Jul 29 2020


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Distance from carpark: 40 km.
9. 29/7/2020. Hikers. Warrington. Leaders: Jenny and Faye
After arriving at the Warrington Domain, all 35 of us, we had a cuppa before setting off. We moved on up the hill towards the settlement. After giving the large mixed group of hikers and tramper’s a health and safety talk re: road rules, we set off through a track which was a bit muddy in parts, but ok.

Photo and Caption John – “Morning tea over already.”


Photo and Caption John – “Think I’ll just spend the day here!


Photo and Caption Jenny – “Up the hill towards the settlement”.

At the top was the St Barnabas church which we had a wee look around area after which we crossed the road to a no exit road that took us up the hill to look at some of Dunedin’s great views down the coast then over Blue Skin bay.


Photo and Caption John – “Churchyard muster!”


Photo and Caption Jenny – “Dunedin’s great views down the coast”

Back down the hill and along Coast Road onto Park Road back to the Domain for lunch.
We couldn’t find the 3 Ramblers but I heard tell they were sheltering from the wind beside  a macrocarpa hedge.

Photo and Caption John -“Come back Judy we all wonder what’s around the corner.”


Photo and Caption John – “Don’t do it Judy – the water is too cold.”

After lunch we did a 40 minute walk along the beach, brrrr, then off for a nice hot drink and piece of “sweet” slice at the Blue Skin Cafe. Another good day!     Jenny and Faye

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Jul 22 2020

Brighton Walks

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15 km from car-park.
7. 22/7/2020. Hikers. Brighton area. Leaders Alex and Liz.
20 hikers including ramblers reported at Brighton Surf Life car park to a sunny but cool area to start there 11 ks hike. After about 10 minutes it was time for morning tea break at resident Sue’s house.

Photo and Caption Alex – “Morning tea in the sun”.

From here 3 ramblers went for there own direction while the hikers continued climbing up Scroggs Hill to the top.

Photo and Caption Alex – “In the shelter near the top”.


Time was about  11 50 am so down McIntosh Road for lunch about 12noon. It had been very windy up till now but more sheltered on this road.

Photo and Caption Alex – “Lunch by a big tree”.


Photo and Caption Alex – ‘Amazing views from the top of the road”.


Photo and Caption Alex – “Pleasant scenery on the homeward downhill walk”.

Cruising down until we came  to Star Fish exhibition shop where some purchases happened and from here onto Brighton Cafe for more good company to finish the day.   Alex and Liz.

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Jul 22 2020

Chrystalls Beach, Toko Mouth

No. 47 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Toko Beach. M Young”; also No. 65 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Chrystalls Beach Farm”

Location: 59 km from the car park.

Directions: On SH1, before Milton, at Helensbrook intersection, left onto Forsyth Road, right onto Back Road, left onto Glenledi Road.
Best in Summer. The stock winter over.
20. 22/7/2020. Trampers. Chrystalls Beach. Leaders : John Gardiner and Dave Roberts.
Ever been to Chrystalls Beach? Do you know where it is?
Whenever I ask these questions, the answer is always :-
“Never heard of it”.
Well now myself and 30 other trampers can answer these questions.
Chrystalls Beach is just east of Milton, north of the Tokomairiro River Mouth.
On Wednesday 22nd July, seven cars transported our group of 31 to the starting point for our tramp, parking on the side of Irishman’s Road.
The journey took us about an hour, and included four different gravel roads from S.H.1. just before Milton.
Our usual “strict” timetable for morning tea and lunch was somewhat disrupted by our late arrival(approx. 10.45 am) and the lack of suitable shelter from an icy cold blustery South Westerly wind.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “And we’re off”.

Setting out “into the teeth” of this wind, we had brunch (really morning tea and lunch combined) in the shelter of a hayshed at 11.25am.

Photo and Caption John – “Brunch in the hayshed – note the mud in foreground”.

This early part of the tramp was over a Dairy farm, with all Dairy farm’s usual trappings on offer i.e. cow pads and mud.
As expected the mud was particularly deep around gates, and on the farm tracks. A number of electric fences traversed these tracks  the “ gates” comprising plastic insulators and hooks.
A special shout out to Margreet Simpson who grabbed one of these fences, wearing woollen gloves, exclaiming “It’s not on” only for the next person to come near it exclaiming “it’s hot!”.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Through the live electric fence to the river”.

