaders: Chris, Les and Margaret, Bev McI.
3. 3/7/2002. Combined. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Colleen, Chris, Claude.
2. 6/2/2002. Combined. Murray Farm, Hoopers Inlet. Medium. Leaders: Chris, Jean, Colleen.
1. 2/5/2001. Murray Farm – Hoopers Inlet Road. Easy. Leaders; Chris, Jean, Colleen.

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Mar 01 2017

Green Point, Brinns Point, Truby King Reserve.

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Distance from Bush Road car-park to Seacliff: 44 Km.
Click on Brinns Point to Seacliff for background information.
Click on Puketeraki Beach for archaeological history. Seek permissions
Click on Seacliff Lunatic Asylum for history of the hospital.
Click on Demolition of Seacliff Lunatic Asylum for photos of its demolition.
Notes: Whole cliff moving. Caversham Sandstone. Burnside Mudstone. 3 or 4 mudstones – like Abbotsford.
Cracks in hill above coastline. Tunnel – brick-built. Rock cracked – eroding. Middle of tunnel caved in as bricks fell. Middle 30m. Tunnel closed. Cutting through hillside. Railways sank a shaft, covered with sleepers &c. Cut access-steps down to check line on brink of cliff.

During WW2 Karitane men working at Seacliff. Cycle track formed alongside railway line Warrington to Puketeraki. – Written notes by Stewart McKay. Retired school teacher.
Seek permission.

8. 1/3/2017. Both. Seacliff/Brinns Point. M. Leaders: Shona and Keith.

For the combined walk 28 people started at the lay by 2kms north of Seacliff township. We crossed the road and wandered uphill for morning tea before most ventured not/into/around the rock or did combinations of these.

(Margreet pic.)

(Keith pic.)

Split Rock with amazing colours. (Helen pic and caption.)

We came back down to the cars where several opted to stay. Twenty-one continued downhill to cross the railway line and follow it north for 200 metres where we entered a rugged track formed and marked by the very obliging farmer, which we followed downhill and out to the coast. We had lunched in a clearing out of the sun in among the pines.

Lunch under the pine trees. (Helen pic and caption.)

At the coast we climbed through the fence and followed single file on sheep tracks in the paddock from Green Point

Green Point. (Helen pic and caption.)

to the historic Urupa (Maori Cemetery) at Brinns Point, seeing a couple of seals on the rocks below as we were passing.

The oldest. An inspiration. Mollie, George, Doug and Lester. All completed the tramp. (Helen pic and caption.)

After climbing uphill we arrived back at the cars. Distance walked 6.5kms. Coffee followed at Blueskin Cafe. – Shona and Keith.

7. 2/12/2015. Both. Green Point and Brinns Point. Leaders: Doug, Arthur H, Ian F.
GPS map of Hikers' route.

GPS map of Hikers’ route.

Trampers’ report. Being the first Wednesday of the month, this was a combined tramp to Green Point and Brinns Point in the Seacliff Area.
It was 10am when the cars arrived, so morning tea was taken then. 10 trampers left first, following the railway line  north about 1.5km  to inspect the disused rail tunnel .
After looking at the south end, we negotiated along the top of the cutting,  and down the steep clay bank onto the rail line, and to the northern tunnel entrance. This was blocked completely by a fall a few metres in.  The brick roof immediately  inside the entrance looked dangerous. The trampers then returned to the cars by the same route as the outward journey, down the paddocks then to  Green Point, before following the coastline south to Brinns Point.
The trampers ran out of energy just before reaching the top of Brinns Point, and stopped for lunch, a very picturesque scenery to look at while dining but very hot with no cooling breeze.
A 5 minute climb took us up to the interesting  little Cemetery  on Brinns Point where all took time to inspect the few headstones and  plaques.
Down hill then, to the south, and out onto the bouldery beach. At  the south end is an interesting cave. Ian H. did a cliff-side recce first using his crampons, but we then found that the tide was just far enough out, that all 10 were able to scramble around the rocks to view the cave.
It was then back along the beach to the entry point, and uphill to look at the old house ( which is to be restored ) and back to the cars. Some of the trampers also walked around to the Truby King Memorial Gardens, at Seacliff, on the way home. A hot, but very interesting day’s tramp. Arthur H.

