Nov 27 2021

Upcoming Trips

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Link to Trip Organisation Guidelines for leaders and trip participants.


Wednesday 1 December

Trampers.  Rustlers Ridge and Leith Saddle. M. $6. Leaders: Sarah McCormack & Pam Cocks
Hikers.       Pine Hill. E-M, $5, Leaders: Shona Munro & John Gardiner

Wednesday 8 December

Trampers.  Brighton area. M. $5. Leaders: Esther Willis & Karen McInnes

Rock and Pillar M-H $16  Leaders: Esther Willis and Karen McInnes

Hikers.       The Big Easy. M. $5. Leaders: Jay Devlin & Pam Clough

Wednesday 15 December

Combined.   Hindon – Christmas Function, $9. Leaders: Jill Reid & Chris Wither, Jan Butcher & Linda Partridge

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Nov 27 2021

Signal Hill Centennial Memorial, Ravensbourne, Big Easy

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18 km from car-park to Logan Park or Marina.

21. 24 November 2021. Trampers. Ravensbourne, Signal Hill, Big Easy. M. Leaders: Theresa White & Ross Davies

We were greeted with a beautiful day and 16 members set off from the Marina, along the walk/ cycle way at a good pace. We crossed the road at the hotel, across Adderlay Terrace, to a walkway up the hill.  Morning tea at the Manuka St playground got the breathing back on track.

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Morning tea (caption and photo Helen)

Street walking for a bit until we reached the entrance to the Signal Hill track. At the top the new planting of native trees had grown quite a lot since we were there last time. The way to the top from the Plateau was by the Telecom Track. Up and up we continued.

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Walking up to the Signal Hill Lookout from the Ravensbourne Track (caption and photo Pam)

A short break with a view of our beautiful city of Dunedin was enjoyed from the Monument. Onwards along the Signal Hill road until we came to the “No Exit “street on the right (used to be Cleghorn Street).

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Looking back south over Dunedin from the ‘No Exit’ road off Signal Hill Road

We all wondered if the rescue teams would find us!! Up the gravel Cleghorn Street until we got to the many masted site at the top. At this point there was a small mutiny among the troops. NO MORE UP!!! Our intrepid leader Ross said “Just a bit more and the view will be worth it“. We followed a small track through some broom, over a style, into farm land, along a pine plantation and true to his word there was the view. The whole harbour and all the surrounding small settlements were there for us to” ooh and ahh” at over lunch.

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Lunch with a view (caption and photo Ross)


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Our lunch stop presented us with a magnificent view, like a Colin McCahon painting (caption and photo Marijke)

The return trip was thankfully down.

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Signal Hill Track called Centre Road (caption and photo Ross)

We choose the shortest route down the cycle trails to Logan Park School.

Coffee at the Plaza before returning to the cars at the Marina.

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Screenshot Strava Signal Hill Route (Ross)

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Screenshot Signal Hill Elevation (Ross)

Theresa & Ross


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Nov 25 2021

McNally Walkway

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No. 83 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “McNally Track, Milton. Year Round”

44 km from car-park.
Access: Milton M 91km ret. Opposite Presbyterian Church, turn left at Ossian Street and follow on down Moore and Tokoiti Streets to Cemetery near which is the entrance to the McNally Walkway. Park cars by the side of the road.

Potential for Combined trip.

19. 24 November 2021. Hikers. McNally’s Track. M. Leaders: Jim Finnie & Barbara Shackell.

The 16 hikers who headed south to Milton to tackle the McNally Track included just four blokes; nine first-timers to the track…and probably 16 last-timers. (I jest!  Everybody enjoyed their achievement and there was due respect for Jim and Betty who had undertaken a full recce just 6 days earlier!).

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Almost there – at the morning tea stop! (caption and photo Barbara)


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Morning tea stop. First and last time. Whew! (caption and photo Ady)

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Morning tea over – facing the next up hill (caption and photo Barbara)

After morning tea, taken at the first available seat, we walked in a clockwise direction, following arrows for the 3.03km Main Track, downhill initially, across the creek then heading up the open ridge, all reaching the summit within 10 minutes either side of noon.  A rousing rendition of “A Jolly Good Fellow” welcomed the last two to the top.

