Jan 24 2020

Nicols Creek, Swampy, Pineapple Track, Moon Track, Booth Road

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(David Nicol was an early settler and dairy farmer. He reputedly bought land here in the hope that the railway line woould be routed north through Leith Valley.)

Click here for Antony Hamel’s YouTube video showing his exploration of the 5 falls of Nicols Creek.

Click here for an EXCELLENT MAP of Nicols Creek showing the location of The Basins (called the Cup and Saucer on the map), and the 5 waterfalls. (It also shows the Pepper Tree track location.)
Neighbours at War Click here for background and photos to the Finnerty Family and their house site on the Moon Track by Nicols Creek.
Click Swampy ridge track for background information.
Click Pineapple Track for background information.
Click Pineapple and Flagstaff walk for background information.
No. 17 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Nicols Creek. D McCabe. Year Round”
 Nicols Creek circuit Maintained by Green Hut Track Group.
DCC land.
Booth Road 16.1 km from car park.
23. 22/1/2020 Trampers  Morrisons – Pole Line – Swampy – Moon – Nicols Falls M Leaders Carol and Neil

Wednesday 22 January on a warm, cloudy morning, 26 Trampers travelled to Morrisons Track entrance 1.5 kms past Nicols Creek.  The cars returned to Nicols Creek for parking.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “26 members starting off in the shade”

9.50 am, the walk started at the gate on Morrisons Access Road instead of the Pipeline bridge which was blocked off and so began the Morrisons Track climb of 3/4 hour.  Morning tea under the trees was very pleasant and we would say, well deserved.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “A very pleasant smoko in the shade”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Out of the bush and heading to Swampy”

 On Saturday, the Recon Pair were greeted by a fallow deer just past this spot, but not so today.

Photo and Caption Ross – “Onto a 4 wheel drive track and upwards!”

Out in the open, and the first Pole appeared …. obviously we were on track …. and a 4-wheel drive track led us up to Swampy summit and the microwave tower. This was a 50 min steady climb.

Photo and Caption Ross – ” Its hot here and we not at lunch stop!”


Photo and Caption John – “From the Top”

There was a background of rolling mist and an outlook across to Mt Cargill.  A 50 minute walk along Swampy Ridge Track brought us to the start of Moon Track where a couple of bikies joined us while we were having lunch.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Finally lunch in the hot sun”

At this stage the day had heated up as the sun had broken through and unusually, we had a leisurely, relaxing time which invited at least one Tramper to have a stretch-out doze.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading off to start the Moon track”


Photo and Caption Ross – “A panoramic view as we walked down”

Moon Track with its varied downwards contours of grassy, dusty, rooted, rocky surfaces led us to the aged macrocarpas where a house had once stood after which we criss-crossed many bike trails. A hidden marker was missed by the leader but a shout from the back rectified this mistake: thank goodness.  We passed through alleys of foxgloves, dancing daisies and masses of shiny ferns as we worked our way down towards Nicols’ Falls, all with the feeling of cool, clean and green.  Quite delightful.

Photo and Caption Ross – “Masses of shiny ferns”


Photo and Caption Ross – ” No one showered under the waterfall”

No one decided to have a shower under the waterfall so we continued on to the bottom where the morning car shuttle proved of worth as we reached them at the bottom of the track. These vehicles, being well trained, then headed towards the local Cafe for the drivers to muse over a very pleasant day.

Photo and Caption Helen – “Together at the café, the conclusion to a great day

Climbed 650 m
Walked 10.8 km
 Morrison & Morrison

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Jan 15 2020


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15/1/2020. Both. Shannon. Leaders: Jill R and Heather, Jan and Jenny.

Cairnvalley Farm Shannon

Silvery grey foggy conditions greeted about 40 keen walkers at Cairnvalley farm SH87 Shannon just before 10 am. But  that did not wipe the enthusiastic smiles off everyone’s faces at the thought of a new year of great  walks. This was somewhere new to explore.

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Receiving information from Heather at the start. (Gordon pic and caption.)

Cars were parked, boots laced and off down the farm track we went, gradually walking  up towards a tussocky hill. Wonderfully the fog lifted as we sat among the weather beaten rocks and tussock to enjoy our morning tea and the lovely views of the Strath Taieri area.

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What a great view for morn. tea. (Gordon pic and caption.)

We managed to stir ourselves away  from the vista and continued eastward towards the back of the farm. Past the contented Hereford cows and calves

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Can we join you? (Gordon pic and caption.)

to checkout the deeper ravines into the Shannon creeks. We walked a few kilometres through paddocks and hilltops and down across the creek. Everyone found their own walking pace and  met up for lunch from another lovely high  vantage point.

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“Settling in for Lunch”. (John pic and caption.)

It had plenty of natural rocky seating , 360 degree views looking  across to the Rock and Pillar range.

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Another marvellous view for lunch. (Gordon pic and caption.)

We enjoyed our rest and as always plenty of happy chatter with our sandwiches.

The next stage of the walk, was down

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Down & through the tussocks. (Gordon pic and caption.)

through a deeper rocky gully with cool black water ponds

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First view of the ponds. (Gordon pic and caption.)

and tussock.

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Matagouri, tussocks and rocks—What a great tramp. (Gordon pic and caption.)

Huge rocky peaks to gaze at made the trickier sheep track slower and really interesting.

As the walk was ending …

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The end’s in sight. (Gordon pic and caption.)

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Panorama _ “The Kirk Place”. (John pic and caption.)

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One for Heather – Home. (John pic and caption.)

… some continued up and across the paddocks towards the house to kindly put the kettle on. While others had a wee detour through a pine tree block then up the hill towards the house . We all enjoyed a chat, cuppa and afternoon tea on the veranda in the sunshine to complete a most interesting day’s walk in great company.   – Heather.

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Jan 04 2020

Chain Hills-Friends Hill Tramps

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No. 102 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Friends Hill Chain Hills Year Round”

Saddle Hill Hotel
42. 2/1/20 Quarry road, Chain hills, Tunnels.  Leader Clive
16 walkers gathered for a walk during the Christmas break.   We walked over Chain Hills from Mosgiel and then visited the railway tunnels under Chain Hills.

Photo and Caption Dave – “Leader Clive leading the way”

Due to a diversion we got to see the active tunnel in use with a freight train and then were able to walk through the disused tunnel that will eventually be opened up as a cycle way link between Mosgiel and Dunedin.


Photo and Caption Margreet – “Single file and down we go”



Photo and Caption Margreet – “Surprise!!! this is the real tunnel”



Photo and Caption John – “We’re lost, best just to have a cup of tea”

The weather was a bit damp with low cloud over the length of Chain Hills and the wet grass on the way down to the tunnels was boggy and slippery in places.


Photo and Caption Dave -“Bruce showing us how to get over a fence

Several had not been to the tunnels before and enjoyed this new feature of this walk.


Photo and Caption John – “torches ready it looks like it is dark in there”



Photo and Caption Dave – “Being let out of the tunnel”

We had hoped to have a coffee at the end of the walk but with the diversion to the active tunnel we ran out of time (3 o’clock closing on a public holiday).   However we all enjoyed the walk and the opportunity to wish each other Happy New Year for 2020!

Tunnel 2020res

Collage – Clive

41. 16/1/2019. Hikers. Friends Hill Road and Farm circuit. Leaders: Jay and Jan.

Route map, from cars to house and farm walk only, courtesy Ian. (5 km flag hidden under the 1 km flag. Evidently the app ignores altitudinal distances, only level.)

On a very warm morning, 25 hikers travelled to Wingatui Raceway where we parked up and commenced our walk up Friends Hill.  We arrived at the farm gate which was locked and unfortunately the key was missing, so we scrambled over the wooden fence and on down to revisit the old cottage on the farm with its great view over the Taieri.  We then backed up

View of the Taieri. (Clive pic and caption.)

and did a circuit of the farm, downhill for a while and then a good nudge back up to Friends Hill

Up hill to the lunch stop. (Clive pic and caption.)

road again.  As it was a hot day, some chose to take advantage of Janine’s kind offer to visit her property and stayed there for a tour around the garden and then lunched.

Lunch at ‘Pixies Place’ (Thanks Janine). (Clive pic and caption.)

(Francis pic.)

Others of us carried on up the track hoping to be at the top for lunch.  However the day was getting warmer and there was no respite from the burning sun, so we wisely backtracked down the hill and some chose to sit on the side of the track in a lovely shady area for our lunch and others walked back down to Janine’s for their lunch.  After lunch we joined up at Janine’s place and all agreed that we would carry on down to our cars at Wingatui and enjoy a nice cold drink at Blackstone where we sat outside enjoying the shade. – Jan B.

