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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Start: Car park at the foot of the Gondola, Heathcote

Finish: Bridle Path Road, Lyttelton

Distance: 2.4km

Time: 1 hour one way

Toilets: Lyttelton

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash


The trail starts in Heathcote at the car park between the Gondola and the Lyttelton tunnel portal. Be prepared for a good workout as it is a steep walk but the views from the summit are well worth the effort.

As you walk up you will see what remains of Castle Rock to the west and the massive boulders strewn down the hillside in the Christchurch earthquakes. There are a number of memorial seats on the way up and a stone shelter at the top to commemorate the pioneer women of Canterbury.

Pause at the Summit Road to enjoy the panoramic view over Lyttelton Harbour with Banks Peninsula's highest peak, Mt Herbert (Te Ahu Pataki) rising above the small settlement of Diamond Harbour.

From here you can head back the same way, pick up the Crater Rim Walkway in either direction or continue on to Lyttelton. The track to Lyttelton descends steeply before joining up with Bridle Path Road. On Saturdays you can visit the popular Lyttelton Farmers Market. Catch the 28 Bus back through the tunnel to Heathcote near the Bridle Path car park.

An alternative walk is to catch the Gondola up to Mt Cavendish and walk down.

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