Hikers’ report.  Very few of the club had been in this area before, and even fewer of those who had, had any memory of it. It was a substitute on the day for the programmed “Mahinerangi Area” tramp for which the leaders could not think of a suitable venue. The Hikers followed the Trampers to the tunnel, but only the southern end. Back at the cars the Hikers leisurely explored the Green Point coast line cliffs and the bouldery beach, being caught up at the latter by Trampers  who pushed ahead to stop off just short of the short steep climb to the Urupa which the leaders had planned for the lunch stop. In the confusion, some of the Hikers stopped off with them, although most persisted with the short stiff climb and to take in the wider view at the Brinns Point cliff edge and relax in the shade of the lupins.

Rock formations at Brinns Point.

Rock formations at Brinns Point.

After lunch thee two groups split again, with the Trampers going on to explore the cave to the south of Brinns Point.

Shot taken from Brinns Point of Trampers heading for the cave.

Shot taken from Brinns Point of Trampers heading for the cave. President in foreground.

The hikers meantime made a leisurely climb up from the Urupa, across and back to the cars. In the event, from this point on, cars left on the return trip in their own time, disrupting any organised resorting to the Truby King Reserve. However a few car-loads made it, visiting the highlight of the visit, the famed Magnolia Tree referred to by Janet Frame with the metal plaque below it inscribed with Janet Frame’s poem. – Ian.

6. 17/3/2010. Trampers. Seacliff, Brinns Point, Truby King Recreation Reserve. Leaders: Ian, Ken.
(Suggested alternative for a future tramp: Split Rock, Green Point, Brinns Point to give a fuller day.)
Only Doug turned up for the leaders to take on a tramp. We first made our way down to Brinns Point and the graveyard.

Doug and Ken in Brinns Point Cemetery

Then it was down via a steep descent ending in a gully on the south side of the point and onto the beach. It was then time for a cuppa stop before picking our way over the boulders to the cave near the point at the end of the bay.

Approaching cave

The cave is satisfyingly deep. We disturbed birds nesting at its head and with noisy flapping wings they made their way out to sea.

The cave’s interior

The cave is approachable only at low tide. And we had to be careful to place our boots on safe surfaces.

Taking care on return from cave

A safer area on return from cave

Long return along bouldery beach

We climbed the ridge above the bay up past an old house, back along the road beside the railway and over to the Truby King reserve.

The Truby King Recreation Reserve Plaque

We rambled over as much of the reserve as we could discover but still failed to identify the old tennis court. We stopped to show Doug the famed Janet Frame’s magnolia tree.

Janet Frame’s magnolia tree. Ken and Doug.

The plaque enlarged

Because it was a shorter day’s tramp we thought a future one would be better taking in split rock, Green Point and Brinns Point, plus or minus the Reserve. – Ian.
5. 22/7/2009. Karitane, Puketeraki, Green Point. Leader: Ian and Peter F.

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Beach, Puketeraki. Hazel, Ria.

Old Railway Tunnel

Lunch. Bill, Ken, Doug, George, Arthur

South end of old tunnel. George, Doug, Arthur.

Brinns Point. Grave. Taken from Green Point.

Returning up from Green Point

We waited in order to shoot photos of train before climbing hill to road.

4. 15/1/2003. All. Karitane, Ellison Farm, Green Point. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine.
3. 15/11/1995. Karitane: Ellison Farm, Green Point. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Nel K, Ria H.
2. 9/9/1998. Seacliff, Brinns Point, Enchanted Forest. Leaders: Doug and Myrie.
1. 28/10/1992. Seacliff, Brinns Point, Enchanted Forest. Round trip. Average. Park cars at Seacliff Hospital entrance. Leaders: Marie F, Maire, Hugh, Margaret D
 

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Feb 15 2017

Careys Creek from Evansdale.

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Location: 37 km.
No. 29 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Careys Creek (Evansdale). M Vaughan. Year round.”
Click http://trtc.blogtown.co.nz/1980/12/14/seacliff-dam-historical-track/ for information on the Creek and pipeline.

12. 15/2/2017. Hikers. Evansdale Glen.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

 The 22 Hikers were assured at the car park by the leaders that they were going to get wet feet.  No one could complain or be disappointed that this promise was not fulfilled.

On arrival at the Glen we were confronted by a new barrier fence that had just been erected to restrict boy racers’ activities from this mown picnic spot.

After a short and steep bush walk morning tea was consumed in the small elevated clearing

Morning tea break. Love George’s cute headgear. (Ian pic and caption.)

that has the surge tank that was used by the old water supply system for the Sea cliff Hospital.

The weather was extremely good for walking and after six crossings

First crossing. (Clive pic and caption.)

Junction point. We continued up Careys Creek to the left. (Clive pic.)

of Careys Creek it was time for lunch.

