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Aug 23 2017

Gardens to Surf

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2. 23/8/2017. Hikers. Gardens to Surf. E. Leaders: Pam and Dawn.

We Parked our cars in Duke Street, near the Woodhaugh gardens.  22 members started off.  We walked through the Varsity and had morning tea at the Polytech outdoor area.   Walked along Portsmouth Drive to Queens Drive down to St Kilda beach.   Walked along playing fields and some track to picnic area above beach, where we had our lunch.   We then continued on to St Clair, via street and caught the bus back to the Botanical gardens where we enjoyed a hot drink. Back to our cars and home to Mosgiel by 3.45pm.  A very enjoyable day was had by all. – Dawn.

1. 19/8/2015. Hikers. Gardens to Surf.
We had a good day walking from the Botanic Gardens…

Gardens (John pic)

Gardens (John pic)

Lunch panorama (John pic)

Morning tea behind the railway station. Panorama. (John pic)

…to St Kilda beach…

Sand logs? (John pic)

Sand logs? (John pic)

…and along the beach to St Clair. I had not been on the beach since the June storms and was blown away by the damage to the beach.

Rocks (John pic)

Rocks (John pic)

The piles…

Groynes (John pic)

Piles (John pic)

…are nearly all bent over by St Clair. Thank goodness I have done 3 paintings of the piles. Judy Knox was on TV Wed. night and did a very good interview on the local TV channel.
We all went back on the bus to the Gardens and all (I think) 27 of us didn’t pay. I think the bus driver got a bit of a surprise. – Elaine. [An unintended report, purloined from an email. – Ed]

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May 31 2017

Street walk, Green Island, farm walk

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4. 31/5/2017. Hikers. Green Island street walk. E. Leaders: Elaine and Chris.

Nike app map of route, courtesy Ian.

The above route map gives some indication of the intricacies of Elaine’s   planned route, designed to cross and recross, by way of tunnels and bridges galore, the barriers of railway line, stream and motorway dividing  Green Island from Abbotsford. It was a street-walk, most suitable on the day for an off-and-on light morning drizzle. We were treated to a whole gamut of lower Abbotsford house designs, most instructive of fashions favoured in different decades, complete with one or two older ones looking very old and very neglected. At the latter part of the hike, we also got to peek into some of the large industrial goings-on at the north end of the town, not least Harraways. All most impressive.

At one point where a railway line once crossed the old main road (remember it?), Elaine stopped us to point out how it once served a coal-mine of her grandfather. She has a photo of a small steam engine about to head north across the road.

Drizzly morning tea at the gardens. Most of the 22 who came out. (Ian pic and caption.)

Newly decorated railway underpass (newly decorated since Elaine’s recce), essential for linking homes and school. It was deemed safer for children than a bridge. (Ian pic and caption.)

a dry-seated lunch at the Green Island Rugby Football Club pavilion in Miller Park. (Ian pic and caption.)

18 of us at Coffee at Agnes’, where we got to enjoy a separate room all to ourselve, complete with en suite. (Ian pic and caption.)

Many were the remarks appreciative of the cleverness of the route. A big thank you to Elaine and Chris for a great day out. – Ian, (for Elaine [without her knowledge – yet!] whose recent rapidly failing eyesight prevented her from tackling a report.)

3. 25/2/2009 Hikers. Green Island. Farm Walk. Leaders: George, Dot B
2. 10/5/2006. Hikers. Green Island street and farm walk. Leaders: Chris, Dot B.
1. 8/2/2006. Hikers. Street Walk: Green Island Street and Farm Walk. Leaders: Dot B, Chris.

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May 03 2017

Outram – Allanton Flood Bank

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Outram 10 km /  Henley 21 km – from car park.

3. 3/5/2017. Both. Outram-Allanton Flood Bank. E. Leaders: Judy K, Lester.

Today’s tramp saw a very special milestone for the Club, with a celebration of life member Molly Vaughan’s 90th birthday.  Molly has been a member of the Club for 30 years and still tramps regularly.

In recognition of this great achievement 28 members, including Molly and her son Marty …

Clive pic.

… from Busselton in Western Australia, walked the stop-bank from Outram to Allanton, …

Morning tea. (Clive pic.)

Mollie with Saddle Hill in background. (Helen pic and caption.)

Taieri Times, 10/5/2017 Mollie article (Ian scan and caption.)

… to join another 20 at Scurr’s woolshed for a shared lunch.

The rain held off for most of the morning, although there was cold southerly breeze, and the walk, completed in two hours, was enjoyed by all.  The walkers were greeted at the woolshed by the rest of the group eying trestle tables groaning with food.

Clive pic.

This disappeared amid a great deal of noisy chatter and fun.

Clive pic.

Card, cake …

Mollie cutting 90th Birthday Cake. (Ian pic and caption.)

ODT 12/5.

ODT 12/5

… and candles followed, and an ODT reporter appeared to record the event, including a picture of Molly outside in the pouring rain.  I hope there were no ill effects!

Many thanks to drivers who helped ferry people to and from Outram, to Elaine and Colin Scurr for the use of their woolshed, and to all members for the yummy food.  It was great to see such a good turn-out. – Judy K.

2. 29/4/2015. Hikers. Allanton-Outram Flood Bank. E. Leaders: Lester, Fred and Jim.

GPS of route

GPS of route

The feature of this tramp was the wind. Wind? A gale, A GALE.

The walk began from the Allanton Saleyards Road. A car shuttle was arranged – for those who didn’t want the road walk back. We set off.

We walked alongside the Allanton Road and turned into Ken Scorgies yards to stop for morning tea. Then we headed along and up onto the flood bank…

apres cuppa

On the trek after morning tea stop.

…to which we kept for practically the whole of the morning with only a few diversions to the flats alongside the Taieri River.

The day started off fine with only a moderate cold breeze, presently followed by a brief shower of rain, and a bit later another short shower. Some donned parkas early on, others waiting out the light showers. We made our way along, sometimes on the bank, sometimes off it. A wealth of mushrooms were a sore temptation for some.


Bags and bags of mushrooms.


Stretched out along the flood bank.

As we progressed the wind intensified to the extent that we couldn’t keep a steady footing. Along with the wind, a third, and this time, persisting shower, forcing everyone into parkas this time. This was complicated by a misjudged bit of the route which led us along the edge of a turnip paddock into a corner fence, with its electric wire, barring access back onto the flood bank. However with the help of poles lifting the wire and boots lowering the barbed wire fence we all in turn got through the narrow-neck eventually.

We were on the bank again. This time there were now walnuts galore. We ended up with enthusiasts lugging their plastic bags of mushrooms, walnuts, and even one lugging a bag of cow pats for their rhubarb patch. Somewhere about here we passed a small transformer station, and houses were appearing. We came off the bank onto a back street of Outram…


A distinctive letter box in the back streets of Outram.

…and negotiated our way to a large shed which afforded us both lodging and shelter. Most welcome. We lunched. We hung around. We pondered doing the return road walk in the rain and wind. Eventually decided against. A car-load of drivers set off to be ferried to their cars and come back and rescue us. Car-load by departing car-load, the trip ended.

This reporter forgot to say that there were thirty-one of us. At least half that number resorted to Outram’s 8 on 87 cafe for a social coffee. Our number included aa earnest small group around a table end, complete with pen and paper finalising details for their impending overnight at Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track, on Monday, I think, overseen by Hut Wardens for the week, Judy and Elaine. We lingered. A warm dry finish to a fearsomely windy day, aggravated by a big rain shower as well. (No surprise that there were no photos taken during the bad parts of the day.)

Thanks to Lester, Fred and Jim for their planning and leadership. – Ian.

1. 18/5/2011. Hikers. Outram – Allanton Flood Bank. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.

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Mar 29 2017

Murrays Farm, Hoopers Inlet

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No. 93 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Murrays Farm – Sandymount (Chris Hughes) Farm”

Distance for carpark: 31.5 km.

Map supplied by the owner. (Keith pic.)

11. 29/3/2017. Hikers. Murrays Farm. M. Leaders: Keith and Shona.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

It was a foggy, misty morning when 19 Hikers met at the gateway bel0w Murrays Farm before ambling up the road to having morning tea in the implement shed.

We then followed the fenceline up and across the paddocks before descending to explore around a container being used as a crib.

George investigates shower workings on new crib. (Ian pic and caption.)

We exited onto the coast …

We discover a new route from paddock to beach. (Eleanor W. pic.)

… where we had lunch …

Papanui Inlet mouth beach for lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

… out of the northerly wind.

We followed the water’s edge around past the old boat shed, climbing up the hill and visiting an old dwelling also being used as a crib and back along the farm tracks to the hole in the hedge and down the hill to the cars.

Coffee was at Macandrew Bay cafe. – Shona and Keith.

10. 20/2/2013. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.

Morning Tea at old homestead


Paradise Ducks in formation


Waiting for others in shelter from the hot sun

9. 7/12/2011. Both. Murrays Farm. Medium.

GPS courtesy Ken. Track from distant spot anti-clockwise.

