|11-18-2008, 07:36 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Kiwi Elvis/Stormtrooper goes to Port Levy
Kiwi Elvis goes to Port Levy
Given the nice responses to my ‘..in the Kiwi sun…’ RR, I thought I’d try another!
Seeing as I have probably been to beautiful Akaroa on the Southern side of the peninsula about a bazillion times (truly! J), I thought I’d go on the other, less travelled side and go visit Port Levy and Pigeon Bay etc but ultimately I was foiled – by my choice of ride and my lack of confidence on gravel on said ride but more on this later.
I persuaded SWMBO to take a cheesy pic of me in the driveway before leaving!
It was a pretty warm day so I thought I’d give my Vanson suit that’s been languishing in the wardrobe over the winter an outing – its forecast for 80F (26C) today but I think it made it to around 90F (32C) – which was hot enough when I was only riding slow(ish) and stopping to take pics a lot.
Rode through town to the northeastern side to Heathcote and waved over at Mr and Mrs Bang as I rode up to this:
Lyttelton Tunnel was completed in 1964 and is NZ’s longest road tunnel at 1.9km long. The rail tunnel that runs through the hill was opened in 1867 (which must have been a bit of a feat back then) is NZ’s oldest.
The view coming out the other side:
Lyttelton was the base for Shackleton’s ‘Nimrod’ expedition to
Looking across the harbour from above part of the port you can see Mt Herbert – I’m heading that way but first need to ride around the head of the harbour…you can also see the settlement of
There’s also a tank farm here – not that interesting but later on I’ll show you this from MUCH further away!
Otamahua or Quail Island is situated within the harbour about 2 minutes drive south of Lyttelton – Otamahua is Maori for 'place where children collect sea eggs' – a native NZ sea urchin and was named Quail Island by Captain William Smith in 1842 after sighting native quail – unfortunately, they were extinct less than 30 years later. Shackleton housed and trained his sled dogs on the island.
Did I mention it was a horrible day? J
The tiny settlements of
The moorings at
Nestled close to shore is
This is where I’m headed
Some of the locals
VTR taking in the view
The view back down the valley towards the tank farm at Lyttelton – in the far far distance are the
One of my destinations for the day, Port Levy
Portions of Peter Jackson’s Academy Award nominated film Heavenly Creatures were filmed here – based on the murder by two 16 year old girls from
I rode past what I think is Mt Herbert (which I think I captured in the
And stopped for some quiet reflection here
Unfortunately the road out of Port Levy to
And Pirelli Diablo’s being not the VERY best gravel road tyre and it was getting on in the afternoon I decided to turn around. I have been past here on trail bikes a while back but had forgotten it turned to gravel. I’m sure you can get to
The road out of Port Levy looks great from this angle!
Back thru Purau,
The Blue Duck Café is the new name of the Black Orchid Tearooms and the new owners are doing a great job! The muffin I had last time was excellent and today’s chocolate afghan was equally as superb, washed down with an icy coke from a glass bottle J
The view on the back patio wasn’t too bad either!
That’s it for today folks
Hope you enjoyed tagging along!
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