Crater Rim Walkway

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.

Head of Lyttelton Harbour from the walkway

Governors Bay and Lyttelton Harbour from the Walkway

 

Sign of the Bellbird

Sign of the Bellbird

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.

 

Reconstructed Sign of the Bellbird shelter

Reconstructed Sign of the Bellbird shelter

 

Stoneword inside the shelter

Stonework inside the shelter

 

Mt Cass (546 metres)

Cass Peak (546 m)

 

Track with harbour views

Track with harbour views

 

Gibraltar Rock and Lake Ellesmere

Gibraltar Rock and Lake Ellesmere

 

Gibraltar Rock, townships of Tai Tapu and Lincoln, looking across the Canterbury Plains

Gibraltar Rock, townships of Tai Tapu and Lincoln, looking across the Canterbury Plains

 

Looking back towards Cass Peak and the Summit Road

Looking back towards Cass Peak and the Summit Road

 

Approaching Coopers Knob (573 metres), the highest point on the Port Hills

Approaching Coopers Knob (573 m), the highest point on the Port Hills

 

View from Coopers Knob, across the Head of Lyttelton Harbou

View from Coopers Knob, across the Head of Lyttelton Harbour

Walking notes for the south-western section of the Crater Rim Walkway are here.

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