Head off the region’s beaten tracks with the 60+ Hikers

Dunedin 60+ Club Hikers group members (from left) Diane Bartlett, Anne Stratford, Trevor Webb,...
Dunedin 60+ Club Hikers group members (from left) Diane Bartlett, Anne Stratford, Trevor Webb, and Alison Evans are pictured high above Aramoana. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The 60+ Hikers share a common love of things outdoors, meeting each Tuesday just before 9.30am near the Kensington Hotel to carpool to the start of the day’s hike.

Adventures cover numerous tracks in the greater Dunedin area and beyond, including coastal walks, farm walks (with land owners’ permission), bush walks, and walks over tussock-clad hills.

Well-known tracks and landmarks close to the city, are hiked as well as lesser-known tracks in and around the Otago Peninsula, Silverpeaks, and Silverstream catchment.

Locations near Milton, Middlemarch, and Palmerston are also hiked.

This year, 14 attended the annual "camp" — the first since the pandemic — at Makarora where local tracks and trails were explored. Each year a different location is chosen for a camp, such as Borland Lodge, the Catlins, and Tekapo.

Priorities when hiking are safety and enjoyment, noting it is everyone’s own responsibility to ensure they are suitably equipped and clothed, and are sufficiently fit.

A personal locator beacon is always carried by the leader, (which we have not needed and hopefully never will), and there is a culture of looking out for one another on hikes. Leaders regularly check on the progress of the group, so no-one is left trailing behind.

About 40 people, between the ages of 60 and 80 years, are members of the hikers group. Some are no longer active, but still like to receive emails and follow activities.

Participation on hikes varies according to difficulty and the weather. Fair weather and an easy hike generally lure more participants.

Some members no longer able (or willing), to participate in harder hikes either opt to walk with another group, or alone on those days, but generally return to the hikers lured by the camaraderie they are familiar with.

The hikers are an inclusive and friendly bunch, with one new member saying it was the friendliest group she had ever been involved with.

If you love to explore the great outdoors in good company this is the group for you.

To find out more information and contacts check out the Club website; dunedin60plus.co.nz/contacts

 - Dunedin 60+ Club will hold its 31st AGM and monthly meeting next Wednesday. Doors open at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.

The entry koha is $2 for both the monthly general and Social Wednesday meetings. All welcome.

Meeting are held at the Blind Low Vision Social Hall, 458 Hillside Rd, enter through the Law St entrance. No parking on the property. Ample parking close by and bus stops handy.

For information, phone Noel on 455-2586, or Len on (027) 330-1696.

By Len Leith
Dunedin 60+ Club
honorary secretary