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Greater Banks Peninsula walks

Greater Banks Peninsula Walks

Track Status:
1
Hinewai
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
various - 1 hour to whole day
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
16 kms of wonderful walking in Banks Peninsula’s largest reserve
Track Status:

Open

16 kms of wonderful walking in Banks Peninsula’s largest reserve. Access by vehicle from Long Bay Road or on foot from Akaroa via Purple Peak Saddle (see Akaroa map).
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
2
Akaroa Head
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
40 mins return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Former lighthouse site 4wd access only.
Track Status:
Former lighthouse site 4wd access only.
Track features:
Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
3
Robinsons Bay Reserve
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
10 mins circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Great track for the whole family.
Track Status:

Open

Good track around former school site in Robinsons Bay. Park on main highway.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Harbour and Bays" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
4
Ngaio Point
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
1 hour circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Best coastal walk in Akaroa harbour.
Track Status:

Open

Best coastal walk in Akaroa harbour. Visits a swimming and a rocky beach. Fun for kids. Avoid at high tide.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Harbour and Bays" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
5
Onawe Peninsula
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
1 hour return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Sacred/Tapu Māori site
Track Status:

Open

Sacred/Tapu Māori site – please walk with respect and refrain from eating. Beautiful views. Avoid at high tide.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Summit, Historic
Obtain "“Walk with me to Onawe” by Beverley Broad" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Duvauchelle Store and Cafe, 6075 Christchurch-Akaroa Road State Highway 75, Duvauchelle 7581, 03-304-5807
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
6
Okains Bay Millenium River Walk
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
15 mins circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Short road walk alongside river.
Track Status:

Open

Short walk on quiet roads by river. Combine with a visit to Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum, beach walk and return drive via Little Akaloa.
Track features:
Native bush, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Harbour and Bays" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
7
Hay Reserve
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
½ hour circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
A lovely family walk to remnant native bush.
Track Status:
Rare remnant of Podocarp forest on valley floor. Lovely walk with kids. Combine with a visit to Pigeon Bay jetty.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
8
Pigeon Bay
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
5 hours return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
A coastal return walk.
Track Status:
There and back along coastal headland.
Track features:
Coastal, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
9
Okuti Valley
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
½ hour circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Circular bush walk.
Track Status:
Walk up through bush and make a circular return on gravel road. Nice picnic spot.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
10
Little River-Wairewa Heritage Walk
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
1 hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
A gentle circular walk.
Track Status:

Open

A gentle walk around Little River township and back roads.
Track features:
Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Little River-Wairewa Heritage Walk" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
11
Little River Rail Trail
Walk wheelchair assistedEasy access short walk suitable for all abilities, wheelchair assisted, pushchairs
EasiestEasiest: Flat wide smooth track or gravel road
Full day both ways with many shorter options
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Easy cycle or walking track.
Track Status:
Wonderful cycle or walk with lake and mountain views. Several access points along Highway 75. Kaituna Quarry best for short walk.
Track features:
Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Christchurch Little River Rail Trail" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Download brochure
12
Kaituna Reserve
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
15 mins circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Remnant native forest.
Track Status:
Rare remnant of Podocarp forest on valley floor.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
13
Godley Head Gun Emplacement Track
Walk familyWell formed track surface. Easy flat walking
¾ hour circular
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Historic WWII defence sites.
Track Status:
Cliff top headland coastal track visiting historic WWII defence sites. Some closed due to earthquake damage but superb views.
Track features:
Coastal, Summit, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted

Greater Banks Peninsula Tramps/Hikes

Track Status:
1
Private Banks Peninsula Track
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
2 or 4 days
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Private. Walkers must book and pay to use this track.
Track Status:
Private. Walkers must book and pay to use this track. Fee includes accommodation. Wonderful experience for novice and experienced walkers. Visit www.bankstrack.co.nz for more information.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Summit, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Private Track" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
2
Tutakakahikura Reserve
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
1 hour circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
A steep bush reserve accessible by 4WD only from Flea Bay Road.
Track Status:
A steep bush reserve accessible by 4WD only from Flea Bay Road.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
3
Nikau Palm Gully
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
5 hours return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Via private land, ring owner first.
Track Status:
Access to Nikau Palm Gully reserve is via private land. Ring owner for permission beforehand. 03-3047066, Onuku Farm Hostel. Park at DOC carpark.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
3
Te Ara Pataka Mt Herbert – Port Levy Saddle
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
2.5 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Easiest access to highest peak on Banks Peninsula.
Track Status:
Walk as part of Te Ara Pataka or from Port Levy Saddle it is the easiest way to access highest peak on Banks Peninsula. Avoid in low cloud. Closed for lambing 8 Aug to 15 Oct. Crosses private farmland.
Track features:
Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
4
Ellangowan Reserve
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
40 mins return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Avoid in low cloud
Track Status:
Avoid in low cloud
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
5
Ōtepatotu
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
15 mins to 1 hour circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
A short walk through bush to harbour and ocean views.
Track Status:
15 mins to harbour viewpoint or climb through bush to Lavericks Peak summit for views over Pacific. Avoid in low cloud.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
6
Panama Rock
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
2 hours circular
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Spectacular radial dike and lava dome on private reserve.
Track Status:

Open

Spectacular radial dike and lava dome on private reserve. Main track includes steep section. Shorter 15 min option to peak. Avoid in low cloud.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Harbour and Bays" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
7
Childrens Bay Farm Walkway
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
3 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Delightful walk over headland.
Track Status:

Open

Delightful walk over headland from Akaroa to Takamatua with amazing views. Also known as the Rhino walk. Optional circular return on quiet back roads.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Akaroa Country Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
8
Okuti Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Connects Hilltop to Okuti Valley on a farm track which crosses through working farms.
Track Status:

Open

Connects Hilltop to Okuti Valley on a farm track which crosses through working farms. Closed for lambing 1 Aug to 15 Nov.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted
9
Saddle Hill
Tramp routeRoute: unformed and roug surface. No marking
2 hours return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Spectacular views. Avoid in low cloud.
Track Status:

Open

Follow marked track to summit. Spectacular views. Avoid in low cloud.
Track features:
Summit
Obtain "Akaroa Harbour and Bays" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River, 03 325 1944
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Scorpio Books, 113 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, 03-389-2882
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
10
Te Oka Reserve
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1.5 hours
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Connects Bossu Road to Te Oka and Tumbledown bays.
Track Status:

Open

Connects Bossu Road to Te Oka and Tumbledown bays on an open tussock spur grassland and a short walk on gravel roads at the bottom.
Track features:
Coastal, Sign posted, Road walking
11
Lyttelton Crater Rim Walkway
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
9-10 hrs one way
Dogs on leads
*
Dogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Follows Crater Rim Walkway from Godley Head to Ahuriri Reserve.
Track Status:
Follow Crater Rim Walkway from Godley Head to Ahuriri Reserve. Use Summit Road to get past short section still closed at Cass Peak.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
*Dog access restrictions:
Dogs prohibited Cass Peak, Coopers Knob and Ahuriri reserves
12
Camp Bay Farm Track
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2 hours 30 mins one way
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Private walk. Book and pay to use or stay at Little Port Cooper Schoolhouse.
Track Status:

Open

Private walk. Book and pay to use or stay at Little Port Cooper Schoolhouse. Spectacular views.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed
13
Camp Bay Old Pack Track
Tramp routeRoute: unformed and roug surface. No marking
1 hour 45 mins one way
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Private walk. Book and pay to use or stay at Little Port Cooper Schoolhouse.
Track Status:

Open

Private walk. Book and pay to use or stay at Little Port Cooper Schoolhouse. Spectacular views.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed

Te Ara Pataka

Track Status:
1
Te Ara Pataka Gebbies Pass – Packhorse Hut
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Great first overnight tramp for kids.
Track Status:

Open

Good walk to historic tramping hut. Fun for kids. Overnight users must book hut on www.doc.govt.nz. Closed for lambing 8 Aug to 15 Oct.
Track features:
Historic
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
2
Te Ara Pataka Packhorse Hut – Mt Herbert
Tramp routeRoute: unformed and roug surface. No marking
3 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Pass below Mt Bradley to reach Mt Herbert from the Packhorse Hut.
Track Status:
Track sidles below southern side of Mt Bradley through DOC reserve and private farmland. Closed for lambing 8 Aug to 15 Oct. Keep to marked track.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
3
Te Ara Pataka Mt Herbert – Port Levy Saddle
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
2.5 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Easiest access to highest peak on Banks Peninsula.
Track Status:
Walk as part of Te Ara Pataka or from Port Levy Saddle it is the easiest way to access highest peak on Banks Peninsula. Avoid in low cloud. Closed for lambing 8 Aug to 15 Oct. Crosses private farmland.
Track features:
Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
4
Te Ara Pataka Rod Donald Hut access track
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
25 mins one way from Te Ara Pataka
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Overnight users must pre-book through www.doc.govt.nz. Day walkers welcome.
Track Status:

Open

Allow 50 mins to hut from Port Levy saddle, 6 hours from Hilltop. During lambing
closures, access from Port Levy Saddle only. Day walkers welcome.
Overnight users must pre-book through www.doc.govt.nz.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
5
Te Ara Pataka Port Levy Saddle to Hilltop
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
6.5 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Magnificent ridgeline walk.
Track Status:
Views, totara graveyard and several bush reserves make an excellent track. Avoid in low cloud. Closed for lambing Sep - 25 Oct east of Rod Donald Hut track junction.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Historic, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
6
Te Ara Pataka Pettigrews Track section
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
40 mins one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Mountain bikes use this farm track to access or exit Te Ara Pataka.
Track Status:

Open

Mountain bikes use this farm track to access or exit Te Ara Pataka.
Closed for lambing 1 Sep – 25 Oct.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
7
Te Ara Pataka Montgomery Reserve
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
1 hour one way, 2 hours return
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Ancient tōtara forest.
Track Status:
Steep track through regenerating and old growth forest. Walk as part of Te Ara Pataka, or make an excellent there and back walk to Montgomery Peak. Ancient giant totara features in lower part of reserve.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
8
Kaituna Valley – Packhorse Hut
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
2 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Great first overnight tramp for kids.
Track Status:
Climb through bush to Packhorse Hut. Stream crossing on stepping stones but be prepared to get wet feet after rain. Track open during lambing for Packhorse access. Overnight users must book hut on www.doc.govt.nz
Track features:
Native bush, Historic, Sign posted
Obtain "Banks Peninsula Conservation Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Little River Information Station, Old Railway Building, Main Highway, 03 325 1320
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
9
Monument South Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
1 hour 30 mins one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Climb up through protected private land regenerating into native forest, or use track to make a loop return from Packhorse Hut.
Track Status:

Open

Climb up through protected private land regenerating into native forest, or use track to make a loop return from Packhorse Hut. 6km walk down quiet Kaituna Valley Road to start of track 8.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
10
Faulkner Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
3 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Packhorse Hut via Orton Bradley Park.
Track Status:

Open

Leave your car in Orton Bradley car park and walk to Packhorse Hut. Closed for lambing 1 Aug to 16 Oct. Crosses private farmland. Overnight users must book hut on www.doc.govt.nz. Small entry fee to Orton Bradley.
Track features:
Native bush, Historic
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
11
Orton Bradley – Mt Herbert
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
3 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Climb to Mt Herbert via Orton Bradley Park.
Track Status:

Open

Enjoy Orton Bradley Park and climb Mt Herbert. Closed for lambing 1 Aug to 16 Oct. Crosses private farmland. Small entry fee to Orton Bradley.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
12
Diamond Harbour – Mt Herbert
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
3 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Walk to Banks Peninsula's higest peak from Diamond Harbour.
Track Status:
Catch the ferry to Diamond Harbour and walk to Peninsula’s highest summit. Closed for lambing 1 Aug to 16 Oct. Crosses private farmland.
Track features:
Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
13
Summit Link Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
30 mins one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Short cut between summit of Little Mt Herbert and Monument North Track. Closed for lambing 8 Aug – 15 Oct.
Track Status:

Open

Short cut between summit of Little Mt Herbert and Monument North Track. Closed for lambing 8 Aug – 15 Oct.
14
Monument North Track
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
4 hours one way
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Route to Mt Herbert massif across private farmland.
Track Status:

