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.
Christchurch had another lovely day today (thank goodness!). So I took the opportunity to go over to Governor’s Bay (about a 15 minute drive away over the Port Hills). I did the foreshore walk along the beach (it’s about 3.5 kms). It’s a lovely spot with bellbirds singing their little hearts out and fantails flitting around.
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).
A collection of my photos from my 4km return walk into Woolston from Ferrymead today. I went to the First Few Shops pop-up shipping container shops at the back of Cassels bar. These are the shops that will eventually go into The Tannery shopping arcade.
Along the way I saw lots of interesting things, including a very tame bunny rabbit on its own, a soft toy washed up on the banks of the Heathcote, and an R2D2 themed mail box. It certainly pays to be aware of your surroundings and to walk rather than drive. You just never know what you are going to see.
There’s some excellent reading to be had at Smith’s Books – a mixture of old and new.
The rabbit intrigued me. It was sitting under a park bench opposite The Brewery in Woolston and was not the least bit afraid of me. Very tame but kind of an odd place for a rabbit. I wonder now if he’d escaped from a back-yard somewhere.
Spotted this R2D2 mailbox in Woolston on the walk back
This soft toy dog was placed along the tow path walk near the water. At first we though it had been washed up there. But I’ve since learned that it was actually put there by someone who happens to follow the blog via Facebook. Such a small world we live in!
I really enjoy this walk and if you’ve not done it before I highly recommend it. You can find the start of the Tow Path by the Ferrymead Bridge. If you just keep following your nose and go under the bridge at the roundabout you can keep walking along paths all of the way up to Rutherford Street. Keen cyclists use this route as a way to avoid Ferry Road.
Bruce and I ventured into the Hopkins Valley and then the Huxley Valley today. This is a tramping track at the end of Lake Ohau. It was a beautiful day again, and the landscape was spectacular. I also was particularly happy to see how close the birds were coming up to us. The bird is apparently a female Tomtit. It found us while we were having lunch and kept us company for quite a while.
We came across this stunning mossy waterfall. it was not very high, but was very wide, and the photo does not do a lot of justice to it.