Sep 24 2014

Portobello Marine Studies Aquarium – Quarantine Point.

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32 km from car park
24/9/2014. Hikers. Portobello, Hatchery Road. E. Leaders: Chris and Dot.
Route

Route

Pause

Pause

Panorama

Panorama

Rear

Rear

Quarantine Island

Quarantine Island

29/8/2012 Hikers. Portobello, Aquarium. Leaders: Jim and Betty
13/7/2011 Hikers. Portobello, Aquarium. Leaders: Arthur and Barbara.
8/7/2009 Hikers. Portobello Aquarium. Leaders: Chris, Molly.
The Aquarium

The Aquarium

25/11/2008 Hikers. Portobello Marine Studies Aquarium – Quarantine Point.

What a perfect winters day it was on Wed, absolutely ideal for our Portobello/Aquarium hike. The drive down the peninsula was a lovely start, with the harbour like a mill pond and the reflections superb. Parked the cars in a picnic area on the outskirts of Portobello and from there walked along some lanes, paths and walkways,some a bit slippery with frost, till we came to the Reserve by the Happy Hens Gallery.

A seat in the sun

A seat in the sun

Here we sat and enjoyed our morning tea in the sun. From there it was off down the road to the Aquarium. The views were outstanding so there were frequent stops to admire and photograph the wonderful scenery on such a glorious day. From the Aquarium there is a track to the the end of the point called Quarantine Point. A fantastic spot to sit back and relax while having our lunch. Scenery to admire and a ship being guided into the harbour at Port Chalmers to watch with interest. We made the most of the sun and lingered somewhat longer than usual soaking it up.

Harbour Cone from Quarantine Point

Finally though it was time to head on the homeward trail. Back to the Aquarium which we now went in to look around and have a comfort stop. Down the road back to Portobello and this time a quick visit to the Happy Hens Gallery. Along some other roads through Portobello and back to the cars. We all agreed we’d had a wonderful day out, thanks to the magnificent day, good company and the excellent hike planned by our leaders Chris and Jean.  – Bev
20/8/2008. Hikers. Portobello Aquarium. Leaders: Chris, Jean A
21/3/2007. Hikers. Portobello Aquarium. Easy. Leaders; Chris, Jean.
23/11/2005. Hikers. Portobello Aquarium. Leaders: Chris, Jean A

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