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Jul 03 2019

Midwinter Street Walk. Street art.

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3. 3/7/2019. All. Midwinter Street Art walk and lunch. Leaders: Clive and Heather.

C.2) Some were smallc

Some were small. (Clive pic and caption.)

C.3) There was a lot to see at 76 Vogel Streetc

There was a lot to see at 76 Vogel Street. (Clive pic and caption.)


(Helen pic.)


(Helen pic.)


(Helen pic.)


(Helen pic.)


(Helen pic.)


(Helen pic.)

C.4) Lunch at The Wharf Hotelc

Lunch at The Wharf Hotel. (Clive pic and caption.)

2. 6/7/2016. All. Street Art Walk. Mid-Winter Lunch. E. Leaders: Bev, Judy and Alex.
31 members gathered at the Wharf Hotel car park and set out for a fascinating walk around Dunedin streets, viewing some of the amazing street art adorning our buildings’ walls.
First stop was just along the foreshore where mulled wine was served, (courtesy of Elaine and Judy), really hitting the spot on a coldish morning.  Then it was up and across the over-bridge to Jetty Street, to Princes St and Manse St.  The back entrance to the Scenic Hotel provided a look at the spectacular Cloud Catcher mural.

Cloud Catcher

Cloud Catcher. Oops Just cut “the catch” off. Dash!

We did wonder just how the artist managed to hang up there to do this amazing work.
A short puff up Rattray St, to Dowling St and then up to Tennyson St,


Got “the catch”! but too far away really. City view from bottom of Tennyson Street.

down View St (glad it wasn’t up), across Moray Place, through the car park and along the alleyway to the Octagon.  This alleyway is full of excellent art work, well worth browsing through.  From here it was around the Octagon, down Stuart St, and along to Queens Gardens, before crossing  to Vogel St again, and over the bridge back to the Wharf just after midday.  Thank you Bev for organising this and turning out in spite of a miserable head cold.
Here we found the rest of the crew gathered, raising the number to 62, a great turn out.  It was pleasing to see so many ‘senior’ members in attendance.
After birthday greetings to Margaret and Adrienne, Judy ran a short quiz, testing observational skills from the walk.  Thanks to Eric for his help, and for the chocolates donated.  Judy then read her ‘Ode to the Club’.  (Attached [at the bottom of the Club’s History page] if you want to read it for yourselves!).
Congratulations and thanks to the hotel staff, who took orders and prepared and delivered meals so efficiently and promptly.  This was much appreciated – the blue cod was great!  While some indulged in dessert, the ‘Four Jolly Tramping Mates’ presented two songs, ably led by Bruce.
Thanks boys, you did well!

The boys. (Adrienne pic.)

The Mates/boys. (Adrienne pic.)

All in all this was a really successful day, with everyone relaxed and happy, enjoying the food, the company and  the entertainment. – Judy and Bev.

1. 15/7/2015. Hikers. Street Art Street Walk. E. Leaders: Lance and Lois.

iPhoto GPS of route

iPhoto GPS of route

It was another of the Lance and Lois’ well-planned, well-commentated walks. We surprised them with our large group, numbering 31, crowding up at street corners and filling pedestrian crossings, but they coped. Beginning at Unity Park lookout, we first walked down Eglington Road to the former Montecillo property being developed for new housing. Lance told us the driveway in was a solid  8 inches thick concrete slab!) We then returned out to walk down through the Town Belt by way of of the ‘Steep Street’ track, stopping on a grassy slope…


Morning Tea stop

Morning Tea stop

…for morning tea just above the zig-zag steps.

The steps are of those awkward sloping kind, enforcing either a stretched stride or two tiny ones per step. Anyway we arrived a bit up Maitland Street above Carroll St, to enter an unobtrusive lane that led into a large centre-of-the-block grassy area that led us diagonally through to Stafford St. Having enjoyed this delightful mid-block section,  we turned down Melville St to Carroll St to view the former St Andrews Church. Lance had already prepared us at our morning tea for this visit. He had told us of Rutherford Waddell’s greatest sermon of all time at this church  on the ‘sin of cheapness’, where the Minister had declaimed against the sweated labour of the Dunedin seamstresses of the time, a clarion call that was to bring about far-reaching legislation reform of working conditions. So we viewed the historic church which has in more recent times been used by the Word of Life Pentecostals, and since 2001 by the Coptic Orthodox Church. We rounded the large old Bell Tea Co building corner into Hope St and up again to Stafford St to walk down it to our first street art, the Haast Eagle.

Haast Eagle

Chinese artist DALEast represents New Zealand’s extinct Haast Eagle and is reflective of his unique style which presents the frenetic shape of animals and people as if they have been constructed out of shards of metal. On Stafford St

We continued down and across to the corner of Princes and Jetty streets to view the “Riding Dreams” mural.

