Walk 17 - Head of the Harbour Heritage Trail and Ōhinetahi Garden Tour with Peter Coldicott
One of the highlights of this walk will be a visit to the enchanting Ōhinetahi Gardens – our very own local ‘national treasure,’ with its elegant architecture, elaborate sculptures and award winning gardens.
You will catch up on local history as you explore from Governors Bay to Allendale along the picturesque Foreshore Track, the location of Banks Peninsula’s first Geotrail, soon to be completed. Admire the harbour views and savour the seascapes passing the Margaret Mahey Plaque, Governors Bay Jetty, volcanic rock formations and Sage Reserve. Intrepid explorer Peter Coldicott promises this will not be a route march as he guides you around some of his favourite local spots.
There will be time to stop and savour some eye beholding properties full of interest and history, visiting some not usually accessible to the public. Enjoy the beautiful Waitahuna property, the first European house in the Bay (1852). Browse in the fully restored School House to see how things were done a century ago. Bring your own slate - no computers here!
Take time to enjoy the wonderfully restored St Cuthbert’s Church - the oldest in Canterbury built in 1875. Once you reach the historic Allandale jail enter at your own risk and don’t get locked up!
Allandale provides a peaceful setting for a lunch break, and there will be a chance to enjoy a snack at the Ōhinetahi Gardens mid-afternoon.
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, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, and rafting down the Grand Canyon to name a few!
Note your ticket includes the entry fee to the Ōhinetahi Gardens.
Duration: 5-6 hours.
EASY WALK - Well formed track, easy mostly flat walking
Wear comfortable boots or sturdy 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.
Please be aware that credit card fees apply.