Mt Pleasant Shared Use Track

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

sunsetStart: Cavendish Saddle, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Mt Pleasant gun emplacements.

Distance: 2.25km.

Time: 40 minutes one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.


If you start this walk from the Cavendish saddle there is parking at the layby. The start of the track is well signposted and gradually climbs through a rolling tussock landscape to a gravel road.

Take the gravel road uphill to some radio masts on the top of Mt Pleasant. A short side trip to the trig offers superb 360 degree views over Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains and across to Mt Herbert and Kaitorete Spit.

From the radio masts, the track follows a rocky ridge and weaves its way through tussock to end on a 4WD track near the Mt Pleasant gun emplacements. From here you can walk back the same way or continue along the Crater Rim Walkway.

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