Lunch stop place in sun and shade spot.(Clive pic.)

Crossing the creek presented difficulties with slippery rocks with one hiker falling prey to the conditions.

The coffee stop was at the Blueskin Nursery which put a return back to Mosgiel after 3:00. – Betty and Jim.

11. 18/11/2015. Hikers. Evansdale Glen. Careys Creek. E. Leaders: Jim and Betty.
Careys Creek Route map

Careys Creek Route map

26 Hikers had a good day up Careys Creek under the competent leadership of Jim and Betty. First we did the short bush track …

Bush track (John pic)

The Bush track prelude to morning tea (John pic)

… linking the ends of the far edges of the picnic ground, finished off with morning tea.

Morning Tea at high end of the bush track. (John pic)

Morning Tea at end of the bush track at high picnic ground edge . (John pic)

We then walked up the stream track to the junction signs and then on …

Second (?) stream crossing beyond tracks juction

Second (?) stream crossing beyond the tracks’ junction signs (John pic)

… to lunch at the 4th stream crossing further up,

Lunch at 4th crossing beyond tracks junction

Lunch at 4th crossing beyond tracks’ junction signs (John pic)

– a first beyond the signs for many hikers. Back down …

Tracks junction signs

Returning back down past the tracks’ junction signs (John pic)

… to the cars, but eight of us weren’t finished yet. We accepted the Leaders’ invitation to accompany them up the small waterfall track leading off from the side of the foot bridge. It was longer than expected, much of it crossing and recrossing the small stream, dried up to an imperceptible trickle until eventually the track deteriorated to just a route up the stream bed. Surprise, when rounding a last corner, behold a steep smooth rock face, but with only a damp seepage coming down it.

Dry Falls

“Seepage” Falls. Wonder what the name of the Falls and creek is.

An achievement nevertheless with the realization that a true waterfall day would have costed us the price of wet feet stream crossings.
So thank you to the leaders for a full day with extensions beyond a normal Hikers trek, eased by smaller stream flows on the day. Afternoon “tea” (read: coffee) was at Blueskin Nurseries. A great day out. – Ian.

10. 1/10/2014 Hikers. Evansdale Glen, Careys Creek. E. Leaders: Judy and Ian.
Route

Route

Lunch

Lunch

Crossing

Crossing

9. 17/4/2012. Trampers. Evansdale Glen, Careys Creek. M.
We walked about 10km; 2hr 16mins moving time; total ascent 244m.
We decided to forgo our planned tramp to Mt John Hut & beyond, as the weather was not looking good with very low cloud. We opted to go to Evansdale Glen & then to Whaitiripaka Falls, however, when we got to where the track to the falls was supposed  to be, there was no sign of it. After a lot of searching for the track, we decided to just keep walking up the Careys Creek track until lunchtime, then return.
Lunch Stop

Lunch Stop (Ken pic and caption)

The day was quite good with some weak sunshine in the morning, & mild conditions. The sky did cloud over about lunchtime, but we had no rain all day, so it was a good walk enjoyed by all except one [who shall remain nameless] who slipped twice, once on her butt, & the second time face forward into a creek crossing, which necessitated a change of shirt, & putting up with the rest of the her wet clothing. – Ken.

8. 11/4/2007. Hikers. Evansdale Glen, Careys Creek. Easy. Leaders: Peter, Bob H.
7. 25/10/2006. Hikers. Evansdale Glen, Careys Creek. Easy. Leaders: Peter, Nelson
6. 4/2/2004. Both. Leaders: Frank, Lesley.
Lesley leads Frank and Arthur up Careys Creek track.

Lesley leads Frank and Arthur up Careys Creek track.

A pool in Carey's creek.

A pool in Carey’s creek.

Lesley returning back down the track.

Lesley returning back down the track.

5. 16/12/1998. Careys Creek. Leaders: Molly, Bev H, Ian.
4. 15/4/1998. Careys Creek from Evansdale. Leaders: Mary L, Molly.
3. 9/10/1996. Evansdale Glen – Careys Creek. Average+. Leaders: Lesley S, Molly, Betty H.
2. 26/2/1992. Careys Creek from Evansdale. Several creek crossings – be prepared! Average. Leaders: M H, Mary M, Molly, Evelyn M
1. 15/3/1989 Carey’s Creek. Creek crossings, blackberry time. Leaders: Ria L, Ria d, Daphne, Hugh

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Feb 01 2017

Traquair Station Tramps

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Not during lambing or calving. Permissions from Traquair and Horsehoof.
Location: 22 km.
 13. 1/2/2027. Both. Traquair Station and Old Dunstan Road circuit. M. Leaders: Ian and Doug for the Hikers with Arthur for the Trampers.
Our inclement summer weather allowed a window of moderate breeze and sunshine for a most successful tramp in Maungatua Range’s foothills. Twenty-eight turned up at the carpark, including (was it?) 5 guests, all of ability suitable for the day.

