New Zealand Walk: Tirimoana Walkway, Kate Valley
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
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.