Time from City Center – 25 mins, dependent on traffic.
With winter firmly behind us, today was a day for the first hike of the sunshine months. We ventured not that far from home to one of Canterburys beautiful coastal walks, the loop along Godley Head. With views across the harbour to Banks Peninsula, the surfers beach of Taylors Mistake, and ocean as far as the eye can see; this was is definitely a recommend one.
I would advise checking the weather before starting this walk as it is very exposed to the elements, and doesn’t have much shelter throughout.
This photo was taken standing right up on the sand dunes on New Brighton Beach, looking back over the city on what I can only describe as the best sunset show I’ve ever seen.
I was sitting in my living room when I caught a glimpse of the firey sky, which led to running across to the dunes, only to be greeted by a crowd of people, locals and tourists, all staring bewildered at the show Mother Nature was giving us.
Since moving to Christchurch one year ago, we noticed the city is still pretty far behind where we thought it would be repairing the damage made from the devastating earthquake sequences of 2009/2010, and nowhere is this more evident that out here by the beach. There lies a gap of houses between the city and the beach, small roads that lead to nowhere, but it is evident this city is picking itself back up again, as all great cities do.
Having spent our 1st year living pretty central, we jumped at the chance to move into a gorgeous townhouse by the sea, literally, 20 ft from the dunes that lead the way to the great Pacific Ocean. While we are not too thrilled about spending a winter fighting the North Westerly breeze, we’re Irish, we’re used to the cold sea air on our faces while on a trip to the beach!
Getting there –
- From Christchurch – 5.5hrs, state Highway 73 & SH6
- From Queenstown – 4.45 hr, state Highway 6
We opted for the cheaper option when visiting Franz Josef Glacier; walking the trail, rather than forking out for the helicopter ride (next time!) and we were not disappointed.
These waterfalls lead the way to the Glacier, running all year round, deafening the closer you got, just as beautiful up close as from a distance.
Signs say the track is a 2 hr round trip – we did it in just over an hour. There are guided tours available, and we saw people from toddlers to the elderly along the way, so don’t worry about steep climbs, there’s none.