Open

Route to Mt Herbert Massif from either Kaituna Valley or Port Levy-Purau Road. Crosses private farmland. Closed for lambing 1 Aug-16 Oct.
Obtain "Te Ara Pataka (Summit Walkway)" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • Akaroa Adventure Centre, 74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7784
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093

Christchurch Link Walks

Track Status:
1
Taylors Mistake carpark to Godley Head
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
3 hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
From Taylors Mistake to Godley Head via Pilgrims Way track.
Track Status:
From Taylors Mistake to Godley Head via Pilgrims Way track. Optional return via Breezes Col/Anaconda track.
Track features:
Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
2
Breezes Col/Anaconda
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2½ hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Shared use track linking Godley Head and Taylors Mistake.
Track Status:
Shared use track linking Godley Head and Taylors Mistake.
Track features:
Summit, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
3
Captain Thomas
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2 hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Sumner to the Crater Rim Walkway.
Track Status:
Shared use track linking Sumner (Upper/Lower Sumner Vale Drive) and Crater Rim Walkway.
Track features:
Native bush, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
4
Bridle Path on city side
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1 hour one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Heathcote to Summit Road via Bridle Path.
Track Status:
The city side of the Bridle Path linking Heathcote (at Gondola) to Summit Road, Crater Rim Walkway and Lyttelton.
Track features:
Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
5
Rāpaki Track
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1 hour one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Rāpaki Road to Summit Road.
Track Status:
A popular shared use track with mountain bikers. Links Rapaki Road to Summit Road and Crater Rim Walkway. Return via Mt Vernon for a loop.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
6
Mt Vernon Farm Track
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1 hour one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Hillsborough to Summit Road.
Track Status:
Links Hillsborough Terrace to Summit Road and Crater Rim Walkway.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
7
Huntsbury Track
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1 hour one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Huntsbury to Summit Road.
Track Status:
Links Huntsbury Ave to Summit Road and Crater Rim Walkway.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
8
Victoria Park/Bowenvale
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1½ hours one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Bowenvale to the Summit Road.
Track Status:
Links Bowenvale Ave to Summit Road and Crater Rim Walkway.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
9
Worsley
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
1 hour one way to Summit Road
Dogs allowed under effective controlDogs allowed under effective control - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Worsley's Road to the Summit Road.
Track Status:
A rough and rutted track popular with mountain bikes and 4WD vehicles links Worsley’s Road to Summit Road.
Track features:
Track formed
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
10
Kennedys Bush
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
IntermediateIntermediate: Steep slopes, avoidable obstacles, poor traction
2 hours one way to Summit Road
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Halswell Quarry to Kennedys Bush.
Track Status:
Links Halswell Quarry to Kennedys Bush, Sign of the Bellbird and Ohinetahi reserve off Summit Road.
Track features:
Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:

Christchurch Link Tramps/Hikes

Track Status:
1
Scarborough Bluffs Track
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
2 hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Links Taylors Mistake with Evans Pass Road.
Track Status:
Links Taylors Mistake with Evans Pass Road. (First section up from the beach is on the road.)
Track features:
Coastal, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Notes on track status:
Scroll down on CCC page.
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
2
East Enders Track
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
2 hours return
Dogs on leadsDogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Connects Barnett Park with Crater Rim.
Track Status:

Open

Connects Barnett Park with Crater Rim.
Track features:
Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Notes on track status:
Scroll down on CCC page
Obtain "Walking in the Port Hills" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
Key to Map and Table
Walks
Walks on roads
Easy access short walk suitable for all abilities, wheelchair assisted, pushchairs.
Well formed track surface. Easy flat walking.
Gentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill.
Tramps/Hikes
Tramps/Hikes on Roads
Unformed routes
Easy tramping track - well formed track.
Track mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill.
Route: unformed and roug surface. No marking.
Biking
Easiest: Flat wide smooth track or gravel road.
Easy: Gentle climbs on smooth track.
Intermediate: Step slopes, avoidable obsacles, poor traction.
Dog regulations
Dogs allowed under effective control.
Dogs on leads
Prohibited
*Asterisk means refer to notes column for additional regulations.
Shelter
Serviced DOC hut
Picnic shelter.