On a blustery day punctuated by a few showers, students from the Otago University Anthropology Society worked at the Rogers farmstead on Hereweka today. With expertise provided by archaeologist Dr Peter Petchey, the team mapped the byre, barn, house and surrounding farm structures. The largely intact but heavily modified byre has a beautiful brick floor and stalls that would have been part of the Rogers’ family dairy operation. One of the tasks of the Society was to produce a floor plan of this building that would give the Hereweka Trust a better understanding of its historical use.
The work of the Society members is invaluable to the Trust. It provides further insight into the farming activities and the lives of the families that settled and worked in the Hereweka landscape. The Trust are looking forward to having the students visit the area again and are excited about what more they can tell us about this site.
An interesting day of visitors at Hereweka with planners from around the country visiting the Larnach Model Farm and getting a feel for the many values of the site. The planners were part of the New Zealand Planning Institute 2016 conference held in Dunedin.
In the afternoon a group of Landscape Architects from the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects spent a sunny afternoon visiting the slopes of Hereweka and walking out to Rutherfords. This was part of their annual conference and a further opportunity to showcase some of the special values of the property.
It’s always great to be able to show the area off to people who have never visited the area and the visit stimulated some interesting thoughts on cultural landscapes and their management from both groups.
When you run an outdoor walking event there are always those last-minute doubts that play on your mind. Is the course too hard? Will anyone turn up? Will the weather be an absolute pig? Well the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust didn’t have to worry about any of those things as Sunday dawned beautifully fine and clear for our inaugural Hereweka Hike. The Trust were delighted to have 200 excited and eager walkers of all ages take the opportunity to explore an area of the Otago Peninsula that is an absolute gem. With a fine hot day there were plenty of walking packs filled with water and liberal use of sunscreen to get people through the 6.5 and 11.5 kilometre courses. The public response to the Hike was overwhelming and the trust thoroughly enjoyed sharing Hereweka with everyone. A special thanks to CRT for the marker posts and Jane Ashman for providing parking at Bacon Street. This is the first event that the Trust has held at Hereweka and we are looking forward to holding more of them in the future. The hike really opened up people’s eyes to the scenery, history and opportunity that the property provides for Dunedin. Many thanks to everyone and we’re glad you enjoyed your time with us, see you all next year! (Click on the pictures to view full size)
The Hereweka Hike is a self guided marked hike around the Harbour Cone property featuring interpretative signs that tell you the history and values of this interesting and beautiful area. You will be able to visit and learn more about;
- Some of the historic farmsteads
- Climb the summit of Harbour Cone (optional)
- Visit Larnachs Farm
- Enjoy amazing views
- Explore a part of the Peninsula you may have never seen
There will be a choice of 2 routes to choose from depending on your interest, time and fitness. This event for those with a moderate level of fitness who want to take their time and its perfect for getting your kids out in the great outdoors. You need to bring good walking shoes, suitable clothes for the conditions, plenty of water, your lunch, and your camera. Because this is a working farm please leave your dog at home. (Sorry Rover!).
Walkers can register on the day (6th March 2016) and begin from the Bacon St entrance at 10.30 -12.00. This event is free and walkers will receive a guide to area before they begin.Parking will be available in the paddock adjacent to the start and at Turnbulls Bay Quarry.
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The Hereweka Hike Short Route covers 6.41 kilometres and includes reaching the summit of Harbour Cone. Starting from the Bacon Street entrance walkers enjoy a steady climb through the open paddock to Highcliff Road and cross onto the “little knob” before walking down to the Rutherford Farmstead. Returning from Rutherfords walkers reach the Nyhon farm before walking up to the Harbour Cone summit (optional). A short walk from the gates below Harbour Cone along Highcliff and then down the Bacon Street Track to the start. Estimated time 1.5-2.5 hours depending on fitness.
The Hereweka Hike Long Route covers 11.6 kilometres and includes reaching the summit of Harbour Cone. Starting from the Bacon Street entrance walkers follow a similar route to Highcliff before tackling the Harbour Cone Summit first and then walking to the Rutherford Farmstead. The route from Rutherfords to Stewarts follows a steep bush track and walkers will need to be prepared by wearing good footwear. From Stewarts walkers reach the Lime Kilns, Sandymount Post Office, Hereweka Farm and Larnach Farm, before heading back to Broad Bay and Bacon Street on the footpath on. Portobello Road. Challenging but scenically stunning this walk will leave you breathless but exhilarated. Estimated time 2.5 – 4 hours depending on fitness.
Members of the Trust, Otago Regional Council and Peninsula landowners met to discuss waterway management under the Otago Regional Council’s new Regional Water Plan. The field day was designed to give local landowners an understanding of the plan changes and its requirements. Regional Council staff gave a broad overview of the plan and the reason’s around the plan and how it would affect landowners. One of the interesting aspects of the field day was the demonstration of electric fishing by Pete Ravenscroft. The electric fishing technique allowed trustees and landowners see the numbers of native Galaxiids in a small waterway such a s Smiths Creek. Land and Water consultant Murray Harris also gave an overview of land management practices that assist farmers around catchment areas. Overall, the field day was very useful and gave trustees an insight into future options for the Hereweka property. (Click on the pictures to view full size).
Broad Bay School pupils won the Toroa award at the Conservation Week awards on Tuesday 3rd November. Otago Peninsula Trust chairman Ross Smith presented the pupils with the award, which came with $500 in funding for their conservation project at Smiths Creek. The pupils also won the collaboration of a Department of Conservation ranger, who would help with their project. For three years, the school has been involved with the freshwater creek protection and enhancement project at Smiths Creek co-ordinated by Save The Otago Peninsula (STOP). Each winter they have spent a day or more planting native trees to provide shade and absorb agricultural runoff and slow erosion. In the past two years they have provided their own plants and the pupils are eager to continue their work at Smiths Creek, which has also included monitoring the water quality and aquatic habitat.