Jul 01 2020

Programme

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WINTER TIMETABLE   PETER JOHNSON PARK CARPARK  9.15am for 9.30 DEPARTURE

8. July.

Trampers.  Track Clearing Whare Flat  (under review) Leader Neil $3.00.

Hikers.  Drs Point, Mapoutahi Beach and Cemetery.  Leaders Betty and Jim. E. $7.00.

15 July.

Trampers. Outram Glen. Leaders: Joy N. and Kathryn. E. $3.00.

Hikers. Mt Cargill Leaders: Clive and Kevin. E. $4.00.

22 July.

Trampers. Chrystalls Beach. Leaders: John and Dave. E. $11.00.

Hikers. Brighton Area. Leaders: Liz and Alex. E. $3.00.

29 July.

Trampers. Evansdale: Rongamai/Honeycomb. Leaders: Arthur and Gwenda. M+. $7.00

Hikers. Warrington Beach. Blueskin Bay. Leaders: Jenny and Faye. E. $8.00.

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Jul 01 2020

Midwinter Dinner Occasions

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6. 1/7/2020 Mid-winter Luncheon. RSA. Leaders : Eleanore and Jill.

Due to  the abysmal weather yesterday afternoon, we cancelled the planned walk along the Silver stream, thank goodness we did because the rain kept going last night and today.
Instead, It was lovely to be greeted at the Mosgiel R.S.A. restaurant by 60 Happy faces, particularly our Senior Members, who always enjoy our shared occasions.  We were all  ready for a good catch up after the Coronavirus lockdown.
Past President Jill welcomed everyone along.  Also, on behalf of the Club Jill passed condolences onto Margaret Smith, due to  the recent Passing of her  beloved  Husband Les.

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Photo and Caption Helen – ” Vice President Jill welcoming everyone.”

At our 30th Anniversary, Jill as President, had the honour to present both  Les and  Margaret with Life Membership.  Margaret  joined in 1988 and Les in 1990.   Both dedicating many years of service to the club.
President Arthur thanked both myself and Jill for organising the venue and meal.  Also, he mentioned about the trampers’ track clearing trip set down for 8 July.
Grace was delivered by Ian Fleming, another Life Member of the Club.

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Photo and Caption Helen – ” Enjoying the lovely food.”

It was now time to enjoy tasty, well presented Dinners.   Choices being—Hot Ham, Fish, Braised Steak or Wiener Schnitzel.  Followed by beautifully presented Fruit Crumble or Ice Cream Sundae.  Tea, Coffee and Chocolate to finish off with.

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Photo and Caption Helen – “Enjoying seeing everyone.”

Full credit must go to the chef, manager and staff for their effort they put into the meal, and service given.
I hope you all enjoyed the outing as much as Jill and I did.
Eleanore Ryan and Jill Dodd

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Jun 25 2020

Bull Ring, Swampy, Nicols, Pt Pineapple, Davies, ret

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No. 80 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bull Ring – Whare Flat. Swampy Year Round”
Click Dunedin’s Hills’ History for background information.
Click Swampy ridge track for background information.
Click Pineapple Track for background information.
Click Pineapple and Flagstaff walk for background information.

 

Nicols Creek circuit Maintained by Green Hut Track Group. DCC land.

Pineapple Track—the curious name of this track originates from a tradition involving a local grocer in the 1920’s.  He guided parties up a track in this area and would provide tinned pineapple as a refreshment at the top.  The empty cans were left as litter.

24/6/2020 FLAGSTAFF   WALKWAY   ONTO   SWAMPY   RIDGE   TRACK   and   RETURN. Leader Eleanore
After a couple of head counts our group of 24 (including 3 new faces) arrived at the Bull Ring at 10am to a very foggy morning.  As well as us,  staff were parked up waiting to spread gravel on Pineapple and Firebreak tracks, that was to be dropped by helicopter.  We commented that it would be something new to look at as we were walking.

