Crater Rim - Rapaki to Sign of the Kiwi

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

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.

Description:

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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