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.)
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.
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.