After a short sharp climb we arrived at the Plane Table marked by a drainpipe at a height of round 660 metres for smoko, still in fog and no views we headed off again down and around to the Pineapple junction, passing by damage caused by a fire last year.

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Photo and Caption John – “Morning tea – not to be MIST!”

This section of the Pineapple track was wet and slippery along with the odd patch of icy puddles, we had to make sure we kept our feet firmly on the ground!!

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “You couln’t have MIST this group of trampers.”

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Still slogging up hill!”

We arrived at the junction of Swampy and Firebreak tracks at 11am, then continued through more mud, noticing quite a lot of broom had been recently cut down—-thanks to those concerned.

 

After some climbing along the way, passing Moon, Powerline, and Telecom Microwave Station tracks, we arrived at the Aircraft Navigation Station at the Swine Spur junction at 12:15pm.  Up till now, the only sight to be seen was the person in front of you!!  Occasionally, one hoped for the fog to lift,  so the amazing views could be enjoyed—so far, not happening.

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Photo and Caption John – “Lunch at Swampy summit.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Gotcha Dave!”

At 12:40pm, after a shortened lunch it was time to head for home, negotiating the slippery, slidey slopes along the way reaching the Firebreak junction in 1 hour, we took the shortcut back onto Flagstaff track, and enjoyed the mostly downhill walk to the cars, arriving at 2:30pm.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Homeward bound.”

The boots covered a good 13kms.

This was the first tramp with the Club I have  been on that the fog never lifted the entire day.   We were ready for coffee,  cake and a yarn to celebrate our achievement at Blackstone Cafe.

As always, I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.
Eleanore

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Jun 25 2020

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
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38. 24/6/2020 Hikers  Ocean Grove/Tomahawk
Twenty-four hikers departed from the Marlow Park entrance near the toilet block at approximately 1000 heading up path behind the dinosaur slide, through the car park and continuing along the grassy sports fields to reach the metal gate at the end. We turned left at the road behind the St Clair scout building and at the crest of the sandhill took a track to the right which led to the Sir James Barnes prospect which looked out over the Forbury Park trotting facility.
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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Heading up the track to Barnes Prospect.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “View from Barnes prospect.”

We then headed towards St Clair down the concrete steps on left and along the crest of the sandhill for about 50 m to where the track branches to the right.

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Descending from sandhills crest to above sand sausage.”

We left the track at that point and went down a sandy track towards the beach and then continued along above the sand retaining sausage, up a sandy slope, and then up some concrete steps to the St Clair Surf Club building. We had morning tea at 1030 in the playground behind the building.

At 1045 we went down the sandy slope again and continued along the beach past the St Kilda surf club rooms until we reached the far end at Lawyers Head at 1140.
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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Approaching groyne at St Clair.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “At Lawyers head end of beach.”

We then took a track up to John Wilson drive and had lunch in the region of the Sir Leonard Wright memorial at the top of the hill at approximately 1205.
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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Track heading to John Wilson drive.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Clambering over an obstacle on the track.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Sir Leonard Wright memorial.”

The last of the Golden Oldies golfers had just completed the nearby hole as we arrived.
After lunch we walked around the perimeter of the course marked by red posts and avoided walking on the greens. At the far side of the course we went down a short path, near an entrance to the crematorium and cemetery, and down a foot path to the right to reach a green transformer and Tomahawk road which led down the hill to the bridge over the outlet of Tomahawk lagoon. We took the sandy path to the beach just before the bridge and followed the dry stream bed to the beach.
We initially looked at the cliff face and caves by the golf course and then walked to the cave atthe far end of the beach.
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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Cave at golf course end of Tomahawk beach.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Length of Tomahawk beach.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Cave at end of Tomahawk beach.”

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Exploring the cave.”

We then came back along the beach about 200 m to walk up to the sand dunes and the path leading to the playground on Tomahawk Road.
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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Walking back from cave.”

