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Jan 16 2019

Green Hut, Pulpit Rock, Dark Horse Hut

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Location: 50 km from car park.
Click Silver Peaks Forest for background information.
No. 21 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Green Hut & Pulpit Rock return or via Possum Hut. C Williams. Year Round. Long.”
19. 16/1/2019. Trampers. Dark Horse Hut. Leader: Janine.

Route map, courtesy Janine. [Read right to left, cars to Hut. Ed.]

After the dawning of a cracker day, 14 trampers set of from the car park. We gathered up another couple passing through Dunedin then all converged on Semple Road where we met our search and rescue partners, Dermot and Cuchulainn. Due to the length of the tramp we wasted no time striding out along the Silverpeaks track, not stopping for morning tea (no groans were heard) till we reached the old Green Hut site.

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

After light conversation and a cuppa with a division of OTMC trampers also passing through we tackled the steady climb up to Pulpit Rock. Here one member recently returned after illness wisely decided to go no further and rather than toil in the escalating heat to wait our return. In contrast Dermot ,who was limited with time constraints decided to push on at speed to try and reach this mysterious never seen hut. The remaining 15 trampers continued at a more suited pace!

The steady climb continued through diverse landscape, at times very long tussucks or very rocky tracks until other commitments saw another two trampers turn back and a further two felt they had reached their limits for the day.

Group past Pulpit Rock. (Helen pic and caption.)

We just bipassed the last turn off to Jubilee Hut, only to met up with Dermot on his return with news that a machette would be really handy. Knowing the ’bush bashing’ needed would only last 4-500 metres we toiled on to reach that magical marker showing the track down into the painted forest.

The Dark Horse Hut was built in 1988 with remains of the Green Hut and while reasonably sturdy offers only basic shelter and maybe what could be called a couple of bunks! This trip was a first for many of those in the group, it was a welcome lunch stop for 11 trampers and it was a delight to sink down into the mystical painted forest.

Dark Horse Hut. (Janine pic and caption.)

Another view of Dark Horse Hut. (Ross pic.)

Although the return home did involve some initial ‘grunt work’ uphill it was thankfully mostly downhill gradient with a little welcome breese on occasion to cool the heat. Sadly the days exertions had taken us a little longer than hoped and we were too late to make the coffee shop before closing, nevertheless a productive day was had by all, the complete tramp covered 14.6km. – Janine.

18. 7/2/2018. Both. Green Hut and Pulpit Rock. M. Leaders: Clive and Dave.

On Wednesday we had a very good turn out of 36 hikers and trampers.   The day was overcast so ideal for walking. 25 minutes from the Semple road car park had us all nicely warmed up so time for a cuppa.

(Clive pic)

After morning tea, 16 trampers (a good number!) left for the Green hut clearing. The hikers followed on behind to the old Green Hut site. It was a pleasant walk generally on the ridge through the Manuka and regrowth. After a short break at the clearing it was then steadily uphill for the trampers but ok – we finally got out of the Manuka and could see the track ahead of us leading up to Pulpit rock. There was a cool breeze as we climbed.

 

Nearly there. (Phil pic and caption.)

Finally we made it to the site. We climbed up to the summit – precariously looking round and taking photos of the amazing views 360 degrees around us.

 

We gotta get out of here. (Phil pic and caption.)

Lunch was had in the shelter of a ridge and tussocks near the rock. It was then a pleasant walk back as the breeze had abated. A group of 8 headed down in search of an emergency hut and found it – even with a good water source nearby.

The hikers had lunch at the Green Hut site (where the seats used to be!!

(Clive pic)

It was then down and out and a muster for all and an enjoyable coffee at Waitati. – Clive.

17. 11/5/2016. Trampers. Pulpit Rock. Medium.  Leader: Arthur H.
And summer continued for another day. …
The sky was clear and sunny, the wind was a warm northerly – perfect for our day’s tramp.
We arrived at Mountain Road to find several vehicles already in the car park. We guessed, correctly, that “The Green Hut Group” was out track clearing.

Setting out, we walked for about 15 minutes before stopping for morning tea at the junction where the track from Swampy joins.

The next stop was at “Green Hut” – the hut had been long gone, but the clearing where it once stood is still referred to as Green Hut.

Morning Tea. (Helen pic and caption)

Green Hut stop. (Helen pic)

We were able to admire the 2 recently installed bench seats at the site – actually only one could be admired as the other had already been destroyed! Sadly,  there is no shortage of morons in N.Z. these days.
Continuing on,  the track trends ever upward. We encountered the track clearers at various spots, and stopped briefly to talk, and especially to let them know that all their hard work is much appreciated.
After passing the top of Rosella Ridge, it was only a short distance up to Pulpit Rock. As we approached, 2 of the track clearers were having a brief rest on top before resuming work.

Standing on top of the rock, …

View from top of rock

One of the great views from up on the rock. (Margreet pic and caption)

… one had to hold on tightly to one’s hat as the wind coming up from the other side was strong! Time for lunch. We moved back a few metres to be out of the wind, and settled down in the tussock to enjoy the magnificent view, and our food.

T-Lunch

Lunch on top. (Helen pic and caption)

Afterwards we walked a further 2-3 hundred metres on the track towards “Jubilee Hut”, so as to be able to see “The Pulpit” better.

Pulpit Rock. (Helen pic and caption)

Pulpit Rock. (Helen pic and caption)

No one had thought to prepare a sermon (least of all the leader), so a little reluctantly we turned for home.

We travelled back on the same track, again passing the workers. Two of them had scrub bars, the others using hand operated implements. Mostly downhill now, but some of our group don’t enjoy going down too much as it is a bit hard on the knees.

At “Green Hut” it was discovered that 6 trampers could comfortably sit side by side on the one remaining seat.

Seat

On seat at Green Hut site. (Helen pic and caption)

It was most pleasant there in the sun, but after 10 minutes we resumed our journey. We were back at the cars at 2.35 p.m., very satisfied with ourselves. The wind had not bothered us at all except for right on top of Pulpit Rock.
We stopped at Waitati for a while on the way home, to discuss life in general.
On the day, 10 trampers had covered 11 km. It had been a wonderful day’s tramp. – Arthur H.
16. 4/12/2013. Both. Green Hut site and Pulpit Rock. Medium. Leaders: Lester and Elaine.
Trampers: Silver Peaks No. 2. From the car park, the Green Ridge track was dry, not muddy as it usually is. We had morning tea at the Green Hut site. It was a very hot sunny day.
They we went up the Green Hill track and on to Pulpit Rock, over to Silver Peaks No. 2 to look down the Devils Staircase, returned back to head west to the top of the Painted Forest  to look for Dark Horse Hut. We never found the hut. (Have worked out since [see Hamills book p. 7.08] that we would have had to go on another 10-20 minutes, through a gully and on to the next knoll.) Lunched at the top of the forest and then returned to the car park.
We saw five members of the Green Hut track clearing group. We met a couple from Germany. Also another party of three people and their dog. Very hot tramping conditions – mid-20s. – Heb.
Hikers: Green Hut.
GPS of route

GPS of route

Although the return trip is only 8 km, some of the steeper slopes make it seem longer. – Ian
15. 2/5/2012. Both. Green Hut site and Pulpit Rock. Medium. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.
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Nov 21 2018

Ocean View

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No. 18 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps.”Ocean View – Saddle Hill. D Bennett. Farm. Lambing.”

21/11/2018. Hikers. Ocean View. Leaders: Bruce and Jan Y.

Hikers report

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Seventeen hikers set off at 9.30 am from the Brighton Surf Club car park down to the sea alongside the river which had a high flow due to the recent rain and had cut a 0.7 m bank in the sand. We then passed the area of pingao planting and went to the right of the Surf Club building to ascend the steps and continue along the footpath to the sidepath leading on the right to the small beach below.  Two blue penguin boxes were at the top of the steps. The far rocky cleft on the beach to the right was empty of penguins and the sea demonstrated how the force and volume of the waves can vary. The remains of a dead penguin were visible in the rocky niche closer to the stairs. As the tide was not out far enough to proceed north along the beach we re-ascended the stairs, continued along the footpath and went to the beach via the car park at the bottom of the hill, Kirkness Hill. We walked north along the beach. 

 Taylors Creek had a significant flow where it went out to the sea. After considering our options we took the plunge and went across the creek which was ankle deep in parts. 

About 250 metres south of the car park/freedom camping site at the entrance to Ocean View we observed how a dead seal was being buried naturally in the sand. 

We had morning tea at the car park at 10.45 and at 11 am  were joined by George, who had taken the bus to the Presbyterian Church on Brighton Road, and continued north along the beach for 30 minutes,

(Adrienne pic.)

making another creek crossing with ankle-deep water, to where some plastic debris in the form of a large pink float and a small blue float numbered 63238, attached to 40 metres of rope, were collected as part of a campaign to remove plastic from beaches. We then returned …

(Adrienne pic)

… to the car park to lunch there at 12 midday. After lunch we proceeded through 727 Brighton Road, depositing the rope and floats there, and turned to the right on the track which we followed until it came out on Brighton Road beside the clothing collection box. George caught the 10.20 am  bus opposite McColl Road back to Brighton.

We turned to the left on the footpath and proceeded to admire the work of the Third Little Pig in the form of two houses. We looked at the view of the sea from the landscaped part of the reserve just south of the row of tree stumps marking the edge of the reserve area near the second house which was the subject of a recent TV programme. Grand Design, shown at Grand Designs. On the website the house is described as being at Oceanside, Little Brighton.

After crossing the bridge over Taylors Creek, we turned to the left and followed a meandering track back to the Kirkness Hill carpark and then, via the footpath, back to the Surf Club carpark, arriving there at 1 pm. Refreshements were consumed at the Brighton Beach café which we left at 2 pm, just before the rain returned with a greater ferocity.

Distance cover 10.29 km. The weather was overcast, with a slight drizzle at times, no wind of note and a bearable temperature. It could have been worse. The participants may have had some cobwebs shaken off and no lasting damage was sustained by anyone. With Marjorie, who assisted with the planning, having to offer her apologies for not being able to attend on the day, my thanks to Jan Yardley and Alec Griffin for leading at the back.

Subsequent enquiries with the Vessels Registrar on FishServe revealed the rope and floats belonged to  a Carey’ Bay based fisherman Chris Cooper. I phoned him and he said he would be pleased to receive his floats back at the Fishermans Wharf, Carey’s Bay, but that I could keep the rope. I said I would deliver them at some stage in the forthcoming weeks. He thought the rope may have frayed on rocks near where the crayfish pot had  been set in the region of the Nuggets, south of Kaka Point. – Bruce.

10/4/2013. Hikers. (31). Ocean View Ramble. Easy. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris.
GPS

“GPS” of half of route. Began recording only at the top view. Total distance 9 km.

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Nov 16 2018

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.

24. 14/11/2018. Hikers. Three Kings from Heenan Road. M. Leaders: Ian and Doug.

Thirty of those who weren’t away at the Hollyford Camp turned out to tackle the 4WD track up to Three Kings. Three Ramblers, who have chosen for themselves the name “The Eighties Plus” dropped back to continue at their own pace, getting ultimately as far up as the last gate on the track. The rest, with occasional rest stops and regroupings,

Morning tea with views of the Taieri. (Clive pic and caption.)

Ian explaining part of the history of the Taieri. (Clive pic and caption.) [Pointing out the original route up from Wesleydale Camp. – Ed]

made it up the steadily graded track, overcoming the last very steep bits to reach the rocks high up on the Maungatua Range at its southern end by lunch time.

The day was fine and calm with only a little sharp wind up here persuading us to find our own sheltered but sunny spot for lunch. Quite a number of us were newer members and for many this was their first visit to these prominent rocks. Well done.

Lunch at Three Kings. (Ian pic and caption.)

Our leaders Ian and Doug. (Clive pic and caption.)

After a leisurely lunch, it was back down the track again, this time each at their own pace now that  it was a known route, and into the cars, to regather for coffee at Outram. A successful outing. – Ian and Doug.

23. 17/5/2017. Hikers. Three Kings from Heenan Road. M. Leaders: Ian and Doug.

Route map courtesy Ian. Nike pp not turned until 1km into trip so add 1km to all distances. (Ian pic and caption.)

We navigated our cars to what for the Hikers was a new entry spot. Back in 2006 the Todd Group had denied us access through the paddock next to the old Wesleydale Camp which gave us access to a lovely track through the bush above it opening to gorse leading to the FWD track above. Now, back at the bottom of a big dip in  Heenan Road, there was an entry point to a parking spot up at the very bottom of that track, thanks to a hospitable owner’s permission.

Only 13 were able to turn out for the day. A first long-grassed paddock was the only steep effort, the track thereafter proving a delightfully modest steady gradient elevating us soon to impressive views over the Taieri plain. We stopped for morning tea at one such view,

Viewing the plain. (Ian pic and caption.)

but low cloud below us was  beginning to condense obscuring the former clear air.

Later, where we at last emerged from the bush part of the route, we stopped to point out to newer members the old way by which we used to reach this point. Beyond here, the track now steadily steepened the nearer we got to the Three Kings. We took it slowly, with frequent rests and regroupings. Until behold, there was a new track cut right across an extensive cleared area, changing the whole aspect of what we used to experience eleven and more years ago. The new track was even steeper, but at last all got there.

We hunkered down for lunch beneath the principle rock, sheltering from a brief but wetting rain shower.

Shelter for some. (Ian pic and caption.)

A clever perch. (Ian pic and caption.)

But that was it. The day remained calm, if cool. We returned back down the way we had come, all very pleased at having achieved our object. One older member expressed their delighted at achieving a return to the rocks after such a long absence, having given up all hope of ever making it again.

We stopped for coffee at George’s ‘hairy’ goat cafe, delighted to meet up there with the Trampers’ other half of the club, returned just before us.

A satisfying day. Roll on the wintry weekend ahead. – Ian.

22. 8/2/2017. Trampers. Maungatua Summit from Heenan Road. M. Arthur.

Route map, courtesy Tony. Trampers Maungatua trip.

I believe this tramp was a “first’ for the club. We have been up to the “3 Kings” area many times in the past, but today we continued on to the summit.

A small group out today, only 4 of our regulars, 1 potential member and  1 guest: 6 in total.

We left the cars parked up a farm drive off Heenan Road. Our tramp began at 9.00 a.m. on the uphill farm road which goes around the south end of Maungatua, and out towards Mahinerangi.

It was a fine day, sunny but with many clouds. A cool S.W. breeze kept the temperature down.

Morning tea was taken in the last available sheltered spot, the leader being rubbished for stopping 5 minutes early though!

Up a farm track and then in to the tussock taking us up more steeply to trig “F” at 702 metres, from where we could look down onto the “3 Kings“.

Onward on a farm track, before turning off into the tussock for the last 3.25 km, single file following the fence line.

Beautiful moss. (Helen pic and caption.)

The summit was reached at 12.05 p.m. for our lunch stop. Sitting down in the shelter of the vegetation was necessary to get out of the wind. The sunny periods were very welcome as we ate and rested.

Before taking our leave, the obligatory photo of the group at the summit marker post was taken.

Arthur Carol Neil Helen and Neil. (Helen pic and caption.)

Plaque on top. (Helen pic and caption.)

Just at this time the red helicopter flew over us at low altitude, our waves being returned.

Red helicopter giving us a wave. (Helen pic and caption.)

No rescue needed today, though, thankfully.

After about 2 km on the return journey we took to the farm track for the remainder. It was somewhat easier going, and also gave a little variation from the inward track.

The wind had eased early afternoon, and then changed to a southerly breeze. Showers were visible in the Balclutha-Milton direction, but were then going out to sea and not towards us.

Lower down we stopped briefly to admire the view out over the lower Taieri Plain. The whole area was bathed in sunshine, and was a real picture. The views from the top of Maungatua had been spoiled a little by all the cloud shadows on the landscape.

Back at the cars at 3.00 p.m. it had been a neat 6 hours from go to whoa. A very satisfactory day’s tramp in the leader’s opinion. Total distance was 17 km, and an altitude climb of 800 metres.

The timing was absolutely perfect!

As we sat down after ordering our drinks at “The Hairy Goat” the rain arrived!

Thanks to all who participated in the day’s very successful tramp. – Art.

21. 22/10/2014. Trampers. Three Kings. M.
This weeks tramp was to the “Three Kings” at the south end of the Maungatua’s. Six trampers travelled to McLaren Rd, drove around past the Lavender farm to our parking place just inside the farm yard gate. Jill went & got the key for us, & then drove back home again, leaving us to find our way up to the tops. The walk was on farm 4WD tracks all the way up, with just a short walk through tussock to the Three Kings where we had lunch in the shelter from a strong cold wind. Then it was a quick retreat back down again out of the wind, & back to the cars. Walked 12km; 4.1 km/h ave; 3hrs moving; climbed 690m.
The view from the top was very good, but the cold wind didn’t make for pleasant viewing. We practised our Coffee Club by calling into the Outram coffee shop on the way home where a good chat session was had. – Ken

18/10/2006 Jeff Todd of Todd Group 477 8902 (10/06). Todd Group had bought Wesleydale and paddock and allowed it to be used for army live firing! Access through all this area denied.