– What more to say? We all made it leisurely and easily up a moderate gradient slope through paddocks, (with a stop for a cuppa, – not to mention mushrooms – on the way)

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

to the Microwave.

Getting near the microwave. (Helen pic and caption.)

We sauntered down the grassy Dunstan Trail, stopping for lunch in the sun.

Click for … Video of lunch stop on the Maungatua foothills’ part of the Old Dunstan Road … lunch video.

We returned through paddocks and the two fords, (sorry, two, not one, as announced), the fords just a little engorged with extra water from an overnight rain. Over a steep ridge …

[View] Back up hill on way to end of tramp. (Helen pic and caption.)

… and back to cattle yards on Mahinerangi Road.
Our five able guests, (the number possibly a day’s tramp record for the club?), contributed towards interesting ensuing conversations on the day. Furthering the opportunities for social (yes, social) intercourse was provision along most of the tramp for four-and-more-abreast walking.
It wasn’t a long day. Distance just 12.5 km. Recourse to the Wobbly Goat  Cafe for coffee and chatter ended a very happy outing. – Ian.

12. 26/2/2014. Hikers. Traquair Station, Cattle yards, implement shed, Microwave, Old Coach Rd, Crawfish Creek ford, implement shed circuit.  Leaders: Ian, Janice.

GPS of Traquair circuit

GPS of Traquair circuit. Distance: 12.6 km, Total time spent: 5 hrs, 8 mins.

Leader Ian started the day by his car engine overheating and having to be abandoned about 2 km short of the tramp start. Fortunately a most helpful couple in a double cab ute delivered him and his passengers to the tramp start at a set of cattle yards. The leaders had calculated on a six hour tramp, so we pushed on up-hill at a steady rate, much faster than need be, as we later learned. We stopped on a convenient ledge …

Morning Tea IF

Morning Tea. (Red dot near 2 km on GPS route.)

for morning tea, continuing on through various gates. In one of the paddocks six horses showed lively interest by galloping up to and away from us again. The last stretch was through tussock with the Microwave looming ahead of us.

Just about at the Microwave.

Just about at the Microwave. (Near 4 km on GPS route.)

When we reached it, instead of taking the two hours predicted by the leaders, we had made it in one and a half. (Apologies to those at the back who felt a bit pushed.) Bravo. Well done.

From there, give or take the odd little rise, it was soon just a lovely stroll down the Maungatua Range foothills section of the old Dunstan coach road. (Mentioned in first sentence of Early History), a ridge skirting the head-gullies of Crawfish creek which we were to ford later on. We stopped for a leisurely lunch …

Lunch. (Red dot on GPS route.

Lunch. (Red dot beyond 7 km on GPS route.)

… on a hillock alongside the track. After that it was just a short distance down the attractive gently-sloping close-cropped grass path amongst the tussocks to reach an all-important gate (at right-angle between 7 & 8 kms on left of map) that was to take us on the return journey towards the cars again. So perhaps it was understandable that two members of the party (who will remain nameless), strolling on ahead failed to stop and only by dint of much whistling and shouting were eventually persuaded to return. (Just as happened on the last Trampers’ trek, whose failure to stay with the leader is indicated by the extra tail at the same spot on Ken’s GPS of the route below.)

The journey back to the cars was just as recounted in the report below.
Back at the cars, Ian’s passengers were fitted into other cars. Ian was ferried back to his car, which had now cooled and made it back to Outram. With careful nursing it got back to Ian’s car hospital where it awaits diagnosis and possibly replacement parts.
The day was perfect. All made it with no trouble. A good day out. – Ian.

11. 18/5/2011. Trampers. Traquair Station, Cattle yards, implement shed, Microwave, Old Coach Rd, Crawfish Creek ford, implement shed circuit. Leader: Ian

GPS of route, beginning from far back right corner. (courtesy Ken) Distance 13.9km. Moving ave. 4.5 km/h. Total ascent: 821 mtrs.

A blustery cold gale buffeted us right from the start, and all the way up the steep climb to the Microwave. There was talk of whether it would be wiser to turn back and cancel the tramp.

