Jun 22 2019

Upcoming Trips

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Winter Start Time: 9.15 a.m. at Car Park for 9.30 a.m.

26 June.
Trampers: Bullring, Swampy Summit. M. $4.00. Jill R & Jill D.
Hikers: Silverstream. Carlyle Road to mouth. E. Shona and June.

3 July.
Both: Dunedin Art Street walk. Mid-winter dinner. E. $4.00. Clive and Heather.

10 July.
Trampers: Maori Peak, Split Rock. M. $10.00.. Neil and Margreet.
Hikers: Aquarium Road, Portobello. E. $7.00. Bob and Kevin.


17 July.
Trampers: McNally’s Track. M. $10.00. Eleanore.
Hikers: Sinclair Wetlands. E. $7.00. Lesley and Ian. Continue Reading »

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Jun 20 2019

Deep Stream-Hindon Pipe Line from Highway 87

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Distance from car park: 38 km.
Permissions from Mt Gowrie Station, Strathview Station, Calder Station.
13. 20/6/2019.Trampers. Deep Stream Pipeline from SH 87. M. Neil M. and Carol.

A fine but cool day dawned for the 10 trampers to depart for the big bend to start the Deep Stream walk to the East. Now just because it’s called a pipeline doesn’t mean it’s flat.  Once the water is in the pipe the line goes up and down continually.  In fact going by past reports for the distance we walked we climbed over 700 metres.

We left the cars about on the hour of 10.0 and walked up
P.1. Throwing our shadows o’er Jack Frost ( pre morning tea)c

Throwing our shadows o’er Jack Frost (Phil pic and caption.

to the top of the first hill on the line in about 20 minutes, so a break  was called for coffee and smoko.

G.2nd -- M:Tea. Great viewc

M:Tea. Great view. (Gordon pic and caption.)

After that, onwards and what do we find but the first big dip.

G.3rd -- Quite a bit of uphillc

Quite a bit of uphill. (Gordon pic and caption.)

From where we had coffee/ tea one could see the track in the distance but not all the gullies we have to go through, which could give one the wrong impression of this walk.  Although the day was cool, it did warm up as the hours ticked by. We arrived at the high point in the walk about 12.15pm for lunch where we could see back towards Mosgiel and Saddle Hill.  A good view all round.
Now the return trip started about 1/4 to one and we arrived back at the road by 3 o’clock. One noticeable thing about the return trip,  there wasn’t as muck talk.
G.7th -- Last steep pinchc

Last steep pinch. Gordon pic and caption.)

 Maybe some were getting a little tired. Well,  we walked about 16 kms and probably climbed more than 700 m so not a bad effort.
At this stage of the day, coffee calls, so we stopped at Clarks Junction Pub –  come cafe, to satisfy these cravings before returning to Mosgiel. – Neil and Carol.
12. 22/6/2016. Trampers. Deep Stream Pipeline from SH 87. M. Leader: Neil M.
10 Trampers left Mosgiel at 9.30 am. It was somewhat cloudy with a very gentle breeze but pleasant conditions.

It was 10.10 am when we left the cars and from there an approximate 30 minute tramp before morning tea.

On a few occasions the pipeline and relief flues surfaced …

Pipeline. (Helen pic and caption.)

Pipeline. (Helen pic and caption.)

Looks like a bird to me. (Helen pic and caption.)

Looks like a bird to me. (Helen pic and caption.)

… whereby Peter gave us a lesson about hydraulics (water pressure and air bubbles) before disappearing again …

Pipeline and some nice rocks. (Helen pic and caption.)

Pipeline and some nice rocks. (Helen pic and caption.)

to  wend its way …

Track. Very deceiving as no flat. (Helen pic and caption.)

Track. Very deceiving as no flat. (Helen pic and caption.)

… through stunning country of craggy rocks, sheep pastures, Deep Stream/Creek and even a lone, healthy hebe.

The many ‘ups’ were balanced out by ‘downs’ and that led us to a 12.30 pm lunch stop …

Group at lunch time. (Helen pic and caption.)

Group at lunch time. (Helen pic and caption.)

…from where we looked across to the Rock and Pillars on the west and the Kakanui hills to the north.

At 1.00 pm (after squeezing an extra 5 minutes out of our keen-to-get-going leader) we left the well-placed rock tables and seats and headed back by the same route.

Having walked 15 kms in 4 hours moving time and 720m height rise total, we arrived at the cars at 3.00 pm.  Huffs and puffs had subsided at this stage and would shortly be replaced by sips and slurps of coffee! – Carole.
11. 13/5/2015. Trampers.  Deepstream/creek pipeline where it crosses Hiway 87.
GPS of Deepstream pipeline - North. Courtesy Ken.

GPS of Deepstream pipeline – North. Courtesy Ken. Walked 16km; 3h 53m moving; 4.1 km/h; climbed 982mtrs [this is probably the most climbing we have done on a day’s tramp so far]; none of the climbs are very long, there are just so many of them.

For the Wednesday tramp, I changed the location, due to the difficulty of contacting the landowners [possibly 5 or 6] of the properties we needed access to. I don’t know why people have phone numbers, if they can’t answer their phones, or reply to messages left on their answer phone. I don’t think I will be putting the Omimi/slaughterhouse tramp back on the program ever again.
So, we went to the Deepstream/creek pipeline where it crosses Hiway 87, & proceeded to walk along the pipeline track towards Mosgiel. There was no set destination here, so it was just walk as far as we wanted to go, then return back the same way.
As there was a cool breeze blowing, we struggled to find a suitably sheltered spot for morning tea break, but eventually found a gully with not much breeze.
1 Morning tea stop. (Ken pic)

1 Morning tea stop. (Ken pic)

Then we ambled along admiring the view into the river below as we went. We found a very nice spot to have lunch in the sun, & almost completely devoid of wind, so it was a reluctant group that packed up their gear, & headed back out again.
This track has lots of up’s & down’s, so is quite a good workout, but I hope the walk was enjoyed by all. – Ken.
10. 18/7/2012. 8 Trampers. Hindon-Deep Stream Pipeline. Half of full distance. Return. Medium.

GPS of route. We walked 13.8km. GPS records level distance only so probably did close to 14.5 or more up and down. Total height climbed: 660 mtrs. max elevation 447 mtrs. Moving ave. 3.7km/hr
Moving time 3hr 46min. – Ken (edited)

A large ‘thing’ in the only cutting on the pipeline.

Panorama of our lunch spot. Pines of homestead on skyline.

9. 9/7/2008. Trampers. Hindon Pipe Line from Highway 87 to Wallaces Ford Road. Easy+. Leaders: Ian, Ria

Permissions from Mt Gowrie Station, Strathview Station, Calder Station.

The pipeline stretches into the distance

The pipeline stretches into the distance

An interesting feature

An interesting feature

A better day couldn’t have been provided. We were in the centre of a strong high pressure system that provided clear, sunny skies, a warm calm, and a quiet peacefulness, broken only by a gaggle of garrulous gulls over Deep Stream and the occasional baaing of sheep, while the remains of the snow from earlier in the week defined the lee edges of gullies against green pastures and brown tussock tops, providing us with a glorious panorama (taking in Maungatua, Silver Peaks, Rock and Pillar, Kakanui ranges). Our route was open and easy to follow and the track was broad and grassy. We had interesting man-made features, ie the Deep Stream pipeline, to accompany us.

And we had 14 companions whose enjoyment of the day we could share.

Six at a gate. George, Evelyn, Bruce, Who?, Hazel, Lex

Six at a gate. George, Evelyn, Bruce, Who?, Hazel, Lex

Bliss. Except, that is, that vigorous debate about the means of ferrying ourselves and cars from start-point drop-off at Deep Stream Bridge on Highway 87 to finish-point collection 15km downstream at Wallaces Ford Road took up quite a bit of the ride. Bruce reminded us of the old puzzle about the ferryman who had to transport a fox, a hen and a sack of corn across the river only one at a time not leaving two together when one would be devoured. (We did solve it.) And except for the fact that we were also on a roller-coaster ride. The benched track we were following that was the access road for the construction of the pipeline looked to be horizontal from a distance, but of course, Deep Stream is appropriately named and its contributories have a similar character. So we sang, “And when they’re up they’re up, and when they’re down they’re down, and when they’re only halfway up, there’s still more up and down!” as we crossed the gullies.

Looking back down at the longest and steepest climb out of a gully

Looking back down at the longest and steepest climb out of a gully

But what a feat the pipeline is, bringing water 60km from Lammerlaws to Dunedin, with siphon after siphon traversing the deeply-incised landscape. So we admired the weather, the landscape, the engineering and our good fortune at being able to appreciate it all! Thanks to Ian and Ria, and to Ken who regrettably missed all but the recce. – Bob

8. 27/6/2007. Trampers. Deep Stream Bridge, Middlemarch Rod, Hindon Pipeline. Medium. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara.

7. 7/8/2002. Combined. Hindon Pipeline. Easy. Leaders: Ria L, Mary L, Joyce.

6. 8/3/2000. Deep Stream Pipe Line. Leaders: Bev H, Colleen, Pat.
5. 15/7/1998. Hindon Pipeline. Leaders: Bob H, Ian
4. 9/11/1995. Trampers. Hindon Pipeline. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Peg C, Judy C.
3. 2/8/1995. Deep Stream Pipeline from Middlemarch Road. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Doug and Mairie.
2. 20/5/1992. Deep Stream from Middlemarch Road. Average. Leaders: Ria L, Evelyn M, Catherine, Shirley McN
1. 25/10/1989. Deep Stream. Middlemarch Road. Average. Interesting country. Leaders: Ria, Mary McG, Mary Y, Hugh and Judith.

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Jun 20 2019

Gardens – Pinehill return

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2. 20/6/2019. Hikers. North East Valley, Pinehill. Jan and Jenny

On a cold and frosty morning, 27 hikers set off for Malvern Street where we parked up and commenced our hike to Pinehill.  We walked through Woodhaugh park where we located some seating and had our morning tea before setting off along Banks Street and turning left up Dolphin Street which in turn lead onto Gladstone Road. This being the home of Aquinas College.  If you thought we had a good frost in Mosgiel – well it was matched here  and we very cautiously negotiated the footpath, sometimes having to cross the road which was like a skating rink in places.  However we all climbed the hill without mishap and into the sunshine which was a relief! Walking up Pinehill Road we stopped to admire the Church where Shona and Keith were married some 44 years ago on the 28th of this month. 

 We carried on, coming to John’s house where he picked up his dog for a walk up to the end of Pinehill Road & onto the end of a gravel road where we stopped for lunch overlooking a wonderful view of Dunedin and surrounds.

We were all suitably impressed with the view,

C.1) Great view at the top of Pine hillc

Great view at the top of Pine hill. (Clive pic and caption.)

none of us having been up to that spot before – not even Shona!  Sitting there with our backs to the sun,

C.2) Lunch at the topc

Lunch at the top. (Clive pic and caption.)

it was hard to leave, but it was time to head back down the hill again, spotting some wonderful street art in a bus shelter.

C.3) Decorated Pine Hill bus stopc

Decorated Pine Hill bus stop. (Clive pic and caption.)

We turned left at Pinehill School and on down the hill coming to a winding Bucclough Street which eventually lead us down to the 219 Duddington steps

R.Duddingstone Stepsc

Duddingstone Steps. (Raewyn pic and caption.)

and on down to NEV where it was a short walk to the intersection with Banks Street and through Woodhaugh again and back to the cars.  A good 10k was the agreed distance and so called into the Village Green for a well deserved coffee & cake!

Jenny & Jan

24/5/2006 Pinehill – Gardens return Betty B, Dot T, Anne

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Jun 12 2019

West Harbour Recreation Trail

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20 km from car park
7. 12/6/2019. West Harbour Walkway. E. Jay and Raewyn.
On a very nice winter’s day 30 enthusiastic hikers made their way to the Carpark opposite the
Ravensbourne Hotel to start the walk along the West Harbour walk and cycle way.   We stopped 15 minutes along the track for morning tea and those that felt a need had a turn on the exercise equipment to test
their skills.   Along  the way we came across a  railway maintenance crew  doing work on the track.  This really fascinated many though mainly the men. I’m sure with a bit of encouragement they would have
jumped the fence to have a try at hammering in the squiggly steel rods.   Further along  we left the track at Burkes and crossed a very busy road to walk up the various streets including Kiwi St, Kaka St. down Pukeko St. past  St Leonards Hall and school.

C.1) Great views of the harbourc

Great views of the harbour. (Clive pic and caption.)

On the way we enjoyed  looking at  historical homes and lovely gardens including St Leonards Lodge

C.3) One of the grand housesc

One of the grand houses. (Clive pic and caption.)

and  University Lodge.  We had lunch in the sunshine at
the St Leonards Park.

C.2) Lunch at St Leonards' football clubc ground

Lunch at St Leonards’ football club ground. (Clive pic and caption.)

After lunch we returned to our cars walking the whole way on the track and also had the pleasure of watching the large tanker and tug boat making their way up the harbour.  A very
pleasant 10.5kms.   Coffee stop was at the stadium.  – Raewyn and Jay.

6. 19/7/2017. Hikers. Boat Harbour to St Leonards ret. Leaders: Bev and Judy.
21 hikers parked at the Otago yacht Club and walked the cycle/walkway to St Leonards and back, a total of 11 ks.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

21 hikers parked at the Otago yacht Club and walked the cycle/walkway to St Leonards and back, a total of 11 ks – not bad for a mid-winter day with planned hikes cancelled due to illness of leaders.  Morning tea was had on the yacht club verandah as it was still a bit chilly.  With a cold breeze in our faces we stepped it out briskly …

Walkway name. (Ian pic and caption.)

A ship. (Ian pic and caption.)

… to St Leonards where lunch was eaten with a bit of sunshine to help.  The return trip saw us well spread out with unfit ones like myself dragging the chain a bit at the back of the pack.  We were reunited at the University coffee shop where a pleasant social hour was spent. – Judy.

5. 13/1/2016 Hikers. Ravensbourne – Burks – St Leonards. Leaders: Judy and Adrienne, Helen.
Route map

Route map

We parked cars down below the Ravensbourne Hotel and took the walkway to Burkes where we morning-tead.

Cuppa in bus shelter

Cuppa in bus shelter

Cuppa on lawn

Cuppa on lawn

We took the old road to St Leonards reflecting on its probably origin as just a track through the bush following the easiest gradient. We turned up Kiwi Street, along Kaka Street, admiring well-kept properties there, down Pukeko  and along past St Leonards Hall and the school. Up Ruru to view the mock Tudor House.

Tudor house by the harbour

Tudor house by the harbour

Down again  to front past the University Lodge  Gates, and next it, St Leonards Lodge. Then along to St Leonards Park for lunch.

Ready for sun or shower

Sun/shower security.

Ladies on the lawn

Ladies on the lawn.

Returning back to the cars we were relieved the cold southerly had abated somewhat. Thanks to Judy, Adrienne and Helen for excellent leadership. – Ian.

4. 29/10/2014 Hikers. Ravensbourne Walkway. E. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.

On the 29th October a very good group of hikers started off from the boat club on from the stadium. The day was cool to start with then got warm and sunny.

Harbour View Hotel (John Pic)

What a pleasure it is to walk on this wonderful walkway. There was so much going on in the harbour and train tracks. A very large goods train sped past us

Train (John pic)

and a not very tidy rail car …
Shabby railcar (John pic)

Shabby railcar (John pic)

… I thought was up and down the track a few times.
The $12million Otago tug

Tug (John pic)

chuffed along the channel following [Tug illustration chosen shows the tug going the other way earlier. Sorry. Ed.] a cargo ship …
Ship. (John caption)

Ship. (John pic)

… going to the Dunedin wharf.
Lunch stop was very sheltered, with plenty to watch on the walkway – runners … cyclists … mums with prams …
Two of our group caught the eye of another group and had their photo taken which was published in the Star local paper on Thursday 30th.
I was very taken with a stone sofa on the side of the walkway.
Looking very nonchalant (John pic, Fred caption)

Looking very nonchalant! (John pic, Fred caption)

Who made it and how long has it been there?
All up we walked over 10km Lets hope this walkway does find its way to Port Chalmers in the future.
We spoke to a young girl on the track from Uni. She was part of a group of students from the Mining dept. She was amazed when Mollie told her how old she was. Then Doug came striding along and I said he was the same age. She was very impressed with us.
We had a coffee at the Plaza which is the cafe at the stadium in the uni part.
Have a good week everyone. – Elaine.
3. 27/3/2013 Hikers. Pedestrian-Cycle Track Rowing Club to St Leonards. E. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara.

“GPS” of route.


LPG tanker viewed from walkway

2. 9/3/2011. Hikers Pedestrian/Cycle track North End Rowing Club to Maia E. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara.

1. 17/6/2009 Hikers Pedestrian/Cycle track North End Rowing Club to Maia E $4.00 Leaders: Lois & Lance

7 members (Molly, Neil, Lois, Lance, Bev, Margaret and Angela) set off at 10am from the University Aquatic Centre (just north of the Boat Harbour, via Leander St- opposite Butts Road on the way to Port Chalmers beside Palmers Quarry – now known as Shiel Concrete) for a brisk stroll to the Ravensbourne Yacht Club, stopping a while for morning tea.

From there we proceeded to Maia crossing the railway line at Hume Pipeworks, opposite the Ravensbourne Hotel, which looked closed for the winter.

There are extensive notices in yellow & red advising one NOT to cross the railway line but in this case we had no alternative as the walkway from the Ravensbourne yacht club proceeded on the left-hand side of the yacht club on the site of the second railway line which has since been removed.

Upon leaving Maia we proceeded up Ascog Road & along Totara St and down Adderley Terrace to the Ravensbourne Hotel, across the road to the overbridge at the Ravensbourne Yacht club and back to the cars.

The walk took approx 1 1/2 hours and because of the cool temperatures and accompanying wind chill factor it was decided to go home for lunch.

An enjoyable walk taking 3 hours (includes an hour travelling time) – Angela.

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Jun 12 2019

Tomahawk Lagoon and nearby tracks/areas

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Ocean Grove, also known as Tomahawk, is a suburb in the southeast of the New Zealand city of Dunedin. … The suburb was known as Tomahawk until the 1930s, the name not being a reference to the weapon, but rather possibly an anglicised form of the Māori words tomo haka, meaning “dance by a gravesite”.

No. 23 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Karetai Rd via Monument from Lagoon. Year round.”

Distance from car-park: Tomahawk: 19 km; Smaills Beach: 22 km;  Paradise Road: 26 km.’

DCC List: 41 Peg Track. Otago Peninsula
Accessed from Oregon St. 3.5 hrs ret. Tramping track – unbenched. Managed: DCC CAM, private land.
Description – This track provides a link between Ocean Grove and Highcliff Road. Access to the track in Ocean Grove is off Oregon Street. An attractive walk around Tomahawk Lagoon then climbs through gorse and native bush. Turn right towards Soldiers Memorial through paddocks with gorse sometimes obscuring the rock walls.

  • Classification – Hard
  • Time – Approximately 45 minutes.
  • Parking – Limited at Highcliff Road. No dogs.
  • Dogs – No

37. 12/6/2019 Tomahawk Lagoon – Soldiers Monument – Karetai Road. M. $5.00 Arthur and Eleanor.

