Recently the last farm on the road has been retired to revert to native bush and plants. The owners have had the whole farm convented with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.
The farm road to the crater Rim Walkway is now open to the public to walk right up the last part of the valley to the Crater Rim. The Crater Rim Walkway follows the southern edge of a long extinct volcano. The sea now comes into part of this to form Lyttleton Port of Christchurch.
here are some photographs taken on our walk last week.
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides - Kahikatea
Kaituna Reserve before the start of the walk
Kahiatea at ground level showing the base of this tree probably 4-500 years old.
Kahikatea tree above the surround forest
Kahikatea on the right and Matai (Prumnopitys taxifolia) on the left
Podocarpus totara - Totara
Looking up to the Crater Rim from about 75% of the way there
At the top looking down on Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and Kaitorete Spit
Totara Logs left to weather after many years - an erie but interesting sight
Panorama of Kaituna Valley
Totara trees sculptured by the southerly wind
Totara trees still standing guard over the valley.
What desolation of a unique and beautiful forest. Those remnants should be protected and enhanced.
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