Kia ora

Over the next 2 months He Waka Tapu will meet you and your whanau at these spots for a beautiful hikoi!

Throughout the hikoi we can all share our knowledge on the whakapapa within these areas, learning about our surroundings and how we live in them today.

We have made sure to provide you with the information about the walk so you can make a decision to join us based on the intensity level, distance and time.

Its up to you how many you join us for - we look forward to seeing you there

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WALK – Rapaki Track

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019

Time: 10:30am

Interesting Fact

Rapaki is overlooked by the peak Te Poho o Tamatea. According to one legend, the Ngāi Tahi chief Te Rakiwhakaputa named the place by laying his waist mat (Rapaki) down to claim it. The full name of Rapaki is Te Rapaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa, meaning the waist mat of Te Rakiwhakaputa.

Starting point - 48 Rapaki Road, Hillsborough

Finishing Point - Rapaki Rock

Walk takes approx. 1hr 7mins (3.9k) Suitable for Medium fitness Levels

*Hill Top View (Witch Hill)

*Picnic Areas

*Not suitable for prams

WALK – Bottle Lake

Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019

Time: 10:30am

Interesting Fact

By 1840 Bottle Lake and the Waitikiri swamplands were well recognised as food gathering areas for the local Māori people of Ngai Tahu. Long before European settlers arrived the gathering of eels and other fish had been well established. The area was rich in native plants that provided a constant supply of medicines, and also materials for building, making traps, baskets, weaving, footwear, and weapons.

All walks varies depending on track approx. 45mins, Suitable for low fitness Levels

Starting and Finishing point – Bottle Lake Forest Park, Waitakiri (The main entrance and car park is off Waitikiri Drive).

All walks vary depending on the track approx. 45mins, Suitable for low fitness Levels

*Bottle Lake is used by bikes and horses also

WALK - Travis Wetlands

Date: Tuesday 4th June 2019

Time: 10:30am

Interesting Fact

Travis Wetlands were one of the Mahinga kai (traditional resource gathering areas) and used by Waitaha from about 900AD, (known as Oruapaeroa) the residential area for the families of Ngai Tahu who harvested these wetlands.found scoreshere were Eel, fish, kereru, raupo seeds, and other wildlife, also flax was in plentiful supply.

Starting point – 280 Beach Rd, Burwood

Finishing Point - 280 Beach Rd, Burwood

Walk takes approx. 45mins (3.4k) and is suitable for all fitness levels

*Scenic stops along the way

*Suitable for prams

Coastal Path Lyttelton

Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019

Time: 10:30am                                                                                                         

Start: 7 Park Terrace 

Finish: Pony Point Resrve

Time: 1 hour one way.

Toilets: Located at Corsair Bay and Cass Bay.Dogs: Must be on leash on the tracks and under effective control on the beaches, except in summer. Between 9am-7pm, November to end of February, dogs must be kept on a short leash while walking through the beaches.

Access: Suitable for all-terrain buggies as far as Corsair Bay only.

The Māori name for Corsair Bay is Motu-kauati-iti, which means little fire-making tree grove, and the name for Cass Bay is Motu-kauati-rahi, which means great fire-making tree grove. These two bays were home to many kaikōmako trees that were used for fire-making through wood friction. The story of the myth behind the naming of the bays evolved from the legendary Mahuika, who threw fire from his finger tips into the kaikōmako tree.

The Fire-making processA block of the kaikōmako was rubbed with a stick of hardwood until the resulting shavings burst into flame. The kaikōmako was used as the kauati, the piece which is rubbed; the pointed rubbing stick was called the kaurima.There are no longer any of these ancient fire making trees growing on the shores of either bay.

WALK - Bridle Path

Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Time: 10:30am

Interesting Fact

A home for Māori for about 700 years, Lyttelton Harbour was discovered by European voyagers passing by on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavours first voyage to New Zealand.

Starting point – Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote (Next to Christchurch Gondola).

Finishing Point - Pioneer Women's Memorial

Walk takes approx. 30mins (1.4k), Suitable for Medium fitness Levels

*Hill Top View of Lyttelton.

*Not suitable for prams