Halswell Quarry Park - Christchurch
The quarry can get busy at weekends so for a quieter visit, head out during the week if possible.
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Halswell Quarry, just a few kilometres from central Christchurch, is a perfect spot to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air.
The quarry covers just over 60 hectares divided into a number of walks, landscaped gardens, and historic sites.
A major feature of the quarry is the six sister gardens that represent the six cities with which Christchurch is linked. Each is planted with native plants from the city it represents and was planned in consultation with each country. Many native New Zealand plants have also been planted in the botanical gardens area.
For visitors who prefer a more energetic walk, the quarry also offers the Rim Track walk, a 40-minute circular walk around the former quarry crater. From the top there are panoramic views of the Southern Alps and across to Christchurch city. Seating along the way provides a peaceful place to take a rest and information panels along the route explain more about the history of the area. Many of the original buildings still remain and can be explored during the walk.
Around the track and in the planted gardens many native birds can be spotted in the bushes and trees.
The park is easily accessed from the city with plenty of parking and a bus route running nearby.
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