40. 21/11/2018. Trampers. Friends Hill and Pixie Patch. Leader: Janine.

After large amounts of heavy rain producing some minor flooding, turnout of enthusiastic trampers was a little sparse. Discussion of available, suitable options led 7 trampers to venture off from The Pixie Patch in Friends Hill under cloudy, indecisive weather conditions. Rocky, the dog, …

(Janine pic.)

… was left home as we headed off up the hill finding the gravel road in excellent condition despite the still considerable amounts of rainwater running down the drains. 100 metres on – a short stop to examine the very busy large breather holding connecting incoming water pipes from Deep stream and Silverstream – then running up the road to join us came Rocky!

Near the gate blocking traffic from throughfare to Dunedin we turned left climbing the fence to more views accross the Taieri

(Janine pic)

and examined all the ‘large puddles’ on the plains before us. Stepping along the track, originally designated as a road leading to numerous lifestyle blocks which never eventuated, Rocky had great delight when a rabbit ventured on that same path (it got away). It would seem this block of land is the home of broken dreams as the subdivision never went ahead, that owner declared bankrupcy, then a later owner had plans to make use of these extensive views and put in little home stay cottages. After making a start he also left the area uncompleted, so we trampers examined the start up of the first cottage with great despair at such great ideas being abandoned.

The plan was then to return to The Pixie Patch for morning coffee then head off over the newly logged area towards Chain Hills. On the way home Rocky was determined to get something in a woodpile so was left to bark and run round in circles while we walked a little quicker trying to ignore the thickening cloud. As we reached The Pixie Patch one member asked for a garden tour ‘quick’!!

(Janine pic.)

By the time we filed in for coffee it was decidedly damp and even Rocky came home thinking maybe there were biscuits too. No biscuits but we had plenty to talk about after our Hollyford trip and despite the offer to investigate the Chain Hills track/views all were happy to chat till lunchtime.

So we had a very social day, walked 2.5 km, had a coffee break, discussed tramps, trampers, budgies, books, painting, prices, but not world peace, then ate lunch. – Janine.

39. 17/10/2018. Hikers. Chain Hills Road, Flower Street. M. Leaders: Shona and Keith, Ian.

25 hikers and ramblers parked at the area  bounded by Coalstage Rd
and Morris Rd before walking single file across the motorway bridge
 then turning up onto Chain Hills Rd.
A stiff tail wind helped us up and down until we stoppped in a

sheltered hollow for an early morning tea.

Morning tea in a Chain Hills driveway (out of the wind). (Clive pic and caption.)

Continued on to turn right into Flower St, climbing over the high stiles

Crossing Stile in Style. (Clive pic and caption.)

and wandering downhill through the paddock and following Flower St,
before turning right into Martin’s Rd meeting up with the ramblers and

stopping for an early lunch at the skate board park at the Fairfield Hall.

Lunch at Fairfield Community Hall. (Clive pic and caption.)

 We straggled back from there back to the car park.
Distance 9.5kms – Leaders Shona Ian Keith

38. 13 Jun 2018. Trampers. Friends Hill circuit. Leader: Janene.

As I was quickly sweeping the outside doorway, 12 trampers arrived, enthusiastic about what I had in store.

The weather was cool (not cold) and clear as 13 trampers set off from The Pixie Patch, Friends Hill and crossed the road onto the start of the well known ‘Chain Hills’ walking track. After passing the water reservoir we turned left downhill and followed a track along the bottom gully, passing the entrance to the old railroad tunnel …

The old railway tunnel. (Gordon pic and caption.)

… before ever so elegantly scrambling over the barbwire fence (it had been lowered!) Now on Abbotsroyd Farm we all powered up a sizeable hill, the promise of a coffee break at the top deterring any breathless moments, to find a magnificent few of Abbotsford, Green Island, Saddle Hill and all surrounds. While on our refreshment break, the whistle blew and along came the Fonterra train passing along just below us.

So this is what’s on the other side of the hill. (Phil pic and caption.)

All that replenishing and the long downhill traverse with excellent footing saw us speedily depart Abbotsroyd and venture onto road-walking for a while. North Taieri Road then Abbotts Hill Road was a steady climb turning to a track then reaching the tarseal of Mount Grand Road.

Scotch mist o’er Abbotsroyd. (Phil pic and caption.)

The weather had started to slowly deteriorate with a misty fog surrounding us. From there the steady climb turned ’real grunty!’ Come on people – was a lovely avenue of huge old macrocarpa trees at the top and I did allow a lunch break there!

Lunch under the trees. (Gordon pic and caption.)

After lunch we continued, somewhere along the way the road changed from Mt Grand to Dalziel Road, and at the Mt Grand reservoir we turned into Brinsdon Road for more ‘gentle’ climbing, passing through the ‘no vehicles’ track on to Halfway Bush Road which also at some unknown point becomes Friends Hill! The downhill …

Heading back to the cars. (Gordon pic and caption.)

… was a little treacherous and all that mud sure stuck to the boots – and the promised views were detained in the fog – but we had no muddy bums and no complaints (that I heard). Probably because we had coffee and eats at the Pixie Patch afterwards, and everyone went in the front door after I swept the main doorway!!

13.3km covered in great company and I delivered some walnut cookies from afternoon tea to Abbotsroyd the next day. – Janine.

37. 17 Jan 2018. Hikers. Friends Hill Road. M. Leaders: Jay and Jan.

Route Map, courtesy Ian, not including racecourse walk.(Ian pic and caption.)

We parked at the Wingatui Racecourse. From there 23 hikers set out in very pleasant temperatures for a trek up Friends Hill Road

Road (Clive pic and caption.)

to the top gate where we stopped for morning tea.

morning tea. (Clive pic and caption.)

We then set off for a walk round farmland with views over the  Taieri.  We made our way to a little cottage that was first built about 15 years ago as a B & B but was never completed inside.

A surprising substantial unfinished cottage. (Ian pic and caption.)

Unfortunately the door didn’t do its job properly so the starlings made good use of the free accommodation leaving behind a carpet of their own making!!!

From there we carried on this farmland which backs on to Invermay to a track through a stand of Manuka trees and then made our way to our lunch spot which was at the home of tramper, Janine Hearn who kindly said we could sit on her deck, enjoy the views and walkaround her lovely garden.

A friendly tramper who lives on Friends Hill said we could use her back garden for lunch – Thanks Janine. (Clive pic and caption.)

 After lunch we headed back to the cars and five of us did a circuit of the racecourse and the rest opted to go for coffee at Blackstone.  – Jay and Jan

36. 2 Aug 2017  Both. Fairfield to Friends Hill. M.  Leaders: Keith and Shona.

It was drizzly and cold as we gathered at the Bush Rd car park.

After considerable discussion 20 people caught the bus …

What does the Taieri Recreational Tramping Club do and a wet cold winters day – They catch a bus and head for the hills! (Clive pic and caption.)

… to Fairfield, where further discussion occurred before Keith led the group along and up Flower St to the morning tea stop in the trees.

Route Map, courtesy Ian. Remembered to start it only at morning tea stop! so add 1 km from Flower St bus stop. Tunnel diversion for the “8” added 3 km. Do your own math for your total.

We headed up the track to Chain Hills Road where we met Janine and her little dog Rocky.

After about an hour we made it to the top of Chain Hills Road that was covered in mist with constant rain. (Clive pic and caption.)

By then the drizzle had eased and after the first downhill, …

Among the gum trees on the descent of Chain Hills. (Clive pic and caption.)

… 8 went [yet further! – Ed] down with Janine to inspect the Wingatui tunnel …

Eight of the more intrepid trampers branched off to view [& walk! – Ed] the old [800m – Ed.] railway tunnel [end to end, return! – Ed.].  Several found the novel way down [the first track – Ed.] by sitting down in the mud (unintentionally)! (Clive pic and caption.)

… and the rest negotiated the muddy track, climbed the stile and moved into Janine’s home to eat lunch. (Thanks, Janine.)

As we left, the 8 appeared [back up! – Ed.] over the stile and we all meandered back to Mosgiel, 7 having coffee at Blackstone.The remainder had disappeared (?) home for coffee, showers or even lunch for some. – Keith and Shona.

35. 19 Jul 2017. Trampers. Chain Hills. Leader: M. Helen.

A nice tramp today. Starting from Gladstone Rd and walking up hill over the top of the motorway. Turned onto Chain Hill Road. Found a nice spot for our morning tea on the top of a hill overlooking Mosgiel.

