Famous for: Hiking, Mountains, Outdoor Activities, Adventure
Hill Walks in Christchurch will provide opportunities to capture the beauty of hills while exploring the beauty of nature. For Adventure Seekers, this is a perfect way to explore the landscape of Christchurch.
When to visit:
january - august . december
Sign of the Bellbird: Stunning views over the city to the Southern Alps Distance: 8 km (approx. 3 hours) Difficulty: Medium Start point: Sign of the Bellbird or Summit Road
Godley Head Coastal Walk: Spectacular ocean views, most photographic track. This walkway passes WW2 military buildings. Distance: 7km (approx. 3 hours round trip) Difficulty: Easy - Medium Start point: Taylors Mistake car park or Godley Heads car park
Bowenvale Valley: Most accessible and well signposted track. Distance: 3km (approx. 1-2 hours) Difficulty: Medium Start point: End of Bowenvale Ave
Victoria Park - Harry Ell: Presents beautiful views to the Southern Alps Distance: 4km (approx. 2 hours) Difficulty: medium Start point: Victoria Park Visitor Centre, Port Hills
Bridle Path: This walk is a great workout and offers stunning views of Christchurch and Lyttelton. Distance: 3km (approx. 1.5-2 hours) Difficulty: Hard Start point: Carpark at the bottom of the gondola
Hill walks in different seasons will present different landscape and experiences:
September/October/November (Spring): Characterized by blooming flowers with shades of purple, pink and blue, longer days and warmer temperatures . However the months of spring can be unsettled and rain is not uncommon.
December/January/February (Summer): The summer months are your best chance of good hiking weather. Summers are the warmest time of the year, but days are not usually oppressively hot, and beaches and lakes are a great temperature to swim in. However, summers are usually too crowded.
March/April/May (Autumn/Fall): Days are slightly cooler but still settled, and trees in southern areas turn light up in hues of gold, orange and red.
June/July/August (Winter): A quieter time for hiking. There are still many crisp, clear days full of brilliant sunshine during this time of year.
Port Hills Canterbury New Zealand 8022
Christchurch International Airport