Walking on the Port Hills: a case of changing plans...
Setting out for the Bridle Path
|The Port Hills from Dyers Pass to Mt Pleasent|
|Sign of the Kiwi car park|
|Heading up the Summit Road|
|...more of the the Summit Road|
There are fantastic views from the top of the hill, you can walk up the access road to the third highest point on Banks Peninsula.
|Sugar Loaf TV antenna in the distance|
|Road side car park about 1 km up the Summit Road|
|Crater Rim Walkway: Climbing the track to Sugar Loaf|
|Pegasus Bay and North Canterbury from the Port Hills|
|Sugar Loaf car-park, track goes to the left|
|Glorious Canterbury Plains/ Pegasus Bay|
|View of Lyttleton from near Sugar Loaf|
|Crater Rim Walkway: a rock fall warning|
|Crater Rim Walkway on flank of Sugar Loaf|
|View to the East along the Port Hills|
|Looking West towards Sugar Loaf- just see native bush to left|
|CCC Reserve sign...you see a few of these!|
View towards the mouth of Lyttleton Harbour, that is Quail Island in the centre of the shot. There is a very nice track around the Island, a great spot to take the kids for a walk and lunch during the Summer. You have to catch the ferry out to the island, unless you own a boat of course.
2017 Update: DOC are developing a new 10-12 bunk hut on Quail Island utilising the existing day shelter and outbuildings near the dock. It should be available for use early 2018.
|Diamond Harbour in the distance|
|Crater Rim Walkway near Mt Vernon|
|Crater Rim Walkway- easy single track|
|Crater Rim Walkway: exotic tree planting|
|Crater Rim Walkway: sidling around Mt Vernon|
|Southern Alps in the distance from Port Hills|
|Port Hills: Top end of Rapaki Track|
|Rapaki Track from Summit road|
Rapaki Track is a great downhill MTB ride, you have to look out for the tourist's though!
|Parts of the track are dual use, I had to move aside for about 10-12 MTB riders through this section.|
|Crater Rim Walkway on Huntsbury Spur|
|Crater Rim Walkway: View to ocean from Huntsbury Spur|
|Lyttleton from near The Tors|
Oh, mighty tuna, ambrosia of the God's, how I love thee!
|View of the Tors near Castle Rock|
|New section of the Crater Rim Walkway bedding in...|
|Old section of Crater Rim Walkway|
|New section Crater Rim Walkway near the Tors|
|View towards Castle Hill area|
|Bridle Path apex from near Castle Hill|
|Crater Rim Walkway heading down to Bridle Path on Pt. 422|
|New section of Crater Rim Walkway on Pt. 422|
At the apex of the Bridle PathHere are a series of three photos from the Bridle Path apex, showing Lyttleton Harbour from the heads right through to Gebbies Pass.
|Bridle Path view: Lyttleton Harbour Heads and the harbour|
|Bridle Path view: Mt Herbert from Summit Road at Bridle Path|
|Bridle Path view: View towards Quail Island, Gebbies Pass|
Heading down to Heathcote Valley
I stopped for a drink and snack at the top of the Bridle Path. There was a lot of foot traffic up and down the track because it was such a lovely day: Clear winter days seem to bring out Cantabrians for some fresh air and sunshine.
|Hey folks, me at the top of the Bridle Path|
|View down the Bridle Path towards Heathcote Valley|
Almost there, I come into sight of the track end!
|Nearly there, Bridle Path car-park|
|Bridle Path car park|
|Para-ponters near the Gondola|
|Close up of Bridle Path sign in Heathcote Valley|
An excellent day out walking, the weather was beautiful, and although disappointed about missing my original tramp I was more than happy. I love the Port Hills we are so lucky to have them right there in our back yard.