Tiromoana Bush Walkway

An hour north of Christchurch is a disposal facility called Kate Valley Landfill.  The total site is 1000 hectares of which 37 hectares is used for a landfill operation.  Around 410 hectares of this land has been set aside for native forest restoration and wetland creation, giving recreational, educational and scientific opportunities.   A public walkway has been developed in this area, from the end of Mt Cass Road to the coast at Pegasus Bay.  The walkway opened in 2006. It also traverses a working farm, and takes about three hours return.

 Click once on map to enlarge. Map link at http://visithurunui.co.nz/images/Hiking/tirowalkway_mar11_brochure.pdf

Click once on map to enlarge.
Link to brochure at http://visithurunui.co.nz/images/Hiking/tirowalkway_mar11_brochure.pdf

 

Start of the walk near Ridge Junction

Start of the walk near Ridge Junction

 

Ella Pond

Ella Pond

 

Farmed goats

Farmed goats

 

Section of pine forest

Section of pine forest

 

Near Ngaio Junction

Near Ngaio Junction

 

Kate Stream as it enters Pegasus Bay

Kate Stream as it enters the beach at Pegasus Bay

 

Beach on Pegasus, featuring sandstone cliffs

Beach on Pegasus Bay, featuring sandstone cliffs, looking south

 

Beach on Pegasus Bay, looking north

Beach on Pegasus Bay, looking north

 

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View of Pegasus Bay from the return loop of the walkway

View of Pegasus Bay from the return loop of the walkway

 

Clematis foetida, a fragrant vine-like native found growing through the tress

Clematis foetida, a fragrant vine-like native found growing through the trees

 

Planting in the wetlands on the return loop on the southern side of the valley

Native planting in the wetlands on the return loop

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