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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.



(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.


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


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”

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 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.



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 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 …


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.

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.

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.

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.

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


….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.






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,


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


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

and down,


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.



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. 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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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 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,

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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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