Just north of Christchurch is The Groynes, a recreation area containing waterways, small lakes, picnic areas, a popular dog exercise area and walkways. It was here that our walking group celebrated the New Year with a short walk followed by a shared lunch. Our 17 walkers met at 10am and enjoyed the 10.9km walk around the recreation area and on the Otukaikino Track.
Our group of 15 people began the walk in drizzle, but the weather forecast for a clearance of the rain, and a sunny afternoon with an easterly, was correct!
Our 14.7km trip began in the township of Kaiapoi, walking alongside the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers, then the loop took us onto Pines Beach.
A stunning 25C day saw our 13 walkers working hard in the hot sun. There were steep sections on our way from Kaituna Valley up to Packhorse Hut. But we made good time, arriving at the hut just over one and half hours after leaving the valley, including a stop for morning tea. It was a 9.28km round trip in which we ascended 425m.
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.