After an epic 35 hour journey, we arrived in Christchurch safe and well, and were delighted with an immediate view of the alps as we stepped off the plane.
Since then we’ve had an endless list of jobs to get done and have spent the week sorting phone and internet contracts, opening bank accounts, buying necessary items (bed, fridge, plates etc) and generally getting the house set up and habitable. It’s been fun but we’ve been itching to get out and really explore the local area.
Today the weather improved (it’s been freezing cold and raining all week) so we headed out to explore the Port Hills area of Christchurch. We weren’t disappointed!
The views were stunning and once we got above the low-level clouds we could even see the alps in the distance.
Today we hiked up the Bowenvale Valley Track which was sodden after all the recent rain but beautiful and well worth the muddy clothes. At the top we walked a little way along Summit Road and took in more glorious views. On a clear day you can see the ocean below but today it was just a sea of clouds!
From here we followed a path known as Cedric’s Track and found an awesome cafe called Sign of The Kiwi nestled amongst the hills.
We enjoyed a couple of coffees and some cake there before heading down a different path through a stunning forest.
Today we explored a handful of the 50+ trails that are scattered across the Port Hills. Can’t wait to go back and see some more next week!