P.Route map, courtest Hhil.)194

P.Route map, courtesyH Phil K.)

Trampers last walked this circuit 24/6/15.  Report quoting “A record number of 11). Was a very frosty morning and we were somewhat amused at the ducks flying onto their frozen runway—-parts of lagoon were solid ice.
This time we had a group of 17 and only 5 had previously walked this circuit with the club, shows the increase in members!  Weather was much warmer too. We parked at Lagoon and set off at 10am, climbing up through bush, paddock and corridors of gorse for 20 mins.
G.3rd-- Heading ever upwards towards Soldiers Monumentc

Heading ever upwards towards Soldiers Monument. (Gordon pic and caption.)

to enjoy a breather and smoko on remains of a stone fence.  Onwards and upwards to the Monument with the lone Soldier and a magnificent 360 degree vista of our very own piece of paradise.

G.5th-- Soldiers Memorialc

Soldiers Memorial. (Gordon pic and caption.)

Next we walked down the well used track to High Cliff road.  Crossing to left, we walked about 2km single file along this rather busy stretch of road.  We knew when we were approaching the pig farm by the smell, also being a little amused at reading the sign installed when neighbouring property went on the market.  Shortly after we turned right into Karetai Road.

We continued downhill on the no exit sealed road, then down the gravel road, stopping for lunch at 12.15pm, enjoying the sunshine, chatting and  scenery all around us.

G.7th-- Lunch out of the breezec

Lunch out of the breeze. (Gordon pic and caption.)

(Even offered water from a passing home owner) Then it’s down past the trees and onto the track.  At the cliff edge, some ventured to the left for a look towards Boulder beach.  On regrouping, we decided to walk along the cliff side of the fence (no place to bring 12 year old triplet grand children) towards Smail’s beach,  was a bit of a scramble through the last few metres before we hit the road.

PK.I spot a surferc

I spot a surfer. (Phil K. pic and caption.)

PK.More Cliffs of Moher?c

More Cliffs of Moher?. (Phil K. pic and caption.)

We stopped at the Tautuku fishing club building and took a picture to forward to Jenni Wright— was her family home many years ago.  On the road and uphill past Smail’s beach to the cars, arriving at 2.10pm.We found our way to Tuppence cafe in Waverley where we enjoyed coffee, cake and tea for 1.  This ended another most enjoyable 12km tramp.
Good friends, good weather and good walks——what more do we need out of life! – Eleanore.

36. 8/5/2019. Hikers. Tomahawk – Marlow Park ret. E. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
Tomahawk hike 8.5.19 (2)c

Route map of Tomahawk Hike, courtesy Bruce.

Thirty-four hikers assembled on a cloudy morning with a chilly NE breeze at the carpark near the Tomahawk Lagoon outlet on Tomahawk Road, just over the bridge on the right down the hill from the crematorium entrance, before setting off, at 0929, past the white gate on to the Ocean Grove sports fields. At the top left corner of the sports grounds we went up the mown path and turned to the right along a cut path in the grass and emerged near the site of the now demolished Ocean Grove school and swimming pool. The rotunda and dental clinic building have been retained. We then walked down the track on the left and along Lock St before turning left into Tomahawk Road at the Otago Anglers Association building on the corner, then right into Oregon St, and then left into the right of way leading to the Tomahawk Lagoon.

We walked along the path on the right bank of the lagoon, at which were mallard and paradise ducks together with black swans, to the style at the fence at the end and then turned back and retraced our steps to Tomahawk Road where we turned left and went up the hill to the Ocean Grove playground on the right where we had morning tea.

After morning tea we followed the track leading to the beach …

C.4 Over the sand dunes to Tomahawk Beachc

Over the sand dunes to Tomahawk Beach. (Clive pic and caption.)

… and then turned left to explore the cave at the north east end of the beach.

I.2.Cave on Tomahawk Beachc

Cave at end of Tomahawk Beach. (Ian pic and caption.)

We then proceeded back along the beach to the south west end, turned right towards the bridge and took the track up the bank on the right, crossed the bridge and went up the hill to the green transformer where we took the track up to the golf course

We followed behind a group of golden oldie golfers to the green ahead keeping to the perimeter of the course and avoiding walking on the greens. We took the track up to the Leonard Wright memorial which starts near the tee off area.

We inspected the view from Lawyers Head,

C.11.Tomahawk Beachc

Tomahawk Beach. (Clive pic and caption.)

noticed the colourfully painted seats with their message of hope for those contemplating suicide, had a group photo taken …


Group photo at one of the ‘Hope’ seats. (Clive pic.)

… and walked the length of the John Wilson drive to the Marlow Park playground for lunch

C.16. Lunch at Marlow Parkc

Lunch at Marlow Park. (Clive pic and caption.)

arriving from 1155 to 1210.

After lunch, we passed the right side of the Pirates Rugby Club building and crossed the rugby ground to enter the golf course at the entrance sign situated in about the middle of the field. We proceeded through the course keeping to the left hand side, eventually passing to the right of the club house, climbed the small hill behind the club house and went down to the left to the start of the path that leads through the golf course to the north east end where we went on to the path.

Most of us then deviated to the left to meander through the cemetery while a group of 4 kept on straight ahead to head back to the cars. On the cemetery walk we passed the plaques acknowledging those who donated their bodies for use in medical education and the 37 women who died in the Seacliff mental hospital fire on 8 December 1942. Further on was the grave William Edgar Adams. Professor William Edgar Adams (1908–1973) was a distinguished University of Otago student, graduating MB ChB in 1935. In 1944 he became Professor of Anatomy and was appointed Dean of the Medical School in 1968. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Zoologists (India) in 1955, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1959 and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1962. He died in office on 18 May 1973.

After following a semicircular route through the cemetery we emerged by crossing the fence at the bottom of the hill on the path where we had entered the golf course earlier in the day and arrived back at the cars at approximately 1343. Coffee was enjoyed at Nichols. Distance travelled 12.25 km.

Bruce and Marjorie

35. 18/10/2017. Hikers. Tomahawk. E. Leaders: Marjorie and Bruce.

Twenty-three hikers parked at the Tomahawk Beach Reserve carpark on Tomahawk Road, at the bottom of the hill at the end of Tahuna Road, just past the bridge over the Tomahawk Lagoons outlet. We proceeded back across the bridge up Tomahawk Road for approximately 100 m and turned up the path to the left at the green transformer. At the top of the path we continued straight ahead on to the golf course and turned to the left following the perimeter

Lawyers Head. (Clive pic and caption.)

of the golf course until we came to the back of the Sir Leonard Wright lookout on John Wilson drive. We got to the lookout by walking across the tee off area and taking a narrow path up to the road.

After looking at the view,

View back to Tomahawk Lagoon. (Clive pic and caption.)

The view along Ocean Beach towards St Clair. (Clive pic and caption.)

we proceeded west along John Wilson drive to the St Kilda playground where we had morning tea.

…challenge for us to find a spot out of the wind for morning tea.  We found the spot at the Ocean Beach playground. (Clive pic and caption.)

A chilly wind was blowing from the sea necessitating, for many, the use of a wind proof jacket. After morning tea we crossed the Pirate Rugby Club grounds and entered the golf course near by a tree approximately midway between Victoria Road and John Wilson Drive. We walked around the left hand margin of the golf course observing a rabbit and noting the greens had been top-dressed with sand and fertilizer for maintenance. At the end of the left hand margin of the course, rather than going straight ahead onto the road leading the golf club car parks, we turned to the right and went up the course margin and around the club house to link up with the public walkway through the course. We noted a sign indicating the course was closed.

At the end of the path through the golf course we continued on through the cemetery grounds and passed several large gas cylinders behind the crematorium. At the end of the path we were back where we had originally entered the golf course and went down the path to our left, turned right into Tomahawk Road, crossed the bridge, took the 4-wheel drive track to the right immediately over the bridge and then, at the sign, the track down to the outlet creek and beach.

We walked along the beach until we came to the correct place on the sand dunes to enter the path leading back to a playground on Tomahawk Road. It was marked by a short tantalized post. We turned left down the hill and then right into Oregon Street until we reached the Walking Track sign on the left and met Margaret and Les at the Tomahawk Lagoon picnic area at 1208 for lunch. After lunch, most of us walked around the track leading to the end of the lagoon and some climbed over the style and went through the bush up the hill, over another style and across a grassy hillside track with a dip to the right angled turn on the path. We observed the view back over the lagoon but then turned back rather than carrying on up the 41 Peg Track to the Soldiers Memorial.

When we rejoined the group waiting at the Lagoon at approximately 1335 most of us took a slightly longer but grassier route  than that available on Tomahawk Road and walked past the Otago Anglers Club Rooms in Luke Street to the end of this street before continuing straight ahead to the closed and apparently still for sale Tomahawk School. The old swimming pool with a black plastic heating system was no longer visible. We continued to the right up the hill path and ambled past the yellow and black sports pavilion, down the concrete steps, and then along the playing field to the end of the grassy field adjacent to the car park. We got back to the cars at approximately 1.48 pm.

Refreshments were shared by 21 slightly weary hikers at Nichols. The weather had been fine and breezy with it being cold when exposed to the ocean winds and warm in the shelter of the golf course. The distance covered was approximately 10 km. – Bruce

34. 15/2/2017. Trampers. Highciff Road, Karetai Road, Highcliff Track, Paradise ‘Road’, Highcliff Road.

Our tramp started on Highcliff road. 11 of us today. Lovely to see Judy out again, also Bruce after his holiday. Also back again was Neil number 3 after an outing with us last
week. Along Karatei Road to McMeeking Road and past farmhouse. Got onto Highcliff track after our morning tea.

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

Some stunning views of Boulder beach,

Boulder Beach. (Helen pic and caption.)

farmland and the coastline. Along the side of the hill

Along the side of the hill. (Helen pic and caption.)

and down to not quite the beach.  It was closed for the penguins.
Passed the old houses and onto Paradise  track up to the road having lunch on the way.
Up the road then and back to our cars. Decided to go to the pool cafe at St Clair for our coffee debrief. A lovely trampall up. – Helen.

33. 8/6/2016. Hikers: Tomahawk/Smaills Beach. E. Leaders: Judy and Jay.
Nike Route Map.

Hikers’ Nike app Route Map.

A fine frosty morning found 30 hikers heading for the crematorium carpark.  We wandered down the track from the carpark corner out onto Tomahawk Road, and along to the Tomahawk School (now closed) for morning tea.
Unfortunately the planned walk up between the two lagoons could not be followed due to a last minute refusal from the land-owner.  So instead of a round trip, we turned into Oregon St and followed the track around the north lagoon, a pleasant walk in the bush.  The swans on the lagoon made a great sight (and noise) as they lumbered across the still waters and took flight from our invasion.
Across the style, and then a short climb up though the bush to a second style.  18 keen types carried on up the fence line for another 10 minutes, enjoying the views on such a marvellous morning.  (This track continues on up to the Soldiers’ Monument on Highcliff Rd.)

Calm lagoon, from Peg 14 track. (Sharyn pic.)

Calm lagoon, from 41 Peg track. (Sharyn pic.)

The rest wandered back down the track to wait at the picnic tables for the others to return.
Then it was back out to Tomahawk Rd, and a long pull up the hill past the gun emplacements, …

White Island, from gun emplacements.

Islet off Smaills Beach, taken  from WWII gun emplacements area.

… across the Centre Rd junction and down to the Tautuku Fisherman’s Lodge …

The notable Glen Cairn stone house. Originally owned by the Smaill family, early 1880 settlers in the area. (Sharyn pic.)

The notable Glen Cairn stone house. Built by the Smaill family, early 1880s settlers in the area. (Sharyn pic.)

… for lunch.  With no-one in residence there we had to crawl under the barrier arm and across the cattle stop, a good exercise in balance!
After a leisurely lunch,

Leisurely lunch. (Judy pic.)

Leisurely lunch at the Lodge. Where’s Fred off to with his chocs? (Judy pic.)

Ah, here's Fred. Good one!. Gotcha!. (Judy pic.)

Ah, here he is. Gotcha! Good one! Thanks, Fred, for the weekly treats. (Judy pic.)

it was back up the hill to the bus terminus, then through the track to the sand-hills and down to the beach.  A good low tide allowed some to explore the cave …

Exploring small cave at northern end of Tomahawk Beach. (Adrienne pic.)

Exploring small cave at northern end of Tomahawk Beach. (Adrienne pic.)

… at the end of the beach before proceeding to the far end, then out to the road and back up to the cars.
Coffee at Nicholls was enjoyed before it got too cold to hang around!
– Judy and Jay.

Twenty-three hikers parked at the Tomahawk Beach Reserve carpark on Tomahawk Road, at the bottom of the hill at the end of Tahuna Road, just past the bridge over the Tomahawk Lagoons outlet. We proceeded back across the bridge up Tomahawk Road for approximately 100 m and turned up the path to the left at the green transformer. At the top of the path we continued straight ahead on to the golf course and turned to the left following the perimeter

Lawyers Head. (Clive pic and caption.)

of the golf course until we came to the back of the Sir Leonard Wright lookout on John Wilson drive. We got to the lookout by walking across the tee off area and taking a narrow path up to the road.

After looking at the view,

View back to Tomahawk Lagoon. (Clive pic and caption.)

The view along Ocean Beach towards St Clair. (Clive pic and caption.)

we proceeded west along John Wilson drive to the St Kilda playground where we had morning tea.

…challenge for us to find a spot out of the wind for morning tea.  We found the spot at the Ocean Beach playground. (Clive pic and caption.)

A chilly wind was blowing from the sea necessitating, for many, the use of a wind proof jacket. After morning tea we crossed the Pirate Rugby Club grounds and entered the golf course near by a tree approximately midway between Victoria Road and John Wilson Drive. We walked around the left hand margin of the golf course observing a rabbit and noting the greens had been top-dressed with sand and fertilizer for maintenance. At the end of the left hand margin of the course, rather than going straight ahead onto the road leading the golf club car parks, we turned to the right and went up the course margin and around the club house to link up with the public walkway through the course. We noted a sign indicating the course was closed.

At the end of the path through the golf course we continued on through the cemetery grounds and passed several large gas cylinders behind the crematorium. At the end of the path we were back where we had originally entered the golf course and went down the path to our left, turned right into Tomahawk Road, crossed the bridge, took the 4-wheel drive track to the right immediately over the bridge and then, at the sign, the track down to the outlet creek and beach.

We walked along the beach until we came to the correct place on the sand dunes to enter the path leading back to a playground on Tomahawk Road. It was marked by a short tantalized post. We turned left down the hill and then right into Oregon Street until we reached the Walking Track sign on the left and met Margaret and Les at the Tomahawk Lagoon picnic area at 1208 for lunch. After lunch, most of us walked around the track leading to the end of the lagoon and some climbed over the style and went through the bush up the hill, over another style and across a grassy hillside track with a dip to the right angled turn on the path. We observed the view back over the lagoon but then turned back rather than carrying on up the 41 Peg Track to the Soldiers Memorial.

When we rejoined the group waiting at the Lagoon at approximately 1335 most of us took a slightly longer but grassier route  than that available on Tomahawk Road and walked past the Otago Anglers Club Rooms in Luke Street to the end of this street before continuing straight ahead to the closed and apparently still for sale Tomahawk School. The old swimming pool with a black plastic heating system was no longer visible. We continued to the right up the hill path and ambled past the yellow and black sports pavilion, down the concrete steps, and then along the playing field to the end of the grassy field adjacent to the car park. We got back to the cars at approximately 1.48 pm.

Refreshments were shared by 21 slightly weary hikers at Nichols. The weather had been fine and breezy with it being cold when exposed to the ocean winds and warm in the shelter of the golf course. The distance covered was approximately 10 km. – Bruce


32. 13/1/2016. Trampers. Tomahawk – Peg Track – Memorial – Karetai Road.

Eight trampers turned up for today’s tramp. Due to weather conditions, we decided to change from Hermits Cave in the Silverpeaks, to the peninsula circuit from Tomahawk Lagoon up to the monument, then up Highcliff RD, along Karati Rd. & back down to Tomahawk via the old part of Karati Rd.

We had morning tea in the paddock 1/2 way up the gorse lined track, lunch in the shelter of the NZBC buildings along Karati Rd. as the wind was quite strong, & cold. We then hurried down to the end of Karati Rd. where we regrouped before heading off down the track towards the coastal cliffs. As the wind was strong, we decided that it would be prudent to just walk down the 4WD track, instead of going around the outside of the fence next to the cliff edge, where we have previously gone.
Then it was a long road walk back to the cars, where it was decided to meet at Nichols coffee shop for an after event catchup!! Just to keep up tradition you know !
walked 11.7km
4.3 km/h
climbed 511mtrs – Ken.

31. 15/7/2015. Trampers. Buskin Track, Boulder Beach, Paradise Track. After a bit of a mix up over pickup points, we parked up beside Penzance Kennels, where we had a discussion on which way we would tackle the days walk. We settled on going down Buskin Track & worrying about the return journey later.
The track was mostly dry apart from a few areas where it has been damaged by water scouring it out quite badly. As two of the party of three, had never been there before we took some time to check out the cribs [baches] at the bottom of the track.We also came across an employee of Otago Pest Destruction [I think that’s what they are called] who was happily banging a possum on the head, after it got caught in one of his traps. He said he got 27 the day before, so much for a possum free peninsula !!!
We then made our way out to the beach for some boulder hopping practice, before gaining the sand at the northern end. As we passed by the log shelter I noticed an intruder lying inside, looking very cosy indeed.

2 Intruder in the log shelter on beach

2 Intruder in the log shelter on beach

It lifted its head to survey me for about two seconds, then just went back to sleep ! What a life !!
We wandered along the beach wondering where all the sand had gone, the bank holding the tussock is badly eroded, & about 1 meter high. So now, there is no way for the Yellow Eyed Penguins to climb up & get to their nests further up the hill.
We walked back past the intruder in it’s cosy shelter,

3 Anothe shot of the intruder.

3 Another shot of the intruder.

& had lunch sitting on a large bit of driftwood,

Boulder Beach, Otago Peninsula New Zealand

1 Lunch spot at Boulder Beach

before walking up Braidwood Rd. to the gate into the paddocks leading along to the Double Bay area, where I had an unsuccessful look for the viewing hide I had seen at an earlier date, but the vegetation had me beat, so we retraced our steps around to the bottom of Paradise Track, made our way up there, & back along Highcliff Rd. to the car.

We walked 10km
ave 3.3km/h
climbed 475m – Ken

30. 24/6/2015. Trampers. Tomahawk – Memorial – Karetai Road.
walked 12.1km
2h 56min
climbed 442m.
max height 392m – Ken.
Tomahawk – Memorial -Karetai Rd
9 am rolls around and lo and behold there is a record number of 11 intrepid trampers ready to set out for the day’s tramp. Arriving at the Tomahawk lagoon and on our way by 9.45 am, after some who did a few extra circuits to find the starting place.  Past the lagoon partly frozen over: ever seen ducks trying to land on frozen water …

Ducks on ice. (Eleanor pic.)

… or swans trying to get out of frozen water?

Swans on Tomahawk Lagoon. (Eleanor pic.)

It was a steady climb along the marked walkway (often a corridor of gorse), with views over the pig farm and across to the east.  It was here we had morning tea and shed the first layer of clothes as the day was warming up and no wind.  On and up to the 10 metre high monument of the Soldiers’ Memorial – the lone soldier figure standing on blocks of bluestone.

