Mt Pleasant Shared Use 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

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sunsetStart: Cavendish Saddle, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Mt Pleasant gun emplacements.

Distance: 2.25km.

Time: 40 minutes one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.


If you start this walk from the Cavendish saddle there is parking at the layby. The start of the track is well signposted and gradually climbs through a rolling tussock landscape to a gravel road.

Take the gravel road uphill to some radio masts on the top of Mt Pleasant. A short side trip to the trig offers superb 360 degree views over Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains and across to Mt Herbert and Kaitorete Spit.

From the radio masts, the track follows a rocky ridge and weaves its way through tussock to end on a 4WD track near the Mt Pleasant gun emplacements. From here you can walk back the same way or continue along the Crater Rim Walkway.

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