Comfort plus for morning tea. (Ken pic and caption)

Five trampers scaled the almost vertical ascent to the Sandymount road before descending further by the bush.

Hoopers Inlet video

We sampled the beach at the mouth but a keen wind persuaded us up around the point to a boathouse in a more sheltered position.

Lunch stop. (Ken caption and pic)

Just along a little bit from the boathouse, we came upon this nest.

Black gull’s abandoned nest. Our bird expert explained they lay 2-3 eggs-in-nests before inclubating a further pair.

Then it was just a case of following our noses back across paddocks to the cars. – Ian
8. 10/2/2010. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Margaret and Les, Fred.
7. 14/5/2008. Hikers. Murrays Farm. Easy. Leaders:Chris, Gwen.
Fine upstanding Hikers

Fine upstanding Hikers

An eye- and nose-watering wind greeted us when we stepped out of our cars at Hoopers Inlet. It was not a time for hanging around so our group of 13 set off at a brisk trot and soon reached the shelter of a shed which provided a good spot for morning tea.
Fuelled by hot drinks we ventured on and found that the hills and gullies gave good protection and we could enjoy this stroll through beautiful, peaceful countryside with the only other signs of life nearby the large number of paradise ducks. Perhaps they had discovered this place to be a refuge from duck shooters. In the distance sheep grazed and black cattle eyed us with interest.

Sheltered lunch spot

Sheltered lunch spot

We found our way down to the beach and a sheltered corner at the far end provided a comfortable lunch spot.

Seal among the lupins

Seal among the lupins

Margaret’s sortie into the sand dunes also brought to our notice a young seal hidden away under the lupins. We retraced our steps admiring the expansive views of the inlet and the winter colours on the hills.

It had been a short walk but a very pleasant country ramble.

Chris, who knows the area well, ably led us and, before returning home, some of us were lucky enough to stop off with her at a relative’s house on the hill and walk around the interesting garden, admiring both the plants and the panoramic views. – Marjorie.

6. 27/6/2007 Leaders:

Group. Ian, Leonie, George, Tash, Pat, Hazel, Ria.

5. 1/2/2006. All. Murrays Farm, Hoopers Inlet. Leader: Chris.
4. 5/3/2003. All. Murray Farm. Leaders: Chris, Les and Margaret, Bev McI.
3. 3/7/2002. Combined. Murrays Farm. Medium. Leaders: Colleen, Chris, Claude.
2. 6/2/2002. Combined. Murray Farm, Hoopers Inlet. Medium. Leaders: Chris, Jean, Colleen.
1. 2/5/2001. Murray Farm – Hoopers Inlet Road. Easy. Leaders; Chris, Jean, Colleen.

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Mar 15 2017

Akatore Farm Walk or Beach Walk

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No. 78 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Knarston Park Sth Coast (Ask Jean Young) Farm”
Akatore Farm permission required. (Ask Bob.)
Distance Livingstonia Park from car park: 31.5 km.
Distance Akatore Farm from carpark: 48 km
13. 15/3/2017. Hikers. Akatore Farm, Stream and Beach. H. Leaders: Bob and Lesley.

Route Map, courtesy Clive. Cars parked up from lunch spot. Distance walked: about 8.5 km.

Bob lead 24 Hikers down the road to the bridge over the Akatore River,where we sat in the sun for morning tea.

Morning tea across the Akatore Bridge in the sun. (Ian pic and caption.)

The tide was low enabling us to walk along the estuary,to the coast.This included a few moments of rock hugging,with many helping hands to get around a bluff.

Rock hopping and climbing. (Clive pic and caption.)

A few people declined and returned to the road,to be picked up by Braden,Bob son,on his farm “mule”and some rejoined the group.

Akatore Creek mouth. (Clive pic and caption.)

It was a clear,sunny day,with little wind and the journey along farm tracks,above the rocks,was good hiking.We lunched and explored at a private beach, …

Kevin emerging from a cave on the beach at the lunch stop. (Ian pic and caption.)

… then climbed the hill back to the cars,completing about 9km.

It’s all uphill after lunch. (Clive pic and caption.)

It was a different route on a favourite area,enjoyed by all, with coffee at Wals. – Lesley.

12. 5/10/2016. Trampers. Akatore Farm and Beach. E. Leader: Arthur H.
The windscreen wipers worked away as the bus took us for our tramps, the Hikers being dropped off first to walk the Millennium Track from the Henley end.
The Trampers were taken to Taieri Mouth, and then down the Akatore Road to the Taieri Beach Road, where we dismounted.
It was right on 10 o’clock, so morning tea was attended to as the first priority. A convenient ledge sheltered us from the cool breeze and light rain.
We walked down a long paddock to reach the sea. The paddock being recently cultivated was quite sticky from the rain. Our boots grew in size somewhat.

It was quite a relief to reach a lovely sandy beach, with the tide well out.

Down on beach copy. (Helen pic and caption.)

Down on beach copy. (Helen pic and caption.)

Turning right, we headed south, aiming for the mouth of Akatore Creek. The light rain was easing off slowly and after a while desisted altogether.
Along the beach, then it was up in the paddocks briefly to avoid a difficult patch of rocks.
It was most pleasant following the coastline. Interesting rocks, some small sandy beaches and sandy patches interrupted the mostly rock.
Lovely beach. Helen pic and caption.)

Lovely beach. Helen pic and caption.)

Quite a lot of bird life was evident – lots of seagulls of course, oyster-catchers, pied stilts, a pair of terns overhead, and paradise ducks out in the paddock.
After inspecting an interesting cave, we had to climb up to the paddocks for a little. Descending again, we had a nice grassy strip of grass to follow, above the rocks.
We came to the Akatore Creek mouth at 12 noon. It was almost low tide, and with a considerable flow of water exiting the creek.

Lunch was partaken of in the shelter of a steep bank, with some lovely yellow flowers about The breeze was quite light, but cool.

Lunch spot at Akatore Creek. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lunch spot at Akatore Creek. (Helen pic and caption.)

The next leg of our journey wass uphill through the farm paddocks. A large mob of very friendly dairy heifers followed us along the fenceline as far as they could.

At the top of the hill we devoured a little to the left to get a good view looking down onto the Akatore estuary and environs.

Road and tidal area. (Helen pic and caption.)

Road and tidal area. (Helen pic and caption.)

Out onto the road, we followed it for two kilometres to arrive back at our starting point at 1.35 p.m.

A little early for the bus, we walked the road to Taieri Mouth. Downhill was easy. A very friendly pet lamb wanted to join our group after escaping from his paddock. But we had to be firm! Near the Taieri Beach School is an animal park (closed) where we glimpsed various species, including alpacas, geese, deer and ostriches(?).
We kept walking along the road, not so enjoyable but many interesting houses and backyards could be viewed in Taieri Mouth. Eventually we came in sight of the bridge over the Taieri River and the bus parked at the southern end of it.
The Trampers came to the bus at 2.45, soon after the Hikers had finished. There had been seven in our group today, our distance travelled: 14.5 km maybe(?) (using a small-scale road map to estimate from) – please come back soon, Margreet!
The bus delivered us all back to Mosgiel, after which may invaded “Wals”, creating mayhem with the tables, but it was a good finish to the day. – Arthur.
11. 23/9/2015. Hikers. Akatore Farm and Beach. E. Leaders: Bob and Leslie.
Twenty-nine of us parked at the farm’s stock yards and walked back north along the road to enter a neighbouring property, go through past the homestead, out into paddocks and down to the coast for morning tea.
<Click here to see a video John took of our morning tea spot beach side area>
A rocky knoll tempted two or three of us to climb it and view the surroundings from there.
On top of knoll. (John pic)

On top of knoll. (John pic)

View from knoll. (Bob pic)

View from top of knoll. (Bob pic)

We climbed back out, this time heading south parallel to the coastline through paddocks, some grassed and one being freshly being turned over with a large six-furrow plough. We walked for a while down along beach and rocks …
Down to beach

Down to beach

A seaside conversation

A seaside conversation

… before being obliged by the high tide to return up the the paddocks. Eventually we reached the Akatore mouth. And what a sight. What had formerly been a gentle rock-hugging stream was now a wide mouth of breaking surf from the near side right across to the farther one.
New Akatore mouth 1. (John pic)

New Akatore mouth 1. (John pic)

New Akatore mouth 2 (John pic)

New Akatore mouth 2 (John pic)

No beach, or none at this tide level. Bob led us along the outside of a fence upstream just a little to descend a steep back to a new beach where once the stream had flowed. He had provided us with a huge hawser rope tied to the fence and lengthened at its end with a strapping belt stretching right down to the new beach.
New beach. (John pic)

New beach. (John pic)

With its aid, we all made our way safely down the cliff-face, …

2nd descent

2nd descent

… each doing so in our own fashion.