We then walked down the hill and turned left into Luke Street going past the Otago Anglers Association Club rooms on the corner. We ascended the rise at the end of the street, walked past the site of the demolished Tomahawk School and swimming pool and noted that the dental clinic had been removed in the past week. We followed a path towards the car park, sporting facilities building and the playing fields to emerge at the far end at the outlet bridge.
We retraced our steps up the path to the left at the green transformer and took the path to the right between the golf links and the crematorium gate. After briefly detouring to the right into the cemetery at a rose bush near the memorial to the women who died in the Seacliff hospital fire in 1942, we went to the left to rejoin the track through the golf course.

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Photo Clive and Caption Bruce – “Memorial to women who died at Seacliff in a fire on 8th December 1942.”

Near the club house we went up the hill to the left to go behind the club house to regroup and then continued around the club house and followed the perimeter of the course until we reached a path which led to the Pirates Rugby Club fields. We crossed these to arrive back at the cars at 1540 and then proceeded to Nicols for coffee.
The weather was better than it might have been with a bearable temperature and overcast, 100% cloudy conditions, but no wind. This gave the Ocean Grove beach a slightly misty appearance.
The distance covered was 14 km. We extend our thanks to Alex Griffin who stepped in to assist as leader after Marjorie had to leave early for another commitment.
Marjorie and Bruce

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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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 …

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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.

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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,

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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 …

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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

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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

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
4.1km/h
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.

Karetai

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
B, Ria H

 

 

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Jun 20 2020

Michelles Farm, North Side Taieri River, Outram

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No. 87 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Michelle’s Farm Outram Farm”

11 km from car park.

 

Park under Outram Bridge. Contacts: Seek 3 permissions
Proceed east side of Taieri River along gravel road to gravel pit.  Bear right uphill to power lines. Follow generally along grass farm tracks to top of hill.
Landmarks: Trig marker on right; also obvious paper road between two fence lines; Long barn on right (good for lunch stop); large wool shed on top of hill straight ahead (this is still on Hyslop’s property.
Straight on access is to Taioma Road but we don’t usually go that far!
Plenty of mushrooms in April – take a bag!
17/6/2020. Trampers. Nichols Farm. M. Leader: Gordon
From the carpark under the Outram Bridge 24 members started the walk beside the Taieri River in nice weather but with forecast for rain at 1.00pm. At the end of this track we turned off and headed up hill. Parts of this were quite steep but finally reached a nice flat spot for morning tea.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Still slogging up hill”.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Morning tea stop”

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Hurrah finally levelling out.”

Heading uphill again after smoko we soon came out on to  grass paddocks and continued  on a gentle gradient to the cattle-yards at the top.  from there walked a short distance before heading downhill on a steep ridge to the start of a small pine forest at the bottom, about ½ km from main road.
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Photo and Caption Wendy – “Haven’t seen those people for a while!”

From there we walked a short distance before heading downhill on a steep ridge to the start of a small pine forest at the bottom, about ½ km from main road.
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Photo and caption – “Wandering thru the trees”.

A pleasant walk through the trees to a farm track which we followed uphill to a stile where we crossed into Walmsley’s property. Followed cattle track down to gully then along foothills to lovely lunch spot with terrific views.
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Photo and Caption John – “Comfortable lunch spot”.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “What a view”.

After lunch carried on along foothills before returning into forestry for assent to top after climbing through neighbours.
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Photo and Caption John – “Panorama from the top”

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Photo and Caption Helen – “Who’s watching who?”

After a “Pow Wow” at top, decision was made to head back on shorter route to cars which also allowed time for refreshments and catch up at Wobbly Goat. A good day to start off the tramping calendar after all the lock downs I really enjoyed it.   Gordon.

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Jun 19 2020

Mary Young, Club Member 1987-2011, 24 years.