Soldiers’ Memorial. (Eleanor pic.)

The 360 degree view right around the Peninsula, over the city and across to the west is spectacular.  After the oohs and ahhs, and photos taken we wend our way down to Highcliff Road. The tarseal  walk…

Tarseal Road. (Eleanor pic.)

… along Highcliff road and Karetai road leads us to a pleasant stopping place for lunch at the end of Karetai Road.  Lunch over, up over the stile, through the paddocks and to the cliff edge track …

Cliff Walk. (Eleanor pic.)

… where the dramatic sheer cliffs get a second or third look before we head down beside Smailles Beach.

Out on the road is the  beautiful building of Tautuku Fishing Club to which one of our members declares:  “I used to live here!” Oh yeah?  “See that window?  That was my bedroom.”  So the clock winds back to when this was a farm-house – and we believe his story!  What next? Well,  we pass the two gun emplacements from WWII and then back to our cars.  A 12.1 kms walk with a variety of most interesting aspects. A great way to spend five outdoor hours. – Carol and Neil.
29. 29/1/2014. Hikers. John Wilson Drive, Golf Course, Beach, Cave, Tomahawk Lagoon, return Lawyers Head Paper Road. E. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
A few of the over Christchurch over 40s Tramping Club contingent lodging for the week at Waiora Scout Camp went off with our Trampers but the majority at the car park threw in their lot with the Hikers. The task for the Christchurchian cars to navigate through the city to the St Kilda playground adjacent to the John Wilson Drive was made easier by someone’s suggestion that locals spread themselves out amongst their cars as pilots and that worked well.
When we were eventually all gathered at the beginning of John Wilson Drive, Marjorie counted 51 of us. An all-time record? The views along the drive, with the Chisholm Park Golf Links and city on one side, the beach and sea on the other, was remarked upon by all. Further there were no cars to bother us this early in the day. It was time for morning tea when we reached Lawyers Head, one of a series of basaltic headlands which punctuate much of this section of the Otago coast, (others nearby being Maori Head and Blackhead). This one is named for the likeness of the cliff face to the profile of a lawyer in traditional legal wig, …

Lawyers Head.

… so we supped our cuppas  around the Leonard Wright memorial at the Head.

Lawyers Head Lookout.

Hidden hard nearby was a narrow steep track connecting down to the golf links, around whose Lawyers Head coastal edge the leaders had gained permission for us to single-file our way. We found ourselves right on the crest of the Lawyers Head cliff, the Tomahawk beach stretching out below us. We made quite a strung-out sight.

Silently viewing an about-to-be missed, nevertheless applauded tee shot.

Silently viewing an about-to-be missed, nevertheless ironically applauded tee shot at the end of our links perimeter stroll.

Now down and away from the links along another narrow, but lengthier track out and across to the Tomahawk Road.

A long line.

Looking back upon another strung-out sight.

We emerged upon a playground on Tomahawk Road.

The suburb beyond us, now called Ocean Grove, was known as Tomahawk until the 1930s, the name being, not a reference to the weapon, but rather possibly an anglicised form of the Māori words tomo haka, meaning “dance by a gravesite”. (Wiki).
We descended the road a little way to the lower of the twin-lobed Tomahawk Lagoon, this lobe being its outer one,  whose outlet we skirted on its true left to emerge onto the Tomahawk Beach.
The day’s trip had been selected for one of Dunedin’s low-tides, so the beach was ours, as was the small tidal cave at its end, an addition to the area’s features.

Emerging from the Tomahawk Beach cave.

Up a small but energetic sand-hill and we were on another track out to the road again, down it a bit, and into a side road leading to yet another side route and out onto a recreation area alongside Tomahawk Lagoon’s inner lobe, this one a wildlife reserve, although both lobes are noted for their bird life.

Here was to be the lunch stop, but prior to that there was a short walk up alongside the lakelet to where our local club members knew of a Trampers’ track leading up to a soldiers’ memorial on by the Peninsula high road. But this was to just to wander the level part of track and enjoy (??) at one spot a strong pong from the the slightly stagnant waters and mud verge. (Roll on a storm flush!)

So we lunched leisurely, variously at tables and on ledges until our leaders judged it time for the return journey.

Out on the road, a motor cyclist stopped to talk and admire our impressive size. He was glad to hear we were returning by the Lawyers Head paper road and invited us to notice the “use it or lose it” graffiti posted in a couple of places before its entrance. (Apparently the City Council proposed closing it.) We were going to be a wonderful “use it” example.

The ‘road’ led us through a corner of the Andersons Bay Cemetery, close by the towering Crematorium and out through the Chisholm Park Golf links. Then across the Pirates Football Club pitch and we were at our cars again and adjacent to a useful new toilet block by the playground.

Now came farewells and dispersal time. There were many appreciative remarks from the Christchurch Club members about the unique difference of such a walk, with its wonderful unexpected variations. ‘The best of their week so far’ was one comment.

I know our club felt quite proud to hear such unstinted praise, and of course are so indebted to Marjorie and Bruce for their careful planning, taking into account the meal stops, the permissions sought, and the trip duration. Bravo. Of course the day’s excellent weather didn’t hurt either. – Ian.

28. 28/11/2012. Trampers. Tomahawk, Soldiers Monument, Buskin Track, Highcliff,  Karatai Rd

GPS Tomahawk Soldiers Monument Buskin Track Karatai Rd, courtesy Ken.

Lunch at junction of Boulder Beach tracks. (Ken caption and pic)

View of city from Soldiers Memorial. (Lester pic)

27. 26/9/2012. Trampers. Smaills Beach, Karetai Road, Highcliff Track, Boulder Beach, Paradise Track, Highcliff Road, Karetai Road.


Six of us parked at Smaills Beach car-park. We had dropped the idea of Silver Peaks because of the forecast rain with its fog. As we went up Karetai ‘Road’, we reached the rain level at our tea break and had to ‘parka-up’. We turned off further up onto the Highcliff Track …

Boulder Beach from Highcliff Track

and round to Beatties Cottage where we lunched. We didn’t bother going down to the beach but lazed in the sunshine (temporary but happily well-timed) in the shelter of the cottage’s large hedge from the wind.
The climb up Paradise Track gets no shorter but by and large, with its couple of zig-zags, provides a good gradient.
Along Highcliff Road, we forewent turning down the Buskin Track, with its promised steep climb back up the Highcliff Track, and carried on to the Karetai Road turnoff, returning down it to the cars.
Surprisingly Ken’s GPS recorded we had done 14.5 kms! A useful day’s walk. – Ian

26. 1/6/2011. Both. Bowls Stadium, Cemetery, beach, Fishing Club, Karetai Rd, Smaills Beach, return. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

Select only coastal part of GPS for this route. GPS Courtesy Ken. Distance travelled = 11.7km Moving time = 2hr 46min. Moving ave. = 4.2k/hr Stopped time = 1hr 50min.

Twenty-three hikers and trampers set off from the Westpac Bowls Stadium in Tahuna Road at 1000 in cool cloudy conditions and went up the grass verge between the road and the Chisholm Park golf links before entering the first gate on the right to the Andersons Bay cemetery. We walked through part of the cemetery before continuing down the hill, watching some horses train behind a motor vehicle, and crossing the bridge over the outlet from the Tomahawk Lagoon. Immediately over the bridge we followed a gravel road alongside the outlet stream and then, after 80 metres,  a track alongside the stream down to the beach where trucks were removing sand, probably for attempting to remedy the erosion at Middle Beach.

Truck and loader for removing sand from Tomahawk beach. (Bruce pic and caption.)

We proceeded along the length of the beach to the two caves at the far end and had morning tea on the rocks there. Some inspected the cave, risking getting wet feet in the process with high tide approaching at 1430.

Morning tea near the caves at Tomahawk Beach. (Bruce pic and caption.)

After morning tea we ascended the sand hill to the Tomahawk Road and continued down the private road to the Tautuku Fishing Club, Dunedin and Haast Inc. We arrived there at approximately 1130 and were kindly shown around and given a history of the Club and the fine bluestone building by the club president Brett Bensemann.

Tautuku Fishing Club premises. (Pic: Ken. Caption: Bruce.)

Bob pic.

Bob pic.

The building was originally the homestead of Alexander Smaill and was bought by the club, together with some surrounding land, by the Club in 1972 for $5000.
At 1205 we continued up Karetai Road for 15-20 minutes

Bruce on Karatai Rd. track with others in the background. (Ken pic and caption.)

to the corner near the style leading to a black and white Geodesic Trig on the right.

About nine of the group, following a route pioneered by Ken, went down to the trig …

Ken at the Geodesic Trig looking towards Sandymount (Bruce pic and caption.)

… and then contoured around on a track

Bob pic.

back to the lower reaches of Karetai Road while the others retraced their steps down the non-rutted road in good  condition for walking. We lunched in a sheltered area close to the start of the first track on the left leading from the road to Smaill’s Beach.
After lunch we proceed to the beach via three routes, necessitated by a slip which had damaged the track (a) up the sand hills to avoid the slip, (b) via a narrow edge beside the river, or (c) retreating back to the gate and taking an alternative direct to the beach instead of going alongside the river bank. After briefly looking at the windswept beach and the offshore Bird Island (which has claimed many lives on account of a strong under-current including William and Thomas Henderson of Tomahawk  in about 1900)

Doug and others leaving Smaill’s Beach with Bird Island in the background. (Bruce pic and caption.)

we climbed back up to the gun emplacements at the Jack Fox lookout. Two six inch Vickers coastal defence guns were part of a network of coastal batteries during WW2. The guns were removed  in 1945. A cluster of three similar batteries were present at Taiaroa Head  and the mother of one of the group nursed there.
We returned to the cars via Tomahawk Road, Luke Street, the disused Tomahawk School, the soccer playing fields and the cemetery grounds which we entered via the pedestrian entrance on the left a short distance above the bridge. We arrived back at 1445 somewhat wind buffeted but knowing more about Porbeagle Sharks which are only caught in the local area. (For more information about the Tautuku Fishing Club see: Tautuku Fishing Club) – Bruce.

25. 23/9/2009. Hikers. Tomahawk, Centre Road. Medium. Leaders Arthur and Barbara.

24. 4/6/2008 Both. Tomahawk Lagoon, Soldiers Memorial, Centre Road. Leaders: Joyce, Ian, Lesley G
Going down on way up. Margaret, Neil, Bob, Lesley, Joyce, Doug, Arthur, George.

Going down on way up. Margaret, Neil, Bob, Lesley, Joyce, Doug, Arthur, George.

Lunch. Peter, Barbara, Arthur, Bob, Bill, Tash, Claude, Lesley, Evelyn, Bob, Joyce

Lunch. Peter, Barbara, Arthur, Bob, Bill, Tash, Claude, Lesley, Evelyn, Bob, Joyce

Three shaggy dogs

Three Irish Wolfhounds

23. 26/9/2007 Tomahawk Lagoon – Soldiers Memorial. Leaders: Joyce, Eleanor.
Although the day dawned very cold, overcast and threatening to rain, 8 intrepid Hikers turned up at Glascow St. carpark for the day’s tramp from Tomahawk Lagoon. In spite of weather we had a very happy and enjoyable day. We left cars in car park by the Lagoon and set off up the track to WW 1 Soldiers Memorial on Highcliff. Although track was very wet and muddy it is now much improved to what it used to be when we tramped in the area many years ago. Morning tea was a very welcome and refreshing break in the slippery slog up the hill. Up to the Monument and lovely views of our beautiful harbour.

Peninsula Soldiers’ Memorial

Highcliff Rd to Centre Rd. was pretty cold but we soon warmed up. Then we had the great views over the other side of the Peninsula. Found a nice sheltered spot for our lunch and were vastly entertained by a very interested audience of 3 Irish Wolfhound dogs. Hard to say whether dogs or people were most fascinated.
Down the road and round the corner, back to cars after an enjoyable, sociable and refreshing day out. – Bev.
22. 25/7/2007. Trampers. Tomahawk Lagoon, Soldiers Memorial. Moderate. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

21. 14/2/2007. Trampers. Boulder Beach, Karetai, Tomahawk Lagoon. Medium. Leaders; Bruce and Marjorie.

20. 31/1/2007. Hikers. Tomahawk Lagoon. Easy. Leaders: Jean, Mary M.

19. 13/4/2005. Hikers. Tomahawk Lagoon. Leaders: Rosemary and Jack.

18. 3/12/2003. Hikers: Tomahawk Lagoon. Medium. Leaders: Colleen, Dot T

17. 29/10/2003. Hikers. Tomahawk Lagoon. Easy. Leaders: Joan H, Chris.

16. 14/5/2003 Hikers. Karetai Road, Boulder Beach. Medium.Leaders: Colleen, Betty

15. 11/4/2002 Tomahawk Lagoon. Leaders: Ray, Les W

14. 20/3/2002. Alt. Tomahawk Lagoon, Karetai Road, Smaills Beach. Medium. Leaders: Lance and Lois.

13. 15/8/2001. Alt. Tomahawk, Karetai. Leaders: Nancy, Val, Peg C.

12. 11/4/2001. Tomahawk Lagoon. Leaders: Diana and Ray, Les W.

11. 19/7/2000. Boulder Beach, Karetai Road. Leaders: Jean, Chris, Joan H.

10. 23/2/2000. Tomahawk Lagoon, Centre Road. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara, Ria H.

9. 30/6/1999 Tomahawk Lagoon. Centre Road. Leaders: Jean Y, Denise, Eleanor W

8. 12/8/1998. Highcliff Centre Road from Lagoon. Leaders: Molly, Frank.

7. 18/3/1998. Tomahawk Lagoon, Centre Road round trip. Leaders: Jean, Ria H.

6. 9/7/1997. Tomahawk Lagoon, Monument, Highcliff Road, Karetai Road Leaders: Chris, Ria H, Jean

5. 18/9/1996. Tomahawk Lagoon. Leaders: Chris, Joan H, Ngaire.

4. 13/4/1994 Tomahawk Lagoon, Smaills Beach, Karetai Road, Buskin Road, Soldiers Track and return. Medium. Leaders: Ria H, Jean A, June G, Betty H

3. 8/7/1992.  Tomahawk Lagoon, Karetai Road, Centre Road. Average. Leaders: Ria H, Jean A, Bev H, Merle

2. 7/3/1991. Cars park Karetai Road Car Park. Karetai Road from car park. A good peninsula walk. Leaders: Daphne, Margaret S, Les W, Jack M.

1. 12/7/1989 Centre Road, Highcliff. Average +. Leaders: Kees & Ria, Diana
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Aramoana: Pathway of the Sea.
The Spit, known as Shelley Beach.
The Mole: The mole has deprived the Spit of its natural supply of sand.
In 1992 a short board walkway was constructed at this point to try and stop further erosion. Managed by Port of Otago.
Spit Beach. Known as Big Beach. Rock to explore. Great sand slope, towering volcanic cliffs.
Key Rock.
Salt marsh flats. Path. Conservation area. Managed by DOC.

41 km from car park.
15. 5/6/2019. Both. Aramoana. Judy.
After a welcome extra half hour in bed, 31 eager trampers and hikers headed for Aramoana for our first trip of the month.

It was fine but with a cold sou-west breeze so we were pleased to find shelter from the wind for morning tea at the memorial to those killed by David Grey in the 1990 massacre.

G.1St photo -- To start activities.Smokoc

To start activities.Smoko. (Gordon pic and caption.)

  With a surprising break from tradition the group was then split into teams of four or five and issued with instructions for a treasure hunt.


  • What does Aramoana mean? ________________________________
  • What is unusual about the Southern Right Whale? _______________
  • How many pilot houses are there on the Spit?  __________________
  • Who did the art work on the board-walk mural? _________________
  • In what street is the house called Waiwurri?  ___________________
  • What is the name of the boat house in Moana Street? ____________
  • What is the Maori name for albatross?  __________________
  • Who are Hector’s dolphins named for?  ________________________
  • How long can a yellow-eyed penguin live?  _____________________
  • What is papaka?_____________________

Collect the following:   (It must all fit in your plastic bag).

  • A black pebble                                    
  • A feather                                                                                                                                          
  • A black trumpet shell                                                           
  • Something red                                                                            
  • Part of a crab                                                                                                              
  • A picture of a seal                                                
  • A piece of string                                              
  • A picture of a black-backed gull                 
  • Something plastic                                          
  • A bottle top                                                    
  • A purple flower                                                            
  • Something orange                                        
  • Something wooden                                                         
  • A lolly wrapper                                                 
  • A hinged shell  
  •   A piece of green seaweed              

With low tide at 11.30, teams managed to cover a lot of ground – right along the ocean beach to the end,

H.1.Walking along the beach with the rich and reflectionsc

Walking along the beach with the rich and reflections. (Helen pic and caption.)

out to the end of the mole,

G.5th photo -- Discussion on the Mole --c

Discussion on the Mole. (Gordon pic and caption.)

round the spit past the pilot houses, and along the board-walk across the salt marsh.

H.3.On the boardwalk ecological areac

On the boardwalk ecological area. (Helen pic and caption.)

We gathered back at the memorial for lunch at 1.15pm, glad to be out of the cold wind again.

G.8th -- Lunch back at the Monumentc

Lunch back at the Monument. (Gordon pic and caption.)

Teams had worked with great enthusiasm, with most answering all the questions and finding all items listed.  There was no clear winner so chocs were issued to all before departing for Careys Bay and hot drinks.

–  Judy and Linda

14. 14/12/2016. All. Christmas Lunch. Aramoana. Leaders: Judy K and Liz.

49 happy trampers gathered at the Aramoana Hall for this year’s Christmas lunch.  Goodies were deposited in the hall and after a leisurely morning tea break outside, a variety of walks were had.

14 trampers marched along the beach as far as they could go.  It being low tide, this was right to the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder.  The predicted high temperatures and NW winds did not arrive but conditions were ideal for a beach walk.

Can you see it? (Margreet pic.)

They returned along the beach to the mole, and out to view the lazy seals basking on the rocks at the end.

Just about there. (Margreet pic.)

Sleepy Recumbency. (Margreet pic.)

There was no time to continue round to the wharf as lunch was scheduled for 12 o’clock.
16 hikers walked out to the beach beside Bear Rock and turned right along the beach to the mole, then out to the end to view the seals.

(Adrienne pic.)

(Adrienne pic.)

Various other Club members were met at different points, enjoying the local scenery in a leisurely fashion, some onto the mole, some along the beach and others the board walk across the tidal flats.
A fantastic spread awaited us in the hall and we all feasted amply from the groaning tables.  Holiday reading was available courtesy of Jill, proceeds to the new Mosgiel pool, and we were tantalised by Liz’s photographs of some recent hikes.
Cinderella was then ‘performed’ by an able cast of six – some barely recognisable under wigs, lipstick and skirts.  A great deal of fun was had by all.

The brilliant weird Cinderella cast. (Margreet pic.)

The day was concluded with a couple of rousing Christmas choruses led by Bruce with his guitar.  Some adjourned for coffee on the way home at the university cafe, while the majority headed for a well-earned nana-nap at home. – Judy K.