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At least as steep as it looked! (caption and photo Barbara)


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Jim being given a colourful run for his money by the eucalypts, which were beautiful (caption and photo Barbara)


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And so we got to the top (caption and photo Barbara)

A relaxed lunch in and around the open haybarn was appreciated almost as much as the opportunity to just sit down and ponder the view out to sea.

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Lunch (caption and photo Barbara)

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Room with a view – looking out to the east and the sea (caption and photo Barbara)

Continuing after lunch down the Bush Track (3.73 km) to complete the loop, we grappled with an inconveniently fallen gum, a dead ewe and lamb, and some folk tackled a little track clearing and fence strainer realigning waiting for those in front to tackle the quite high stiles.

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First stile post lunch (caption and photo Barbara)


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Looking back up the way we’d gone 2 hours earlier (photo and caption Barbara)

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Closer and closer the cars get (caption and photo Barbara)

The track was well signposted/arrowed and we covered a total distance of 8.5 km with an active time of 146 minutes.

Ten intrepid hikers regathered at the Black Swan Cafe at Waihola for refreshments where at least three folk enjoyed revisiting their childhood with an ice-cream soda spider drink!

Sincere thanks to Jim for picking up the Leadership baton from Clive and seeking landholder permissions as required.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed completing the challenge, and there was general agreement it should be reclassified as “H”.  I won’t mention names, as I can’t recall if it was Jenny or Ady suggested it be reclassified as “BH” – I’ll leave that for imaginations.

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Nov 23 2021

McIntosh Bush, formerly Watts Bush

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5. 17 November 2021. Hikers. McIntosh Bush. E-M. Leaders: Jan Yardley & Pam Clough

A good number of hikers and trampers (23 in total) travelled up to McIntosh Bush, formerly owned by Marjorie Orr and Colin MackIntosh, now owned by Marjorie’s niece, Hilary Lennox. I was unaware that it was previously owned by Eleanor and Murray Watt. Eleanor was a member of the tramping club for a number of years. Marjorie and Colin still live on the property which consists of 100 acres of native bush and mixed exotics, and a QEII-covenanted bush area.

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Setting off down the track – Saddle Hill in background (caption and photo Jan)

We were guided by Marjorie, and started off down a road then up the hill past the horse paddocks. Two horses met up with us but didn’t hang around long.

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Meet-up with the horses (photo and caption Jan)

We carried on down through various stands of exotic timber trees which included eucalyptus, macrocarpa, Tasmanian blackwood to a picnic area at the bottom of the gully for morning tea.

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Through the Tasmanian Blackwoods (photo and caption Jan)

We then proceeded through native bush where the rare peripatus worms live and looked at a stream oozing “brown coal” seepage.

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Our guide Marjorie, explaining the “brown coal seepage” (photo and caption Jan)

Climbed up through an area of pinus radiata to the top edge of the property where we had an excellent view overlooking the Ocean View area.

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View from top of property (photo and caption Jan)

Walked back down to the picnic area for lunch…

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Lunch at the picnic area (photo and caption Jan)

…then headed back to the cars up a very picturesque ferny bush track. Quite a narrow track with lots of wooden steps and tree roots etc. to negotiate. On the way up were numerous tree plantings named after various people associated with the property.

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Colin Mackintosh on a clean-up mission (photo and caption Jan)

On arriving back at the cars Marjorie offered us a tour of her garden, accompanied by her two dogs – an unexpected extra bonus.

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Finish up with the tour of Marjorie & Colin’s garden (photo and caption Jan)

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Group picture (photo Barbara)

We finished up a successful day with coffee at the Wooden Table in Mosgiel, and we very much appreciated the opportunity to enjoy this special property.

Jan and Pam

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Nov 23 2021

Nicols Farm (formerly 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!