Not surprisingly we all treated this bit of fence with the respect it deserved!
A special thanks to the farm manager, Gareth Ferguson, for allowing us to tramp through the property.
We left the property to tramp along the side of the Tokomairiro River towards the river mouth.

Photo and Caption Helen – “Low tide essential for this pleasant estuary walk”.

Here we scrambled through some marshy terrain for a short spell before a sandy river edge made the going much easier. This is definitely a tramp best attempted at, or near,  low tide.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Toko mouth village”.


Photo and Caption John – “Well spread out trampers.”

At the river mouth, on the far side, lies Toko Mouth Township. A quaint little town of at least 21 very eclectic cribs – delightful.
The river mouth included a huge area of accumulated coarse river sand , as Bruce Wright exclaimed,  “ideal for lining the Budgey Cage!” At this point a large row of sand hills separated us from the beach,  but we were obviously below sea level as breakers could be seen, not far out, over the top of these sand hills. Apparently Chrystalls Beach got it’s name from the sparkles (like crystals) in it’s sand.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “On the windy beach”.

The walk along the beach with a tail wind now decreasing in intensity and sharpness, gave the leg muscles a good workout, but was very pleasant. This is obviously a rugged piece of coastline with the wave pattern erratic, indications being that these are very dangerous waters. Indeed this beach is the site of the February 1907 wreck of the French sailing ship Marguerite Mirabaud.

Photo and Caption Eleanore – “Shipwrecks along the Otago coast – in particular Toko mouth/Chrystalls beach”.

Interestingly an auction was held on the beach to dispose of the ship’s cargo.  By 1.00 pm, with our group being a bit spread out, we regrouped at Cooks Head .

Photo and Caption John – “Reaching a milestone – Cooks rock”.

This is a large rock that stands proud alone on the beach. It looked airily alien, like it had just been dropped there, and somehow didn’t belong!

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Cook’s Head Rock”.

Arthur Heenan climbed to the top, while the rest of us investigated it.

Phot and Caption Gordon – “Arthur at the top”.


Photo and Caption John – “Ready to go again”.

Not sure where the Cook’s name comes from, no doubt there’s an interesting story as to how this rock got its’ name.
A short walk from Cook’s Head saw us back to the cars at approx. 1.00 pm , having tramped 7.3km.
By 2.15pm we were at the Blackstone Cafe’ for post tramp analysis, the usual banter, and socialising.

Photo and Caption Helen – “Enjoying everyone’s company after a satisfying tramp”.

A special thanks to Arthur Heenan for providing Dave Roberts and myself with directions, an aerial photo of the area, and advice along the way during the tramp.

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Jul 15 2020

Bethunes Gully, Mt Cargill, Buttars Peak, Organ Pipes,Old Main North Road, Brown House corner, Norwood Street, Bethunes Gully.

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Click Mount Cargill history for background information.

No. 11 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bethunes Gully to T.V. Mast Organ Pipes. Wiggins. Year Round.”

No. 100 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bethunes Gully – Brown House – Signal Hill – Chingford Park Year Round”

22 km from carpark

Cars meet at Bethunes Gully. A broad gravelled track from picnic ground. NB. Opposite Brown House corner is an RSA Memorial to First World War servicemen the old Junction School.

21 km from car park.

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Jul 15 2020

Outram Glen Track to Lee Stream

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No. 89 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Outram Glen – Lee Stream Year Round”

13. 15/7/2020. Trampers. Outram Glen. Leaders : Joy and Kathryn

 18 keen trampers arrived fully kitted out for an easy but in some places slippery tramp up to the Lee Stream.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Off we go.”

This is a favourite hike with the odd little challenge of fallen trees or wash outs adding some variety.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Negotiating the washout”

After several days of damp weather the river was running higher than normal and the rapids could be heard above the chatter of the group.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Smoko break.”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Tackling the steps.”



Photo and Caption John – “Which way?”


Photo and Caption John – “Lunch”

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Ready to head home.”

Gordon challenged us all to count the number of drainage pipes on the return trip. Seven, I believe was the winning number.

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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Final Obstacle.”

