Cave Stream and Three Rivers -- Sunday 28 Jan 2018

Was there a late Saturday night movie on TV or were people avoiding Castle Hill Basin for fear of getting cooked after the spell of hot weather we’d had? Only three people turned up for this river and cave trip. We parked at the Cave Stream Reserve and set off at 0930 for nearby Broken River, crossing it 200m upstream of the Cave Stream cave exit.

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Glen Mary Glacier – Jamieson Stream   20 – 23 Jan 2018

Driving alongside Lake Ohau “our” glacier was showing prominently in the mountain massif at the head of the lake. With its lower reaches at 2000m and extending up to 2360m we knew we had a very physical couple of days ahead.  We parked by the DoC sign near Huxley Lodge, had a quick lunch and set off up the Hopkins River on a good vehicle track with a warm, gusty nor-wester in our faces.

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Dun Fiunary - 17-19 November

Seven of us arrived at Ferintosh Station by Lake Pukaki to find Milan already there. After a chat to the lady in charge, we set off up Whale Stream. With the river flowing swiftly and the track not maintained, progress wasn’t fast. A reasonable campsite was found at about 400m.

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Three Mile Stream – McMillan Stream – 25-26 November

Bill got us to the locked gate at the top end of Loch Katrine in the Prado. A late start saw us having lunch soon after at Lake Sumner. The shorts touched the water upon crossing the end of the lake. We saw a native falcon at track junction to 3-mile stream. There were four others at the seven-bed hut so room for us. Sunday was a very pleasant walk down to the Hurunui and across to the swing bridge. A 6hr day back to the vehicle. A great place to visit, enjoyed by Bill Templeton, Marina Ilina and Peter Umbers

Wild Cattle Hill (Banks Peninsula) – Sunday 19 November ‘17

With a large anticyclone weather system firmly anchored over much of the South Island, good weather for this day trip seemed guaranteed.  The morning dawned with a clear blue sky and still conditions that lasted the entire day. The 13 of us gathered at PMH for this trip bundled into three cars and headed off for Puari (the Port Levy settlement) where we parked next to the Marae.  Jet skis were already whizzing around on the bay and we were all hoping that we weren’t going to hear them during the day.

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