We lunched there, finding seating on lumpy dry marram grass, on the new beach of sand that must have been metres deep. What a powerful transformation the high seas had made of the old mouth we had become accustomed to.
New stream mouth

New Akatore mouth (See below in 2011 report, click on video of old creek mouth)

After lunch, Bob led us up the true left edge of the stream along an edge made very narrow with an ebbing tide that still had a long way to retreat. At the first point there was no option but to make one’s way around rock still surrounded by shallow water. Never mind. The rest of the way was dry, if pebbled with rocks larger and smaller in places, sandy in others. We made our way then up to the bridge where Bob introduced us to that steep road climb that takes one right up from sea level to the top where the road first turns down. It made for a good workout, giving hikers with their varying energy levels the chance to brave the climb at their own pace. However, beside the rope provision back at the lunch stop, behold there had also been Bob’s ute sitting down at the bridge for any who didn’t relish the prospect of the climb. But bravo, no one took it. And Bob was noble enough to leave it standing there, true to his leadership role, and climb with the rest, with the intention of  walking back down later to retrieve it. Noble? Would might even say silly not to enjoy ride back up in triumphant style. Painful certainly, this reporter imagines. It’s a long hill climb to the top. Good on yer, Bob.
(It was too bad the ‘Nike + Running’ app fell over in a big way and has had to be re-down-loaded, – so no GPS record this time). This was a most interesting tramp, a replacement for the original one that had to be abandoned due to lambing. We all enjoyed the experience of a route the club had not done before, now made possible by the mighty changes the ocean had wrought on the Akatore’s mouth, and exploited by Bob. So thank you Bob (and sister Leslie!) for the planning and the advance provision of rope and ute. Great leadership! – Ian.
10. 26/11/2014. Hikers. Akatore Farm and Beach. E. Leaders: Leslie and Bev.
GPS of route

GPS of route


Cuppa - John

Cuppa. (John pic)

Lunch panorama

Lunch panorama. (John pic)

Got comfortable yet?

Comfortable? (John pic)


Paradise Duck Chicks in pond.

26/6/2013. Trampers. Livingstonia Park to Akatore. Beach Walk.

On a day that could’ve turned to rain, [according to the forecast] 8 trampers turned up for the walk from Taieri Mouth to Akatore. This is a challenging walk over the beach rocky outcrops, with some easier sandy sections for good measure. In some places it is safer to take to the farm paddocks to bypass some deep splits in the rocks. We had morning tea at the carpark before leaving, as it was already 10am, then headed off down the beach. We reached the river mouth at about 12:30, & went in search of a sheltered spot to have lunch, as a bit of a wind had come up, making it a little unpleasant.
Lunch at Akatore River mouth. (Ken pic and caption)

Lunch at Akatore River mouth. Pic has Pat obscured behind Eric. (Ken pic and caption)

We then retraced our steps, with two of the group deciding that the farm paddocks offered a better route back again. The rest of us did some beach, & some farm walk back to the cars, which took a bit longer than the outward trip due to tiredness creeping in. We arrived back at the carpark at about 4pm. (13.9km, 3hrs 44min, moving ave 3.7km/h.) – Ken

9. 8/2/2012. Hikers. Akatore farm walk. Akatore Rd about 5 kms from Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Bev, Chris.
8. 30/11/2011. Trampers. Taieri Mouth Livingstonia Park to Akatore. Beach walk. 

Welcome smooth sand ahead after extensive rock hopping …

… but more rocks ahead.

<Click to see this video of the Akatore stream mouth in 2011>

<Video of kelp in swell firmly anchored on the rock.>

Five Paradise duck-lings in a farm pond. Couldn’t detect the sixth.

7. 15/4/2009 Trampers. Taieri Mouth Livingstonia Park to Akatore. Beach walk. Leader: Ria.
12 of us made the trip. A bit of a struggle for one or two but we all got there. Here George poses as an Indian shaman(?) in front of a cave.
click to enlarge
A Shaman? George


There were places where we had to clamber up to the paddocks before descending to the rocks again.

Bank climb Ian, Shaleen, George

Bank climb Ian, Shaleen, George

This was a very narrow squeeze.

The narrowest squeeze. Wendy at back

The narrowest squeeze. Wendy at back

The trip was well-timed, with low tide after 1.00 p.m. so there was room for plenty of rock work clambering …

A clamber

Difficult descent. Pat, Ken, Joyce, Bill, Shaleen (in mid-flight), George, Doug

and beach sand. This is where we stopped for a pleasant cuppa.

Tea break

Tea break. Lex, Ria, Bill, Pat, Wendy, George, Bob.

Five lunched down at the Akatore mouth, the rest content to dine in the paddock above.

Pat, George, Bill, Doug

Pat, George, Bill, Doug

The five “down at the mouth” are just visible from the paddock.

Akatore mouth from paddock

Akatore mouth from paddock. Ken, Shaleen, Doug, George and Ian at rear.

Here is just one of the ponds as we made our return, this time largely over paddocks.

Part of paddock walk

Paddock walk return. Doug, Ian, Bill

Careful rock clambering challenged some, and for others the distance was a bit of a stretch. But it was another successful day with the weather remaining kind. – Ian

6. 6/2/2008 Taieri Mouth Livingstonia Park to Akatore Beach walk. Trampers. Leaders: Ria, Hazel.

Lunch stop at Akatore Stream mouth. Leonie, Keith H, Tash, Lex

Lunch stop at Akatore Stream mouth. Leonie, Keith H, Tash, Lex

Tramp Report for Wednesday February 6th 2008

A beautiful day greeted 16 trampers as we met at Livingstonia Park for the start of our walk from Taieri Beach to Akatore. Our leaders were Ria Lippers and Hazel Leslie who had done 2 recces to make sure they had it all under control as it was the first time the Taieri tramping club had done this walk.
Tea Break. Doug M, George, Keith, Glenice, Joyce, Pat, Bill, Ria

Tea Break. Doug M, George, Keith, Glenice, Joyce, Pat, Bill, Ria

Tea Break. Who?, Tash, Keith H, Lex

Tea Break. Carol, Tash, Keith H, Lex

It turned out to be quite an adventure as we scrambled up and down rocks between the lovely bays that stretched all the way along this stunning Otago coastline. The tide was at a tantalising level as the more adventurous felt it was possible to get round, while our leaders took the more secure upper route along the cliff top. It was great to have the choice. We had lunch where the Akatore River reaches the sea, an enchanting spot with crystal clear water and white sand. George had a paddle in the water and we all relaxed in the sun. The tide was coming in, so most of the way back was along the top grassy pathway, but we did manage to go along some of the wider beach areas. As we descended the rope walkway back down to Taieri Beach we were so surprised to see so many people sunbathing and swimming, all taking advantage of the amazing Waitangi Day weather. Carol and I couldn’t resist a quick paddle before returning to the cars where everyone was waiting for us !! – Tash

5. 6/2/2008 Taieri Mouth to Akatore Beach walk. Hikers. Leaders: Ria, Hazel.

Beautiful day for a beach walk when 12 hikers parked their cars at Knarston Park. The tide was out so we were able to walk south along the beach for quite some way before having to go up a rope walk to the grass area above beach to get past an outcrop of rocks. Then back down onto beach and time to sit and relax with our morning tea. Such a lovely day and so clear, the views were great and sea bird life interesting. On down the beach until we came to another outcrop on rocks that for us, was impassable and we couldn’t find a place suitable for us to climb up to top. So we decided that although it was a bit early we would have our lunch and sit a bit longer than usual, just soaking up the scenery and views. Watched the tide gradually coming higher up a little inlet, examined some interesting seaweed and heard about some of the bird life from our expert, Lesley G. 12 happy hikers wandered back to cars along the beach mostly and all agreed we’d had a very relaxed and pleasant day.- Bev.

4. 26/2/1997 Akatore South Side. Leaders: Jack M, Hugh, Mary L.
3. 7/8/1996 Akatore Farm Walk. Average. Leaders: Jack M, Jean A, Ria H
2. 9/2/1994. Akatore. Medium. Leaders: Jack M, Eleanor, Judy & Rob
1. 30/1/1991 Akatore Forest Walks. Leaders:

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Mar 08 2017

Macandrew Bay, Greenacre Street

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No. 6 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Macandrew Bay. (Greenacres St). J Allen. Year Round.”
No. 74 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Peninsula Traverse. Year Round”
Distance from car-park: 24 km.
8. 8/3/2017. Hikers. Greenacre St, Camp Track, McTaggart St. M. Leaders: Alex and Liz.

Route Map, courtesy Ian.

Perfect day for this walk which was about 11km. Up Greenacres St then morning tea and up to the start of the track which would take us to High Cliff road. The track was steep but many stops helped, I hope.

Track top stop just below Highcliff Road. (Clive pic.)

We cautiously walked along the road until we arrived at Larnach Castle and down the road beside it called Camp Road were we stopped for lunch half way down only to see one of the best views around and in brilliant sunshine which I think was enjoyed by all.

Lunch with a view. (Ian pic and caption.)

On to the Camp Track …

Descending Camp Track. (Clive pic.)

… which led us to the start of a track through private property but well marked.

Crossing from Camp Track to McTaggart Street. (Clive pic.)

This took us out at McTaggart Street and onto Portobello Road at Company Bay. From here we walked along the well formed footpath and waters edge back to Macandrew Bay for a well earned coffee. – Alex and Liz.

7. 17/4/2013. Hikers. Macandrew Bay, McTaggart St and Macandrew Bay back streeets and lanes. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

Route Map, courtesy Ian.

The weather was drier down the Peninsula than it had been back at Mosgiel. We found the planned route beyond McTaggart Street blocked by a recently erected track closure notice, forcing us to retrace our steps to an earlier than planned lunch back at Macandrew Bay. We sought shelter in the lee of a Pohutukawa planting.


Lunch opposite the shops

We made the most of the time afterwards by exploring a couple of no exit streets nearby, the second of which at its end gave entrance via a set of descending steps to the Macandrew Bay Bowling Club green, of which Club the husband of one of our group was a member. We then explored a lane beyond to exit on another road back to the cars, and then home. – Ian

6. 24/9/2008. Hikers. Macandrew Bay, Greenacre Street Medium. Lex, Graham
5. 1/8/2007. Both. Macandrew Bay, Greenacre Street. Moderate. Leaders: Chris, Lesley G, Bob & Evelyn
4. 8/6/2005. Hikers. Macandrew Bay, Greenacre Street. Leaders: Val and Brian, Molly.
3. 25/2/2004. Hikers. Greenacre Street, Macandrew Bay. Easy+. Leaders: Ray, Peter
2. 2/6/1999. Macandrew Bay, Greenacre Street. Leaders: Chris, Pat, Mary L.
1. 13/9/1989. Macandrew Bay and up Greenacre Street. Average to Hard. Leaders: Merle, Jean, Ria and Kees.

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Jan 25 2017

Waverley, Andersons Bay, Musselburgh. Street Walks

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6. 25/1/2017. Musselburgh, Andersons Bay, Cemetery. E. Leaders for Musselburgh: Les and Margaret; for Andersons Bay: Peter and Wendy.

Route Map, courtesy Ian. (Ignore the straight line.) Car Park, Shore St. Musselburgh Rise, Rochester Tce, Belmont Lane, return Rochester Tce, Moana Cr, Walkway through to Portobello Rd, Causeway, Marne St, Somerville St, Silverton St, Tomahawk Rd, Andersons Bay Cemetery, Tahuna Rd, Cavell St, Tainui Rd,  Musselburgh Rise, Rawhitie St, Walkway, Shore St, Car Park.

Maori memorial. (Clive pic and caption.)

Otago Harbour from Tomahawk Rd. (Clive pic and caption.)

Over the garden wall. (Clive pic and caption.)

Lunch by Crematorium. (Ian pic and caption.)

5. 10/2/2016. Musselburgh, Andersons Bay, Cemetery. E. Leaders for Musselburgh: Les and Margaret; for Andersons Bay: Peter and Wendy.
Shore St; Musselburgh Rise; Rochester Crescent; Belmont Lane;
Hikers. Morning Tea in Belmont Lane residence, Musselburgh

Hikers. Morning Tea in Belmont Lane residence, Musselburgh.

Musselburgh, Moana Crescent; Rewa Street, Sunshine Lane; Portobello Road. Portobello Road; Marne Street; Somerville Street; Silverton Street; Tomahawk Road; Crematorium; Cemetery; Tahuna Road; Cress Street; Tainui Road; Musselburgh Rise; Shore Street.

 4. 23/2/2011. Hikers. Street Walk: Arthurs Walk. Waverley Book 1. Leaders: Bev, Joyce.
 3. 30/1/2008 Andersons Bay Street Walk. Leaders: Bev H, Bev M


A bit overcast but quite pleasant as 18 hikers parked their cars in Spottiswood St ready to set out on a Street Walk round the Andersons Bay area. First stop was at the Andersons Bay Cemetery for morning tea and a browse around the graves. Very interesting, especially round the oldest areas. We ended up being there about an hour as 2 of the group had not heard the meeting up again time of 11am!! However, as it wasn’t an overly long walk it didn’t really matter. We walked along several streets, admiring houses and gardens, till we finally got to the Andersons Bay school where we made the most of some very pleasant areas to sit and have our lunch. From there it was around some more streets till we arrived back at our cars. All agreed they had had an interesting and enjoyable day. – Bev.

2. 3/10/2001. Combined. Street Walk Arthurs Walk Waverley Book 1 Leaders: Bev H, Bev McI, Pat

1. 20/9/2000 Vauxhall, Waverley, Andersons Bay, Musselburgh. Leaders: Margaret D, Daphne, Betty B

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Jan 18 2017

Patmos Avenue, Leith Saddle, Moores Bush

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5. 18/1/2017. Hikers. Moores Bush – Sullivan’s Dam. E. Leaders: Bev and Lesley.

Route map, Courtesy Ian. (Ignore straight line.) Moore’s Bush on Thomson Rd, Loop Track,  Leith Valley Rd, Sullivans Dam circuit, lunch, return by Leith Valley Rd.

Morning tea at entrance to Moore’s Bush. (Ian pic and caption.)

DoC sign. (Ian pic and caption.)

4. 19/9/2012. Hikers. Moores Bush, Sullivans Dam. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie
3. 17/2/2010 Hikers. Thompson Rd, Moores Bush, Leith Valley Rd, Sullivan’s Dam, Leith Valley Rd. Leaders: Bev, Leslie.
Good day to start with but got rather cold by lunch time. However, 12 keen hikers enjoyed a very pleasant, but shortish, day out. What a wonderful little forest Moore’s Bush is.  Where is Moore’s Bush, you ask? Ascend the Leith Valley road out of Dunedin and take a left turn into Thompsons Road, and not far along is the entrance, signposted but fenced, to this Forest and Bird Society property.

Have included the website for anyone interested in looking it up. The photos are ones from that site.

Just a short walk to the entrance of Moores Bush for our morning tea and then off we went through the bush. Track rather overgrown and we had to wade through Leith Stream to get to the exit but everyone was interested to see Moores bush and check out what work had been done by the Forest and Bird Soc., over the years. We didn’t see much “bird”, but we loved the “forest”, with  some grand Rimu trees, lots of mature Fuchsia, a Big Red Beech, many mature Lancewoods, heavy undergrowth, and more recent plantings of Totara, Rimu

Young Rimu planted at Moore’s Bush.

and smaller trees and shrubs. Little streams wound through it and also the Leith, which we crossed, most getting wet feet etc, except for Bob who found a fallen branch bridge, and stayed dry, much to the disgust of the others.

Leith Stream running through Moore’s Bush.

Leslie, who led, with Bev, had an old information leaflet about the reserve which spoke of the area as being perhaps the best piece of bush in the greater Dunedin area. It is certainly not large, but it is a gem. There is even a long-drop-lodge near the start if you need it!!

We exited again onto the Leith Valley Road. From there it was up the road to Sullivans Dam with a very pleasant walk round the dam to find a sheltered spot on the motorway side for our lunch as it had turned quite cold. We admired the birdlife on the ‘lake’ and the unusual North Island Cabbage Tree planting. Then it was back down the Leith Valley Rd to the cars. While it was not a long walk, it was varied and satisfying for the 12 people most of whom were discovering new territory. – Bev and Bob. (Amalgamation of two reports. Thank you, Bev and Bob. – Editor)

2. 5/6/2002. Combined. Patmos Avenue, Pigeon Flat, Moore’s Bush. Medium. Leaders: Nancy, Barbara and Arthur, Barbara McC
1. 3/5/2000. Patmos Avenue, Leith Saddle, Moore’s Bush. This incorporates and longer and shorter walk. Starting together. Leaders: Nancy, Pat and Bill.

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Nov 16 2016

Mosgiel-Wingatui Area

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8. 16/11/2016. Hikers. An East Mosgiel Trek. E. Leaders: Jay, Judy K.

Route map, courtesy Ian.

Route map, courtesy Ian. Really 10.75 km. Forgot to start it until on the Silverstream!

Our scheduled hike for today to Hawkesbury Lagoon was put off until later in the month because of the inclement weather forecast, so an impromptu hike was the order of the day. The hikers left the carpark at 9.00 a.m. and we walked up the Silverstream from Peter Johnstone Park and stopped for morning tea …

Morning tea stop. (Ian pic and caption.)

Morning tea stop. (Ian pic and caption.)

… near the Wingatui Road end. From there we checked out the new houses in the Springfield sub-division and took a wander down Rutherford Road which many people had never been down before.  We then walked down Factory Road to Haggart- Alexander Drive and through the cutting and up Wingatui Road …

Hobbit entrance. (Liz pic.)

Hobbit gateway – in giant’s hedge. (Liz pic.)

… to Gladstone Road when we decided to have lunch on the bank …

Lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

Lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

… by the railway line. No trains came!!!  After a leisurely lunch we took as many shortcuts as possible to get back to the carpark before the rain came. A welcome coffee break was at Wals.   – Jay.

7. 10/6/2015. Hikers. Mosgiel Trek. E. Leaders: Jim and Betty.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce. 14.7 km. Ascent 81 m.

Jim and Betty led twenty-two Hikers on a most illuminating illustrated tour of Mosgiel, with historical anecdotes echoed and amplified  by several other old identities in the group. At one house, and the next,

One of Jim's sites. (John pic)

One of Jim’s sites. (John pic)

Jim would tell us who had originally lived there and what they did. And where this street and that street had originally terminated. And where which dairy and which mill had once been located. And what rubbish dump now boasted as foundation for which set of houses.

As is evident from the route map, the walk was extensive – 14.7 km – a good stretch for the Hikers, necessitating one or two drop-out groups en route, and ending with only the famous six completing a last street-block encirclement on the day. Suspiciously this might have just been a prank, added at the last minute from a wicked sense of humour on the part of the leader, and strongly confirmed by the Back Marker rebelling and leading the remainder by a more merciful direct route back to the cars.

We morning-teaed by the Silverstream,

MT (John pic)

MT (John pic)

up near Wingatui Road, and lunched behind the Joe Browns settlement, on the back bank of Reservoir Hill…

Lunch Panorama (John pic)

Lunch Panorama (John pic)

…looking down on the small Woodlands settlement,

Woodlands Settlement (John pic)

Woodlands Settlement (John pic)

and speculating on what drainage problems the properties might have experienced in the recent rain storm.

Our route was obviously the result of much imaginative planning. Highlights for this reporter were the new houses alongside Wingatui Road near the Silverstream (how similar many of them were!), the walk across Brooklands Park…

Brooklands Park (John pic)

Brooklands Park (John pic)

…and the surprising route through from McFadden Drive to Woodland Avenue.

From the end of Woodland Drive, there was the fraught quick-or-the-dead negotiating of the lanes in the Quarry Road roundabout to land us eventually in Kinmont Crescent. Thence through the SH1 underpass (surprisingly short) into Cemetery Road and back across the railway crossing and into Gordon Road’s SW section of houses.

Here, at the lower end of King Street, Jim pointed out the distinctive turreted house there,

Original Maternity Hom (John pic)

Original Maternity Home (John pic)

the original Maternity Home where he first entered the world. Further up in Argyle Street was Mossbrae, the onetime Maternity Hospital. When we reached the end of Argyle Street, instead of releasing us back up Bush Road to the cars, Jim took us away down Perth Street and across and back up Tay Street, to go (at last with only the famous six) via the Street lights intersection finally back to the car park.

Nearly 15 km, much on pavement, but a lot on grass too, was a good stretch for the legs, usefully developing fitness for next Wednesday’s climb up the forestry’s Margaret Road, linking Taieri Mouth and Big Stone Roads.

Betty and Jim capped off a wonderful day out by turning on a piping hot pottle of chips to accompany coffee chatter back at Topiary Cafe. Thank you so much, dear leaders, for a wonderful day out. – Ian.

6. 17/9/2014 Wingatui Block. Hikers. E. Leaders: Les and Margaret.


Route. Car Park, Bush Rd, Factory Rd, High St, Elmwood Dr, Cedar Cr, Track, Wingatui Rd, Gladstone Rd N, Crossan Tce, Station, Gladstone Rd N, Puddle Alley, Factory Rd, Bush Rd, Car Park.

Heavy overnight rain determined cancellation of the Millennium Track. Leaders Les and Margaret instead led us on the street walk recorded on the above map, stopping for morning tea in the shelter of the Wingatui Railway Station. On/off drizzle accompanied the whole walk but we were secure in our parkas. Thirteen of us enjoyed each others’ company and the varied views the route provided. Thank you Les and Margaret for your wisdom in making the tramp change and providing us with a good morning’s ten kilometre workout. Sorry, forgot about taking pics. – Ian.

5. 7/9/2013. Both. Birchleigh Village/Haggart Alexander housing development. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.

Thanks to two reports received, from Elaine and Bruce, each with a distinctive style, I have inter- leafed them for a wonderful account of the day.

ELAINE: Approx ten hardy people turned up at the car park at 9.00 a.m. The planned walk to Flagstaff was flagged.

BRUCE: With snow forecast to 100 m the planned hike on Three Mile Hill was postponed and an alternative street walk undertaken from 0900 to 1100.

ELAINE: George’s birthday bash was canned also.  Was really looking forward to the wine. Never mind. Next week its all on if George is well.

BRUCE: Seven of us proceeded from the car-park via the Gordon Street verandahs during a nasty shower of hail to the RSA garden and memorial to Church Street and then into Wickliffe Street. (Ed. note: Three had returned back home.)

ELAINE: Bruce and Marjorie decided since the weather said showers … sleet … hillside snow …, that we would walk around the new housing estate at the northern end of Mosgiel. We also checked out Chatsford and Birchleigh for the future!

BRUCE: We turned off Wickcliffe Street into the Brooklands Estate past the BMX track to Doon Street and then via the new subdivision at Birchleigh Village.

We took the path on the left immediately past the main office to have morning tea, in the company of Ria who joined us in Wickliffe Street, in the rotunda assembly point beside the bowling green.

After a circuitous route through Chatsford we left the village and meandered through the new Highland Park subdivision. Although the slogan “My heart’s in the highlands” was repeated, the ground seemed pretty level.

After inspecting a show home from the outside we returned via Factory Road to our cars in the car-park with some comments from a pedestrian about our mental state for hiking on a wintery day. – Bruce

ELAINE: Only seven people came on this walk. The day didn’t  get any better weather-wise and I think some of drivers passing us thought we were mad. The trampers  cancelled their day altogether. We did laugh a lot and talk a lot. Let’s have a great turnout next week for George’s birthday shout, weather permitting. There could be a change to next week’s programme, so watch out for details. – Elaine.

4. 22/4/2013. Both. Car park, King St, Gladstone Rd Nth, Wingatui Rd, Shortcut to Haggart Alexander Drive, Factory Rd, return.

The Trampers’ trip was cancelled due to illness. In addition, both tramps came to nothing due to recent rain muddying up tracks. So a remnant seven of us did the above (tarseal) route, remarking on various properties passed and exploring a number of new housing developments on the way. A lot of changes! Rain everywhere else came to nothing in Mosgiel. We enjoyed the views and good company, especially Judy’s new South American poncho, lasting the distance only because of some emergency repairs.


Fred and Judy emerging from one of the new housing areas.

– Ian.

3. 25/4/2012. Hikers. Wingatui Block. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara.

2. 9/8/1989. Wingatui Racecourse. Over the Hill. Easy+ Leaders: Betty, Molly, Ria.

1. 14/12/2005 Wingatui Hall, Silverstream End of Year lunch. Leader: Lesley S

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Aug 31 2016

Abbotsford and Environs

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Chain Hills Track. Accessed from Chain Hills Road. 30 min. Tramping Track. – benched. Manager: DCC CAM and private land.

17. 31/8/2016. Trampers. Friends Hill, Dalziel Road, Abbots Hill Track. M. Leader: Janine.

Our group of 10 trampers set out from the ‘Pixie Patch’ on Friends Hill in absolutely stunning spring weather. The beautiful warm sunshine and no winds complimented the day as we moved from from one stunning vista to the next. Climbing up Friends Hill provided clear views over the Taieri Plains. Saddle Hill, Kaikoura estuary, Brighton coast, Mosgiel and distant mountain surrounds.

H-115055Lovely view to sea. (Helen pic and caption.)

H-115055Lovely view to sea. (Helen pic and caption.)

As this road reaches it’s peak and becomes Half Way Bush Road we all rested and refreshed with morning tea before heading off. only to be disturbed by 2 large pigs looking for attention – or maybe food! We then veered down a rutted Brinsdon road,with lovely views over Dunedin, then after a short chat to a couple of horseriders reached Dalziel Road. As both Friends Hill and most of Brinsdon Road are ‘gated’ roads we had very little traffic to contend with and  only the odd car passed while we tramped Dalziel Road / Grand View Road so again we gazed out at South Dunedin, Green Island, Waldronville and beyond. Diverting onto another ‘gated’ road, Abbotts Hill Road took us through a now empty logging site and into the back of Abbottsford where we continued into the private ‘Abbottsroyd Farm’. Here we set down our packs and soaked up the sun while we all had lunch.

Lunch on farm by beautiful old tree. (Helen pic and caption.)

Lunch on farm by beautiful old tree. (Helen pic and caption.)

With renewed vitality we all powered up a steep hill and aired our opinions of the ‘Grand Vista’ subdivision and housing plans laid out below us then turned and headed down into the gully where the abandoned Wingatui train tunnel is tucked away in the bush.

Tunnel Gate. (Janine pic and caption.)

Tunnel Gate. (Janine pic and caption.)

Then of course we had another climb to get out of the gully and the track joined up onto the Chain Hill track which we followed back to Friends Hill and the Pixie Patch for drinks, cake and more good company when Margreet and Neil (armed with extra coffee plungers and even more cake!) came to join us.

Coffee, hot chocolate and home baking at Janine's. (Helen pic and caption.)

Coffee, hot chocolate and home baking at Janine’s. (Helen pic and caption.)

A stunning day full of picture postcard views and great company. The walk was 14.4 km. – Janine.

16. 27/1/2016 Sunnyvale, Abbotsford,  Grandvista, return Green Island. Leaders: Bev and Janice.