Boy on horse

“Riding Dreams” by Pixel Pancho demonstrates a complex interweaving of the human form, flora, and metal to create the surreal image of a ‘not quite human’ boy riding a fantastical metal horse reflecting his fascination with 1950s robots.

Around the corner, “Love is in the air” on Bond St was delightful.

Love is in the air

Polish artist Natalia Rak’s mural entitled “Love is in the air” is characteristic of her cheeky, playful and hyper-realistic  style and reflects her passion for bold colours.

I could go on. We went hither and thither, as you can perceive from he route map, far too much to list here. This reporter can recommend such a stop-go walk, studying buildings, renovated and old, treading pavements some, no doubt we had never planted foot on before.

Just two more ‘works of art’ now, and lunch at First Church before heading back up the hill.

First the waka and steam-punk submarines exiting a fish’s mouth. (Quietly: But aren’t the sails billowing backwards?)

waka and fish

Maori waka and a steam-punk like submarine emerge from a fish’s mouth in this piece by Phlegm. On Vogel St.

Our lunch at First Church.


Panorama of lunch on seats in First Church grounds.

And finally, an art work in Rattray St.

"Chasing the Thin White Cloud"

“Chasing the Thin White Cloud” , three stories high is the largest work to date of Fintan Magee.

Then up Maclaggan St and High Street and back to the cars.

Thanks to Lance and Lois for a carefully thought out day.- Ian

(Grateful acknowledgement to Dunedin Street Art Trail information.)


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Jul 04 2018

Midwinter Dinner Occasions

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5. 2018-07-04. Midwinter dinner. Weavers. Sub-division street walk. Leaders: Jan Y and Peter.

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

On the walk.(Helen pic and csption.)

Lunch.(Helen pic and caption.)

4. 2/7/2014. Midwinter Dinner. Southern Sports Bar and Grill. Leaders: Elaine and Eric.


GPS of route, omitting section from the tavern to the Southern Cemetery, where I remembered to switch it on. In all, about 3.5 km walked, fastest 4.6 km/hr; slowest 4.2 km/hr.

A dozen of us parked in the Southern Tavern’s car park. Dunedin’s coastal breeze was an unwelcome replacement of Mosgiel’s calm. It was a woollen gloves and hat day with windbreakers essential. We walked along the oval to the cemetery. The task then was to hunt for the grave of Eric’s GGGrandfather, which Eric had identified online from the DCC cemetery plots location maps. Fortunately the grass paths were firm. We walked much the length of the cemetery north to south, but at last located it.


Eric standing by his GGGrandfather’s grave’s fallen headstone in Southern Cemetery.

We stopped for a sort of tea break nearby. Well, it was only sort of. In fact Elaine had thermos flasks of mulled wine and was soon filling plastic beakers she handed out. She followed this with a quiz on facts related to the cemetery, rewarding answers nearest to the correct one with fluorescent beanies and other gifts, donated by sponsors she had hunted out. Bravo, Elaine.

The route map traces the ensuing walk around the old Carisbrook. At The Glen, we stopped to admire the architecture of the South Road underpass at the Glen. An excellent finish.

On, under the highway, and surprise, and at the top of Burns Street, we met up with the Blind Walkers, who also were off to their Midwinter Dinner. Down Burns St, along Neville St and then Wilkie Rd onto Andersons Bay Rd and back to the Southern Tavern, where eventually about 50 of us sat down to an excellent meal. A well planned walk and event. Thanks to Elaine and Eric for the surprise sponsored gifts too. – Ian.

3. 3/7/2013. Midwinter Dinner. Portobello Hotel. Leaders: Elaine and Eric.

Per ODT only edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

Per ODT 10/7/2013 online edition

2. 20/6/2012. Midwinter Occasion. Waihola walk and meal at Waihola Cafe and Bar. Leader: Fred

Pause on the road. (Bob pic)

Cemetery (Bob pic)

Chris’ grandiose sundae (Bob pic and caption)

Central tables. (Bob pic)

Couple of side tables (Bob pic)

22/6/2011 Duufa’s on Factory Road, Mosgiel. Leader: Joyce
Joyce led 10 of the club on a 10 km street walk from the car park incorporating new houses at the top of Kinmont Park in the east and Wingatui Road to the north, getting us to the restaurant just a little after noon. It was a cold woollen-hat start and a warm sun-hat finish. Thanks, Joyce.


Regarding the meal: Only 34 out of 40 starters turned up. Fortunately Duufa’s were flexible. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the price very reasonable, but the wait for it was interminable. We we there from lunch time to afternoon tea time! – Ian
1. 23/6/2010. Tunnel Beach and Mid-winter dinner at Green Island Royal Tavern. Leaders: Bill and Pat.
A dozen walked the walk. Two score talked the talk at the mid-winter dinner.
Thanks to our President and his Lady for excellent organisation. – Ian

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Jul 05 2017

Waihola Walk.

