New signage has been erected on the Port Hills by the Christchurch City Council to provide track and park users with clear guidelines on how they can stay safe while enjoying their outdoor experience.
You can check the track status for bike and shared use paths and walking tracks. Closed tracks are also well sign-posted including those closed temporarily, see the Track Closures map [PDF, 1.3 MB] for more details.
Some tracks and reserves remain closed due to significant rockfall risk identified after the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011. Specialist contractors may be rolling and deconstructing rocks in these areas. Obey any closure or warning signs.
Care should also be taken in areas that remain open as hazards are not always immediately obvious. Hazard indicators include signs of rocks having moved, cracks and slumping of the ground or rock debris at the base of cliffs. Walkers are advised to remain well clear of the tops and bottoms of coastal cliffs, bluffs and rocky outcrops.
Consider where you would go if there was another earthquake. In general, ridges are safer than gullies, and rocky bluffs and cliff edges should be avoided.
There are different rules in different parts of the hills depending on season and impact on wildlife. Information about dogs is shown on each walk page.
You may come across sheep and cattle on some tracks. Give animals a chance to get out of your way. Use gates provided and leave gates as you find them.
Hunting is not allowed in the Port Hills. Firearms are strictly prohibited.
Fires are not permitted anywhere on the hills. There is a significant fire risk during summer and even discarded cigarettes can start a fire.
Please remember - even though the hills are close to the city observe all the safety guidelines around walking and biking in more remote areas(external link).