Morning tea. (Helen pic and caption.)

View from top of inversion layer over Mosgiel. (Helen pic and caption.)

The 12 of us then proceeded along the ups and downs along to the end. Turning left over the stile and the down through the paddocks to Friends Hill Rd. Down to the racecourse where we sat in luxury in the grandstand for our lunch.

Lunch. (Helen pic and caption.)

Chen a leisurely walk along Gladstone Rd back to our cars. Coffee for 9 of us at Blackstone’s. Lovely day and a nice 12.2km tramp. – Helen.

34. 10/5/2017. Hikers. Friends Hill, Chain Hills, Gladstone Road. M. Clive, Jay and Jan.

Nike app route map, courtesy Ian.

Autumn on the Taieri.   One of those Southern days of sunshine found an intrepid band of hikers (16) setting out from Wingatui racecourse to walk up Friends Hill and then across country to Chain Hills Road.   The going to start with was steep and a challenge for some,  but then it came to the stile to get onto the public pathway to Chain Hills Road; the step up to stile was about a meter and made for more limber people.   Well all rose to the challenge and made it over the stile to the sheep pens at the top of the hill where we rested for morning tea …

Morning tea. (Ian pic and caption.)

… and watched the fog in the valley roll away.    By now the temperature had risen to the promised 17 degrees and jumpers and fleecy jacket were shed to climb the next couple of hills to Chain Hills Road.   It was then we found that the first stile was just a taster for the next two stiles that were very high and over barbed wire.    Some gentleman from years past laid down his coat so that the ladies did not snare their stocking on the barbed wire. [’twas the reporter! – Ed.]    We gained Chain Hills Road by 11 o’clock so it was a nice walk along the ridge line to arrive above Mosgiel just before midday and a spot to sit and eat lunch.

Lunch. (Ian pic and caption.)

A herd of friendly cows watched from across the road and then when they realized we were not there to feed them showed their opinion in that unique bovine manner – pats all round.

Thanks for the view too, Clive, as well as all the above. (Clive pic, Ian caption.)

The walk off Chain hills had the leader focused on road safety and the safest way to negotiate Morris Road (a busy road), down to Quarry Road.   Then it was along the flat back to Wingatui to pick up the cars for afternoon tea and Blackstones cafe.   I think we got a suntan on the way! – Clive.

33. 18/5/2016. Hikers. Flower Street, Friends Hill, Wingatui, Car Park. M. Leaders: Keith and Shona.
Hikers' Route.

Hikers’ Route. Morning Tea stop in rain at about 1 km. Lunch in sun at 6 km. Coffee at 10.6 km.

18 Went by bus from outside the Mosgiel Post Office, arriving Flower St, Fairfield about 9.30 a.m.

Wandered up to the top of Flower St to have morning tea in the gum trees, as there was still drizzly rain falling.

Rain eased and we progressed over the stile and up the grass track, exiting onto Chain Hills Rd. After turning right, followed it to the end. Negotiated the stile there safely and followed the fence line down, up, and around, …

Green Island(?) from Flower Street. (Sharyn pic.)

Green Island from a ‘down’ paddock. (Sharyn pic.)

Wingatui from Friends Hill. (Sharyn pic)

Wingatui from above Friends Hill. (Sharyn pic)

… eventually exiting onto Friends Hill Rd.

Walked to Wingatui Race Couse for lunch, where there were toilets and dry seats in the grandstand for the rain had stopped. Made our way down Wingatui Rd, through track, across Haggart Alexander Drive, down Green st to end at Blackstone Cafe for a coffee. – Shona and Keith.

32. 11/6/2014. Hikers. Chain Hills, Flower Street. M. Leaders: Pam, Dawn.
GPS of route

GPS of route. Cars parked foot of Coalstage Rd, Morris Rd overpass, Chain Hills Rd, Flower St, Kennedy Rd, Walkway, Main Rd, Park by Fairplay St, Main Rd, Saddleview Pl, Underpass, Saddle Hill Rd, Coalstage Rd again. Distance: 8.93 km; Fastest 4.78 kph; Slowest 3.73 kph.

Pam and Dawn led us, thirty strong this trip, on a route largely familiar to most, but a little less so to this reporter. We took the SH1 overpass, stretched out indian-file, making quite a picture no doubt to motorists passing underneath, to judge by the horn toots we got.

Overpass. (John pic)

Down Morris Road to turn sharply up Chain Hills Road.

We ‘morning-teaed’ at the red spot on the map between kilometer marks two and three on the GPS map.

The customary morning tea spot on Chain Hills Road. (John pic)

A little further on as we took the Chain Hills Road right fork taking us down to Fairfield. The top of Flower Street lay through private land, guarded by locked gates provided with not-very-accommodating styles.

Style queue

The style at the Flower Street top locked gate. (John pic)

Further down again (or was it higher up?) we came across this mock farmyard, complete with tractor, water wheel, cow, et al.


A rubber glove udder for a tinny cow. (John pic)

Down in the paved part of Flower Street we were taken with a letter box making industry operating out of a private property.

Letter Boxes to order

Letter Boxes made to order.

Then it was into Kennedy Road, out through a walkway to emerge on the Main Road and on to lunch at a park abutting Fairplay Street.

Collage of lunch groups (John collage)

From there it was further up the Main Road, then to be pleasantly surprised by the leaders taking us not via the customary Morris Road but by Saddleview Terrace and through the SH1 underpass and up, very steeply up, Saddle Hill Road to Coalstage Road. A short distance along and we stopped to admire Janice’s house and to farewell her down the driveway. Then it was just on down back to the cars.

A good day out, despite an icy edge to the light wind at times. Thank you, leaders. – Ian.
31. 12/3/2014. Hikers. Friends Hill. Leaders: Fred, Elaine.
We parked our cars  up Quarry Rd to the right of the overbridge on the north side of the
Saddle Hill.
25 fit and healthy Hikers started up over the bridge and up Chains Hill Rd.
We were met early on by a very fit brown lab dog who followed us all the way …

Dog (Pic John)

… to the morning tea stop.

Morning tea

Morning tea. (John, pic.)

It sat down and waited while we ate and sipped our tea and water.

Continuing on, we arrived at the Chain Hills Rd end. I thought the dog would have gone home. The DOG sat down and waited till we all leaped over the stile (some climbed carefully).
The DOG then left and went home.
Lunch was at a cosy spot …

Sheltered lunch spot

Sheltered lunch spot (John, Panorama pic.)

… out of the wind.
Fred gave out chocs.
The ground was even and not at all muddy. The views are worth stopping for to catch a breath.
When we reached Gladstone Rd North, we walked to the Wingatui Hall where we had cunningly had a car parked for those who needed a lift back  to the cars up saddle hill. Several Hikers took up the offer and Fred transported them up to their cars. We continued down Gladstone Rd North to the z station, then up quarry rd back to the cars.
Several hikers took up the offer of going for coffee to Wals at the end of the day. (Can’t guess who. – Ed)
A very hot day enjoyed by all. – Elaine.
30. 11/12/2013. All.  Friends Hill, Chain Hills. End of Year finger-food lunch at Wingatui Hall. Leaders: Peter and Wendy.
GPS of route

GPS of route from Friends Hill to Chains Hill road, return.

Our leaders had to change our end of year location. Berwick Camp had been already booked. Where to plan the tramp? A brilliant choice. From the Hall, up Friends Hill to the stile and across the poled route to the Chain Hills road end for morning tea. It was the first time this reporter remembers doing the route UP from ‘Friends’ to “Chain’. He discovered how much easier it is doing the reverse route DOWN. The trampers among us were not disappointed either. Bravo, leaders. Our shared lunch was  another successful end-of-year treat. Thanks to Bruce for leading us in a sing-a-long. Happy holidays. – Ian.
29. 28/3/2012. Hikers. Chain Hills. Leader: Graham.
28. 23/11/2011. Hikers. Fairfield circuit, Fairfield. Leaders: Graham, Wendy.
27. 29/6/2011 Friends Hill. Leaders: Fred, Elaine.
Start Carpark at Saddle Hill overbridge,
to end of Chain Hills road,
across farmland …

“Single File please people.” (As if we could do anything else.)(Bob pic and caption)


Pleasant downhill walking. (Bob pic and caption)


Lunch queue? A good spot actually with shelter, sun, and log seats laid on. (Bob pic and caption)


Fred jealously guards his chocolates. (Bob pic and caption)

… down to Friends’ Hill Road.
Good leadership – except that Quasimodi challenged for the leader’s role, …

Quasimodo joins the group. (Bob pic and caption)

… the leader threw down the gauntlet (ie orange jerkin), and the usurper reigned, …


Quasimodo surges into the lead. (Bob pic and caption)

…  and misled the people at one point,
at which the the old guard led the errant followers correctly.
Along Gladstone Rd, and
up Quarry Rd to cars.
We started with 18 and with defections reduced to 6!!
A lovely walk. Great weather. – Bob.
26. 26/1/2011. Hikers. Chain Hills Road, Flower Street, Fairfield. Easy+. Leaders: Frank and Lesley.
Some 18 of us (the number varied a little at points in the walk) set out from the bridge carpark on Saddle Hill on a fine and calm morning, continued up Chain Hills Road with morning tea at the “potato planter” (pictured),

Morning tea by the potato planter. (Bob pic and caption)

Ditto. (Bob pic and caption)

across a small piece of farmland by the reservoir (where there was the possibility of a confrontation with a cattle beast

Does he want to have a beef with us? (Bob pic and caption)

– but avoided because of the amiable nature of all on two or four feet ) and so onto Flower St, Fairfield, and past several novel garden ornaments, one of which is pictured.

