Captain Thomas Track - Godley Head

Sunday 1 April 2018

Sixteen eager trampers assembled by the Sumner clock tower on a calm, sunny Easter Sunday. Leader Helen knew the streets of Sumner to navigate to get us past the horse paddock and on to the Captain Thomas Track.

We had a cuppa at Evans Pass, crossed the Godley Head section of the Summit Road to get on the track that runs close to Point 329, then on to the Breeze Bay Walking Track which runs on the harbour side of points 258 and 246 to arrive at the Godley Head car park. Aside from our troop there was a good crowd lunching at the beautifully landscaped picnic area.

After lunch we took the SE track to the pill-box--no sign of the old tunnel we used to take--then up to the gun emplacements. Parts of the emplacements are very securely fenced to keep people away from the quake-prone cliff edge.

We had a stop at charming little Boulder Bay then continued along Pilgrims Way Coastal Track to Taylors Mistake for a ten minute stop, then another climb along the Taylors Mistake Track emerging at Searidge Lane. The lane gives access to Nicholson Park which contains the Flowers Track, zig-zagging down to Heberden Ave and back to the clock-tower. John announced at walk’s-end that we’d covered nearly 19km. Many thanks to Helen our very proficient Port Hills guide.

We were: Helen Harkness ( leader), Margot Bowden, Sue Britain, Mike Bourke, Sandra White, Marion McQuillan, Kyung Sang Lee, Youmie Kim, Danny Lee, Lynn Tuanmu, John Borner, Eileen Arnett, Jill Fenner, Henk Boer, Wendy Wallace and Kerry Moore (KM)