 13. 28/10/2015 Hikers. Aramoana. Leaders: Doug, Lester.
Morning Tea. (John pic)

Morning Tea

Seal at end of Mole. (John pic)

Sunning sealion at end of Mole. (John pic)

Seal happy as a pig in muck. (John pic)

Sealion happy as a pig in muck. (John pic)


Jetty. (John pic)

Marshland (John pic)

Marshland (John pic)

Cafe Royale, Port Chalmers. (John pic)

The Port Royale Cafe, Port Chalmers. (John pic)

12. 19/2/2014. Hikers. Aramoana. Easy. Leaders: Judy, Lester.

GPS of route. Ignore red bit. The 9+ km shown should have been really 10 – 11 km as I failed to take the camera out onto the salt marsh board walk.

We parked in the Aramoana recreation grounds. (Near “9” on map). We wended our way by road and track to the beach where we had our morning cuppa in sandhills sheltered from the current wind (1 km). En route, some accepted the invitation by its owner to explore the roomy interior of the quaint boat house, beautifully wood-worked with no nails, designed to float if/when the sea-rise comes. We turned left along the beach until stopped by the ebbing tide mark, admiring a number of seal pups. (2 km). We returned …..



and continued on to reach the Mole (4km) and explore to its (almost) end,(5 km) guarded by several seals, who weren’t about to yield ready passage. Here we were impressed by a large colony of Terns, all facing into the wind.



We returned …

Returning from end of Mole.

Returning from end of Mole.

to the Mole’s base. (6 km), where we lunched at the …


Monument to Aramoana Disaster… We then circumnavigated the Spit. (7, 8 and 9 kms). Then it was out to the Aramoana Saltmarsh boardwalk. Unfortunately this reporter left his camera GPS recorder behind with his pack at the cars (sob) for this bit. Further, he failed to turn it off till he got to his Careys Bay Hotel coffee, transforming the recorded 9 km into a sprint-walking further 10 km. (sob again). Anyway, a good walkabout, ably led by Judy, a long-time crib-dweller of the area. Thank you, Judy – and Lester, our back marker, who unfortunately lost touch with us, along with one of the hikers, and was able to re-find us only after lunch. – Ian.

11. 21/9/2011. Hikers. Aramoana. Easy. Leaders: Fred, Evelyn.
Very cold day, [but a] super day. The main event was a an wesome time in a house ..where we were shown through. You would not believe it.
It was a great day….
…Hope you heard all about our time at Aramoana at that house. It was awesome. You would have loved it all the books etc and the wonderful woodwork. -Excerpts from Elaine emails.
10. 16/12/2009. End of Year picnic lunch at Aramoana. Leaders: Lesley, Bill and Pat.
Weather forecast was so-so but about 20 of us turned up at various times at the Aramoana Domain Hall. Our leaders had booked the hall for lunch, which was just as well as rain teemed down while we were eating, but enough of that later. A chilly gusting wind made those sitting outside for morning tea seek the lee side of the hall despite the sunshine. It also warranted parkas for the walk down the Mole that Lesley had organised. As hoped for, there was the odd seal and sea lion.
Sea Lion on rocks

Sea Lion on rocks

What we hadn’t expected was the sea lion’s extraordinary antics as it swam around the point after taking to the sea.

Sea Lion at sea. Tail inspection?

Forest and Bird member Lesley set up her trip-pod-mounted telescope to give us wonderful viewing of albatross nests and shags on the rocks on Taiaroa Heads.

Nesting albatrosses and shags on Taiaroa Heads

An colourful sight was this multitude of small birds in the shingle on the side of the Mole.

A cluster of birds

Returning back, we had to push hard against the wind’s strong blasts. Three set off around the Spit

Natural wind-carved sand sculptures on the Spit. (Bob pic)

while several others of us stopped for reflection at the 1990 massacre memorial.

Memorial Names. Peter, Marjorie.


Memorial Inscription. Bruce, Marjorie, Peter, Bill.


Totara memorial

Back at the Hall, we visited the Gordon Johnston Arboretum behind the back corner of the hall, which we would never have guessed existed if Lesley had not told us.

Arboretum Entrance

Arboretum Entrance

An extensive path led around the native plants Arboretum, fully equipped with informative plant names until half way around there appeared the following entrancing scene.


Seat with eight beautiful swinging legs. Marjorie, Lesley, Margaret, Jean, Bev H, Bev McI, Pat.

Back into the hall for our usual wonderful spread of finger food. We sat in chairs around a table not only provisioned with a glorious variety of tidbits but also with them arranged on a protective oilcloth spread, and with paper plates and serviettes, all provided by the leaders. Most thoughtful.


Meal scene. (Bob pic.)

The wisdom of booking the hall’s shelter was confirmed by the sound of heavy teeming shower after shower on the roof as we nibbled in comfort. Bruce had brought his guitar and song-books (again arranged by the leaders) and we sang gustily to songs, sentimental and raucous, the words of some of which reduced us to helpless laughter, some to tears. Nearing 2.00 p.m. the wiser ones among us deemed it wise to close down, clean up and return home. Thanks to all those who made this end-of-year such a wonderful windup. – Ian
9. 23/7/2008. Hikers. Aramoana. Easy. Leaders: Lance and Lois.
8. 18/10/2006 Hikers. Aramoana area. Easy. Leaders: Lance and Lois.
7. 10/8/2005. Hikers. Aramoana. Leaders: Ray & Diana, Lance & Lois
6. 17/1/2001 Aramoana. Leaders: Eleanor B, Val, Betty B
5. 19/1/2000. Aramoana Area. Leaders: Ray and Diana, Lesley S.
4. 29/1/1997. Aramoana – Key Rock – Spit Beach – Salt Flats. Leaders: Daphne, Denise, Shirley R.
3. 11/9/1996. Aramoana Mole. Leaders: Catherine, Peggy M.
2. 1/3/1995 Aramoana. Medium+ Leaders: Bob H, Bill H, Lesley S, Hugh.
In 1991, 13 died in a hail of bullets unleashed by a deranged gunman.
1. 25/1/1989 Beginning of Year: Aramoana. Bring your children and grandchildren for a Picnic Day. Leaders: Wendy G, Gaynor, Frances.

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May 29 2019

Horsehoof Station Tramps

Published by under Lambing Sep-Nov,Trampers,Year round

No. 1 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Maugatua Microwave. J Roy. Year Round.” Permissions from Horsehoof.
Distance from car-park: 24 km.
29/5/2019. Horsehoof, – Maungatua. M. Arthur.
18 of us set off from Mosgiel and travelled through Outram and turning left off on a road into Horsehoof Station. Clear looking sky and the anticipation of a great day.
Parked up in the paddock, we set off up the first hill. The wind was very cold  and strong up there, brass monkeys were the call, and numerous layers the call,  jackets and hats also.
We stopped in a sheltered spot for our morning tea.  Farm trackended and then it was onto DOC land and tussock.Not much track at all and quite hard going. The odd slip on the terrain.

 Making it to the top

G.7th -- Finally the Summitc

Finally the Summit. (Gordon pic and caption.)

where photo shoots were taken.

P.1.The new Saddle Hill volcanic crater (pre lunch)c

The new Saddle Hill volcanic crater.(Phil pic and caption.)

Great views but soooo cold and windy. Decided to go back to some shelter in the tussocks for lunch.

G.8th -- Lunch out of the windc

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

Back  up to the corner of Horsehoof,

P.Out of the West ( Mahinerangi in background) (post lunch)c

Out of the West ( Mahinerangi in background) (Phil pic and caption.)

and with three going back down the start track to look for poor old Dave’s iphone lost on way up, while the rest of us went the longer way.

Two things sprung to mind on this tramp. If you go a different direction you need to let the leader know for safety reasons.
Lunch needs to be finished by everyone before some start on their way.

All in all a great tramp in some windy conditions, travelling 14kms. Refreshments well received


Coffee. (Helen pic and caption.)

with great service at the Wobbly Goat in Outram   Helen.😉


It saddens the leader to have to write these notes, due to the fact that a few of the group completely ignored the club’s Safety Rules up on Maungatua.

The club formulate these safety rules many years ago, which were updated 2-3 years back. All new members are given a copy when they join, and they are on the club’s website. (v. Page 7a.) Everyone should be familiar with them.

There is nothing difficult about these rules, just simple commonsense things (but of course, as they say, common sense isn’t common any more. (A detailed email is going out to all members about this) – Art.

21. 27/2/2019. Maungatua. M. Leader: Gordon.
A Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time 12 happy trampers set out to climb the big mountain of Maungatua. They wanted to get to the top, and were very determined.

But the nasty rain came just as they set out, and the cold wind joined in to make things unpleasant for the 12 happy trampers.

The cloud came down too, to hide the top of the mountain, but that was no deterrent either. Jackets and gloves kept them warm.

Uphill they went, on the good 4WD track, into the cloud and with the wind and rain attacking them.

In time they were high up on the mountain, and stopped to have their morning tea in the slight shelter of a little hut, beside some aerials.

After a brief stop to enjoy their hot cups, discretion was decided upon, and the 12 happy (still) trampers returned back down the mountain to their cars.

But the 12 happy trampers had had a good morning’s exercise, covering more than 6 km and the rain and wind had given a good test to the weatherproofness of their clothing.

Feeling a bit wet and cold, the 12 happy trampers drove back to Mosgiel, returning safely to their homes.

And they all lived happily ever after! – Art.

20. 10/5/2017. Trampers. Maungatua trig via Horsehoof. M. Leader: Arthur.

Clear skies, a light breeze, and lots of sunshine gave perfect conditions for our tramp up onto Maungatua. The cars were left high up beside the farm road on Horsehoof, a group of 13 happy trampers setting out from here on the uphill dozed farm track.

About halfway up morning tea was taken, with stunning views to enjoy at the same time, in the clear air.

Onward and upward, we reached the top boundary of Horsehoof Station, and climbing through the fence were in the DOC reserve which encompasses all of the top of Maungatua. It was then single file through the tussock and turpentine shrubs on the faint track.

We stopped to admire the Big Rock,

The beautiful rock. (Helen pic and caption.)

photos being taken of the group.

The group of 12 plus me. (Helen pic and caption.)

Just as we were preparing to move on a pair of N.Z. falcons flew in and landed on top of Big Rock just above us. They weren’t at all worried by us humans, and it was marvellous to see them there.

In single file we moved on, and eventually came to the summit post at 12 noon – perfect timing for lunch.

From here, on the highest point (895 metres) we could see in all directions – 360 degrees. A huge fog bank right down the coast totally hid the sea and the Otago Peninsula, but the land was in clear view as far as the eye could see. What terrific scenery.

Margreet pic.

Lunch over we began the return journey, which meant retracing our steps. With an occasional brief rest/regroup stop, we were back past Big Rock, through the fence onto Horsehoof again, and down hill with a brief uphill bit to reach the cars.

A group of 13 happy trampers had had a great day, walking a total of 12 km. The perfect weather certainly added to the enjoyment of the day.

But, the tramp finished too soon (obviously too short), as it was necessary to stop in Outram for a while on the way home so that discussion that hadn’t had time to be had during the tramp could be concluded.

The leader was particularly pleased to have such a good turn out of trampers today – thank you to all. – Arthur.

19. 11/1/2017. Hikers. Maungatua Big Rock and Trig via Horsehoof. M. Leaders: George and Ian.

It wasn’t the best tramp to ease into after the relaxing holidays. However the easier programmed Kuri Bush beach walk had not taken the tide times into account. What to do? Something inland. George scouted Saddle Hill (summit not tackled by the Hikers since 2010) and Horsehoof (last done by the Hikers 2011). Relevant property owners for Saddle Hill could not be reached, so Horsehoof and Big Rock then.

Seventeen turned out on the day. A respectable number, given that some members were still on holiday. Admittedly the road entrance to Horsehoof is easily missed, as happened to some on the day, but eventually all the cars arrived and drove on up to park in the high paddock where the FWD track to the top corner of the station starts. At about 690m here, we had already made good inroads on Maungatua’s Big Rock elevation of 880m.

It was still a bit early so we trudged through that first unavoidable gully to merelyregain the cars’ height a kilometre or two further on, finding a bank to sit on for morning tea.

(Clive pic.)

No more gullies now but it was up, steadily up, with frequent regrouping stops to eventually reach the Horsehoof Station’s top corner. At 865m effectively all climbing was behind us. We had gained 225m since leaving the cars. One of us elected to stop here and await the return of the others, and Mollie, who hadn’t wanted to miss the chance of revisiting Horsehoof, was happy to keep her company.

Now it was 15 who scrambled through the fence onto the Maungatua reserve to push on through the tussock and dracophillum (turpentine bush) till we reached a point opposite to the Big Rock.

(Clive pic.)

Here, along with George, ten were happy to make this their destination stop,

(Clive pic.)

while a remaining group of five carried on with an assurance it was only another half hour to the trig. W-e-l-l not exactly. More likely three quarters, as one found the going harder than others. But we got there! Or rather two did.

Made it! 895m.(Ian pic and caption.)

Too bad,the other three had stopped off short of the last rise and lunched. However with the encouragement of the trig returnees (or is it returners?) they were encouraged to push on so that they could say they had made it too. And they did!

On the return we discovered the hypotenuse short-cut that avoids a right angle in the fence and which we had missed on the way in due to overgrowth disguising it at its other end. A shame. It needs a fence indicator.

When we arrived at Big Rock, we discovered the ten others had long since given up waiting for us, and were back waiting for us when we straggled up the last weary slope up to the cars – at least weary for this writer.

So there it is. A good traditional tramp perforce resurrected for the hikers by an unfortunate tidal assesssment. And an enjoyable stop and chat at the Wobbly Goat to finish it off. And roll on the better weather. – Ian.

18. 10/2/2016. Maungatua Summit. Leader: Arthur H.

Horsehoof Station to maungatua peak. GPS of route, courtesy Ken. (Ken pic and caption)

Horsehoof Station to maungatua peak. GPS of route, courtesy Ken. (Ken pic and caption) 13.2km; 3.7km/h; 3h 33m moving; total ascent 409m; max height 900m

Nine trampers set out in ideal conditions to conquer Maungatua. The day was sunny with some high cloud. The breeze was light all day – westerly, then changing to southerly for a while, and then died away altogether.

We drove in through Horsehoof Station, up the road towards the microwave. A car shuttle was set up by taking one car back 2-3 km, leaving it at the top of the hill above the woolshed.

We took the dozed farm track that winds its way up to the top of Maungatua, stopping for morning tea at a suitable spot.

We reached the top of the track, where the small shed and various aerials are situated, at 10.50 a.m. Climbing over the fence we were then in the DOC Reserve, which covers a large part of Maungatua.

From here there is a faint track heading to the summit, which is some 2.5 km away. This is undulating country.

We soon came to the large tor, and stopped for several minutes to inspect and photograph it.

Side trip to rock tor (Helen pic)

Side trip to rock tor (Helen pic)

Continuing on along the track, which follows the fence line, we gained the summit a few minutes before 12.00 noon. A black and white painted post now marks the spot, …

"Trig" post (Helen pic)

“Trig” post with rock placed on top by one of the party. (Helen pic)

… and is visible from a short distance. Sitting down in the tussock, we had a relaxed lunch on the spot. The slight breeze was just a tad cool, we noted.

Lunch at the "trig"

Lunch at the “trig”

From the summit there is a great 360 degree view, but unfortunately haze in all directions spoiled this somewhat.

Half of the group had a look over the brow, down in the direction of the 3 Kings -which isn’t visible. All of us then picked our way through the rough vegetation, in an easterly direction, to get a better view down on the Taieri Plain and Airport.

Making our way back up to the track, we returned along it to the shed and aerials, and over the fence. A brief stop here, where it was noted the altitude was 865m, compared to the 895m at the summit.

We now walked down a 4WD track through the tussock, following the western spur.

On fence llne track well down to the Lee Creek gully

On fence line track well down to the Lee Creek gully showing ‘uphill grunt’ on other side. (Helen pic)

A restful stop was made at the bottom, in the shade of the beech trees at the north branch of Lee Creek. A short uphill grunt gave a “tang” to the end of our tramp, and we were soon back at the “shuttle” car.

All agreed that it had been a good tramp and an enjoyable day. This had been a first time for most.

Seven held a debrief at Outram on the way back home.

Coffee at Outram. (Helen pic)

Coffee at Outram. (Helen pic)

The tramp distance was 13.2 km. – Arthur H.

29/3/2010. Private. Horsehoof, Maungatua Trig.
GPS of route from car to trig

GPS of route from car to trig

At the Maungatua Trig (1)

At the Maungatua Trig (1)

At the Maungatua Trig (2)

At the Maungatua Trig (2)

17. 4/5/2011. Both. Horsehoof upper paddock to Big Rock. Medium. Leader: George.

George had recceed the programmed McKendry Road tramp and found the mud too squishy and the undergrowth too thick so elected to fall back to Horsehoof Station again.
We took the cars on through several gates to the paddock that gave us a shorter walk up to the paddock corner at the top.
It was a misty day, but at our tea-break the weather cleared to reveal the wind turbines beyond Lake Mahinerangi.
Beyond the fence at the top corner, we went on to negotiate the turpentine shrub (dracophyllum longifolium), tussock and alpine moss to reach the large rock for an early lunch.
A cool westerly wind drove us to shelter in a cleft in the rock’s SW side.

A sheltered lunch spot.

An interesting bank of fog in the west.

The tarn beyond the big rock.

Obviously scientific, an exclosure on the tarn.

After all that, we returned the way we had come back to the cars. A good outing. – Ian.
16. 15/9/2010. Trampers. Horsehoof to Big Rock. Medium. Leader: George.
Walked up the 4WD track that went by the Microwave.

Morning Tea break. George. (Emma pic)

Lunched at the Big Rock.

Keith and George at the Big Rock. (Emma pic)

Returned back down through the Woodside Creek gully.
15. 6/5/2009 Both. Horsehoof Station. Bridge over Woodside Creek, top corner, back down the more regular farm road. Medium. Leaders: Bruce, Wendy.

Many were discouraged by the wet morning start, but 8 of us enjoyed a farm walk on what turned out to be an cold overcast day (which we were well wrapped up against) interspersed by sun at morning tea and lunch. From the regular parking spot, for a change we turned down steeply
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Descent to bridge

Descent to bridge

to cross the Woodside Creek upper tributary nearby

Woodside Creek

Woodside Creek

and to then climb steeply

Climb ahead

Climb ahead

to enjoy a cuppa at the set of rocks a little way up.



Then to carry on up to the top corner of the station. This was a route the club hasn’t taken for five years and more. We forewent going on to the big rock and tarn through the rather heavy wet dracophyllum we would have had to struggle through, so lunched at the top under the shelter of a bank

Lunch in sun

Lunch in sun

and returned by the more regular farm track.

Rock and Pillar Range in sun

Rock and Pillar Range in sun

Recycled car bolstering bridge. Wee waterfall behind.

Recycled car bolstering bridge. Wee waterfall behind.

We all enjoyed a good tramping day but regretted there were not more to share the walk with. Bruce stood in for Marjorie who was indisposed on the day. Our thanks to Wendy and Bruce for their leadership. – Ian.

14. 12/11/2008 Trampers. Horsehoof Station, Maungatua Trig. Leaders: George, Ria.