20. 26/4/2006. Trampers. Three Kings and Trig. Leaders: Evelyn C, Sabina.
19. 24/8/2005. Both. Wesleydale, Three Kings and option of Trig. Leaders: Ria, Irene, Val and Brian, Eleanor B.
18. 19/11/2003. Both. Three Kings from Farm sheds. Medium. Leaders: Trampers: Bill and Pat; Hikers: Les and Margaret, Carmel.
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Down through Gorse. Wendy? Pat

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George on rise, below Trig above Three Kings (19/11/2003)

17. 17/7/2002 Three Kings, Mill Creek, Kowhai. Spur Leaders: Bob H, Doug M, Wendy B
Long. Hard. Water. Steep down Kowhai Spur.
16. 10/7/2002. Wesleydale Methodist Youth Camp to 3 Kings. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara, Frank.
15. 22/11/2000 Leaders: Lex, Ian
14. 22/9/1999. Three Kings and Trig. Leaders: Lex, Bill H, Lesley S.
13. 12/8/1998. 3 Kings, Maungatua. Leaders: Irene, Shirley R.
12. 19/11/1997. Wesleydale to 3 Kings and Trig. Leaders Judith and Hugh, Ian.
11. 12/3/1997. Three Kings – Mill Creek Reserve – Kowhai Spur. Leaders: Bill H, Graham, Barbara McC.
10. 1/5/1996. Duncan’s Farm Road and return Kowhai Spur. Leaders: Bill H, Les S, Graham S, Doug M
9. 3/4/1996 Three Kings from Heenan Road to McLaren Road Start past Little Creek. Medium.
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Leaders: Jack and Rosemary, Nelson and Dot.
8. 20/4/1994. Three Kings. Medium. Leaders: Margaret and Les, Ivan, Les W.
7. 6/10/1993. Mill Creek (back of the Maungatuas.) Medium. Leaders: Shirley McN, Ria L, Nel, Betty H.
6. 26/5/1993. Wesleydale Camp – uphill following 4WD track to Maungatuas. Great views. Medium. Leaders: Mary Y, Denise, Nola, Judith.
5. 9/9/1992. Wesleydale Camp to the Maungatuas. Follow 4WD Track. Average. Leaders: Joan, Betty, Jean, Diana.
4. 29/7/1992. Wesleydale Camp, up the hill following 4WD track to the Maungatuas. Lovely views. Average. Leaders: Daphne, Betty, Dave and Jean.
3. 23/10/1991. Maungatuas – Wesleydale to ‘3 Kings Rocks’. Steady up hill grade, but not a long tramp. Average+. Leaders: Nancy, Ray, Ted, Jack R.
2. 27/6/1990 Wesleydale to Three Kings. Average, if taken in easy stages. Don’t rush hill please. Leaders: George, Margaret D, Margaret B, Ria.
1. 8/3/1989. Three Kings. Good tramp up the Maungatuas. Great views of Lower Taieri. Leaders: Denise, George, Peggy.

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Oct 03 2018

Tunnel Beach

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No. 62 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Tunnel Beach. Farm”
Tunnel Beach.
See 1983 for an account of its opening.
Tramping Track managed by DOC. Tunnel Beach Road accessed from Blackhead Road.
Plenty of parking at end of Tunnel Beach Road. Distance from carpark:
Concord Tavern park for longer walk. Distance from carpark: 10 km.

3/10/2018. Both. Tunnel Beach from Kaikorai Estuary. M. Leader: Keith.

37 members set off on a combined walk from the Kaikoai estuary carpark at Waldronville …

Getting ready to move out, (Gordon pic and caption.)

… on a beautiful day and headed along the beach towards Blackhead.

Heading to Blackhead Quarry. (Gordon pic and caption.)

After smoko on the beach…

Great place to ponder after morning tea. (Gordon pic and caption.)

…we headed up to Blackhead carpark.

Unfortunately some got hit by larger waves with one gentleman
falling over and getting quite wet , while others got wet up to their knees.
At Blackhead, 12 left, walking along the roads back to the estuary to fetch their cars while the rest walked up Blackhead Rd to Tunnel beach car park.

!8 walked down to the tunnel entrance for lunch,

Great spot for lunch. (Gordon pic and caption.)

the rest regrouping in the  carpark, much to the interest of a Chinese couple who snapped photos of the group having lunch.

Tunnel beach and carpark were very busy with lots of tourists. There was even a couple in their wedding finery taking selfies.

After the slog back up to the carpark and a breather, and a quick chat to those who had stayed, we set off walking down Green Island Bush Road

Heading back to Waldronville. (Gordon pic and caption.)

through Waldronville to the cars. Distance 15kms.

Hope everyone got home safely as it was impossible to keep an accurate count when there were so many people and several options for walking. – Keith

12. 16/11/2016. Trampers. Tunnel Beach. E+

Seven trampers decided to just do tunnel beach walk. Weather was not that good.  We all decided we had nothing to moan about after being unscathed from the earthquake. We saw a  beautiful beach and some stunning rock formations and colours.

Stunning rock formation. (Helen pic and caption.)

Stunning rock formation. (Helen pic and caption.) [Is there an eye, nose and mouth there? – Ed.]

Rocks out to sea. (Margreet pic.)

Rock stacks off the northern ends of the beach. (Margreet pic.)

Two waterfalls today.

One of the waterfalls. (Helen pic.)

One of the waterfalls. (Helen pic.)

The other waterfall. (Helen pic and caption.)

The other waterfall. (Helen pic and caption.)

Had morning tea down there in a cave entrance.

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

Also saw a lot of visiting tourists looking at our hidden attraction. – Helen.

11. 21/9/2016. Hikers. Tunnel Beach from Kaikorai Estuary. M. Leaders: Jan Y and Peter.

Nike app GPS of route.

Nike app GPS of route.  Kaikorai Estuary – Beach – Blackhead Rd – Tunnel Beach Rd – Tunnel Beach – Green Island Bush Rd – Blackhead Rd – Brighton Rd – Kaikorai Estuary.


24 hikers set off on a cool grey morning. Parked at the Waldronville estuary and walked through the dunes to the beach, then along the beach to Blackhead, stopping for morning tea halfway along the beach. 4 hikers walked back to the car park at this stage to drive to Tunnel Beach. The rest walked to the end of the beach, watching a couple of surfers at the end. Then up Blackhead Road which was reasonably busy, but not so many trucks as the day the leaders did the reccie. Headed down the track, which has been widened and upgraded. The sun came out at this stage, and the cliffs round Tunnel Beach looked quite spectacular and jackets came off. A group of hikers elected to just go part of the way down, as it is quite a steep track. The tide was out, and we picked our way across a large number of boulders at the foot of the tunnel …

Tunnel steps exit. (Adrienne pic.)

Tunnel steps exit. (Adrienne pic.)

… to the beach where we had lunch.

Lunch

Lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

Mouth of a low-tide cave.

Mouth of a low-tide cave. (Ian pic and caption.)

Study in angles

Study in angles. (Ian pic and caption.)

Returned to the car park via Green Island Bush Road which had far less traffic. Great views across to Green Island and Saddle Hill from here. Then on to Brighton Road back to the car park, where the co-leader discovered that we had done around 15 ks, which was a bit of a surprise to her. Calculations had been a bit out. Well done to all those who completed the whole walk – quite good to get pushed out of your comfort zone occasionally. – Jan.

10. 1/12/2010. Both. Tunnel Beach from Concord Tavern. Leaders: Neil, Lex.

The peninsula in context. (Ian pic and caption.)

Vegetation on an oozing waterfall. (Ian pic and caption.)

Ants? on a rock. (Ian pic and caption.)

Low tide entry only for this cave. (Ian pic and caption.)

9. 10/12/2008 Hikers. Concord Tavern, Tunnel Beach, Green Island return. Leaders: Neil, Peter.
8. 15/11/2000. Tunnel Beach. Leaders: Joan H, Dot B, Chris.
7. 12/4/2000. Concord, Tunnel Beach. Leaders: Joan H, Dot B, Myrie.
6. 17/3/1999. Tunnel Beach. Leaders: Daphne, Bev McI, Shirley R.
5. 12/11/1997. Blackhead, Tunnel Beach. Park at Blackhead Quarry. Leaders: Dapne, Margaret D.
4. 1/11/1996 Blackhead, Tunnel Beach. Leaders: Daphne, Margaret D
3. 29/5/1996. Concord – Tunnel Beach. Average. (Alternative to Mt Charles.) Leaders: Margaret D, Chris, Joan H.
2. 29/5/1991 Concord – Tunnel Beach. Interesting coastline. Average. Leaders: Doug & Ngaire, Peg C, Joyce I, Penny & Peter
1. 17/3/1989 Concord Tavern, Tunnel Beach, Green Island return. Leaders: Daphne, Ivan, Peter

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Sep 19 2018

Port Chalmers and environs

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Click Dunedin’s Hills’ History for background Information.
30 km from car park.
21. 19/9/2018. Port Chalmers walkabout. E. Judy.
On Wednesday 19 enthusiastic hikers gathered at the Careys Bay Hotel
Establishment on a beautiful spring day.   We walked up to the lookout with stunning views of the harbour and had morning play-lunch at the
Ralph Hotere Garden. From there we made our way down  to Back Beach

Met up with some children on our track walk down to Back Beach. (Jan B. pic and caption.)

where we did a short walk out to the point where there were people
fishing for their evening meal.  We then walked round the point

Our walk around Back Beach taking us out to the Port Chalmers School. (Jan B. pic and caption.

School children on a kayak lesson. (Jan B. pic and caption.)

and made our way to the Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell for lunch.  After lunch we walked up to the cemetery where some walked back down the hill and the others carried on another steep track which then took us down to the town and back to Careys Bay Hotel

Jan B. pic.

where we all enjoyed a beverage of various delights.  – Leaders Elaine and Jay.

20. 22/11/2017. Hikers. Port Chalmers. Leader: Judy.

Route map, courtesy Ian. Battery died within the last half km. So really 9 km.

22nd November saw two members celebrating the same birth date (Dave Mellish and the writer).  Are there any other shared birthdays in the Club?

Anyway, after some rather off-key singing, 18 hikers set off for Port Chalmers and the Careys Bay car park on a beautiful warm sunny morning.  The planned morning tea stop on Boiler Point didn’t happen, as the track was closed for new wharf development, so it was a bit of a slog up to the lookout (with a look inside the church on the way) and the Hotere garden for a well-earned break.

With a cruise ship in, there was plenty to see, and it took a while to gather the troops for the walk down to Back Beach, then around the point past the school …

(Kevin pic.)

… and rugby grounds, across the railway line and so up to the rhododendron dell for lunch.  Everyone sought whatever shade could be had, and we were entertained by rock climbers on the cliffs behind.

(Kevin pic.)

The excitement of watching a container ship berthing delayed some after lunch, and the group split at this point, eight continuing up the hill to the Scott Memorial, …

Radiance of the Seas and recently berthed container ship, taken from Scott Memorial. (Ian pic and caption.)

… then up and around the track beyond the car park on the far side (sorry, the leader forgot it went up some steepish bits for a while) and down in leaps and bounds to the Blueskin Road, across it to the track again, and so down to the Iona Church and a look inside here too.  There were quite a few cruise ship visitors about, and it was a good excuse for a rest as we stopped and chatted….  The choice then for these eight was either up and through the cemetery, or straight down to the road – guess which way we went?  Well, we were pretty hot and tired by then.

The remainder of the group were well installed in the hotel by the time we arrived, having taking an easier route through the cemetery and straight down to the Bay.  After some liquid refreshment and a leisurely chat, it was quite a late return home! – Judy.

19. 3/8/2016. Both. Port Chalmers. Leaders: Judy and Peter D.
On a cold wet winters day with snow predicted to 200 mtrs 9 hardy trampers left the carpark for Port Chalmers. We were farewelled by 6 fellow members who opted to go for a coffee fix rather than getting wet right from the start of the outing.

However our trip was very pleasant. Leaving the carpark at the back beach …

Back Beach. (Helen pic & caption.)

Back Beach. (Helen pic & caption.)

… of Port Chalmers following the road round the harbour with views of the Peninsula and further down the harbour towards Dunedin in the haze to the Harbour side rugby pavilion where we had shelter from the northerly driving rain, to enjoy our morning tea break.

Morning tea at rugby club. (Helen pic & caption.)

Morning tea at rugby club. (Helen pic & caption.)

We didnt dilly dally for too long as it didn’t take long to start chilling off. From here we proceeded along the railway line to the main road into Port Chalmers up to Ajax St and along Church St over the main trunk line to  the junction of the road to Lady Thorn Dell and up the short steep gravel track to the Blueskin Bay Rd.  Over the road and into the bushes following the Rangi track till we came out to a clearing greeted by a colourful array of noisy roosters at the Scott Memorial.

(Margreet pic.)

Two of the brave (?) few. (Margreet pic.)

(Margreet pic.)

One of the brave (?) few and a noisy (?) rooster (?) (Margreet pic.)

In this area we were very sheltered by the canopy of bushes . At the lookout we had panoramic views …

(Margreet pic.)

A rainy view. (Margreet pic.)

… of the container port at work and into the haze we could see right down to Tiaroa Heads. Quite surreal. Still no snow. From the monument we followed the Brailley Track to the Port Chalmers Cemetery where we found a shelter for lunch.

Lunch at Cemetery. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lunch at Cemetery. (Helen pic and caption.)

Careys Bay was beneath us so a quick zig zag through the cemetery to the famous Hotel where they allowed us to hang our wet gear in their front foyer while we enjoyed the warmth of the environment  and the open fires.

Coffee at Careys Bay hotel. (Helen pic and caption.)

Coffee at Careys Bay hotel. (Helen pic and caption.)

Two of our men did the gentlemanly act by fetching their cars and brought them round to Careys Bay to save the rest of us from further exposure from the elements !!

We walked 6.6 kms and ascended 200 mtrs, all satisfied that Wednesday’s tramp was a good day out – different from the many sunny days we have had in the past !! – Jill.
18. 22/4/2015 Hikers. Port Chalmers. Leaders: Judy and Jennifer.
GPS of route

Nike app GPS of route around Port Chalmers.

Judy, well backed up by Jennifer, led 30 Hikers an interesting trek around  Port Chalmers, pointing out several locations associated with her ancestors.
From the car park on Peninsula Beach Road she immediately took us up onto the  Island Terrace road whose northern end put us  onto the steep fenceline track that took us struggling up to the Flagstaff Point, (as it was originally called, but also variously known as Observation Point, Flagstaff Point and Flagstaff Hill,  in case you really wanted to know). (abt 0.22 km.) From here we took in the view of a China Shipping Line (a term new to this reporter)…
China Shipping Line. (John pic)

China Shipping Line. (John pic)

…ship, riding high in the water, loading containers. Back into the Hotere Sculpture Garden…
Hotere Gardens. (John pic)

Hotere Garden. (John pic)

…we morning teaed…

Cuppa. (John pic)

Cuppa. (John pic)

…and wandered round the well labelled (well, they were brass plates really) exhibits.
Judy then took us down and along the full length of Constitution Street before turning down – at its end – to right at the other end of Island Terrace, and down a bush track to the Peninsula Beach. Road. (abt 0.8 km) We walked to the Peninsula’s end and reflected on the sinking of the Yarra. (abt 2 km)
Yarra. (John pic)

Yarra. (John pic)

From here the road became Victory Place and yet further along, Wickliffe Terrace. Around about here Judy pointed out, half-hidden about us, what could well be the largest old house in Port Chalmers, the home of a former Dock Master, one of Judy’s relatives. At this point we turned off down a track that got us (abt 3 km) across to Albertson Avenue and thence to the southern end  of George Street, which we crossed, to climb-  in turn – Ajax Road and Church Street. Crossed the Railway line,  (abt 4 km) pass the gate of Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, on and up to end up via Braille’s Track at the Scott Memorial…
Lunch at Scott Memorial (John pic)

Lunch at Scott Memorial (John pic)

…and the “Nine Fathom Foul” large anchor (which used to foul fishermens’ nets)…
Anchor

“Nine Fathom Foul” Anchor. (John pic)

…for lunch.
Back down Braille’s Road, this time turning off into the Port Chalmers Cemetery,…
Cemetery

Port Chalmers Cemetery (John pic)

…noting on the way one of Judy’s Knewstubb relatives graves. Out near the bottom, now on Church Street again, (abt 4.8 km) across onto Harbour Terrace, viewing a wee ‘but-and-ben’ of Judy’s parents when young, down Slant Street to Join Macandrew Road by the Careys Bay Hotel. Along that road, past the dock entrance (abt 6.5 km) and along Beach Street back to the cars.
Thanks, of course, very much, to Judy and Jennifer for keeping us safe and well informed on a very well-planned route. – Ian.
17. 8/5/2013 Hikers. Sawyers Bay, Old Road, Lady Thorn Dell, Lookout, Back Road, return. Leaders: Mollie and Pat.
Route

Route

25 of us parked in Stevenson Road in Sawyers Bay, walked
from its end around Borlases Road, turned up Ajax Rd above the steepled Presbyterian Church, onto Church Rd, crossing the railway line to reach Lady Thorn Dell for morning tea amongst the Rhododendrons, small groups disported between the seats and tables there. The day was fine and the view from the viewing platform down to the container wharves excellent.

It was then back down Church Rd, Ajax Rd, onto Mount St, to cross State Highway 88 to climb steeply up Grey St, Scotia St and Constution St to the Lookout at its top. We spent some time there watching bundles of logs being slowly craned into the bowels of a rather rusty looking ship. A passing ship towed a tug on up the channel heading presumably to the fertilizer or the petroleum wharves nearer Dunedin. We then crossed the point, steeply down this time to reach Peninsula Beach Road at the back, and to have an early lunch there. Happily the group supporting blind trampers passing by noticed us and came across for a chat, with a number in each group recognizing friends in the  other.

After lunch, we completed the circumnavigation of the peninsula, detoured off across a rugby paddock to walk alongside the railway to the railway crossing, and back along State Highway 88 to Sawyers Bay Station Rd and up to the cars.

A point to note is that Hiker numbers are growing larger, making group control by the leaders more of a task, as our wide range of individual fitness led to us becoming a rather straggled out band at times. However, the weather was pretty ideal, if a little windy at lunch time and draughty when walking alongside logging trucks, and the social chatting side was well attended to. Thanks to Pat and Mollie for a most satisfactory day. – Ian.

16. 10/8/2011 Hikers. Port Chalmers, Scott Memorial, Lady Thorn Dell. Leaders: Bob and Evelyn

15. 16/9/2009 Hikers. Aramoana, and Port Chalmers. Leaders: Lex, Marjorie.

