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Selwyn Times: April 07, 2017

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24 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 Hornby to Little River • Little River Rail Trail – 48.4km; six sections: • Hornby to Prebbleton – 3.5km; starts: car park 400m south of Shands/Halswell Junction roads. • Prebbleton to Lincoln – 7km; starts: intersection of Birchs/Trices roads then follows James Street. • Lincoln to Ahuriri Reserve – 10km; follows Edward Street, right at Ellesmere Road then join trail that links to Collins East Road, right at River Road then follow Halswell River. • Ahuriri Reserve to Motukarara – 6km; off-road beside Halswell Canal then on farmland. • Motukarara to Birdling’s Flat – 13km; follows railway embankment beside Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora and wetlands. • Birdling’s Flat to Little River – 9m; follows railway embankment beside Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Waiewa, ending at Kinlock Road, Little River outskirts. Kirwee • Kirwee Walk – 40mins; starts: Courtenay Road to Hoskyns Road, up walkway then back to Tramway Road via Reserve. Lincoln • Lincoln Historical Walk – 45mins-1hr30mins; starts: Liffey Cottage, James Street. Prebbleton • Prebbleton Nature Reserve – 20mins (return); around transformed gravel pit where volunteers planted 7,000 natives. Rakaia Gorge • Rakaia Gorge Walking Track – 3-4hrs (return/loop track); follow gorge rim upstream before descending into bush to old Snowdon coal mine site; starts: northern side, Rakaia Gorge Bridge, SH72. Springfield • Kowai Bush Walk – 30mins-1hr (return) through Beech forest; starts: Kowai Road. Southbridge/Ellesmere • Coopers Lagoon – 30mins; wetland lagoon reserve coastal bird view walk; starts: McEvedy’s Road bridge car park. • Harts Creek – 40mins; through native bush and swamp to bird hide; starts: Lower Lake Road car park. Windwhistle • Washpen Falls – 2-3hr (loop track); passes volcanic canyon and spring fed creek to waterfall with views; adults $10/school students $5; 590 Washpen Road. WALKING AND TRAMPING TRACKS TRAMPING TRACKS Springfield to Arthur’s Pass • Helicopter Hill – 4hrs (return); up from Lyndon Saddle along ridge; starts Craigieburn picnic shelter, SH73. • Lyndon Saddle and Mistletoe – 3.5hrs or 3hrs (return, respectively); up Broken River skifield to track then climb to Lyndon Saddle; starts: Craigieburn picnic area. • Camp Saddle Track – 2hrs; track runs through Beech Forest then open tussock to saddle; starts: Broken River skifield road (1km walk to track, opposite tractor shed). • Cass Lagoon Saddle – 2-3 day loop (shuttle required) east of Main Divide; starts: Cora Lynn Road or Cass River. • Hawdon Hut – 1-2 days easy walking to new hut; starts Hawdon Shelter, Mt White Road. • Bealey Spur – 4-6hrs (return); through Beech forest and tussock to spur, ending at historic Musterers’ hut; starts: Cloudesley Road near Bealey Hotel. • O’Malley’s Track – 45mins to Turkey Flat up Waimakariri Valley; starts: bridge, SH73. • Avalanche Peak – 6-8hrs (return); rocky climb; starts: Arthur’s Pass village. • Mount Cassidy Cons Track – 3-4hrs (return); follows ridge to bush line; starts: Devil’s Punchbowl car park. • Mount Aiken – 3-4hrs (return) to bush line via electricity generator used during rail tunnel construction; starts: Devil’s Punchbowl car park. • Temple Basin – 3hrs (return) to open tussock basin; starts: car park, 5km before township. • Otira Valley – 2hrs (return); up alpine valley on northern side of Mt Rolleston, over glacial moraine and through tussock to Otira River footbridge; starts: car park north of summit. • Carroll Hut – 6hrs (return); up through Rata/Kamahi forest then sub-alpine scrub to Kelly Range tussock grasslands; starts: Kellys Creek car park, SH73. • Mt Bealey – 3-4hrs (return); zigzag through Beech forest to main ridge; starts: Rough Creek (south side). Longer alpine routes can be found at: http://www. sensationalselwyn.co.nz/listing-category/routes/. For more details and information on conditions, check: http://www.sensationalselwyn.co.nz/listing-category/ tramping-tracks-arthurs-pass-area-walks/ Ind • S 8 a a s Su • D • L • P • S • S p AW Ad Art Siz De Ac Co File

st : i safe places to swim Indoor All Year Round Public Swimming Pool • Selwyn Aquatic Centre, Rolleston: There is a 25 metre 8-lane pool, hydrotherapy spa pool, leisure lazy river pool and a learn-to-swim pool. Opening hours can be found at: http://www.selwyn.govt.nz/facilities-and-parks/ selwyn-aquatic-centre Summer Public Swimming Pools • Darfield has one outdoor and two indoor pools. • Leeston has one learners’ pool. • Prebbleton has one main and one learners’ pool. • Sheffield has one lane and one paddling pool. • Southbridge has one lane and one paddling pool plus a hydroslide. AWAITING COPY Ad Number: LE8198-V2 Artwork: LE8198-V2 Size: 13.5x4 Description: SELWYN DISTRICT COUNCIL Account: Rolleston or sport & rec pages Colour: F Filename: LE8198-V2 selwyn district residents' guide 2017 25 Season and opening times can be found at: http://www. selwyn.govt.nz/facilities-and-parks. Lakes and Rivers • Swimming holes may be found in the Selwyn River at: Coes Ford, Chamberlain’s Ford, Whitecliffs and Glentunnel though water depth and safety will depend on the season. Check ECAN’s website. • The Waimakariri River has some safe water holes. Avoid the main channel which is generally unsafe for swimming, as is the case when the river is particularly high. • Lake Coleridge and the smaller nearby lakes or those in the Cass area are generally alpine fed so often quite cold. In some cases, water quality may not be good. Water quality ratings are posted on ECAN’s website: https://ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/ swimming-water-quality and https://www.facebook.com/ canterburyrecwater. Bays and Beaches nearby • Akaroa Harbour: Akaroa township beach; Children’s Bay, which is accessible by a walking track; Wainui. • Eastern Bays: Le Bons Bay; Little Akaloa, Okains Bay (book ahead if camping in peak periods); Pigeon Bay; and Port Levy. • Lyttelton Harbour: Camp, Cass, Charteris, Corsair and Governor’s Bays; Diamond Harbour; and Purau. • Pegasus Bay: Taylor’s Mistake then over to Sumner and through to Waikuku Beach. of t