One of the fun things that has been added to the forest walks in Hanmer over the last few months is a gathering of whimsical wooden sculptures, designed to delight and surprise walkers along the Forest Amble walk.
These creatures are the work of Christchurch sculptor Andrew Lyons, and have been brought to the Hanmer Heritage Park thanks to the efforts of the Hanmer Heritage Park Trust and sponsors Rayonier Matariki Forests, Ngai Tahu and Pub Charities.
The sculptures, which include a friendly giant, a hawk, a dog and many more, were carved from a giant redwood tree that had to be removed from Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve.
The sculpture trail was officially opened in November 2018, and is already being enjoyed by walkers of all ages.
Check out some of the sculptures to look for along the trail.