Sign of the Packhorse Hut

Kaituna Valley Track

Kaituna Valley Track

 

Sign of the Packhorse Hut

Sign of the Packhorse Hut

The Packhorse Hut was built as part of Harry Ell’s vision of a series of tea houses for travellers going from Christchurch to Akaroa, over the Port Hills.  However, only four huts were ever built. The Sign of the Takahe, The Sign of the Bellbird, and the Sign of the Packhorse were built in 1914; the Sign of the Kiwi was built in 1917.  All are built of quarried volcanic stone, to harmonise with the surroundings.

 

A nine bunk hut where people can sleep over with some basic facilities.

 

HUIt fireplace and one of two bunkrooms

Hut fireplace and one of two bunkrooms

 

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Lyttelton Harbour from Packhorse Hut

Lyttelton Harbour and Packhorse Hut

Packhorse is a half day walk with some steady climbing and magnificent views across Lyttelton Harbour from the hut.

 

Head of Lyttelton Harbour from the hut

Head of Lyttelton Harbour from the hut

 

Signpost adjacent to Packhorse Hut

 

Hut on a misty day

Hut on a misty day

 

Descending through Kaituna Valley


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