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Mar 18 2015

St Martins/Quarantine Island

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*Click this Wikipedia entry on Quarantine Island, if you wish.
*Click here for a PDF fact sheet of the original Quarantine Island
*And here is the St Martin Island Community web page. Click the photo at the bottom to see original buildings!
*Click a quarantine-island-botanical-report for a (bit dated) 1987 report on the island’s vegetation, if you like.

18/3/2015. Quarantine/St Martin Island from Port Chalmers. Leaders: Jan and Peter.

The weather was atrocious. Twenty-four Hikers and Ramblers arrived at the Back Beach car park. The rain fell. The wind blew.  Leaders had told us our ferry to the island wasn’t to leave till 12.30 p.m. The sensible ones of us I believe waited out the morning in the shelter of their vehicles. The sillier ones were immediately into Parkas and gloves. Storm gear.

And off we set. Back the way we had come. Past the never-ending stretch of stacked logs, past the cruise ship, through the main intersection, up and along the road behind the church, across the railway line and on to Lady Thorn Dell. Here we gathered in the most sheltered (??) spot for morning tea. Few sat and even fewer partook. It was wet and cold.

Cuppa

Then surprise, upon the scene came up the two Lions Club members we had met as we entered the Dell, engaged in tidying the place up in preparation of a forthcoming important visit. They welcomed us and told us everything we could wish to know about the Dell’s history, from early quarrying of the rock, which initially was a hill stretching out to the water’s edge and whose stone now graces many of Dunedin’s buildings, notably the Railway Station, on through its life as a rubbish dump and subsequent clearing, to enable the further rhododendron planting and the present day. Wonderful.

Whereas we had earlier briefly entertained the idea of taking hot coffee in the warm embrace of Careys Bay Hotel, more time had now elapsed, so it was back down to the town,…

Local graffiti

Local graffiti. On a shed wall a little way down from the Dell.

…in search of coffee that was more local. But the town was asleep, despite the cruise ship’s presence. No tourists. No cafes.

So we wandered around a bit, eventually sloping off in twos and fours back to the cars. We lunched separately, some in cars, some in other shelter, some exploring, until ferry-time arrived. Jan collected our ten dollar notes for paying the fare, and we boarded.

The VIvienne I

The VIvienne I

A lovely boat. Powerful too. The channel was a bit rough but in the lee of the island, all was smooth. And the sun had appeared and the rain had gone. A brightening-up afternoon. Hurrah.

It was no trouble alighting at the new wharf. The new island warden filled us in on local history, a salient point being that the St Martins Island Group name had very recently given way to the Quarantine Island Group name. Two other groups were there on the day, one of them being a two-day Tokomairio School Group. Our stay was a two-hour one, set to return at 3.00 p.m.

Rammed earth floor

Rammed earth floor. A feature of the Island’s Chapel.

The walk round the top of the island was only half an hour. Lovely bush. The wind was strong on the sou-west side, the one exposed towards Dunedin, but the bush part of the track provided good shelter.

Having walked the main track,…

Track to loop

Track leading to loop track

On the loop track

On the loop track

…some wandered off towards the old graveyard and the Portobello end of the island.

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

The few sheep on the island were sheltered under a small plantation of pines. A brick chimney was all that remained of the old hospital.

Back towards the main buildings, the married quarters, once two-storied but now just a large hall, had been straightened up from an earlier lean, looking good in its fresh coat of paint.

Building

Restored outside  of Married Quarters Building

Inside old Married Quarters Building

Inside old Married Quarters Building

The ‘wanderers’ joined the others waiting in the sun till ferry-time arrived.

Waiting

Waiting in sun for ferry’s arrival.

All went smoothly as we reboarded and ‘sailed’ (?) back to the car park. A significant point, picked up from the crew, was that among them was the boat’s present owner, and the new owner , the one of the Monarch. This boat had apparently had a capacity for 33 passengers.

All agreed it had been a good day, all round. A day with a difference. A day to re-establish connections between Ramblers and old and newer Hikers.

Thanks to Janice and Peter for the day. – Ian.

22/4/1998 St Martin/Quarantine Island Camp

5/3/1997. Martin Island Cruise.

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Apr 18 2010

Camp: Albert Town Lodge – Wanaka

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16-19/4/2010. April Camp. Albert Town Lodge. Leaders: Bill and Pat.
Friday. Mount Iron.
Those of us arriving in the early afternoon agreed to tackle Mount Iron. Some drove and arrived early, others of us walked the distance. Here are the ‘walkers’ climbing the zigzag track.

Wanaka from Mount Iron Track. Doug, George, Leonie.

