A popular Port Hills track has re-opened after a year in which walkers and cyclists were unable to use it. After the Port Hills fires a year ago, the track was closed while burnt trees were felled due to safety concerns. This Easter weekend the track was opened again, much to the delight of people who use it as a stand alone walk/ride, but also as access to the Summit Road and other tracks near there.
Previously the track passed through treed areas, which added interest to the scenery and provided some wind shelter.
Some photos of the track prior to the fires –
In February 2017 two fires spread across 2000 hectares of bush and farmland on the Port Hills and 11 houses were burned. On 15th February the fire reached the Kennedy’s Bush Track.
The track now has a very different feel, with trees being removed from near the track, making it much more open. The area to the left of the track (above) was previously completely in forest.
Scenes of the city centre and out to Pegasus Bay, once covered by pine trees, are now revealed.
Just 15 minutes above the Kennedy’s Bush Track is a view from Mt Ada, right down Lyttelton Harbour to the Heads. Remnants of the fire can be seen here too.