Ohinetahi House and Garden

Sir Miles Warren’s house and garden in Governor’s Bay are a delight. With harbour views,  the present garden was begun in 1977 by Sir Miles, though there was a garden created on the some site in 1865 by one of New Zealand’s first botanists, T.H . Potts.  Some of the exotic trees and shrubs he planted still stand on the perimeter of the garden.  Sir Miles Warren is a well-known New Zealand architect, now in his 80’s.  He lives in the house and was working in his garden when we visited.  In 2012 he gifted the house and garden to the people of New Zealand through the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust.

Introduction outside the main house before starting the tour

 

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Heathcote Valley from the Bridle Path – what has happened in 135 years?

 

Heathcote Valley from Bridle Path, about 1880 (on the left) and 2015 (on the right).  Click to enlarge

As a pre-Christmas trek,  we walked  the Bridle Path, from the Heathcote Valley over the Port Hills to Lyttelton.  On the way we passed an information board which reminded us of the challenges faced by the early European settlers who arrived in Christchurch in 1850.  The photo on the left, originally from the Canterbury Museum and taken about 1880, appears on the information board.

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Deconstruction of Hilgendorf building at Lincoln University

 

The Hilgendorf building had a strong presence on the Lincoln University campus, comprising  about 30 % of Lincoln’s academic floor space.  Built in the brutalist style and opened in 1968, it was named after Frederick William Hilgendorf, who pioneered plant breeding in New Zealand, concentrating on wheat.  He joined the staff in 1899, and retired in 1936.  Continue reading

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

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Packhorse Hut via Gebbies Pass

The Gebbies Pass track to Packhorse Hut involves about 6km of walking each way,  and takes three to four hours return.  The track climbs from 160m altitude at Gebbies Pass to 450m at Packhorse Hut.   However there are plenty of ups and downs along the way. From the track there are views over Lyttelton Harbour, and it passes through forest and tussock land.  We walked the track on a misty day in late December 2014.

Pine fprest early on the track

Pine forest early on the track

 

View of Lyttelton Harbour

View across Lyttelton Harbour to the Port Hills

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