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.

Snout Track

A short walk near Picton with good views of Tōtaranui / Queen Charlotte Sound.   More ▶︎

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

Short loop track exploring the predator-fenced reserve.   More ▶︎

Karaka Point

Short walk to a Māori pā site.   More ▶︎

Capleston Pack Track

Short connector between the ends of Kirwans Track on Waitahu River Road and at Capleston.   More ▶︎

Kirwans Track

2-3 day circuit visiting Kirwans Hill, and the Lord Brassey Stamper Battery.   More ▶︎

Waiau Hut

New hut on the Waiau Pass Track and Te Araroa Trail. This hut was opened 27 January 2018, and constructed with the support of an anonymous donor.   More ▶︎

Ashley Gorge Loop Track

Short walk near the Ashley Gorge Camping Ground.   More ▶︎

Crater Rim Walkway: Rapaki Rock to Bridle Path

Short section of Christchurch's Crater Rim Walkway.   More ▶︎

Crater Rim Walkway: Bridle Path to Mount Pleasant

Short section of the Crater Rim Walkway from the top of the Bridle Path, past Mount Cavendish and on to Mount Pleasant.   More ▶︎

Mount Pleasant / Tauhinukorokio

Short walk to the trig on Mount Pleasant / Tauhinukorokio (499m).   More ▶︎
History in the hills: Stamper batteries

History in the hills: Stamper batteries

Stamper batteries were massive iron machines, hauled into remote locations in the search for gold. Many are still there today.   More ▶︎

Harry Ell Walkway

Short walk in Christchurch Port Hills.   More ▶︎
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