The scheduled tramp on Murray’s farm was cancelled owing to rain and the leaders considering it would be dangerous on the wet grass. At short notice, Bev and Jan substituted a walk round Abbotsford. Not too many turned up at the car park, as it was a drizzly morning. However, decided it wasn’t too bad and 6 of us set off. Followed much the same route as a previous walk done a number of years ago, from Sunnyvale sports grounds up Thomson Street through a lane to an older part of Abbotsford, and then on through the Grandvista subdivision. This was most interesting, as it has expanded considerably in the last few years, and people were starting to build on what must be the last remaining sections. Stopped for morning tea at a very attractive children’s park, then carried on through an underpass which connected through to North Taieri Road. Meandered back down through Abbotsford into Green Island, where we had a late coffee at the Post Cafe (which incidentally has very yummy food).

Hikers- Post Cafe. (Bev pic and caption)

Hikers- Post Cafe. (Bev pic and caption)

This earned extra brownie points from a certain member of our party – she was impressed with two coffee stops in 2 hours. Elaine joined us for coffee, so it was good to catch up with her. All in all, well worth the walk – the rain was negligible, the company good, and blew away a few cobwebs during a somewhat miserable week. – Bev.

15. 29/4/2013. Both.  Sunnyvale, Green Island, Abbotsford. Leaders: Lex, Elaine.
Lex and Elaine led us on long wandering walk, beginning at Sunnyvale, then through Green Island, where we stopped for morning tea in the Gardens.


Morning Tea at Green Island Gardens

Then further still through Green Island and across to the foot of Abbotsford for Lunch.


Lunch at a sports building

Then it was up and down and around Abbotsford till the writer was completely lost, and finally back to Sunnyvale. Did we do 10 km? Nay, maybe 15 km. It was long anyway, – and satisfying. Thanks to the leaders for reconnoitering a most original (to the writer), extensive and enjoyable walk. – Ian.

14. 11/2/2009 Hikers. Abbotsford – Sunnyvale, Thomson St, Severn St, Nth Taieri Road, Abbotshill Rd, Miller Park, Neill St, Gt Sth Road. Leaders: Carmel, Lex

The walk began at Sunnyvale Sports Centre, thence up Thomson St,

click to enlarge


Bob trying to interpret

Fickle or tickle? Bob

Fickle or tickle? Bob

 with morning tea at the end of Severn St at the entrance to the Granvista subdivision,

Tea break

Tea break

Tea break rest. Les

Les relaxed

thence up North Taieri Rd and so up Abbots Hill Rd, at the end of which we made our way down through pine forest and pasture to the GIRFC Miller Park where we lunched,

Lunch break. Carmel, Bev

Lunch break. Carmel, Bev

Lunch rest. Les

Lunch rest. Les

Chain Hills Road. Molly, Graham, Frank (23/1/2008)

Chain Hills Road. Molly, Graham, Frank (23/1/2008)

returning along Neill St and the Great South Road. Eighteen of us enjoyed the mild calm day, remarking on properties we passed, the extended views from higher up, the perplexities of the leaders who debated much about the route and rest spots, the people, horses and cats we stopped to converse with. A highlight was having Carmel with us who used to live on the site of the great slip of 1979. Chris produced the book of the disaster, which she had thoughtfully brought along, and which helped to place the past turmoil onto the present calm landscape. Carmel’s house, which they had had warning to evacuate, was one that was carried downhill intact except for a couple of minor damages. Clear in her mind though, was the fact that their carport and that of the neighbour were dismantled and stolen by persons undiscovered during one of the following nights! We had had a varied walk, much better we thought than that of a local resident who had completed numerous clockwise level circuits of Miller Park main playing field while we lunched! – Bob M

13. 18/10/2008 Hikers. Chain Hills to Fairfield Leaders: Frank & Lesley As all the Trampers & Hikers have come to expect, it was another lovely Wednesday and we had a good muster of 20 hikers at the overbridge, ready to walk from Chain Hills Rd. to Fairfield. The walk along Chain Hills Rd is very pleasant. Lovely views over Mosgiel and then further along, over Brighton. Always seems to be a new house or more developments to existing ones, be it in the garden or to the house. Morning tea was enjoyed sitting on a pleasant grassy area by the side of the road. On to the end of Chain Hills Rd. to the track down to Flower St. in Fairfield.
Three Bobs. Bob M, Bob E, Bob H

Three Bobs. Bob M, Bob E, Bob H

What more can a man wish for? Who are Neil's two helpers?

What more can a man ask for? Who are Neil’s two helpers?

Among the things of interest on this hike are the variety of different animals we see. Goats, alpacas, ostriches, as well as the usual sheep of various colours, dogs, chooks and cats. Lunch stop was in a very pleasant reserve/playground area where we had a relaxing break while enjoying our lunch. Became rather overcast and cooler so we packed up and set off on the homeward leg, via Morris Rd. Sun soon came out again though so we had a pleasurable walk rest of way back to cars. An agreeable day had by all.  – Bev.

12. 26/10/2008 Trampers. Wingatui, Friends Hill, Halfway Bush and back. Leader: Ria

11. 23/1/2008 Hikers. Leaders: Frank, Lesley

10. 12/9/2007 Trampers. Wingatui, Friends Hill, Halfway Bush and back. Leaders: Ria, Hazel
Tea Break. George, Doug M, Pat, Joyce, Lex

Tea Break. George, Doug M, Pat, Joyce, Lex

10 trampers started out on a beautiful day from the community hall opposite the Wingatui race course. We walked up Friends Hill, everyone taking it at their own pace,

A Handsome trio. Alpaca, Tash, Pat

A Handsome trio. Alpaca, Tash, Pat

with our leader Ria striding out ahead. After a pleasant stop for morning tea, looking back over the lovely view of the Taieri Plain, it was up and over the top into Half Way Bush road looking at the interesting colour schemes of the new houses along the way. On reaching Three Mile Hill Road, there were several options to be considered taking into account how far we all wanted to tramp.

Back down Friends Hill. Lex, Doug M, George, Who?, Ria

Back down Friends Hill. Lex, Doug M, George, Who?, Ria

In the end we opted for the easiest one and walked along Dalziel road to the new reservoir and ate our lunch in the park by the water. It was then back to Brinsdon Road past the Mt. Grand water scheme and back to Friends Hill where it was all downhill back to the cars. The tramp took about four and a half hours including the breaks. A very satisfactory tramp on a lovely sunny day with some up hill work to keep us fit. Tash

9. 10/1/2007 Frasers Gully, Abbots Hill Road, Pipeline and Southern Resevoir. (Alternative: to Townleys Road.) Leaders: Lex, Bob H, Joyce S, Eleanor. (Frasers Gully. Accessed from Frasers Road. 30 min. Tramping track – benched. Manager: DCC CAM)
8. 27/9/2006 Hikers. Leaders: Eleanor W, Dot T
7. 17/8/2005 Trampers. Fairfield, Abbotsford, Townley Rd, Mt Grand, Friends Hill, Wingatui, Fairfield.  Leaders: Ian, Peter and Wendy
6. 28/7/2004 Trampers. Chain Hills, Abbotsford Leaders: George, Doug M, Arthur H
Dunedin from Mt Grand

Dunedin from Mt Grand

Mosgiel from Friends Hill

Mosgiel from Friends Hill

5. 22/9/2002. Frasers Gully, Abbots Hill Road, Pipeline and Southern Resevoir. (Alternative: to Townleys Road. Leaders: Les W, Peggy M
4. 25/6/1997. Circle Hill, Mount Grand, Abbot Hill, Frasers Gully. Park Townley Road. Leaders: Denise, Ria L, Colleen.
3. 31/1/1996. Frasers Gully – Abbots Hill – return Townley Road. Alternative to Traquair. Leaders: Les and Mavis, Ted.
2. 1/11/1994 Sunnyvale, Abbots Hill, Circle Hill. Leaders: Bill, Lesley, Molly.
1. 24/11/1993. Sunnyvale, Abbots Hill, Circle Hill. Medium. Leaders: Molly, Bill, Lesley, Peggy M


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Dec 09 2015

Taieri Historical Park, Old Dunstan Gold Trail.

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No. 58 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Taieri Historical Park. Farm”

Location: 11 km.
9/12/2015 Taieri Historical Park, Outram Glen, Whare Creek. Leader: Judy.

Judy and Adrienne did a great job of organising a rather complicated end-of-the-year gathering at the Taieri Historical Park when it didn’t all go to plan. Indeed the ordered trestle arrived, Judy had the key to the historic church where we had planned to lunch later, but there was not promised entry to the park museum, although happily the Machinery Museum at the top was there for us to wander around and gawp at. We we a goodly-sized group – forty-five of us. We were split into three groups:

Trampers went up the “Outram Glen” track, in the event stopping just short of Lee Stream lest they should find themselves getting back late for lunch.

