On this page you find useful information on our area: what to do, what to see, where to go, what kind of walks there are and what activities are available. We hope you find it useful.
Lake Ida, near Quickenberry Guesthouse
This track starts between Lakes Evelyn and Selfe on Harper Road. It is about 2 hours return. Follow the orange track markers through low-growing alpine plants around the base of Little Mt. Ida. When you reach Lake Ida note where the track exits the trees to find it again to return home The track and lake can be icy in colder months. The walk is about 6km return. Spectacular views can be had of this hidden alpine lake. It is a good spot for fishing trout. Years ago the lake was used for ice skating in the winter. The hut still in place was a day lodge for the skaters from Christchurch. Nowadays the lake hardly freezes anymore and the ice rinks have been abandoned as is the hut.
Rakaia Gorge Walk near Quickenberry Guesthouse
This walk starts at the bottom of Zig Zag Road about 10 minutes from Quickenberry near the Rakaia Gorge bridges on SH72. It is a 10.5km return walk. The walk goes through bush and farmland taking 30 minutes to the first lookout. If you do not have much time it is worthwhile to only walk to this spot. Continue for stunning iews of the river from the cliff top path over the river, farmland and Mt. Hutt. Side tracks go to old coal mine entrances and to the stony riverbed. Collect a river stone for a free and lovely souvenir.
Peak Hill Walk
This is the walk for spectacular views! The start is marked with a DOC sign on Algidus Road, about 30 minutes from Quickenberry Guesthouse. You cross a paddock then have a steep uphill climb to a ridge before a more gradual ascent to the summit (1240m) where you get 360 degree views of Lake Coleridge, the Southern Alps and the Rakaia and Wilberforce river systems. But to me the magic happens on the way down when at certain spot high on the ridge it feels almost like walking into the lake far below the track. Allow for 3 to 4 hours return.