This turned out to be a tramp from Horsehoof Station rather than from the advertised Allendale Farm. So it was simply up by the regular farm road to the Maungatua Trig and back.
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Decorated Trig. George, Hazel, Ria, Emma

Decorated Trig. George, Hazel, Ria, Emma

Saddle Hill from Maungatua

What was different was the wind measuring masts

Mast for measuring wind?

and various markers presumably installed by Trustpower. A breeze pleasantly tempered the heat of the sun and 8 of us enjoyed a tramp in the tussocks and Maungatua top with the George making it easier and shorter by having the two cars parked further up the hill than on previous tramps. – Ian

13. 27/8/2008 Trampers. Horsehoof Station Upland road-walk Leaders: Ian, Ken
Winter conditions decreed a firmer road walk in place of the anticipated soggy ground we would have encountered at the Flagstaff big rock. So it was Horsehoof Station for a look at the fast disappearing snow conditions.
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Drift snow remains. Ken

Seven of us set off from our cars parked down at the shearing shed and walked steeply up in the general Maungatua direction. It was a good walk in the fresh air with general sunny conditions turning to threatening clouds later. The breeze was fresh but sheltering in the lee of a gully made for a comfortable morning tea.

Lunch was on the sheltered side of the repeater station,

Emma and Glenys approaching the Microwave. George ahead.

reached by cutting across a couple of wet gullies swollen with fresh snow runoff.

The return. Bill, Pat, Emma
A shorter day but the sun was out most of the time and the views and company were good. – Ian

The return. Bill, Glenys, Emma.

12. 18/6/2003 Horsehoof Station walk. Leaders: Shirley M, Bill & Pat.

Lex, Doug J, Arthur, Doug M


Snow on NE Maungatuas

11. 16/2/2005. Both. Maungatua with Summit option. Leaders:  Val and Brian, Arthur  and Barbara.
10. 18/9/2002. Microwave – Maungatua Summit. Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Barbara and Arthur.
9. 21/11/2001. Maungatuas Summit from Microwave. Medium. Leaders: Les W, Mary M, Shirley R.
8. 27/6/2001 Leaders: Claude, Bill, Pat
7. 8/12/1999. Maungatua, Microwave. Leaders: George, Hazel, Graham.
6. 18/8/1999. Microwave to Maungatuas. Leaders: George, Doug M, Hazel.
5. 3/12/1997. Microwave to Maungatua Summit. Leaders: Bob H, Judy C, Sabina.
4. 18/9/1996. Maungatua Trip, Micro Stn, Loop and return. Average+. Leaders: George, Ian, Nelson.
3. 6/12/1995. Microwave to Maungatua Summit. Medium. Leaders: Bob H, Jean, Ria H, Jack R
2. 26/8/1992 Leaders: George, Les W, Peggy A, Peggy M
1. 10/2/1989 Leaders: Graham, Shirley, Wendy

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May 29 2019

Mornington Ramble

Published by under Hikers

3. 29/5/2019. Mornington Street Walk. M. Leaders: Lester and Doug.

Vehicles were parked in Raglan St and 21 keen hikers set off …

C.1) a walk through Morningtonc

A walk through Mornington. (Clive pic and caption.)

… along Elgin Road and down Wills St to Oakwood Ave, where we viewed No 82, “Clyde Hill”, a historic Mornington land-mark with its four distinctive chimneys, built in the 1870s for the Mitchell family.  

Before Forfar St existed, the Mitchell Ave – Glenpark Ave intersection was the terminus for the Maryhill Cable Car extension, opened in 1885 and closed in 1955.  Further along Glenpark Ave we came to No 155, the home of A H (Alfred Hamish) Reed. AH was an exceptional man, the founder of Reed Publishing and a great benefactor to Dunedin, but best remembered for his long-distance walking. 

Morning tea was had in the park nearby, before proceeding back up Forfar St and along Glenpark Ave, into Picardy and Lesney streets, down Crosby and back into Glenpark, enjoying the views of the harbour and surrounds, and noting renovated villas, unique retaining walls and the interesting 1882 “Triangular Hall”.

Then on again, along Glenpark Ave and so to Eglinton Rd for a toilet stop before a detour down the hill to the site of the old High Street School, now the scene of a sustainable urban co-housing project, unique for Dunedin.  

Back up through the park to the cable car terminus and a chance to sit down while we heard about the plans to bring back the Mornington cable car.

C.2 & 3) Lester explains the hopeful reintroduction of the tramsc

Lester explains the hopeful reintroduction of the trams. (Clive pic and caption.)

C.3) Lester explains the hopeful reintroduction of the tramsc

Lester explains the hopeful reintroduction of the trams. (Clive pic and caption.)

  It was surprising to discover how far these enterprising people have come already, with several cars restored, a cable car house constructed, and plans well advanced for laying of the cable – finance being the major barrier, but high hopes held for help from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Lunch was had in the adjoining park, but with a cold wind right in our faces there was no incentive to linger too long.  After a quick detour to view the site of the steepest line section in the world which dropped from here down into Glenpark Ave, we went back to Eglinton Rd, left into Whitby St, right into Argyle St and so to Elgin Rd and the march to the cars. 

Coffee was had at the Village Green.

Thanks to Lester and Doug for a great day out. – Judy.

2. 18/9/2013.Hikers. From Unity Park north. Leaders: Lance and Lois.

GPS of part only of route

GPS of part-only of route. Started late and battery ran out.

Wednesday’s walk for the hikers was a street walk led by Lance and Lois Woodfield. The day was sunny and there was no wind.

Fifteen of us met at Unity Park near the top of Eglington Road. The statue of Admiral Bryd [1888-1957] is positioned facing the Antarctic. Byrd was a famous American explorer. His statue caused a lot of letters to the editor at the Otago Daily Times when it was first mooted as it has its back  to the city.

We wandered our way north thru the streets around the town belt.

Lance and Lois were very informative about the historic houses in the area, some Victorian in style, others Edwardian. [Edit note: Others again detached terrace houses, with windowless brick walls on either side. Just English transplants.]

At one point we came to the Arts and Craft house designed by Basil Hooper [1876-1960], a famous architect who designed more
than 80 houses. Features were curved gutter brackets, coloured leadlight windows and sweeping roofs.

The day got very warm so everyone was pleased to stop at Olveston for lunch. Did you know that the public can access the grounds free to look at gardens and the garage where the Theomins’ 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer is housed in a glass case? The Edwardian Olveston was gifted to the city by the Theomins as a treasure of bygone days.

Neil Buckley was very knowledgeable on the early cable cars and trams. He pointed out where they ran.

So we carried on up and down quite a lot of steps and lanes  in this old part of the city. Adam Street has some 1890 houses, all fully restored. My grandmother lived at No. 8 in the 1900s.

We did have a good  day.  We walked approx. 8.9 kms.

Some of us went to Flax in Caversham for coffee afterwards. – Elaine.

1. 17/9/2008 Hikers. Mornington Ramble Leaders: Bev H, Bev M

Eighteen hikers, including a German Rotary Exchange student, Hanne, who was taking the opportunity to see another part of her host city, set off from Lookout Point on a morning where walking anywhere would be pure pleasure. It was a glorious spring day, reflected in the many beautiful gardens we passed where spring blooms were in full flower. Bev led us down several quiet little side roads where many of us had never been before. From a number of places there were extensive views over the city and ocean. The mix of older style houses with modern ones was interesting in what is surely one of the most attractive residential areas in the city. We partook of a little local history, viewing the home of A. H. Reed and the old tram building. At lunchtime we basked in the sun at Mornington Park before the return journey. Altogether it was a very pleasant morning out. – Bev.



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May 22 2019

Kuri Bush Forestry, Daphne/Margaret Road, Kathleen Road, Big Stone

Wenita permit.
No. 75 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Kathleen Rd – Big Stone Return Forestry Farm”
Distance from car park: 21 km.

18. 22/5/2019. Hikers. Forestry  walk Kuri Bush. Dave and Liz.

A little bit nippy for a start

L.1.Start of the dayc

Start of the day. Liz pic and caption.)

but 2o hikers and 3 Ramblers set off what was to be a  pleasant gradual climb amongst  pine trees and bush.


(Kevin pic.)

A 9.50am morning tea was  taken with sun shining brightly which warmed all and accepted. From here the Hikers took the Daphne Road


On pine needle carpet. Easy on the feet. (Kevin pic.)

and Ramblers the Isobel Road. The Hikers continued until reaching Big Stone Road


Lunch. (Liz pic and caption.)

and then onto the downward trip via Katherine Road. The Ramblers did very well reaching the top of Isobel Road and then down Katherine Road. Total distance for Hikers was about 12 Kilometres. Off to Brighton  Beach  Cafe went very weary but happy Hikers and Ramblers. Thanks to all Liz and Alex.

17. 16/5/2018. Hikers. Daphne, Big Stone and Kathleen Roads. M. Leaders: Alex, Jim and Betty.

pine needle carpeted walk into the forest. (Clive pic and caption.)

On the way to the top. (Phil pic and caption.)

Lunch on Big Stone Rd. (Phil pic and caption.)

Homeward bound along Big Stone Road. (Clive pic and caption.)

Conditions were a pleasant cool day for the hike in the Allanton Block of Wenita Forrest south of Brighton. The majority of 22 hikers stopped off at the Brighton Cafe for refreshments on the return trip to Mosgiel.

It was a successful late change to the planned hike.

Betty & Jim

16. 17/6/2015. Hikers. Daphne, Big Stone and Kathleen Roads. M. Leaders: Alex, Liz and Dot.
GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce. 12.2 km. [N.B. Bruce has commented on the interesting difference between the 2012 (q.v. below) and 2015 Google maps. – Ed.]

The Google map for yesterday was taken in 2015 and was a little different from that from Ken’s report in 2012 with imagery taken on 17 Sept 2011.

June 17 Map with named roads. (Bruce pic and caption)

June 17 Map with named roads. (Bruce pic and caption)

iPhone GPS of route showing kilometers

iPhone GPS of route showing kilometers, courtesy Ian.

About twenty Hikers did the now more customary route of climbing the Daphne Road’s gentler but longer route and descending by Kathleen Roads shorter but steeper. We morning-teaed in the sunny spot at the foot of Daphne Road where the Club has always stopped, and lunched …

Lunch on a sunny level.

Lunch on a sunny level. (Looking back along the road).(Ian pic and caption.)

… on a level stretch of the road, but still some distance from the top. Older members, presumably familiar with the route found they had failed to recollect the many gully dips on the road. They also appreciatively noticed the rubbish collection by the top gate had been cleared. …W-e-l-l perhaps not all!

Made for each other.

Made for each other. (Ian pic and caption.)

Reaching the top of Kathleen  Road, a substantial number struggled around and under the closed and apparently locked gate before Les noticed that it was not locked at all. … Sigh.

It was yet another good-weather Wednesday, tempting some to to wonder whether a Higher Power must look after the Club. (Well, it was colder on Tuesday and Thursday promised snow.) Admittedly a cold breeze had driven us into woollen hat and gloves when we emerged from our cars, but this eased in the shelter of the forest and in the patches of sun the trees permitted us from time to time. It was a great Winter’s day tramp and a great location – a metalled road rather than a sloshy paddock or slippery track. (Pity the poor trampers! – see their report.)

Mention must be made of the occasional great views of the coast and down gullies that we stopped to enjoy from time to time.

A misty vista in the 'dista'

A misty vista in the ‘dista’, looking up the coast from Kathleen Road. (Ian pic and caption.)

It was further remarked that tramps like this get us to see the other sides of properties that mere car travellers never get to appreciate.

So, thank you leaders, for a well-reconnoitered and led tramp. We were well looked after, with thoughtful stops for regrouping. – Ian.

15. 13/2/2013. Hikers. McLeods Farm. Leaders: Wendy and Peter.
14. 22/8/2012. Trampers. Daphne Road, Big Stone Road, Kathleen Road. Medium. 12 km.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. We did 11.7 km at 4.7 km/h.

13 . 4/7/2012. Both. Daphne Road, Big Stone Road, Kathleen Road. Medium. 12 km. Leaders: George, Lex.

Morning Tea at bottom of Daphne climb. (Ian pic and caption.)

Lunch at the top of Daphne where joins Big Stone

12. 27/8/2009. Trampers. Queen Street, Highland Street, Big Stone Road, Kathleen Road, Isobel Road, beach return. Medium Leaders: George, Hazel.

Starting at the home of George and Elizabeth, George and Hazel led us along to the corner of Queen Street and up across several paddocks to reach Highland Street where we sheltered from the wind for morning tea. Once we reached Big Stone Road, we paralleled it on a forest track just across the fence, which was much more interesting, if slower, than walking the road. We were amazed to see the extent of forest harvesting on the other side of the road, cleared, replanted and now for sale as lifestyle blocks.

Recently Maori forestry cleared. Now for sale as lifestyle blocks.

Maori forestry recently harvested.

Later we came across a couple of pig skins on a fence.

George inspecting a pig skin.

George inspecting a pig skin.

Shortly after passing the McLaren Gully Road turnoff on our right we turned off onto Kathleen Road on the left and then again on the right into Isobel Road where we stopped for lunch.

Lunch sheltered from the wind. Doug, George, Ria.

Lunch sheltered from the wind. Doug, George, Ria.

Isobel Road provided a pine-needle-strewn softer surface for walking down to the coast. There we joined the beach, nice and firm on an ebbing tide, but oh so loooong to get back to Brighton and the cars again. 18 km in all, and were we glad to reach the cars again!

There were only six of us, three of whom from Mosgiel who, vehicle-less as it turned out on this occasion (Doug would have gone back for his car had he been required to), depended on first-time visitor Susan who was surprised into having to provide the transport to Brighton, but who most graciously provided it. – Ian

11. 6/8/2008. Both. Margaret Road, Katherine Road. Medium. Leaders: Dot M, Chris.
10. 15/3/2006. Hikers. Margaret Road, McLeods Farm. Easy+. Leaders: Bill & Pat, Dot T
9. 29/6/2005. Hikers. Margaret Road, Katherine Road. (Brighton). Leaders: Chris, Dot B.
8. 18/6/2003 Hikers. Kathleen Road, off Taieri Mouth Road. Easy Leaders: Joan and Dot
7. 25/7/2001. Alt. Margaret Road, Katherine Road, Kuri Bush. Leaders: Dot B, Joan H, Chris H
6. 18/2/1998. Big Stone Road from Margaret Road to McLeods. Leaders: Ray and Diana.
5. 14/5/1997. Big Stone Road from Margaret Road via McLeods to Coast Road. Leaders: Dot B, Joan H, George.
4. 10/7/1996. Margaret Road, Big Stone Road, McLeods. Average. Leaders: Graham, Eric and Dot.
3. 30/11/1994 Margaret Road, Wenita Forestry, Big Stone Road. Medium. Leaders: Eric & Dot, Joan H, George
2. 4/8/1993 Big Stone Road to Smooth Hill to Kathleen Road – return beach. Leaders: Eric & Dot, George, Chris
1. 8/6/1988 Kathleen Road from Big Stone Road. Lots of pines and the ocean. Leaders:

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May 22 2019

Gabriels Gully, Lawrence. Bus Trip

Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Gabriels Gully. Key to Maps
Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 2. Otago Dam

Map No. 3. Munro Gully

Map No. 3. Munro’s Gully Bush Walk. Oburns Track.

Map No. 4. Wetherstons to Goldfield Park Historic Reserve.

5. 22/5/2019. Trampers. Weatherstons/Blue Spur (Gabriel’s Gully)/ Munro Gully Track/ Glendhu Forest/ Weatherstons Phil

You can’t beat Kiwis for turning up on time to start a tramp ….we may have even been a minute or two early leaving, so keen to get going….and yes red sky at dawn shepherds warn is just an old wives tale.

17 folk emerged from the cars at the Lawrence Loos before heading out to Weatherstons (population in 1862-500), off the Waipori Rd and we were on the walk at 9.45 am in a less than balmy 6 degrees, so we decided to walk up to the ridge for half an hour to find the sun to have a cuppa; this would not be the first time the craic would abate on a hill……on along the ridge we shambled giving good views of the hills and ridges that had been washed away by the mining activity…. then we dropped off quite quickly in to Gabriel’s Gully, the majority entering through a high quality fence, with the barbed wire held high by some real gentlemen in the group!

First stop was a small detour to take in the reflections and tree colours at Greys Dam

G.4th-- Greys Damc

Greys Dam. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and from there we moved up and around the track at the base of Blue Spur, the manmade landscape reminding one of the Arches National Park in the good old USA.  On past the Northern Ireland Battery and then it was across Munro Rd to the start of Munro Gully track (population in 1862-500!). Population today 1 dead pig in the middle of the track who’s gut and entrails having been devoured by the ‘hound of Gabriel’s Gully’.  There was still some colour in the trees over Victoria Dam to offset the gruesome find.

Munro Gully track was a steady to steep in places 50 minute ascent through native forest, with a good sprinkling of red and mountain beech, ferns, astelias, red berried coprosma (yummy).  Regular forest glades allowed time to regroup as well as start up the craic again.   Bird life was good on the sunny side of the street. Lunch was taken slightly ahead of the guides predictive time, on the edge of Glendhu Forest, as the pine needles were dry and it was sunny, and well some smiles were more like grimaces as we finished off the last of the steep stuff.

H.2.Some at lunchc

Some at lunch. (Helen pic and caption.)

It was a pleasure to walk on pathways of thick beech leaves, and later pine needle.

Post lunch immediately brought some negative feedback as we were still heading up a hill! But then it was onto and down and around Cornishman’s Dam to emerge on Munro Rd thence back into Glendhu Forest and following ridge and water races quite steeply we ‘sped’ downhill; some impressive remnant piping systems were still viewable and the depth of the races stirred memories of WW1 trenches; it was at this point we became aware of eyes in the forest following us. Yes the famed Gabriel’s Gully herd of black mink coated goats were almost playing chicken with us, dad wives and kids all shambled off in due course – as did we!

We emerged in to a golden coloured forest and climbing a style dropped in to Pollard’s Dam which was dry – phew.  After soaking up more history we detoured into the Raceman’s Cottage site for more history, with some plant life remaining from the cottage garden.

Family names of Racemen of that time were familiar to an attendee of Green Island primary school in the early 1950’s.

From here it was a steep drop off back into Gabriel’s Gully

G.7th --A hill of Sluicing tailingsc

A hill of Sluicing tailings. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and a quick breather, but not wanting for folk to get too comfortable we were soon up and at it again, the walk back over the ridge to Weatherstons seemingly so much quicker on the return journey, maybe it was the smell of the coffee n cake wafting up the valley from 26 On Ross, which we were all highly complimentary of,

G.8th-- 26 on Ross St.Great end to Great trampc

26 on Ross St.Great end to Great tramp. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and yes the loo had the most vicious but effective hand drier in the whole wide world.  Art can also attest to a great ice cream at the corner shop.

17 trampers returned to Mosgiel, commenting it was good to feel a little stiff and sore, a moderate level of comfortable discomfort.  The linking together of a number of stand alone walks in to one had made for a day of history, interest and variety and it was almost unanimously agreed to be a walk of just under/ or over 15 km – or thereabouts! – Phil.

