Located in the commercial district of Hillsborough on Mary Muller Drive, this cafe is definitely well worth discovering. Delicious food and great coffee.
The Sign of the Kiwi Cafe recently re-opened after being restored due to earthquake damage. I headed up there today to grab a bite to eat and check out things out.
It’s proving to be very popular, and if you do visit just be aware that it’s cash only at the moment until they sort out their Eftpos / internet set up.
You can learn more about the restoration at https://cccgovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/373
Here’s one of the views – the observant will spot a chair lift going up the hill (the Adventure Park).
I met my photo club today at the corner of Summit Road and Evans Pass – and we made our way along a track to get a higher view. Little did we know that about 120 mountain bikers were about to come along the track. We decided to take it as a sign that we should practice our action shots! We saw a few take a spill and I was thinking I’d have to dust off my first aid skills, but luckily everyone just got back up on their bikes unharmed.
I’ve known about this walkway for quite a while, but I didn’t know what it was like, where it went or the conditions of the walkway. I drive past the entrance to it a lot (it’s on Port Hills Road) and think “I must do that walk sometime…” and then never do. Partly because the walk looked a bit woody and perhaps something I didn’t want to do on my own for the first time.
Well, today, I finally went for the walk, as we’ve had an absolutely stunning Autumn day with temperatures in the 20’s. So Bruce and I ventured up the pathway and both discovered this stunning walk for ourselves.
Very early into the walk, a little dog appeared from one of the paddocks and as we are animal fans we made a bit of a fuss of him. He was such a cutie and it was like he realised we’d never done the walk before because before we knew it, he was on the walk with us and kept running ahead showing us the way and then waiting up for us. He was an adorable little dog and his name tag said ‘Maz’. I suspect this is how he gets his daily walks! Clever little dog. He was totally unfazed at following us and once we got to the equestrian centre at the end of the walk he was off through the paddocks back home.
The walk goes between two valleys – Horotane valley and Avoca. According to Map My Run the walk is 4.77 km long and has a total ascent of 389.46 metres. And as you can see from the photos it’s a beautiful walk. I highly recommend it.