Neill admonishes the little people. (Bob pic and caption)

Lunch stop was at the park with shelter from the hall wall against the strengthening wind, and chocolates from Fred, and the last part of the round-trip was up the old main road (Morris Rd) in gathering drizzle. A frequent topic of conversation was the ailments (and recovery) of various people present or absent, and the name of Don who used to come out with us but whom we haven’t seen for some time and whose name eluded several. [Donny Hunter? – Ed] ( I am reliably informed that there are no longer “senior moments”, but rather “intellectual pauses”.) Two new faces, Jim and Betty, came to ‘try us out’. Thanks to Frank and Leslie for leadership. – Bob M
25. 9/6/2010 Hikers. Chain Hills Road, Flower Street, Fairfield. Easy+. Leaders: Frank and Lesley.

I guess that the residents themselves are their best critics. (Bill pic and caption)

24. 22/4/2009 Hikers. Chain Hills Road, Flower Street, Fairfield. Easy+. Leaders: Frank and Lesley.
23. 28/5/2008. Hikers. Overbridge, Chain Hills, Fairfield. Easy. Leaders: Frank and Lesley
22. 23/1/2008. Hikers. Chain Hills to Fairfield. Easy. Leaders: Frank and Lesley.
21. 27/9/2006. Hikers. Chain Hills, Fairfield. Easy. Leaders: Eleanor W, Dot T.
20. 17/8/2005. Hikers. Overbridge, Chain Hills, Fairfield. Leaders: Margaret S, Carmel.
19. 28/7/2004 Fairfield Tavern, Chain Hills, Fairfield. From over-bridge. Leaders: Les W, Ray, Mary M.
Dunedin from Mount Grand

Dunedin from Mount Grand

Mosgiel from Friends Hill

Mosgiel from Friends Hill

18. 16/7/2003. Hikers. Overhead Bridge, Flower Street, Fairfield. Easy. Leaders: Lance and Lois.
17. 19/2/2003. Chain Hills Circuit from Fairfield Tavern. Medium. Trampers. Leaders: Donny, Graham.
16. 19/6/2002 Alt. Winter walk from Fairfield Tavern. road walk. Leaders: Joyce S, Eleanor
15. 29/5/2002. Chain Hills Circuit from Fairfield Tavern. Medium. Leaders: Donny, Wendy, Graham.
14. 23/5/2001 Friends Hill. Leaders: Bev McI, Mary M, Val
13. 26/7/2000. Fairfield via Flower Street from carpark. Leaders: Lesley and Frank, Margaret D.
12. 24/5/2000 Fairfield Tavern, Chain Hill Circuit. Leaders: Ronny, Irene, Hazel
11. 17/5/2000. Chain Hills – Circuit. From Fairfield Tavern. Leaders: Donny, Irene, Hazel
10. 10/6/1998. Wingatui, Friends Hill, Chain Hills. Leaders: Peg C, Molly.
9. 1/3/1998 Friends Hill, Chain Hills. Leaders: Margaret D, Lance, Lois
8. 25/6/1997. Maurice Road, Fairfield, Chain Hills. Leaders: Betty B, Judith D, Mary Y.
7. 20/11/1996. Friends Hill and beyond. Meet at Wingatui Hall. Leaders: Mary Y, Betty B, Judith D.
6. 1/11/1996 Friends Hill, Chain Hills. Leaders: Mary Y, Betty B
5. 19/6/1996. Chain Hills – Fairfield Tavern for lunch – Return Main Road. No fare. (Alternative to Pole Line) Leaders: Daphne, Evelyn M, Colleen.
4. 16/8/1995. Saddle Hill, Old Brighton Road, Taieri Lookout, Chain Hills, Fairfield. Medium. Leaders: Bob Q, Dot and Nelson, Molly.
3. 16/9/1992. Wingatui Friends Hill Rd Halfway Bush Rd Three Mile Hill Rd Dalziel Rd Brinsdon Rd return
2. 6/5/1992. Walk from Glasgow Street car park, Saddle Hill, Chain Hills, Wingatui. Easy. Leaders: Jack M, W Bathgate,
1. 9/8/1989. Wingatui Racecourse. Over the Hill. Easy+ Leaders: Betty, Molly, Ria.

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Dec 21 2019

A Tribute to Bob Heenan

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Robert Edwin Heenan

27 June 1926 – 19 December 2019

Bob died peacefully at Mossbrae on the 19th of December, 2019 at 93.

He gave sterling leadership to the Club over many years.

At 61, on 1 Sep 1987, he joined Taieri Recreational Tramping Group.

4 Feb 1988. Steering Committee of the TRTG.

4 Mar 1988 – 1994. (5 years). Committee Member of the TRTG.

7 Mar 1988. Car Marshall of the Taieri Recreational Tramping Club.

At 63, in 1989, he was the  Transport Officer of the TRTC.

31 Aug 1989. Vice President of the TRTC.

31 Aug 1989 – 1993. Tramps Programme Committee of the TRTC.

At 64, on 31 Aug 1990, he was elected the Second President of the TRTC.

At 80, in 2006, he was appointed a Life Member of the TRTC.

Bob gave quiet, wise, firm leadership to the Club over many years.

I loved him as a friend and a reliable tramping mate. – Ian.

The Club extends sympathy and gratitude to Audrey for their contributions to the Club.





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Dec 13 2019

Waiora Scout Camp

18. 11/12/2020 Christmas Breakup. All. Waiora Scout Camp. * E. Leaders. Eleanore and Jill D., Noi and Adi. 

Forty two Trampers/hikers set out from the old Whare Flat School along the Tunnel Track and The McRaes Weir Track and back down to the Waiora Scout Camp.  Obviously there was a lot of manual work done by hand  many years ago to help supply water to Dunedin.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Some of us are off!”

The walk took approximately 2.5 hours and was 7km in length.


Photo and Caption Kerry – “Where we walked!”

Terrain was gradual and quite easy! With occasional rope climbing.


Photo and Caption Helen – “Its good being in one group”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Creek crossing”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Nearing the first pit stop”



Photo and Caption John – “Morning tea with a view”



Photo and Caption Gordon -“Climbing out of the second crossing with a rope.”

Really enjoyed the cool, sheltered natural bush.   Very calming!


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading back to Christmas Dinner”


Photo and Caption John – “Waiting for all to arrive before starting”

Arriving back at The Scout Camp where camp mums’ Jill and Adi had kindly set up tables with members’ Christmas food contributions.   Joined by 10 other members, there was a great spread of food.


Photo and Caption Helen – “A happy gathering”

As well as excellent entertainment which included singing and travel experiences.


Photo and Caption John – “Practise makes perfect!”



Photo and Caption Helen – “What was my name again!”

I need to take the opportunity  to  say thank you to everybody for making this day successful and memorable.

Merry Xmas  fellow club members


Collage Clive

Regards Kerry Popham


17/12/2008 Waiora Scout Camp. Leaders: Bruce and Marjorie.
Marjorie and Bruce led us on a well-thought-out trip around the Waiora property into corners we had never suspected existed. There were paths/routes to follow everywhere.
Waiora Swimming Hole

Waiora Swimming Hole. Bruce Evelyn Elaine

The swimming hole was large for such a small stream.

