Biking to Pencarrow Lighthouse


DSC02076Pencarrow Lighthouse is located in the East Harbour Regional Park where walking tracks lead to the Pencarrow Lakes, Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera. Home to several rare and threatened species of wildlife, the lakes are New Zealand’s last relatively unmodified wetlands. To access the lighthouse, you must walk or cycle from the road end at Burden’s Gate (past Eastbourne). You cannot drive further than this gate.

The unpaved coastal road is flat for most of the 8km to the Lighthouse, but rises steeply at the end along a narrow track to reach the lighthouse (about a 15min walk up the steep track). If walking, allow at least 3 hours for the return trip plus the time you will spend at the lighthouse.

Pencarrow Head is a rugged environment and the weather can be changeable with a severe wind, so go prepared.

Pencarrow Light HouseThe Scouts had the most beautiful weather possible for their ride. The sky was azure blue and the wind had laid down for a snooze upon flat sea.



Scouts peddled hard for the 8K to the lighthouse and were justly impressed with themselves for getting their.DSC02082 Having a great time was easy with the sea and the rocks which made a natural adventure playground.

DSC02088With the sun beginning to set its time to remount the bikes and head home.DSC02078

With no cars on the road this evening, everyone could relax and take their time with the return ride.


Mud Slide on Founders Day 2014

The weather may not have been perfect, but the slide was, as Cubs, Scouts, Leaders, parents, and even a Kea, shot down the rapid running slide, which was especially built for the day.

The ride was like a torpedo run, and the kids rated it well above swimming pool slides, for the shear rush of speed, before the inevitable splash at the bottom.


Here comes someone now.

DSC02071And there they go splash!

Founders Day 2014

This is the day, 22 Feb, we celebrate our Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, as it also coincides with his birthday.
This special day is also referred to as World Thinking Day, as it is the occasion for Scouts and Guides around the world to acknowledge our fellow brother and sister Scouts and Guides and to remember the Promise that every Scout and Guide have taken.

B-P prepared a farewell message to his Scouts, for publication after his death in 1941. His advice of “try and leave this world a little better than you found it” is as relevant –if not more- today and continues to inspire young people all over the world.DSC01601

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Scouts float away on first night back

St. Augustine Scouts held their first meeting of the term on Petone beach.DSC02006The weather had cleared up, and typically for Wellington the wind had too.


The big challenge of the night, was for the Scouts to build a raft large enough to take their whole patrol, using a single canoe as a base, some inflated inner-tubes and what ever drift wood they could scavenge along the beech.  DSC02009 DSC02010DSC02011

The Scouts also used their rope skills to build themselves a beach volley ball court.DSC02014 DSC02022 DSC02024


Cycling the Rimutaka Rail Trail

Imagine if your car’s engine did not roar with effort as it hauls itself and you up over the top of Rimutaka hills, but instead just purred like a content cat on your lap. Well that purr is what us whom cycled up the Rimutaka Rail Trail along its gradual incline felt through the wheels of our bikes. The trail is as can be on the way up, and as frisky as you can take it going down.

The trail runs from off SH2 9km north of Upper Hutt (signposted Pakuratahi Forest), up and through the Rimutakas, and then down into the Wairarapa with Lake Ferry in front, and Fetherstone further up to the left. Cycling takes about 3 hours one way.

There are 4 tunnels along route, and two campsites one at Ladle Bend and the other at the former Summit train station and sidings.

On our trip there were 12 of us from St.Augustines Scouts and families whom cycled the Rimutaka Rail Trail as part of the 135 people at the Greater Wellington Regional Council event.

rimutaka rail trailThe trail extremely accessible to all standards of cyclists, from young to old, and fast to slow and steady, up to the summit (from Upper Hutt). To carry on from there requires more: lights (for the tunnel), stout shoes (for carrying your bike over the scree), and transport at the other end – unless your fit enough to cycle all the way back the steeper incline.

the breif

Getting briefed.

gentile startA gentile start to the trail.

BBQ at summitHot drinks, sausages, and apples.

a rest and a history lessonListening to a very informative history lesson about the building of the trail, including the loss of life in its construction.

 the going at its tuffest

There once was a bridge, but now the route pitches down two a stream bed and is the hardest and arduous section of the whole trail.if its steep whats wrong with walking

For some the short climb back onto the incline takes a push of the bike.

For more info:

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Rimutaka Rail Trail  Facebook page Tracks NZ view of the Rimutaka Incline (with video).
Event Finder: Cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail