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Port Hills

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).

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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.

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Views from the Duncan Park Walkway on Port Hills Rd

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.

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View from the top of the walk – looking down into Horatane Valley

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.

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Our guide for the walk ‘Maz’ the terrier

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.

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Looking down into Avoca Valley

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.

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Cyclists making their way along the Summit Road

I took a drive up to the Summit Road around dusk as I keep meaning to go up there and do some photos. I knew the sun set was not going to be amazing – as we didn’t have a nor’wester wind today. But this spot in the Port Hills is stunning in all light and weather.

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