15(?) of us set out on a fine, mild day with only light breezes – an ideal hiking day – led by Lex and Marjorie, to walk at Aramoana. As that was deemed to be too short, we called in first at Port Chalmers, where, from Mount St, we ascended Grey St, passing the grand old Presbyterian Manse whose 14 rooms, recalled Lex from his courting days, were occupied by bachelor minister George Jeffries and several student ‘tenants’ – hence its nickname “Holy Fryers (Friar’s?) Abbey”. Lex’s reminiscences of his courting days continued as we passed his wife’s old family home and pictured him sunbathing on the lawn. We discovered, again from the Learned Lex, why Meridian and Magnetic streets are so named. (Answers are at the end (1) if you need them). Morning tea was enjoyed at the top on a grassy knoll looking at the splendid view towards Portobello.

Morning tea in a 'room with a view". (Bob caption and pic).

Morning tea in a ‘room with a view”. (Bob caption and pic).

A couple of coneheads. .. or ... a couple of pointy heads. (Bob caption and pic).

A couple of coneheads. .. or … a couple of pointy heads. (Bob caption and pic).

The descent was by Fox St to Peninsula Beach Rd and back to the cars by Beach St past the stacks of logs and chips. On to Aramoana. We parked at entrance to the township, puzzled over three signs of a crossed-out “H” in a circle alongside an arrow head, (a prize for the one who answers 1st as the answer is NOT at the end (2) if you need it) and walked to the north end of the beach, and along the beach to the Mole and a self-satisfied sea lion basking on the sand. Lunch at the start of the Mole looking out across sparkling waters

Lunch by the Mole. (Bob caption and pic).

Lunch by the Mole. (Bob caption and pic).

and asking how far we could see was most enjoyable. (We didn’t know the answer but see the end (3) for an informed guess). Of course we walked along the Mole and stood by the new “lighthouse”

The new "lighthouse" at Molesend. (Bob caption and pic).

The new “lighthouse” at Molesend. (Bob caption and pic).

(What was the date inscribed in the concrete base – see the answer (4) at the end), and noted albatrossesses whitely plumped on Taiaroa Head and also saw one or more flying. The dredge entertained us as we tried to determine its movements (See (5) at the end for a guess), and one of the divers was pleased to chat.

The long Mole ... and ... (Bob caption and pic).

The long Mole … and … (Bob caption and pic).

The short Mole (?) (Bob caption and pic).

The short Mole (?) (Bob caption and pic).

Lesley reckoned she had found a clump of Capt Cook’s scurvey grass, but noted that there seemed to be much less of the rare plant than there used to be around there. (See (6) at the end for some more information). And so to the memorial to the Aramoana Massacre where we sat briefly and talked of the events and the film “Out of the Blue”. Chris had played a part in its production and recalled the actor playing the role of David Gray (See (7) at the end for the name)) being very empathetic in the role. Consensus was that it was a good film in being even-handed in its treatment of Gray. But did the police need to be stalking in white shirts? Perhaps they were taken by real surprise at such an event.

The memorial to the massacred 14 (Bob caption and pic)

The memorial to the massacred 14 (Bob caption and pic)

To the park and out along the boardwalks

Salt marsh boardwalk. (Bob caption and pic)

Salt marsh boardwalk. (Bob caption and pic)

and gravelled paths among flax to the salt marshes, where Joyce delighted in betting on the crab races.

Elaine and Bev conspire to push Joyce over the edge. (Bob caption and pic)

Elaine and Bev conspire to push Joyce over the edge. (Bob caption and pic)

And back to the cars. A view near Deborah Bay of a wee house wedged between road and water where the Lewis family lived with 17 children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A pleasant walk. One learns new things every time one comes out with the TRTC. Thanks to all who share their knowledge and entertainment. Bob Answers 1 Magnetic Street points to the magnetic North, while nearby Meridian Street points to the geographical North 2 a prize for the 1st correct answer 3 on looking at a map, probably Shag Point or perhaps the more distant Katiki Point where the Moeraki lighthouse is situated. 4 March 2009 5 It appeared to dump its load, acquired from out by the buoys, near the Spit Beach as it returned to the sea so much higher in the water 6 on the following website you can see a picture of the plant Lesley found which looks very like Cook’s Scurvey Grass http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/documents/NZ%20Favourite%20Plant%202005.pdf 7 Matthew Sunderland

14. 27/8/2009. Hikers. Port Chalmers: Iona Church, Rangi Park, Cemetery, Scott Memorial, Lady Thorn Dell, Observation Point, Hotere Garden, Back Beach, Stinking Point, Walton Park, return.Leaders: Fred, Bob.

Eighteen keen hikers set off from around Iona Church (Peter claimed that we were moving in religious circles, and when Bob said “Iona Church” he wondered how he had come to be the “owner” ), and climbed up the Rangi Park track. We were diverted past the old cemetery

Graveyard

Graveyard Shift. (Bob pic and caption) Les, Peter, Wendy, Lesley G, Mollie, Bill, Lesley S, Evelyn

where we were regaled by stories of Lex’s youth, drinking there before the annual ball and being “late”. The steep track is well formed, though some of the steps are high, and passes through a most extensive grove of Brachyglottis Rangiora (or Rangiora )

Rangiora Row

Rangiora Row. (Bob pic and caption). Pat, Elaine.

that large-leafed, white-backed foliage you can write on with a ballpoint. Several lookout points were good for stops to admire the views across the port, harbour, islands and peninsula.

We descended from the Scott Memorial and Nineteen Fathom Foul anchor along Brailleys track to the new cemetery and thence into Church St and the Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell

Rock Dwellers

Rock Dwellers. (Bob pic and caption). Lesley G, Evelyn, Les.

for a welcome morning tea – a warm and picturesque spot with early shrubs coming into blossom, and seats for all.

Round the church again (2 churches really with 2 spires – 1872 and 1883), down to the town centre,

Stopp Twins

Stopp Twins

up Grey, Scotia and Aurora streets to great views at Observation Point.  Neil was so engrossed there in pointedly chatting up a young lady that he made no observation that the rest of us had moved off.  A few moments were spent in the Hotere sculpture garden where Les and Peter tested the smacking law with some choice whacks of the inverted male’s bottom,

An inverted sense of humour

An inverted sense of humour? (Bob pic and caption. Les, Peter.

and there was a photo opportunity for some old hulks to pose by the old hulk, “Black Phoenix II”.

Old hulks

Old hulks pose by an old hulk. (Bob pic and caption). Fred, Bill, Peter.

Down the hill to the Yacht Club and the public toilet,

Revenge

Revenge: This is the woman who nominated me for Vice President. (Bill pic and caption). Margaret.

where there was much toilet humour, and then along the Back Beach walkway to a sheltered, planted picnic spot for lunch.

The Lunch Room.

The Lunch room. (Bob pic and caption). Bill, Neil, Lesley, Les, Dot, Arthur, Peter, who? Pat, Fred, Angela, Margaret, Elaine.

Now rested, we could complete the journey along the gravelled Peninsula Beach Road, past Russell Moses’ “Koputai” – the boat-shaped groyne sculpture,

The Groyne Sculpture

Groyne boat (Bob pic and caption).

round Stinking Point (where there was no smell but a useful seat) and the Pride of the Yarra Plaque (where there was a
plaque and another seat.) Along Victory Place and Wickliffe Terrace to the track above the school we strode, descending to Walton Park at Mussel Bay and along the grassy waterfront track to the railway line. A stack of uplifted tracks provided tiered seating for a wee rest out of the breeze,

Tiered seating

Tiered seating. (Bob pic and caption). Who? Evelyn, Fred, Lesley S, Pat, Bill, Les, Elaine, Peter, Lex, Dot, Joyce, Who? Margaret

and a garden filled with ornaments of all kinds offered a wee feast for the eyes.

An ornamented

An ornamented landscape. (Bob pic and caption).

The last stretch of the journey was along the George St shops and up Mount St to the cars. Less than 10km walking, but 4 hours of good exercise, and a route with some new ingredients for most.  Fred and Bob led luminously in the club’s fluorescent  jerkins. – Bob.

13. 26/11/2008 Hikers.Port Chalmers. Leaders: C. Hughes, G. Baxter

12. 16/1/2008. Port Chalmers. Leaders: Tash, Lex.


Scott Memorial

On a lovely calm and warm summer morning 15 hikers parked their cars at Sawyers Bay and set out for Port Chalmers. We went round the back road and then up the hill to the Scott Memorial and Centenary Lookout. Perfect place for morning tea break. Lovely views, shade or sun to sit in and the colourful company of the resident ‘free-range’ roosters and hens who are always very interested to check out the visitors! Then it was down the hill and through the Port Chalmers cemetery to the port itself. No cruise ships that day but two left recently and another due in that night. Up the hill then to the Conservation Point Flagstaff Lookout. Perfect day for great views all round. We sat in the recently developed little reserve that has a sculpture by Ralph Hotere as well as a couple of other rather intriguing and interesting ones, and enjoyed a restful and relaxing lunch break. Then, down the hill again to the back beach road. About half way along we went up a track that took us up to the top of the hill again. From there it was down the road, across the railway line and back along main road to Sawyers Bay and the cars. A happy and convivial day out. – Bev.

11. 16/1/2008. Hikers. Port Chalmers. Park cars at Sawyers Bay. Easy.Leaders: Lesley S, Eleanor B

10. 7/2/2007. All. Port Chalmers from Sawyers Bay – Cruise Ship. Easy.

 Leaders: Peter and Wendy, Molly, Lois.

9. 28/6/2006 Hikers. Sawyers Bay, Back Beach. Leaders: Jean A, Chris

8. 13/8/2003. Hikers. Port Chalmers, Careys Bay. Easy. Leaders: Lesley W, Denise.

7. 21/8/2002. Alt. Port Chalmers Careys Bay Back Beach. Leaders: Dot B, Joan H, Anne R

6. 17/10/2001. Alt. Port Chalmers, Back Beach. Leaders: Nelson and Dot, Mavis.

5. 6/6/2001.All weather. Overgrown. Port Chalmers, Deborah Bay. Easy+. Leaders: Bill H, Lesley S, Winnifred

4. 8/11/2000. Port Chalmers. Leaders: Mavis, Peggy M, Catherine.

3. 7/6/2000. Deborah Bay. Leaders: Bev H, Les & Margaret

2. 8/1/2000 Port Chalmers Careys Bay Back Beach, Rangi Park walkway. Leaders: Mary M, Catherine T

1. 12/7/1995. Port Chalmers. Deborah Bay. Easy+. Leaders: Shirley, Bev H, Ria H, Jean A

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Jul 25 2018

Street Walk: Town Belt areas.

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6. 2018-07-25. Hikers. Town Belt Ramble/bus ride. leaders: Dawn and Pam.
28 hikers left Southern cemetery…

Up hill from the oval. (Clive pic and caption.)

…and walked up Maitland Street to steps that led to Eglington Road.  Morning tea stop was at the Petanque grounds, above Zingari Rugby club.

Morning tea at the Petanque Club.(Clive pic and caption.)

We meandered through Queens drive and several side tracks,

Our leader and the view. (Clive pic and caption.)

arriving at Olveston to have lunch in their lovely grounds. Then walked through to the bullock track down to Malvern St…

Downhill to the bus stop. (Clive pic and caption.)

…and caught the bus from George Street back to our cars.  Had coffee at Kensington Hotel. A pleasant day was had by all. – Dawn.

5. 14/9/2016. Bullock Track, Town Belt, Ross Creek. E+. Leaders: Pam and Dawn.
Tangled route

Tangled route map.

22 happy hikers left cars at the bottom of the Bullock Track in Malvern St and crawled slowly up the trail to Stonelaw Terrace and around to Cosy Dell for a welcome morning tea stop. Leader Pam had access to the tennis club, with seating and toilets available.  Such luxury!
Cuppa

Cuppa at Cosy Dell Tennis Club grounds.

It was a beautiful sunny morning and we (mal)lingered for a while before raising the energy to proceed.
On round the Town Belt, down into Park St, a false start up the wrong set of Kyber Pass steps (ha ha to those in front!) then round Queens Drive and back up past Prospect Park into Cannington Rd and Pilkington St for an early lunch (nice seats again!) beside John McGlashan College.
Lunch

Lunch beside John McGlashan recreation field.

Looking up towards Flagstaff and Swampy, we wondered if we might sight the trampers, but no luck.  We guessed they were lunching further over, out of sight.

After lunch the trail took us back to Cannington Rd …

Mock assistance

Mock assistance back onto Cannington Road.

…  and onto the Ross Creek Track and a steepish descent through the bush to the pumping station.
Impressive waterfall

Interesting waterfall. (Ross Creek Reservoir overflow?) Taken across Ross Creek while gradually ascending creek’s true right track.

Down Ross Creek with steep cliffs on the right, bubbling brook and beautiful bird song, to the Leith and the wander back to the cars.  A coffee stop at the botanic gardens was enjoyed by all 22 and we were home early enough for a nana nap before dinner. – Judy.

4. 29/3/2015. Amenities Society Town Belt Traverse.
Elaine reports that some of the Club  went on the walk.
“It was a very good trip. Weather was fine and we had a good group. Someone said 600 people did the trip.” Elaine met up and went with Jim and Betty.
She reports on the bus ride back to the Oval. She “was so AMAZED … the bus driver … got out of his seat and helped mothers with prams. … believe it or not  the prams were in the bus. Also, and a lady with a walking frame – he helped in and her frame.” This led Elaine  to reflect: “I can get the bus when I get my walking frame, or if I have a baby I can get on the bus, baby and pram.”
“We did not win any prizes this year. It was a lot of fun.” – Ian.
3. 20/8/2014. Queens Drive. Leaders: Elaine, Fred.
GPS of route

GPS of route. Southern Cemetery, Eglington Rd, path to Maitland St (1km), Upper Stafford St, Alva St (2km), cross Serpentine Av, Jubilee Park Mountain Bike Circuit up to park, cross Maori Rd, steps up to Queens Dr. (3km), cross Rattray St (4km), cross Stuart St, Olveston (5km), Littlebourne Rd, q’s Dr., pat Drivers Rd, Q’s Dr. (6km), Prospect Pk (7km), Bullock Track, Duke St (7.61km)

The Town Belt Walk.

The town Belt walk was enjoyed by appprox 28 hikers on Wed 20th August.
Everyone met at the Southern Cemetery (1858) by the old morgue (1908).

It was a calm Dunedin day as we made our way up thru some very old grave sites and skirted around
to Steep St path. (Was this a street in the early days?)
We approached Maitland St which looked very steep but as we all took it fairly slowly everyone managed it.

Cuppa

Cuppa

Crossing High St was a mission for some. Some of us went to the crossing which proved a very safe option.
Passing High St School, which is now closed, it was interesting to read on a notice that 26 houses are to be built.
We followed the town belt as best we could, passing thru  Robin Hood Park and Littlebourne Grounds, skirted around the back of Otago Boys’ High School and again crossed a busy road – Stuart St – but this had lights so all was well.
We stopped for lunch at Olveston House which was built and owned by David Theomin in 1904.
We ate our lunch outside in the grounds where we had permission …

Lunch

Lunch

Last of the summer wine

Last of the summer wine?

… and admired the house and grounds.

Continuing on to Queens Drive we arrived at the Bullock Track (a track that was formed in the early days of Dunedin to take the cattle to the works).
This track was all down hill on to Malvern St, Duke St, and we made our way to a DCC bus stop. 26 of us all hopped on a bus, free for all of us, as it was before 3pm. Back to our cars which we had left at the south end of Princes St.    23 of us then went for coffee

Coffee

Coffee

at the Kensington pub which has been there since the 1890s. The Mine Host made us all very welcome.

Thanks to FRED for his great skills in leading us thru the belt and for the CHOCS once again.
There is a heap of info on Google if any one wants to find out about the town belt, Olveston, and any of the grounds like Robin Hood. Also the Dunedin Amenities Soc. have a wonderful web page as well. Worth having a look. – Elaine.

2. 15/1/2014. Start of year. Both. Combined streets and bush. Leaders: Pam, Pat R.
(Distance of Duke St from Car Park: 19 km.)
There were 20 of us out for our first tramp of the new year. Pam and Jill had recced the route only the Saturday before after find the scheduled Government Track had been closed due to fallen trees, as yet uncleared. We parked in Duke St and went up the Bullock Track by way of the gravelled route, taking our time to gather alongside Prospect Park under some tree shade while Pam gave us the history of the Bullock Track, originally a route from Leith Valley to Burnside Freezing Works for the poor bullocks. And initial date of 1803 was amended to 1903 after not sounding quite right.
Pam led us across Highgate into Queens Drive which we followed for a short distance before descending a track through the bush to arrive at the Cosy Dell Buckingham Tennis Club where we morning teaed (to coin a word), thanks to Pam being a member and having the key to let us in to the seating. That would be about the one km mark on the route map, perhaps the orange spot beyond the “1”. (Orange means slow or stopped, yellow means a little [perhaps not much] faster.)
Morning Tea

Pam addresses the Morning Tea group

And what a beautiful spot it was. Four courts, beautifully green with their artificial turf, surrounded by lovely bush. From there we made our way down some frighteningly steep steps onto Queen Street, up Park St into Heriot Row and up 103 steps, as counted by diligent Dawn onto Duchess Ave and out briefly onto Drivers Road. Then via Chamberlain St, Henry St and Stonelaw Tce, back to the corner of Prospect Park where we had emerged from the Bullock Track earlier. (Route detail here subject to revision.) But now it was straight along Cannington Rd to reach the John McGlashan Sports Field for an early leisurely lunch on seating aligning a running track that was in the process of having the lanes repainted. Here we were entertained by a father and his two little pre-school sons practising some very competent cricket with bat, ball and wickets.

Lunch

Fred distributing his luncheon lolly largess.

After lunch, we resumed our way along Cannington Rd, to turn off abruptly at its end down one of what turned out to be many confusing Ross Creek  Reservoir tracks, before, eventually, yes, e-v-e-n–t-u-a-l-l-y emerging onto Woodhaugh St, running alongside the Leith, and turning at the bridge along Malvern St back to the cars.  Well  done, Pam and Jill for the recce, and Pat doing a sterling job as back marker. – Ian.
1. 8/6/2011. Hikers. Street Walk: Town Belt. Leaders: Beverley, Chris.

