I’ve been craving some wilderness time since lockdown, and as much as I love Hagley Park and the walk to it along Papanui Road, I would be happy to never take that route on foot again after more than 150 KM.
We are blessed to have such stunning parks in Christchurch and the rolling Port Hills, but the mountains are where I feel most freedom and a profound connection to Mother Nature. The Rakaia Gorge Track was a good introduction back to hikes with climbs, with the Southern Alps literally shouting to me with their sweet sweet winds.
To walk amongst Earths wonder is a grounding experience for me, and always utterly profound the wilder it gets. During a deeply forested part of the trail, I stopped with the sun glinting through the wisdom that surrounded me, and I had an overwhelming realisation that everything was going to be OK. Mother Nature is fighting back and being even closer by her side moving forward is the right path. If you actually stop, look and listen next time you are surrounded by her wonder, you too will feel this realisation too.