I'm Matthew and I started this website way back in December 1996. It has been evolving and growing ever since.

With a young family, I mostly content myself with day walks at the moment, around the Canterbury Plains.

Tapotupotu Bay Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite Scott's Saddle Totara Trail, Kennedys Bush Coal Hill Rangitata River Fenceline, Moorhouse Range Spur, Moorhouse Range Misty morning on Bealey Spur Lake Misery Track Mount Barron Mount Barron tops
Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track

Mt Sunday / Mt Riley Track

A circuit track on the Richmond Range, visiting two forested summits.   More ▶︎

Crater Rim Walkway: Sign of the Kiwi to Rapaki Rock

Short section past Sugarloaf and Mount Vernon.   More ▶︎

Arataki Nature Trail

Loop track by the visitor centre.   More ▶︎

Crater Rim Walkway: Sign of the Bellbird to Sign of the Kiwi

Short section between two of the original Summit Road rest houses on the Crater Rim Walkway.   More ▶︎

Crater Rim Walkway: Ahuriri to Sign of the Bellbird

The southernmost section of the Crater Rim Walkway in the Christchurch Port Hills.   More ▶︎
Hobbs Bivvy, Route Burn North Branch

Hobbs Bivvy, Route Burn North Branch

A dry and sheltered bivvy underneath a giant boulder in the North Branch of the Route Burn. Sleeps 4 or 5 but with only about half a metre of clearance underneath it's crawling room only. There's a stream bed right beside ...   More ▶︎

Trig V Track

Short walk in the Christchurch Port Hills.   More ▶︎

Chalmers Track

Short climb from Lyttelton up onto the Port Hills.   More ▶︎

Trig V

Short track on Christchurch's Port Hills, with views down to Governors Bay and Lyttelton Harbour.   More ▶︎

Cascade Creek Campsite

Large campsite on the Milford Road at the foot of Lake Gunn. Wheelchair accessible toilet.   More ▶︎

Piha Domain Camp

This large camping ground at Piha makes for an excellent base to explore the Waitakere Ranges or an overnight stop on the Hillary Trail.   More ▶︎
Tapotupotu Campsite

Tapotupotu Campsite

Coastal camping at the country's most northerly campsite. This campsite has a boatramp and cold showers. It is wheelchair accessible, with assistance. The nearby lagoon is suitable for swimming.   More ▶︎
Member since 3 June 20013 June 2001
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