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Hobsonville Art Trail Sunday 29th November, 2020

The weather had been fine and warm for the survey and it would have been lovely if that had been so on the Sunday. We could have enjoyed the sun, as well as the art work and cafes. But it was not to be - it was mostly rain coat weather. However, it was an interesting day, though completely different from the usual tramps. .

It was a fairly long van journey, so the leader had designed a fun quiz, for use on the way, with edible rewards for the right answers!

There is no point in listing all the pertinent art works and buildings that we saw, instead I will give a brief summary of our day. After the vans had been parked safely near the Information Centre; most of the group headed for the Catalina Cafe. The coffee was good and so were the eats.

Reluctantly, we left the warmth and headed out into the rain to Hobsonville Point, which at one stage had been an Air Force base. Now there are many modern houses, most with virtually no gardens in order to maximize the use of the space. We walked along the West and East Sunderland Bridges, which were built above the ground so that users could experience being in the treetops among the birdlife. We passed the very fine historic Mill House and headed along the coastal path towards the Farmers' market. It was a little early for eating lunch but some of us still managed it! There was a festive atmosphere with a band playing and people milling around, looking for goodies.

From there we continued our walk along the Boundary Road track until we reached what used to be the Rifle Range. Eventually we came back full circle, to the Information Centre. By then it was raining very heavily, so it was decided to complete our planned route in the vans.

Some of the most significant things we saw were the two Childrens' Parks, plus the Guardian and the Estuarine sculptures. The Hobsonville Point Park and Playground and Harrier Point Park were both very innovative and very child focused. The latter had a 10 metre high pied shag sculpture, which was also a slide. Some of our group had to test this out and there were a few screams of excitement – or maybe fear! The Guardian, on the Hobsonville Point Path, was very striking: partly because of its size, and also because of its symbolism. It resembles a huge eel trap (hinaki), and also suggests a female form. The Estuarine, in Launch Road, was very impressive. Designed by Louise Purvis and made of steel and red scoria it was inspired by Hobsonville Point's waterways.

There are two more features that are worth a mention. The Tree Cosy in Launch road which was reminiscent of similar trees seen during Lock Down. Also walking through the mangroves was an unusual experience

It was a very good excursion, everyone had a great day. We even stopped for ice creams in Pokeno!

A big thank you to our leader, who had put in a great deal of effort into the preparation, and for sharing this delightful, relatively unknown part of Auckland. And of course to our drivers.

Margaret Standing

Te Tuhi           Sunday 1 November 2020

10 trampers signed on for this tramp. The day started overcast/possibility of a shower.

Arriving at the Te Tuhi Road end about 08:25, the group was ready and off at 08:45. The track started on the farm road and after a few electric fence crossings and styles, entered lush farmland that was undulating and steepish in parts with lots of interesting bolders along the way. The track then entered the bush across a stream, with no need to accept the held of the rope assistance. Then the big slog up the hill. Although hot work crossing the farmland, the temperature dropped as the wind increased, as we climbed higher. There was a chance for an impressive view across the Hauraki Plains into the distance. Once over the top the going was much easier and we reached the North South junction after about 21/2 hours. A short break and on along the sometimes muddy North South Track to reach the hut for a well earned lunch.

Not your usual hut this one, concrete suspended floor and some sort of concrete wall structure. 12 bunks and lots of room outside under a covered veranda. Back on the track again at about 12:45 to retrace our steps.

About 71/4  hours tramping including lunch etc. All agreed a good workout found a few unwary joints and muscles.

A great day out thanks to Ray and Grant.


Wairere Falls - Sunday 1 November 2020

9 trampers left Hamilton at 7.30am and headed to Wairere Falls under a moody sky. 

After morning tea in the car park we set off at a very leisurely pace, enjoying the birdsong and bush. We soon encountered lots of huge moss-covered boulders, tree roots and rocks and we took our time to safely navigate these obstacles. We crossed over wooden bridges and climbed up wooden stairs to reach the lookout, giving us views of the falls which were unusually impressive as there had been lots of rain on the previous day. We noticed that at the top of the falls the water seemed to be blowing upwards!

We then made our way up the second half of the track to the summit and the top of the waterfall. We lunched in the sunshine next to the river and away from the edge of the waterfall.

After lunch a few of us put on our rain coats and made our way over rocks and through muddy puddles to the viewing platform. We had a brief moment to take some photos when the wind blew the waterfall away from the platform, then suddenly the wind changed direction and blew the water onto the platform and we got absolutely drenched!  Well worth it for the view! We carefully navigated our way down the mountain so we all arrived safely back at the van. Thank you to Dianne for leading this wonderful hike.


Te Whare Okioki - A relatively easy walk            1 Nov 2020.

