Walking from Mt Pleasant to Scarborough on the Christchurch 360 Trail
The weather forecast for the mountains was not supposed to be very good on the Saturday, so I decided I would go walk another of the Christchurch 360 sections I need to complete.
|Entrance to the Estuary from near Shag Rock|
Mt Pleasant to Scarborough on the Christchurch 360
The section I decided to walk was that between Mt Pleasant and Scarborough, along the Christchurch Coastal Pathway. This pathway is mostly on footpaths but is is actually quite nice as you have water right next to you for the whole length of the trip. I parked my car at the Mt Pleasant Yacht Club car park and set out for points East.....
|Car-park next to the Mt Pleasant Yacht Club|
|Ferrymead end of the Estuary|
|Information panel along Coastal Pathway|
|View out to South Brighton from Mt Pleasant shoreline|
|The new Christchurch Coastal Pathway at Mt Pleasant|
|Mt Pleasant farmers market|
|Mt Pleasant farmers market advertisement...|
|The McCormicks Bay Causeway|
|The fore mentioned McCormicks Bay|
|Approaching Redcliffs on the causeway|
|Christchurch 360 symbol near Redcliffs|
|Turn off down Beachville Road, Redcliffs|
|The Coastal Pathway...a work in progress....|
|The estuary, Clifton Terrace and Southshore Spit|
|More of the Coastal Pathway at Redcliffs|
|Jon with Clifton Terrace in the background|
|The infamous Shag|
|The estuary and Southshore Spit|
|Trail goes through down town Redcliffs|
|Older gravel section of the Coastal Pathway|
|One of the Coastal Pathway Signs|
|Estuary mouth from Moncks Bay|
|Unformed part of the Coastal Pathway|
|Is it Shag rock, or....|
|Pre earthquake Shag Rock|
There is a massive earthwork in progress at Clifton Terrace, the council and NZTA are building a berm to catch rocks falling down onto the road. It is impressive, they are cutting the cliffs back and totally covering them with reinforced wire netting to hold it all together.
|Massive earthworks to stabilise Clifton Terrace|
|Foundations of destroyed Clifton Terrace House|
|Clifton Terrace: cliff side wire netting to hold rock in place|
|Entrance of the Estuary between Shag Rock and Southshore|
|Brand new Sumner Surf Clubrooms|
|The Esplanade in Sumner|
|WW1 Memorial "Gallipoli" on Sumner Esplanade|
|Cave Rock, Sumner|
|View out to Scarborough cliffs...the end in sight!|
|Closer view of Scarborough and Sumner Heads|
|On the promenade between Sumner and Scarborough|
|Pathway on the Sumner seawall, the WW1 memorial clock tower|
|...damn straight ice-cream!|
|Christchurch 360 Information Panel at Scarborough|
|Godley Cliffs Section (7-8 hrs)|
|Estuary-Marshes Section (4-6 hrs)|
|Heading towards Sumner Heads|
|View of Sumner Bay from the end of this section|
|End of this section, Godley Head Section starts/finishes here|
So I did....
We have spent many happy hours with the kids at the Scarborough Park over the years, it is gorgeous and very well loved.
|........park near Scarborough.|
|Tide filling the Estuary|
|Jaffa the Jeep.....yep!|
Below is a WW2 machine gun emplacement that was converted into a seat at some time. Back in 1941/42 we were convinced the Japanese would invade New Zealand so a series of fortifications were built right along the coast. This one would have dominated the entrance to the estuary.
I'm glad it is seeing some other sort of use...
|WW2 machine gun emplacement reconfigured as seat|
|Gun emplacement information panel|
|Incoming tide in the Estuary|
|Eating my lunch near Redcliffs|
|Lunch spot over looking Moncks Bay|
|Southshore from lunch stop|
|The Estuary from lunch stop|
|Clifton Terrace from lunch stop|
|One of the still empty sections in Redcliffs|
One of the sad losses of the earthquakes is Redcliffs Cave, the roof collapsed making it unsafe to enter.
It is totally munted!
Just about every Christchurch kid from 1860-2010 must have visited this cave at one time or another.....
|The munted Redcliffs Cave|
If you don't fancy the idea of walking all the way to Scarborough and back, then just jump on the Purple Line bus and only walk one way. The bus comes through every 15 minutes and would cost $2.00-$3.50 depending on your age.
|Your bus transport if you care to use it...|
It takes a long time for the tide to reach the head of the estuary, as you can see in the photo below there were still mudflats at this end.
|Still not high tide at this end of the estuary|
The Coastal Pathway is a very nice trip...how many times have you driven this way but never actually walked it? I recommend everyone get out there and give it a go, just pick a lovely sunny day like I did.
Christchurch 360 section details: Mt Pleasant to Scarborough
Track Times: Approximately 7 km's, 1-2 hours one way
Miscellaneous:Purple Bus Line covers this whole section if you want to park at one end and catch the bus back to your car.