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Jul 08 2020

Lower Silverstream tramps

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22. 8/7/2020. Hikers. Silverstream Gladfield road south. E. Leaders : Jim and Betty
Due to inclement weather the walk to Doctor’s Point was cancelled.
Thirteen walkers braved the cool conditions for an alternative walk to the Gladfield ford, (Silver Stream South). This was achieved without encountering any rain.  Nine made it to the Blackstone Cafe for a pre lunch hot drink.
Betty & Jim Finnie.
21. 26/6/2019. Hikers. Silverstream floodbank from Carlyle Rd to Confluence. 13+ km. Leaders: Shona and June.
On a clear but cool morning, we car pooled to Wal’s rear park before walking along Bush and Carlyle Rds to access the Silverstream floodbank.

Morning tea was had in the sun at Riccarton Rd bridge.

C.1) Morning tea beside the streamc

Morning tea beside the stream. (Clive pic and caption.)

We continued to the confluence of the Silverstream and Taieri river

C.3) where two streams meetc

Where two streams meet. (Clive pic and caption.)

where we had lunch,

C.2) Lunch at the Taieric

Lunch at the Taieri. (Clive pic and caption.)

with most finding enough room to avoid the numerous sheep droppings.

Returning back along the track to Wal’s we straggled out a bit like “Brown’s
cows” so some were leaving after coffee as others were still arriving. –  Shona.
20. 24/8/2016. Hikers. Lower Silverstream to mouth. Leaders: Jim and Betty.

Number of people in the group: 19.

The weather was a very cold northerly that threatened rain, fortunately rain coats were not required.

The hikers followed north from the car park on Factory Road and turned left at L J Hookers which took the group through the civic gardens, across the soccer field to the Silver Stream flood bank which was followed to the Taieri River. Because of the cool conditions there was a short lunch break

Lunch at the Taieri River. Sheltering as much as possible from the cold Nor-wester.

Lunch at the Taieri River. Sheltering as much as possible from the cold nor-wester.

Another lunch photo.

Another lunch photo.

then it was a return along the same flood bank back to Carlyle Road to meet Bush Road and back to the car park.

A coffee break was had at Topiary’s. – Betty and Jim.

Lunch to coffee map. An 8 km distance!

Lunch to coffee map. About an 8 km distance!

19. 3/9/2015. Both. Lower Silverstream to mouth. Leaders: Arthur and Ian
This was a fall-back option. The programmed tramp to the Ship at Anchor area (still under snow) had been rescheduled by the leaders to the Racemans-to-weir area. However 17 of us gathered at the car park in only a suspicion of a drizzle, were faced with the prediction of solid rain in the afternoon and the prospect of muddy conditions even before one got up to the Racemans after the overnight rain. But the weather at the moment was getting lighter. So we decided on the walk along the lower Silverstream flood-bank. Two of us had other engagements so it was fifteen who set off making our way to the start at the Gordon Road bridge. Sloppy mud on the flood-bank confirmed suspicions of what life would have been getting to the Racemans. The Silverstream was quite a sight, rushing a good torrent of muddy water. The day was brightening. We were going well. Time grew on. With today being the first of the nine o’clock start, some began to pant for their still distant 10.00 a.m. morning tea stop.
River and hedge

The big macrocarpa hedge had been machine sawn back considerably. Silverstream visible on the left.

Eventually, come ten, we found an ideal bank in the sun at the Gladfield Road ford whereon to stop and drink. Stones and a stick were  placed by the water’s edge to determine whether the water would rise or fall. Verdict: it was falling, but just a bit.
Sheltered morning tea in the sun. Note stones and stick to mark water level.

Sheltered morning tea in the sun. Note stones and stick to mark water level.

Then up and on again to reach the Riverside Road bridge. Time now 10.30 a.m. Time perhaps, to ensure returning dry before the 12.00 o’clock rain. However, the Trampers in the party, delighted to be walking in territory new to them, inquired how much further it was to the river’s mouth. On being informed it was an eight [Ed. note: Sorry, should have been ‘seven’.] km trek car-park to the mouth, they thought that at this stage it couldn’t be all that much further. So four of them went on with Leader Arthur and the remaining ten returned with Ian. When the returnees found themselves back beside the Sewerage Station at high noon and there was still no sign of rain, Marjorie proposed a stop and just a little further on  where she had espied an inviting Rotary seat, backed by a high wood fence. So we sat, some seated, some ‘grassed’ and lunched in the sun. Some little time later the trampers turned up, declaring the mouth had been only about two kilometres further on. So the five joined the ten for an enjoyable time together in the sun.

Tidying up after lunch.