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Apr 22 2007

Camps: Alexandra Holiday Park Camp

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27-29/4/2007 Alexandra Holiday Park Camp Leader: Ian (New owners, less hospitable regarding lodge)
Day 1. 28 April. Knobbies Tramp.
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Rocks on Knobby Range (Pat pic)

Rocks on Knobby Range (Pat pic)

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Nov 07 2005

Camp: Glenburn

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7-11/11/2005. Glenburn Camp.
Day one.
Stream alongside track.

Stream alongside track.

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Apr 18 2005

Gore Camp

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18-22/4/2005. Gore Camp. Leaders: Tom and Dorothy.
On Blue Mountains

Day 1. On Blue Mountains. Tom, Dorothy, Doug, Bruce, Arthur.

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Feb 11 2005

Camp: Pounawea Convention Centre

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7-11/2/2005. February Camp. Pounawea.
Surat Beach and Peninsula.

Peninsula from Surat Bay Beach

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Nov 07 2004

Camps: Borland Lodge Adventure and Education Trust

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Map

Map

6/11/2004 Leader: Ian
Mt Burns. 45 min return.
A short track leads from the Borland Saddle car park (the summit of the Borland Road) through the bush to the open tops of Mt Burns. Numerous tarns and superb views make the area particularly attractive.
Borland Saddle. Mt Burns Tops. Pat, Brenda

Borland Saddle. Mt Burns Tops. Pat, Brenda

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Apr 03 2004

Camp: Mavora Camp

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2-5/4/2004 Mavora Camp. Leader: Ian
As far up Aston Burn as we got. Ian, Pat, Graham, Arthur, Evelyn

As far up Aston Burn as we got. Ian, Pat, Graham, Arthur, Evelyn

Hikuraki Lodge, RD2, Te Anau. (Phone and fax numbers removed as now changed.)  Make cheque out to Landcorp Farming.
Lodge after 3rd house after gravel road turn-off from road to Te Anau.
We have the whole lodge to ourselves. Bunkroom: 7 lower bunks, 5 uppers. total: 12. 2 rooms take 3 ea. 1 takes 4.  Total: 22.
el range & oven, rangette, pans, el frypan, older microwave, crockpot, 2 small fridges. sm freezer (2x1ft), 2 toilets, two showers over baths. $17 pppn or $195 group booking per night.
Take own toilet paper, food, sleeping bags. (covered mattresses, fitted sheets, pillows supplied. p/cases available/supplied?) Wood & coal supplied for heating.
A glorified DoC hut setup really. No radio or TV.

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Feb 19 2004

Camp: Cromwell.

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Click Bannockburn History for background information of that area.
16-20/2/2004. Cromwell Camp. The Chalets.
Tuesday. Mount Difficulty Tramp.
start

Start. Betty, Mary, Bev, Joyce, Colleen, Margaret

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Feb 18 2004

Cardrona – Lowburn, Cromwell. Old Pack Trail.

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18/2/2004. Trampers. Cardrona – Lowburn, Cromwell. Old Pack Trail. Leader: Brenda.

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Dec 12 2003

Glenorchy East Otago High School Camp

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Fr-Mo

1 Lodge with 4 rooms each of 12 bunks. Preferably use 5. Many 2-rm cabins. Normally $16 pppn. Groups $13 pppn.

Under new management. Camp to be ungraded & costs could increase.

Need to book 12 months ahead. $50 deposit required.

17/12/2003.

Friday 13/9/1996 – Monday 16/9/1996. 35 attending. Combined meals. Arranged car passengers. Camp Parents: Mary, Wendy, Rosemary and Jack.

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Nov 05 2003

Camps: Fairlie Camp

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3-7/11/2003 Fairlie Camp.

Monday.  Town walk.
Tuesday. Repeater Station, McKenzie Pass via Cricklewood Road. Return Rollesby Road. Uphill climb. Snow at top at the moment. Subject to weather. 4-5 hours.
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Tea Break. Rollesby slopes. Doug Arthur Bill Barbara Pat Ria Evelyn Lex Who?

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Mar 21 2003

Tautuku Outdoor Adventure Trust Camp

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Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre
Fri 21/3/2003-Mo 24/3/2003
Min @200 for 20, others $10 pppn.
Fri 22/11/1996 – Sun 24/11/1996.Tautuku Camp. 20 attended. Organisers: Margaret and Les. Combined meals. Organised cars.

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1995

1988

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Nov 08 2002

Camp: Timaru

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4-8/11/2002 November Camp – Selwyn Motor Camp, Timaru. Leaders: Nelson & Dot,  Claude, Lesley E

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Apr 15 2002

Camp: Roxburgh

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12-15/4/2002. Camp. Roxburgh.

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