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Governors Bay Walks

Track Status:
1
Seashore Stroll and Scramble
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
1 hour return
Dogs on leads
*
Dogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Gentle stroll around foreshore to Sandy Bay but more challenging from there to Māori Gardens
Track Status:

Closed at Jetty Road – start at Sandy Bay

Discover two sandy beaches great for swimming. Good option for families with mixed abilities. Māori Gardens is a secluded beach. Take care - track along cliff edges can be slippery and there are steep stairs near the end.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Governors Bay Harbour, Hills and Heritage Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, 03 329 9433
  • Download brochure
*Dog access restrictions:
Dogs prohibited Governors Bay foreshore
2
Foreshore Track
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
EasiestEasiest: Flat wide smooth track or gravel road
1½ hour return
Dogs on leads
*
Dogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Flat easy walk with great views
Track Status:

Open

Easy stroll or great family bike ride along the old foreshore road with fantastic harbour views
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Governors Bay Harbour, Hills and Heritage Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, 03 329 9433
  • Download brochure
*Dog access restrictions:
Dogs on short leash on beaches 1 Dec -1 Mar 9am-7pm
3
Governors Bay Heritage Trail
Walk formed trackGentle walking on formed track. Some up and down hill
1½ hour circular
Dogs on leads
*
Dogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Historic Trail with places of interest. Loop route.
Track Status:

Open

Appreciate the history and find some hidden gems on this gentle loop route with lovely views. Return is via footpath along road - but some of the most interesting buildings! Brochure essential to identify and read about historic sites.
Track features:
Native bush, Coastal, Historic, Track formed, Road walking
Obtain "Governors Bay Harbour, Hills and Heritage Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk.
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, 03 329 9433
  • Download brochure
*Dog access restrictions:
Dogs prohibited Governors Bay foreshore at all times

Governors Bay Tramps/Hikes

Track Status:
1
Experience Ōhinetahi Reserve
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
2 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Explore the view and native bush in Ōhinetahi Reserve.
Track Status:

Open – NOTE: North Boundary Track & South Boundary Track between Titoki & Faulkners Tracks closed

Get a taste of beautiful Ōhinetahi Reserve on this steep circular route combining Titoki, South Boundary and O'Farrels Tracks.
Track features:
Native bush, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Notes on track status:
NOTE: North Boundary Track & South Boundary Track between Titoki & Faulkners Tracks closed
Obtain "Governors Bay Harbour, Hills and Heritage Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, 03 329 9433
  • Download brochure
2
Grand Mt Ada Loop
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
5-6 hours circular
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Steep climb to summit of Mt Ada through beautiful Ōhinetahi Reserve with loop return.
Track Status:

Open

Climb through Ōhinetahi Reserve to the summit of Mt Ada for breath-taking views and a brilliant adventure combining Ngaio, Titoki, South Boundary, Bush Road, Totara Log, Ellas, Crater Rim and Faulkners Tracks. The descent on Faulkners Track is steep - wear boots, take a stick and avoid times when tracks will be slippery after rain. Brochure essential to follow route.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted, Road walking
Obtain "Governors Bay Harbour, Hills and Heritage Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Governors Bay Hotel, 52 Main Road, Governors Bay, 03 329 9433
  • Download brochure
3
Explore Ōhinetahi Reserve
Tramp unformed trackTrack mostly unformed but with direction markers. Prolonged up and down hill
various ½ hour to whole day
Dogs prohibitedProhibited
Create your own adventure in Ōhinetahi Reserve from Sign of the Bellbird.
Track Status:

Open – NOTE: South Boundary Track between Titoki & Faulkners Tracks closed

Explore a myriad of tracks in Ōhinetahi Reserve created by volunteers from the Summit Road Society. Expect steep climbs, great views and a mix of native forest, open pasture and plantings. Best to access from the Summit Road opposite Sign of the Bellbird.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Notes on track status:
NOTE: South Boundary Track between Titoki & Faulkners Tracks closed
Obtain "Ōhinetahi Reserve – Summit Road Society Brochure" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
4
Crater Rim Walkway – west section
Tramp easyEasy tramping track - well formed track
3 ½ hours one way
Dogs on leads
*
Dogs on leads - *Asterisk displayed when further Dog Access Restrictions apply
Western part of longer Crater Rim Walkway.
Track Status:
Part of longer Crater Rim Walkway. Some sections on other side of ridge. Time given is for western section from Sign of the Kiwi to Ahuriri Reserve (off map). For whole route see Greater Peninsula Tramp 19. *Dogs prohibited in reserves.
Track features:
Native bush, Summit, Track formed, Sign posted
Obtain "Port Hills Walks" brochure before departing for detailed directions on how to find and follow this walk
Available from:
  • DOC Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8140, 03 379 4082
  • Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, 03 328 9093
  • Download brochure
*Dog access restrictions:
Dogs prohibited in reserves.
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.