Monday, 10 September 2018

The Summit Road Christchurch




Above is an old image of the Summit Road taken at least a decade ago - a reasonably wide carriageway, not entirely for the faint hearted in places but a grand and very scenic drive around the top of the old volcanic crater rim above Lyttelton and Christchurch.

Images below show one of the the most damaged sections post the 2011 earthquake which closed this section of road for some years and has only relatively recently re-opened to walkers and cyclists. 
It would be quite an undertaking to open it to normal traffic again. 






Part of the now closed section of road 




Interesting (volcanic) geology revealed  in this cut.


Below some of the damage to the roads guard rail caused by falling rocks 



Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Lake Coleridge Power Station


The Coleridge Power station Wikipedia New Zealands first power station in which the State was involved, first generating in 1914 and still contributing to our 80% renewables electricity supply.

Interesting in that it involve the partial diversion of the Wilberforce River which keeps the natural lake full.

Google map



Near Lake Coleridge


Not a bad place to call "the office"...!


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Canterbury Sunset

Sunset on the Port Hills 


Sheep


Taken on the port hills up above Christchurch - freezing cold and very windy, I had to feel sorry for the fellow on the hill checking out the paddock intruder.






Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Quintessentially New Zealand

While visitors to NZ have their must see brochure items, Mitre Peak, Mt Cook and Rotorua as someone who grew up in the South Island and who later lived on a good sized block of land and raised cattle there is something about this picture from the Canterbury foot hills that speaks to my Kiwi heart.




Thursday, 2 August 2018

Fog on the Waitemata Harbour




Ferry Wharf at Devonport 


Wharf at Navy Museum 


Ferry / Fishing Wharf at Devonport