Thirteen walkers enjoyed our 8km loop walk on a warm day with very little wind and just a few low clouds in an otherwise sunny sky. At times, the tracks were steep but there was a stunning harbour view and a waterfall of great beauty along the way. There were sections of long grass and muddy patches where natural springs had appeared in the last week or two. Including stops for morning tea and lunch, our walk took just over four hours. There is a map and a link to a video at the end of the post.
Our 11 walkers enjoyed a brilliant blue-sky day up in Montgomery Reserve, just a short distance from Hilltop, on the way to Akaroa. We positioned one vehicle on the Summit Road near the entrance to the reserve, and started our walk from there. We positioned another vehicle on Pettigrews Road so that we did not have to come back the same way. (See map at end of post.) Our walk was 8.35km and total ascent was 342 metres.
Montgomery Reserve is a pocket of remnant Banks Peninsula forest. Just a few minutes into the track, there is a forked lowland totara tree, which is up to 2000 years old.
On a day that reached 23C, we were glad to be in the shady forest for parts of our 11.9km walk, beginning at Bowenvale Ave. The were 17 walkers who began the trek, which led us up various (at times steep) tracks, including the Bowenvale, Eastside Bush, Latters Spur and Thomson Tracks. After lunch near the Sign of the Kiwi, we descended via the Harry El Track, and rejoined the Eastside Bush and Bowenvale Tracks to complete the walk. Our total ascent was 356 metres.
All photos contributed by Sheila.
With a weather forecast of 20C, our group of 20 walkers set off from Centaurus Road/Vernon Terrace and headed up Rapaki Track.
After an hour’s drive from Christchurch we arrived at the Rakaia Gorge about 10am. It was a glorious sunny spring day for our nine walkers, trekking 12km following the Rakaia River through the gorge. Our trip took about five hours, including stops for morning tea and lunch.
Our group of 15 walkers enjoyed a very pleasant calm day by the sea, made all the more pleasant by seeing the progress being made in upgrading the walkway since our last visit. Our 11.7km round trip started at Bridge St and went in an anti-clockwise direction, first by the Estuary and then around the end of The Spit onto New Brighton Beach.
All photos contributed by Pauline and Ann.
With a forecast high of 19C, it was warm work for our 16 walkers. It was a five hour round trip, starting on the beach to Spencer Park, then coming back on the Southern Pegasus Bay Walkway. Normally a trip of 14km, we took an ‘unscheduled’ detour through the wetlands, which increased the length to around 17km.
An hour’s drive from Christchurch is the Purple Peak Curry Reserve. It is a 190 hectare conservation area near Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, purchased from the Curry family in 2015 by the Native Forest Restoration Trust, with substantial backing from the Christchurch City Council and the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust. It is now managed by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust, which also manages the the adjacent Hinewai Reserve.
Our group of 12 walkers began walking at 10am. We drove up Long Bay Road to the Heritage Park to begin. With a forecast of 16C maximum, there was a blustery westerly wind which was cool when we were in exposed parts of the track. While mostly cloudy, the sun did peek through, causing us to peel off some layers of clothing on the many steep sections. Our 10km walk took around five hours, including morning tea and lunch stops. Minimum altitude was 117 metres, maximum 610 metres.
Follow the orange line for our walk, starting at #3 (the Heritage Park) and going in an anti-clockwise direction. Between Browntop Saddle and Purple Peak Saddle we dropped down off the ridge to the other side for our lunch. #1 is the Woodills North Track. #2 is the Woodills South Track. #4 is the Curry Track.