Crater Rim - Evans Pass to Bridle Path

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Family on Crater Rim above Evans Pass

Start: Evans Pass, Port Hills.

Finish: Bridle Path car park, Summit Road.

Distance: 5.3km.

Time: 2.5 hours one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.


From Evans Pass, walk carefully west along the Summit Road a short distance before picking up the Crater Rim Walkway on your left. Follow the marked trail as it climbs up on the Lyttelton Harbour side to the historic WWII gun emplacements. There are fantastic views along here out over the harbour and towards Godley Head.

Continue along the formed track as it meanders up across the open tussock of Greenwood Reserve, heading towards the television masts at the top of Cavendish Reserve.

Descend slowly to the Cavendish Saddle but note that the nearby Cavendish Bluffs side track is closed due to the serious danger of rockfall. The nearby Gondola Top Station with food and refreshments is just a short detour away. From here, follow the track south along the edge of the volcanic crater rim as it drops down to the Bridle Path car park.

You can choose to finish the walk here, continue along the next section of the Crater Rim Walkway or descend via the Bridle Path to either Lyttelton or Heathcote Valley.

Continue to the next section: Bridle Path to Rapaki

Go back to: Godley Head to Evans Pass

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