Sheltering in the lee of the Microwave

The old coach road was a welcome change from the climb and the buffeting wind was showing signs of easing.

A distinctive small loop around a hillock.

The unbroken fence on the right at last yielded to the critical barb-wired top gate. The place through which to take to the paddocks.

Paddock route lower left to upper right

In navigating the above cross-paddocks route the trick was to keep to the right of the fence as the  track, surprisingly partially coach-road in appearance, swung left and right and left again as it took us to the L-shaped pair of gates decision point.

The twin gates ahead.

The gate on the right leads down the RHS of a gully before tracking down into it to lead to the two fords, the sole crossing-point over the Crawfish.

After the fords, the track led steeply up and up again. Three of us took to the level contoured stock tracks winding in and out around ridges and gullies while the others tackled the tracks steep climb up and over.

Looking back at the high ridge we had negotiated by one means or another.

Past that hurdle, we were clearly on our way past the implement shed and on back to the cars.
It had been a testing tramp, but worth pushing through on. A triumph for the seven trampers on the day. – Ian
10. 10/12/2008 Traquair Station, Microwave, Old Coach Rd, Crawfish Creek ret. Leaders:Ian, Bill M Farm and tussock country.
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Curious horses.

Curious horses.

Seven of us parked our two cars on Mahinerangi Rd  a little away from the Traquair cattle-yards as there was to be considerable cattle activity there that day. We walked across a large paddock, passing to the left of a large shed and and proceeded up a ridge directly in line with the microwave. We made it easy for ourselves by beginning slowly – and then easing up!

We morning-teaed  on the way

Morning tea

Morning tea

and arrived at the microwave some time after 11. We then made our way down the old coach road to the right and lunched among large tussocks which made good Little Miss Muffet seats. Then it was yet further down the lovely smooth grassy Coach Rd until we turned off to the right through a rare gate in the fence line. We then  crossed two or three paddocks following a fence line  before reaching the gate that marked for the leaders a gully that would take us down into  Crawfish Creek.

An ideal ford of Crawfish Creek.

An ideal ford of Crawfish Creek.

Near the crossing, we paused to admire the beauty of stream and gully slope before climbing up the other side.

Crawfish Stream scene. (Bill pic).

Crawfish Stream scene. (Bill pic).

Halfway up the steep hill, we elected to take a stock track which followed a beautifully level contour line around the hills ridge making for a longer but far easier way to the hill’s farther side. Then it was over to the shed we had passed earlier in the day, completing the loop of the round  trip, and back to the cattle yards and cars.

Several commented that it was easier than the hilly McNally track of last week, well within the ability of the hikers and a beautiful new tramp present members don’t recall ever having done before. It does appear though that Traquair Station is listed on tramping programmes of 1993 and earlier. The walk was basically a tramp up a ridge on Crawfish Creek true right, a skirting across the top of its head-water gullies, and then a return back down its true left to cross the creek lower down. Despite the small water flow of the creek, steep gorges in places lower down from our crossing indicated the powerful eroding work it has carried out in the past. – Ian
9. 29/7/1998. Traquair Microwave round trip. Leaders: Barbara McC, Mary L.
8. 31/1/1996 Traquair. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine T, Nel, Irene
7. 23/3/1994 Robert Reid Farm, Mahinerangi Road. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine T
6. 17/11/1993 Robert Reid’s Farm. (Mahinerangi Road). Medium. Marie F, Ria L, Ria H, Nel K
5. 17/3/1993 Manugatua – to Microwave from Traquair. Medium. Round Trip. (Walking week.) /strong> Leaders:Molly, Peggy M, Catherine, Ria L
4. 18/11/1992 Foothills of the Maungatuas. Round Trip. Average. Leaders:Ria L, Catherine, Jean, Ria H
3. 9/10/1991 Foothills of the Maungatuas. Traquair to Micro-Wave Station. A nice hill tramp – tussock country. Average+.Leaders:Catherine, Molly, Ria L, Peggy M
2. 12/6/1991 Traquair  – Microwave station – Maungatuas. Round trip, nice tussock tramp. Average+ Leaders: Dave & Jean, Molly, Peggy M
29/7/1989 Traquair Station Leaders: Barbara M
1. 5/4/1989 Microwave Trig from Traquair. Open tussock country. Another good tramp for everyone. Leaders: Daphne, Peg A, Hugh D

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Nov 09 2016

Outram Glen Track to Lee Stream

No. 89 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Outram Glen – Lee Stream Year Round”

9. 9/11/2006. Hikers. Outram Glen to Lee Stream. Leaders: Jennifer and Dorothy S.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

Route map, courtesy Ian. Total elevation of 433m the product of  ALL the UPS on the track, – the by-product of all the downs!