‚ÄčI had heard stories about the new Te Whare Okioki, and wanted to see it for myself. I had heard it was about 3 hours walk from several entry points to the Kaimais, so proposed going in up the Te Tuhi track, about an hour’s drive from Hamilton. I knew the first hour or so up that track was steep, but once you got to the top the rest of the way was relatively flat. I also knew from experience that the flat areas in the part of the Kaimais can be very boggy.

Grant and I did a survey a couple of weeks before the assigned date for this Grade 3 Club trip, and found that the track was relatively dry. We made good time, found that the hut was indeed worth visiting, and had perfect weather.

On Sunday, we met at the vans, with 10 of us ready for our challenge, with the rest going in another van to Wairere Falls, a relatively easy tramp, that still climbs 300m. We were a disparate mob, but I felt we would all be up to the walk. The 7:30 start gave us a bit of extra time if we needed it. As we approached the hills we were a bit disappointed to see the thick clouds on the tops, although the lower slopes were relatively clear. A lack of wind made it less likely the tops would clear.

My plan was to get us over the fields and up the worst of the climb to have morning tea about 10am at a clearing with a view over the valley below. The timing was good, but by the time we arrived there the wind was so strong we had to search for shelter in the bush further up. Not a nice picnic spot but I know some people need to recharge their stomachs about 10am. About 15 minutes further on we reached the top. Progress became faster, except that the “relatively dry” track of our survey had become quite wet and slippery. Some of us came home needing to clean more than just our boots!

The stream crossings were easy – water just deep enough to wash our boots. 11am saw us at the North-South track, with an hour to go to the hut. Perfect timing. More sliding and boot washing, and a few hills to surmount. But relatively small ones. The cloud had lifted, and gaps with sunshine appeared occasionally. Relatively fine, but not the glorious weather of the survey.

The hut structure was intriguing. Concrete panels, but very light ones. A concrete slab floor, but sitting on a very few steel piles. We had lunch on the very large covered terrace, to shelter from the wind.

I had stiffened up during lunch, but pushed on. The pace seemed to be slower than before, but we made good time back to the junction. Colin wondered whether to reduce his clothing layers, but I said there is a lot of downhill coming up, to which he pointed out that we were about to climb a hill. I soon realised what he meant. As I pushed my way up slippery slopes I wondered how I could have ever thought that this part of the Kaimais was “flat”!

The graph of altitude versus time shows the reality. The slopes on the tops are just as steep as the ascent after the farm. They just don’t last as long. But when you are already tired, 30m of vertical steepness requires energy you don’t want to spend. Relatively flat, but still not just a walk in the park.

A pause on the way down at the view point refreshed us a little and we arrived at the van about 4pm, stiff, perhaps sore, but with a shared feeling of accomplishment.

Ray Hoare


Around Town Walking Trail, Pukekohe Sunday 18 October 2020

The trail started at the railway station, passing along Harris Street through Bledisloe Park for a lazy morning tea in Samuel Miller Reserve.

Continuing on through quiet roads with many fine new properties, the trail headed towards Pukekohe Hill but diverted to miss the steepish push to the top. We passed market garden paddocks with some original homesteads and Nehru Hall (a meeting place for the many Indian market gardeners).

The trail changed in character through large areas of not so pretty urban new housing development and then followed the very pleasant Whangapouri Creek for some distance, before stopping for lunch amongst the trees adjacent to Paerata Road and the welcome convenience of New World.

After lunch the trail continued through Ernie's Reserve and native bush to the top of Cape Hill with panoramic views. The trail concluded through urban streets back to the vans and the mandatory stop at Pokeno for you know what.

A great days walk to somewhere new, thanks to the leaders.


Waikato Heads         20 September 2020

6 eager trampers set off on a chilly morning for the sand dunes of Port Waikato.  A brief period of rain didn't dampen our spirits and we enjoyed the scenic portion of the new Taupiri Expressway that we had previously walked during its formation.

Our first stop at Port Waikato was for morning tea in the beautiful gardens at Colbourne Reserve which are maintained by the residents.  Then off to Sunset Beach where recent erosion is evident.  At Maraetai Bay we divided into two groups of those who wanted to go as far as possible to where the Waikato River and ocean meet in a flurry of waves and those who preferred to view it from a distance.  Lunch was a welcome stop in the sand dunes which sheltered us from the full force of the persistent wind. Our return to the vans along the shore line was a race with the incoming tide as we attempted to keep footwear dry.  Some succeeded by scrambling up the sand banks and others were caught by a sudden surge.

Pokeno was the icecream and sausage stop and then Tony arranged another series of stops of historic highlights featuring totem poles high on a ridge overlooking the Taupiri Expressway, Huntly Twin Towers and surrounding country side.  We also explored sites in the vicinity of Taupiri Mountain where a farm is now a reserve and totem poles, barricades and carvings have been erected where pa sites formerly existed.  Well worth a visit but not advertised to the general public.

Many thanks to those involved in giving us such an informative a
nd enjoyable day.

