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 


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.