Morning tea by the Taieri. (Ian pic and caption.)

Morning tea by the Taieri. Threatening rain cautioned some to don parkas but there were hot sunny periods in the day as well.  (Ian pic and caption.)

Lunch at Lee Stream. (Ian pic and caption.)

Lunch at Lee Stream “beach” at the confluence of the stream with the Taieri River. (Ian pic and caption.)

8. 10/8/2016. Hikers. Outram, Historical Park and Museum, Outram Glen. E. Leaders: Alex and Liz.

Nike GPS Route Map

Nike GPS Route Map

A good frost today but lovely and sunny for our hike around Outram

Morning tea at storage sheds at Balmoral.

Morning tea at storage sheds at Balmoral.

which was varied with a visit to the Museum,

Museum

Waiting in the sun outside the Museum to regroup.

Vintage Park and then onto the Glen track.

Wheelbarrow

Standing aside to allow a motorised tracked wheelbarrow returning empty from delivering gravel to resurface the track. A sunny spot. (Liz pic.)

Frost (Liz pic.)

And a shaded spot. Frost. (Liz pic.)

Lunch in the sun beside the river by the track/route boundary point.

Lunch in the sun beside the river by the track/route boundary point of the Outram Glen – Lee Stream Track.

We numbered 25 and finished off with the Local Coffee Shop.
It was a wee bit different owing to the unknown conditions from the nasty weather three days earlier but as usual the company was good and we achieved our goals thanks to everybody. – Liz and Alex.

7. 26/3/2014. Hikers. Taieri Musem, Outram Glen Track to Lee Stream. Leaders: Jim and Betty.
GPS of track to Lee Stream

GPS of track to Lee Stream

We were met with a surprise variation to simply walking the Outram Glen track. The leaders took us first up to the Taieri Historical Museum via an interesting side track shortly up the George King Memorial Drive by the bridge over Traquair/Whare Creek. We were seduced by the machinery museum building at the top of the property with its wonderful variety of early Taieri farming implements. They found it hard to drag us away.
We made our way down the driveway this time, and past a surprising number of cars to the track beginning. Time had passed so the leaders made our cuppa stop at the crest of the track’s large rise just past the entrance and in a nice sunny spot.
Then on we went till we reached the great set of steps that took us up from the river side to the high undulating bush track, or more officially, ‘route’. From the top of the steps on to the end of the route was a long series of regrouping pauses, where the more able waited for the less able to catch up. But get to the end we did.
A note to the side: On our way to the start of the track, we noticed Bob’s ute had joined our parked cars while we were up at the Museum. Some knew that he did have a prior commitment and must have presumed he would have caught up with us somewhere on the track but knew nothing of the leaders’ plan to visit the museum first. Eventually we did meet him, towards the end of the track, returning. It was all just too sad a misunderstanding.
We discovered the reason for the group of cars at the start when we reached the end. By the Lee Stream mouth was a large group of young St Mary’s School pupils being instructed on safety measures pertaining to launching inflatable rafts drawn up nearby.

Launching

Launching the rafts

There were eight rafts in all, four setting out at a time to practise the art of paddling in the stiller waters upstream before heading off down over the first set of rapids below.
Afloat

The paddling rehearsal before negotiating the first rapids

By this time we had finished our lunch and just prior to entering the bush track again, were surprised again to see the rafts anchored against a cliff on the opposite side of the river, and each pupil being required to leap off a ledge in the cliff into the water, resurface, and to drift with their life jackets down to and be helped back into their rafts immediately downstream. They did this wonderfully, some choosing a yet higher ledge to leap from. Bravo.
We seemed to make much faster return time down the track than when earlier coming up, and were regaled from time to time by excited shouts and screams below us as the rafters made their way downriver.
As we neared the end, it was just a case of now of negotiating the rise at whose summit we had earlier in the day had our cuppa, (it’s steeper and more laborious on the up-track side of the rise and this reporter, at the tired end of the tramp, hates it) and we were back at the cars and en route to home.
Thanks to Betty and Jim for their imaginative planning of the day and careful looking after us. – Ian.
6. 5/10/2011. Both. Outram Glen, Lee Stream. Leader: George.
Lambing got in the way of the programmed Lee Stream ramble. The Outram Glen walk was a most successful replacement. 20 of us went. The first bit’s nice and flat in general. We stopped early for morning tea by the river. A cold wind drove us back up to shelter in the approach track.

