Crater Rim - Rapaki to Sign of the Kiwi

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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top of rapaki track

Start: Rapaki Track, Port Hills.

Finish: Sign of the Kiwi, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Distance: 4km.

Time: 1 hour one way.

Toilets: Located at the Sign of the Kiwi.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.


From the car park at the top of Rapaki Track, the walkway climbs steeply through tussock grassland to the top of Mt Vernon. Some of the best views on the Port Hills are enjoyed from this summit. The track then makes its way down to the Summit Road.

The next section of track traverses through Scott Reserve which is heavily wooded with exotic pines and a pleasant section to be in on a hot windy day. The track exits the forest to traverse through more tussock before reaching the entrance to Sugarloaf Reserve on the harbour side of the ridge. From this point it's best to take Mitchells Track which takes you through native bush before descending to Dyers Pass and the Sign of the Kiwi tea rooms.

Continue to next section: Sign of the Kiwi to Sign of the Bellbird

Go back to: Bridle Path to Rapaki

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