29 km from car park.

3. 5/7/2017. All. Mid-winter Dinner. Leader: Alex.

Route map, courtesy Ian. (Started at morning tea spot.)

52 happy trampers ex-trampers and several partners gathered for a mid-winter lunch and a great deal of catch-up chatter at the Waihola Tavern.

After the previous day’s terrible weather, we didn’t give much for our chances of a walk before lunch, but in the end 25 turned up at the car park on a sunny, mild (for the time of the year) morning.  After morning tea in the sun down by the lake, …

Morning tea by lake. (Helen pic and caption.)

… we wandered back to the cars and left packs there, to enjoy the rare opportunity of a tramp with nothing to carry.   (Some diehards couldn’t bear to leave them behind.)

Across the main road we traipsed, our happy band getting some odd stares from passing motorists, then on up North Foreland St, into Goodwin St, Finlayson Rd and a steep wee grunt up Ramsgate St.  From there a turn into Beacon St took us to the Waihola cemetery, situated like so many in a spot with great views of the Lake and surrounding countryside.

Along Beacon Street with plenty to see  – new and old homes, some with welcoming or not so welcoming dogs, old photogenic sheds, …

Lovely old house. (Helen pic and caption.)

… and old machinery, all providing plenty of excuses to linger and chat.  Then down Lakeview St, aptly named, and into Kilgour St, Greenhithe St, and so back to the cars, a really pleasant stroll in the sunshine.  Thanks Alec and Shona, leaders for the day.
Our 25 had more than doubled to 52 by the time we sat down to eat. Great food, great service, …

Our table meals. (Helen pic and caption.)

… great company, and some terrible verse from Judy. [They were brilliant. – Ed.]

Group meal. (Helen pic and caption.)

Happy 80th birthday to Margaret, and thanks to Fred and to Eric for the chocs. – Judy.

2. 15/5/2013. Hikers. Waihola Walk. Leaders: Dorothy and Chris.

The route. Peter’s pedometer reading of 7.75km is more accurate that the map’s 7.40 as I began the recording a bit late.

We parked the cars in Waihola Place by the lake. We walked
back the way we had come in and  crossed SH1 onto North Foreland St. We continued on into Goodwin St which led us onto the Taieri Mouth/Finlayson Road itself. It was then a gentle rise, passing the Wenita Wilkinson Forestry Rd turn-off on our right, to reach the lovely picnic area a bit further on on our left, for morning tea on nicely grouped sets of seating. Here the committee held a stump meeting to put new member Carol onto the membership list and for President Bev to announce that Ken, after careful thought, had withdrawn his name for next President.

Then it was back down Finlayson, and a sharp right to climb a steep Ramsgate St hill to the cemetery. Here we saw many local family names, with the Bungard family head stones prominent. This was a leisurely stop, before Ramsgate St led us along past the tops of Nore and Chatham streets to turn left into Lake View St where we stopped for lunch. After lunch, and a short way down we turned right into Ross St, left into George St and left again into Kilgour St which took us back along the village slope crossing first Sandhead, then Chatham and Nore Streets again, this time  further down. A right turn down Margate St took us back to SH1, along it to Waihola Place, and back to the cars.

We numbered only 21 this time. Perhaps this helped us be a more orderly, and much less strung out group than last week. (Well, there were fewer steep hills than Port Chalmers presented, and that no doubt helped too.)  Bravo. The day was fine and windless. Views across the village were good. Thanks to Chris and Dorothy for a well-planned walk. – Ian

1. 28/7/2010. Hikers. Waihola Walk. Back streets of Waihola. E. Leaders: Dorothy, Chris, Margaret
Here are some photos from our very cold Waihola walk on Wednesday.
It was “feed an animal day”. We found lots to feed. – Elaine

Lunch. (Elaine pic)

Feed us please. (Elaine pic)

A carrot? (Elaine pic)

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Jul 01 2015

Concord Blackhead

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

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

GPS Route Map

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

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

Down from Inn (John pic)

Down from Inn (John pic)

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

Q1 (John pic)

Q1 (John pic)

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

IRMO. (John pic)

IRMO. (John pic)

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

Harraways (John pic)

Harraways (John pic)

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

Bridge (John pic)

Bridge (John pic)

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

Porch (John pic)

Porch (John pic)

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

Train set. (John pic)

Train set. (John pic)

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

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



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

Convivial Dining (1) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (1) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (2) (John pic)

Convivial Dining (2) (John pic)

Diners (3)

Convivial Dining (2)

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

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

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

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