Crater Rim - Bridle Path to Rapaki 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, 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: Bridle Path car park, Summit Road

Finish: Rapaki Track car park, Summit Road

Distance: 3.4km

Time: 1.5 hours one way

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash


Starting from the car park at the top of the Bridle Path, head west towards the Rapaki Track, climbing uphill on the Lyttelton Harbour side of the crater rim before turning up towards Castle Rock and Tors Reserve. There are great views from here out across Lyttelton Harbour and all the bays.

At this point, either continue around the slopes of Witch Hill Reserve and descend to where the path eventually joins with a MTB track and becomes shared use for a short distance. Exit onto Summit Road at the temporary road closure gate (closed to all non-essential vehicles and safe to walk/ride bikes).

Finish at the car park approximately 50m further on or continue down into St Martins via the Rapaki Track.

Continue to next section: Rapaki to Sign of the Kiwi

Go back to: Evans Pass to Bridle Path

Te Ahi a Tamatea—Giant's Causeway

Ko Te Ahi a Tamatea he tūtohu whenua e hāngai ana ki te mahi a Tamatea Pōkai Whenua, i tū mai ia ki te tihi o te mauka, ā, i tuku atu ia i te karakia ki tētahi tohunga nō Te Ika a Māui, ki a Ngatoroirangi kia tuku mai ai ia he ahi mōna hei whakamahana i tōna tira kua mau i te āwhā.

Te Ahi a Tamatea (The Fire of Tamatea) is the Māori name for the Giant’s Causeway. The name refers to when the famous explorer Tamatea-Pōkai-Whenua stood on the Port Hills and invoked a powerful incantation to a well-known tohunga in the North Island, who sent down hot volcanic ashes and fires to warm his travelling party who had been captured in a storm.

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