Mt Herbert on Banks Peninsula

Mt Herbert is part of the crater rim of Lyttelton Harbour. It is the highest point on Banks Peninsula, at 919 metres (3,015 feet).

Walks from Orton Bradley Park

There are several routes to the top, but an interesting one starts from sea level in Orton Bradley Park. The route can been seen on this map, with Mt Herbert at top left.  Click once on map to enlarge.

Valley Track

The early part of the walk follows a stream through regenerating bush in Orton Bradley Park.

Lyttelton Harbour

The track winds above the park, from where there are views across Lyttelton Harbour to Quail Island, and Port of Lyttelton, part of which can be seen on the right.

Mt Herbert Shelter

After a steady climb of about three hours, there is a small shelter, with some great views to the ocean and the tip of Lake Ellesmere.  At this time of the year the invasive gorse bush is in flower. The shelter is a good place for a food break, out of the wind, but is not designed for sleeping.

Mt Herbert Shelter with a skiff of spring snow

View of Lyttelton Harbour from inside the shelter

A further 20 minutes walk above the shelter is the summit of Mt Herbert, from where there is a 360 degree view over Banks Peninsula and beyond.  The next five photos were taken from the top.

Purau (foreground) looking over Mt Pleasant to Pegasus Bay

Port Levy on the northern side of Banks Peninsula

Lyttelton Harbour with Port of Lyttelton on the right and Christchurch City beyond the Port Hills

Gorse-covered Mt Bradley to the south with Lake Ellesmere and Pacific Ocean beyond

Head of Lyttelton Harbour with the crater rim (Port Hills) Christchurch and Torlesse Range behind

Descending into Orton Bradley Park, there’s another chance to see the harbour after a day filled with grand views. More about Orton Bradley Park here. Rhododendrons at Orton Bradley Park here.

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2 thoughts on “Mt Herbert on Banks Peninsula

  1. It sounds like quite a strenuous hike Annette, but the rewards of those magnificent views would make the trek well worth the effort. It must have been heavenly for you to take photos there, with views in all directions.

  2. Pingback: Orton Bradley Park: things to see and do | annettewoodford

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