3 November – Saturday to Sunday, November 25, 2018 – THE BANKS PENINSULA WORKING FESTIVAL – The walks will take place over the weekends of November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 & 18 November and 24 & 25 November 2018.
Fabulous walks available over the four weekends in November. Check out what is available and make your booking by going to the following link https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/…/banks-peninsula-walking-fest… Brochures are available at the Little River Information Station also.
There is something to suit all fitness levels, from gentle meanders around the historic towns of Lyttelton and Akaroa, to climbing the high volcanic peaks with their breathtaking panoramic views.
You will have the opportunity to explore Hinewai Reserve by night, take the ferry to Quail Island and appreciate the historical and geological significance of the Peninsula. We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, artists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.
Special events this year include the formal openings of a new tramping hut on Ōtamahua/Quail Island and a family campground at the Le Bon’s Bay Langer Reserve. These events include walks exploring the areas the new facilities serve.
Walks around Little River include Little River Ridge Tops, Okuti Track to the Hilltop and return, Wildlife Watch on Kaitorete Spit, Hukahuka Turoa Walk and 8 over 800 Tramp 3 – French Peak and Saddle Hill. Check out full details in the above link. There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.
Walks that still have spaces available are listed below.
3 November – Saturday – PORT, PRECINCT & TIMEBALL – A walking tour of historic Lyttelton with Megan Hickey (Underground Overground Archaeology), Rosemary Baird & Jan Titus (Heritage NZ). 10.30 – 112.30pm. for two and half hours. Cost $12.00. Visit some of the significant and interesting archaeological sites that archaeologists from Underground Overground have worked on within this most historic town. The walk will take you to the newly rebuilt and landscaped Timeball site where Rosemary and Jan will share inspiring stories of the site’s archaeology, history and post-quake renewal. Along the way you will hear about notable places, people and events, as well as how we uncover the remnants of the past which lie beneath modern Lyttelton. For full details and bookings go HERE
3 November – Saturday – HINAWE NIGHT WALK (a) – Meet Hinewai Reserve’s night critters. Take a torchlight stroll through Hinewai’s Lower Valley Track seeking wētā, moths, spiders, slugs, beetles, fish and other creatures of the night. This is a rare opportunity to explore our native bush in the dark to discover another “world”. A world of activity with plants seen in a different light. A world of shadows, shading and shimmers, overseen by starry skies. For full details and bookings go HERE
10 November – Saturday – SHORE PLATFORM SCAMPER – CAMP BAY /TE POHUE – LYTTELTON HARBOUR WITH DR SAM HAMPTON – 10.30am. 4-5hours, length 2-3 kms. Cost $15.00. Camp Bay, nestled on the eastern side of Lyttelton Harbour hosts spectacular scenery, volcanic sequences, and historical links. Join volcanologist Sam Hampton on a family friendly walk exploring the shore platform of Camp Bay and learn about the volcanic evolution and eruptions of the Lyttelton Volcanic Complex. See how Banks Peninsula developed over time through the construction of sand volcanoes, and hear about the development of the Te Pataka o Rakaihautu/Banks Peninsula Geopark and the blending of our unique stories. For full details and bookings go HERE
11 November – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER RIDGE TOPS WITH BOB WEBSTER– 10AM. 6 – 7 Hours, Walk Climbs 700m, length kms. Cost $15.00. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to make a circuit from Little River to stunning High Bare ridge with Rod Donald Trustee and local covenant owner Bob Webster. Enjoy breathtaking views over Te Waihora and beyond. Be prepared for a stiff climb and descent – with time allowed for some short rest stops and lunch on the top. For full details and booking go HERE
11 November – BOTANICAL URUMAU with BRIAN DOWNEY – Starts 10am . 2 hours, length 7k’s. Cost $12.00. Urumau Reserve is a sun-kissed hidden gem perched high above picturesque Lyttelton. A unique community initiative has been underway for years revegetating this once barren area with plants grown in their own nursery and developing unique and successful methods of plant husbandry. Experience the regenerating bush close up, learn about the special plants and where they come from and enjoy a delightful walk to boot. HERE