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Dec 05 2019

Lamb Hill: 3 O’Clock, Fiddlers, Orbells

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8. 4/12/2019. Trampers. Lamb Hill Airstrip to Three O’clock Stream. Leaders Arthur and John
“The wind is like the golden breath of the World; when it blows, we feel that the world is alive, and so are we!”
(Mehmet Murat ildan)
Under the threat of rain (a few drops on car windscreens), 17 trampers set out on the Lamb Hill 3 O’clock Stream tramp.
With only one of the four vehicles having 4WD, the journey up Hindon Rd, then a farm track, was testing, but all made it to a paddock near the top of the hill.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “On our way”

We walked downhill, following a fence line, being treated to magnificent panoramic views, but battered by ‘oh’ so strong winds.


Photo and Caption John – “We sit with views to our backs like this”


Photo and Caption John – “Some company for morning tea”

These winds were so strong , on our right side, they made conversation difficult, tore at our clothing, and right ears!
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Photo and Caption Gordon – “Where we have to go”

At this stage Bob Dylan’s words seemed entirely appropriate:-
“Idiot wind, blowing every time you open your mouth.”

Photo and Caption John – “The steep decent to 3 O’clock Stream”

Eventually, after a steep, rough, final decent we reached 3 O’clock Stream.
Thoughts of that wind again dominated:-
“You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not lying down.”
(C.S. Lewis)
After a comparatively straight forward river crossing we had lunch by a very well equipped musterers’ hut, complete with a gas Bar-B-Que!

Photo and Caption Gordon – “Crossing stream to a well deserved lunch spot”



Photo and Caption John – “Idyllic!, lunch by 3 O’clock Stream”

In these sheltered, idyllic, surroundings, thoughts of the wind changed:-
“Loud wind, strong wind, sweeping O’er mountains,
Fresh wind, free wind, blowing from the sea.
Pour forth thy vials like streams from airy mountains.
Draughts of life to me.”
(Dinah Maria Murlock Craik)
Following a slightly deeper river crossing we headed uphill again, now with the wind battering us from our left side of course.
The return journey to the cars, punctuated by a short rest amongst some sheltering rocks, was pretty uneventful.

Photo and Caption Gordon – “20 more minutes to cars. Everyone happy with another great day”

This in spite of some literally being blown off their feet, but others always nearby to help:-
“The winds of grace blow all the time,
all we have to do is set our sails.”
In all we walked 11.9km (That is if it had been in a straighter line, without the zig zag wind effect!)
Afternoon tea was enjoyed at Outram’s Wobbly Goat Cafe.
A time to enjoy good company and reflect with a feeling of accomplishment all that the tramp had offered us:-
“A little sun, a little rain.
A soft wind blowing from the west,
And woods and fields are sweet again,
And warmth within the mountain’s breast.
A little love, a little trust,
A soft impulse, a sudden dream,
And life as dry, as desert dust,
Is fresher than a mountain stream.”
(Stopford Brooke 1832-1916)
John Gardiner

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Dec 05 2019

Bull Ring, Ben Rudd

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Location: 15 km.
Click Ben Rudd Article for background information.
Click Pineapple Track for background information.
Click Pineapple and Flagstaff walk for background information.
See Flagstaff Name for its origin.

4/12/2019. Hikers and Ramblers. Bull Ring. Leaders Betty and Jim Finnie

The weather was marginal at the start but improved as we progressed up the fire break to the turn off to Ben Rudd’s hut.  This was a pleasant sheltered spot for the 20 hikers to enjoy morning tea with the sun making its presence felt.  Retracing our steps back up to the fire break we followed across to join the Pineapple track which we followed for a short distance to inspect the recent burned area, giving us an excellent vista of the city.


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Again retracing our steps to a sheltered spot near the summit of Flagstaff we had a chance meeting up with our 4 ramblers for lunch.  Westerly conditions persisted on the way down hill to the cars at the Bull Ring.  Coffee stop was at a busy Topiary’s where a strong breeze seemed to assist the sparrows in their dive bombing attempts for food.

Leaders were Betty & Jim Finnie

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Nov 29 2019

Kempshall Road, Maungatua

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3. 27/11/2019. Trampers. Maungatuas Meander via Kempshall Road. M Margreet and Neil

It was warm and balmy as 20 eager trampers set out on our ‘meander’ today. Several in the group were adamant that ‘meander’ slightly understated the nature of the outing – and thought a better description would be ‘a very long Baldwin street’!!
The steep gravel road access to the parking spot proved challenging for some cars and passengers/pushers, but we all made it!


Photo and Caption Gordon _ “And we’re off”

In order to prepare for the ascent ahead we decided to have morning tea on the balcony at the landowner’s bach, which was just a short side trek from the main track.


Photo and Caption Gordon -“A great place for morning tea”

Views from there were stunning and to be honest the group was a bit reluctant to move on.

The steep climb up Mt. Maungatua to the top boundary took around an hour of huffing and puffing and moaning and groaning!
There was no sign of the aggressive NZ falcon and group of fallow deer encountered on the reconnoitre.


Photo and Caption Helen – “At the top looking out over the plains”

But once conquered the vista over the fertile Taieri Plain, wetlands and lakes; was outstanding.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “A view of Saddle Hill and the Taieri plains”


Photo and Caption John – “the beautiful Taieri Plain”

Heading south we traversed gullies of verdant native bush and ridges of lush long grass.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Still climbing”


Photo and Caption John – “Further than I would usually take my dog”

We stopped for lunch on a grassy knoll prior to descent.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch, a disappearing view and a very special birthday shout”


Photo and Caption Helen – “Birthday wine shout by the birthday boy Dave”

Within minutes a light easterly brought in low cloud which reduced visibility to a few metres. The leader,using all his native tracking skills, led the beleaguered group safely downhill to the lower track. What a hero!!


Photo and Caption Helen – “Walking down one of the many hills”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “”Heading down to the cars we hope”

From there it was uphill and down dale back to the cars, pausing briefly to inspect the adventure course being used by the chatty children from Hampden school.
Recovery was commenced at Outram’s Wobbly Goat with coffee and cake.
P.S. A consensus asserted that this adventure be reclassified from M to H!

Margreet and Neil

2. 19/4/2017. Trampers. Meander the Maungatuas via Kempshall Road. M. Margreet and Neil.

As we drove through Outram heading for our ‘Maungatua Meander’; the rain bearing cold front forecast for lunch-time, arrived 3 hours early! Nevertheless 5 hardy gentlemen and 6 ‘complaining’ ladies set out on the steep 78 minute climb to the top boundary of this private property! We passed ‘Climbing Rock’ and inspected the outdoor adventure course where a tiered viewing platform made a handy stop for morning tea, sheltered from the wind and rain.


Morning Tea. (Margreet pic and caption.)


Confidence course. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Jill on the helipad. (Margreet pic and caption.)

Plodding (and puffing) upwards past ‘Falcon Rock’, the top junction was soon reached, but the awesome scenic vistas promised by the leaders, were less than spectacular!

Heading South we followed the farm track passing through gullies of beautiful native Beech forest, and ridges of productive pasture. Destructive wild pigs had been busy in many places. The weather dictated an early descent for lunch beside a waterfall in the sheltering beech forest.


Lunch. (Helen pic.)

A side-trek to visit the landowner’s beautiful ‘Bunker’ completed the meander, during which we covered 8.5 KM and climbed to 1900 ft.

We enjoyed a debrief at the Wobbly Goat Café before heading home. -Margreet and Neil

1. 28/1/2009 Kempshall Road, Maungatua Leader: George
(Off Maungatua Road, beyond Grainger Road.) Permission.

Small waterfall. Doug, George. (Hazel pic)

Small waterfall, small pool, big rock. Doug, George. (Hazel pic)

Twin rocks. Taieri Plain from Kempshall Rd Track. George, Glenice, Doug (Hazel pic)

Twin rocks. Taieri Plain from Kempshall Rd Track. George, Glenice, Doug (Hazel pic)

Back at the cars

Back at the cars. Glenice, Doug.  (Hazel pic)

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Nov 28 2019

Chingford Park, Quarry

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Distance from car-park: 20 km.
6. 27/11/2019. Hikers. Palmers Quarry, Chingford Park. Easy. Leaders Jan Y and Peter D
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Photo and Caption Clive – “The ‘collage’ says it all.”


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Nov 25 2019

Rosella Ridge

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Mountain Road, Green Hut, Rosella Ridge, Waikouaiti River. 5-6 hrs 13 km, hard.)
7. 20/11/19 Trampers, Rosella Ridge Leaders Arthur and Joy

The sky looked promising, despite a forecast for showers, as the group left Mosgiel at 8:15am.After driving to SEMPLE ROAD, 11 keen trampers left the cars at 9:05am on the SILVER PEAKS track.  A neat hour got us to the site of the old GREEN HUT,


Photo and Caption Gordon – “At the site of the old Green Hut”

but we continued a few minutes more before stopping at a sunny, sheltered spot for a 15 minute smoko break.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Morning tea sheltered from the wind”

From here we were quite exposed to the cold Sou-west wind as we carried on up to the top of ROSELLA RIDGE.  Lots of cloud about, but sunny much of the time.