Happy day. Eventually we picked ourselves up again and began an zigzag cut-through of streets, new to some, back to the cars. Back at the car park we each took our separate ways, with a remaining seven resorting to coffee at Wals and Ian’s Shirley joining us. Conversation between Ian and Shirley with Jan turned up a surprising mutual connection with Duntroon, and the fact that Ian had married and buried one or two of Jan’s elder relatives – recollection of some wonderful people and local areas. Jan hadn’t heard of ‘rattling rocks’ in the Maerewhenua River. Must show her sometime. Small world.

A great day out, a vindication of the value of the Club’s practice of leaving final decisions for the car park and an example of making your own luck by giving things a go. (Where was all that rain anyway?) – Ian.

18. 24/6/2015. Hikers. Silverstream to River. Leaders: Les and Margaret.

GPS from Taieri River back to car park. Therefore, total distance 14.28 km.

GPS from Taieri River back to car park. Therefore, total distance 14.28 km.

Thirty-one hikers trekked the Silverstream flood-bank.


A Gaggle of Ducks. (John pic)

A Gaggle Doggle(?) of Ducks. (John pic)

A wafting wind from behind blew coldly, especially noticeable when we stopped for our morning cuppa.

Cuppa. (John pic)

Morning cuppa. (John pic)

But it mercifully stopped as we sipped and the rest of the day was calm. 14 km on hard grass is a solid distance for Hikers, made no less easy by the relentless use of  same leg muscles unrelieved by any rough track variation. So it was no surprise that some of our wiser (?) ones chose an early lunch stop-off,

Early lunch (John pic)

Early lunch (John pic)

while the rest carried on to the stream mouth at the Taieri River. Here, a number of flood-washed-up logs provided welcome seating, promising later easy rising untroubling arthritic knees.

Logs to sit on. (Panorama)

Logs to sit on. (Panorama)

A touching moment of obeisance.

A touching moment of male obeisance.

The calm confluence of the two streams was breathtaking in its beauty.

Confluence panorama

Stream confluence panorama

Time to return. Refreshed. Time passes. Legs getting weary. Ah! A pedestrian walkway promising a shortcut zigzag through streets back to the car park instead of having to walk right up to Gordon Road. We cut through, lane after lane. Ah, the bliss of car seats again.  Next, coffee adjournment. But not without cleaning up or divesting entirely filthy sheep-droppings-caked boots. Thanks to Margaret and Les for a trek we hadn’t done for some time now. – Ian.

17. 10/7/2013. Hikers. Silverstream to River. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.

16. 15/8/2012 Both. Silverstream. Gordon Road to through-way to Goodall St. Coffee Shop.

Silverstream. It was only a light rain. The stream had gone down a lot but was still quite high. Seven of us. Love the brolly.

Exiting cafe. After-thought pic. Well, why shouldn’t we have made an occasion of the day?

15. 25/7/2012. Hikers. Silvestream and Blokes Shed. – Leaders: Molly and Elaine.
We had a good walk around the Silverstream along the banks.
Morning tea was at the “blokes shed”. We had a chance to have a quick look around at the awesome projects that these retired guys are doing.
Lunch was had a sunny spot by Riccarton Road.
A stroll along, then to Wals plants in Bush Road. This place is really going ahead. The veggie boys are building a big shop there.
A cafe is opening soon there also. Yum Yum. It’s people that ran the No 8 in Outram.
Also they have a railway that children can ride on.
A very nice day out. – Elaine.  (Stand-in for Bill Hunt)

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Jul 01 2020

Midwinter Dinner Occasions

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6. 1/7/2020 Mid-winter Luncheon. RSA. Leaders : Eleanore and Jill.

Due to  the abysmal weather yesterday afternoon, we cancelled the planned walk along the Silver stream, thank goodness we did because the rain kept going last night and today.
Instead, It was lovely to be greeted at the Mosgiel R.S.A. restaurant by 60 Happy faces, particularly our Senior Members, who always enjoy our shared occasions.  We were all  ready for a good catch up after the Coronavirus lockdown.
Past President Jill welcomed everyone along.  Also, on behalf of the Club Jill passed condolences onto Margaret Smith, due to  the recent Passing of her  beloved  Husband Les.


Photo and Caption Helen – ” Vice President Jill welcoming everyone.”

At our 30th Anniversary, Jill as President, had the honour to present both  Les and  Margaret with Life Membership.  Margaret  joined in 1988 and Les in 1990.   Both dedicating many years of service to the club.
President Arthur thanked both myself and Jill for organising the venue and meal.  Also, he mentioned about the trampers’ track clearing trip set down for 8 July.
Grace was delivered by Ian Fleming, another Life Member of the Club.