13. 17 November 2021. Trampers. Nichols Farm. M-H. Leaders: Peter Gillespie & Arthur Heenan
With a medium to hard tramp with a windy day prescribed it didn’t sound inviting, WRONG on nearly all counts. It was a mediumi hard tramp 13.42km elevation 564m, actual tramping time 3hrs 47min, {4hrs 45 min time lapse}.
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The group of nine was led by Peter Gillespie and Arthur Heenan. With a wind on our backs we enjoyed tramping in nice sunshine on the north side of the Taieri river. We started on a climb, up to an electricity pylon, where morning tea was enjoyed looking out on the northern view upstream. Many removing layers due to the heat of the sun.
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Morning tea (caption & photo Helen)

After the break we continued up a 7deg track sheltered from wind we came to a great view south of the rain on the Maungatuas.
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Uphill through lush grass – Outram in the background (caption & photo Helen)

Onward, upward we continued toward the top where we came to a trig station, which Peter swore that the height was on, but no. There was some Maori “eh mutu tewanga” which we decided meant “564 metres high”.
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Trig at the top (caption & photo Helen)

The view was sublime, of Saddle Hill, Mosgiel, lush farmlands, and hills of Flagstaff, Swampy, “magic”. We returned down the hill and found a track working through a forest and downhill…
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Where’s the track Peter? (caption and photo Phil)

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Beautiful forest (caption and photo Helen)

…then a gorse paddock where we found a nice sunny spot at the bottom, ideal for lunch.
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Lunch (caption and photo Helen)

Jill required a ten minute kip, before we continued on through a 2nd forest track, past the lavender farm and some fertile farmland, before we hit the final hill. It was a decent climb, but the group got up it in good time.
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Rain that didn’t get near us (caption and photo Helen)

We then returned, on a second track back down to river, watching for the odd sink holes. We had some windy spots, but the day was remembered for the views tramped, mostly in sun.
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The group (caption & photo Helen)

A very enjoyable tramp, thanks leaders Peter & Arthur.
Then it was back to the Wooden Table for coffee & cake. Then it rained!
Cheers Phil Morris

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Nov 23 2021

Tramps Incorporating Three Kings

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No. 26 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Wesleydale – Maungatua – via 3 Kings. L Wiffen. Year round.”

Abt 25 km from car park.


26. 10/11/2021. Three Kings – Heenan Road. M. Leaders: Cathy Ferguson and Sue Nichol

18 Hikers set off from double gates where we parked our cars about 9.15 on a very warm humid day.

on the road

Photo Cathy Ferguson

On a well formed farm track it is a steady climb through bush and morning tea was a stop, with views over the Taieri Plain.

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Photo Cathy Ferguson

Hikers views

Photo Cathy Ferguson

As we climbed higher there was several stops to enjoy the views of Lake Waipori, Lake Waihola and the wider Taieri.

Waipori etc

Photo Cathy Ferguson

At the cattle yards where there was a small calf and 3 large cattle we turned right and walked up a rougher steep track until we reached the 3 Kings. Lunch stop was had at this point for a relax and a little banter.

Hikers group in rocks

Photo Cathy Ferguson

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view of rocks

Photo Cathy Ferguson

We then headed back down the track to the vehicles. Amazing how going down always goes so much quicker.
A hot but warm day was finished with a drink at the Wobbly Goat.

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Nov 14 2021

Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth

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

Location: 59 km from the car park.

Directions: On SH1, before Milton, at Helensbrook intersection, left onto Forsyth Road, right onto Back Road, left onto Glenledi Road.
Best in Summer. The stock winter over.

21. 10/11/2021. Trampers.  Chrystalls Beach. Leaders: Dave Roberts and John Gardiner

A fine and overcast morning greeted us at Peter Johnston Park, where each driver was issued with a set of instructions on how to find the Chrystalls Beach tramp starting point. On our way we met up with one other car in Waihola, with 17 trampers in 5 cars beginning our tramp at 10.05am.

The first few hundred yards had us quickly entering “private property” on Irishman Road.

At the start on the farm road

At the start on the farm road Photo and caption Helen

Here we met a Fonterra Truck entering the dairy farm, our group tightly bunched at this stage ensuring safety for all. This first section of the tramp saw us on a flat straight gravel road, heading south, following a map supplied by Arthur Heenan. Typical sights of a dairy farm, the farmhouse, implement sheds, followed before we reached the main milking shed. A bit of a detour around this had us meet the property owner, on his farm bike, who reassured us that the electric fence by the river would be turned off!!

Morning tea was enjoyed at 10.45am in a field with older cow-pads and lush long grass. By 11.05am we were on our way again, continuing our walk through the dairy farm.