We went anticlockwise round the ‘course’. (Bob pic and caption)

Town Belt walk 1. (Bob pic)

Town Belt walk 2. (Bob pic)

Town Belt walk 3. (Bob pic)

Town Belt walk 4. (Bob pic)

 

27/8/2008 Town Belt. Leaders: Carmel, Evelyn
Down from Maori Hill

Down from Maori Hill

Again we were blessed with another fine and pleasant Wed. Because the Pineapple track/Ben Rudd area, where we were supposed to hike, was very wet and muddy our leaders opted to take us on a ‘Street Walk’. This proved to be a good choice and the 11 of us that went had a very enjoyable day out. We started up at the Highgate bus terminus and then went down till we got to the Town Belt which we walked along via Queens drive. Lovely views,
A good view

A good view

interesting scenery and houses to look at made for a relaxed and pleasurable outing. Morning tea and lunch enjoyed sitting in the sun.
Restful surroundings

Restful surroundings

Our walked finished along Highgate, back to the cars. Thanks to our leaders for coming up with a very acceptable replacement. Bev.

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Jul 18 2018

Allans Beach

27 km from car-park.

5. 18 July 2018. Hikers. Allans Beach. E. Bruce and Marjorie

28 hikers set off from the car park at the end of the Allans Beach road by crossing the style at approximately 11 am and had morning tea

Morning tea in the sand dunes. (Clive pic and caption.)

near the end of the track to the beach, reached by crossing a second style. Our transit time from 9.30 am at the Bush Road car park was longer than usual because of the work associated with the widening of the road from Broad Bay to Portobello with fill from the Clearwater quarry near the south side of Papanui Inlet. The fill is transported in large truck trailer units and for safety the Allans Beach road is one way during the week at present (apart from for residents) from Allans Beach to Portobello. We were not aware of this when we did the recce on Saturday 7 July. The route that remained open to Allans Beach, which most of us followed, was proceeding through Portobello on the Harrington Point road and turning right, after 1.3 km, into Weir Road, right onto the Papanui Inlet road and then taking the second road on the road that passes between Papanui Inlet and Hooper’s Inlet, and between Gearys Hill and Mount Charles, to join the Allans Beach Road. Most of us also explored Sheppard Road between Papanui Inlet and Hoopers Inlet to find that it was one way and did not allow a left turn into Allans Beach road.  The entrance to the Clearwater quarry is on the Papanui Inlet road about 0.8 km past Sheppard road between Varleys Hill and Gearys Hill. 

We proceeded to explore the northeast end of the beach until we reached the rocks and then turned to travel southwest along the beach

A sunny walk along the beach. (Clive pic and caption.)

and around the corner to the right to have lunch at 12.15 near the north end of the first bay on the right.

Some of the group made their leisurely way back after lunch while the main group proceeded around the shoreline until 1.10 pm to the fence which comes to within 1 m of the water just around the point where the inlet shoreline turns from north to north east. 

A 1-year-old sea lion appeared to observe our arrival at the fence area and flapped its way across a boggy area from about 150 m away to the east, wriggled through a fence and swam down the channel to stop adjacent to our party to observe us.

a sea lion poses for everyone. (Clive pic and caption.)

We had endeavoured to remain a safe distance from the wildlife, which a regular observer of the wild life informed us later was 20 m, but this young sea lion proceeded to emerge from the water opposite us a distance of less than 20 m and display some sea lion dentition. We retreated appropriately in the face of this gesture and proceeded to retrace our steps to the end of the beach near the outlet, pausing to watch a mother-child pair

Mother and calf in the sand dunes. (Clive pic and caption.)

approximately 3 m into the sand dunes from the inlet, about 300 m from the fence. Some other sea lions were observed on the shore on the opposite side of the inlet

We proceeded north east up the beach for about 100 m to approximately 25 m past a pine tree in the dunes to a track whose entrance was marked by an upright post and a surf board shaped portion of boat. 

We followed the track through the sand hills, past a grassy clearing, with tree segment seats arranged around the inverted remnants of a copper, and through an open gate into a paddock with approximately 100 cows on the grass whom we passed on the left between the grassy and boggy areas.

When we reached a fence we turned right for about 100 m past a circular water trough to open a gate on the left. We proceeded to follow the track past the farm house of Christine and Sam Neill who had kindly given permission for us to traverse their property.  We opened two gates to cross the drive way to the farm house, passed the cattle yards on the left, went through another gate and were reunited with our cars by opening the gate leading to the cars, about 80 from our first style, at 2.15 pm.  

The group that returned earlier arrived shortly before the main group via the beach or past the cattle. The distance travelled was approximately 8 km and the route was similar to that shown in the map for March 2016. The weather was relatively calm, cloudy and reasonably comfortable for walking. Low tide was at approximately 2 pm, about 30 minutes before low tide in Dunedin. (The tide at Taiaroa Head is approximately 13 minutes before Port Chalmers which is approximately 14 minutes before Dunedin). 

Afternoon coffee was at Nichols. The Allans Beach has the possible disadvantage of being at some distance from Mosgiel but offers a soft terrain to walk on, some variety between beach and farm walking, flattish terrain and, potentially, glimpses of wild life.

Bruce and Marjorie

4. 23/3/2016. Hikers. Allans Beach. E. Leaders: Bruce, Marjorie.

Mar 23 Allans Beach route. (Bruce pic and caption)

Mar 23 Allans Beach route. (Bruce pic and caption)

Allans Beach tramp report 23 March 2016

Twenty-two hikers set off from the car park at the end of Allans Beach road at 9.40 am. Low tide at Dunedin was 11 am and at Allans Beach (between Taiaroa Head and St Clair) approximately 10.30 am. We went over the stile and down the track to the beach before turning left and proceeding to the end of the beach …

At eastern end of Allans Beach (Bruce pic and caption)

At eastern end of Allans Beach (Bruce pic and caption)

… where we observed a couple of sea lions

Sea lion eastern end of beach (Bruce pic and caption)

Sea lion eastern end of beach (Bruce pic and caption)

before returning a little to have morning tea at the base of the rocky cliff, where a sign indicated that no dogs were allowed.

Morning tea break. (Bruce pic and caption)

Morning tea break. (Bruce pic and caption)

After morning tea we went to the other end of the beach and looked at the channel with the outgoing tide running quite swiftly.

We then went up the left bank of Hoopers Inlet walking on quite firm sand and seeing a few more sea lions.

Sea lion left bank of inlet (Bruce pic and caption)

Sea lion left bank of inlet (Bruce pic and caption)

We stopped at the fence which stretched to within a metre of the water’s edge and then returned to have lunch in the shelter of the lupins.

Lunch break (Bruce pic and caption)

Lunch break (Bruce pic and caption)

After lunch we returned to the beach and took a track into the sand dunes about 150 m from the end of the beach. The track came out on the farm of Sam and Christine Neill and we went across the farm, past the house, through two gates on the road leading to the house, and back along the paddock to the stile by the carpark, reaching this at 1.30 pm. Distance covered approximately 8.5 km. Morning tea was designated for the Portobello Café but we ended up at the Penguin Café, Portobello.

It would have been difficult to walk along the edge of the inlet on the sand unless the tide was reasonably low.

–  Bruce and Marjorie

3. 11/1/2012. All. Allans Beach. Leader: Fred.

GPS of Allans Beach Walk, courtesy Ken.

View of the fog that was around all day. (Ken pic and caption)

Lunch. (Ken pic and caption)

Lunch 2. (Ken pic and caption) (Lex at left, sitting)

Diamond Wedding.

Rocks at nth end of beach. (Ken pic and caption)

Displeased boss of the beach. (Ken pic and caption)

Busy as main street. (Ken pic and caption)

2. 20/4/2011. Hikers. Allans Beach. Leaders: Molly, Graham.
1. 29/9/1999. Allans Beach. Leaders: Les W, Mary M, Peggy M.

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Jul 18 2018

Sandymount – Sandfly Bay Tramps

Published by under Farm,Hikers,Trampers,Year round

No. 24 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Lovers Leap – The Chasm – Sandfly Bay. N Strang. Farm. Year Round.”
No. 73 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Sandymount – Lovers Leap. Year Round”
29 km from car-park.
See Sandymount for area background information.
Sandymount closed for lambing Aug-Oct. Track unformed in places, grassy, slippery when wet. (See also article on pingao planting.)
21. 2018-07-18. Trampers. Sandymount. Leader: Phil.

Eager anticipation of another day ‘just like yesterday’ saw 12 keen trampers travel to the Sandymount carpark, to be greeted by great views to all points of the compass.  People could be seen walking and congregating down below  at the N end of Allans Beach – could it be the Hikers and could they see us?  One of the day’s and life’s enduring questions!

Despite promises of a morning tea at Lovers Leap we ascended the steep track to the Trig and view point, made more challenging by sand; the view point ( and much of the track overall) had been cleared and tidied since the recce.  View shafts abounded including to the Lammerlaws, Silverpeaks, Saddle Hill and the Kakanui and beyond…aah all was well with the world.

Morning tea at Trig. ( Phil pic and caption)

We then retraced our steps back to the carpark and followed the start of the track through the avenue of Macrocarpa

Macrocarpa in stone. (Phil pic and caption.)

and followed the markers down to the lookout over the Chasm which was not unlike ‘staring into the Abyss’.

One was left wondering how and when the volcanic basalt collapsed into the sea to create the formation since formed 10-13 million years ago.

Moving onto Lovers Leap vertigo again made it’s presence felt across the group.

Lovers a leaping. (Phil pic and caption.)

and we pondered another of life’s mysteries such as how could the farmer get his ploughing equipment to the pastures far below?

We then completed the loop track of Sandymount and started our descent down the long sand dune towards Sandfly Bay (made a wildlife refuge in 1908); some ‘young at hearts’ (Guess who?) needed to try sliding on plastic down …

Some wanted to slide down. (Gordon pic and caption.)

… the dunes, but with no success, due to the laws of physics, lack of suitable toboggans but probably more importantly the shape of the protagonists’ backsides that were no good for backsliding! (oh dear)

We approached the beach with some caution due to the strong smells and compressed grasses, and yes we were proved right with 20 sea lions, large and small scattered along the beach.

Three is company. (Phil pic snd caption)

Lunch was taken on a well placed grouping of logs, and then circumventing the wildlife we set off down the beach (where the sand was not flying) finally turning inland and tip-toing across the stream a few times ( with Dave demonstrating how to walk on water) we crossed and ascended farmland to Ridge Road.

On Ridge Road. Phil caption; Gordon pic.)

From here we completed the round trip UP the roads back to the carpark …

Trump’s Toupee hung out to dry? (Phil pic and caption.)

… where it was agreed coffee should be taken at Nicolls; and lo and behold to be greeted there by the large contingent of Hikers – who the barista informed the writer must have been the fast pack! – Phil

20. 15/6/2016. Trampers. Ridge Road. Farmland, Bay, Sand-hills, Sandymount and road return. M. Leader: Jill.
On a pristine winter’s morning 11 eager trampers left from the cars on Ridge Rd and traversed through farmlands to Sandfly Bay. Here we had a later morning tea on the beach listening to a very noisy sea.
We progressed along the beach giving wide berth to 5 sea lions 2 of them were a sandy colour and we wondered if they were the youngsters.

White seal. (Helen pic and caption.)

White seal. (Helen pic and caption.)

Went to a locked up viewing hide before plodding our way through sand-hills, sand-hills and more sand-hills till we finally climbed through coastal scrub emerging at the Sandymount car park. From the car park we had a very panoramic view of the Otago Harbour, Hoopers, and Papanui Inlets that were surrounded with Harbour Cone and Mt Charles with Allans Beach at its base. Lunch

Helen & Judy. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Helen & Judy. (Margreet pic and caption.)

was sheltered at the entrance to the macrocarpa  avenue of trees

Beautiful canopy of trees. (Helen pic and caption.)

Beautiful canopy of trees. (Helen pic and caption.)

which we walked through after lunch to view both Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap platform. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Lovers Leap platform. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Lovers leap. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lovers leap. (Helen pic and caption.)

and the Chasm. Venturing around Sandymount we finally spotted the trig just above us on the track where some wandered  up but the scrub was rather high blocking the view which was better at a lower level. The final stage of our trip was on the Sandymount road back to the cars. We covered 11kms and felt we deserved liquid refreshments at the St Clair salt pool cafe enjoying the last of the winter sun. – Jill.

19. 28/1/2015. Hikers. Lovers Leap, The Chasm. Leaders: George, Alex.
Hikers Sandymount Route

Hikers Sandymount Route – anticlockwise from car-park. But application stopped working at the Chasm. W-h-y??? Bother, bother!!

Thirty-nine of us, yes THIRTY-NINE (did include a number of school children due back at school the following Monday) turned up at the Sandymount car park for what was promised to be a shorter walk with not too much climbing. George and Alex had recceed a round trip clockwise, deciding to lead us in an anti-clockwise direction on the day. So we set off.

New (well, to the writer at least) signs at the first junction indicated that Lovers Leap was via Sandymount Hill,

Signs like this have proliferated around Sandymount now.

Signs like this have proliferated around Sandymount now. (John pic)

the other sign indicated Sandfly Bay. BUT! The writer has never climbed the hill before, as on previous occasions we have always gone on round and past the entrance to the fence-lined Sandfly Bay track, a MUCH less hilly route. Had George forgotten that? I DID query George’s choice of the hill option, but didn’t press the matter.

So it was up, up a track that got quite steep in places. However all made it, even the hiker who had requested assurance of not too much climbing. (He’s not coming out next week, when we do the Leith Saddle track, which except for one wee saddle, is all climb.)

The hill summit rewarded us with the foggy view  we had expected, but it was good to stop here for the morning cuppa.

Cuppa time

Cuppa time (John pic)

Steeply down the other side, sidle further round the hill, soon to arrive at Lovers Leap. (I wonder if they really do, or is it their personal possession. It’s fun omitting the apostrophe [before or after the ‘s’?] to allow for the ambiguity.)

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap. Some of the 39 plus fog.

We pushed on. Bit of a climb till we reached the open gate giving entrance down through paddock, new style and paddock to the Chasm. Too much of a drop for some to even go near the viewing platform.

Back up onto the track, further around, past the sheep shed and a stop for an early lunch

Lunch. (John pic))

Lunch panorama.. (John pic))

at the beginning of the impressive double macrocarpa-lined avenue.

Then through the avenue, and, for some never here before, the shock of the cars’ sudden appearance at the avenue’s end.

There were some sheltered areas and some areas exposed to the cold wind that never stopped blowing.

Elaine had designated Nichols Cafe again for the last cuppa, and 25 of us adjourned there for coffee and company.

Coffee at Nichols. 25 of us.

Panorama of coffee at Nichols. Some of the 25. Remainder still to arrive.

Thanks to George and Alex for leading a record number of us, (39!!) with nary a one missing or going over the edge. – Ian.

18. 31/7/2013. Trampers. Ridge Road, Lovers Leap, Sandfly Bay.
We were all expecting it to be a bit windy on the coast, but when we got there it was very mild, & dead calm, so off with some clothing was in order. We had all forgotten how far the road walk from Ridge Rd to Sandy Mt. Rd was, but undeterred we pressed on to a morning break at the normal place in the paddock on the LH side of the road.
pack

Packing up after morning tea. (Ken pic and caption)

From there it was a leisurely walk around the Chasm & Lovers Leap viewing platforms, to marvel at the very flat sea conditions. The inlets were like a mirror, it was so calm.
Then off up the climb to the top of the track, where we had lunch at the top of the sandhills, before the easy conditions of the downhill slide onto Sandfly Bay, where we did the obligatory side trip to the viewing hide, only to discover that there are now two hides there, one of which is locked, & is for the tourist operators use only. We did see a sample of the wildlife that inhabits this coastline, one of them didn’t bother with us at all,
Grandad snoozing

Grandad snoozing. (Ken pic and caption)

but the other one was a bit wary of the strange quartet walking past.
Why are you annoying me?

Why are you annoying me? (Ken pic and  caption)

We all enjoyed the walk, although it wasn’t a very long day, as we arrived back at the car around 2:30pm. Distance – 10km, @ 4km/h. – Ken

17. 18/4/2012. Trampers. Ridge Road, Lovers Leap, Sandfly Bay.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. Cars parked half-way along left of route. Long sand-hill descent clearly depicted.

There were 12 of us. A record in recent memory.

Morning Tea, sheltered from the wind. (Ken pic.)

Lunch spot at the top of the lovely long sand-hill descent. (Ken pic)

16. 7/7/2010. Both. Sandymount, Sandfly Bay return, Lovers Leap, The Chasm. Medium. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

Look at those five animals lined up at a trough. (Joyce caption, Bill pic) 7/7/2010

New signs at Sandfly Bay track turn-off 7/7/2010

Picturesque grove (from south side) 7/7/2010

The Chasm 7/7/2010

15. 13/8/2008 Trampers. Sandymount summit, Lovers Leap, Chasm, Sandfly Bay. Medium. Leaders: Tash, Pat.

Large sandhill. Pat Leonie Ken Tash. 13/8/2008

A wonderful tramp on the peninsula… A small but enthusiastic group of 5 parked our cars at the end of Ridge Road, and then walked back up to the junction, where we turned up towards Sandymount. Near the top we had morning tea in a sheltered spot whose first discovery was attributed to George. At the carpark at the top, the gate to the left said “track closed”, so we took the track to the right instead and made our way back round to Lovers Leap. The views were amazing and as 4 of them stood on the platform, there was much discussion as to who would do the “Leap”. There were no volunteers so we retraced our steps and ended up above Sandfly Bay. Here we had our lunch with beautiful views in all directions. We discussed the fact that lunch stops are a very important part of the tramp and that that spot is often what we remember. And then down, down ,down the wonderful sand hills that looked like scenes from Lawrence of Arabia. Running down like kids… A quick visit to the Penguin hide and then onto the beach where some very large sea lions were lolling about on the sand. Two large ones emerged glistening black from the sea, reminiscent of when the first creatures left the sea to live on the land all those millennia ago. Near the end of the beach we came to a stream where Leonie suggested we sit and take in the great surroundings we were in, with powerful waves in the background crashing onto the beach amidst a surge of foam.