Down-track view.

Up-track view.

Beyond the sign indicating the more difficult part of the track was the (never less) challenging (never-ending as well) set of steps. They are now well-worn but still very serviceable. We all made the ascent at our individual rates of speed. Beyond that, the various ups and downs are still well serviced by the sets of stone steps. They have stood the test of time and are firmly embedded. Well made. We all made our way to the Lee Stream confluence with the Taieri, some arriving earlier, others later. Again an early lunch enjoyed with the warmth of sun and calm, and cooler bits of  breeze. But still comfortable enough.

Some of us at lunch.

The confluence of the two streams at lunchtime.

Again, we wandered back each at our own pace. A pleasant day, sheltered by bush from the coolish wind. – Ian
6. 3/9/2008. Both. Outram Glen, Lee Stream. Easy. Leaders: Evelyn and Bob.

Nineteen of us walked the riverwalk from Outram Glen to Lee Stream. The weather was threatening but we had just a little rain, and with no wind and a mild temperature it was an enjoyable 12 kilometre expedition. Many of us had not seen the Taieri River so brown and surging for a long time.
The track in the upper reaches was quite slippery so we needed to watch our feet. Some birdsong from bellbird and fantail was appreciated as was the presence of wood pigeons. We had lunch at Lee Stream where a number could remember past picnics beneath willow trees.
Congratulations to Evelyn and Bob for leading the group. Evelyn did a stalwart job in trying to keep the group together, trying to both race ahead to hold back the fast movers and take care to see the rear guard were still with us. She even managed to end up with one more tramper at the finish than she had at the start. Well done Evelyn!
Bob provided us with some drama by taking a tumble. However he bounced back and even did it again to keep the medics on their toes. He finished the tramp in fine fettle and good humour, leading the bulk of the group on the homeward stretch. We hope the scratches and bruises do not cause too much discomfort.
George celebrated his 80th birthday and first great grandchild by handing out beautiful chocolates to all.
Altogether it was a satisfying day with a return to home base before the southerly caught up with us. – Marjorie

Leaders: Bob & Evelyn
5. 6/6/2007 Ian, Doug M, Eleanor B, Joyce S

4. 3/5/2006. Both. Outram Glen. Leaders: Ian, Doug, Les & Margaret S, Bev H
3. 9/2/2005. Both. Outram Glen. Leader: Nancy
2. 19/8/1998. Outram Bridge, Taieri Gorge. Leaders: Nelson and Dot.
1. 25/3/1992. Outram Bridge – Taieri Gorge. Average. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Doreen, Molly

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Sep 21 2016

Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth

No. 47 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Toko Beach. M Young”; also No. 65 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Chrystalls Beach Farm”

Location: 59 km from the car park.

Directions: On SH1, before Milton, at Helensbrook intersection, left onto Forsyth Road, right onto Back Road, left onto Glenledi Road.
Best in Summer. The stock winter over.
21/9/2016. Trampers. Cooks Head. Farm walk. Took Mouth. Return beach. M. Leader: Arthur H.
We had a day at the beach.
Seven trampers left Mosgiel at 9.00 a.m. and travelled for 50 minutes to reach Chrystalls Beach, which is out at the coast from Milton.
After parking behind the beach, we walked back up the road we had just descended, – “Irishmans Road”. The overcast sky was beginning to show some blue patches now, the day becoming quite sunny.
An easterly breeze was coming in from the sea, and was noticeably cool. We had dropped Helen off at the top of the hill to find us a sheltered morning tea spot. The rest of us were nicely warmed up by now, and morning tea in the sunshine was most welcome.

Onward we walked, and were soon on one of the lanes of the daily farm. Downhill towards the cowshed …

Towards Toko Mouth. (Helen pic and caption.)

Towards Toko Mouth. (Helen pic and caption.)

… and then followed the main farm lane heading south.

The lanes were dry, and perhaps not too interesting themselves, but it was a pleasure to walk through the farm and enjoy the colour of the fresh spring grass. We had passed the large mob of dairy cows soon after leaving the cars, grazing in their paddock beside the road.
Eventually we came to the end of the lane, and crossing one paddock, arrived at the bank of the Tokomairiro River. Under the electric fence and along the specially cleared track through the gorse and we were at the water’s edge.
We could look across at the Toko Mouth houses as we followed the river for half a kilometre or more to the mouth.
It was getting close to low tide, but just a little early for lunch, so we began  the beach walk, coming to our dining seat before too long. A nice smooth log was perfect, plenty of room for all of us to sit side by side while munching away happily – like a row of birds on a wire.

