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A Return to Walk the St James

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021 in Richmond Diary | 0 comments

A Return to Walk the St James

I first walked the St James in the year 2000 with Frank Saxton, then again with Ron, Polly and Shirl in 2014. So this was the third time and with Karla. The track, depending what you read, goes from to 64km to 67km long. We chose to start at the long end of 67km starting from the Lewis Pass car park. So we were on our way. Ho! We Have Got Our Country Back! Well, almost as there are still many foreigners about but at least the numbers are reduced. Now it’s okay to have visitors but heavens above, (if one is allowed to say that now), New...

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Tadmor Valley

Posted by on Nov 30, 2020 in Richmond Diary | 0 comments

Tadmor Valley

One Saturday morning we met up with other members of our small tramping club at the turnoff on to the Tadmor – Glenhope Road and then followed the metal and dusty road that ran parallel for the most part, of the old Nelson to Kawatiri Railway Line. A forest fire had altered some of the landscape somewhat making it hard to recognise any feature but eventually we found the turnoff to wander down a forestry road to reach the Hope River. Then down a rough track and we reached a small dam/weir which was built to divert some of its water to...

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Maud and Maggie

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Richmond Diary | 0 comments

Maud and Maggie

I’ve been a number of times and although the first part of the walk up the Maud Creek is over farm land it is still an interesting place for a wander. So we tagged along with a small tramping club for a day walk up the Maud Creek.  An early farmer named two creeks on his farm after his daughters, Maggie and Maud. Both the Maggie and Maud creeks, or rivers, join and flow into the Howard, thence into the Buller which flows into the Tasman Sea.  Maud Creek was said to be the richest goldfield in the Howard area. The finders kept it secret then...

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Cavalcade 2020

Posted by on Aug 2, 2020 in Richmond Diary | 1 comment

Cavalcade 2020

Another Cavalcade.  Shirl and I, along with friends Val and Geoff, joined the Rides of March Cavalcade in 2002. This time, and 18 years later, with walks of 16 to 25 km per day I thought it might be a bit too much for me.  These cavalcades were made up of a number of groups; horses, wagons, trampers and even bike riders, travelling over several days, old gold mining trails in Central Otago.  Christchurch graffiti. Anyway, Karla and I left Richmond at 9am for Christchurch and arrived at a Christchurch motor camp around...

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Walks to Mt Arthur, North Peak and the Champion Copper smelter and mine.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in Richmond Diary | 0 comments

Walks to Mt Arthur, North Peak and the Champion Copper smelter and mine.

Mt Arthur Walk:   We arranged the walks for our 50+ walking group the month of January and Mt Arthur (1795m asl)  was second on the list. Twenty walkers started off at the Flora carpark (at 920m asl) to head up to the Mt Arthur Hut (1310m asl) in time for morning tea.  After a cuppa, a spell, and offering a small crumb to a weka, some went down to the Flora Hut, some just went back down, while the rest headed uphill towards the summit. I was interested in seeing what or if any of the alpine plants were in flower so...

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