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Tramping in the Port Hills
A touch of history: Bridle Path
Start at the foot of the Gondola (before the Lyttelton Road Tunnel; bus #28 from the Bus Exchange to Lyttelton). This path is steep, allow 20 to 30 minutes to the top where the Pioneer Women's Memorial reminds of the massive efforts of the first settlers who walked this way after the arrival of the first four English ships in Lyttelton Harbour in 1850.
Here you have the choice to walk back the same way or walk down to Lyttelton on the other side, have a drink or meal there and take the bus back to the Gondola station or to the city. If you climb over a stile behind the Memorial you get to the top of the Gondola within another 20 or 25 minutes. Back downhill walking or by gondola. Or do the whole trip the other way round if you are not fit enough to walk up the steep track.
From Bridle Path to the Signs of the Kiwi and the Takahe:
When the Summit Road was built a guy named Harry Ell had the idea of building those road houses where the people could buy refreshments.
Take bus #28 (Lyttelton) to the Gondola, walk up Bridle Path, turn right at the top and follow the signs of the Crater Rim Walkway. You will tramp past Castle Rock, a massive rock where you might meet paragliders, Rapaki Rock, Mts. Vernon and Sugarloaf, enjoy breathtaking views over Lyttelton Harbour and strolling through little reserves with native bush. At the Sign of the Kiwi you can still get ice-cream and other refreshments. There you head downhill, following the Harry Ell Track and finally arrive at the Sign of the Takahe which now is an elegant restaurant in the suberb of Cashmere. Bus #10 (stop right in front of this building) takes you back to the city centre. Allow 4 to 5 hours.
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You can download walking maps here:
Address: Port Hills
Directions: Directions included in the description of the walks
Good information in the guide to the walking tracks and mountainbike trails by Mark Pickering
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