All photos contributed by Sheila.
On a sunny autumn day, our 21 walkers went from the ferry wharf up to the lookout near the summit, then walked in an anti clockwise direction around the island, about 7.5km. (Click any image to enlarge.)
Our group of 11 walkers used plenty of energy climbing up the steep Wooded Gully Track within Mt Thomas Forest Conservation area. We travelled 65 km north-west of Christchurch, via Rangiora and Loburn, to begin our walk in cloudy but humid conditions, with a maximum of 23C by the afternoon. Our 11.6km walk took about six hours return (including morning tea and lunch), due to the steepness of the track.
All images contributed by Neil.
15 walkers enjoyed a smooth 10 minute ferry ride across across Lyttelton Harbour to Diamond Harbour, before beginning the 11km walk. It was mostly sunny with light winds, the temperature reaching a pleasant 17C during the day, though in sheltered spots it felt hotter. (Click on any image to enlarge.)
After the ferry departed we wandered through the Stoddart Point Recreation Reserve and found a selection of intriguing sculptures dotted along the way.
The 8km walk took our 11 walkers from Evans Pass in an anti-clockwise direction, over Mt Pleasant and back through Jollies Bush for lunch. Lovely summer’s day with temperatures in mid 20’s. (Click any image to enlarge.)
Though we enjoyed the seaside views, our 14 walkers all suffered from the heat as the temperature soared to around 30C during the day. The 13km trip started on the Sumner Beach foreshore, before climbing the steep Flowers Track. Joining the Scarborough Track, we zigzagged down into Taylor’s Mistake. After walking on the Godley Head Track as far as Boulder Bay, we were glad of a rest during our lunch break.
It was a case of a shorter-than-usual walk and a longer-than-usual lunch at The Groynes (just north of Christchurch), to ease into the new year! Our 16 walkers enjoyed a sunny but at times breezy day.
There was a exchange of information with the farmer at Te Pohue country farm, in Camp Bay, before our eight walkers began the trek. Permission has to be requested from the farmers prior to the day (firstname.lastname@example.org), as this is private land.
Our walk around Godley Head was in cloudy conditions but a pleasant temperature of around 15C. Most of our group started by walking over the Flowers Track from Scarborough, but some started at Taylor’s Mistake. We walked in a clockwise direction around the track. Click map to enlarge.