The Port Hills are a runner’s dreams, with dozens of tracks and breathtaking views, so why not get out of the city and hit the trails?
With a variety of fun tracks on offer, let your guide show you around the locals’ favourite spots and the best views of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. Starting in Victoria Park (A 10 minute drive from the City Centre, easy car parking available or accessible via taxi/uber), we will gradually climb our way up the Harry EII Walkway while admiring the views over Christchurch City and out to the Southern Alps.
Passing via the Famous Sign of the Kiwi Café which boasts the best café views of Canterbury (a great place to grab a coffee or snack after the tour) we meet up with the Crater Rim walkway –the rim of a long extinct volcano. We follow this around to Hoon Hay reserve taking in alternating views looking over the city out to the Alps on our right and across the Banks Peninsula waters on our left. After a photo opportunity at a unique lookout we will make our way towards the Iconic Sugarloaf Communication Tower, moving onto Gilpins track and catching our first glimpse out over Lyttleton Harbour, before heading onto the forest path of the Thomson Scenic Reserve. Overlooking Cass and Corsair bays, two popular summer beach spots, we make our way around the trail to Bowenvale Reserve and head back to Victoria park via the Latters Spur Track.