Take the opportunity to enjoy a tramping experience on the city's doorstep.

Panoramic Lyttelton harbour 1500

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

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz

Around half of the 150 hectare Ohinetahi Bush Reserve suffered damage from the 2017 Port Hills fires. Take particular care in these areas.  



Summit Road or Governors Bay


Dogs are prohibited in Ohinetahi Bush Reserve and on its tracks.


Facilities available at Sign of the Bellbird and Governors Bay Hall.

Summit Road Society

The 150 hectare Ohinetahi Bush Reserve is managed by the Summit Road Society, an organisation devoted to caring for and protecting Port Hills reserves.

There is plenty of information about the area as well as a detailed map on the Summit Road Society website(external link).

If you're interested in volunteering in Ohinetahi or one of the Summit Road Society's other reserves, check out the available volunteering opportunities(external link).


The terrain is steep and most tracks are narrow, requiring reasonable fitness and sure-footedness. Tramping boots are recommended.

The tracks in Ohinetahi are managed by the Summit Road Society(external link), find a new favourite below: