Ellas Track

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

track on side of hill

Start: Opposite Kennedys Bush car park, Summit Road.

Finish: Junction with Cass Ridge Track.

Time: 40 minutes one way.

Toilets: Located at Sign of the Bellbird.

Dogs: No dogs allowed.


Park at the Summit Road layby opposite Kennedys Bush car park (the third layby on left from Sign of the Kiwi, approx. 1.5km). Take the Crater Rim Walkway heading west for a short distance before joining Ella's Track.

From here, the track sidles below volcanic bluffs overlooking Lyttelton Harbour.  After passing another junction with the Crater Rim Walkway, the terrain becomes rockier before you emerge at a large open grassy area below the Sign of the Bellbird car park. Continue for a further 10 minutes and you will join the Cass Ridge Track.

The tracks in Ohinetahi are managed by the Summit Road Society(external link)You can find maps and more information about the area on their website. 

Map Listing