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Morning tea in a field Photo and caption John

A variation from Arthur’s map route had us descend onto Chrystalls Beach directly, down a steep bank of about 10 metres. A number of trampers made their own way down, following slightly different routes to each other. Being of short duration, with open visibility, and not too technical, all made it safely. However in these situations the attentiveness and experience of a good “tail end Charlie” certainly comes into it’s own.

Judy and Diane blazing a trail

Judy and Diane blazing a trail Photo and caption John

The Toko River Mouth area is a beautiful spot, because of both it’s natural beauty, and man’s sympathetic footprint. A group of some 20 plus quirky Cribs nestle on the river’s southern bank.

The lovely beach and Toko Mouth

The lovely beach and Toko Mouth Photo and caption Helen

With this view we enjoyed lunch, from 11.50am,sheltered from what little wind there was. I used this opportunity to let trampers handle and familiarize themselves with the club’s rescue beacon.

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Lunch stop Photo and caption John

By 12.30pm we were on our way again walking along Chrystalls Beach towards Cooks Head. With lots of coarse “river sand” on the beach and under a slightly overcast sky the crystals weren’t shining for us much on this occasion. The tide being reasonably well out meant a few trampers, searching for firmer sand to walk on, had to scramble away from every 7th larger wave.

Looking back towards Toko Mouth - the cloud formations were stunning

Looking back towards Toko Mouth – the cloud formations were stunning Photo and caption Marijke

Phil enjoying the joy and feel of seawater on bare feet

Phil enjoying the joy and feel of seawater on bare feet Photo and caption Marijke

Not always as friendly, this beach was the scene of the wreck of the French sailing vessel Marguerite Mirabaud in February 1907.  As “tail end Charlie” for this section it was interesting to see how quickly a group of trampers can get spread out. Not so critical on an open beach perhaps, but the safety benefits of frequent regrouping stops can’t be over emphasized.

Stunning flowers on the lee side of Cook Head

Stunning flowers on the lee side of Cook Head Photo and caption Marijke

Group photo at Cooks Head

Group photo at Cooks Head Photo and caption John

Cooks Head was reached by 1.20pm where a group photo was taken. This is a large rocky outcrop about halfway along Chrystalls Beach, comprised of phonolite basalt rock, with numerous hexagonal basalt columns, suggesting it was a former volcanic vent. The origin of it’s name still alludes me, (you let me down google!).

We were back at the cars by 1.45pm,having completed just over 7km of nearly all flat tramping. Afternoon tea was enjoyed at the Blend in Mosgiel.

The highlights:-

-As a city kid, just being on the land in a Rural setting, has a kind of romantic vibe to it.  The dairy farm with its assaults on the senses and the energy of springtime.

-The serenity and beauty of the Toko River Mouth on a calm still day.

-Seeing the “back country” east of Milton from the car.  Farmland, forest and hidden upmarket homes.

-The friendly camaraderie and socializing that accompanies every club activity. Something we tend to take for granted but shouldn’t.

Thank you to Arthur Heenan in providing travel instructions and maps for the tramp and to property owner Tony Macdonell for allowing us to tramp through his farm.

John Gardiner.


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Nov 06 2021

Woodside Glen, plus to top of Maungatuas

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No. 30 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Woodside Glen to Maungatuas. E Blackburn, D McEwan. Summer”

Short and long options.

(Maungatua climb fairly steep. 5-7 hours. Heavy tussock on top.  Route only. Manager: DOC.)

15. 3/11/2021. Trampers. Woodside Glen. Leaders Peter Horrell, Judy Dennison, Yan Campbell.

13 Trampers set off from the car park at Woodside Glen at 9.30.

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Trampers setting off (photo & caption Jenni)

The sign post said 1.75 km but having done a recce this is misleading as this tramp was no stroll in the park and I graded it as medium plus due to its steep ascent to 650 metres and its equally steep descent where poles were very helpful but you still needed to keep a careful eye on where you placed your footsteps. At 7.5 km return it can’t be classed as hard but it certainly gave us all a good work out.

The walk in to Lee Creek is a well maintained track and very pleasant. The creek has some large rocks to clamber across. If you don’t want wet feet and with hindsight those with good waterproof boots should have guided the others across as we did on the return trip as one tramper had wet feet all day.

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Almost across!! (photo & caption Pam)

Once over the creek the track is more challenging and the gradient is mainly steep and slow going through tree roots and broken rock. We were all very thankful that the track was dry as in the wet it would be difficult to keep your footing.

We stopped for morning tea and peeled off a layer as we set off continuing ever upwards through the bush.

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John and Yan enjoying the view (caption & photo Marijke)

We got a glimpse of the Taieri Plain well below about 11.00 am and then back into a steep incline as the bush started to thin out and finally we broke out into the open tussock. The track has three marker poles showing the way to the rocky cairn but no actual track and this was quite challenging wading through them and thankfully they were dry.

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Judy in her happy place (caption & photo John)

We reached the rock just after 12.00 taking us 2.5 hrs. The wind was brisk up there and it was into coats and woolly hats for lunch. The views were obscured a little by the threat of a passing shower but still a full panoramic view of the Taieri from the wetlands right up to Mosgiel and out to sea.

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Lunchtime (caption & photo Marijke)

We didn’t linger too long in the cold and once back in the bush it was much warmer.

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Perfect finish to a great day! (caption & photo Marijke)

We did the return descent carefully with plenty of stops to rest and arrived back in Outram by 2.30 for an ice cream sitting in the sun at the shop. Peter.

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Oct 31 2021

Kaka Point

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1. 27 October 2021. Trampers. Kaka Point Ramble. E. Leaders: Karen & Gary McInnes

12 trampers travelled the 100km to Kaka Pt to arrive at the perfect time for a cuppa on the beachfront.

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Morning tea at the park by the surf club (photo and caption Helen)

The weather had gotten steadily better since we had left Mosgiel so apart from a wee sea breeze, the morning stop was beautiful. We left the cars parked at the beachfront and walked up to the end of Rata street to where the nature walk began. A very good gravel track lead us on a lovely walk through various native trees.

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Kaka Point (photo and caption Marijke)

We emerged at the tennis courts and walked down past the motor camp to a very new short bush track then back to the cars. Next stop was Nugget Point.

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Looking at the lighthouse (photo and caption Helen)

We walked out to the lighthouse and were rewarded with vistas of calm sea and the magnificent rocks that give the Nuggets their name.

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New Zealand’s rocks (caption and photo Helen)

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Our group at the lighthouse (photo and caption Helen)

There were lots of comments about how crystal clear and tropical the water looked.

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Startling blue sea colours off the track at the lighthouse (we could be in the Mediterranean (photo and caption Marijke)

There is a small breeding colony of Royal spoonbills on one of the rocks on the walk out to the lighthouse. Lunch was a sunny spot with a fabulous view all the way up the coast. We drove back down the hill to Roaring Bay where it was a short walk down to the penguin hide.

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Hidee hi trampers (caption and photo Karen)

Unfortunately not the right time to see penguins but the bay was beautiful just the same. We decided that we would add on a visit to the train tunnel at Tunnel Hill on the southern scenic route. Certainly an amazing tunnel, being the southern most tunnel in the world.

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Tunnel Hill (caption and photo Marijke)

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Tunnel Hill info (caption and photo Jenni)

End of the trip refreshments were had at Cafe 55 in Balclutha. We had fantastic weather all day until south of Allanton where we ran into rain. Thanks to the drivers who got us there and back safely.



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Oct 31 2021

Brighton Walks

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15 km from car-park.

9. 27 October 2021. Hikers. Brighton. E-M.  Leaders: Liz Griffin & Faye Lamb
On a some what cloudy day 23 hikers meet at Braids Hill Park Ocean View.
From here we took to the beach for a short walk…
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Nice flat walk on Ocean View Beach (photo and caption Clive)

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Beach art (photo and caption Liz)

and headed back onto the Main Rd and observed the group of houses that had been recently developed.
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Ocean View Beach towards Blackhead (photo and caption Clive)

Onto the domain until we reached the bottom of Kayforce Rd where morning tea was taken.
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Morning tea (photo and caption Clive)

A climb up to the top of a hill took place where great views of the surrounding district were appreciated.
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A long way from the beach now (photo and caption Clive)