17 November – CHANGING VEGETATION OF DIAMOND HARBOUR RESERVES WITH PETE OZICH – Start 10am. Walk 3 hours, walk climbs about 200m, length 6kms. Cost $15.00. Follow the coastal track from Diamond Harbour to Purau then saunter back on a historic stock route to return via Morgan’s Gully. Pete will describe his successful battle against wanton banana passion fruit and the transformation of the reserve to healthy beauty. See the impacts that people have had on the changing flora as the walk traverses through different ecosystems both managed and unmanaged. Enjoy stunning views of Lyttelton Harbour and Godley Head, as you learn how the human introduced vegetation dramatically alters the landscape and environment. For details and bookings go HERE
18 November – Sunday – WILDLIFE WATCH ON KAITORETE SPIT with ANDREW CROSSLAND (CHCH CITY COUNCIL RANGER) – 10am. 4hours, length 5kms. Cost $15.00. A unique opportunity to explore the infrequently visited and mysterious saltmarsh along the fringe of Kaituna Laguna with birding expert Andrew Crossland. The walk will wander through various habitat types with many wildlife viewing opportunities in the CCC lagoon, on the lake edge, Hidden Bay and various salt marsh zones. Be prepared for a bit of an adventure with boggy terrain in places and shrubland/saltmarsh to “push” through. For full details and bookings go HERE
18 November – WALK OF THE ROSES with SUKY THOMPSON – Start Time 10am. Length 3 hours. length 4 kms. Cost $15.00. Enjoy the heady romance of Akaroa as you ramble around historic graveyards, narrow streets and peaceful reserves hunting out the town’s most special heritage roses – accompanied with a tapestry of tales about the history they have silently witnessed. Guide Suky Thompson will share her favourite places on a quirky route from one end of the town to the other with a café stop en route. Optional walk back to start or carpool. For full details and bookings go HERE
18 November – TOWN TO COAST – NATIVE WANDERER WITH WENDY EVERINGHAM – Start 10am. 3 hours one way, length 7 kms. Cost $15.00. From the former Lyttelton nursery to the new community nursery this is a wander of snippets of history and native regeneration. Linking the town to the coast via the new marina we’ll wander along the coast to Cass Bay where we finish at the Community Nursery. You can choose to either walk or car pool back to the start. Allow an extra hour if walking. For full details and bookings go HERE
24 November – GRUNTS & DYKES AND THE NEW CAMP with ROBIN BURLEIGH – 9.30am. 7 hours including campsite opening event. Walk climbs about 450m. Cost $15.00. Explore new and old tracks in Panama Reserve at Le Bons Bay with Reserve Manager Robin Burleigh. See the fantastic lava dyke which fed the rock dome, a dense jungle of native forest and then hike up the “grunt” to the dome itself for magnificent views. Relax at Langer Lodge then head down to the brand new family friendly mini-camp ground where you will celebrate its opening ceremony with drinks and cake! For further details and bookings go HERE
24 November – SKETCH-A-WALK IN AKAROA WITH LILIANA SEQUEIRA AND MARIO LUZ – Start 10am. 2.5 hours. Cost $12.00. Urban sketchers Liliana and Mário lead this gentle stroll around the picturesque historic town of Akaroa with plenty of opportunities for sketching. Sketchbook and pencils mandatory! Fantastic results last year but limited places, so sketching enthusiasts – book early to ensure your place. For further details and bookings go HERE
24 November – A PLALK ALONG THE WATERFRONT with SARAH PRITCHETT. Start time 10am. 1.5/2 hours one way. You can choose to either walk or car pool to the start. Cost $12.00. A “plalk” you ask? What on earth is that? Answer – it’s your opportunity to give something back to the earth, meet a passionate local waste-buster, and take a leisurely stroll from beautiful Cass Bay to Te Ana Marina, enhancing the environment by picking up any litter you find en-route. We’re delighted to bring this new concept to the Walking Festival, based on the popular sport of “plogging”. Have fun and feel great at the end – physically and morally! Finish with a coffee stop at the popular new Te Ara Marina. For further details and bookings go HERE
24 November – HINEWAI NIGHT WALK “B” WITH PAUL NEWPORT & TRICIA HEWLETT. Start time 8pm to 10pm. for 2 hours, length 1km. Cost $15 adult, $10 child. Please note that Children must be 8 years old or over and accompanied by an adult.
Meet Hinewai Reserve’s night critters. Take a torchlight stroll through Hinewai’s Lower Valley Track seeking wētā, moths, spiders, slugs, beetles, fish and other creatures of the night. This is a rare opportunity to explore our native bush in the dark to discover another “world”. A world of activity with plants seen in a different light. A world of shadows, shading and shimmers, overseen by starry skies. For further details and bookings go HERE
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Session are limited to a maximum of 8 people but there’s no minimum, If it’s just you, that’s cool.
Phone 03-329 0947
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