4. 7/10/2015. Both. Trampers: Otago Dam. Hikers: Rail Trail, Munro Road. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris, Bev.
TRTC Bus Trip to Lawrence
On a very warm but windy day, at 8.35am, 44 members, including two guests, set off for Lawrence. We arrived soon after 9.30am after a comfort stop in Lawrence. 29 hikers were taken to the picnic area at start of Clutha Gold Walking & Cycling trail that goes to Roxburgh and 9 trampers were taken to Gabriels Gully from where they were starting their tramp. The remaining 6 who had come along to enjoy a day out in the company of fellow club members, remained on the bus and were taken back to Lawrence to spend the day there checking out shops, museum, information centre and eating places.
Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads.

GPS of Hikers’ route: Rail Trail, Munro and Blue Spur Roads. (Add 0.22 km to route as slow to switch on the Nike app at the start.)

Hikers started off along the trail about 9.50am and walked for about ½hr till we came to suitable place to sit and have a welcome cuppa …


Cuppa stop.

…before carrying on to where the trail crosses the main road to carry on to Roxburgh.

Evans Flat

Evans Flat sign on trail where  it crosses SH8, and where Munro Road begins across the highway.

Here we stopped to sort out those who felt they had walked far enough from those who wished to carry on along Munro Road to Gabriels Gully.
There were 8 who opted to wait for bus to take them to Gabriels Gully where they had their lunch and waited for rest of us to walk there via Munro Road. They found it hard to find a place out of the gale force wind to sit and enjoy their lunch but did find somewhere reasonably sheltered in the end.
The remaining 21 hikers set off about 11.30am along Munro Road having decided to try and find a suitable place to have lunch about 12.30pm. Wind by this time was getting worse but we did find a reasonable place with some shelter from wind and sun, which by this stage was getting pretty hot. From here those that were going to do the Interperative track when they got to Gabriels Gully, 15 of them, set off before the remaining 5 of us who had decided we would just take our time doing the rest of walk to Gabriels Gully. Well, taking our time was not an option but a necessity! The wind kept coming in violent gusts that were threatening to bowl those of us of smaller stature completely off our feet. It was a case of us hanging on to each other to keep our feet on the ground! What a very welcome sight it was to get to top of hill and see the bus waiting for us at end of road. We had walked about 11km and with battling the wind as well as the walk, it felt like it.
By this time only the trampers had yet to be picked up and that had been arranged for 2.40pm. As it was only about 2pm bus took us back to Lawrence where we all went to various places for refreshment of choice, a look round shops or whatever one felt like doing to fill in time till 3pm when we were due to leave.
All back in bus and ready to set off for Mosgiel by just after 3pm. A tired but happy group who all agreed we had had a good day out in spite of wind and heat. – Bev.

Trampers’ Report.

After an uneventful bus trip to Lawrence, the bus dropped 9 trampers at Greys Dam in Gabriels Gully, where we had morning tea, before tackling the track up to the Otago Dam …

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

1. Otago Dam away above Grabriels Gully (Ken pic and caption)

… high above where we were. As the track had a closed sign on it, there was some questions as to whether we could negotiate it all the way up.
I was pleased to see the first creek crossing was low enough to get across without getting wet feet, however one party member [who shall remain nameless] decided she would tackle a slippery rock, & came off 2nd best, ending on her knees in the creek. No damage was sustained, except to her pride.
As we made our way up the track, the storm damage was very evident to see,

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

4. Track conditions- not all like this! (Ken pic and caption)

but there was nowhere we got held up due to fallen trees etc. as the track had been mostly cleared so you could at least keep going.
There are about 5 creek crossings to negotiate, but we all made it safely, with lots of encouragement, & directions on where to put feet, & what to hang onto.

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

5. A balancing act (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

8. Will we all make it with dry feet (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

13. Can I run on water (Ken pic and caption)

On reaching the top at the Otago Dam, we all had a look at the very nice waterfall at the outlet of the dam, then we crossed over the outlet, & walked around the track along the side of the dam to get a better view. We then walked back down the track about 50mtrs. to a sheltered spot [it was blowing rather hard] for lunch.
After lunch we made our way back down the track, tackling the creek crossings with renewed apprehension,

12. thank god it's the last one (Ken pic and caption)

12. thank god it’s the last one (Ken pic and caption)

& eventually arrived back at Greys Dam, where we had a short break before walking back to the car park in Gabriels Gully, & starting on the interpretative track around the gully perimeter,

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

14. Remains of Stamping Battery (Ken pic and caption)

ending up back at the car park just before the bus arrived to pick us up for the return trip home.
A stop for ice cream in Lawrence was enjoyed by most, before setting off homeward bound.
It was mentioned to me that the day was enjoyed very much, & that some were surprised by their fitness level.

Walked 9.4km
climbed 777mtrs.
max elev. 409m – Ken.

3. 7/10/2009. Gabriels Gully.

Disembarking from our 53-seater bus (Ken pic)


Morning Tea near bus.


Stream scene

Preparing for lunch.



Bruce on the crest of a deep waterfall


Crossing stream. The Otago Dam on the left, waterfall just out of sight to the right.

Ian on recce

Ian descending Munroe Gully Track. (Ken pic)


Mine entrance with new padlock on gate


2. 8/10/2003 Gabriels Gully.
Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start.

Wendy Ria Molly. Otago Dam Track start. Greys Dam on right

Greys Dam

Greys Dam

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Stream Crossing below Otago Dam. Doug Pat Wendy Lex Brian

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Lunch Otago Dam. George Molly Wendy Evelyn

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Munro Gully mud. Pat Wendy Ria Doug J, Lex Doug M

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Steep descent from tailings. Doug Bill Pat Wendy Bob Arthur

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

Sluice bank nr end. Doug M, Doug J, Lex, (who?)

1. 15/3/2000. Bus Trip to Lawrence. Interesting tramping-walks. Leaders: Ria L, Catherine, Irene, Donny.

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May 15 2019

Botanic Garden, Logan Park, Northern Cemetery, Chingford

Published by under Hikers

Distance from carpark: 20 km.

22. 15/5/2019. Hikers. Chingford Park, Botanic Garden Loop. E+ Leaders: John and Dave R.

On 15th May, 24 Hikers met at the lower Botanic Garden car park  at 9.25am to depart on an inner City walk in windy, but pleasantly mild conditions.

With the glass houses not opening until 10.00am, a brief loop of the northern upper gardens, included a brief rundown of facts and history of the Garden, then a stop for an early morning tea.


(John pic.)

Following a visit to the glass houses,


(Kevin pic.)


(Kevin pic.)

we made our way up the hill to the aviary.
Departing the garden at the mid Opoho Rd exit we climbed to Arden St, then Chambers St, up steps to Taine St, before descending down  Frame St.

A walk on the sunny side of North East Valley , saw us arrive at Chingford Park in time for lunch, at about 12.20pm.


Lunch in Chingford Park. (Ian pic and caption.)

The return walk was via the “magic fairy walkway’ above Chingford Park, and Alex’s Lindsey Creek track (entrance at old Palmer’s Quarry site.)
Arriving back at the Croc-a-dile Cafe just after 2.00 pm for coffee, the walk concluded under threatening skies.
This being the 1st walk organised by Dave and myself, we hope all enjoyed it, and thank the club for the opportunity. – John.

21. 24/5/2017. Hikers. Botanic Garden and Logan Park. E. Leader: Marjorie.

28 hikers set off from the Gardens car park for a leisurely wander up to the azalea garden for morning tea. The fact that two groups became separated from the leading group, due to the multiple track system, reminded the leader of the need to regroup frequently. All reached the morning tea area…

Clive pic.

…and from there we proceeded out to Lovelock Avenue and entered the bush area, then proceeding up the track…

Clive pic.

…to the top of the cemetery. We walked through the cemetery on the main track,

Clive pic.

stopping to view the Thomas Bracken tombstone, and then followed the track through the bush to Logan Park car park. An easy stroll followed along Butts Road, through the area of the Sports Academy (old art gallery), along the sports field and back along the track on Butts Road. The 250 steps of Abbs Way were a good work out bringing us back to superb views over the city.

Clive pic.

Continuing up through the cemetery with a short detour to the Larnach tomb had us back into Lovelock Bush and then to the azalea garden for lunch. We ended the hike with a walk through the geographic gardens area and the bird aviaries, then down to the lower gardens where most of us had coffee at the Crocodile café. Some of the planned route had to be abandoned due to the closure of tracks for tree cutting but suitable alternatives were available. Although the overall distance was fairly short the steeper areas provided sufficient exercise. The Gardens were in their autumnal colourful splendour and there were many points of interest in the Gardens and the cemetery which made for a diverse and interesting day. – Marjorie.

20. 19/10/2016. Hikers. Woodhaugh, Botanic Garden. E. Leaders: Dot and Bev.

Route Map (Courtesy Ian.)

Route Map. (Courtesy Ian.) A delightful Ramblers-style walk in the blaze of the Spring-blossomed Botanic Garden. – Ian.

Wednesday saw 25 happy hikers assemble in Duke St at the back of Woodhaugh Gardens to enjoy what proved to be a very relaxed and pleasant day out. We walked through bush tracks to emerge in the children’s play area, where some ‘older children’ couldn’t resist the challenge of a small flying fox,

Liz on Flying Fox in Woodhaugh Gardens. (Ian pic and caption.)

Liz on Flying Fox in Woodhaugh Gardens. (Ian pic and caption.)

and then on to the paddling pool section where we sat and enjoyed an unhurried morning tea break.

From there it was out to George St. and a walk along to the Gardens corner to enable us to cross to the Botanic Gardens with the safety of the traffic lights.

We walked right through the Gardens to the exit at Gore St. which we didn’t use but turned up the track to take us to Upper Gardens. From there we wandered round quite a few tracks that a lot of people hadn’t been on before. These took us through areas of bush, the rhododendron dell, and other not so well known areas of the Gardens.

We arrived at our designated lunch spot by 11.45 a.m. but nobody seemed to mind an early and extended lunch hour. Everyone took their time over lunch and from there were free to wander the Gardens at their own pace, meeting again at main gate at 1.30pm to walk back to, and through, Woodhaugh Gardens to the cars.

The Dunedin Botanic Gardens are looking beautiful and are well tended and maintained. Certainly well worth visiting at any time of the year.

Coffee stop was Plaza Café. – Bev.

19. 30/9/2015. Hikers. Logan Park. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
Hikers' GPS

GPSs of route, courtesy Bruce.

Report on hikers’ trip to Logan Park 30 September 2015

Twenty-four hikers, including three students on holiday, set off, on a sunny spring morning, from the Gardens Car Park, opposite Mecure Dunedin Leisure Lodge, at 9.30 am and walked near the Gardens perimeter in a clockwise direction. We appreciated the new bark covered walkway near the themes of sculpturing hedge plants (topiary), coloured plants and plants with fragrancies. We went through the Clive Lister garden and after crossing the bridge viewed the brown trout sculpture near the duck pond commemorating the early breeding of trout in the Opoho Creek ponds in the 1860s. After looking at the two Peter and Wendy themed sculptures we crossed the stream and made our way up hill through the middle of the gardens for morning tea at 10.05 am at the Azalea/Rhododendron dell lawn area.

Refreshed, we passed through the Lovelock Bush on the other side of the road, went up the path and crossed Opoho Park to the right of the rugby club rooms to turn right into Opoho Road and then left into Warden Street. We proceeded to Opoho School at the end of Warden Street and then turned to the right down the driveway at the end of Blacks Road. We passed to the left of a tree at the end of the driveway to proceed downhill on a public walkway, that was initially covered with bark. The advance description of the hike noted that, “Some of the paths are very good, others are steep and less well formed.” The descent from Blacks Road to the Opoho Creek matched the latter description more than the former. Some bird song was heard in this area and a pair of tuis observed. The native bush, including large pungas was quite dense …

In the bush. (Bruce pic and caption)

In the bush. (Bruce pic and caption)

… and Jennifer noted that it was possible, at one time, to hear other trampers but not see them. The track followed alongside the Opoho Creek to a curved bridge where it met a mountain bike track. We continued downhill on this better track (right turn) and came to the remnants of the 1868 Opoho Creek trout breeding ponds about 75 m further along.

Opoho fish pond. (Bruce pic and caption)

Opoho fish pond. (Bruce pic and caption)

Opoho fish pond 2 (Bruce pic and caption)

Opoho fish pond 2 (Bruce pic and caption)

We then continued downhill on the mountain bike trail until we came to a pile of gravel on the right when the playing fields of Logan Park school were visible and turned left up the Marshall mountain bike trail for approximately 50 metres where a large rock was present and then turned right contouring through bush towards a white cloth marker on a tree (Just above the rock in a sign, seen from the uphill side, on a tree with red and green arrows). We went slightly downhill, for about 20 m, to a ledge (part of a trail) and then up and to the right towards another white marker (20 m) and then straight ahead for 20 m to come to the Pelichet Bay rifle butt remains, a stone structure about 20 m long and 2 m high.

 Pelichet Bay rifle butts (Bruce pic and caption)

Pelichet Bay rifle butts (Bruce pic and caption)

Pelichet bay rifle butts 2 (Bruce pic and caption)

Pelichet bay rifle butts 2 (Bruce pic and caption)

We noted the hidden geocache container in the region.

The white cloth marker track led out the other end of the butts and turned to the right to cross a stream (a few metres above a steep descent in the stream where some brave souls saw the need to provide themselves with additional challenges by crossing here). We went downhill on an angle for 30 m and then uphill and to the right for another 30 m to a yellow marker and then followed the track out to the main Signal Hill mountain bike track and then down this to the top mown field at Logan Park to stop for lunch on the sheltered sunny north facing bank at 12.05 pm.

Opoho. Lunch. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Opoho. Lunch. (Bruce pic and caption.)

Some required sun burn lotion to be applied.

After lunch we crossed the broad track above the mown field, on the left edge of the unmown rough area, to reach the gravelled track on the north side of the gully. About 100 m down this, on the top of a slight rise, the groups split into two. Les kindly led a group back to the car park via the gravel track to Dundas Street and then Leith Street. The others arrived about 30 minutes later after ascending the track through the bush on the right, up and to the right, to the corner of Opoho Park by the playground.

From there they crossed to the left hand end of the pine trees on the west side of the park, past the happy ribbon tree,

Happy ribbon tree Opoho Park. (Bruce pic and caption)

Happy ribbon tree Opoho Park. (Bruce pic and caption)

across to the top of the cemetery by the path, through a small part of the cemetery, back through the Lovelock Bush, over the road, downhill through the rhododendron dells, down a native bush path turning to the right down some steps just before the bridge and down a long board walk to Lovelock Avenue which featured a view of a large broadleaf tree that was just a seedling in the early days of Dunedin in 1844. We emerged on Lovelock Avenue just above the memorial stone and re-entered the gardens about 30 m further on to follow the excellent track above the left bank of the Leith Stream back to the car park.

Many had afternoon tea at the Croc-o-Dile.

The bush above the fish breeding ponds in Opoho Creeks was noticeably denser with more moisture than that near the conifers and manuka/kanuka near the rifle butts, and on the hillside between the school fields and Opoho Park. The track descending from Blacks Road to Opoho Creek may be better suited to trampers than hikers and future alternatives would include going from the car park to Lovelock Avenue along the left bank of the Leith track, walking on the streets to Logan Park school, and visiting the fish pond with a dog leg walk up the good quality mountain bike track.

Distance travelled: 8.2 km.

Bruce and Marjorie.

18. 8/10/2014.Hikers. Logan Park, Gardens, University. E. Leaders: Janice and Theresa.


Route. Parked Logan Park HS. 1km: top of Northern Cemetery; 2km: Entering Upper Gardens; 3km: At the Worm; 4km: Near duck pond; 5km: Into Nth Leith St; 6km: Point where Leith turns towards the Harbour; 7km: coffee at University Plaza Cafe.

26 of us parked at the Logan Park High School, closed at the time for the school holidays. Walked further around Butts Road and climbed St Abbs Place steps to Brackens Lookout. Went into the Northern Cemetery to William Larnach’s tomb. Wandered around cemetery to find Brackens grave. Had morning tea amongst the graves, sheltered from the wind by a hedge of bushes. Came back out and climbed up the track behind the new planting out buildings of the Botanic Garden. Entered the Upper Garden at the top corner and went through them into the Rhododendron Dell. Came back up and across to the Mediterranean Garden Terrace.


Mediterranean Garden Terrace

Next, went down to the flat and admired the Ouroboros stainless steel worm sculpture, designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Botanic Garden.


Ouroboros worm sculpture

Walked through to the Gardens Corner exit and made our way along to the Woodhaugh Gardens for lunch on a set of some conveniently sheltered seats.



Lunch finished, we made our way across the gardens via the Duck Pond to Duke Street. We stopped and wondered at the white spanish type building at the foot of the Bullock Track, but no one could shed any light on it’s design origins. We continued down Duke Street into Nth Leith St, into Montgomery Avenue to cross the St David Street pedestrian bridge and to wander along the grass frontage to the original University Buildings, admiring the stepped Leith Stream flood works still underway. We emerged onto the Dundas Street pedestrian bridge, making our way through various newer buildings, past a fruit and vegetable co-op to return alongside the Leith Stream again. We crossed and recrossed this, emerging at last onto Anzac Avenue.

Tramp’s end now in sight, we had to sit down outside Plaza Cafe on the University Plaza adjacent to the Forsyth Barr Stadium to ponder whether to get our (now) customary coffee shot before or after getting back to the cars. Most decided before, several after. This, with much thought, determined and accomplished, wound up the tramp for the day.

Thanks to Jan and Theresa for a successfully conducted tramp, losing none of our straggling party through the many twists and turns of the day. The threatened rain held off and cool  temperatures made for good tramping conditions. A good day out, through many varied locations. Again, thanks Jan and Theresa. – Ian.

17. 11/9/2013. Hikers. Botanic Garden – Bracken View – Rhododendron Dell – Northern Cemetery. Leaders: Lance and Lois.
Last Wednesday 29 hikers turned up at the car park, led by the Woodfields. A nice sunny day.
We started at lower car park at the Botanic Garden and walked our way up the paths in the garden. We stopped at the Mediterranean Garden Terrace for the tea break and enjoyed the lovely cake made by Hazel for George’s Birthday.
The magnolia trees were just starting to show their blooms and the early rhododendrons were out. Roll on October when the main ones bloom.
Lunch was at a grassy area at the upper garden. George, who was 85 – did you know GEORGE WAS 85? – shouted a lot of lovely brut,  bubbly and nibbles. This was a wonderful time …. How many of us will be still hiking around when we are 85? As usual we had lots of laughs.
We visited the northern cemetery and looked at the  William Larnach tomb and then we worked our way down through the Garden.
I think everyone had a good day as there certainly was a lot of talking going on.
Some of the group finished of the day at the Topiary Cafe at Wals Plantland  in Mosgiel for coffee with warm pikelets and cream and carrot cake.
Being retired is so good. – Elaine
 16. 23/5/2012. Hikers. Botanic Garden. Leaders: A & B Landrebe.

15. 26/10/2011. Hikers. Botanic Garden.

