New Zealand Walk: Ti­r­i­moana Walk­way, Kate Val­ley

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Yvonne van Eer­den

Tower Tram­pers reg­u­larly do Ti­r­i­moana walk, al­ways great dur­ing the year other than Au­gust/Septem­ber when it is closed for lamb­ing. Ti­r­i­moana is fun for all the fam­ily.

We soon leave the carpark where it is rather windy (al­ways catches the wind) but a good day. There had ob­vi­ously been a good lot of rain re­cently as ev­ery­thing was re­ally green for late Oc­to­ber.

We stopped for morn­ing tea at the look­out (nine of us to­day). It is nice to chat and take in the fresh air and the sur­round­ing land­scape. Some­times it is nice just to sit and look.

The views were crys­tal clear and the tem­per­a­ture was nice and warm. We wel­comed the sea breeze. We had a few gates to climb through and had a good laugh at each other es­pe­cially with our pack on and our sticks to get through as well.

The track goes down to the beach which is a good place for lunch but on the way a creek to cross which is al­ways a good chal­lenge and we all help each other.

The land­scape is spec­tac­u­lar, shear cliffs which are scarred and high with a rocky and sandy beach.

The sea looked very invit­ing for a swim but not to­day as we did not bring our swim­ming gear!! We did not ex­pect to see any­one else around but quite far in the dis­tance you could see a cou­ple of

peo­ple walk­ing.

It is al­ways nice to get a view to­wards Pe­ga­sus Bay and Christchurch.

We picked a spot for lunch which was not un­der the shear cliffs (I have al­ways des­ig­nated my­self as health and safety of­fi­cer of the club and do not like sit­ting un­der large boul­ders or shear cliffs es­pe­cially af­ter the Christchurch quakes).

We car­ried on down the beach un­til we were clear of the high scarred cliffs to have lunch. (The fol­low­ing month 14 Novem­ber we had the Kaik­oura quakes).

We con­tin­ued on our walk en­joy­ing the scenery and there was a look out of Pe­ga­sus Bay on the way back which was worth walk­ing to, only a cou­ple of min­utes from the main track and a good seated area for the ones who did not want to go.

Al­ways a great walk as you can go any way around and not too far from Christchurch.

Above left: The track over farm­land. Above right: Help­ing the group over a stream. Op­po­site page: The walk be­side the shear cliffs.

Above: A view of the coast­line from the hill­top. Ti­r­i­moana Walk­way, Kate Val­ley

Below: Time for lunch, clear of the high scarred cliffs.

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