Leonie, Pat, Tash on Log

Leonie, Pat, Tash on Log 13/8/2008

And then after some cunning navigating by Ian we were onto a poled track through a farm, up a small hill and back at the gate, beyond which magically were our cars. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. – Tash

14. 14/3/2007. Trampers. Sandymount, Lovers Leap, Sandfly Bay. Medium. Leaders: Bruce & Marjorie, Doug M
13. 6/7/2005. Trampers. Sandfly Bay, Lovers Leap, Chasm. Leaders: Bob H, Ian, Frank
12. 6/7/2005. Hikers. Sandymount, Sandfly Bay. Leaders: Joyce, Eleanor.
Grove of trees and ongaonga

Grove of trees and ongaonga

Belted Galloway cattle beast. Who?, George, Hazel

Belted Galloway cattle beast. Who?, George, Hazel

11. 17/3/2004 Trampers: Ridge Road, Sandymount, Sandfly Bay Leader: Ria L
LL

Lovers Leap

VP

L-Leap Platform. Bill, Pat, Ria, George

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L/Leap Platform. Ria, George, Glenice, Doug M

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Sandhills at top. Ria, Glenice

10. 17/3/2004 Hikers: Sandfly Bay, Sandymount, Ridge Road. Leaders: Joyce, Eleanor.
9. 20/8/2003. Hikers. Ridge Road to Sandfly Bay. Medium. Leaders: Nancy, Anne R.
8. 27/2/2002. Sandfly Bay – Lovers Leap – Chasm. Leaders: Bob H, Shirley McN, Ria L
7. 29/8/2001. Lovers Leap – Chasm – Sandfly Bay. Medium+. Leaders: Bob H, Ian, Elaine.
6. 29/3/2000. Sandy Mount, Lovers Leap, Lime Kilns. Leaders: Chris, Jean, Ngaire.
5. 25/8/1999. Sandfly Bay. Leaders: Doug and Myrie, Irene.
4. 10/3/1993. New Track – Sandfly Bay. Medium. Leaders: Bev H, Les and Margaret, Ivan and Bev.
3. 16/10/1991. Sandfly Bay. Seals Sand and sun. Average. Leaders: Betty, Wendy, Shirley, Mary McG.
2. 17/7/1991 Lovers’ Leap – The Chasm – Sandfly Bay. Easy. Merle H, Diana B, Nancy, Pam M
1. 27/11/1996. Sandy Mount Road – Lime Kilns – Lovers Leap.Leaders: Chris, Jean, Ria H.
 
 
 

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Jul 11 2018

Frasers Gully

Published by under Hikers,Year round

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

16 km from car park.

27. 2018-07-11. Hikers. Fraser Road Dalzier Road round trip. M. Leades: Jay and Jan B.

Map of route, courtesy Ian.

23 Hikers gathered in lovely sunny weather in Frasers Road . From there we trudged up the steep zigzag track …

Up the zig zag track beside Fraser’s Gully Track. (Clive pic and caption.)

… which took 30 minutes with many stops on the way to admire the city views or so was the excuse to
have a breather. At the top we stopped for morning tea …

Morning tea. (Clive pic and caption.)

… and then followed the track up to Mooltan Street. From Mooltan Street we turned into Ashmore Street until we reached Taieri Road.  From there we made our way along Dalziel Road to Townleys Road for our lunch stop. The weather by this time took a change and it was very windy and cold so we didn’t dally too long.

A cold place sheltered from the wind for lunch. (Clive pic and caption.)

After lunch we made our way down Brockville Road, with the weather improving again, admiring the lovely city and beach scapes. We turned into Glenross and went through a lovely park and over a quaint little bridge …

Across the bridge in Fraser’s Gully. (Clive pic and caption.)

… that then took us back to our cars in Frasers Road. A very pleasant ten and a half km walk with plenty of variety. We had coffee at Sunnyvale Stadium. – Jay and Jan

26. 12/10/2016. Both. Frasers Gully area. E+.  Leaders: Alex and Liz.

Route Map

Route Map, Roslyn-Frasers Gully Recreational Reserve: 1. Fresh Choice; 2 Ann St; 3. Falcon St; 4. Frasers Rd return; 5.  side track Frasers Road to grassy Tilburn St; 6. Tilburn St; 7. different return track Tilburn St to Frasers Road; 8. side track Frasers Road across to  Glenross St; 9. Glenross St; 10. Brockville Rd; 11, Kaikorai Vly Rd; 12. Falcon St; 13. Ann St; 14. Fresh Choice. – Ian.

Frasers Gully walk was enjoyed by Trampers and hikers together owing to Trampers leader away.

Frasers Gully "Road".

Frasers Gully “Road”. (Liz pic.)

Barred

A forceful “Barred!” near the top . (Helen pic.)

Weather held off, however some of the track was a little bit slippery but support from all concerned worked well.It was interesting that one track was a new experience for some old members which made it even more enjoyable.

Lunching on the flat. (Helen pic)

Lunching on the flat. (Helen pic)

Steep climb ahead.

Steep climb ahead. “Why do we do this?” (Ian pic and caption.)

Plodding up Falcon Street steps. (Keith pic and caption.)

Plodding up Falcon Street steps. (Keith pic and caption.)

You'll reach the top eventually. (Helen pic.)

One step at a time will get you to the top e…vent…ual…ly. (Helen pic.)

The walk was not long but seemed to be accepted by all concerned. Coffee to follow at Roslyn worked out well which had a good attendance of 24.

Coffee. (Helen pic.)

“We’re not sitting with that lot over there.” (Helen pic.)

The total numbers to start the walk was 32, with the main group leaving from Fresh Choice Roslyn car park.  (Permission to park there was appreciated.) – Liz and Alexander.

25. 18/2/2015. Hikers. Frasers Gully Area. Leaders: Bev and Adrienne.

GPS of route

GPS of route. Kms: 1. Frasers Rd Gully. 2. Brinsdon Rd Cnr. 3-4. Brinsdon & Halfway Bush Rds. 5. Three Mile Hill Rd. 6. Taieri Rd. 7. Ashmore and Mooltan Sts. 8. Track rejoining Frasers Gully nr its foot.

Bev and Adrienne led us through two of Dunedin’s Recreational Areas, up through the Frasers Gully and the down through the Tilburn Street reserve, the latter incorporating a very steep track, entailing an unavoidable recce UP it to ascertain its top entrance off Mooltan Street, imperceptible between two properties.

Anyway, for 27 Hikers, it was up the Frasers Gully ‘road’ as it says on the map

Up the Frasers Gully track.

Up the Frasers Gully track. (John pic)

and along Dalziel Rd to stop for morning tea in welcome shade at the corner of Brinsdon Road (2 km on map).

Cuppa

Cuppa time panorama

Then it was on up the road to join with Halfway Bush Road.

Ascending Brinsdon

Ascending Brinsdon Road (John pic)

Along Halfway Bush Road, down Three Mile Hill Road and surprise: around the corner by Ashburn Hall and onto Taieri Road and behold: a new (to this reporter) lovely grass-mown reserve. (Nr 6 km point on map.) Time for lunch.

Lunch panorama

Lunch panorama (John pic)

A little further on, a turn into Ashmore Street and further on still the bus stop.

Bus stop

“Room for one more” (John pic)

On, into Mooltan Street, around and the insignificant grass strip between two properties that would take us into the Tilburn “Street” Reserve. Well, paper-street, then. This took us around below the back of Moultan Street’s properties for some distance before plunging into some bush and out again into the scene below.

Steep down

Steep down

And was it steep, with careful shuffling by the more cautious. Zig-zags back and forth eventually landed us out on the flat of the Frasers Gully track within sight of the cars.

Thanks to Bev and Adrienne for a well-planned walk through two of Dunedin’s reserves bringing the bush into the town, and interspersed with welcome shady stops on a hot day. – Ian.

24. 5/6/2013 Both. Frasers Gully. Leaders: Evelyn and Fred.

Frasers Gully

Frasers Gully. 8km as crow flies, 9km with ups and downs. Cars parked at Ashmore St.

Friends Hill

Lunch finished. Top of Friends Hill.

Apple

Judy feeds apple to horse with very fashionable cover. At Halfway Bush Road exit.

23. 26/9/2012 Hikers. Frasers Gully Leader Evelyn
16 of us met at Frasers Road. Heading on up towards the start of the Frasers Gully track at 9.26 a.m. the word “Earthquake” was called out we stopped looked at each other and decided the ground wasn’t shaking so didn’t rush out to the field and “Drop, Cover and Hold On”, as workman were using machinery on the field, and decided we were more likely to get hit by a machine than a falling tree so carried on. We passed the newly opened up track going up to Mooltan Street which we would come back down on the way home. This track has been there for many years but had become quite overgrown and hard to find but after the tree felling took place it has been opened up resurfaced with gravel and had many plants and shrubs planted up both sides making it a very pleasant walk up the hill.
We stopped for morning tea about 20mins up the track at a clearing, but by the time we had finished it was starting to rain lightly but on and up we carried on. Alas the rain decided to get heavier the further we went but we were reasonably sheltered by the trees on the track but eventually had to stop and put on rain-gear. When we reached the top of the track it was raining quite heavily and didn’t look like stopping so a decision was made to go back down the track with the shelter of the trees (instead of carrying on as planned up past the water treatment station to the top for lunch then back along Halfway Bush Road down Three Mile Hill Rd around Ashmore & Mooltan Street and back down the new track to Frasers Gully).
When we did get back to Frasers Gully the rain had stopped so we decided to go up the new track for a bit to see the view, some of us found it quite steep going so came back down and had an early lunch while some of the others carried on to Mooltan Street then carried on around the road and came back down a clearing further on to meet up with us all at the bottom then back to the cars. Distance travelled was aprox. 8 km.
A good walk was had by all even though we didn’t cover the original distance.
22. 16/7/2011. Hikers. Frasers Gully. E. Leaders: Bev, Chris.
21. 18/11/2009. Hikers. Frasers Gully, Mount Grand Water Treatment Station, Brockville, Dalziel Road. Leader: Evelyn.

Dalziel

Dalziel Road. Evelyn, Bill, Bev. (Elaine pic)

Garden enhancement?

Garden enhancement? (Elaine pic)

20. 25/3/2009 Hikers Frasers Gully,Townley Rd E+ 30km ret. Leaders: Les & Margaret, Bev H

19. 16/7/2008 Frasers Gully

Fraser's Gully

Frasers Gully

Those who assembled at the car park on a cold and foggy morning all went on the hikers walk today. This began at Townleys Road on Kaikorai Valley Road and, thanks to Peter’s detour, took us along the recently-established Stream track as far as Donald St. Very picturesque and a worthwhile addition to the Dunedin walking landscape. 5km along KV Road we turned into Ellis Park and had morning tea on the steps of the changing rooms.

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

The next section of the walk up Fraser’s Gully follows a vigorous and attractive Kaikorai Stream as it foams and musically cascades over weirs and rocks overhung by beautiful bush. The wide, well-gravelled track winds through stands of fuschia and broadleaf trees and under the occasional old totara, and slowly climbs to the road. The fog still wrapped the heights but warblers’ song penetrated. Very picturesque. You can tell that the writer has never been there before and really appreciated the opportunity! At the top we were still in a shroud of mist as we skirted the invisible reservoir at the Mt Grand Water Treatment Station.

Lunch in the mist

Lunch in the mist

Our lunch stop was roadside in an avenue of ‘grand’ old pines on Dalziel Rd. Bob sneaked a swing on the neighbouring property – he thought the owners wouldn’t detect him in the fog. Then on down Townleys Rd, at times quite steeply, the cool mist growing even cooler, until back to the start some 12km later. Thanks to Neil for not losing any of us (well, we did find Joyce again after not too long!) – Bob

18. 16/7/2008. Hikers. Frasers Gully from Townley Road. Easy+. Leaders: Neil, Ray.
17. 9/5/2007. Townley Road, Frasers Gully. Easy+. Leaders:

16. 10/1/2007. All. Frasers Gully far end, Dalziel Road. Easy+. Leaders: Lex, Bob H, Joyce, Eleanor B.
15. 19/4/2006. Hikers. Frasers Gully, Townley Road. Easy+. Leaders: Les and Margaret, Peter.
14. 9/3/2005 Mary M, Les W, Ray
13. 23/7/2003. Hikers. Frasers Gully, Townley Road. Leaders: Jean, Chris.
12. 31/7/2002. Alt. Frasers Gully – Townley Road. Leaders: Les W, Mary M.
11. 21/3/2002 Betty B, Denise
10. 19/9/2001. Alt. Frasers Gully. Leaders: Jean, Mavis, Denis.
9. 21/3/2001. Frasers Gully to Brockville. Leaders: Mavis, Betty, Denise
8. 28/6/2000 Frasers Gully – Brockville Road. Leaders: Bev McI, Mary L, Eleanor
7. 31/3/1999. Frasers Gully – Brockville Road. Leaders: Margaret D, Betty, Peg C.
27/5/1998. Frasers Gully, Brockville. Leaders: Les and Mavis.
6. 16/7/1997. Frasers Gully, Brockville. Leaders: Judith D, Denise, Jack M
5. 14/9/1994. Frasers Gully, Circle Hill, Southern Reservoir.Medium. Leaders: Eric and Dot, Peggy A, Chris.
4. 24/3/1993. Frasers Gully to Brockville. Return via Townley Road. Long, but easy. Leaders: Evelyn M, Wendy, Eric and Dorothy.
3. 11/9/1991. Frasers Gully to Brockville. Native Bush. Good views. Easy. Leaders: Margaret S, Bev H, Bev McI, Janice.
2. 28/3/1990. Brockville from Frasers Road. Interesting tramp. Leaders:  Nancy, Norman, Peg M
1. 24/5/1989 Fraser’s Gully into Brockville Road. Unusual views. Meet at Ellis Park sports ground. Leaders: Mary Y, Denise, George

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May 30 2018

Waikouaiti: Matanaka, Beach Walk

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Distance from car-park: 57.5 km.

10. 30/5/2018. Hikers. Hawkesbury Lagoon area. Leaders: Judy K and Elaine

After a frosty start in Mosgiel, 25 hikers parked at the end of Beach St, Waikouaiti and walked along to the river mouth, enjoying the views and watching the horses training on the beach. The track up through the pines was followed to a morning tea stop just before the Reserve, where a leisurely break was enjoyed in the sun.

Clive pic.

The walk into the Reserve …

Clive pic.

… showed us plenty of bird life – especially ducks, geese and swans. At the end of the first causeway we turned right to cross the little bridge to follow the track round the edge of the water, across a stile, up through the paddock, and across another stile to Dumbarton St.

We turned left here, and followed Dumbarton St to the T junction at the end, turning right into Nairn Stand then left into Inverary St, which took us to the northern entrance to the Reserve. Just before the bridge we made a right turn onto the causeway which was followed out into Scotia St. A left took us into Beach St, with a toilet stop at the Camp and so back to the cars.  Lunch was had on the grassy area just below the car park. 

Clive pic.

Some new signage in the Reserve, and good track surfaces, show that this special place is really being cared for.

After lunch the majority opted for a quick visit to Matanaka, which was new to about half of the group.

Clive pic.

Arriving at Blueskin Nurseries for the obligatory coffee stop, we found we had been pipped at the post by the trampers, who were cosily huddled inside.  The more intrepid hikers chose to brave the elements outside (well, most of them).  A great day out for the last 9 0’clock start of the season.

– Judy and Elaine

9. 30/11/2016. Hikers. Hawksbury Lagoon and beach. E. Leaders: Judy K and Jay.

Hawksbury Lagoon route map courtesy Ian.

Hawksbury Lagoon route map courtesy Ian.

A blustery sou-wester did not deter 30 hardy souls from the drive to Waikouaiti where we gathered at the end of Beach Rd.  Along the road to the pines we had the wind behind us so it didn’t feel too bad, and the walk through the pines brought us to a sunny spot for a leisurely morning tea break.  Then it was out into the open again, across the first causeway to the bridge, observing a variety of bird life on the way – mostly paradise ducks and their young, and plenty of black swans and cygnets …

Black Swan on nest. (Ian pic and caption.)

Black Swan on nest. (Ian pic and caption.)

Another black swan and nestlings. (Ian pic and caption.)

Another black swan and newly young. (Ian pic and caption.)

… learning foraging skills.

A short detour over the bridge to the right, and on round the inlet proved to be rather rough and overgrown, but provided an interesting diversion.  We went back to the bridge, turned right and then left, to cross the next causeway, with a brief stop to decide whether to pass the female swan sitting on an egg right in the middle of our path.  With some reluctance she let us by, with a blustery display of spread wings to protect her nest.  A little further on another nest with two eggs lay unprotected.

A brief rain squall caught us just before the end and we were pleased to find the shelter of the trees.  A gentle road walk followed, out to Beach Rd and back to the cars just before midday.  Lunch was had in a sheltered spot on the grass between the car park and beach.

After lunch 17 members opted for the beach walk, while some of the others headed for home and some up to Matanaka to explore.  The beach walkers …

Waikouaiti to Karitane beach walk route map, courtesy Ian.

Waikouaiti to Karitane beach walk route map, courtesy Ian. Only remembered to start app 1 km after leaving lunch spot!

… strode out into the head wind to reach the end of the spit in 45 minutes. Here we had quite a different view of Karitane.

The old Karitane wharf high and dry. (Ian pic and caption.)

The old Karitane wharf, but high and dry at low tide. (Ian pic and caption.)

New Karitane wharf, still high, but wet.

New Karitane wharf, also high, but wetter. (Ian pic and caption.)