It was a relief to be in the shelter from the wind as we started down ROSELLA RIDGE. Our goal for the day was to walk down the fully length of the RIDGE to the river—-something never previously done by our Club, I think.

There were many Peaks and Humps to climb, as sometimes said, we went up and down a lot as we went down!

Sometime after passing LITTLE PULPIT ROCK we came to a tussocky knob in the sunshine, and with views in all directions.  We made this our 30 minute lunch stop.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Just below Pulpit rock looking at where we are going”

A very brief skiff of hail passed over.  Anyone quick enough could have enjoyed Iced coffee or Iced tea with their lunch!  Some were reluctant to move, but we still had far to go.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading down Rosella ridge to the stream”

After another hour of descent we reached the very bottom of ROSELLA RIDGE.  We had a rest period, before changing direction to follow the WAIKOUITI RIVER SOUTH BRANCH upstream.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Finally the stream”

The GREEN HUT CLEARING GROUP have done much work in this area in the last year or two.  A major engineering feat has been accomplished at a major climb, by installing a double zig-zag with an easy gradient.

Turning onto the HUNTERS ACCESS TRACK we crossed the river 3 times in quick succession, to begin the climb out.  A good rest was taken, with water and energy food consumed, at the bottom.Turning onto the HUNTERS ACCESS TRACK we crossed the river 3 times in quick succession, to begin the climb out.  A good rest was taken, with water and energy food consumed, at the bottom.

The first 15 minutes was a stiff uphill climb, Good recently remodelled steps before reaching the dozed Forestry track.  No rushing here, with several rest stops.

And then it was much easier going, and quite pleasant with the strong wind in the tree tops high above.  We had 2 more short, steeper climbs before reaching SEMPLE ROAD.  A few minutes walk had us back to the cars at 4:20pm, for an elapsed time of 7 1/4 hours for the days tramp.

The Leaders estimate of the distance was only a tad out, as we had tramped 20kms.  WELL DONE EVERYONE!  All were very happy and satisfied with the day;  It was good to have achieved such a long and challenging tramp.

My thanks to all of the group and especially HELEN and GARY for being Assistant Leaders.



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Nov 25 2019

Waikouaiti: Matanaka, Beach Walk

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Distance from car-park: 57.5 km.
11. 20/11/19 Hikers Waikouaiti Matanaka Leaders Shona and Ady
A group of 27 hikers and ramblers assembled at Inverary St beside the Hawksbury Lagoon.
We left 3 ramblers to “do their own thing” the rest walking down Nairn and
Dumbarton Sts to  Edinburgh St before sheltering there out of the wind at the golf club for morning tea.
Proceding left, we walked up the hill to Matanaka, where we explored the stable,
granary, school house, privy and a farm shed on the farm established around 1840 by Johnny Jones.

Photo and Caption John – “A most exposed dramatically stark, eerie, yet resilient set of buildings is hard to imagine!”


Photo and Caption John – “What life must have been like for those first settlers from the ship ‘Magnet’ from New South Wales”

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Photo and Caption John – “Inside the stables of the Matanaka farm buildings (circa 1840’s)”

Heading downhill we had lunch at the side of the road.
We continued on over the estuary mouth and down to Beach St, walking  up to see the
St John Anglican church built in 1858, the first church built in Otago.
As the rain was threatening we increased the pace into Scotia St and over the boardwalk and across
the lagoon where there was amazing birdlife, including paradise ducks with ducklings and swans with cygnets.
Coffee was at Blueskin Cafe and while we were there, the forecast  shower eventuated.
Collage – Clive
Distance walked approx 10 kms
Leaders Ady and Shona

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

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

Clive pic.

The walk into the Reserve …

Clive pic.

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

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

Clive pic.

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

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

Clive pic.

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

– Judy and Elaine

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

Hawksbury Lagoon route map courtesy Ian.

Hawksbury Lagoon route map courtesy Ian.

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

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

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

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

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

… learning foraging skills.

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

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

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

Waikouaiti to Karitane beach walk route map, courtesy Ian.

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

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

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

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

New Karitane wharf, still high, but wet.

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

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

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

GPS of route

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

Devastated beach verge. (John pic)

Devastated beach verge. (John pic)

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

Up into the Lagoon (John pic)

Up into the Lagoon (John pic)

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

Grandstand. (John pic)

Grandstand. (John pic)

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

Artisan Bakery (John pic)

Artisan Bakery (John pic)

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

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

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

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

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

Colour in garden. (John pic)

Colour in garden. (John pic)

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

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

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

We set off from the cars directly across Hawksbury Lagoon

Looking back on sharp straight ledges

Lovely old stable at Matanaka

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

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

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

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

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

Beach walk to Karitane

Wave and Karitane peninsula

Wave and the Karitane Huriawa peninsula

OGHS Coach and canoer

OGHS Coach and canoer

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

Lunch at Karitane

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

Fishing boat at Karitane

Mt Watkins from Karitane

Mt Watkins from Karitane

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

2. 9/4/2008 Leaders:

Trotting horses being exercised along the beach

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

The schoolhouse

The schoolhouse

Coming away

Coming away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Nov 15 2019

Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forests, Escarpment, Cowan round trip

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Cloud Forest and Escarpment

Map: Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forest, Telegraph (Old Bridal) track to Pigeon Flat, Escarpment Track, Cowan Rd, Short Cut to Fox Rd, down to Sullivans Dam

9. 13/11/19. Trampers. Sullivan’s Dam. Cloud Forest, Transmission Line. Return. M. Leaders: Karen and Gary

On an overcast but mild morning, 21 trampers set out from the picturesque Sullivan’s Dam. Shortly
after, we were joined by our 22 nd tramper. Making our way along and up the track and well constructed boardwalk, we passed through beautiful bush including Alpine Cyprus and masses of low ground ferns.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading up the bush ridge”

Up through the bush and boggy sections to the transmission line where we stopped for our morning tea.



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Smoko and view at top”

The coolish breeze was offset by the magnificent view over Blueskin Bay , the northern motorway and hills beyond.

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Photo and Caption Helen – ” Great view looking across to Northern Motorway”

With everyone refreshed we carried on up through the bush and muddy sections, over fallen trees
and slippery tree roots to the rocky outcrop.


Phot and Caption Gordon – “A steep part”


Photo and Caption John – “Almost at the top”

Spectacular views were to be had while we all waited for our turn to scramble up and around the rocks. The terrain flattened out to a mixture of replanted pines and open low scrub areas.
The lunch break was in an area of replanted pines.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch amongst the new planting”

Next was a short walk to Cowan Road which we walked for about a km (one even stopping to pick a spray of native clematis)


Photo and Caption Helen – “Noi wearing her new headwear courtesy of John”

before dropping down onto the Three Peaks track lined with flowering broom.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Not too far now!”

We made our way down to the paddocks and were entertained by a herd of very curious steers, some even coming close enough to be patted and lick the odd hand. From there it was a short walk through more fuchsia and bush to the Leith Valley Road.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Happy trampers, another great tramp!”

We stopped at the gardens for refreshments, all of us pleased with having accomplished a tramp
that was challenging in places but rewarding to be part of. – Karen and Gary.

8. 10/10/2018. Hikers. Sullivans Dam. Cloud Forest, Transmission Line. Return. M. Leaders: Pam and Dawn.

Morning tea at Sullivan’s Dam. (Clive pic and caption.)

Up through the trees. (1) (Clive pic and caption.)

Up through the trees. (2) (Clive pic and caption.)

At the top before the rain set in. (Clive pic and caption.)

Lunch sheltering from the rain. (Clive pic and caption.)

7. 20/7/2016. Hikers. Sullivans Dam. Cloud Forest, Transmission Line, Round trip to Lookout and Leith Saddle. Return. M. Leaders: Pam, Ian.
22 Hikers turned up. 14 went to Transmission line, 11 did ‘Leith loop’ (a first for us). – Ian.
View of some of the stepping stone steps.

Some of the multiple ‘stepping stone’ steps – on one of the easier gradients. [Ed: Have seen such nowhere else.]

Lunch at Transmission line.

Lunch at Transmission line at top of Cloud Forest track.

Bluesman Bay view from Transmission Line lunch spot. (Adrienne pic.)

Blueskin Bay view from Transmission Line lunch spot. (Adrienne pic.)

Dunedin view from lookout point. (Adrienne pic.)

Dunedin view from lookout point. (Adrienne pic.)

Dam view from where? - Lookout? (Adrienne pic.)

Sullivan’s Dam view from  Lookout point. (Adrienne pic.)

Ends of track down from Lookout, on Leith Saddle end of Pigeon Flat Road. (Adrienne pic.)

Ends of track down from the Lookout Loop, on Leith Saddle end of Pigeon Flat Road. (Adrienne pic.)

6. 9/3/2011. Trampers. Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forests, Escarpment, Cowan round trip.

Pines up ahead, through which and around we have to go.

At the foot of a rocky bluff we had to climb around.

On the top of the bluff. (Apologies for badly aimed shot.)

It was an great tramp. Some challenges, like having to crawl on knees over the huge rocks, crawling under some gigantic fallen trees, going through bush so dense that we couldn’t see the ground, pushing our way through gorse and holding on to trees to swing through a few muddy patches. A couple of times there was some discussion on which way to go, but with our two awesome experienced leaders, Ian and Doug, we were soon headed in the correct direction.
A small problem for the ladies was some cattle in a paddock we had to go through, first Dawn was too nervous to move when the beasts started coming towards her, but Ian assured her they were only curious.   After waiting for Pam and Jill to appear, Ian decided to investigate, so he climbed back through the fence and went back up the paddock to find two more ladies nervous of the cattle.  He confidently escorted them down the rest of the way.
The tramp took 6 hours but didn’t seem that long with great company and the best escorts, it was a wonderful experience and I look forward to many more. – Dawn.

It was disappointing to find much of the Escarpment Track so overgrown. It had evidently not been tramped very often lately.

But thanks to those who have looked after the short-cut from Cowan Road through the trees down to Fox Road, and further on, to those who had trimmed back the gorse from the track down through the regenerating forestry. – Ian.

(5.) 12/8/2009 Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forests, Escarpment, Cowan round trip. CANCELLED. BAD WEATHER. Leaders: Bill, Doug.

The following photos taken on RECCE!:

Sullivans Dam

Sullivans Dam. (Bill pic)

Blueskin Bay from Telegraph Track

Blueskin Bay from Telegraph Track. (Bill pic)

Track notice

Track notice. (Bill pic)


Boulders recently climbed. (Bill pic). Doug.

Vert. Escarpment

Mud on Escarpment. (Bill pic). Doug.

4. 22/7/2009 Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forests of Leith, Lookout, Leith Saddle, Pipe Line back to Dam. Leaders: L Gowans, B Harvey.
3. 18/7/2007 Leaders: Abe, Ian

From Sullivans Dam, we made our way through

Tea Break. Ian, George, Tash, Helen.

Cloud Forest, crossed Pole track, crossed Telegraph/Bridal Track, North face of Mt Cargill, down Cowan Road, Short-cut to cross Bridal Track,

Down Cowan Road. Keith, George, Arthur H, Glenice, Diane (obscured), Helen, Tash, Ian.

through cleared forestry,

Down through cleared forestry. Ian, Helen, Diane, Arthur, Keith, Tash

McCutcheon paddocks, up pipe line back to dam.

2. 30/11/2005. Trampers. Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forest, Escarpment, Cowan Road. Round trip Leaders: Bill & Pat, Bruce
1. 20/7/2005. Sullivans Dam, Cloud Forest, Escarpment, Cowan Road. Round trip. Leaders: Bill & Pat, Bruce.

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Nov 15 2019

Frasers Gully

Published by under Hikers,Year round

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

16 km from car park.

28. 13/11/19. Hikers. Frasers Gully. Leaders Jay and Jan B


23 hikers set off for Frasers Gully on a cool clear



Photo and Caption Clive – “Setting out up Frasers Gully”

We left 5 ramblers to set their own pace and proceeded up the well formed gully track.



Photo and Caption Clive – “Zig zag through the bush”

We stopped for morning tea in an area with some dappled light and beside the creek before continued on up to the top of the track which came out on Dalziel Road.



Photo and Caption Clive – “Morning tea beside the track.”

We walked along this road for a bit and then turned right taking us up past the Mount Grand treatment plant then left and on up past the Penno block and around the corner until we came to Halfway Bush road.



Photo and Caption Jan – “Walking and talking along the track”

  We walked down this road until we came to the end of it where it meets with the top of Friend’s Hill and as we were a little early for lunch, we walked down Friends Hill for about 20 minutes and found a place to stop for lunch which was nice and sheltered.


Photo and Caption Clive – “The view across Taieri Plain”



Photo and Caption Clive – “Lunch at Halfway bush road.”

After lunch a couple of guys decided to continue down Friend”s Hill and back to their car which is another option we can try in the future.  The remainder of us returned back to our cars by the same route.  It being all down hill this time.  About 11 kms were travelled.

Afternoon tea was at Sunnyvale.  I can recommend the Bundeberg.  They have half a dozen different flavours!

Jay and Jan B

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

Map of route, courtesy Ian.

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

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

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

Morning tea. (Clive pic and caption.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Route Map

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

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

Frasers Gully "Road".

Frasers Gully “Road”. (Liz pic.)


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

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

Lunching on the flat. (Helen pic)

Lunching on the flat. (Helen pic)

Steep climb ahead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coffee. (Helen pic.)

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

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

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

GPS of route

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

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

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

Up the Frasers Gully track.

Up the Frasers Gully track. (John pic)

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


Cuppa time panorama

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

Ascending Brinsdon

Ascending Brinsdon Road (John pic)

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

Lunch panorama

Lunch panorama (John pic)

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

Bus stop

“Room for one more” (John pic)

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

Steep down

Steep down

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

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

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

Frasers Gully

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

Friends Hill

Lunch finished. Top of Friends Hill.


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

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


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

Garden enhancement?

Garden enhancement? (Elaine pic)

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

19. 16/7/2008 Frasers Gully

Fraser's Gully

Frasers Gully

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

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

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

Lunch in the mist

Lunch in the mist

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

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

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

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Nov 07 2019

Quoin Point Bull Creek

Published by under Beach,Both Hikers & Trampers,Farm

No. 79 on old hardcopy list of 113 club tramps. “Quoin Pt – Bull Creek – Farmland (see George) Farm”

45 km from car park.
“quoin” definition: 1. An exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry.
2. Any of the stones used in forming such an angle, often being of large size and dressed or arranged so as to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining walls. Seek permissions.
Coast and farm walk. Bull Creek nature walk to waterfall (tiny!) recommended.
15. 6/11/2019.  Quoin Point to Bull Creek.


On a calm morning 33 keen, happy members drove up Law road and along the coast through Akatore to Quoin Point road, driving a couple of kms down to the wool shed.  At 10am 6 Ramblers headed off to enjoy their day, leaving 27 to hike to Bull Creek.




Photo and Caption Helen – “Up and down”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “regroup”

We walked down through paddocks to the rocks where we had smoko.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Smoko among the rocks”

(In 2014 we tried to count the pod of seals both big and small), however, today we only spotted a couple along the way.  As well as 4 leaders, we had markers still in place from the Tokomairiro High school trail bike fundraiser held a couple of weeks ago guiding us. The paddocks were dry and nice to walk on.  With lots of gates to open/close, amazing coastal scenery, gullies with native bush, 3 old farm houses and a couple of creeks to cross.  2 hours of hiking then came to a standstill at the now fenced off access to Bull Creek.  Even with 2 stiles to cross over, their was not a track to be found.  We  back-tracked a short distance and found our way down.  3 Members decided on a bit of  bush bashing, 2 were through in no time———then through  came Doug (our 90 year old) with a grin, having enjoyed his scramble!!



Photo and Caption Helen – “Doug taking the hard way down



Photo and Caption Helen – “Bull Creek”

To save getting wet feet, a most enjoyable, sociable and scenic lunch was had by all on the rocks, before you cross the creek to the iconic kiwi cribs from 12:00 to 1:00.



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch at Bull Creek”



Photo and Caption Gordon- “Couple of Kilometres left”


Photo and Caption Gordon- “Heading to Cars”


Then it was time to head back the way we came, arriving to the cars at 3pm.  2 cars travelled down the Taieri Beach road through pine forest (a new road for some) while the others down the more scenic road to the Black Swan Waihola for Coffee.

As always another happy outing covering about 12 kms.  I think it is really important having the combined monthly hike, walking, talking and catching up with our hikers and ramblers.