Photo and Caption Helen – ” Enjoying the lovely food.”

It was now time to enjoy tasty, well presented Dinners.   Choices being—Hot Ham, Fish, Braised Steak or Wiener Schnitzel.  Followed by beautifully presented Fruit Crumble or Ice Cream Sundae.  Tea, Coffee and Chocolate to finish off with.


Photo and Caption Helen – “Enjoying seeing everyone.”

Full credit must go to the chef, manager and staff for their effort they put into the meal, and service given.
I hope you all enjoyed the outing as much as Jill and I did.
Eleanore Ryan and Jill Dodd

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Jun 25 2020

Bull Ring, Swampy, Nicols, Pt Pineapple, Davies, ret

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No. 80 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Bull Ring – Whare Flat. Swampy Year Round”
Click Dunedin’s Hills’ History for background information.
Click Swampy ridge track for background information.
Click Pineapple Track for background information.
Click Pineapple and Flagstaff walk for background information.


Nicols Creek circuit Maintained by Green Hut Track Group. DCC land.

Pineapple Track—the curious name of this track originates from a tradition involving a local grocer in the 1920’s.  He guided parties up a track in this area and would provide tinned pineapple as a refreshment at the top.  The empty cans were left as litter.

24/6/2020 FLAGSTAFF   WALKWAY   ONTO   SWAMPY   RIDGE   TRACK   and   RETURN. Leader Eleanore
After a couple of head counts our group of 24 (including 3 new faces) arrived at the Bull Ring at 10am to a very foggy morning.  As well as us,  staff were parked up waiting to spread gravel on Pineapple and Firebreak tracks, that was to be dropped by helicopter.  We commented that it would be something new to look at as we were walking.

After a short sharp climb we arrived at the Plane Table marked by a drainpipe at a height of round 660 metres for smoko, still in fog and no views we headed off again down and around to the Pineapple junction, passing by damage caused by a fire last year.


Photo and Caption John – “Morning tea – not to be MIST!”

This section of the Pineapple track was wet and slippery along with the odd patch of icy puddles, we had to make sure we kept our feet firmly on the ground!!


Photo and Caption Gordon – “You couln’t have MIST this group of trampers.”



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Still slogging up hill!”

We arrived at the junction of Swampy and Firebreak tracks at 11am, then continued through more mud, noticing quite a lot of broom had been recently cut down—-thanks to those concerned.


After some climbing along the way, passing Moon, Powerline, and Telecom Microwave Station tracks, we arrived at the Aircraft Navigation Station at the Swine Spur junction at 12:15pm.  Up till now, the only sight to be seen was the person in front of you!!  Occasionally, one hoped for the fog to lift,  so the amazing views could be enjoyed—so far, not happening.


Photo and Caption John – “Lunch at Swampy summit.”



Photo and Caption John – “Gotcha Dave!”

At 12:40pm, after a shortened lunch it was time to head for home, negotiating the slippery, slidey slopes along the way reaching the Firebreak junction in 1 hour, we took the shortcut back onto Flagstaff track, and enjoyed the mostly downhill walk to the cars, arriving at 2:30pm.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Homeward bound.”

The boots covered a good 13kms.

This was the first tramp with the Club I have  been on that the fog never lifted the entire day.   We were ready for coffee,  cake and a yarn to celebrate our achievement at Blackstone Cafe.

As always, I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.

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Jun 20 2020

Michelles Farm, North Side Taieri River, Outram

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No. 87 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Michelle’s Farm Outram Farm”

11 km from car park.


Park under Outram Bridge. Contacts: Seek 3 permissions
Proceed east side of Taieri River along gravel road to gravel pit.  Bear right uphill to power lines. Follow generally along grass farm tracks to top of hill.
Landmarks: Trig marker on right; also obvious paper road between two fence lines; Long barn on right (good for lunch stop); large wool shed on top of hill straight ahead (this is still on Hyslop’s property.
Straight on access is to Taioma Road but we don’t usually go that far!
Plenty of mushrooms in April – take a bag!
17/6/2020. Trampers. Nichols Farm. M. Leader: Gordon
From the carpark under the Outram Bridge 24 members started the walk beside the Taieri River in nice weather but with forecast for rain at 1.00pm. At the end of this track we turned off and headed up hill. Parts of this were quite steep but finally reached a nice flat spot for morning tea.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Still slogging up hill”.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Morning tea stop”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Hurrah finally levelling out.”