The return walk with the wind at our backs was more pleasant, as was the coffee stop at Blueskin Nurseries. – Judy and Jay.

8. 4/11/2015. Hikers. A walk around Waikouaiti’s back streets. Leaders: Jan, Jay.
GPS of route

GPS of route

28 Hikers and Trampers parked at the car park down at the corner of Beach Street and Matanaka Road. We walked down to the beach and along to its northern end. We were struck by the damage heavy seas had made to the beach edge.

Devastated beach verge. (John pic)

Devastated beach verge. (John pic)

The Lagoon had completely sanded up.  We stopped for morning tea at the car park at the beach end. We walked back along the beach to reach the sanded-up outlet of the Hawksbury Lagoon Wildlife Refuge area and entered by the forest edge.

Up into the Lagoon (John pic)

Up into the Lagoon (John pic)

We followed the path up and across the lagoon onto the end of the Nairn Street track which led us out of the Lagoon where we turned right onto Inverary Street, which took us along the back of a long large building under repair which some thought might be Waikouaiti’s chicken farm, left down Cromaty Street, right on Clackmannan Street and a look-in passing the back gate of the Waikouaiti Racecourse.

Grandstand. (John pic)

Grandstand. (John pic)

Left along Edinburgh Street, left again along Glasgow Street and left along SH1 at its end. We stopped along the way to look into, and some to shop in, Beano’s Pies and Artisan Bakery.

Artisan Bakery (John pic)

Artisan Bakery (John pic)

A little further  up and across SH1 (opposite the end of Mount Street) into a park beside the Events Centre with seating to have lunch,

Lunch in gardens beside the East Otago Events Centre. (John pic)

Lunch in gardens beside the East Otago Events Centre. (John pic)

placed conveniently behind very new public toilets, with sliding doors operated from within by lighted buttons, ridged to the touch and promising to have locked the door only by faith.  Cross SH1 again at crest of the rise, a little further up and into Kildaire Street. At next crossing, right along Collins to its end and go down Henry Street to its end. Down Henry Street and left around corner at the bottom into Fell Street and right at its end out onto Beach Street with only a block further down it to arrive at the car park again.

Thanks to Jan and Jay for looking after us and taking us on a new and interesting back-streets-walk to open up a Waikouaiti few if any of us had known of before. Garden flowers and trees bright with colourful blooms

Colour in garden. (John pic)

Colour in garden. (John pic)

and houses new and old made interesting viewing. – Ian.

7. 31/10/2012. Hikers. Matanaka. Leaders: Fred, Judy.
6. 17/10/2012. Hikers. Matanaka. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.
5. 28/3/2012. Trampers. Matanaka, Cornish Point. Easy.

We clockwised the Lagoon loop and antied the other. GPS courtesy Ken.

We set off from the cars directly across Hawksbury Lagoon

Looking back on sharp straight ledges

Lovely old stable at Matanaka

4. 10/3/2010. Hikers. Matanaka. Coast Walk. Leaders: Barbara, Molly.

3. 6/5/2009 Both. Waikouaiti. Beach walk: Waikouaiti – Karitane. Easy+. Leaders: Lesley S, Bill H, Bill M, Pat.

We parked on Beach Road between the tavern and camping ground and walked to the north end of the beach where we had morning tea.
Tea Break. Waikouaiti beach

Tea Break. Waikouaiti beach. Bill, Evelyn, Bob, Who? Chris, Peter, Lex, Bev, Elaine, Pat, Lesley, Doug, Wendy, Lesley, Neil, Fred, Barbara, Ken, Bob

Then followed the nice long flat beach walk to the Karitane spit, admiring along the way the distant view of Huriawa Peninsula and a bunch of OGHS girls practising their surf canoeing skills under their coach’s supervision.
Walking to Karitane

Beach walk to Karitane

Wave and Karitane peninsula

Wave and the Karitane Huriawa peninsula

OGHS Coach and canoer

OGHS Coach and canoer

We rounded the spit to lunch on its landward side to admire the settlement of houses and the two (cray-fishing – Ken thought they might be) boats and the splendid view up the river of Mount Watkins.

Lunch at Karitane

Lunch at Karitane. Bill, Pat, Doug, Peter, Who? Angela, Neil, Lex, Wendy, Barbara, Who? Lesley, Margaret, Bev, Joyce, Elaine, Lesley, Evelyn, Bob,

Fishing boat at Karitane

Mt Watkins from Karitane

Mt Watkins from Karitane

After the leisurely lunch, it was a leisurely strung-out amble back along the beach to the cars. A good day and thanks to Bill H and his team for this variation on the usual Matanaka walk. – Ian

2. 9/4/2008 Leaders:

Trotting horses being exercised along the beach

What a glorious day for hiking it was and 11 hikers were really looking forward to their day when we parked our cars in Beach St, Waikouaiti, and set off to the beach. We walked a short distance along Beach St, then turned right into Fell Rd and from there went into the Forest where we sat in a lovely patch of sun and had our morning tea. Then off down to the beach. Couldn’t have had a more perfect day for walking along the firm sand, lapping up the sun and really soaking up the beautiful views. Great to see several lots of horses being exercised along the beach. Some trotting behind a vehicle, attached to a cart, others with riders in sulkies. At the end of the beach it was up the hill to Matanaka. A fascinating and very interesting place to visit. We spent a bit of time looking in the old school house and

The schoolhouse

The schoolhouse

Coming away

Coming away

inspecting the other old buildings which are all very well maintained and looked after. Then it was a leisurely lunch, sitting in the sun and taking in the view, really making the most of a super day. Then it was back down the hill and along Matanaka Rd. and then Matanaka Dr. to the back of the Motor camp which we walked through back to our cars. We all agreed we had had a fabulous day. – Bev

1. 17/10/2007. Matanaka, Cornish Head. Medium. Leaders: Graham, Glenice
Tea break in pines. Graham, Ken, Lex, Hazel, George

Tea break in pines. Graham, Ken, Lex, Hazel, George

Down to skirt bottom of steep face. Glenice, Hazel, Doug, Pat, Bill, Graham

Down to skirt bottom of steep face. Glenice, Hazel, Doug, Pat, Bill, Graham

Down round point. Lex, Who?, Pat, Ken, Graham, Doug M, Glenice

Down round point. Lex, Who?, Pat, Ken, Graham, Doug M, Glenice

Swans

Swans

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May 23 2018

Silverstream Water-Race, Racemans, Weir

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No. 40 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Silverstream Weir. Racemans. Winefields. Year Round”
No. 107 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Whare Flat – Silverstream Weir Year Round “
Origins and History of Racemans Water-race and Weir

19. 23/5/2018. Racemans to he Top Weir. Leader: Arthur.
Due to weather concerns we trmped up the Silverstream instead of the tramp on the programme.

It was raining lightly as we began our walk from the car ark by the Pump Shed.
The moisture desisted in a while, but skiffy showers passed over at times.

The “Hump” Track in from the Pump Shed was quite wet and muddy, and had slumped in one place on the stream bank.

From the swing bidge we climbed up to the Tunnel Track, and turned left. At the appropriate time (10 a.m.) we stopped trackside for smoko.

Around to McCraes Weir to climb the rope, and continued to eventually follow Racemans Track.

The tracks themselves were generally in good condition, although there were muddy patches at times with only one really bad patch to contend with.

We reached to top weir at 12-15,

At the weir – still very misty. (Margreet pic and caption.)

and after inspecting it, retreated a short distance to eat our sandwiches.

A half hour passed quickly, and then it was back down Racemans

River crossing. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Stopping for a catch up. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Ferns spectacular beside the track. (Margreet pic and caption.)

… to its beginning, taking the short route back. Over the swing bridge, and wading the ford (quite shallow) we were back at the cars around 2-45.

All had enjoyed the day’s tramp, which was of a reasonable distance – one member had been suffering “cabin fever”, but all were glad to have had their day out in the bush.

On returning to Mosgiel, 9 of the 12 who had been out adjourned for refreshments, as is the usual custom. – Art.

18. 3/9/2014. Both. Pump House to Weir. E+ Leaders: Judy, Ian.

Route

Route

(I took no pics. Photos please!) There were 30 of us out. We avoided the McRaes Weir track because some of the hikers can now no longer cope with the rope-assisted climb out of the McRae’s Stream.
From the pump house we took the track on the true left, thus avoiding the wetting of the road ford right at the start of the tramp. Of course this takes us steeply up and over and steeply down, but we all emerged safely by the swing bridge. The 4WD took us on beyond the old weir onto the board walk and up the seemingly never ending ascent of the Racemans track up to the levelness of the water race track itself where it emerges from the McRaes Track. We stopped for morning tea, letting seven of the trampers head off at their own pace to the upper weir.
Our remaining group of 23 took its time waiting out regroupings as we each negotiated wash-out bottlenecks on the way. The day was pleasant. The track otherwise level, pleasant and with varied aspects from bush to fallen tree clearances to slips.
But slips and washouts there were. Till finally an extremely muddy four metre boot-covering piece of slosh put most off from going any further. We were now only one kilometre short of the weir, so eight undaunted males slopped through and on to reach the weir. En route, they encountered the seven trampers returning to lunch back down the track with the remaining hikers. At the weir, Jim discovered Betty’s lunch was in his pack so we all accompanied him back to rendezvous with the others. Upon arrival, we found all had already lunched and were ready to move back. However Betty and Elaine elected to remain and enjoy a further leisurely lunch break, lolling in the lovely sunshine. …

“On the way back on Wednesday, we took the track that goes over to Powder creek, walked along past the entrance to Powder Ridge track, then back across the weir & onto the 4WD track again. This made a good detour, that some had not done before. The ladies got their feet wet, but the guys managed to stay dry.” – Ken
… Setting off again, we caught up with the hikers again at the swing bridge where it was obvious they intended returning via road and ford, the much easier if wetter alternative to the other route. And so back to the cars and some of the remaining trampers who were tied to hikers’ cars. A lovely day out. – Ian.

17. 23/1/2013. Trampers.
There were 4 of us today, we walked along the Tunnels/ Racemans track for 8km, had lunch at a nice spot, & then returned by the route that goes down to the weir just above the pump house, then back up onto the Tunnels track & back to the cars. so we did 14.3km in 3h 26m @ 4.2km/h. – Ken.
16. 9/5/2012. Trampers. Pump House to Weir. abt 15 km return.
A promised wet day nudged the three trampers who turned up at the car-park away from the scheduled Lawsons Farm to the Whare Flat tramps.
We parked at the Pump House, crossed the swing bridge and elected to do the loop track. This had been magnificently cleared.

Doug on cleared Loop Track

We passed the Powder Ridge track without being tempted to climb any part of it.

Sign

The end of the Loop Track led to a crossing of the Silverstream on some very slippery stones, followed by a long ascending track up to the Racemans.

Silverstream Crossing at end of Loop Track.

We passed the entrances to Coal Creek and Upper Coal tracks and on to somewhere short of the first of the two slips before the magnificent track-clearing gave way to a more usual narrow track. We reached the weir at 11.00 a.m., collected up an empty beer bottle, the only insult to the lovely surrounds and made our way back down the Racemans, stopping en route for lunch at noon.
The weather. There was no need for parkas at all! The intermittant very light drizzle was shrugged off by the sheltering bush.
We returned via McRaes Weir and further along took the straight steep track which emerges at the end of the board-walk of the lower track.
Back over the swing-bridge and we stopped to photo the new deer-fenced-off property on the north side of the Chalkies entrance.- Ian

New (to us) deer-fenced property. (The cross marks the grave of an obviously loved dog.)

Entrance to the house and buildings

15, 22/12/2010. Trampers. Tunnels to Weir. 3 with a visitor.
14. 4/10/2010 Recce. Tunnels to Weir. Ken, Ian.

GPS tracking of Tunnels to Weir, return, courtesy Ken.

We reconnoitred the Tunnels to Racemans, then on impulse, detoured up to the weir

Silverstream weir. (Ken pic)

before returning to complete the  round trip recce in preparation for the Hiker’s trip on the 6th. Turned out we did 18km in all. Whew!  Thanks to the DCC who had done a marvellous job of clearing the track almost all the way up to the weir. Also for a new track across the old slip. P.S. Les Murcott’s team had done a marvellous job with steps and rail around another large slip near the beginning of the Tunnels entrance up by the old school house.- Ian
14. 14/10/2009. Hikers. Whare Flat, Silverstream Weir. Medium. Leaders: Bob and Evelyn.
13. 8/10/2008. Hikers. Whare Flat, Racemans. Easy. Leaders: Neil, Tom
12. 19/10/2005 Leaders: Nancy, Eleanor B

11. 10/11/2004 Leaders: Bob H, Nancy

Group

The broken Silverstream Weir. Lance, Lois, Ann, Who? Dot B, Who? Pat, Bill, Sabina

10. 9/7/2003. Hikers. Racemans to Weir. Medium. Leaders: Les and Margaret.
9. 7/11/2001 Leaders: Bob H, Winifred, George
8. 10/10/2001. Racemans Track. Leaders: Ray and Diana, Les W.
7. 17/11/1999. Whare Flat, Silverstream Weir. Leaders: Margaret D, Judy C, Eleanor.
6. 25/11/1998. Silverstream, Weir – Racemans. Leaders: Peg C, Judy C, Eleanor.
5. 13/5/1998. Whare Flat to Silverstream Weir. Leaders: Judy , Eleanor.
4. 12/2/1997. Whare Flat to Silverstream Weir. Leaders: Evelyn M, Jack and Rosemary.
3. 31/7/1996. Whare Flat Water-Race. Silverstream. Medium. Leaders: Jack R, Eleanor, Betty B.
2. 22/11/1995. Whare Flat – Silverstream Weir. Leaders: Margaret D, Colleen, Evelyn M.
1. 22/7/1992 Silverstream Weir from the Pumphouse. Two parties – Easy or average+. Leaders: Margaret S, Ivan & Bev, Nel

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Apr 18 2018

Deep Stream, Rocklands Station. Welshs Road. Lawlors Old Farm.

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Background Information to Deep Stream project
No. 60 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Lawlor Farm”
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Gate, Old Lawlors Farm, 2019.

Closed for lambing Sept-Nov.
50 km from car park.

14. 18/4/2018. Trampers. Welshs Road, Old Farm, Deep Stream, Weir. M. Leader: Keith and Arthur.

Route map, courtesy Keith.

It was a beautiful autumn day as 14 trampers travelled for about 40 minutes, out past Clarks Junction to Welshs Road.

The cars were parked by the woolshed near Deep Stream on Steve Nichol’s farm. We all had to sign the visitors book on arrival, for “elf and safety” reasons.

The sun was lovely, but the breeze was decidedly cool, as we made our start.

To be different, the leaders had planned on a clockwise circuit, and also climbing uphill through the paddocks to extend the distance.

The steeper beginning warmed all the participants nicely, before having morning tea in the head of a gully – somewhat sheltered from the breeze.

Morning tea towards Deep Stream. (Phil pic and caption.)

Continuing up through the paddocks the scenery was magnificent wherever we looked. At the highest point of our day we came back to Welshs Road. The wind was keen here, but there was a good view over to the Lammermoors – the “ship at anchor” was visible.

Now it was downhill all the way to Deep Stream, road at first and then following the farm’s boundary fence.

The “Te Papanui Conservation Park” was just over the fence which we had to climb through at the last. The views looking down in to Deep Stream were great as we descended to the weir.

Time for some photographs …

The weir! (Phil pic and caption.)

… before walking the 4W.D. road above the stream.

Follow the leader. (Phil pic and caption.)

Near the mouth of Deep Creek we stopped for an early lunch on a long table thoughtfully provided. A nice spot in the sunshine, and ideal for the occasion.

….and if one should accidentally fall there would be…….sitting on the wall! (Phil pic and caption.)

The 4W.D. road was up and down a bit, but took us back to the cars, after having walked 9.8 km.

All agreed that the walk down through the Deep Stream gorge, below the weir, was the highlight of the day. It had been another very successful and happy day’s tramp for our group.

And so back to Outram, to stop at a the ‘Goat’ for water, food, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cold beverage, etc (tick the boxes applicable please). – Art.

13. 17/2/2016. Hikers. Welshs Rd, Old Farm, Deep Stream, Weir. M. Leaders: Bob and Peter.

GPS of route alongside Deep Stream.

GPS of route alongside Deep Stream.

The leaders considerately stopped the cars about 3k short of the old farm house to give some level walking to those who didn’t wish to tackle, beyond there, the climbs over the three steep ridges on the way into the weir. (As matters turned out, they did tackle a further climb or two after all.) We all stopped first, a kilometer or so along the road, for a cuppa.

Hikers. Cuppa. A km or two from the cars.

Hikers. Cuppa. A km or two from the cars.

Eight of us went on  to reach reached the barb-wired locked gate, (some getting further)!

A nostalgic shot (yet once again, couldn't resist it) of the 'confluential' point where the Deep Creek tributary enters Deep Stream.

En route, a nostalgic shot (yet once again, couldn’t resist it) of the ‘confluential’ point where the Deep Creek tributary enters Deep Stream.

En route, (whoops, too many ‘en routes’), we passed a couple of bee hive sets of frames, with Betty getting stung several times from one of them. Happily Lester was there to help remove the bees and their stings.

On our return, we stopped in the a patch of shade for lunch.

The leaders (& Doug) lunching in the shade.

The leaders (& Doug) lunching in the shade.

The day grew warmer but fortunately not nearly as exceptionally hot as it was a fortnight ago. We enjoyed a brief cooling passing shower when getting close to the cars on our return.

The ridges are getting higher and steeper than ever to climb over and the tramp extension by the extra three or so kilometres gap between cars and house wearied this reporter a bit but for the others it was a breeze. A good day out. A good reminder of a tramp the club has enjoyed many times before. – Ian.
12. 23/4/2014. Hikers. Welshs Rd, Old Farm, Deep Stream, Weir. M. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.
GPS

GPS of route. The tail with “2” in it was a false uphill recce with none of the necessary downhill bits one or two of us had remembered.

