We left Port Levy Saddle carpark in the mist, on an autumn morning, after a one hour drive from Christchurch. There is a track west to Mt Herbert (the highest point on Banks Peninsula). However we turned east and walked to Mt Fitzgerald (826m) along the crater rim. The mist partially lifted as we walked, allowing some views down the valleys and out to the water.
The start of our walk (Port Levy Saddle carpark) is marked with a star on the map. This track was originally surveyed as part of the Banks Peninsula Summit Road. The road was never constructed, but the legal access remains.
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The tree trunks are mountain totara of which there are only a few living remnants. The original forests of Banks Peninsula were logged in the 19th century by the early European settlers.
Click here for a pamphlet produced by the Department of Conservation on Banks Peninsula conservation walks.