Photo and Caption – Gordon – “View”


Different theories on how Bull Creek got its name.  From a fictional character called John Bull, to the Otago Witness’ report in 1904 of the story of a wild Bull meeting a grisly end in the area, with the bull’s head later being hung on the wall of “Bulls Cottage”
The 42 or so cribs are spread over about 4ha and have their own 35 year lease, set up some years ago with the then land owners.
Eleanore, Helen, Bob and Jannette

14. 4/4/2018. Both. Quoin Point to Bull Creek. M. Leaders: Ian,  Arthur and Bob.

Hikers’ Route map, courtesy Ian.

The day was fine when twenty-seven of us started down from a  busy shearing shed at the end of Quoin Point Road to morning-tea down by the Quoin Point rocks. Both we and a multitude of inquisitive young seals were amazed at the sight of each other.

Quoin Point at the sealions gathering. (Clive pic and caption.)

Morning tea at Quoin Point.(Clive pic and caption.)

Ten trampers set off first, closely followed by eleven Hikers…

(Kevin pic.)

… leaving seven Ramblers behind to enjoy a more leisurely walk, which they took as far as the first house, returning along the beaches before having to regain the paddocks. They got back to the cars at 1.15 p.m.

For the others, the route varied between the flats of rocks and beach where practicable, and paddocks and gates where necessary. Towards lunch-time the query of “how much further” was beginning to be raised by some of the newer hikers. The hut-on-the-paddock’s site had complicated matters with new electric fencing forcing skirting around it before reaching the familiar route again. (We did better on the return trip.)

The trampers arrived at Bull Creek …

Bull Creek. (Clive pic and caption.)

.. in time to get round to including the picnic area and the  Bull Creek Bush Walk.

Along the waterfall walk. Clive pic and caption.)

Along the waterfall walk. (Clive pic and caption.)

The Hikers, with their much later arrival, (their walk enriched however with much mushroom-picking) had time only to get through their lunch

Brief lunch. (Kevin pic.)

before the low-tide’s turn prompted getting back across the creek.

On the return trip, our two groups were mixed and strung out as people moved off from Bull Creek in their own time. Admirably, Bob, our back marker, kept his disciplined place, to ensure we all got back in one piece.
This time, at the second stile, fortunately Arthur remembered to remain on the flat until we had got past below the little paddock hut before resuming the paddocks.
So we straggled back to the cars, strung out in various groups, some faster, others slower as the weariness of a 12 km tramp set in. Bob’s sterling work as back marker, at this point really paid off.  Several paddocks short of our destination one of us found the going too much and needed rescuing. Gordon, a new member of the club who had accompanied Bob stayed back to keep watch, while Bob strode on to fetch his large four-wheel-drive ute back to the rescue.
So all’s well that ends well. with the day ending with a congenial “coffee” stop off at Brighton. – Ian.
13. 30/7/2014. Trampers. Quoin Point to Bull Creek.
A good group of eight set out from the farm road at Quoin Point to walk along to Bull Creek. there was a bit of a wind blowing which kept the temperature down, & it was VERY muddy going across the paddocks. We didn’t get onto the beach very much as the tide was quite high, even although on the tramp program it was stated to be low at 11:30 approx. [Yes, a 0.3 m low tide i.e. on the higher side – Ed]
It was surprising to see that the gates along the coastal paddocks had “Walking Access” signs attached to them, so good on the land owners for allowing this.
We had morning tea in the shelter of some rocks, & lunch at Bull Creek. Lunch was a reasonably hurried affair, as the sandflies were eating more than we were!!! The exit of Bull Creek onto the beach was probably passable, but we didn’t fancy getting wet feet so we stayed on the Nth. side.
After lunch, it was just a return walk mostly back along the paddocks to the cars. The wind had started to dry out the very muddy parts, so it was only just a little less muddy going back. But, unfortunatly, one member slipped over at one point, & has some dirty washing to attend to !! We walked 12.3km in approx 4hrs. – Ken.
12. 5/3/2014 Both. Quoin Point to Bull Creek. Leaders: Lex and Peter.
Failed to reach Bull Creek. Ed note.
11. 13/2/2013 Trampers. Quoin Point to Bull Creek. (9)
Nine of us enjoyed the tramp, three of us oldies, six newies, to show it off to. And they did appreciate it.
We saw lots of seals/sealions (?) on the way.
It was surprising to see such a high sandbar at Bull Creek.

A high extensive sandbar now. (Ian pic and caption.)

Backed up

Bull Creek water backed up by the sandbar. (Ian pic and caption.)

Although a souwester was very strong at times it was good tramping weather.
A feature of the tramp at its end was the discovery of a very flat battery in Ian F’s car, whose parking lights had been accidentally knocked on and left for 5 hours! With an AA call-out rescue, we got all got home by teatime. – Ian.

10. 2/6/2010. Both. Quoin Point to Bull Creek. Leaders: George and Dot.

It was a most unusual start. Various reports had it that after the recent rainy period the paddocks would be too wet or the coast road would have been damaged. As it turned out, not – in either case. The upshot was though, that one of the leaders led a number on a round trip road walk up the Scroggs Hill from Brighton. 12 went on to Quoin Point. Of the 12, only 4 went to Bull Creek.

It was a nice low tide, but the Bull Creek flood waters were too deep to comfortably cross.

Packing up after lunch. Ken, Doug.

The remainder stopped for lunch a few gullies back.

Bull Creek minus 30 mins. (Bill caption and pic) Lex and who?

The day was brilliant with little wind.

How did this get here? Noticed on the way back.

It was a good day out. All the more enjoyable for contrasting with the previous week’s extended rain. – Ian
9. 23/12/2009. Trampers. Ken and George. Quoin Point to Bull Creek.
A good walk on Wednesday, lots of rock hopping. It was a perfect day for it as well, with virtually no wind, and not too much sun either.
Returning from Bull Creek. George. (Ken pic)

Returning from Bull Creek. George. (Ken pic)

8. 4/4/2007. All. Quoin Point to Bull Creek. Easy+. Leaders: George, Hazel, Eleanor B, Joyce S
7. 1/3/2006 All. Quoint Point, Bull Creek. Easy. Leaders: Dot B, Glenis, Frank & Lesley
6. 6/4/2005. Both. Quoin Point. Leaders: Hazel, Dot B, Anne R, Colleen.
Ian and Bob

Tea Break. Ian,  Bob H.


Seascape (Ian pic and caption.)

High tide at Bull Creek. No crossing today!

High tide at Bull Creek. No crossing today! (Ian pic and caption.)

5. 22/1/2003. Both. Quoin Point, Bull Creek. Medium. Leaders: Doug M, Bill and Pat, Denise.
4. 24/4/2002. Quoin Point Bull Creek. Medium. Leaders: Graham, Bill & Pat
3. 28/11/2000. Quoin Point. Leaders: George, Pam, Audrey K.
2. 29/3/2000. Quoin Point Bull Creek Leaders: George, Hazel, Bev J.
1. 15/5/1996. Quoin Point – Bull Creek. Return. Russell Road. Medium. Leaders: Jack M, George, Ted, Jack R.
Alternative: Woodhaugh – Leith Valley. Average. Leaders: Daphne, Mary Y

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Nov 02 2019

Porkys/Jim Freeman

Published by under Both Hikers & Trampers

Trampers Report for Jim Freeman/Porky’s 30/10/19

A well planned tramp!!!

Previous days there had been some heavy rain and Arthur took on the task of planning a good tramp, even with a bad weather report for the day. He decided to take us on reasonably dry tracks. The Jim Freeman track was the choice. We wandered along a pleasant track finally reaching Ben Rudd’s shelter for morning tea.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Smoko in Ben Rudd’s shelter”

The track then headed up to the ridge to meet the Flagstaff Swampy  track. The sun was shining with a steady breeze.



Photo and Caption Gordon – “Heading up the firebreak”


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Steep bit before lunch”

We walked until we came to the Porky track junction where we had lunch.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Lunch among the flax and tussocks

We followed Porky’s track down to Possum busters track

and finally back onto the Jim Freeman track – there were a few damp spots! And back to where we started.


Photo and Caption Gordon – “Bruce Campbells Rhododendron dell”

Coffee was planned for Blend.  We were all having our coffee and snacks when an enormous gust of wind came with heavy sleety rain which blew a tree over next to Blackstone coffee bar.  This provided the icing on the cake!! Plenty to look at and plenty of advice while it got cleaned up.


Photo and Caption Dave – ” Fallen tree in wind gust provides entertainment”

Well planned Arthur!!!


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