A good memory is an attribute we came to wish we collectively had more of. Driving down Welshs Road, we  made two false stops before plucking up enough courage to take our cars yet further on to the actual Holiday Camp yards. (However, from recollection (what’s that again??) the “Both” 8/2009 group [indicated below] walked virtually the length of Welshs Rd just to reach the HP, well-notified on its gate).

Neat Caption (John pic)

Neat Caption editing, John! (John pic)

Well, we eventually made it there by car and walked on and up a bit to stop for our morning cuppa.

After that stop, taken briefly because of a strong cold wind at the time, memory let us down again. A few recalled the road had several ups and downs in  it, but the road that we then took led us only up and up and up. After some confused conferring, with nervous hope of finding the right way, we retraced our steps back down the way we had come, to a gate just adjacent to our morning tea stop. Soon the reassuring ups and downs emerged, and a morning tea spot taken on an earlier tramp confirmed we we on track. (See Trampers 11/2009 for the morning tea break pics)

However the earlier uphill foray had served to discourage four of our 22-strong group from further uphill struggles and they returned to the cars. That was too bad. But eighteen still persisted.

The stream views were most rewarding. The view of the Deep Creek (exit/entrance?? – well, confluence, then) into Deep Stream looked better from an angle different from that of a pic below taken on an earlier trip.

 

Confluence

A more picturesque view of Deep Creek debouching into Deep Stream. (See “Deep Creek Tributary” below for the other one)

A locked gate (part of which can be seen at the right in the pic below) just prior to the weir proved a further deterrent, and only five persisted beyond it. On rejoining the other twelve they found them already getting into their lunch. It was the right time too.

Lunch

Lunch by the locked gate. (John pic)

We straggled back to the cars in a long drawn out string of ones and twos, but all eventually made it, to unsurprisingly  find the earlier four long gone.

Then it was only for a dwindling ten (did Elaine deliberately hide herself behind Pat?) of us to reunite at the No 8 w Herbs cafe for a drink of …

Cafe

After tramp coffee at Outram.

… – you’ve guessed it – coffee, not to mention a tasty treat of chips and dips, courtesy Elaine. – Ian

11. 26/2/2014. Trampers. Welshs Rd, Old Farm, Deep Stream, Weir.
GPS of route

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. We only walked 7.6 km; 1 hr 57 mins moving time, 3.9 km/hr; climbed 318 mtrs; max elevation 544 mtrs.

This was a tramp that most of the 9 that turned up had never done before.
We walked up the gorge all the while looking down to Deep Stream to see if we could find a more interesting walk than on the road with it’s quite steep climbs. Once again most of the ones who are going on the Motatapu trip next week were carrying their big packs with some weight in them.
We found some nice rocks to sit on for morning tea …
Morning tea breakHeb

Morning tea break. (Heb pic and caption)

… at the top of one of the hills we had to climb, so we got a good view of the countryside. Then it was further into the gorge, until we arrived at the weir.
The weir. (Heb pic and caption)

The weir. (Heb pic and caption)

After a look around there, & a drink to freshen up …
Topping up the fluids at the weir. (Heb pic and caption)

Topping up the fluids at the weir. (Heb pic and caption)

… it was decided that we would go up the steep road opposite to where we were sitting, & walk back through the paddocks. George & Rea both remembered doing this in earlier times, so we set off, & headed away from the gorge up into the paddocks where we split up a bit & had lunch in two groups. Then it was down a gravel road that George assured us we would find, & back a short distance to the cars. The stream looked inviting, as it was a reasonably hot day, without a cloud in the sky, but nobody was game to get wet !!
After examining some peoples’ packs, & the way they were wearing them, we had an adjustment session to see if we could improve the fit for one member of the group, & I’ll also be looking at mine before next week, as it seems to be sitting too low on my hips.
We are becoming the Coffee Club No. 2 as we once again called into Outram for a chat over a cuppa on the way home, although Rea, & Hazel walked  all the way around to the Berry Farm shop for a Yoghurt Ice Cream !!
Everyone agreed that it was a good walk with interesting scenery along the way. – Ken.
10. 25/11/2009. Trampers, with a lot of Hikers! Deep Stream Holidays.  Pipeline Road. Deep Stream Weir. Easy+. Leaders: Bill and Pat.
It was 10.00 a.m. before our cars reached the Deep Stream Holidays Park. So we walked on along the pipeline road before stopping for a delayed morning tea in a sheltered corner of the road.
cuppa

We stopped for a late cuppa.

Other group at tea break

Other group at tea break. (Bill pic)

The road wound on up and down as the pipeline followed up beside the stream.
road

The road stretched on.

A point of interest was to see the Deep Creek confluence point with Deep Stream.
Deep Creek tributary.

Deep Creek tributary.

Eventually we arrived at the weir.
Weir. (Ken pic).

Weir. (Ken pic).

We climbed the steps from the weir to the road above. Some of us found a way up to the rock looming behind.
Steps up from the weir.

Steps up from the weir. (Ken pic).

From the rock buttress, we had a grand view of weir and dam.
dam

View of dam from the rock buttress. (Ken pic)

On the way back, Bill pointed out a rock wall built by Chinese goldminers to divert the stream.
wall

Old diverting wall from Chinese goldmining days.

9. 5/8/2009 Both. Welshs Road, Deep Stream, Lawlors Old Farm now Deep Stream Holidays. Easy+. Leaders: George, Bev.

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RomdalesB4

Romdales. Where there’s a wool…. (Bruce pic and caption)

RomdalesAftr

….there’s away (Bruce pic and caption!)

Climbing Welsh Road by Deep Stream. (Bill pic). Molly

Climbing Welsh Road by Deep Stream. (Bill pic). Molly

Another view of Deep Stream

Another view of Deep Stream. (Bill pic)

Deep Stream above the weir. (Bruce pic and caption)

Deep Stream above the weir. (Bruce pic and caption)

In holiday mood.

In holiday mood. (Bruce pic and caption). Evelyn, Pat, Bev, Molly, Fred, Bill, George

Pot of Gold

If we just keep straight ahead we should hit a pot of gold (Bruce pic and caption)

8. 14/4/2004 Hikers. Deep Stream. Lawlors Old Farm. Easy+. Leaders: Joyce , Jim & Thelma
7. 15/5/2002 Alt. Deep Stream, Lawlors Old Farm. Easy. Leader: Mary L, Margaret and Les.
6. 23/9/1998. Lawlor Farm, Deep Stream. Leaders: Mary L, Sabina.
5. 25/9/1996. Deep Stream from Rocklands Station to Dam. Leaders: Jack M, Diana and Ray
4. 10/5/1995 Lawlor Farm. Medium. Leaders: Peg C, Mary L, Sabina, Diana W
3. 2/12/1992 Welsh Road, Deep Stream, Lawlors Farm. Average. Leaders: Daphne, Peg A, Peg C, Peg M
2. 25/4/1990 Welsh Road, Deep Stream. Great tramping area. Easy+. Only one small hill. Leaders: Mary Y, Diana B, Hugh D, Betty B
1. 1/2/1989 Deep Stream. Rocklands Station. A long but not difficult walk. Follow pipeline to dam. Leaders: Daphne, Denise, Mary

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Jan 31 2018

Scroggs Hill Road, Seaview Road, McIntosh Road

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Distance from Bush Road  carpark: 15 km.

11. 31/1/2018. Hiker. McIntosh/Scroggs Hill Roads. M. Leaders: Alex and Liz.

On a very record hot day 22 hikers reported to Brighton Surf Club to start the weekly Hike. Because of the excess heat to be had it was decided that different hikes would take place to suit individuals.

Three to the beach, Three  to meet at a display shop in their car soon after morning tea break. The rest 16 hikers off to McIntosh road.

From here we would judge distance to walk depending on the day’s temperature .Morning tea break was held at the very interesting display shop where we met the three car members.

Cuppa in stable by the gallery. (Ian pic and caption.)

Sun brolly hat? (Ian pic and caption.)

From here we carried on a further distance where some walkers felt it was a bit too warm and 5 decided to head back.

Route map, courtesy Ian, of the five for whom discretion was the better part of valour. The eleven accomplished the round trip of something over 10 km.

Eleven carried on to the top of hill where lunch took place. From here we made a slow walk down Scroggs Hill road till we arrived back at car park and of to the new Brighton Beach cafe and a well deserved rest.  – Liz and Alex.

10. 15/10/2014. Hikers. Scroggs Hill Road, McIntosh road. M. Leaders: Dorothy, Pat R.
Route

Route

Horse

Horse

Lunch

Lunch

9. 31/7/2013. Hikers. McIntosh Road, Scroggs Hill Road. M Leaders: Liz and Janice
8. 30/9/2009. Hikers. Brighton River Road, (McIntosh Road), Scroggs Hill Road. Easy. Leaders: Neil, Lesley G
Not for nothing is Bill our artistic photography genius. Drainage ditches on the lower parts of the Otokia Stream.
Mr Coutts Canals (Bill pic and caption)

Mr Coutts Canals (Bill pic and caption)

And here is another gem. Trust Bill to notice this. I didn’t.

Goat Tableau. (Bill pic)

Goat Tableau. (Bill pic)

On the climb up McIntosh Road, some sharp-sighted members spied this female Shelduck on a nest when their attention was drawn by the male flying off from it.

Paradise Duck nest in tree trunk.

Paradise Shelduck nest in tree trunk.

Yet further up, we stopped to regroup.

Rest Stop up McIntosh Road

Rest Stop further up McIntosh Road. (Bill pic). Les, Pat, Elaine, Marjorie, Lesley.

Nearing the top of McIntosh Road, a friendly goat proved receptive to any feeding it could get.

Chris feeding goat

Chris feeding goat

This picture says it all. Shed right at the top of Scroggs Hill road.

Shed collapsing on base of boulders

Shed collapsing on base of boulders

Further down Scroggs Hill road, the 15 of us stopped for an early lunch on a lawn – a lawn that had accommodated us on previous occasions as well.

Lunch on lawn

Lunch on lawn

Further downhill again, and there were these friendly pigs. While we were there, the owner tipped food over a far corner of the paddock, and cupboard love triumphed over the affection earlier shown to us.

Kumi Kumi pigs

Kumi Kumi pigs

Thought this gate caption was worth shooting.

A whimsical gate sign.

A whimsical gate sign.

The ancient sod hut looks yet more derelict each time we view it.

The deteriorating sod hut

The deteriorating sod hut

An attractive entrance.

Horse heads on gate

Horse heads on gate

And another one.

Fine stone wall entrance

Fine stone wall entrance

Some enterprise children putting their holiday opportunity to good use, were doubtless surprised and pleased when we brought them considerable custom.

Roadside stall

Roadside stall

A pleasant relaxing day with very little wind. Thanks to Neil and Lesley for a most enjoyable walk.
BTW, the only Tramper turning up for the Rollinsons Track tramp decided to throw in his lot with the greater sociability of the Hikers’ walk. – Ian

7. 2/9/2009 Both. Scroggs Hill and McIntosh Rd Leaders: Chris, Dot.
Otokia Creek mouth from Scroggs Hill Road

Otokia Creek mouth from Scroggs Hill Road

Starting Climb of Scroggs Hill Road

Starting Climb of Scroggs Hill Road. Recognisable: Fred, Pat, Les

Brighton's watertower?

Brighton’s watertower? Chris goes to check gate.

A 'slot' of letterboxes

A ‘slot’ of letterboxes

The souwesterly wind and rain came over in waves, until shortly after the morning tea stop, most of the 19 decided to turn back at the sod hut, with only 5 of us venturing on to the top and down McIntosh Road, to enjoy what sun there was for the day.

Looking down McIntosh Road

Looking down McIntosh Road

Snow on Maungatuas

Snow on Maungatuas

A lovely farm notice

An attractive farm notice

Sunny sheltered lunch spot.

Sunny sheltered lunch spot. Doug, Marjorie, Bruce, Lesley

Peek at Otokia Creek behind lunch spot

Peek at Otokia Creek behind lunch spot

Not far now back to cars

Not far now back to cars

6. 21/5/2008. Brighton – Scroggs Hill Road.

 Once again Wednesday turned up trumps with a very pleasant perfect day for hiking. 11 hikers met at the Brighton Surf Club car park and headed off round the walking track behind the Surf Club, up the hill and round the Big Rock to the Brighton-Scroggs Hill Rd.
Horses or ponies?

Some animals

As we walked up the hill we saw some interesting things, some animals and great scenery and views. Then it was through a farm, onto a farm track which we followed down to the bottom of the hill, along into a gully where we sat and enjoyed out morning tea stop. It was a bit windy but we were quite sheltered in the gully. From there our leader Dorothy took us for an interesting and informative walk through a new and just being established development called Taylors Creek Estate. What wonderful views from most of the sites, but of course, fully exposed to the wind. However, that’s usually the price you pay for your views in coastal areas. Well worth it I would say.

A beach walk

A walk along the beach

After a good look round up there it was back down Scroggs Hill Rd, across Brighton Rd and onto the beach where we found a nice sheltered spot to sit and savour our lunch and the view. A walk along the beach, back onto Brighton Rd, round Big Rock and along the track to our cars ended a very happy and interesting hike. – Bev.

5. Leaders: Dot B, Chris
4. 22/8/2007. Hikers. McIntosh Road, Brighton. Easy+. Leaders: Carmel, Anne R.
3. 25/1/2006. Hikers. River Road, Brighton, Scroggs Hill. Leaders: Chris, Lesley G.
2. 26/3/1997. Brighton Road – Round Trip – Lookout. Leaders: Les W, Mary Y, Evelyn M.
1. 15/7/1998 Seaview Road to Scroggs Hill and McIntosh Rd Leaders: Denise, Peggy M

 

5/7/1989 Seaview Road, Brighton. Average Tramp. Leaders: Eric & Denise, Peggy M, Jean A

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Jan 10 2018

North Taieri Church, Salisbury, Taieri River Lookout off Taioma Road

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Background information on Salisbury property
10. 10/1/2018 Hikers. Taieri River view lookout. E. Leaders: Doug and Ian.
Twenty-one Hikers turned out for the first tramp of the new year, parking the cars at the lay-by on Taioma Road beside the entrance  to the Taieri View Road. This tramp was to differ markedly from the last one we had done back in 1915.
First, a couple of the private forests along the forest road on the left had been ‘harvested’, as they say, the first one now replaced with paddocks.
Second, the former FWD track was now a road, much more heavily metalled and heavily dented by the double wheels of forest trucks carrying heavy loads.
And third, road’s end was now in the middle of the branch-and-trunk-strewn cleared second forestry. No longer a gentle grass-covered FWD track ending in a rough honeysuckle and gorse encroached track. A shock. A big shock.
Yes, the shocking new way of getting to the lookout was to have to pick our way through a debris of tangled branches down along a left-leaning bench-sort-of-slope that was marginalised by a messed-up fence line on  the right and a steep fall-off on the left.
The goal ahead of us was to be a line of small Manuka and gorse bush, a middle part of it dead. Just where the dead changed on its right to the dark green, the leaders knew to be the sturdy post at the end of a fence, alongside which was the track down through to the lookout. This they had found only after well over half an hour’s reconnoitring the previous week.
Seventeen of us reached the lookout unscathed by the sharp-ended broken branches we had to negotiate, with four electing, a short distance in, to prudently head back and wait for us near the safety of the road.

At the lookout, despite some reluctance to leave the wonder of the view,

Taieri Lookout. (Clive pic and caption.)

but it being still only eleven o’clock, we eventually turned back to retackle the cleared (??) forestry slope.

The hills denuded of pines made for heavy going in places (Clive pic and caption.)

This time, with leadership guidance no longer needed to find a way, a wonderful variety of routes back up to the road were found.

Back right up near road’s entrance, we stopped for lunch under power lines with the cleared area affording us a pleasant view.

Along the short distance of Taieri View Road, and out onto Taioma Road, and leaving our parked cars on our left, we headed down the road to a gate onto Salisbury property. We headed down through a couple of paddocks,

A walk down the hill with the Taieri Gorge railway in the background. (Clive pic and caption.)

the route getting steadily steeper until its very steepest part got us down to the relief of the flat. Many elderly knees didn’t enjoy that last part one bit.

A nice flat lane led us to the wonderful restored stone cottage where we stopped to again admire the beautiful work done to it both inside …

Glen Lyon Cottage inside(Clive pic)

Glen Lyon Cottage inside (Clive pic)

… and out.

Glen Lyon Cottage established 1862. (Clive pic and caption)

Then out to Wairongoa Road where two shuttle cars  ferried drivers back to their cars in the lay-by to allow everyone to return home, some by a coffee break en route.

The day was cloudy and not too hot. Just right.
The normal route would have both started and ended on Wairongoa Road, the tramp beginning with the steep climb through Salisbury paddocks to Taioma Road, morning tea half way up, and lunch at the lookout. All agreed however that through a car shuttle saving the Salisbury paddocks for just a return downhill journey and for a shorter first tramp of the year was the way to do it. – Doug and Ian.
9. 26/7/2017. Trampers.  Showgrounds, Taioma Rd, Taieri flood views. Leader: Eleanore.
Walked all but 17km and averaged 4.8km an hour.
We drove and parked at the Showgrounds.  Ten of us were eager to get out for a walk without rain.  We headed up Taioma road and had smoko at the bottom of the hill.  Then a steady uphill climb took us to the Taieri View sign, a few stops along the way were had to look at the flooding of the lower Taieri (which occurred after heavy rain on Friday and Saturday). Also, picking out landmarks and where some of us live on the Taieri.

Nice view over mosgiel. (Helen pic and caption.)

We turned left at the Taieri View sign, then veered left again onto a Forestry road that took us to where trees had recently been milled. Looking across farmland, down to the Taieri river, cleared forest and 4 goats grazing in the distance we enjoyed the vista while eating lunch.

Lunch. (Helen pic and caption.)

After lunch we walked back to the junction and decided to carry  on down the road that we veered off, where we were looking further down the Taieri towards Henley at the floods.