14. 17/11/2010 Dunedin Botanic Garden. Leader: Bev.
13. 11/11/2009 Hikers. Upper Gardens, Rhodendron Vale, Northern Cemetery, Aviary. Leaders: Lance and Lois
(Bill pic)

Just representational of the Rodo gardens and borders. Many of our group enjoyed guessing names of rhodos but there are so many, especially hybrids, that to get one right is near impossible. (Bill pic and caption)


(Bill pic)

Morning tea interest group. (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

Best to just listen. (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

Knarled convolutions. (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

Northern Cemetery. Another place worth a further (temp. only) visit. It was noticeable so soon after 31st October how many large cracks in the plastering there were. Do they repair these each year? (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

Palmers Quarry. (Is that apostrophe s or s apostrophe? Probably apostrophe s.) This stop-to-view coincided with 11.11.11. and I wasn’t sure which bangs were quarrying blasts and which were cannon shots. (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

The birds. Thanks DCC. They got this one right. What a great use for a stadium. (Bill pic and caption)

(Bill pic)

The birds(2). (Bill pic and caption)

12. 25/6/2008. Woodhaugh, Botanic Gardens and Northern Cemetery. Leaders:
After some concerns about the weather the day before, we were pleased to wake up to relatively clear skies and no wind. The decision was made to proceed with our mid winter ramble in Woodhaugh and the Botanic Gardens and all fourteen participants set off enthusiastically. There was certainly a nip in the air and snow on the surrounding hills encouraged us to walk briskly along the banks of the Leith and around some of the well maintained bush paths. Sheds 3 and 4 provided shelter for our morning tea break and then we headed across the busy highways via Willowbank and Leisure Lodge to enter the Botanic Gardens. A stiff hill climb levelled out in the rhododendron area, the bushes bare of flowers but still sporting lush green leaves. Crossing Lovelock Avenue, we entered Lovelock Bush, to shortly emerge at the reservoir.
There followed a circuit of the northern cemetery. A warming sun came through the grey sky to enable us to proceed more leisurely and take in some of the interesting sights and historic old tombstones as well as admiring the sculptured trunks of the even older trees.
Lunch with the ducks

A rest at the cemetery

We made a fairly brisk descent to the lower Gardens via the aviary where the birds were in fine, if raucous, voice.

The Shakespeare Gardens

The Shakespeare Gardens

It was warm enough to eat lunch on the seats overlooking the duck pond and lower gardens where we were soon joined by hopeful seagulls, one drake and a blackbird. Some took the opportunity for a quick look at the information centre and glasshouses
Botanic Gardens Glasshouse

Botanic Gardens Glasshouse

before we returned to the cars, well satisfied with our outing and happy to get off home before the weather deteriorated. – Marjorie
11. 19/11/2008 Botanic Gardens, NEV street walk, Chingford Park ret. Leaders: Graham.
Botanic Gardens - Bob Joyce Pat Elaine

Botanic Gardens – Bob Joyce Pat Elaine

The programme said “Chingford” but Graeme, our leader realised that it alone would not extend us, so we began at the Botanical Gardens carpark, completed numerous walks along Gardens paths, had morning tea among the rhododendrons, Continue Reading »

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May 15 2019

Track Clearing

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18. 15/5/2019. Track Clearing. Possum Busters Area. Neil and Arthur.

On a fine but cool Wednesday  14 hardy souls turned up keen to clear some more tracks from FLAX. 7 arrived at Possum Busters, Whare Flat Road junction at 9 ::30 and  started along the track and eventually divided into 2. groups.  1 group cutting up McQuilkins , and the remainder carried on to Porkies. The other 7  travelled up to the top of Swampy by vehicle to clear going down Porkies and McQuilkins. By lunch time both tracks had been cleared of flax.


(Phil M. pic.)


(Phil M. pic.)

HOORAY. Now it was just a matter of returning to the vehicles with a job well done arriving about 1:30.  3 1/2 hours cutting.   After this we returned to Blends for a welcome cuppa and a yarn and the RAIN STARTED.  WE CAN ALL SAY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !!!!


17. 8/5/2019. Swine Spur – and Porkies. Neil and Arthur.

On a fine Wednesday 15 hardy souls turned up keen to clear some tracks from FLAX. We arrived at the bottom of Swine Spur at 9 ::30 and 11 started up the track

G.1st photo --Setting off all enthusedc

Setting off all enthused. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and eventually divided into 3. groups.

H.3.The groupc

The group. (Helen pic and caption.)

1 group cutting up to Swine spur

H.1.Hard at workc

Hard at work. (Helen pic and caption.)

from Possum Busters junction, another group checked Possum Busters to the left, and the remainder carried on up Swine Spur

G.4th-- Up hill to next lot of flaxcJPG

Up hill to next lot of flax. (Gordon pic and caption.)

meeting up with the forth group of 4 who had travelled up to the top by vehicle to clear going down Swine Spur.After lunch the top group cleared about an hour on Porkies by which time everyone had tired arms from sawing and chomping flax so they called it quits and headed back down

G.6th-- Time up.Time to returnc

Time up.Time to return. (Gordon pic and caption.)

to the locked gate and the others who had arrived back at the road at 2;;30 after another hour on Possum Busters. After this we returned to Blends for a welcome cuppa.


– Neil

16. 2/3/2016.  Smithys.

Today, 4 of us started on clearing Smithys track. We went in across the new bridge installed by Neil, that crosses the very wet smelly red muck at the Rollinsons Road end of the track. We estimate that we got about 3/4 of the way through, before it was time to retrace our steps back to the cars.
We are not sure if we will have enough fuel to finish this work, so unless somebody comes up with a couple of litres of fuel, that is as far as we are going. I have about one litre left, & I’m not sure if that would be enough to get to the end of the track. – Ken

15. 11/1/2016 Swamp grass cleared from tracks in Lake Whare environs.

On Monday, 3 trampers met at 9am & went into the Rollinsons Rd area to do some more track clearing.
We started by clearing the bottom piece of Swine Spur, of the waist high swamp grass, then we cleared the whole distance around the Lake Whare Loop track [more waist high swamp grass] & the short lower piece of the track leading from the Lake Whare Loop up to Smithys Track.
As it was still only about 3pm, we decided to also clear a way through the long grass from Rollinsons Rd. to the bush edge of Smithys Track.
I have tried to contact the Green Hut track leader [ & left a message on his phone] to ask if they could put some sort of a bridge over the smelly boggy bit just off the road.

14. 6/1/2016 Possum Busters cleared end to end

After a marathon effort, we finally got Possum Busters track cleared all the way through from road-to-road. This has taken 4 & a bit days of work to complete, & it still would not be finished if it were not for the helping hand of Dick from the Green Hut Track Group, with another scrub bar.
We had 8 people turn up this morning to help out, & it worked out very well with the different activities of the day.

Arthur walked all the way through with a chainsaw, accompanied by Keith, tidying up the few remaining trees blocking, or partially blocking the track, while Ian & Dick walked through to where we had finished off last time, & then started to work back towards Neil, Eric, Steve, & myself.

I would like to thank everybody for their work, it was a relief to get it finished.

However — we are not finished with track clearing yet, & our next effort will be on Monday next, meeting at the same place at 9am. We will be clearing the bottom end of Swine Spur, through all that very long swamp grass [cutty grass] along to where the track enters the bush.


13. 29/12/2015.

Yesterday [Tuesday 29th] 3 trampers went into Possum Busters track from the Rollinsons Road end with two scrub bars, & loppers/hedge clippers.
We have cleared all the way up to & beyond the junction with Swine Spur track. This was very hard work, because of the two steep gullies we had to get in & out of carrying all the gear, & clearing as we went.
We estimate that we have at least another day’s work to finish the full track length, from the Whare Flat -Flagstaff Rd. through to Rollinsons Rd.

The same 3 trampers turned up at the car park this morning, where we decided to have a look at signs on the Tunnels Track, [ or lack of signs] on the three tracks leading back down to the Silverstream.
The Green Hut Group have asked us to do this, & put in signs where necessary.

We will probably look at doing some more work on Possum Busters Track before next Wednesday sometime, weather permitting. So if anybody can lend a hand, that would be most helpful. I will send out an email stating the day/time/meeting place, when we decide to do this.
We will be going in from the Whare Flat – Flagstaff Road end this time, as although it’s longer, it’s much easier going when carrying scrub bars etc. – Ken

12. 30/11/2015.

4 of us went into the Whare Flat area today to put in some signs. We put 6 in around there, & then went up the firebreak track from the bullring, & put one at the top end of the Big Rock track as well. We then went down this track to see if we could find the lower part that goes down to the road, but we couldn’t find it. So we may try to come in from the bottom at the road end, & see how that goes. This track is NOT recommended, it is badly overgrown, & very hard to find your way. It also has some difficult parts, including clambering over boulders etc.
Somebody has been in there recently, & cut down some of the pines that are growing up near the top end above Big Rock.

Here are the pics of them except one which I forgot to photograph.

At junction of Smithies & Lake Whare loop (Ken pic and caption)

At junction of Smithies & Lake Whare loop (Ken pic and caption)

Junction of Swine Spur & track leading to Smithies (Ken pic and caption)

Junction of Swine Spur & track leading to Smithies (Ken pic and caption)

Top end of Lake Whare track (Ken pic and caption)

Top end of Lake Whare track (Ken pic and caption)

Top of Big Rock track (Ken pic and caption)

Top of Big Rock track (Ken pic and caption)

We are nearly finished with signs in that area now, maybe only two or three left to do. But the tracks badly need clearing AGAIN !! Time to get the scrub bar working again. – Ken

11. 6/5/2015

On Wednesday, Arthur, Eric, Dermot, & Ken met up at the end of Silverstream Rd. at 9am & went back into Whare Flat area to finish clearing Smithys track. We went in from Possum Busters on the Whare Flat-Flagstaff Rd. & made our way around to the junction with Smithys, where we started clearing, back towards where we finished on Monday. This was by far the worst end of the track, with many places that badly needed cleared of grass/lawyer vine/honeysuckle/broadleaf etc. etc. 
So it was a big day, & I didn’t think we were going to get to the end, but eventually we did get right through, much to everybodys relief. Then it was a bit of a struggle to get back to the car, after expending most of our energy during the day. The weather was good, although it did worry us a little at lunch time with a few spots of rain. However that soon cleared, & then the sun came out for a great afternoon.
The scrub bar used approx 4litres of fuel for the day, which is not bad considering it runs almost flat out for much of the time.
I arrived home at about 4:30pm, with a couple of blisters, & feeling VERY tired, but happy that we got the job done. – Ken.

10. 4/5/2015

Neil, Arthur, Bruce, & I went out on Monday into the Lake Whare area to do some more track work. We started by clearing long grass from the bottom end of an unnamed track, which drops down from Smithys track & joins up with the Lake Whare Loop track. 
Two of the group went into the bottom part of the Loop track, & us two made our way around from the top end, clearing as we went until we met up by the Lake. We then cleared the track going off to Smithys track [signpost says “to Jim Freeman”], & once we had done that, we then started on Smithys Track. We got a long way through here, but we still have the worst end to do, & estimate another 3hrs work before we finish it.
We were all pleased with the progress made, & commented how much faster it would be if we had two scrub bars to work with. 
I arrived home just after 4pm, feeling rather tired but happy with the day. – Ken

9. 1/4/2015.

April 1st saw two of the trampers out track clearing again. We finished clearing the bottom end of Swine Spur track.


1 Swine Spur track, before clearing. (Ken pic)

1 Swine Spur track, before clearing. (Ken pic)

2 Swine Spur track after clearing. (Ken pic)

2 Swine Spur track after clearing. (Ken pic)

3 Swine Spur, note the track marker we added. (Ken pic)

3 Swine Spur, note the track marker we added. (Ken pic)

Then went & cleared the way through the long grass on the top end of the Whare Lake Loop track, past the old stone ruins. After this we retraced our steps back to Rollinsons Rd. & drove down to the bottom exit for the Loop track, where we cleared about 50-70mtrs. of track until it entered the bush.

4 Clearing the top end of the Whare Lake Loop track. (Ken pic)

4 Clearing the top end of the Whare Lake Loop track. (Ken pic)

5 Whare Lake Loop track before clearing. (Ken pic)

5 Whare Lake Loop track before clearing. (Ken pic)

6 Whare lake Loop track after clearing. (Ken pic)

6 Whare lake Loop track after clearing. (Ken pic)

We then drove down to the start of the Tunnels Track, & cleared the entrance to this as well. We also hung some new track markers in appropriate places on Swine Spur, & the Loop Tracks. All this took about 5 hours of toil. You want to try clearing a path through shoulder high grass, & carrying the scrub bar for 5 hours !! Any volunteers from the hikers for the next piece to be done, which is from point 8 on page 5.08 in A. Hamels book, to where the track up through the bush starts on the short, but steep track [un-named] leading up to the junction with Smithy’s Track ?? – Ken.

8. 4/3/2015

We had a very successful day today, 6 trampers arrived at the end of Silverstream Rd. to help with the days track clearing effort. We motored up to Rollinsons Rd. where two members set off with chainsaws to make a path around a large tree that was across the Lake Whare loop track. The rest carried on a bit further to the end of the Swine Spur track, where we unloaded the scrub cutter, fuel, tools, etc. for the attempt at clearing a way through the waist high swamp grass along the lower part of the track.
Two carried another sign into Smithies Track, & put it in to point the correct way at what appears [wrongly] to be a track junction.
Later on, three members armed with hedge clippers & loppers went up to the start of Jim Freeman track on the Flagstaff – Whare Flat Rd. to clear the first part of that track, which had gotten badly overgrown.
The scrub cutter works extremely well with it’s new blade, & we made good progress up until lunchtime, when I decided to turn the blade over to get a new cutting edge, & lost a washer that holds the blade on, so the nut wouldn’t tighten up, & the blade just spun around inside it’s clamp. So we had lunch, looked for the washer unsuccessfully , & decided to call it a day.
We still have some distance to go to get through this swamp grass, but another mornings work should see it done. – Ken

7. 8/2/2015. Swine Spur grass clearing.

Today, Ian Hebbard & I went & tried out the scrub bar on the start of Swine Spur track. Went thru 2 tanks of fuel to get to the junction with the track going across the small log bridge around to Lake Whare, & found that the blade they gave us is useless. So I’m going to find out what a proper grass blade is worth & see if the club will come to the party. We used another tool head that came with it, & it works quite well…

Start of Swine Spur track. (Ken pic and caption)

1. Start of Swine Spur track. (Ken pic and caption)

showing clearing work on Swine Spur track. (Ken pic and caption)

2. Showing clearing work on Swine Spur track. (Ken pic and caption)

3. More clearing. (Ken pic and caption)

3. More clearing. (Ken pic and caption)

4. Cleared up to junction of Swine Spur & Lake Whare tracks. (Ken pic and caption)

4. Cleared up to junction of Swine Spur & Lake Whare tracks. (Ken pic and caption)

…but as soon as it gets into heavy going, or strikes a branch hidden in the long grass, it breaks the heavy duty nylon & then I have to replace it, so that could get expensive. This tool head is quite unusual, in that it’s very small, & takes straight lengths of very strong ‘ nylon wire’ [not my words, that’s what the makers are calling it] about 25cm-30 long, & they go through the tool head from one side, & stick out the other side by an equal amount. It can take two of these lengths at right angles to each other, but that would be too much for this machine in long grass.
It’s going to be a long hard slog to get the whole bottom end of Swine Spur clear of all that long swamp grass, I might try a scythe, & see how that goes!!!

We also put in another sign at the start of the Tunnel Track…

5. New sign at start of Tunnels track, about 30mtrs from road. (Ken pic and caption)

5. New sign at start of Tunnels track, about 30mtrs from road. (Ken pic and caption)

…about 30mtrs in from the road, & before you get to the creek crossing. – Ken.

6. 17/12/2014. Today we put in new signs…

…at the top of Swine Spur/…

 Top of Swine Spur (Ken pic and caption)

1 top of Swine Spur (Ken pic and caption)


Top of Porkies (Ken pic and caption)

2 top of Porkies (Ken pic and caption)


3 top of Moon (Ken pic and caption)

3 top of Moon (Ken pic and caption)

4 close up of Moon sign (Ken pic and caption)

4 close up of Moon sign (Ken pic and caption)

…& McQuilkans…


5 top of Mc Quilkans (Ken pic and caption)

5 top of Mc Quilkans (Ken pic and caption)

6 close up of McQuilkans sign (Ken pic and caption)

6 close up of McQuilkans sign (Ken pic and caption)

…tracks. We reinstated the DCC sign at the locked gate on Rollinsons Rd. & put in two signs on Smithies track, at two junctions, to point the correct direction to follow Smithies.
We used a 4WD vehicle, & a 4 wheeler quad bike with trailer…

7 our mode of transport (Ken pic and caption)

7 our mode of transport (Ken pic and caption)

…to transport us & equipment along the Swampy ridge track to the tops of the 4 tracks that emerge onto there.
We then went back down Rollinsons Rd. picked up the sign that should be at the locked gate, & proceeded to reinstate it…

8 reinstalling the DCC sign at the locked gate (Ken pic and caption)

8 reinstalling the DCC sign at the locked gate (Ken pic and caption)

…in it’s original position.
Then it was into Smithies track carrying two signs to be installed at junctions,…

9 one of the two Smithies signs (Ken pic and caption)

9 one of the two Smithies signs (Ken pic and caption)

…where it was not obvious which way to go. – Ken.

5. 24/11/2014. Track signs.

A good group of 6 gathered at the end of Silverstream valley Rd. this afternoon to help carry a couple of signs, & equipment,  in to the junction of Possum Busters Track & Porkies Track.
After deciding where the signs were to be placed some holes were dug, & it was here that one group member showed such a dab hand with the spade …

(Ken pic)

Uncaptioned. (Ken pic)

… that nobody else wanted to have a go with it!! After assembling the signs & lowering them into their holes, we rammed all the clay we could find …

(Ken pic)

Uncaptioned. (Ken pic)

… back into the holes, & when we had finished, some photos …

(Ken pic)

Uncaptioned. (Ken pic)

(Ken pic)

Uncaptioned. (Ken pic)

(Ken pic)

Uncaptioned. (Ken pic)

… were taken while we were congratulating ourselves on a job well done. – Ken.

… yesterday [i.e. 5/11/2014, Ed], 4 of us went & put some new signs in on Possum Busters, & Smithy’s tracks. – Ken.

