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Taylors Mistake: Best beach in Christchurch

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The Christchurch Press reports that our local beach “Surf spot Taylors Mistake is the cleanest of Christchurch’s beaches.

At least one local reckons that means big crowds will unfurl their beach towels at the popular swim spot this summer….”

See full article here.

First Section of Christchurch Coastal Pathway opens

Friday, November 1st, 2013

First the good news: After 6 months of detours around the back of McCormacks Bay there is now a direct and smooth route across the Causeway as you head to Sumner and our B&B.  There is a separate walking / bike path across the Causeway that will eventually run from Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough Beach in Sumner.  Now the bad news: Roadworks around Ferrymead Bridge are expected to continue until 2015. But it is very unusual to be slowed by more than 5 – 10 minutes!

For more info see the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group (CCPG) site here.

Chris has been a member and on the CCPG Committee throughout, and bikes into town and back again most days.

30/11/13: Update – Chris is no longer on the committee but is still an active and avid supporter.

Safe walkway and off-road cycleway between Sumner and Redcliffs

Friday, May 17th, 2013

After a long-overdue nudge from a handful of concerned residents, the Christchurch City Council has recently finished a safe walkway and off-road cycleway on the beach-side of Peacocks Gallop, the road between Shag Rock and Gollans Point, the carparks at the start of Sumner Village.  The c.2m wide track is temporary but once again makes it safe to walk between Sumner and Redcliffs in all times of the tide.  The path is compacted grit so is not suitable for small-wheeled vehicles such as skateboards and scooters.  It is fine for prams and buggies.

The bonus is that motorists now get a wonderful view of the beach rather than untidy scrub and weeds.

New Website

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Abbott House have just launched their new website. (more)

Evans Pass Road from Sumner to the Summit Road now open again!

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

After being closed for many months (nearly all of the time since 22 Feb 2011), Evans Pass Road from Sumner to the Summit Road is now open again! This is a popular cycling route and also a scenic driving route  that gives access to Godley Head and to the top of Mt Pleasant Road.

NB We will almost certainly have to wait a while – years more likely than months – for the route from the summit of Evans Pass to Lyttelton to re-open.

Timing for the re-opening of the Summit Road between Mt. Pleasant Rd and the Sign of the Kiwi has not yet been announced either.

Christchurch revival: why New Zealand’s comeback city is a must-see for 2013. Lonely Planet article

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Brett Atkinson
Lonely Planet Author

“What a difference a year makes. Late last year, Lonely Planet was on the ground in Christchurch uncovering new restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions in the quake-damaged city. Now, our shiny new guidebook to New Zealand is in bookshops – and Christchurch’s remarkable recovery has progressed to the point that we’re naming the city as one of the top 10 cities to travel to in 2013.  Read more here

West Coast Whitebait Festival in Christchurch. Sat 20 Oct 2012

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In their words….

“If there’s one season every year that you wouldn’t miss. If you can hold your own in a debate on the finer points of preparation, so long as it’s straight out of the river, and slapped between two bits of white bread with a squeeze of lemon.

And if you like your days out to be more than a little fun; then this is your festival.

The Great West Coast Whitebait Festival is a celebration of the best of Kiwi hospitality – with a dash of kiwi ingenuity thrown in – and a focus on our very favourite foods.

We’re bringing the choicest bits of the Coast to Christchurch for one day. And serving them up with a bucketload of entertainment.

See the full details here.