Joan Pavreal  

Otanewainuku, Tauranga.       6 September 2020

Three vans and their drivers, were waiting, in readiness for the drive to Otanewainuku. Because of the Corona Virus, the trampers were required to wear masks and the seating was arranged with social distancing, so there were less people in each van

On arrival, the G2s set off as soon as possible, as they had further to walk and planned to have morning tea on the way, I understand that the G2s set off at a brisk pace, stopped for a quick morning tea and headed up hill, on the loop track, to the Otawa lookout. Then they went downhill back to the starting point, crossed the road and walked to the Whataroa Falls. They returned about 5 or 10 minutes after the G1s.

The G1s had more time, so were able to sit at a convenient picnic table and eat a leisurly morning tea before beginning the walk.They then set off at a manageable pace, mostly uphill, through lovely bush, to the Otawa look out; it was a fairly cold day which made for pleasant walking. Some trampers climbed to the lookout, hoping for a view, but it was too cloudy to see much.The group then headed down and returned to our picnic table, to enjoy our lunch. Afterwards, we crossed the road and did the Nature Loop Track which was easy walking and very worth while. The highlights of the day were seeing a couple of friendly robins and viewing some splendid large, old Rimus and other native trees.

When every one was back at the vans, we drove to the Oropi Hot Pools; where some enjoyed the warm water and others a coffee, or an ice cream. Then we headed for home. A very enjoyable day.

Thanks to the six drivers, the leaders and all who participated in the days' activities.


Auckland Coast to Coast 12 July 2020

20 trampers left Hamilton at 7.30am for the 16km Coast to Coast walk, picking up an extra tramper in Auckland.

We set off from Fort Street and headed up hill (which was to be the theme for the day), to Albert Park where we had morning tea. 

Cutting through the University of Auckland campus we entered the Domain, encountering a gradual incline which was a warm up for Mount Eden, a volcanic peak which at 196m high is the highest natural point in Auckland. We reached the summit in time for a half-lunch stop before a heavy shower arrived. 

The crater was impressive and it was nice to see a boardwalk was being installed in the crater. We made our way downhill and carefully along a slippy side track to the University of Auckland Epsom campus where we had a second lunch in the sun, sitting on some picnic benches. 

Navigating our way through the campus, the group split into two for a short time, then entered Cornwall Park, where there was a beautiful fountain with moss covered rocks in the centre supporting a statue of Sir John Logan Campbell.  Within Cornwall Park is One Tree Hill, a 182m volcanic peak, which some of us scrambled to the top of to be rewarded with views of both Auckland harbours. 

After a leisurely stroll down the hill using the road, we went on to finish the walk at Onehunga. An ice cream stop at Pokeno was a nice way to end the long walk. We arrived back in Hamilton shortly before 5.30pm. Thank you to Alison, Carol, Colin and Grant for leading and driving.


Hemo Gorge Walk               28 June 2020

2 van loads of intrepid trampers braved the weather to venture out to Rotorua for the Hemo Gorge walk.  Thunder clouds threatened to dampen our adventures but did not deliver heavy rain.

We started the tramp at the southern end of town (I had my compass so I knew that) at the car park at Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.  An imposing Waharoa (gateway) stands at the entrance to the trail and the carving tells a story of two brothers.  The shared bike track followed a lovely stream, which would be great in summer for swimming, and we made our way to the new bike park area and then up hill for fabulous views over Rotorua and the Thermal Park.

Part way up the climb we were warned several times about the gnarly bit of slippery mud and the steep incline, but much to our surprise DOC had been in and placed wooden steps up the gnarly bit! I must say I was slightly disappointed by this.

The views from the top were spectacular! We then traversed downhill, splitting into two groups - the "stair going down" group and the "downhill racer" group. (No need to say who was there first, but it was the "downhill racer" group!) We then walked back to the bike park for lunch.  

A shower interrupted our seating, however it was quick to disperse and then we made our way back to the bus and an ice cream as we left Rotorua.

A lovely trip now, and a great swimming spot when winter releases us from her grip.

Susan Rogers

Peels Creek Maratoto              14 June 2020

What we lacked in numbers we made up with in enthusiasm and good cheer.  Six wanderers made up this group and after arriving at our destination we had a quick cuppa before setting off for the first of what would be numerous river crossings of varying difficulty, width and depth.  And it was a marvelous day which was ideal for those of us who were hesitant after missing three months of tramping due to the lockdown.  

Colin (dressed in red) led the way and ably assisted us, as required when a couple of the crossings were trickier and slipperier than the rest.  The track meandered along and over the river and after a couple of hours steady walking we stopped for lunch and a ramble amongst the battery and other remnants from many mining years ago.  

Post lunch we headed back to the van, stopping to identify an original dam and other areas of interest.  An ice cream stop in Paeroa kept spirits up and we arrived back in Hamilton in good time.  Many thanks to Colin for leading the way!      

Scribe – One of the Old gals 

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