Hikers (group one) went up the Whare/Traquair Creek track where we were informed through some 1912 cell-phone photos that the true “Outram Glen” spot was just across the creek adjacent to a flour mill, sadly burnt down about 1916, an area resorted to by picnickers, now built over by the more sweeping corner of the George King Memorial Drive just where it begins to climb the hill. The group went on to have morning tea at the track end, enjoying the bush and stream setting, and speculating where the dray track must have continued on to, perhaps up the side stream there, over a bridge that Jim noticed traces of. But click on here to see the probable true explanation. As depicted by the route map below, the track is just under a kilometre long. The group wandered back down to what is now termed the “Glen”, splitting up, some to explore where the Trampers had gone and others to wander where they willed. There was ample time to kill before  the midday lunch.

GPS route map

GPS route map

Hikers (group two) resorted for a morning tea picnic at the “Outram Glen” Taieri River beach before returning.

Come midday, and others arrived. Many clustered round Jill’s ” bookstall, (an Altrusa project, proceeds to the Mosgiel  Swimming Pool). We drifted into the church building and were greeted with a most attractive layout of the shared  food we had brought.

Goodies (Helen pic)

The goodies (Helen pic)

Early fears that the pews would inhibit social intercourse were quickly allayed. Fred pointed out to this reporter how blokes at the “shed” had cunningly resized some longer pews so that the collection of pews presented a most genuine setting.


Munching and meeting. (Helen pic)

Munchers (2) (Helen pic)

Munching and meeting. (2) (Helen pic)

To round off the day, Bruce and his ukelele led us in singing a number of old unchurchy songs, to two of which he had added clever tramping verses of his own. Well done, Bruce!

SIngers (Helen pic)

Bruce and a couple of ring-ins leading the singing. (Helen pic)

Well, that winds things up. – Except! Plans to “coffee” at Outram were amended to Wal’s Topiary because of its larger size,  but which we discovered upon reaching there had been taken over by a group for a Christmas get-together. So nine of us ended up at the Blackstone Cafe for our coffee chat. All in all, the day was a good occasion to finish off the year’s tramping and to wish each other a good holiday season and  a good meeting together in the New Year. – Ian.

10/6/2009 Hikers: Taieri Historical Park, West Taieri Cemetery, return road. 3 paddocks to cross. Watch for electric fences Easy. Leaders: Bob & Evelyn E.
12/6/2002 Alt. Taieri Historical Park. Leaders:  Jack and Rosemary, Margaret D
9/5/2001. Outram Historical Park. Leaders: Margaret D, Mary Y, Denise.
14/2/2001. Outram Historical Park. Leaders: Denise, Arthur and Barbara.
8/3/2000. Taieri Historical Park. Leaders: Margaret D, Rosemary and Jack.
22/9/1999. Taieri Historical Park. Leaders: Dot B, Eleanaor, Betty
24/2/1999. Taieri Historical Park – Outram. Leaders: Margaret D, Jack and Rosemary.
28/1/1998. Taieri Historical Park, Old Gold Trail, Outram. Round trip. Leaders; Dot B, Joan H.
22/5/1996 Taieri Historical Park, Old Gold Trail. West Taieri Cemetery. Return Outram. Leaders: George, Penny & Peter, Jean Y
4/3/1992. Taieri Historical Park. Outram. Old Gold Trail. Round trip. Easy. Leaders: George, Penny and Peter, Mary Y
2/11/1989 Taieri Historical Park, Old Dunstan Gold Trail. Outram. Leaders: Peg C, Jean Y, Doreen
24/2/1989 Taieri Historical Park, Old Dunstan Gold Trail. Outram. Leaders: Margaret D, Jack & Rosemary T
2/11/1988 Taieri Historical Park at Outram Bridge. Follow the old gold coach route. Leaders: Peg C, Mary Y, Doreen.

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Nov 25 2015

Caversham. Street Walk.

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4. 15/11/2015. Hikers. Leaders’ Choice. Lance and Joshiah. Street Walk: Mornington.
GPS of route. (Forgot to switch on until abt 1km after start from Unity Park. start.)

GPS of route. (Forgot to switch on until abt 1 km after start from Unity Park.)

Seventeen of us met at Unity Park, wondering where Lance was going to lead us this time. He took us down High St just a little, across to the Old High St School property, then up through a corner of Mornington Park to the Mornington township. Back down the hill a little, Macnee St took us off into a suburb of Mornington few of us had seen before. Glenpark Avenue took us a long way steeply down and up, surprising us on the way with a bit of handsome Street Art – in the middle of suburbia. We eventually reached the Forfar St corner and down that a bit we stopped off under the shade of a tree in a recreation area for a morning tea break.

Shade on a hot day. (John pic)

Shade on a hot day. (John pic)

Forfar Street led us round to what this reporter reckons has to be the best city view in town.

Best view in town. John pic)

Best view in town. John pic)

There were views stretching out on our left to the head of the harbour and on the centre and right displaying St Kilda and South Dunedin beautifully stretched out. We stopped and drank in the scene. Some got into chatting with an unusually large well-dressed group of Jehovah’s Witnesses we passed on the street.
We followed Forfar Street winding on down and down and eventually entered a delightful rough track through an unnamed bush area near the bottom that led us through to the end of Barnes Drive. Now we were into the paths alongside the State Highway before having to confront a long climb up to the Lookout Point bridge at the top.

Close-up of bridge design. (John pic)

Close-up of bridge facing. (John pic)

Bridge stone work and netting (John pic)

Close-up of bridge stone work and netting (John pic)

(Lance had earlier found out that this was to be the morning of the actual bridge opening.) Bad/good? timing saw us arrive just at the point where the official ceremony had concluded.

We just missed the ceremony

We had just missed the ceremony (John pic)

All the corporate suits and general onlooking public were still there enjoying the “seeing and being seen” of the occasion.


All over.

Seen and being seen.

The first vehicle across the bridge

The first vehicle to cross the bridge.

We wandered about for quite a while before one or two of us (was Fred the first?) found we humble tramping riff-raff were welcome to join the large crowd in a marquee for nibbles (nibbbles? – sandwiches and savouries galore) and drinks, and passed  on the word. Yum. Eventually regrouped, Lance led us back down the way we had come up to stop off at the bottom in a grassy sloping section of Sidey Park for lunch.

Lunch (John pic)

Lunch on Sidey Park (John pic)

The day had been hot. We were glad of the break. We were nearing the end of the outing, but not of any struggle. We exited further along by South Road and climbed the Caversham Rise to the foot of Eglington Road. Why did they put Unity Park at its top? It was a long weary climb for the end of a day, but all made it to finish off a day with a difference, capped, of course, by the Lookout Point Bridge opening. Thanks, Lance – and Josiah, for yet another creative Dunedin walk, opening up byways of interest we would never have otherwise known had existed. A hot day. Some steep struggles on hard pavements at times. A rewarding day. Well done. Finished off  with a goodly social crowd at The Topiary Cafe. We DID miss you, Elaine! – Ian.

3. 9/9/2015 Street Walks: Caversham. Leaders: Elaine, Bev.
Route in km

Route map in km

Route without km

Route map un-cluttered with km indicators.

On the 9th Sept 24+ Hikers had a enjoyable day around Caversham.
We met at the corner of South Road and Eastbourne Street, walking down south road north to get on to Bridge Street and strolled along a path that was beside the motorway  north-going traffic.
Morning tea was at the Barnes Drive traffic lights on a sloping bank and steps.

Morning Tea on convenient set of steps. (John pic)

Morning Tea on convenient set of steps. (John pic)

We walked up the back of the Caversham Valley Road to Aberfeldy Street, where a small car track went up to Baxter House…

Baxter House. (John pic)

Baxter House. (John pic)

…built in 1895 for  a David Baxter whose daughter married T K S Sidey, the Mayor of Dunedin.
We also went to Rockyside Road where in 1855 Mr John Thomson the Surveyor for Dunedin built his house. Most of the hikers were unaware about the Baxter House still being there.
We travelled down lots of different streets in ‘Cavy’ and lunch was at the Kew Reserve.

Lunch at Kew Reserve. (John pic)

Lunch at Kew Reserve. (John pic)

After lunch, we passed the old Wax Match Factory and up to look at a very well done art work on a two-story building.

Street Art work. (John pic)

Street Art work on wall of former hotel. (John pic)

Then it was back down South Road and along to our cars. Those who wanted a coffee chat stopped off at Flax Cafe first. – Elaine.

2. 9/6/2000. Hikers.  Caversham: street walk. Leaders: Bev H, Peggy M, Peter R.
1. 9/6/1999. Hikers. A wee slice of Caversham. Leaders: Bev H, Peggy M, Shirley R.

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Jul 01 2015

Concord Blackhead

12 km from car park
No. 103 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Concord – Blackhead – Brighton Rd Year Round”

1. 1/7/2015. All. Midwinter Dinner. Concord Tavern. E. Leaders: Elaine and Eric.
GPS Route Map

GPS Route Map

Well! Records set. At least for the tramp. 40! Yes, 40. And 50 for the meal. Much due, this reporter suspects, to the way Elaine crafted the walk’s publicity. Easy? Well, not altogether with a bit of a climb into Abbotsford maybe a bit hard for some.

