The highest point on Banks Peninsula is Mt Herbert, at 919 metres above sea level. There are several ways to walk to Mt Herbert, but the shortest way is via the Port Levy Saddle.
The track marked 11 is the Port Levy Saddle Track to Mt Herbert. Other tracks to Mt Herbert include via the Monument Track (12), via Diamond Harbour (13), via Orton Bradley Park (14) and via Packhorse Hut (16). Click on the map to enlarge.
It is a scenic walk over farm land, with some steep sections but mostly gentle slopes. Access from Christchurch is about an hour, turning left onto Western Valley Road at Little River, on the highway from Christchurch to Akaroa. The carpark is about 9km along this narrow gravel road.
The original forests of native totara trees on Banks Peninsula were logged in the 19th century by early European settlers. The remains are littered on the slopes. In the distance some parts of the old forest can be seen, and in the foreground there is some regeneration evident.
The summit of Mt Herbert is essentially flat, which affords a magnificent 360 degree view of the surrounding area. The next four photos were taken from the summit area.
Port Levy Saddle is in the valley over the ridge, beyond the plantation. Behind that are the hills between Little River and Akaroa. In the far distance are the hills beyond Akaroa Harbour. Port Levy is to the left, out of sight.