Welcome to Accessible Walks
Three months spent backpacking around Italy and Europe in a wheelchair – called Porsha, gave Anna a love for going on road trips! As a disabled person, Anna is very aware of the challenges of getting out and being able to participate in the community. She firmly believes it is good for the soul top have adventure and fun – not just reading other people’s postcards!
Anna and her brother Andrew spent a year traveling around the South Island searching out the most interesting accessible walks. All the walks were completed using Porsha, the wheelchair.
We are now planning to add the walks to the website and update the original information from the book.
If you have done a good walk please email me through the track description and a photo
Anna lives and works in Queenstown with her husband Bruce and 9 year old son Kyle. She s actively involved in improving access for disabled people in the Wakatipu region. Andrew and his wife Kirstin live in Dunedin with their two girls.
Sun 1st Apr 2018
Monday 12th March, we were over in Twizel for a short recharge break. This time we really wanted to find a track Kyle could do with us up at Mt Cook National Park. There seem to be a lot of tracks with great potential that are currently not accessible for a wheelchair, even with a lot of determination! We set off on the Tasman Lake Track. Most people head straight up the track to the Blue Lakes Tasman Glacier View Track. After climbing up for about 400 meters we veered off to the right and it was great not to have to constantly avoid lyric clad camera pointers. The track winds through Matagouri and Speargrass as you walk through the old terminal moraines of the glacier. The size of the boulders is impressive. The track averages about 1.5 meters with small sections of rocks and thick gravel that are challenging. It is a mostly gentle climb with a few steep sections. The spectacular views up and down the valley make the walk worth the effort. And of course the view of the Tasman Lake.
Fri 2nd Feb 2018
Akaroa is such an interesting place to visit and well worth the effort. We were actually there in late November for a family celebration. It is a windy 90 minute drive from Christchurch. Rich in history and picturesque it is fascinating to wander round and explore and smell the roses. I was very keen to do some walks and was excited to spot an "accessible boardwalk to Children's Bay." I rallied and organised my family members and we walked from the village past the recreation ground. We diverted to inspect the wharf and admire French Bay. Then we walked past the skate park and followed a track. There was quite a lip to tip the wheelchair onto the board walk, which had a medium gradient. Then after a few minutes the boardwalk track ended and became a shell covered beach path, complete with driftwood. It was tricky to navigate and a small bog to cross with a stream nearly got us totally stuck. Thanks to my brother's expert skills only he got dirty feet! The track went back to boardwalk but a medium gradient. Nice views but not the easy accessible walk I was expecting. Total time 20 minutes.
Fri 3rd Nov 2017
We need a new type of wheelchair. The plan today was the Kea Point walk. We had high expectations. Both the DOC track information and the "Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Day Walks" given by the motel listed it as easy "This walk gently winds its way through subalpine grasslands and scrub to the Mueller Glacier. Sounds good...