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Trip Reports January - July 2017


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Mt Grey Amberley                                                                                             4th – 6th February 2017    

Day One - Dawn

As the planned Wilberforce Trip had to be postponed due to high river levels a group of 8 trampers headed for Amberly to camp out at the beautiful old homestead of Amberly House and their lovely grounds and hospitality.  

After setting up camp and looking around we headed west to a lovely area which promised to reward us with amazing cliffs at the gorge end of this river. First we went up river to look at the lines in the cliff that marked the dinosaur age. We then headed back down the river on a mission to get to the big white cliffs we were told were just around the next few corners. It was a beautiful warm day, so perfect day for lots of walking in the river, which there was.

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Wanganui River Canoeing                                                                                 18th - 26th February 2017

Day 1 Saturday – Wayne    

On Saturday the 18th February Colin and Judy, Peter and Sandy, Christine, Hazel, Chris, John, Russell and Wayne met at the Timaru airport for an early morning flight to Wellington on the start of a week-long North Island adventure. The flight to Wellington enabled us to look down on the mountains around Kaikoura and on arrival at the Wellington we were met by the Juicy Rental people and we picked up two rental vans and started driving towards National Park.

The weather was hot and humid and we were grateful for the vehicle’s air conditioning. We stopped for lunch on a beach opposite Kapiti Island, then we stopped for some shopping before arriving in National Park……..

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Mt Dobson                                                                                                               Sunday 9th April 2017


We had a very large party of 23 climbing Mt Dobson and the North Spur. We were on our feet at 8.40am after meeting at Louise and Ian’s.  A very clear day with no cloud. A fresh dusting of snow on the tops. The clear sky did not last all day. :-(

Kayaking at Milford Lagoon                                                                                   Sunday 26th March
What a wonderful day out six of us had kayaking at the Milford Lagoon. With the patience. guidance and expertise of Colin and Judy we explored in and out of several inlets and stopped for lunch on a shingle bank near the sea. Many types of birds use this area and the highlight was seeing a large flock of spoonbills.

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Orari Gorge, Andrews Stream -Mount Francis                                                    Saturday 29th April   

This tramp was brought forward due to a pending cold front due through on the scheduled 30 April date.

This was a well-attended tramp even though it was brought forward, nine of us meet at the stadium at 8am where new member prospect Heather and my father Bruce were made welcome. With introductions over we all set off in two vehicles for the Orari Gorge where we parked up near the historic canyon bridge by this time a cold breeze was blowing down the Gorge and into our faces the idea was to walk through the Orari gorge via the vehicle track and cut up a what was to turn out to be a steep unrelenting ridge to the summit of the 1025 metre Mount Francis

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Lake Tennyson to St Arnaud                                                                                    25th – 31st March

This turned out to be a bit of a boys only trip. For Bruce it was on the Bucket List, to be able to relive a trip done many years ago as a teenager with his brother. Wayne, it was an opportunity to go back to the Traverse Saddle area. For me, John a trip back into the area that was my first ever real tramp. This was a five day hike.

As you all know the weather has been a bit of a mixed bag this Summer / Autumn. We travelled to Hanmer on the Saturday. Bruce had been studying the weather forecasts. At least we are closer to the start and can make a decision on the day. We awoke to a pretty dismal dull day. It’s a runner, let’s go for it.

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Squires Bridge on Back Line Road                                                                            Saturday 15th May

The hills were alive     

A party of 15 enthusiastic trampers set of for Squires Bridge on Back Line Road.  Parking alongside Silver Stream woolshed we climbed a gate on the west side of the road to follow a 4WD track, with several boot-top deep stream crossings, into the Hunter Hills on a fine clear day.  About 5km in we began climbing towards 1,006 m Mount Blyth.  Three hours of walking brought us onto a ridge with a view SW into the Hakataramea Valley.  Here we stopped for lunch, north of and still about 100 m below Mount Blyth summit.  

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Lake Emma and Roundabout                                                                                     Saturday 20th May  

Nine hardy souls left Timaru on a sunny but very fresh morning heading for the Haketere Conservation Area in

the Mt Somers region.

With us all rugged up with our winter woollies against the bitterly cold wind we set off around Lake Emma.

An hour later we arrived at a Historical Hut built in 1860 and was in very good condition considering its age.

After a refreshment stop we headed off again.

The next section of our walk was to get across the top of the lake without getting lost in the boggy swamp.

This was a challenging task as we rocked and rolled over the tussock, in and out of the mud. Some of the

group managed to make it with only slightly wet feet, it was a lot of fun and we didn’t lose anyone. After

about an hour or so we arrived back at the cars and had a lunch stop.

A couple of minutes back up the track we stopped at Lake Roundabout. This lake was smaller than Lake

Emma so didn’t take very long but was just as enjoyable and here to we had to negotiate a swamp area and

again we didn’t lose anyone.

A very enjoyable day was had by all and thankyou Catherine for a great day out and to everyone for their

company. Those on the trip were Owen, Catherine, Kay, Lindsay, Barry, Ross, Dorothy, Graham and Dawn.