Water on the plains. (Helen pic and caption.)

Once we headed for home, it was down hill all the way to the cars.  We parked  back at the car park and strolled round to Blackstone where we enjoyed coffee and cake.
The weather was calm and mild, which made our outing most enjoyable. – Eleanore.

8. 2015 Aug 26. Hikers. North Taieri Church, Salisbury and Taieri Lookout. Leaders: Pam, Dawn.
GPS of route

GPS of route

Where to start with all the happenings in this report? Well, first, when the cars arrived at North Taieri Church some of the Brighton people failed to turn up. It transpired, as was later report, their car load turned back to just walk around Mosgiel on seeing the “Road Closed” Taioma Road notice. Twenty of us set of along and up…

The paddocks were as steep as ever.

The paddocks were as steep as ever.

…the Salisbury farm paddocks to emerge onto Taioma Road just above the zig-zag and stop for morning tea on the road edge,

Cuppa

Morning tea cuppa on Taioma Road in the ditch, sheltered from the wind.

nicely sheltered from the cold southerly.

Incident two. After we had trudged up the road to the Taieri View side road, we looked back to see a small group stopped back down the road. The leaders went back down to find that Peter B. was experiencing one of his very occasional breathless spells (his last one, this report recalls, was on Traquair, but that time he recovered to continue afresh again.) Cell phone arrangements were made for a one of the leaders’ spouse to drive up and take Wendy and Peter back down. This was satisfactorily achieved.

Incident three. John had driven up to meet us at the side road turn-off. But under the unwise earlier advice of this reporter, had parked just beyond the turn-off at the edge of a logginh-truck lay-by  area, but had been reprehended by a logging driver for possibly impeding their movements, so got his car neatly parked in the side road.

Incident four. Keith espied a cast sheep in the paddock over the road. Mastered the barbwire fence and righted the sheep which staggered, trotted, ran off. Bravo.

On up the road, into the forestry road

4WD

The track is wide and open for much of its way. (John pic)

and down,

Diversion

The 2013 snow dump’s legacy of fallen trees on the track forced us to to divert through the forestry occasionally. (John pic)

steadily down

Track. (John pic)

From the road end, taking the track down to the lookout rock. (John pic)

to the river look-out rock. The bold (reckless?) stepped out onto the large rock to admire the view, the timid (prudent?) stopped well back from the intimidating drop.

Lunch,

Lunch

A candid lunch pic a little bit up from the rock.

snugly tucked in among grass and gorse against the wind. The leaders shortened the lunch-stop for fear of approaching rain but it failed to eventuate. In fact, sunshine and the climb back out proved a even a bit over-warming.

Incident five. Back at Taioma Road, Mollie and George graciously accepted the invitation of a ride back in John’s car.

Incident six.. Trudging back down the Salisbury paddocks, someone remarked that Dot (of the returning car, alas) had intended sharing her big-birthday chocs with us. Sigh.

Next a stop at Mr McElwee’s beautifully restored cottage, an eye-opener for some of our newer members. Then out to the cars where we were found a cheerful Peter waiting to greet us, none the worse for his setback earlier. Relief all round! Then off to Topiary for some for their accustomed coffee fix.

A great day out, with Salisbury’s steep paddocks testing breathing on the way up and knees on the way down. A day full of interesting incidents. A tramp very well led by Pam and Dawn. A good day. – Ian.

7. 2013 Apr 3. Both. North Taieri Church, Salisbury and Taieri Lookout. Leaders: Fred, Ian.

 We started out from beside the North Taieri Church, numbering 20. We admired some black sheep along the way. Mollie pointed out that the hill ahead was Vaughan Hill, once owned by her late husband’s parents. We admired the restored stone cottage, of course. Mr McElwee had determined on everything being authentic to its old age, including …… donated from the Vaughan farm. We then set about climbing the hill ahead, this time via  a gentler track (only slightly) from around its back. At a water trough, well up the hill, we stopped for morning tea and to admire the view, and to increase our number by Lex arriving down from his car parked in Taioma Road. Light rain came on, and so did our parkas. By the time we arrived at the “No Exit” entrance to Taieri View Road we found our numbers had dropped to sixteen, five opting to seek car and home rather than carry on in the rain. On taking the forestry road turn-off, some found water off the wet grass soon got into  wet boots making for a gentle sloshing sound as they moved. But we carried on to successfully reach the Taieri River lookout, and return up that steep part o the track at its end to lunch under the shelter?? of some forestry pines. It was at this point that we had reached the dispiriting point for many. We found we had only  exchanged the fine rain outside for large forestry drops that soon soaked any part of us that was not already wet. And here any respect for the leadership vanished. It wasn’t too long before the leaders discovered numbers had now dropped to four, the rest having returned up the track to shorten what had turned into a miserable experience as quickly as possible. The leaders caught up briefly at Taioma Road, only to see the majority head off down to make a road-walk, regardless of traffic,  back to the cars. This left the leaders now with a group of only six, who returned back down through the Salisbury farm the way we had ascended, for a grand meet-up with those under their care back at the cars. So all’s well that ends well, perhaps. – Ian.
6. 2012 Jun 13. Trampers. North Taieri Church, Salisbury and Taieri Lookout.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. We did the loop anti-clockwise. We did 16 km in all. A good day’s walk. Total altitude climbed: 500m.

Relying on Ria’s memory to guide us, 7 of us did the more extensive Salisbury walk,
which took us climbing, climbing to join the Taioma road at the very top.

Morning tea stop, halfway up the loop, on the right.

Then we had to make our way back around Taioma road to get back down to Taieri View Road. We tried to avoid the road, busy with fast, heavy rumbling logging trucks, but paddocks proved eventually too boggy.

Shortly into Taieri View Road, we stopped for a late lunch. At this point George didn’t want to go any further, so he and his car-load took the short way back to his car. The remaining trampers made their way on down the forestry track turn-off from Taieri View Road to the Lookout. The track was much more overgrown and forestry-shaded than when the writer remembered it. However this gave us good shelter from the blustery cold wind that made itself felt when we emerged out onto the Lookout.

 

Lester views the Taieri from the Lookout.

Smile please

An imaginative use of old tractor tyres on Salisbury near the end of our return

We were lucky with the weather, which held off till we reached the car. A good tramp for a cold-weather day. The tramp also had a sentimental side, as it was the last day Linzi was to be with us, before departing back home to Cornwall three days later, after tramping with us for a whole year. Farewell, Linzi. – Ian.

5. 2009 Apr 8. Hikers. Taieri View, Mount Allan Road. Medium. Leaders: Chris, Dot B.

Taieri View Rock

Taieri View Rock

4. 2008 Feb 27. Leaders: Bev.

A bit cloudy but still 15 hikers parked their cars in Taieri View Rd. and set off on a very pleasant hike along forestry roads and through the forest to another Taieri Lookout. We had our morning tea sitting on a grassy bank before we headed into the forest itself. Very enjoyable walking and only some fairly easy down and up grades to keep us from having it too easy. Got to the lookout area which was a big rock jutting out over the Taieri river. Great view of river and surrounding areas. By now the sun had come out so made it more pleasant for our lunch break which we enjoyed relaxing and taking in the view. Then the sun disappeared and it turned a bit cool and looked very much like it would rain in the very near future. So we set off back to the cars. We found a few interesting things

George by wrecked car

George by wrecked car

 

to look at and photograph for fun on the way. A goats skull and horns which made an appropriate photo for an ‘old nanny goat’! A rusty old car body which had to be sat in, also for the obligatory photo. A really lovely big bush of ripe blackberries, much enjoyed by those who took the time to pick and feast on them. A lonely little pansy, (not a petunia!), in the middle of some blackberries and long grass. George managed to knock over the post of the electric fence after holding it down for us to step across. Luckily he didn’t short circuit himself or anyone else! Back to the cars before the rain came after another happy and enjoyable day out. Bev.

3. 2007 Feb 28. Trampers. North Taieri Church, Salisbury, Lookout. Medium. Leaders: Ria, Glenice.

The View from the Taieri Lookout.

The View from the Taieri Lookout.

Abe at Taieri Lookout.

Abe at Taieri Lookout.

2. 2005 Nov 2. All. Farm Walk from North Taieri Church. Easy. Leaders: Ria, Jacqui, Graham, Eleanor W.

1. 1992 Aug 12. Taioma Road. Turn off just before Salisbury L.H. side. A hill walk, good views. Average.

    Leaders: Hartmann, Ted, Jack M, Ray

 

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Nov 08 2017

Flagstaff forest walks.

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No. 37 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “DCC Forest. Three Mile Hill. W Bathgate. Permit DCC. Year Round”

Location: 10 km.
Click Flagstaff Creek Walking Track for background information.
Park at Three Mile Hill lookout, or Bullring or Pottery, Whare Flat.
Permit from City Forest, Dunedin 455 5512.
Flagstaff Forest road map

Map of all Roads

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Flagstaff Forest Tracks

Map of lower tracks/roads

Jack Roy's Map of Flagstaff Forest roads/tracks

Jack Roy’s Map of Flagstaff Forest roads/tracks

21. 8/11/2017. Hikers. Flagstaff Forest. Stuart and High Streets. M. Leader: Adrienne.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

A dozen Hikers set out from the Taieri Lookout Car Park, crossed the Three Mile Hill Road and turned down the Flagstaff Creek walking track, crossed south road and descended the occasionally steep recently well-stepped track to the weir and the old, well-rusted flow wheel,

Can you detect it? Try enlarging.

now almost completely obscured by undergrowth where we had morning tea. The closed wooden bridge across Flagstaff Creek being now blocked off with its access track fully obscured by undergrowth, we had to climb back up to South Road the way we had come down, and follow the road around, past Durham and High Streets to climb the unsigned (where’s it got to?) Stuart Street to where it joined up with High Street. Sheltered hitherto for most of the tramp from a strong cold wind, we found ourselves now well exposed to it. We went up High Street a little way and turned up a track labelled Tank Surge Road <?> to the partial shelter of its narrow tank for lunch. Then, it was back down High Street and along South road to where it crosses Flagstaff creek by the piped concrete bridge, and up the  Douglas Fir Grove track leading across to the car park again.

Although the cold wind back at the Bush Road car park had been a bit discouraging, we all agreed at the end it had been a most enjoyable energetic day out, pleasantly completed with companionable coffee at the Aurora. With co-leader Bev laid aside through illness, (and the locator beacon still in her car boot!) Adrienne did a text-book perfect leadership job, faultlessly grouping us at each fork in the route. Thanks, Adrienne. – Ian.

20. 14/10/2015. Hikers. Flagstaff Forest. Stuart and High Streets. Leaders: Lesley and Bev.

GPS of the route

GPS of the route

Nineteen hikers parked at the Lookout. Lesley led us in at the upper entrance and down the track to South Rd. Then along South Rd …

A study in verticality

A study in ‘verticality’

What appears to be a chipper - for transforming forestry rubbish into pellet fire product, perhaps.

What appears to be a chipper – (saw-duster?) for transforming forestry rubbish into pellet fire product, perhaps.

… to the foot of Stuart St whose road sign at its foot is now unhelpfully missing. Up Stuart St which gets only steeper each time we tackle it, but now cleared of all trees on either side. Where Stuart St ends at High St, the leaders took eight of the party down High St, entrusting the balance of eleven to the leadership of Keith to take them up High St to lunch at its end at Longridge. The two parties met again on South Road where it crosses Flagstaff Stream and returned to the cars via the large steep steps taking them up along the Douglas Fir Grove track. – Ian.

19. 17/7/2013. Hikers. Flagstaff Forest. Leaders: Les and Margaret.

Wed. saw us park up at the lookout at three mile hill road.
We walked into the forest and around a few of the roads like High St, Stuart St, etc.
It turned out a great day with lots of sun between the trees.
the douglas firs are so TALL in the forest I wonder if they will mill them.
It was very sunny at the lunch stop. Fred supplied the usual chocs so all was well for us all.
We made our way back up some huge steps {made by a Big Man?}
There are a lot of felled trees in there and I wonder what they are going to do with it all.
With so many families crying out for wood and the price it is… and here is all this wood just rotting away. – Elaine.

18. 12/9/2012. Trampers. Flagstaff Forest Tramp. Leader: Ria.

GPS of route, courtesy Ken. Unaccountable lapse in record. Deduce omitted route yourself!

A pic from earlier in the tramp before we got to the top.

Fast melting snow on route back down from top.

17. 28/4/2010. Hikers. Flagstaff Forest walk. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
Thirteen hikers parked at the Taieri lookout and set off on the bush track opposite which was a very pleasant walk. Although it had rained, pine needles made a soft dry carpet. The variety of trees and bird calls, including rosellas, provided interest and we admired the tall straight trunks of the giant trees.
We had morning tea and lunch at the same spot by the Flagstaff stream but between we did a circular walk around forestry roads. These provided us with good walking underfoot and although it was quite a grind up Stuart Street we all managed it with ease by taking our time and stopping to admire the view of the Taieri Plains and Saddle Hill. After lunch we completed the bush walk back to the cars.
It was quite a short walk, although no-one took up the offer to go round again. Another time a further circle could be added on at the top of Stuart Street. The weather was ideal with not a breath of wind and mild temperatures. – Marjorie

16. 1/7/2009 Both Hikers and Trampers. Flagstaff Forest. South Rd, High St, Laings, High St, Stuart St, South Rd.
Leaders: Neil, Ria

It was a good day for 20 members of the club from both groups. We entered the forest from opposite the Taieri Lookout car-park and made our way down to where the track comes out at South Road. We followed this around to turn up High Street, but before doing this we stopped for
our morning tea break in a rare sunny spot.
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Morning Tea on South Road.

Morning Tea on South Road. Lex, Bob, Who? Wendy, Who? Neil, Ria, Peter, Mollie, Pat, Bill, Bev, Evelyn, Angela.

We made our slow way up, up, up High Street, stopping for frequent rests to eventually reach Long Ridge Road only to immediately turn back off it to travel along Laing Road until Ria judged it time to stop for lunch.

Lunch

Lunch. Evelyn, Bob, Chris, Glenice, Who? Ria, Neil, Wendy, Peter.

Returning back we enjoyed great views of the Taieri Plain,

Taieri Plain

Taieri Plain

turned back down High Street and then off to the right and down Stuart Street. When it reached South Road, we turned left, passing the foot of High Street to reach the bridge/culvert over Flagstaff Creek. Here we turned down the Flagstaff Creek Walking Track to at last cross the Creek on a fine wooden bridge to reach a water race

Race Entrance

Race Entrance

Weir and Overflow

Weir, water-race entrance and Overflow

containing an old water meter wheel stiffened up with age and rust.

Upside Water Meter

‘Up-race’ of Water Meter

Downside Water Meter

‘Down-race’ of Water Meter

Back up the track a bit we turned up to the right to climb a many-stepped track up to cross South Road and back up the initial track to the car park again. Thanks, Ria and Neil for a most enjoyable, if wrapped-up, winter’s day out. – Ian

15. 25/2/2009 Trampers. Three Mile Hill Lookout. Flagstaff forest walk, Three Mile Hill. Round trip. Lookout, South Rd, High St, Longridge Rd, Whare Flat Rd, Laings Rd, High St, South Rd. Leaders: Ria, Hazel.

The misty overcast day left  ground wet and muddy underfoot and ruled out the planned tramp on Swampy. So Ria had sought permission for the six of us to walk the Flagstaff Forestry roads. It was a good work-out, extended by a climb from the Bullring to near Flagstaff summit to fill in time before lunching in the welcome shelter of Ria’s daughter Ingrid’s property’s haybarn down Whare Flat Road.

Lunch in Ingrid's Haybarn. Ian

Lunch in Ingrid’s haybarn. Ian

Lunch in daughter Ingrid's haybarn. Ria

Lunch in daughter Ingrid’s haybarn. Ria

Lunch in Ingrid's haybarn. Hazel, Glenice

Lunch in Ingrid’s haybarn. Hazel, Glenice

Lunch in Ingrid's haybarn. Bill, Pat

Lunch in Ingrid’s haybarn. Bill, Pat

Then it was back up Whare Flat Road to Laings Road and so back to the Lookout where we had parked the cars. Thanks to Ria and Hazel for a good alternative tramp.

14. 20/9/2006. Hikers. Three Mile Hill area. Easy. Leaders: Jean, Anne R, Eleanor B.
13. 30/3/2005.DCC Forestry Walk.
Water wheel

Water wheel

12. 11/9/2002. Alt. Three Mile Hill. Leaders: Les W, Mary M, Peg C
11. 27/6/2001 Three Mile Hill. Leaders: Daphne, Eleanor, Mavis
10. 25/4/2001. Three Mile Hill. Leaders: Daphne, Peg C, Mary M.
9. 19/7/2000. D.C.C. Forestry Circuit. Leaders: Shirley R, Arthur and Barbara.
8. 18/8/1999. DCC Forestry Walk. 3 Mile Hill. Leaders: Margaret D, Winifred, Joan H.
7. 11/11/1998. DCC Forest – 3 Mile Hill. Leaders: Betty, Joan H, Winifred.
6. 28/5/1997. Flagstaff Forest Walk. Leaders: Peg A, Peg M, Margaret D
5. 22/1/1997. Flagstaff – Creek Forest. Leaders: Peggy M, Margaraet D, Peg A.
4. 26/6/1996. D.C.C. 3 Mile Hill Forestry Round Trip from Coburns. Medium. Shorter alternative in some areas. Leaders: J Roy, Ian, Catherine.
3. 30/3/1994. D.C.C. Forestry, Whare Flat, Look-out, Three Mile Hill Road. WET FEET! Medium. Leaders: Ria L, Wendy B, Evelyn M, Doreen
2. 9/12/1992 DCC Forest. Round trip. Cars meet Three Mile Hill Lookout. Average. Leaders: Marie F, Nel K, Doreen, Lesley S
1. 22/6/1988 Three Mill Hill from Taieri Lookout. Pleasant pine walks. Leaders:

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