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Our morning’s walk over part of the Te Whau Loop walk included a mix of quiet roads past expensive properties with extensive views over Pukiti and Anzac bays and tracks through regenerating native bush. A brisk wind with the occasional threat of a shower kept us cool during our exertions as we followed firstly the roads down and up and then a track as it repeatedly dropped down to the shoreline and climbed up over headlands along the southern coast.

We emerged from the track at Kuakarau Bay and continued through the quiet settlement of Omiha/Rocky Bay towards Whakanewha Regional Park. Along the way a conveniently located construction of tables and seats provided a most satisfactory location for our lunch stop.

After lunch we were on to phase two of the day’s activities going through the park and up past the Cascades on a very pleasant track to continue on the Waiheke Coast to Coast walk. By now it was away with the raincoats and out with the sunhats.

The considerable climb from sea level to Trig Road is made easier by being a relatively steady and gentle gradient. After a brief stop at the Eco Zip whilst the adventurous in the group checked out the potential for future thrills we walked down Trig Road to enter the F&B Onetangi Bush Reserve.

It was now virtually all downhill to Onetangi Beach and a bus stop near what used to be the Onetangi Hall Store and is now Charlie Farley’s. We made better time for the day than I thought we might and had time for a well-deserved quick drink at Charlie Farley’s before catching the 4.00pm bus so everyone except Val could catch the 5.00pm ferry back to Auckland.

My thanks to the Waiheke seven for their company.

````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` `````````````````````````` Rotoroa Island 5-6 December Leader: Val Ellis Anything less of a gung-ho tramping weekend would be hard to imagine. We 12 plus 2 friends of Val’s met as planned at pier 4 in the city, and boarded the ferry after various dinner options were purchased or partaken, and cast off on the dot of 6 pm.

One and a quarter hours later after disembarking at the Rotoroa jetty and having luggage trucked up the hill, we moved into the weekends' accommodation. A spotlessly renovated and reconfigured house left over from the Salvation Army alcoholics' retreat days.

On Saturday morning, the group apart from Sue and Brian, had its only club

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Dinner and the BBQ was a communal affair, with Val whipping up a delicissmo trifle.

Two bunkrooms accommodated the group, the 3 couples in one, 6 in the other. I got told off for reading about 4.30 am, my small headlight annoying to some. Also our thick mattresses made a loud flubbing noise every time someone turned over, and Evelyn snored like a warthog from time to time. Tuis and some of the islands' 400 wekas kicked up a racket before daybreak too.

Our leader Valerie had a splendid single room to herself as befitted her station. I had tried to nab this room in order that the females' bunkroom would not have to put up with a single annoying male, but I was outranked.

At one stage I temporarily forgot Daphne's name, and started down a list of flowers hoping to strike the right one.

Jasmine was picked up on then translated to Petal by a couple of simple souls who were then convulsed with laughter on and off for the rest of the weekend.

Newish club member Jan remarked at one stage that her husband is an undertaker.

Which jogged my memory back to India, where on some roads near difficult corners, signs read: "Overtaker, beware of Undertaker!" On Saturday evening Osama bin Laden's cousin paid us a visit in full dishdasha and keffiya, evoking just a lukewarm response, only Sandra rather brazenly embracing the enigmatic gentleman, and probably hastening his subsequent disappearance.

Two gorgeous beaches were near the house: Men’s' Bay and Ladies' Bay. Sheltered from the westerlies, a lot of time was spent at the latter by most of the group sunbathing on the grassed adjacent area and swimming in the cold clear water. I'd never before seen a dotterel sitting on an egg or an oyster catcher with chicks, yet here they were on the sand right in front of us. And at 11 am on the Sunday, the island's pair of Takahe turned up on cue for their daily feed.

Chris Green paid a visit to the island on Sunday, but was only discovered as the ferry arrived to take us off.

All in all, a relaxing time in good weather on a beautiful uncrowded island, with enchanting views of other islands in the Gulf. The 10 club members here were: Sue and Brian, Karen and Brian, Sandra, Evelyn, Vals Ellis and Mitchell, me Dave, plus Val's 2 friends. Many thanks to Val Ellis for organizing a very enjoyable weekend. Yeah!!

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On The Road Again-:

We have been back in the South Island since late October mostly in the Nelson and north West Coast regions. Dave Wheeler joined us for a cycle ride from Richmond to Rabbit Island return on a beautiful Nelson day. Also caught up with Graham Boyd at Motueka.

The Old Ghost Road is a cycle/tramping trail which runs from Lyell in the Buller Gorge to Seddonville north of Westport. It would make a good club trip as it is 80km long and has 4 huts along the way. We did a day trip at either end and found the Mokihinui River at Seddonville absolutely stunning. There appears to be transport available at either end based in Westport.

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Danute Leathem P: 6389423 E: woodford.p@ihug.co.nz William Murray P: 8188483 021 08415899 E: williammurray.ak@gmail.com Hope to see you both on many of our tramps.

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Your February Newsletter will be produced by Louis Allerby – Please send any material to louall@xtra.co.nz I would acknowledge those who have contributed to this newsletter and the many who contribute behind the scene.

A huge thank you.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Final Club night on Monday 14 December and also at the Christmas Picnic on 20 December.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a relaxing safe summer.

Louis ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` ````````````````````````````` Wednesday Evening Walk 9 December You never know what you are going to come across on these adventurous mid-week walks. This is a Christmas Grotto open free to the public at private property in Hobsonville Point. The owner welcomed us to have a look through and we were all very impressed by the amount of work and effort taken to bring a lot of joy to kids of all ages!

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