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Mary Young died on the 19th of June, 2020, aged 88 years. She joined the Taieri Recreational Group on 21/1/1987 and was on the Steering Committee helping it to became a Club on 4/3/1988. She resigned in 2011, concluding a membership of 24 years.

Nine present and former Club members attending her funeral on 26/6/2020, were: Ian Fleming, George and Elizabeth Haggie, Chris Hughes, Ria Lippers, Doug Moir, Denise Pearce, Margaret Smith, and Dot Taiaroa.

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Jun 19 2020

Woodhaugh Gardens and Leith

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19 km from car park.
10. 17/6/2020. Hikers. Woodhaugh gardens and the University area. Dawn Pool and Pam Clough.
 20 people from the Hiking Group had a very pleasant 7k walk from the yacht club car park up 260 steps to the botanical gardens, where we enjoyed a beautiful view and morning tea.
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We then wound our way down through the grounds, enjoying lots of things on the way, arriving at the duck pond, where we stopped for lunch.
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 An interesting walk through the University and back to the cars.
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 Just as the weather changed we reached the cafe by the stadium and all enjoyed a hot drink before heading back home.
Hope the trampers enjoyed their day.
Regards
Dawn Pool

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May 12 2020

Les Smith, Club Member 1990-2020, 30 years.

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Les Smith died on the 12th of May 2020, aged 89 years. He joined the Club in the 1st of March, 1990. Club Member for 30 years. Club President on two occasion, 1998-2000, and 2013 to 2015. Life Member 2018.

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Mar 18 2020

Bendoran: Gap, ABC, Orbells, Fiddlers.

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9. 18/3/2020 Trampers. Bendoran, Mt Misery, The Gap, ABC caves. Leaders – Arthur and Eleanore
On Wednesday 18 March, 4 trampers had wood, coal, gas and food packed into 2 cars ready to travel 60 km to Bendoran for 2 nights.  Along the way we met up with the other couple in their car.  We travelled up to the old Cherry Farm site, onto McGrath road—then a very dusty trip up the gravel road to Bendoran.   On arrival, we tidied the hut, lit the coal range and had lunch.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “We have arrived at Bendoran Hut.”

On a lovely sunny afternoon, with Arthur as our Leader, we walked up Mount Misery (714 metres) which was reasonably steep, however, we had great views of each every direction.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “On our way to Mt Misery”

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Mt Watkins from Summit.”

After coming down rather thick tussock, and heading back towards the hut, we then climbed up the fence line to Terry’s Knob (refer Hamels book section 7:13), then a downhill, uphill to get back home.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Next stop top of Kerry’s Knob.”

Once back, it was time to light the open fire and enjoy a tasty selection of nibbles and have a yarn.  Followed by dinner, consisting of a rather large stuffed chicken, new potatoes, carrots, broccoli and peas.  Then, as if we hadn’t had enough to eat, it was time for Hot Cross Buns with butter and Jam (some members hadn’t matched up jam with the buns) don’t quite know who is right!!
Next morning all were eager to get to the Gap.  Kevin(Barney) Black was Farm Manager and now leases the 5000 acre  Bendoran off David Malloch, arrived to meet us.  We started off at 8:40am, stopping to watch his clever dogs bring in a mob of ewes that were being trucked off.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Where we are heading Thursday morning.”

The morning was very clear, warm and sunny.  While the happy group were following the track up and down, all of a sudden a Falcon was spotted sitting on a fence post. He wasn’t bothered by our presence allowing us to keep creeping up to take photo’s.  Soon, enough was enough, and he flew off.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Friendly falcon posing especially for us.”

A while later another was spotted in flight.
After a while and a steady climb to a hilltop, it was 10:15am and time for a 15 minute  smoko break, enjoying the  magnificent views as we talked.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “A view of Waikouaiti Bay.”

By now the Gap was looking closer, however, one could also see a few more hills to climb before we made it .  Also lopers were taken along,  to cut back gorse in places which made the going a bit easier.  We got onto the ridge leading to that big missing chunk, finally arriving in it at 11:35am.  A steady three hour effort by all.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “The gap between two large rock formations.”

