As we move into a period of more settled warmer weather, Summer is quickly becoming a reality and most of us start to fanaticise about long hot days spent out and about enjoying the many activities that sum up a traditional Kiwi summer. A large part of this, for many of us, are activities based around water which means….yes, you guessed it..it is almost time to break out the swimwear again!
We are so fortunate in the Waimakariri that we have so many outdoor adventures to enjoy while we work on our summer bodies…many so beautiful that it doesn’t actually feel like we are exercising as we are so enthralled by the natural beauty surrounding us. Intrigued? Then read on!
Kaiapoi Island Trail offers multiple exercise options for everyone. Catering for mountain bikers, walkers and runners, the track stretches for 18 kilometres from Raven Quay in Kaiapoi to Smiths Stream. The track is a long flat walk under trees and along the stop banks of the river. Iconic river birds accompany you with their song as you go and there are multiple picnic tables along the way to stop for a breather and a well earned snack.
To really push yourself, and get one step closer achieving your ultimate summer bod, carry on to the Pegasus Trail to Pines/Kairaki Beach for stunning beach views and even a paddle to cool off before heading back.
Te Kohanga Wetlands is a two way shared track running through a conservation area of Pegasus. Offering plenty of recreational opportunities and natural habitats to explore, there are options galore for the whole family.
The Bunker Bar and Café, at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club, is the perfect place to re-stock the fuel levels. Relax on the patio overlooking the golf course while enjoying their range of food and beverages.
As the cold of winter has now well and truly thawed, the snow on our amazing ski fields has started to melt and this means that October is a great time to visit local waterfalls.
Ryde Falls in the Oxford Conservation Park is a hidden gem in the picturesque Oxford forest. A fabulous walking track for the whole family including your furry friends, as long as they are on a leash, the five tier waterfall is a breathtaking incentive to get the blood pumping.
There are a few track options, depending on fitness level and enthusiasm, so make sure you check out the DOC website before you go to determine what will suit you.
Regardless of the track option you choose, we highly recommend you stop in at the Famous Sheffield Pie Shop, either on the way to get goodies to enjoy while on the track, or after your adventure to reward yourself.
If you are after something a bit different and special Cavan Farm, which is located a couple of kilometres out of Oxford, offers the unique opportunity stop and buy delicious fresh milk right at the farm gate. Offering a ‘fill your own’ opportunity you won’t get milk fresher than this!
Glentui, part of Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area, is a very popular recreational area that offers a variety of track options from easy walks through the native bush, to a moderate climb to the Mt Richardson summit offering sweeping views of the Puketeraki Range and Lees Valley.
For a great family friendly option and exceptional waterfall viewing, pack a picnic and head The Glentui Waterfall Track . A short walk through beautiful native vegetation will reward you with an amazing lookout over a 43-metre-high waterfall crashing into a plunge pool.
As you are heading back into town, stop in at Emma’s at Oxford and immerse yourself in their eclectic range of books, gifts and clothing.
If you are planning your Glentui adventure for a weekend afternoon, head out to Oxford early on Sunday morning for the Oxford Farmers Market and pick up a few goodies for the picnic basket as well as a few things to enjoy back at home.
Enjoy discovering the stunning Waimakariri while you work on your summer body and stay tuned next month for our top swimming spots and outdoor dining suggestions. Bring on Summer!