Captain Thomas Track

Easily accessible from Sumner, this historic track up to Evans Pass is shared by walkers, runners and mountain bikers.

Start Sumnervale Reserve, Sumnervale Drive
Finish Evans Pass, Summit Road
Distance 3 km
Time 45 minutes one way
Dogs Must be kept on a leash as the track passes through farm land.

Start at Sumnervale Reserve at the end of Lower Sumnervale Drive. Follow the track markers to a stile that takes you over into Greenwood Park.

The track has a gravel surface and climbs uphill initially beside a small stream. Gravel gives way to grass and the track becomes wider before climbing up through a section of switchbacks.

The track then turns left towards Evans Pass and gradually climbs through rocky terrain to Evans Pass Road. Cross into Rapanui Bush where another short track will take you to Evans Pass. This is a shared-use track so watch out for mountain bikers coming downhill.

The top of Evans Pass offers views out across Lyttelton Harbour and connects with walks along the Crater Rim in either direction. You can choose to return the same way or via the Scarborough Bluffs Track back to Sumner.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.