On the way up 3 of the group were keen to revisit/visit the A.B.C. Cave (refer Hamels book section 7:12).  We all went to the trig at the north end of the Gap admiring views and happy with ourselves to have made it there.
Soon after the 3 decided to delay lunch for a while and headed off to the Cave.  Leaving  3 of us to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the sun.  Meanwhile, guess who realised her phone was missing!!!  meaning a walk back to the trig by 2 to find it, while the other cut back more gorse.
We three then started the trip back.  Arthur had made a meeting point with the A.B.C. Group, so 2 of us headed off up another hill with Arthur and his Hi Vis top in view.  We waited till we spotted them heading into the rough gully——where they had spooked a ginger pig for Arthur to see.
Once again all headed towards home, meeting at a junction on the track.  The A.B.C. group were happy to have went the extra mile to visit the cave, enjoying reading entries in the visitors book.
We stopped on the same hilltop as the smoko break, to enjoy well deserved energy bars etc.

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading back to hut after the Gap visit.”

By now the hills were almost behind us and Bendoran trees in sight.  8 hours later at 4:30pm, 6 weary but happy trampers were  back home.
In no time, the water was hot and welcome showers had by all.  The open fire lit,   drinks and more tasty nibbles eaten.   Dinner tonight was a delicious (3 recipe) pasta/mince meal with a freshly made lettuce salad.  We must have been a bit weary because the Hot Cross Buns were forgotten!!

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Relaxing in front of fire after Gap tramp”

Lots of photo’s(Is mine better than yours?) were taken of the amazing cloud formations.  However, later on we paid the price,  battered—-huts shaking, doors being  blown open by gale force winds, which had us awake much earlier than we wanted.
Friday morning had us up and away quite smartly, this time the dust was being blown off us!!   Meeting up for coffee at Blueskin.
We all enjoyed great company, great scenery and great food on our trip into Bendoran huts—-a very special piece of Paradise.
Eleanore and Arthur

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Mar 18 2020

Deep Creek Weir from Old Dunstan Road past Rocklands

No. 2 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Stream [Stream crossed out and replaced by Creek] (Rocklands). R Lippers. Cattle.”
No. 56 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Creek from Old Dunstan Road. (Rocklands. Year Round”
Est, 50 km from car park.
See Deep Creek Water Scheme Pipeline history.
See further background information behind Deep Stream project

17. 18/03/2020 Hikers. Deep Creek Pipeline. M. Bob Mitchell and Mike Webb

28 Hikers set off in 8 cars from the car park in Mosgiel to rendezvous at the Clarks Junction pub before driving to the start of the walk. More than a few of the ladies eyes lit up when Bob announced that we would be having refreshments at the pub at the conclusion of the hike. It was good to see that it is not only us blokes that take drinking seriously.
After meeting in the pub car park we proceeded in convoy up the Old Dunstan Rd and found a suitable spot to park the cars away from any cattle that wanted to use them as back scratchers.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Te Papanui”

We started the walk at about 1000 and had morning smoko at the one of the gates/cattle stops.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Morning tea.”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Pump house at Deep Creek.”

From there it was a steady climb to some maintenance huts at the top of the gorge. The distance from the cars to the huts was 3km
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Photo and Caption John – “Vast open country.”

.The weather was fine with great visibility and from the huts we could see the pipeline snaking its way around the gorge.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Into the gorge”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Deep Stream a long way down”

From the huts it was a steady climb down to find the track that leads to the pipeline. The track is approximately 2kms in length, and quite narrow in some places with railed walkways over some of the more challenging parts of the track. The views were quite spectacular and we were soon strung out in single file looking like porters on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Frequent photo stops were the order of the day.