H-114941Lunch on beach. (Helen pic and caption.)

H-114941Lunch on beach. (Helen pic and caption.)

We could watch the endless waves breaking on the beach and listen to the surf. Sea birds were noticeably absent, however.

Lunch over, we resumed our northward beach walk. The sand conditions were rather trying (and tiring), being a bit soft to walk on. It is about 3.5 km along the beach, and all were glad to eventually reach “Cooks Head” rock.

Rock and then close up. (Helen pic and caption.)

Rock and then close up. (Helen pic and caption.)

Time was taken to inspect the volcanic formations, similar to the “organ pipes” near Mt Cargill, which form the rock. Two were keen enough to climb to the summit …

Arthur and Eleanor on top of Cooks Rock. (Janine pic and caption.)

Arthur and Eleanor on top of Cooks Rock. (Janine pic and caption.)

… and admire the view.

The view. (Arthur pic.)

The view. (Arthur pic.)

The others were content just to watch.

Ten minutes more and we were back to the cars soon after 1.00 p.m. Not a long tramp, at around 10.5 km overall.
An historical note – In 1907 a French sailing ship, the Marguerite Mirabaud ran aground in fog on Chrystalls Beach. No lives were lost and the cargo was auctioned off behind the beach after being recovered. The sea broke up the ship though.
On the way back to Milton we stopped to inspect the sign erected by the Milton Rotary Club on the roadside, to mark where Richard Pearse had lived for 10 years from 1911.

Sign. (Arthur pic.)

Richard Pearse Sign. (Arthur pic.)

He is credited by some as flying a powered aircraft in 1902 or 1903,  before the Wright Brothers.

The cars then made an essential stop at Waihola on the homeward journey. All seemed to have enjoyed their day at the beach. – Arthur.
19/3/2014. Trampers. Cooks Head, Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth, farm walk return. Easy.
 Chrystalls Beach to Toko Mouth & farm walk was the destination for our outing this week. Quite a few of the six who turned up had not done this before, so it was especially enjoyed by them. This time, to make it a bit different, I decided that we would do the trip in reverse, so walked back up the road to the farm house, where we were met by a overfriendly young dog that wanted to follow us, so we tried tying it up, but it went absolutly berserk, so we had to untie it, & really growl at it to make it stay at the house.
There has been quite a change to the look of the farm, with new roads, & the top paddocks bare of vegetation, but the lower paddocks are still the same. We had a lunch break …
Lunch

Lunch break (Ken pic and caption)

… along the beach a bit from Toko Mouth, then walked along to Cooks Head & inspected …
Cooks Head rock formation. (Heb pic and caption)

Cooks Head rock formation. (Heb pic and caption [Ed note: on the seaward side of the ‘Head’])

… the rock formations, before walking back to the cars.
The weather was very nice all day, with bright sunshine, & mostly calm conditions, which was enjoyed by all. – Ken.
25/9/2013. Trampers. Cooks Head, Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth, farm walk return. Easy.
Chrystalls Beach Circuit. GPS of route courtesy Ken.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth, farm, circuit.

On a day that looked threatening weather wise, 5 of us travelled to Chrystalls Beach, & after parking the cars away from some loose wandering cattle, we made out way across to Cooks Head where we had morning tea.
Morning Tea stop in the shelter of Cooks Head. (Ken pic)

Morning tea stop in the shelter of Cooks Head.

Then we rugged up for the very windy walk along the beach to Toko Mouth. The sand was just as soft & hard to walk on as I remembered it from last time I was there.
We had a regroup around the corner of the Toko estuary out of the wind, then made our way along there to the point where it is possible to climb through the gorse, & up onto the farm paddocks. It was then a case of deciding which way to go to find the big hay shed where we had lunch the last time. After locating this we walked along the muddy track to where our route turned off into the paddocks, to head back up to the top road again. We had lunch out of the wind, hunkered down behind a large stack of trees that the farmer had torn out of the ground, & stacked up in piles along the new fence line. After lunch, it was just a matter of walking back up the slope that leads past the house on the property, & then along the roads back to the cars.
We all agreed that it was a good walk, despite the wind, & the very occasional light spot of moisture.

14/7/2010. Cooks Head, Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth, farm walk return. Easy. Leaders: Ian, Ken.
Because of low tide at 11.00 a.m., we walked the beach first for the first tiime instead of doing the tramp the more usual other way round. So it happened that we came upon Cooks Head from the north instead of the south and discovered a cave we had never noticed before.

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