Head of the Harbour Hills and Heritage Hike with Peter Coldicott.
So many little secrets to interest you in and around Governors Bay. Catch some history, visit property not usually accessible to the public, and admire the hills and the harbour views. Take a journey with intrepid explorer Peter as he guides you around some of his favourite local spots. This loop climbs from Governors Bay up Titoki Track, undulates around to Living Springs, and back down to sea level.
Hear about Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, which has pride of place with a great history and is now a modern leading-edge charity. Look through the old restored school, pass the historic Post Office and the beautiful Waitahuna property, the first European house in the Bay (1852) set in lovely gardens. Check out the wonderfully restored St Cuthbert’s Church built in 1875, the oldest in Canterbury. Not far away, don’t get locked up in the jail at Allandale!
Once seen clamber up Titoki Track’s native bush clad gully and rock outcrops, through Ōhinetahi Reserve and gently contour around O’Farrell’s Track and the crater to Living Springs, with spectacular views of the harbour and a lunch stop.
The smell of the sea beckons, through Living Springs passing by a gnarly 800-year-old Kahikatea tree, arguably the oldest on the Peninsula, and the remains of an unknown quarry where some of the Christchurch Cathedral stone was sourced. Rest the legs round the foreshore walk, savour the seascapes, past volcanic rock formations and Sage Reserve back to Governors Bay.
Make sure you ask great adventurer Peter to share some of his stories along the way - hiking over 4,000km from Mexico to Canada, and crewing on a yacht sailing from South American to the Antarctic Peninsula to explore and ski, just to name a couple!
Duration: 5 hours. Walk climbs about 200m.
TRAMP - Track mostly unformed with prolonged up and down.
Wear sturdy boots or walking shoes. Bring lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen, weatherproof gear and hand sanitiser.
Covid 19 - All participants are required to carry their own hand sanitiser. If at Alert Level 2 please bring your own face mask to wear in any instance where appropriate social distancing may not be easily maintained (car pools etc). The Festival will be cancelled at Alert Level 3 & 4 and you will be issued a refund.
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