Huntsbury Track – Mt Vernon Bike Track – Mt Vernon Farm Track

Our walk started near Centaurus Park and followed Ramahana Road and Huntsbury Ave up to the beginning of the Huntsbury Track.  Our 20 walkers were enjoying the calm but cool weather.  However a southerly hit us suddenly, making our ascent up to the Summit Road very windy, and we could see showers passing around us. (Click any image to enlarge.)

Huntsbury Track

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Mt Herbert from The Monument

Photos and text contributed by Linda, with the exception of one photo by Sheila and one by Pauline.

 

The day was amazing.  All Christchurch and surrounds were cloaked in heavy fog, which we drove through initially.  Going over Dyers Pass we rose out of it BUT……. all of Lyttelton Harbour was covered in cloud.  Absolutely wall to wall!  Same again going over toward Port Levy and the photos will show it stayed that way all day as we climbed in hot sun to the top of Mt Herbert.

Farmer and his dogs

 

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Mt Thomas

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.

Morning tea
Morning tea by the creek, on Lindsay’s birthday

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Diamond Harbour to Ripapa Island

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.)

‘Mother and Child’  by Alison Erickson

After the ferry departed we wandered through the Stoddart Point Recreation Reserve and found a selection of intriguing sculptures dotted along the way.

 

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Cave Rock to Boulder Bay

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.

 

Pohutukawa flowering on the Sumner Beach forshore
Pohutukawa flowering on the Sumner Beach foreshore

 

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