Continued back up Bennett Rd to see the beautiful Mosaic Wall which is a must to see.
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Taylors Creek (photo and caption Liz)

Down track to Main Rd enjoying views of a reasonable flat sea until we reached the Brighton Bowling Club for an enjoyable lunch break with full sunshine.
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Lunch at Brighton Bowling Club (photo and caption Clive)

Away heading south until we climbed up to Bedford Parade with more lovely views and off to local coffee shop for refreshments.
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Coffee at the end of the hike (photo and caption Barbara)

Liz & Faye

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Oct 24 2021

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

41. 20 October 2021. Trampers. Karetai Track, Soldiers Memorial and Tomahawk Circuit. Leaders Jenni and Bruce Wright

Nineteen trampers and two visitors met at the Smaills Beach carpark and set off at the beginning of Karetai Road in cool conditions. It was great to have some amongst us who had not undertaken this circuit before. We headed up what used to be an access road but is now considerably overgrown. This road was the main thoroughfare for farmers, including my father, carting hay bales piled high on trailers from the freshly mowed fields. Latterly, mountain bikers have enjoyed the challenges presented.

Warming up, we enjoyed the views from Pudneys Cliff, with spectacular views along Smaills Beach and the substantial coast beyond. The ocean forms a V in front of Bird Island, and in low tide it is possible to walk out before the change of tide.

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Looking over to Bird Island (photo & caption Helen)

Further along the top, we admired the skills of a young woman and her dog adventure business in action.

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Also enjoying the Karetai Track, a dog walker with her hands full (photo & caption Pam)

A suitable morning tea spot was found, sheltering from the Southerly. Along this part of the track were evidence of stone walls, trees battered by the unrelenting Southerlies, happily grazing stock and sadly, quite a lot of gorse and broom. The chatter continued after morning tea as the walk is not arduous.

At the intersection of Karetai and Highcliff Roads we marvelled at the expansive vistas down the harbour, across to the suburbs of West Harbour and Signal Hill and Mt Cargill in the distance. The sparse traffic along Highcliff Road was considerate, as were we. Along this stretch, we were distracted by the views of the city and interesting properties being developed.

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At the top of Karetai Road with Signal Hill and Mt Cargill beyond (photo & caption Ross)

There is a well maintained track leading to the hugely impressive Soldiers Monument built in 1923 to commemorate soldiers fallen in World War 1. What a perfect spot for this memorial, with amazing views of the city, the harbour and peninsula. It was a poignant reminder of those affected, many from the same families. If interested, check this article

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Soldiers’ Monument (photo Lynn)

Not yet 12 noon we headed down the Tomahawk track to find a sheltered spot for lunch.

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Finally – a use for gorse. Sheltered spot for lunch (photo & caption John)

Jackets and warm gear was evident, the ways of the world sorted, lunchboxes emptied and we then off on the 41 Peg Track with renewed energy.

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Heading down the 41-Peg Track (caption & photo Ross)

The views this time were over Tomahawk Lagoon and beach, the sleepy neighbourhood of Ocean Grove and new property developments around Centre Road. The track down to Tomahawk Lagoon was reasonably slippery after recent rain. Poles were the order of the day for those of us who sometimes end up slipping and sliding. What a treat heading into the bush. Although only a short distance, the native birds and sun filtered bush was calming with lots of birdsong. We stopped to view the black swans tipping over 180 degrees to retrieve their food from the bottom of the lagoon. Onwards and upwards, stopping at the bunkers for a history lesson and some cool graffiti. We were reminded to watch out for sea lions for the next 1km on the final descent, but didn’t encounter any.

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Wonderful wildlife warning sign back towards Smaills Beach (caption & photo Ross)

We arrived back at the cars at just after 2 p.m. before heading off to coffee and cake at Nichols. A 12km loop walk rewarded with stunning views in all directions.

A very enjoyable leisurely day out with great people. Jenni and Bruce.

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Oct 24 2021

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.

