Coopers Knob

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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Start: Gibraltar Carpark, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Coopers Knob.

Distance: 650m.

Time: 20 minutes one way.

Toilets: Located at the Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.


Coopers Knob (Omawete) is the highest point on the Port Hills (573m) and offers panoramic views over the plains and up Lyttelton Harbour. You can pick up the track directly from the Summit Road, just north of the Gibraltar Rock carpark. The summit is a short detour from the Crater Rim Walkway and requires some easy rock scrambling.

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