Pigeon Bay – visited and revisited

Pigeon Bay is a picturesque bay situated on the northern side of Banks Peninsula.  It is accessed from State Highway 75 via Little River, turning left at Hilltop onto the Summit Road, then left onto Pigeon Bay Road after a few kilometres (77 km altogether from Christchurch). There is an out-and-back track which follows the eastern side of the bay out to the heads. Walking the track takes between four and five hours return.  The track mostly follows a four wheel drive road which crosses farmland.  I have walked the track twice and am posting photos from both of these trips.

First photos are from a trip in December (summer) 2014.

Track starts at the small settlement of Pigeon Bay

Track starts at the small settlement of Pigeon Bay

 

Pigeon Bay jetty

Pigeon Bay jetty

 

View of the bay from the jetty

View of Pigeon Bay from the jetty

 

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Just starting

 

Following the four wheel drive track

Following the four wheel drive track with the bay entrance in the distance

The next photos were taken on a trip in April (autumn) 2015.

 

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Mussel farming

Mussel farming

 

Entrance to the bay

Entrance to Pigeon Bay and Little Pigeon Bay, near the end of the walk

 

At the end of the walk there are views east to Whitehead Bay

At the end of the walk there are views east to Whitehead Bay

 

Sea stack from the viewing area

Sea stack from the viewing area

 

Views over Little Pigeon Bay, past Pigeon Rock to Port Levy,  then the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour, Godley Head and in the far distance South New Brighton

Views over Little Pigeon Bay, past Beacon Rock to Port Levy, then the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour, Godley Head and in the far distance South New Brighton

 

On the return journey looking

On the return journey

 

farmland.....

Beef cattle farming

 

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Map of Banks Peninsula showing Pigeon Bay.

Map of Banks Peninsula from a NASA image, showing location of Pigeon Bay. Click once on map to enlarge

Click here for a map of the track route.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Pigeon Bay – visited and revisited

  1. Hi there, thank you for the amazing photos! I’d like to ask if you needed to acquire permission from anyone prior to walking the track all the way to the mouth of the bay. Thank you!

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