12. 20 October 2021. Taieri Mouth. Leaders Bob Mitchell and Barbara Shackell
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Bob and Barbara our leaders for the day (caption & photo Clive)

“Twenty (or was it 21?!) folk set out for the Akatore River bridge, where Hike Leader, Bob Mitchell, was to meet us at the anticipated road works traffic lights on the hill climbed at the end of a previous tramp.  There was sufficient off-road parking on the south side of the bridge for all vehicles and we were quickly off, heading downstream to the coast like bits of colourful flotsam, passing as we went a wading spoonbill which took off and flew over us.

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Morning tea Akatore Inlet (caption & photo Clive)

We settled ourselves for morning tea among nesting oystercatchers before tackling the short sharp climb into farmland above the coast.  It was very pleasant strolling south in perfect weather. The forward motion stalled briefly to watch a group of talented surfers riding the regular rollers coming in.

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Watching the surfers (caption & photo Clive)

Unfortunately I was too taken with the conversation with a pleasant land-bound surfer to remember the name she gave the ‘point’.

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Scenic Otago coastline (caption & photo Clive)

It’s obvious it’s not only trampers that the obliging farmer allows access across his paddocks.  Eventually we set off further south, cross-country, until we dropped down onto a sheltered rocky spot for lunch where a seal kept a benign eye on his human companions.  From the lunch stop the group gradually moved up and inland across lush clover filled paddocks and along farm tracks which brought us out onto the Akatore-Taieri Mouth Road.

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Homeward bound Akatore Conservation Area (caption & photo Clive)

Several kilometres on, we were back at the vehicles with doubts about our ability to reach the Brighton Cafe which was expecting us about 2.15pm.  Unfortunately, when we finally arrived at 2.55pm our fears were realised and we were declined service as they were closing at 3pm.  From that point we made our own way back to Peter Johnstone Park carpark, and from there, home.  Happy, a little sun/windburned, and feeling like we had actually walked the 12 km the fitbits suggested.

Thanks to Bob for his planning, and leading this day.

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Oct 09 2021

Frasers Gully

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No. 92 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Frasers Gully – Brockville Rd Year Round”

16 km from car park.

30. 06/10/2021. Frasers Gully and Friends Hill. Leaders Jay Devlin and Jan Butcher

19 of us plus Bob’s grandson Hunter travelled via Kaikorai Valley Road to the entrance to Frasers Gully track.

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Into the mist and drizzle (photo & caption Adi)

It was a cool day but the track afforded us good shelter from any wind. We had morning tea in a clearing up the track a bit and then proceeded on upwards onto Dalziel Road and turned right up Brinsdon Road passed the Water Treatment Station turning left to the end of the road joining up with a track which took us on to Friends Hill Road.

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Sheltered spot for morning tea (photo & caption Jan)

We walked along to the top of Friends Hill and down the hill a little way then turned back and retraced our steps to Brinsdon Road where we sheltered amongst the trees from a cold wind which had sprung up. We didn’t sit around too long in the cold and soon headed back down Dalziel Road but this time we took the loop track back down Frasers Gully. This track was a little steeper with quite a few man made steps to make the going easier. The track passed the backyard of a few houses which were on Dalziel Road along the way before heading down and around and coming out further down the gully with a bridge & ford crossing back to the main track and on to our cars.


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Ford and boardwalk across stream (photo & caption Jan)

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The end of an enjoyable hike (photo & caption Jan)

We all adjourned to Sunnyvale for refreshments and a chat before heading home. 10 or 11 ks was walked according to who you spoke to!!

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Oct 08 2021

Ross Creek and environs

No. 94 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Ross Creek – McGlashan College Year Round” 17 km from car park.

October 6: Ross Creek Tramp (replacing Glenfalloch & Beyond)

31. 06/10/2021. Ross Creek Leaders: Ross Davies, John Gardiner and Pam Cocks

While Mosgiel was in sunshine, the Otago Peninsula was covered in mist with a strong north-easterly. 16 eager trampers sat in cars up in the thick mist on Highcliff Road debating their next move. The planned ‘Glenfalloch and Beyond ‘ tramp was quickly abandoned and a decision was made to go to Ross Creek. (A big thank you to Ross and John for taking charge and leading us!) By 10:15hrs we were parked up on Rockside Road and heading into Ross Creek where conditions were much more pleasant.