We could hear a bit of bird song and one falcon and one hawk were observed flapping/souring overhead during the walk. One point of interest was on old hut set in the bush about 10m above and to the side of the pipeline not far from the tracks end. Probably accommodation for the guys laying the pipeline all those years ago.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Walking to dam along the river.”

After a brief halt and photo stop at the dam/weir at the end of the track we did an about turn, retraced our steps and eventually stopped for lunch in a nice sunny spot overlooking the gorge.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Pump house and dam”

 

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Photo and Caption Clive _ “Back down the gorge.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Lunchtime always with a view.”

From there it was a short walk up to the huts and back down to the cars.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Back at the cars.”

We walked a total of 10km.
Bob had organised the publican at the Clarks Junction pub to lay on coffee, cakes and scones and also to open the bar early for those that wanted to support Speights. Glad to report that at least two unnamed ladies were seen with pints in their hands. Legends!
The rest obviously enjoyed the coffee and food as the shark like feeding frenzy at the counter was a sight to behold.
A good day was had by all and I can vouch that the Speights was up to its usual standard.
Mike

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Mar 12 2020

Goodwood Road, Bobby’s Head, Puketapu

Published by under Trampers,Year round

69 km from car-park
11/03/2020 Trampers.  Goodwood/Puketapu.  Leaders Jill D and Jenni
15 trampers ventured out this Wednesday 1stly to do a loop walk round Bobbies headland following a well maintained track through the Tavora reserve.
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Photo and Caption Jenni – “Stunning views of Tavora Reserve.”

This area is just north of Waikouaiti and out to the coast. The Tavora reserve is maintained by the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust. (Tavora is the old name for penguin). They have done extensive replanting in the area to  try and recreate the original vegetation.  A relatively easy track zig zags up to the headland. Here there are magnificent views up and down the coastlines.
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Photo and Caption John – “Rugged coastline.”

We had our morning tea on the beach and spotted seals under the cliff on the rocky outcrops.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Morning tea in the sand dunes.

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Photo and Caption John – “Seals watching us have morning tea.”

The headland was once (18,000,000 years ago), an active volcano.
This walk took about an hour.
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Photo and Caption John – “Erosion like rust never sleeps.”

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Photo and Caption Jenni – “Returning the information sheet at the end of the reserve.”

From here we travelled by inland route 10 kms to Palmerston where Puketapu the 300 m Sacred Hill is situated, a landmark on the surrounding countryside.
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Photo and Caption John – “Starting up Puketapu.”

The track starts relatively easily, across the face of Puketapu crossing several elaborate fence like styles.
The last 50 m is straight up to the famous monument in memory of James McKenzie.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “A real stiff climb to the tower.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “The McKenzie plaque.”

This monument is 13 m high with an internal metal stairway to a viewing platform. From here there is a superb 360 degree panorama south to the Otago Peninsula inland towards the Pigroot, to the Maniototo and north to the Shag river Waitaki district.

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Photo and Caption Jenni – “Karen on top of the world.”

At the summit we enjoyed a leisurely lunch break taking in the view and very little wind to spoil the day.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch at the tower.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Taking in the view from the top.”

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “A view of Mt Watkins from the top of the tower.”

Our return trip down followed a sheep track till we met the gentler slopes again. Sheep and cattle grazed unconcerned with the humans passing by.

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Photo and Caption Jenni – “Cattle unconcerned as we wander by.”

As a side each year there is the annual Kelly’s canter race up and down Puketapu at a much quicker pace than us!
In the last 6 weeks we have summited 3 prominent peaks Mt Watkins, Mt Charles and now Puketapu great effort by all.
Total for the 2 walks 8.3 kms but 94 floors !!
We debriefed at Blueskin nurseries cafe.
Jenni and Jill D

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Mar 12 2020

Brighton: Beach, Big Stone, Rapleys, Beach

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11/03/2020 Hikers and Ramblers Brighton Beach  E Leaders Liz and Alex
Brighton Beach is always a beautiful spot to visit, and today was no exception.
Over 25 Hikers and Ramblers set out from the Brighton Bowling Club.  The wind was cool so a vigorous walk along the beach towards Taieri Mouth got us warmed up before turning around and heading back to the surf club at Brighton for morning tea.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Brighton beach car park.”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Brighton Beach Surf Club”

We then headed off towards Ocean Beach, a tunnel and sand dunes.   The blackberries were ripening nicely and provided a sweet treat.   We were able to point out past and present Homes of ex all blacks, Community leaders and some colourful characters from Brighton’s history.

