2014/12 December Bulletin

posted 30 Nov 2014, 13:41 by Wakatipu Walker

Project Gold Club Planting Area Sunday 2nd November

10 of us spent an hour or so down at the Kowhai planting area off Morven Ferry Road. We planted more kowhais and associated shrubs, put new plastic rabbit-proof guards on the plants and weeded the existing plants before the rain set in. We dried out with a cuppa at Pip’s afterwards.

Hokonui Hills  8th November

The Hokonui Hills are situated just west of Gore, and form an attractive bush-covered backdrop to the town. After driving down from Queenstown, we arrived at the Croydon Bush carpark a bit after 10am. In perfect sunny weather we set off up Richardsons track, climbing towards East Peak. The bellbirds were in full song as we climbed through the forest of ratas, miros, totaras, etc – all rather surprising a few kilometres from Gore. We emerged onto the open tops after a short climb and walked along to the Trig where there was a fantastic 360 degree view of Southland.

After an early lunch, we dropped down the middle ridge track past more impressive ratas to the carpark. After a quick second lunch, we drove around to the Whisky Creek carpark. From here, we walked another loop track around Hidden Valley via an old water race, which have links to the Hokonui whisky legend. At the top of the track we came out on an old farm clearing that is being reclaimed by the bush – matai trees being the most prominent. Then it was back down Whisky Creek to the carpark via the water race again.

On the way to a coffee at the Mandeville “Moth Cafe”, we visited Dolamore Park – a beautiful recreation and garden reserve set within native bush – worth visiting next time you are passing through Gore on a fine day.

Thank you Helen for showing us your local high-lights.

Party: Helen, Roger and Lorraine, Peter DLM(scribe and photos)



Bike Trip  - Around the Mountain Trail – Kingston to Athol 16th November

On 16 November we all met in Frankton, sorted the transport and drove to Kingston to cycle part of the new Around the Mountain Trail which had been officially opened the weekend before.  The day was fine and sunny and we were all hoping that this would continue.  It was just great to cycle through a part of the country that most of us had not seen before.  The trail from Kingston more or less follows the train tracks and it really is a very good track.  Jim was with us as our support vehicle and we all met up with him at Fairlight after pushing through a head wind for a lot of the way.  Then it was on to Garston to test out the pies at the Garston Hotel and sit in the sun for a half hour break.  On departure Peter found that he had a flat tyre on his bike, he had left his pump back in Kingston and no-one who was left in Garston had a pump to fit his valve, so he had to resort to a ride down the road to meet up with the rest of the bikers and get his tyre pumped up ready for the return journey.  Lunch was had at Athol together with icecreams and coffees and then we set out back to Kingston.  The new bridges just before Athol are an amazing piece of construction.  We then cycled back to Kingston with short breaks at Garston, (where Peter once more had a flat tyre and had to hitch a ride to catch Peter and Kim at Fairlight with their bike pump).  Then it was riding back to Kingston for a drink at the café and home.  All in all, we did 60 kms in 4 hours and 52 minutes riding (this was the slowest rider so others were much quicker).   A really great track and I look forward to doing some more of it.  Those participating were Judy, Pete and Kim, Peter and Margaret, Peter, Graham, Paul, Colleen and Kay

McIntosh Hut area  23rd November
We had change of plans when we reached the Buckler Burn Creek..after recent rain we decided the creek was too swollen, too dirty and too swift to attempt to cross so we retreated back up to main track..and then carried on up to Heather Jock Hut for lunch. We sheltered behind the hut to eat our lunch as 9 Otago Phys Ed students were crammed into the 3 bunk hut!!! After a quick break we went down to Bonnie Jean and Boozer Hut..before heading back to carpark. Was a great 6hr walk for Kim & Pete Nicolson, and Pip Craigie

Annual Pigeon Island work project 20-24 November

7 club members joined 6 visitors to cut and pull weeds, clear tracks and do general maintenance work on Pigeon Island, including a half day on Pig Island. A productive and enjoyable time was had by all.