After experiencing days of rain we have finally had a brilliant sunny day, so we thought it would be a nice day to go for a walk in the hills. So we headed to the gondola and hitched a ride up the hill (we walked to the gondola building). Once up the hill we had to decide what to do next. We could have gone to Lyttelton and back (or caught the bus home from Lyttelton), gone back down the gondola and walked home, or walk across the summit road to Mt Pleasant hill. We choose the latter… and so these photos show our journey across the hills and down Mt Pleasant.
A view of the city – it’s shrunk rather a lot in recent years.
Looking East to Southshore and New Brighton.
Looking down into Lyttelton.
The Summit Road.
A view down into Heathcote and Morgans valley. A lot of this land is now ‘red zoned’ which means people will have to leave their homes (to be bought by the government). The hazard for this part of Christchurch is rock-fall – as the rocks have been destabilised due to all of our earthquakes.
Looking back towards to the Gondola building from the Summit Road. The Summit Road is closed just below the Gondola.
Starting the descent down to Mt Pleasant from John Britten Reserve (just off the Summit Road).
A tree in the Old School Reserve (we are quite the way down the hill now).
It’s been raining for days on end in Christchurch. We might get a small respite, but then it will start raining again. This morning I was feeling quite a bit of ‘cabin fever’ so headed out the door for a walk around Ferrymead. I think it was a good idea as it was the best part of the day (about 9am). The rest of the day it’s been showers or full on heavy rain. Fingers crossed that it eases off soon, as it will be nearly a week of rain. On the plus side, the garden is loving it!
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In an attempt to burn off some of our Christmas over-indulgence, we walked from Ferrymead to Shag Rock today. It’s quite overcast today over on the west side of the city, but by the sea we had some blue sky and sunshine – but also some rain and wind. Overall it’s been quite a muggy day and rather a mixed-bag weather-wise. But the walk was very pleasant if a little tiring at about 11km.
A very merry Christmas! This was snapped yesterday on one of our walks around the city. It’s a gap filler project opposite the town hall.
It’s a beautiful morning here in Christchurch – sunny and hot and a little muggy. So a beautiful start to the day. Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful and joyful day.