Peak Hill Walk­way

Walking New Zealand - - Front Page - By Yvonne van Eer­den

With only five in our tramp­ing group we headed off from Christchurch at 9.00am to Lake Co­leridge where we were go­ing to walk to Peak Hill.

We drove through Lake Co­leridge vil­lage which is very, very small in­deed where there is a power sta­tion built in 1914. We checked the power sta­tion out on the way home.

We con­tin­ued on a shin­gle road for about three kilo­me­tres where we could see Peak Hill very clearly. The weather was very calm, with very lit­tle wind.

The views even at the start of the walk were very beau­ti­ful.

We or­ga­nized our­selves and started walk­ing around the pad­dock by the fence as the farmer does not want any­one to dis­turb the stock (there was no stock to­day). Af­ter about 10 min­utes we started our climb of Peak Hill.

As we went higher we could see Lake Co­leridge, it was very blue and the moun­tains around were spec­tac­u­lar as well. You had to stop to catch your breath and to take in the view. We took lots of pho­tos and took the time to look all around us.

We later stopped for morn­ing tea so that we could all catch up to­gether and then soak in the views once again. Bill and Denise are very quick at go­ing up and we just plod­ded along and knew we would even­tu­ally get to the top, but I must say sev­eral times we thought we were at the top but yet again we had an­other climb.

Once we were at the top we had our lunch and had views of 360 de­grees. The feel­ing was won­der­ful, it was such a great walk and we had made it.

Of course the trip down was very quick but we still took time to look around. Well worth a day trip out for the fam­ily, where you can do as much or as lit­tle as you want.

Left: The group proudly stand­ing at the top of Peak Hill. Right: Time for a break and a cuppa.

Above: Peak Hill is a prom­i­nent hill on the shores of Lake Co­leridge. At its peak at 1240m, it of­fers a stun­ning over­view of the lake and sur­round­ing area on a fine day.

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