Heading uphill again after smoko we soon came out on to  grass paddocks and continued  on a gentle gradient to the cattle-yards at the top.  from there walked a short distance before heading downhill on a steep ridge to the start of a small pine forest at the bottom, about ½ km from main road.

Photo and Caption Wendy – “Haven’t seen those people for a while!”

From there we walked a short distance before heading downhill on a steep ridge to the start of a small pine forest at the bottom, about ½ km from main road.
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Photo and caption – “Wandering thru the trees”.

A pleasant walk through the trees to a farm track which we followed uphill to a stile where we crossed into Walmsley’s property. Followed cattle track down to gully then along foothills to lovely lunch spot with terrific views.

Photo and Caption John – “Comfortable lunch spot”.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “What a view”.

After lunch carried on along foothills before returning into forestry for assent to top after climbing through neighbours.

Photo and Caption John – “Panorama from the top”


Photo and Caption Helen – “Who’s watching who?”

After a “Pow Wow” at top, decision was made to head back on shorter route to cars which also allowed time for refreshments and catch up at Wobbly Goat. A good day to start off the tramping calendar after all the lock downs I really enjoyed it.   Gordon.

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Jun 19 2020

Mary Young, Club Member 1987-2011, 24 years.

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Mary Young died on the 19th of June, 2020, aged 88 years. She joined the Taieri Recreational Group on 21/1/1987 and was on the Steering Committee helping it to became a Club on 4/3/1988. She resigned in 2011, concluding a membership of 24 years.

Nine present and former Club members attending her funeral on 26/6/2020, were: Ian Fleming, George and Elizabeth Haggie, Chris Hughes, Ria Lippers, Doug Moir, Denise Pearce, Margaret Smith, and Dot Taiaroa.

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Jun 19 2020

Woodhaugh Gardens and Leith

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19 km from car park.
10. 17/6/2020. Hikers. Woodhaugh gardens and the University area. Dawn Pool and Pam Clough.
 20 people from the Hiking Group had a very pleasant 7k walk from the yacht club car park up 260 steps to the botanical gardens, where we enjoyed a beautiful view and morning tea.
We then wound our way down through the grounds, enjoying lots of things on the way, arriving at the duck pond, where we stopped for lunch.
 An interesting walk through the University and back to the cars.
 Just as the weather changed we reached the cafe by the stadium and all enjoyed a hot drink before heading back home.
Hope the trampers enjoyed their day.
Dawn Pool

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May 12 2020

Les Smith, Club Member 1990-2020, 30 years.

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Les Smith died on the 12th of May 2020, aged 89 years. He joined the Club in the 1st of March, 1990. Club Member for 30 years. Club President on two occasion, 1998-2000, and 2013 to 2015. Life Member 2018.

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Mar 18 2020

Bendoran: Gap, ABC, Orbells, Fiddlers.

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9. 18/3/2020 Trampers. Bendoran, Mt Misery, The Gap, ABC caves. Leaders – Arthur and Eleanore
On Wednesday 18 March, 4 trampers had wood, coal, gas and food packed into 2 cars ready to travel 60 km to Bendoran for 2 nights.  Along the way we met up with the other couple in their car.  We travelled up to the old Cherry Farm site, onto McGrath road—then a very dusty trip up the gravel road to Bendoran.   On arrival, we tidied the hut, lit the coal range and had lunch.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “We have arrived at Bendoran Hut.”

On a lovely sunny afternoon, with Arthur as our Leader, we walked up Mount Misery (714 metres) which was reasonably steep, however, we had great views of each every direction.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “On our way to Mt Misery”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Mt Watkins from Summit.”

After coming down rather thick tussock, and heading back towards the hut, we then climbed up the fence line to Terry’s Knob (refer Hamels book section 7:13), then a downhill, uphill to get back home.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Next stop top of Kerry’s Knob.”

Once back, it was time to light the open fire and enjoy a tasty selection of nibbles and have a yarn.  Followed by dinner, consisting of a rather large stuffed chicken, new potatoes, carrots, broccoli and peas.  Then, as if we hadn’t had enough to eat, it was time for Hot Cross Buns with butter and Jam (some members hadn’t matched up jam with the buns) don’t quite know who is right!!
Next morning all were eager to get to the Gap.  Kevin(Barney) Black was Farm Manager and now leases the 5000 acre  Bendoran off David Malloch, arrived to meet us.  We started off at 8:40am, stopping to watch his clever dogs bring in a mob of ewes that were being trucked off.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Where we are heading Thursday morning.”