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Ocean Beach tunnel.”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Ocean Beach”

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “In the sand dunes”

By lunchtime we reached the old creamery coal mine.   There were several tales to be told about the coal mining days and of tragedy in the deaths of two of the coal miners.   We sat amongst the gum trees for lunch and listened to stories.

 

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Lunch amongst the gum trees”

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “The old coal mine was over there.”

After lunch we walked up the hill and met Warren Harris who owns the site of the old coal mine.   We were treated to a visit to his ‘Man Cave’ with some historic treasures and memorabilia.

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Warren explains his collection.”

 

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Tragic stories of coal mining days.”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Historical photos from Brighton.”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “The creamery.”

We then headed back into Brighton past some million dollar homes with fantastic sea views, followed by coffee and a natter at the Brighton Café.

Alex and Liz Griffin (pp Clive Crossman)

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Mar 04 2020

Traquair Station Tramps

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Not during lambing or calving. Permissions from Traquair and Horsehoof.
Location: 22 km.
14. 4/3/2020. Both. Traquair Station via Microwave M. Leaders Jim and Betty and Jill R and Barabara

Of the 28 people that commenced the walk 23 made it to the Micro Wave Station where 3 sheltered in the lee of station while the remainder had a further brisk walk on the access road before returning an hour later for the lunch stop.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Early smoko out of the wind.”

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading up to the Tower.”

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “The cell tower.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Taking in the view.”

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Photo and Caption John – “The View.”

Conditions made for lunch to be brief, because of the chilling wind.

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch back at the tower in the shelter.”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Wonder what these steps are doing here?”

 

The downhill return on this working farm took us among a variety of animals, including some black & white horses, & after a short gallop, they could be seen looking over the ridge at what had come among them.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Interested spectators.”

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “A good walk in the wind and cold.”

Thank you, Sarah & Barbara, for your assistance.   It was unfortunate that Barbara could not be with us on the day.  The social stop was at the Wobbly Goat on the return to Mosgiel.

Betty & Jim

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Feb 28 2020

Waldronville

Published by under Hikers

10 km from car park.

11. 27/2/2020 Hikers/Ramblers E Leaders Raewyn and Judy

It was a nice calm morning when 22 hikers set out along Brighton Road to the morning tea stop in Friendship Drive. 3 Ramblers set off at the same time to have their own adventure. Another 3 hikers decided not to do the Blackhead part of the circuit & ventured off along the Speedway road. The main group turned into an unknown track to many, one on which the ‘little yellow digger’ had already played a part in widening, but those weekend horses had stirred everything up!

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Through the sand dunes.”

Branching off to follow a narrow pathway through the sand dunes, we were soon out on the beach and walking towards the Blackhead carpark (after taking a few photos of the young seal basking in the sun).

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Narrow track to the beach.””

 

Then it was up the road to another secret entrance and downhill to where the ‘little yellow digger’ had completed his construction.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Not a lot left of blackhead”

The ‘Blackhead Loop’ was completed at Friendship Drive and a short walk around the streets took us to the Island Park Golf Course for lunch & toilet stop.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Lunch at Waldronville.”

There we found our 3 other hikers waiting as arranged (plus an extra!). A lovely view over the golf course for lunch, and after watching four golfers ‘tee off’ (and making sure we weren’t in the firing line for stray balls), we set off and circumnavigated the golf course.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Island Park Golf Course.”

