Hounds at Hereweka – Smiths Creek

With the continued work in restoring the water catchment at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka block the site has been fenced off from the main farm. This has allowed the plant restoration to continue without having to worry about stock eating the plants. What it has also created is a contained area free of stock which will allow owners to exercise their dogs. However, it does not open up the rest of the property for dogs which is presently closed to the public for the traditional lambing period. The Trust have decided to trial the fenced Smiths Creek area as a place where people may bring their dogs, but like everything it comes with some responsibilities listed on the attached signage. The Trust hopes people will respect the area and the hard work being undertaken at Smiths Creek. Enjoy it and play nice.

The Hereweka Hike 2021

Harbour Cone

Have you always wanted to walk Harbour Cone but never got round to it? Now is your chance to explore a part of the Peninsula you may never have been to before.

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

For those walkers with a moderate level of fitness, it’s about a 6kms walk which allows you take your time and enjoy the area. You can visit some of the historic farmsteads, climb to the summit of Harbour Cone and be amazed by the incredible views. Visit Larnach’s farm complex and see the restoration work at Smiths Creek. It’s perfect for getting your kids out in the great outdoors to blow off that back to school steam!

Registrations are on the day at the beginning of the Bacon Street Track (Broad Bay) starting from 10.00am with registrations closing at 11.30am. It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE to register. You will receive a guide to the area before you begin. You will need to bring good walking shoes, suitable clothes for the conditions, plenty of water, your lunch (although there is a free BBQ provided by the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust (HHCT). Because this is a working farm please leave your dog at home.

Parking is available in the paddock adjacent to the start and public transport is available from town using the number 18 bus which stops in Turnbull’s Bay opposite Bacon Street in Broad Bay.

Walkers can register on the day (Sunday 28th February) and begin from the Bacon St entrance at 10.00 -11.30. 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.

Any queries please contact the Hereweka/Harbour Cone Trust Secretary, Fiona Harrison on 021 798 908.

Hereweka Excavations

It was a busy and successful weekend with the archaeology students from the University of Otago Anthropology Society. On Saturday 14th March Archaeologist Peter Petchey and 13 students excavated two 2 metre x 2 metre  areas  to find the corners of the entrance-way in the Larnach-era building that once enclosed the south side of the farmstead. This is where the previous Nyhon woolshed once stood, so it was expected to find quite a bit of disturbance, but there was surviving evidence of the old buildings still on site. The group found stone lines and the two interior corners of the entrance-way into the farmyard. They also cleared out the drains around the byre, which were clogged since they were last cleared by OAS students about two years ago.

On Sunday 15th March Peter and four students worked at Stewarts cottage. They dug out a considerable amount of  sheep droppings from the interior of the original section of the cottage and removed a couple of sheep cadavers. They also put up netting to try to stop sheep getting in again. 

Building Change at Hereweka

The Hereweka Trust have recently deconstructed the small barn used as an early 20th century woolshed at the Larnach’s farmstead on the Hereweka site. The work was undertaken by local contractor John Clearwater  from Clearwater Civil and supervising archaeologist Peter Petchey. While it was sad to see the building go, the building had reached a state of such disrepair its retention and conservation were almost impossible. From the deconstruction the Trust were able to ascertain that the building was;

  • probably not part of the original  Larnach-period and was constructed in the early 20th century.
  • its construction was a mixture of timbers (including imported hardwoods, a small amount of pit-sawn natives, milled rimu and milled pine).
  • some of the material had been “cobbled together” from other buildings.
  • very little of the material was sound enough for reuse, though some may be used as seating in the future.

A full archaeological report will follow the work and this information helps the Trust develop further understanding of the use of the site both during and after the Larnach period. Some of that will help form part of the later interpretation for visitors to the site.


Hereweka Hike 2018 Report

Dunedin is famous for having warm and settled weather in March and Sunday the 11th was a beautiful example of that fame. Bright sun and no breeze welcomed over 300 keen Hereweka hikers of all ages for the 6.45 km walk across this unique part of the Otago Peninsula. The Trust were delighted with the turn out and it was great to see so many families take on the challenge of the course. The added bonus of a sausage sizzle at Larnach Farm that was put on generously by the Breeze Radio Station was a welcome stop and chance to rest before the last downhill section of the walk. A special thanks to Jane Ashman for help with parking, Keep Dunedin Beautiful for the chocolate and the Trust Committee for your hard work and support. Overall, this was a great event and it was very pleasing to have such a great turn-out. The Trust looks forward to having everyone back again next year. (Click on the pictures to view full size)