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All geared up for whatever comes our way. (Photo & caption Jenni)

After about 15 mins walking up the main track, we crossed over Ross Creek onto a narrower track which took us to a waterfall, 20m in height (This must be one of Dunedin’s best kept secrets!). This waterfall was created when the ‘Waters of Ross Creek’ were diverted during construction of the Reservoir.

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Stunning waterfall (photo & caption Jenni)

Further on we made a diversion into the Otago Golf Course to view a pully which is used to assist the golfers and their carts up this steep bank. Back down on the track we had a stand-up morning tea and some of Jenni’s yummy baking!

Carrying on through native bush for 30 minutes we came out into the open just below the dam to a view of the Star Constellations on the dam face. There are 77 steel coated stars across the dam face representing the Southern Constellations found in the sky above the city. They were installed in 2020 after the strengthening and when the dam face was rebuilt (2017 – 2019).

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Star constellations on dam face (photo & caption Pam)

Onward and upward on a short steep shingle path to the dam’s top. We continued clockwise passing the smaller dam and into the bush again, passing by what they call ‘The Grotto” and onto Craigieburn track. This was a steep track up boxed steps through Rimu trees to arrive near the top at ‘The Little Ruin’, which is associated with the arrival of The Rankins in the late 1860’s. It was used as a farm shed for storage and was built relatively quickly by novices.
Carrying on we turned into “Tanners View’ overlooking the Northern end of the Leith Valley. A short walk took us to a stone fence, climbing over and into an open grassed area which was part of the Craigieburn Farm and was purchased by the DCC with the Amenities Society in 1949. The remains of the Byre complex were probably started in the late 1880’s consisting of a narrow milking shed and larger stables for horses.

We moved on quickly from here due to the drizzle and cold wind but not before John had a childhood flashback enjoying a swing from a rope hanging from the macrocarpa tree!

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John enjoying a swing (Photo & caption Pam)

From here we walked down Tanner Road to the start of the Pineapple Track and after walking 30 mins up to the Water Treatment Plant and just through the style we stopped for a quick lunch under the dripping trees!

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Lunch under the dripping trees (photo & caption Pam)

Onwards and upwards again to McGouns Creek Track through its pretty native bush, ferns and board walks with views of the Redwood Forest. This loop track brought us back to the start of the Pineapple Track. We then crossed back into Craigieburn Track, which took us above the Reservoir and then across the top of the dam and down to a big “star” for a group photo.

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Trampers to the stars!!! (Photo & caption John)

It was a gentle downhill walk back on the starting track. We took a right turn near the bottom of the track over the foot bridge passing an old concrete ammunition store and further on past the disused Woodhaugh Quarry.

We continued on crossing over another foot bridge which brought us out to the Motor Association camp and back up to our cars at 2.15pm, after an enjoyable tramp of 11kms of historic and more recent interest.

Coffee, cake and continuous chatter was then enjoyed at Nichols Cafe 😀

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Oct 04 2021

Botanic Garden, Logan Park, Northern Cemetery, Chingford

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25.  29 September 2021. Hikers. Otago Museum and the Fashion FWD Exhibition and a Springtime Walk. M. $5.00. Leaders: Jenny Finnerty, Noi McCunn
On Wednesday 19 hikers set off on a walk, starting at Botanical Gardens and walking to the Museum park for morning tea.
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Morning tea in the Museum Reserve – photo Noi

We then went to have a wander around the Fashion Gallery Trail in the Museum after which we walked through the varsity to the St David Street zig zag.
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Walking through the varsity – photo Noi

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Otago University Clocktower Building – photo Noi

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St David Street steps – photo Noi

Things had changed since I was a kid because Arana Hall had expanded and so now there is a locked gate at the top but lucky for us a lady swiped us in and swiped us out on the other side. Had a bit of tiki tour through studentville to Dundas Street but took a wrong track but ended up at the Cemetery.
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Bush track up the hill – photo Noi

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Bracken View – photo Noi

Alex took us to the gravesite of the 1st white baby born in Dunedin.

Alex at the gravesite – photo Jenny

Had lunch at the Rhododendron Del and after looking around we all met up at the Croque-O-Dile for coffee.

Magnolia tree in the Botanic Gardens – photo Jenny

Another walk done and dusted thanks hikers.
P.S. Was good to see our Brighton chums and others from town. Jenny and Noi.

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