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