Harry Ell Walkway

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

people walking dogs on track

Start: Sign of the Takahe.

Finish: Sign of the Kiwi.

Distance: 3 km.

Time: 45 minutes one way.

Toilets: Located at Victoria Park and Sign of the Kiwi.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.


There are a number of entry points on the track from Dyers Pass Road and from Victoria Park.

From Sign of the Takahe, head up the well maintained track and gradually climb through a mixture of native and exotic woodland before emerging on Summit Road.

Sign of the Kiwi is only about 100m from this point.

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