First problem was to number the carpark’s milling crowd off, but Fred got it right by standing at the corner by the road. Elaine set off at a brisk pace down …

Down from Inn (John pic)

Down from Inn (John pic)

… the “Main South Road” (surely it’s time to name it the Old Main South Road),  around the corner at the bottom and then level walking towards Green Island. Then a stop. Question time.

Q1 (John pic)

Q1 (John pic)

Date of motorway completion? Wow. Peter had the exact answer. 1974. Take a prize! Then on. Stop again, outside an imposing gateway. What do the initials IRMO stand for?

IRMO. (John pic)

IRMO. (John pic)

More knew the answer this time. A prize again. Onward. Stop – outside Harraways Office. Now a generous distribution …

Harraways (John pic)

Harraways (John pic)

… of complimentary Oats Singles packets. Take more than one. Onward again. Across rise where most recalled the railway line that once crossed the road. To collect coal from Saddle Hill once, someone said. Last stop, at the curly beginning of the impressive overhead footbridge, spanning Kaikorai Stream, the motorway, …

Bridge (John pic)

Bridge (John pic)

… bush, and finally the railway before turning right into Neill Street and left into Matthew Street, and second entrance on our left into a property with a wonderful back covered porch.

Porch (John pic)

Porch (John pic)

A further surprise. We were regaled with mulled wine or soup served in pottles with generous refills. (A recent email from Elaine says a further whole thermos of mulled wine got overlooked. – Damn, as she so feelingly put it.) Next, in through a door leading under the house to view …

Train set. (John pic)

Train set. (John pic)

.. a model train set.( This reporter can testify it was even more elaborate than any he saw at the recent display put on at Wobblies.) It was N gauge (9mm). Unfortunately, the owner didn’t have it going, lest he exposed himself to an embarrassing derailment. Too bad. It was capable of running two trains at once. There’s a wealth of ancillary detail also, all to scale. A close study will prove most rewarding! To this reporter, this is the engineering equivalent of close needlework.

After this wonderful surprise break, it was back down Matthew Street and away along Neill Street to our left to reach a hidden pedestrian underpass at the foot of Armstrong Lane …



… and to emerge onto a little path that skirted round to  the foot of Harraway Road, across a Kaikorai Stream bridge, out onto the “Main South Road” and back to the Concord Tavern for the Dinner. Here we met with the non-walkers and filled an almost overcrowded dining room. Some of us neglected to pick our table first as we found we were supposed to (including this reporter) before we lined up at the servery to place our meal order, but waiters found us eventually and all was well.

Convivial Dining (1) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (1) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (2) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (2) (John pic)

Diners (3)

Convivial Dining (2)

Again, due to Elaine’s homework with her sponsors, there were little prezzies on the tables and under-the-seat tickets for rewards. What a girl she is!

So, thanks to Elaine and Eric for such an imaginative midwinter dinner function effort. Well done, to put it mildly. – Ian.

16/8/2000. Concord – Blackhead. Leaders: Les W, Diana and Ray.
26/5/1999 Concord from Tavern to Blackhead. Leaders: Jean, Ngaire, Bev McI.
19/5/1993 Concord Corner, Blackhead, Beach, Brighton Road, Allan Road, Green Island Bush Road. Round Trip. Leaders: Jack, Rosemary, Joyce I, Joyce S
23/9/1989 Concord Hills from Wine and Spirits carpark. Easy+ Leaders: George, Ria L, Pam, Ria H

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May 20 2015

Kuri Bush – Taieri Mouth. Beach.

Published by under Hikers,Trampers,Uncategorized

25 km from car park.
20/5/2015. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. E. Leaders: Pat and George.
GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

GPS of route, courtesy Bruce.

31 of us emerged from our cars parked in Pat and Bill’s crib property in Kuri Bush.

Cars (John pic)

Cars (John pic)

Pat led us out and along the path and road behind the settlement’s properties,

Fence. (John pic)

Eye catching fence. (John pic)

then out onto the main road and eventually down onto the beach. The 11.00 a.m. low tide provided us with a good firm beach to walk on. But whoa! Alex discovered he had inadvertently left his pack behind – now a good half kilometre back. So we just sauntered along to an early morning tea

Morning tea stop. (John pic)

Morning tea stop. (John pic)

to await Alex’s return, – and Liz who had waited back for him.

The day was still and warm, a contrast with the weather back at the car park where the cold of a wind had not yet been ameliorated with any of the sun’s rays. At the mouth of the Taieri, the sandbar to the island was high and dry. We crossed several of the rocky bits alongside the river but our leisurely pace hitherto made it not worthwhile crossing the last one. So here we stopped, ate lunch and watched the tidal level slowly beginning its return.

Steps. (John pic)

Interesting steps from beach to properties, behind lunch spot. (John pic)

Not speaking? Wendy having found sand firm enough to support her seat. (John pic)

Not speaking? Wendy having found sand firm enough to support her seat. (John pic)



We returned. The weather forecast of a strengthening nor-wester failed. The day was still calm.

tree (John pic)

Bleached branches still there from last time.  (John pic)

It was good.

About to leave beach. (John pic)

About to return from beach. (John pic)

Back to the crib. It was good to talk with Bill. Admire the house and its well-chosen paint colour. Return home. – Except that a quite large contingent resorted to Topiarys for a delightful, and at times hilarious, get together. – Ian.

30/7/2014. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Pat and George.
Pat and Bill welcomed our cars onto their Kuri Bush property. There were about 22 of us. The path around the back of their and neighbouring properties took us past a paddock with this sturdy pony in it. Some thought it looked lonely.
A miniature horse

A miniature horse

The back path took us eventually out to the road further on along which we single-filed (a passing speeding car reminding us why we had to be so cautious) before we were able to plunge off down through dunes to the beach. Just where we got down onto the sand, we were surprised by a seal resting on a hard by ridge. Although it eyed us cautiously, it was not going to stir.

A seal

A seal

Further on again, we stopped in the sun for a cuppa.

A cuppa

A cuppa on the way.

A long leisurely stroll …

Article from The Wash, ODT 28/8/2014. Taken en route to Taieri Mouth.

Article from The Wash, ODT 28/8/2014. Elaine’s photo taken en route to Taieri Mouth.

… brought us  to Taieri Mouth at last. As we rounded the entrance, a narrowed beach reminded us that today’s 0.3 m low tide was still on the high side.

A cave

A cave near the end.

Before we went too much further on, and as we were now at the tide’s turn, our leaders cautioned us to return through the narrowed beach neck to lunch back at the safer broader beach for lunch.

A lunch

A lunch

We were a long straggling group as we trudged back. It was a surprise to see our  seal still keeping station by our beach exit onto the road. Back at the house, we leisured in the sun till the last of our group arrived. Then leisured a bit more. Elaine designated the coffee break for the day to be the Topiary cafe again. Once seated there, we were struck by the effectiveness of new sound-absorbing ceiling and wall panels now installed. An inquiry from this reporter elicited the information that the panels were ‘Glass Fibre Substrate’, an accoustic blanket plasterboard and glass sandwich sort of thing. – Ian.

25/9/2013. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leader: Fred.
GPS of beach route McLeans to Taieri Mouth

GPS of beach route McLeans to Taieri Mouth

En route to Taieri Mouth

En route to Taieri Mouth

Lunch sheltered from the wind

Lunch sheltered from the wind

Up to the road. Can't remember why we did it!

Up to the road. Can’t remember why we did it!

25/4/2012. Trampers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth.
25/1/2012. Hikers. Kuri Bush, Taieri Mouth. Leaders: Pat and Bill.

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Feb 11 2015

Titri Wetlands Reserve and Titri Park. Taieri Ferry Bridge and Waihola.

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11/2/2015. Hikers. Taieri Ferry Bridge, Titri Wetlands, Waihola.

GPS of route Taieri Ferry Bridge to Waihola, return.

GPS of route Taieri Ferry Bridge to Waihola, return.

We walked the length of the old main road from the Taieri Ferry Bridge car park to the Waihola Domain.

Taieri Ferry Bridge. (John pic)

Taieri Ferry Bridge. (John pic)

We stopped of at the Titri Creek car park to have morning tea and walk the track as far as we were able.

Cuppa panorama. (John pic)

Morning tea in Titri Creek car park. (John pic)

Titri Creek Sign (John pic)

Titri Creek Sign at start of track. (John pic)

As far as we got into the Titri Creek Wetlands. (John pic)

Unsafe bridge supports. As far as we got into the Titri Creek Wetlands. (John pic)


Lunch at Waihola Domain

Lunch at Waihola Domain (John pic)

It was a 14 km long road walk which probably gave some of the thirty-one hikers the odd muscle pain. Thank you to Jan and Theresa for good leadership and planning for a route never tackled before. – Ian.


27/2/2013 Hikers. Titri Wetlands Reserve and Titri Park. Leaders: Fred and Graham.

Viewing post on the Titri Wetlands

Viewing post on the Titri Wetlands – off Titri Road



On the other side of the motorway and up through Titri Park



View from the top back down to the Titri Wetlands


Resting in the farmhouse porch


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