At start of Smithy's on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

At start of Smithy’s on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

At start of Smithy's on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

At start of Smithy’s on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

At junction of Possum Busters & Swine Spur. (Ken caption)

At junction of Possum Busters & Swine Spur. (Ken caption)

At start of Possum Busters on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

At start of Possum Busters on Rollinsons Rd. (Ken caption)

4. 12/9/2014. Track Clearing. Possum Busters from Top.
We struggled up the Possum Busters track from Rollinsons Rd. & managed to lose two of our group. We didn’t notice they were missing until we got back to the Swine Spur/Possum Busters junction for lunch. We thought they were diligently trimming back some trackside growth somewhere behind us ! It transpired that they took a wrong turn about 100 yds.  from the junction where we had lunch, & ended up going down the bottom part of Swine Spur all the way out to the road. Of course they then realised their mistake, & retraced their steps. We found them when two of us went down the Swine Spur to see if we could find the track, as last time we tried, it disappeared, & we couldn’t find where it went. I’m happy to say that the track has been cleared, & we found the lost duo, just as they finished their lunch, about 200mtrs. from the lunch junction. Another member of our party went all the way out to the road on Possum Busters to try & find them, so he retraced his steps, & we met up with him shortly after we started heading out after lunch.
As for the track clearing effort, we discovered that we were only about 25mtrs. short of getting all the way through last time when we came in from Jim Freeman track.  It was a bit of a surprise to find that we only had about 1/2 an hour of clearing to do. So Possum Busters is now open for traffic, but still needs some tidying, which the Green Hut Track Group tells me they will do this when we cut a way through all the windfall trees.
On the way out, two of us stopped off at the pump-house car park, & went along the Silverstream track with chainsaws, to clear a way past some fallen trees that were making it difficult to walk the first part of this track. So it’s now possible to walk along here without having to duck under, or climb over any obstacles.
We also had a look at Leishmans track, where DOC have been trying to cut their way through windfall material. This is negotiable for quite some distance, but we didn’t go all the way, so there could still be some blockage further in. The track is steep in places, & the creek crossings are VERY slippery. – Ken]
3. 29/8/2014. Possum Busters track clearing day.
Today, 6 members of the club turned up for a track clearing day on Possum Busters track, which has been blocked since the last years big snow fall. We had two chainsaws working, & some others with loppers etc. & some shifting the cut vegetation from the track as we progressed along it. We achieved a good distance [estimate about 1km] with approx. 4 hrs work, & we think we are getting close to the other end of the blockage.
The damage in there has to be seen to understand what it’s really like, & many thanks to the Green Hut track group, who found the way through this jungle of fallen trees etc. & marked it so it can be followed again.
This track would make a good walk for the hikers in the future I think, although there are a few creek crossings to negotiate.
So a very grateful thanks to those that turned up & worked so hard during the day. Cheers – Ken]
2. 7/8/2013. Trampers. Schoolhouse, Tunnels, McRaes Weir, return.
At the request of the DCC, 4 trampers armed themselves with some tools, & arrived at the tunnels track ready to do some track clearing. The first obstacle was located within 300 mtrs of the starting point, up the road & just across the stream from the schoolhouse. This was one of many blockages that we had found when we did a tramp along here 2 weeks before.
We managed to get all the way along to the old racemans hut, & the stream crossing just beyond that, clearing all of the smaller stuff out of the way, so that the DCC guys, or The Green Hut Track Group could come in with chainsaws, & remove all the large trees across the track.
It was obvious that the DCC Task force Green guys had been along the last part of the track towards the old racemans hut, as there wasn’t much for us to do along that stretch, but we still did a good days work, & I think there would’ve been some tired bodies that evening.
We may look at continuing with this work at a later date, but I have sent an email to Graeme of the Green Hut Track Group, so he can keep me up to date on what still needs doing. – Ken.
1. 6/10/2004. Both. Track Clearing Day. (Hedge Clippers, Secateurs, Loppers.) Leaders: Ian, Bob H.

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May 09 2019

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May 01 2019

Macandrew Bay, Company Bay, McTaggart St, Camp Rd, Pukehiki, Greenacres St

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Distance from car-park: 24 Km.

MacTaggart St track closed for lambing September and October.

4. 1/5/2019. Both. Macandrew Bay, McTaggart Street, Lanarchs Castle. Leaders: Jill and Noi.

A most perfect day greeted 47 eager members at the carpark from where we ventured down to Macandrew Bay carpark, on the Otago harbour.
The harbour was mirror like …

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Dunedin. Blue above and below. (Helen pic and caption.)

… and the surrounding countryside pristine so what a great start on our Peninsula experience.
We walked from Mac bay to Company Bay around the designated harbour walkway to the Yellow eyed penguin plant nursery at the start of the McTaggart track.

Here we were greeted by Louise the supervisor of the nursery.

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At native nursery. (Helen pic and caption.)

She spoke to us on the process of collecting the seeds locally to the germination, to seedling growth and then the seedlings 2 years later being transported to various locations where there are protected penguin colonies. Most are on our Peninsula, the Catlins and north of Dunedin at Bushy beach. These are native plantings to provide shelter to try to help protect our falling numbers of penguins. Some penguins also suffer from avian malaria which is incurable.

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Morning Tea at the nursery. (Kevin pic and caption.)

After morning tea we proceeded up to the McTaggart track and across marked farmland. From here the group split and 7 decided to proceed down to Broad Bay and walk back to the parked cars while the rest of the group climbed several steep stretches and across more farmlands towards Larnach Castle.



Views. (Helen pic and caption.)

The day was very hot so members were advised to set their own pace and we became quite a spread out group but Noi our tail end member quietly encouraged them onwards and upwards.
Delta employees were tidying up trees on Camp Rd behind Larnach Castle so we continued to walk to the blue stone accomodation to have lunch where we sat on the slope in front


(Kevin pic.)

and had the most spectacular views up and down the harbour and still no wind. Further along the road we passed the Pukehiki church over 150 years old some members walked around the grounds. Along Highcliff Rd further to the Greenacres track which was down all the way to Mac Bay again passing through bush  areas with some birdsong and views of the harbour.
Options were either ice creams at Mac Bay or coffee at Nichols.
It was approx a 10 k walk.
I just want to put out a reminder.
Before any tramp summer or winter always have a good breakfast,
carry water and sip frequently to keep hydrated,
wear a hat and
have a substantial lunch to give you the fuel to provide the energy to keep going.
Jill and Noi.

3. 29/8/2012. Trampers. Macandrew Bay, Company Bay, MacTaggart St, Camp Rd, Pukehiki, Greenacres St.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken.
2hrs 18min moving time
4.0 moving ave.
343mtrs total ascent

Calm harbour view from McTaggart St track.


Tanker viewed from top of Camp Rd track

2. 30/1/2008 Trampers. Macandrew Bay, Company Bay, MacTaggart St, Camp Rd, Pukehiki, Greenacres St. Leader: Bruce

Climb start. Tash, Glenice, Lex, Emma, Peter, Bruce, Pat, Keith

Climb start. Tash, Glenice, Lex, Emma, Peter, Bruce, Pat, Keith

Under cloudy skies, an aggregation of agile adventurers (at least in spirit), set forth, at 9.45 am, from Macandrew Bay on the harbourside road to Company Bay. A viking-like double hulled vessel with Chinese inspired dragon heads on the prows and supporting a Jolly Roger flag reminded us not to be too serious. After passing some harbour reclamation where gravel had been dumped on a grey matting we turned up MacTaggart Street and passed the plant nursery for the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust.


Still climbing. Glenice, Sabina.

We feasted on views down the harbour during a morning tea break on a bank under pine trees before venturing on to a grassy track in a secluded dell.

Keith, Lex, Sabina, Pat, Wendy, Bruce, Peter

Admiring view. Identifiable: Keith, Lex, Sabina, Pat, Wendy, Bruce, Peter

We emerged past a Peasgood Nonsuch cooking apple tree in a rejuvenated orchard before joining Camp Road leading up the hill from Turnbull’s Bay. We sweltered under the sun. We admired the view of Harbour Cone and some of the land the Council has purchased between it and Peggys Hill and searched for the remnants of native bush that will be preserved as habitat for jeweled geckos and red admiral butterflies. We applauded, at least in part, Peter and Ian having written to the DCC supporting the appeal for the purchase. Entering a wooded glade on camp road we were struck by the multiple stranded barb wire fence guarding the property of Larnach’s Castle from those unwilling to pay the $10 admission fee to the grounds. We ate our lunches near the entrance and watched vehicles queueing up to enter. Appreciating a cooling breeze, we admired the new Bluestone House on Camp Road, with imposing gates, built in the University of Otago building style with volcanic basalt faced with Oamaru Stone. After contrasting it with the timber piles for the historic Pukehiki Church and checking on the books at the Portobello Library next door to it (and not quite at Portobello), we descended down the Greenacres Street track noting the entrance is not sign posted and appears to come off a private driveway. It was nice to walk on the secluded tree-lined flatter portions on the track but the steeper portions were hard on some knees. Seventeen tired trampers then gathered in the Greenacres Street cemetery around the grave of James Macandrew, four of whose nine children are remembered in Marion, Jane and Featherstone Streets and at Colinswood, before arriving back at our vehicles at 1.55 pm. One idea that emerged on the walk was that rather than covering up the historic stone wall lining the harbour road, built by Maori prisoners from Taranaki, to provide space for walkers and cyclists a board walk might be built by driving tanalized piles into the water alongside the road as in a Marina. It would be something unique but the expense and maintenance might be a problem. If the Boulder Beach tramp for next year can be scheduled for late February when the beach is not closed for penguin protection we may try a round trip starting at the top of Buskin Road, proceeding along Highcliff Road and down Paradise Road, visiting the beach and then returning up Buskin Road. – Bruce

1. 8/10/1997. Broad Bay, Larnach Castle area via Camp Road. Leaders: Chris, Ngaire and Doug.

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Apr 24 2019

Taieri Mouth

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No. 78 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Knarston Park Sth Coast (Ask Jean Young) Farm”
Location: 31.5 km.
9. 24/4/2019. Hikers. Taieri Mouth Area. Leaders: Chris, Dot, Alex and Liz.

Route map, courtesy Ian. 8km limited to the 7 who returned after lunch. (The rest did 4km more not travelled by this Nike app!) The “8km” indicator hides the points on the map where the route started and finished.

About 26 Hikers and Ramblers mustered under a cloudy sky by the Taieri Mouth Bridge to walk through hidden nooks and crannies of the Taieri Mouth area, led by Liz and Alec.

We started off along Riverside Road and cribs that are only a stones throw from the flowing river.   A living history was related by Alec and Liz as we went past the cribs telling us stories of past and present inhabitants.   We eased along a lower part of the Millennium Track to a sheltered glade where we sat down for morning tea. More stories were told of holidays spent along these banks and of income gleaned from whitebait or discarded beer bottles.

C.1) Morning Teac

After morning tea we returned along Riverside Road to Hanning Place.   This is a turn off that is easily passed without discovering Picnic Gully.   Picnic Gully is a walk that used to be frequented by travelers from Dunedin more than a hundred years ago before the bridge was put across the Taieri.

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Picnic Gully. (Clive pic and caption.)

We didn’t miss it this time and were soon into the thickly covered bush walk


which ended in a scramble up a bank onto a newly bulldozed track up onto Finlayson Road.   This track was very steep and soon had us all stopping to catch our breath.


We learnt that this gully walk crossed the land of Alan Gorton who allows us to cross other parts of his land when going to the old sawmill.  We also acknowledge the work done on the track by the children of the nearby Taieri Mouth school.

Down the hill saw us entering Knarston Park and led us onto the beach.   It was now close to low tide and we could see it would have been easy to walk out to Moturata Island, but not today.   We continued along the beach and passed a recently erected old tree and masses of toa toa and pipi shells.   Charlie and Jess had recorded their presence in Toa toa shells which would last only until the next king tide.K.4aIMG_1907c

Lunch was now in sight.   We arrived at Livingstonia Park as the sun broke through.   There was discussion over lunch as to the name for the park be it Livingstone or Livingstonia.   Those in the know confirmed it as Livingstonia and was a living war memorial to returned servicemen and women with amputations and other injuries.

After lunch we headed up Coutts Gully Road to a walk up through bush at Livingstone – Green bush walk and lagoon.   Someone had taken a lot of time and trouble writing notices along the path explaining the history of the bush area.  There was a great view from the top along the beach to North all the way to Saddle Hill.

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The view from the top. (Clive pic and caption.)

Once down the hill we skirted the lagoon to see geese spoonbills and ducks before heading back to the cars by the Taieri Bridge.   We had walked nearly 12 kilometers in 4 1/2 hours.   Some wished they could have taken longer as there was such a lot to see and enjoy.   Maybe something to do on another day.   Thanks Liz and Alex.

– Clive

8. 5/12/2017. Both. Livingstonia Park. Moturata Island. M. Leaders: Bob and Phil.

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

A combined 32 Trampers and Hikers ventured down  through Brighton to Taieri Mouth , certainly not expecting traffic lights at Kuri Bush!  Livingstonia Park was the starting point after being warmly welcomed by Bob and we set off towards Akatore passing a range of new property developments; just prior to moving on up the rise to the highest point of the walk, Bob detoured us onto the lawn, surrounded by sheltering trees, at the old NZ Forest HQ.

Morning tea at Forestry HQ. (Phil pic and caption.)

Some of us pondered the thoughts of this site having a ‘second coming’ with the new governments initiative of a billion trees…….

We then headed south with the breeze at our back, up the gradually increasing rise, enjoying the views of forest and farmland and sea, interrupted regularly by shouts of ‘truck’ and ‘car’. before Bob again turned us off ( clearly a man with great local knowledge and contacts!)   and headed down through farmland to the seaside.  Here we mounted the stile and various scouts attempted to find their way onto the beach.  This was more easily achieved by Bob when his hands were free after helping at the stile!

A mix of short beach walks, interrupted by rocky headland became the norm, requiring some inventiveness to move through the formations,

Into the promise land? (Phil pic and caption.)

as well as some rather intimate team bonding as some larger rocks were mounted!  Well done everyone!

Eventually the main Taieri Beach came into view and on we set following the curve of the surf to the ‘bar’; nothing changes when tramping, initial hesitancy to getting the feet wet to plain old just barge on in or take the boots off.  Rumours of a channel were probably proved correct as a ‘minor river’ was crossed before the main bar being traversed …

Sand bar, not showing heavy-flowing channel needing to be waded. (Ian pic and caption.)

… and we reached the Island at around 12.30pm, to be greeted by large numbers of nesting gulls;


Birds nesting on Moturata Island close up. (Ian pic and caption)

apparently the island was used to collect guano in the good old days, and you could understand why.

Colours on the rocks over on the Island. (Helen pic and caption.)

With low tide being over half an hour past, it was decided to return to Knarston Park for lunch, and shelter from the incessant sea breeze.  This was a good decision as the ‘minor river’ had increased in volume, requiring river crossing techniques for some.

The scale of the bar was impressive, being much larger than thought, as were the patterns in the sand and rock formations both at the island and on the rocky headlands.

Following a late lunch, (more so because of the early morning tea!) everyone safely made their way back to the cars and met up with others who had completed a shorter walk.

I am reliably informed  the full walk was 11.4 km and well, we won’t specify the altitude will we….

The day was very satisfyingly repleted at the new Brighton Café, where it seemed we had more than 32 folk chatting away!

New coffee bar in Brighton.(Helen pic and caption.)

( Ice creams from next door more than welcome, as both shops are apparently owned by the same folk).

Ho ho and have a happy festive season. – Phil.

7. 26/6/2013. Hikers. Knarston Park. Moturata Island. Leaders: J Knox, P Clough

GPS of Route

It was a treat of a day. Well, yes, a bit of a cold wind, but – the sandbar!

We parked, morning-tead at Knarston Park on concrete picnic table seats that were not at all warm.

Then out to the sandbar. The tide was super-low, half a metre below sea-level. The bar was broad as broad. And dry. We walked and walked. This writer was overwhelmed with the experience of being on such a wide and long stretch of sand so under the waves at other times.  Eventually we reached the island.


At Moturata Island

We sauntered round. The tide was so-o-o low we were assured of plenty of time before heading back. We headed to the rocks the north end of the islands and scrambled over them to see the surf breaking on the seaward side of the island.


Rock at northern end of island.

And then we sauntered back. Marvellous, as John Campbell would say.

The wind was still a bit sharp however, so we went back to the cars and on round the road past the fishing boats. A couple of fisherfolk said they had already noticed us and it was good to hear that locals keep a sharp eye out for the sandbar trekkers. Then on further to the start of the John Bull for lunch. (5km marker on GPS route map).


Lunch at terminus of John Bull track.

Back down and across the bridge to walk round the beach on the river’s true left. Yes, back to the cold wind, but it was behind us. We observed the cliffs below the houses until we thought it best to get off the beach.  We climbed a set of steep large steps and up through a property and a wire fence to reach the highway at the top. (7km on map)

Onto road

Onto road

We took the road back, crossed the bridge and reached our cars at near the 10km mark. Thanks to Judy and Pam carefully checking out our chances the day before and their leadership on the day.

A most satisfying day. – Ian

6. 5/9/2012. Both. Knarston Park. Moturata Island – NOT! Leaders: Ian, Margaret.
Click to get full photo.

Morning tea time – when we were still optimistic of a successful outcome!

Tide, wind and flood were all against us.
Tide – Even though we had got the low tide time exactly as we had wanted, we failed to take in consideration that minimum low tide was still o.9 metros. Must aim for nearer 0.0 next time!
Wind – Although a boisterous wind was from off the land, whipping up sand and breaker spray, the waves were still coming in stronger than we had expected.
Flood – The Taieri River was in quite flood mode, breaking two channels across the sand-bar we had hoped to traverse.
S-o-o-o-o-o. We had morning tea. We walked down the beach to where the rocky part begins and back. We waited. And waited. Some more hopeful than others. Some more resigned to failure. We early lunched. Then walked down the beach again, aiming for a round trip through Livingstonia Park and back along the road, but short-cutted through a bit before that.
And then behold. KB contractors drilling a pipe-line for fibre-optic (we think) alongside the road with a wonderful machine. Complete with GPS guidance showing on a screen to the operator, it automatically screwed and push-drilled successive pipes through alongside the road and  under the ground, with a clever drill-head (we learnt on asking) that could tilt the pipe’s direction left and right, and up and down on the operator’s bidding. Marvellous! (To the technically-minded anyway.)
We were now close to the cars again. The day had been wind, but grew warmer as it progressed. Everyone was philosophical about the way the day had turned out.
Perhaps, as was suggested, a low-tide day late summer or autumn, when the Taieri is NOT in flood would be a much wiser day to tackle the Island next time.
5. 7/8/2011. Both. Taieri Mouth. Knarston Park. Beach Walk. Easy. Leaders: Lex, Graham.
There was a full tide around 11.30 a.m., which we cunningly exploited by negotiating the narrow beach parts before and after its peak.
The beach walk down river however, was rather constrained by the rising tide at one brief point, splitting the ‘(Fool(?)-Hardy Paddlers’ from the ‘Off-Beach-Detourers’ before we could make it to the large beach seen on the next pic.

The Taieri Mouth in the distance behind us.

Inevitably, we had to come to the rocky outcrops and were forced to make our way up a rope-lined track to paddocks.

A careful steep climb.

The track climbed. (Elaine pic.)

A view from the paddocks. (Elaine pic)

Further on, we were able to descend to another beach.

At one point, we were treated to a swimming seal lumbering its way out of the water to sun itself on a rock

Then it was time for lunch before retracing out steps back to our cars.
While we were seated, our President read out a text sent to us by Leslie S from hospital, saying she was feeling better and sitting up. (Today’s trip was a replacement for the scheduled trip to Waipori with Leslie and Bill as leaders.)

The lunch stop.

4. 30/6/2010. Hikers. Taieri Mouth. Beach Walk. Easy. Leaders: Lesley G, Neil.
A bitterly cold wind to start with. – Bill.

Taieri Beach, well wrapped up. Early lunch lunch stop. (Bill pic and caption)

Guess whose knees. (Members only.) (Bill pic and caption)

A necessary warm-up coffee stop. (Bill pic and caption)

3. 17/1/2007. Hikers. Taieri Mouth Easy. Leaders: Chris, Ray.
2. 14/6/2000 Taieri Mouth – Beach Walk. Leaders:Dot B, Joan H, Pam H

1, 8/2/1989. Moturata Island.

Moturata Island. Peg Chisholm, Molly Vaughan.

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