Crater Rim - Sign of the Bellbird to Ahuriri

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

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Start: Sign of the Bellbird, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Ahuriri Reserve, Summit Road.

Distance: 4km.

Time: 1.5 hours one way.

Toilets: Located at the Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: Under effective control.


Past the Sign of the Bellbird the track quickly heads into lovely second growth native forest with full of well-established tree fuschia and totara. Continue southwards through the grassy tops of Orongomai Reserve, passing through several bush remnants and rock outcrops.

The track climbs away from near the Summit Road and up onto the slopes of Coopers Knob/Omawete. At 573 m, the highest point on the Port Hills, the views down the length of Lyttelton harbour are breathtaking.

A short detour leading to the summit requires a little easy scrambling over rock – this can be slippery in wet weather. A descent through native bush brings you to the end of the Crater Rim Walkway at a car park opposite Ahururi Reserve.

Ahuriri Reserve is a small pocket of bush tucked away on the plains side of the ridge. Carefully fenced, it has maintained its understorey and some fine examples of great old native trees.

Go back to: Sign of the Kiwi to Sign of the Bellbird

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