The morning was very clear, warm and sunny.  While the happy group were following the track up and down, all of a sudden a Falcon was spotted sitting on a fence post. He wasn’t bothered by our presence allowing us to keep creeping up to take photo’s.  Soon, enough was enough, and he flew off.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Friendly falcon posing especially for us.”

A while later another was spotted in flight.
After a while and a steady climb to a hilltop, it was 10:15am and time for a 15 minute  smoko break, enjoying the  magnificent views as we talked.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “A view of Waikouaiti Bay.”

By now the Gap was looking closer, however, one could also see a few more hills to climb before we made it .  Also lopers were taken along,  to cut back gorse in places which made the going a bit easier.  We got onto the ridge leading to that big missing chunk, finally arriving in it at 11:35am.  A steady three hour effort by all.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “The gap between two large rock formations.”

On the way up 3 of the group were keen to revisit/visit the A.B.C. Cave (refer Hamels book section 7:12).  We all went to the trig at the north end of the Gap admiring views and happy with ourselves to have made it there.
Soon after the 3 decided to delay lunch for a while and headed off to the Cave.  Leaving  3 of us to enjoy a leisurely lunch in the sun.  Meanwhile, guess who realised her phone was missing!!!  meaning a walk back to the trig by 2 to find it, while the other cut back more gorse.
We three then started the trip back.  Arthur had made a meeting point with the A.B.C. Group, so 2 of us headed off up another hill with Arthur and his Hi Vis top in view.  We waited till we spotted them heading into the rough gully——where they had spooked a ginger pig for Arthur to see.
Once again all headed towards home, meeting at a junction on the track.  The A.B.C. group were happy to have went the extra mile to visit the cave, enjoying reading entries in the visitors book.
We stopped on the same hilltop as the smoko break, to enjoy well deserved energy bars etc.



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading back to hut after the Gap visit.”

By now the hills were almost behind us and Bendoran trees in sight.  8 hours later at 4:30pm, 6 weary but happy trampers were  back home.
In no time, the water was hot and welcome showers had by all.  The open fire lit,   drinks and more tasty nibbles eaten.   Dinner tonight was a delicious (3 recipe) pasta/mince meal with a freshly made lettuce salad.  We must have been a bit weary because the Hot Cross Buns were forgotten!!



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Relaxing in front of fire after Gap tramp”

Lots of photo’s(Is mine better than yours?) were taken of the amazing cloud formations.  However, later on we paid the price,  battered—-huts shaking, doors being  blown open by gale force winds, which had us awake much earlier than we wanted.
Friday morning had us up and away quite smartly, this time the dust was being blown off us!!   Meeting up for coffee at Blueskin.
We all enjoyed great company, great scenery and great food on our trip into Bendoran huts—-a very special piece of Paradise.
Eleanore and Arthur

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Mar 18 2020

Deep Creek Weir from Old Dunstan Road past Rocklands

No. 2 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Stream [Stream crossed out and replaced by Creek] (Rocklands). R Lippers. Cattle.”
No. 56 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Deep Creek from Old Dunstan Road. (Rocklands. Year Round”
Est, 50 km from car park.
See Deep Creek Water Scheme Pipeline history.
See further background information behind Deep Stream project

17. 18/03/2020 Hikers. Deep Creek Pipeline. M. Bob Mitchell and Mike Webb

28 Hikers set off in 8 cars from the car park in Mosgiel to rendezvous at the Clarks Junction pub before driving to the start of the walk. More than a few of the ladies eyes lit up when Bob announced that we would be having refreshments at the pub at the conclusion of the hike. It was good to see that it is not only us blokes that take drinking seriously.
After meeting in the pub car park we proceeded in convoy up the Old Dunstan Rd and found a suitable spot to park the cars away from any cattle that wanted to use them as back scratchers.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Te Papanui”

We started the walk at about 1000 and had morning smoko at the one of the gates/cattle stops.
Morning teares

Photo and Caption Clive – “Morning tea.”

Pump house at Deek Creek

Photo and Caption Clive – “Pump house at Deep Creek.”

From there it was a steady climb to some maintenance huts at the top of the gorge. The distance from the cars to the huts was 3km

Photo and Caption John – “Vast open country.”

