The 30km Crater Rim Walkway follows the edge of an old volcano across the top of the Port Hills above Christchurch. On one side of this scenic track there are views of Lyttelton Harbour, and on the other side there are views across Christchurch to the Canterbury Plains and to the Southern Alps. The Walkway loosely follows the Summit Road. Towards the south-western end, we walked part of the Walkway from the Hoon Hay Reserve to Coopers Knob, on a breezy early autumn day.
The Sign of the Bellbird is accessed from the Walkway and the Summit Road. It was constructed in 1914 as part of Harry Ell’s vision of a series of stone tea houses along the Summit Road. The ruins lie behind, with a reconstructed shelter built in front, with a view across the Canterbury Plains. Click here for a photo of the original rest house as it appeared about 1925.
Walking notes for the south-western section of the Crater Rim Walkway are here.