Packhorse Hut via Gebbies Pass

The Gebbies Pass track to Packhorse Hut involves about 6km of walking each way,  and takes three to four hours return.  The track climbs from 160m altitude at Gebbies Pass to 450m at Packhorse Hut.   However there are plenty of ups and downs along the way. From the track there are views over Lyttelton Harbour, and it passes through forest and tussock land.  We walked the track on a misty day in late December 2014.

Pine fprest early on the track

Pine forest early on the track

 

View of Lyttelton Harbour

View across Lyttelton Harbour to the Port Hills

 

Foxgloves (digitalis)

Foxgloves (digitalis)

 

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SONY DSC

 

 

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Sign of the Packhorse Hut

Sign of the Packhorse Hut

 

Sheep grazing outside the hut

Sheep grazing outside the Packhorse Hut

 

Remarkable Dykes

Remarkable Dykes

On the return journey it is easy to see the Remarkable Dykes, just a short distance below the hut.  They are two walls of trachyte that form the boundaries of a crack in the side of the volcano.  The surrounding rock has weathered away, leaving two parallel walls.  This photo was added after a subsequent walk in April 2015.

 

logging

Logging and replanting of Pinus radiata

 

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Scarlet Piripiri (Acaena microphylla)

 

View of Lyttelton Harbour over Teddington, near the Gebbies Pass carpark

Teddington, Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills from near Gebbies Pass

 

A tiny Common Copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas), less than 30mm across

A tiny Common Copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas), less than 30mm across

 

Gebbies Pass to Packhorse Hut map

Gebbies Pass to Packhorse Hut map

The map above and further information can be found on this site.

For my earlier post on Packhorse Hut via Kaituna Valley, click here.

 

 

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