.The weather was fine with great visibility and from the huts we could see the pipeline snaking its way around the gorge.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Into the gorge”

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Deep Stream a long way down”

From the huts it was a steady climb down to find the track that leads to the pipeline. The track is approximately 2kms in length, and quite narrow in some places with railed walkways over some of the more challenging parts of the track. The views were quite spectacular and we were soon strung out in single file looking like porters on the Ho Chi Minh trail. Frequent photo stops were the order of the day.

We could hear a bit of bird song and one falcon and one hawk were observed flapping/souring overhead during the walk. One point of interest was on old hut set in the bush about 10m above and to the side of the pipeline not far from the tracks end. Probably accommodation for the guys laying the pipeline all those years ago.

Photo and Caption Clive – “Walking to dam along the river.”

After a brief halt and photo stop at the dam/weir at the end of the track we did an about turn, retraced our steps and eventually stopped for lunch in a nice sunny spot overlooking the gorge.
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Photo and Caption Clive – “Pump house and dam”


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Photo and Caption Clive _ “Back down the gorge.”



Photo and Caption John – “Lunchtime always with a view.”

From there it was a short walk up to the huts and back down to the cars.

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Photo and Caption Clive – “Back at the cars.”

We walked a total of 10km.
Bob had organised the publican at the Clarks Junction pub to lay on coffee, cakes and scones and also to open the bar early for those that wanted to support Speights. Glad to report that at least two unnamed ladies were seen with pints in their hands. Legends!
The rest obviously enjoyed the coffee and food as the shark like feeding frenzy at the counter was a sight to behold.
A good day was had by all and I can vouch that the Speights was up to its usual standard.

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Mar 12 2020

Goodwood Road, Bobby’s Head, Puketapu

Published by under Trampers,Year round

69 km from car-park
11/03/2020 Trampers.  Goodwood/Puketapu.  Leaders Jill D and Jenni
15 trampers ventured out this Wednesday 1stly to do a loop walk round Bobbies headland following a well maintained track through the Tavora reserve.

Photo and Caption Jenni – “Stunning views of Tavora Reserve.”

This area is just north of Waikouaiti and out to the coast. The Tavora reserve is maintained by the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust. (Tavora is the old name for penguin). They have done extensive replanting in the area to  try and recreate the original vegetation.  A relatively easy track zig zags up to the headland. Here there are magnificent views up and down the coastlines.

Photo and Caption John – “Rugged coastline.”

We had our morning tea on the beach and spotted seals under the cliff on the rocky outcrops.
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Morning tea in the sand dunes.


Photo and Caption John – “Seals watching us have morning tea.”

The headland was once (18,000,000 years ago), an active volcano.
This walk took about an hour.

Photo and Caption John – “Erosion like rust never sleeps.”


Photo and Caption Jenni – “Returning the information sheet at the end of the reserve.”

From here we travelled by inland route 10 kms to Palmerston where Puketapu the 300 m Sacred Hill is situated, a landmark on the surrounding countryside.
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Photo and Caption John – “Starting up Puketapu.”

The track starts relatively easily, across the face of Puketapu crossing several elaborate fence like styles.
The last 50 m is straight up to the famous monument in memory of James McKenzie.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “A real stiff climb to the tower.”



Photo and Caption John – “The McKenzie plaque.”

This monument is 13 m high with an internal metal stairway to a viewing platform. From here there is a superb 360 degree panorama south to the Otago Peninsula inland towards the Pigroot, to the Maniototo and north to the Shag river Waitaki district.

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Photo and Caption Jenni – “Karen on top of the world.”

At the summit we enjoyed a leisurely lunch break taking in the view and very little wind to spoil the day.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch at the tower.”



Photo and Caption John – “Taking in the view from the top.”



Photo and Caption Gordon – “A view of Mt Watkins from the top of the tower.”

Our return trip down followed a sheep track till we met the gentler slopes again. Sheep and cattle grazed unconcerned with the humans passing by.


Photo and Caption Jenni – “Cattle unconcerned as we wander by.”

As a side each year there is the annual Kelly’s canter race up and down Puketapu at a much quicker pace than us!
In the last 6 weeks we have summited 3 prominent peaks Mt Watkins, Mt Charles and now Puketapu great effort by all.
Total for the 2 walks 8.3 kms but 94 floors !!
We debriefed at Blueskin nurseries cafe.
Jenni and Jill D

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