By then the sun was out and the heat of the day was beginning to take affect. At this point, some opted to leave the walk, but 14 continued on. With a little bit of a detour in the shade, we were soon out on the beach again and walked around the Estuary back to the cars. 11km was achieved (a bit of variation between apps), so refreshments at the Village Green were most welcome. A beautiful day weather wise, with good company.

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Map Raewyn

Raewyn & Judy

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Feb 26 2020

Mt Charles, Cape Saunders, Puddingstone Rock, Allans Beach

Published by under Farm,Trampers

No. 99 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Mt Charles Mr Neil Farm”

27 km from car-park. Permission from land owners – Sharyn and John Clearwater, 03 478-0274, Sam Neil 03 478-0878, Des Neil 03 4893540, Mr and Mrs McKay 03 478-0279.

Click here to read about Cape Saunders Lighthouse and the two graves

10. 26/2/2020  Allans Beach, Mount Charles and Cape Saunders. M-H Leaders Helen and Phil

Mount Charles (408 metres high)
On a nice 20 plus deg morning, 21 trampers headed towards Allens Beach, this took slightly longer due to road works on the peninsula, but as per quote of Thomas Bracken (1879): “When a visitor arrives at Portobello he will naturally wonder why Australian’s and NZders rush to Europe and America for sightseeing when they can find such beautiful scenes within their own doors”

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading off to Mt Charles.”

We were greeted by Mr Neil one of the land owners at the start 10am as we headed off on a couple of good climbs with great views back of Allens Beach and Belmont House, and to the side Wharekakahu (pidgeon island).

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Photo and Caption John – “Remote beach before the mist set in.”

 

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Photo and Caption Phil

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Photo and Caption Phil

Morning tea was taken 10.30 ish above one of the nice small beaches.

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Morning tea”

As we found another good nudge we worked around toward (Kaimata) Cape Saunders Lighthouse. A dangerous place to fish as many have been washed off rocks over the years by freak waves. Captain Cook sighted this landmark 25/02/1770 and was named in honour of Admiral Sir Charles Saunders who he had served under in Canada 1759.

 

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Above the lighthouse old founds of one of two old house sites, below a restored picket fenced grave of two children, Ellen(2yrs). Report has it she died from a fire after the two had been playing with matches and Thomas (1yr) who died 3mths later of meningitis they were the children of assistant light keeper Patrick Heneghan. A good spot on a no windy day, very infrequent, as one notes all trees point to the north, like old stooped men.

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Photo and Caption John – “Remote graves”

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Family Tragedy.”

After a stop to take in the cliffs and views we continued a further climb to the junction of Cape Saunders Road and Kaimata Road, where we had lunch out of the strong southerly and mist.

 

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Photo and Caption Phil

 

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Photo and Caption John – “Lunch is always with a view.”

The view of Hoopers Inlet, Palmerston on a good day can be seen from spot but not today. Lunch taken, this built up the energy to take on last climb, through misty farm fields on east to make our way to the summit of Mt Charles, Whoo hoo! The views to all parts of Otago can be seen, but not today, in deep mist, group kept in close proximity trusting our leaders, as one could easily get lost. But out of the gloom the peak of Mt Charles appeared. Disappointing that the trig station is damaged and has not been repaired, most sad we could not see a thing further than 3 or so metres in front of us.

 

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “On the top”

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Photo and Caption Dave -“Wind blown fuschia hanging on – on the top.”

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Photo and Caption Jenni – “One of our very active photographers”

The decent although difficult was made in short time, avoiding the two brown bulls,just another neat tramp in Otago, I hope your time at top was well worthwhile, for first timers it means we have to do it again to take in views.

 

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Photo and Caption Dave – “The mist briefly clears as we go down to the cars then to Nichols’ for well deserved refreshments.”

Thanks to our friendly farmers Clearwaters, McKays and Neils for their access.

Cheers Helen and Phil

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