Captain Thomas 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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Start: Sumnervale Reserve, Sumnervale Drive.

Finish: Evans Pass, Summit Road.

Distance: 3km.

Time: 45 minutes one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.


Start at Sumnervale Reserve at the end of Lower Sumnervale Drive. Follow the track markers to a stile which takes you over into Greenwood Park.

The track has a gravel surface and climbs uphill initially beside a small stream. Gravel gives way to grass and the track becomes wider before climbing up through a section of switch backs.

The track then turns left towards Evans Pass and gradually climbs through rocky terrain to Evans Pass Road. Cross into Rapanui Bush where another short track will take you to Evans Pass. This is a shared use track so watch out for mountain bikers coming downhill.

The top of Evans Pass offers views out across Lyttelton Harbour and connects with walks along the Crater Rim in either direction. You can choose to return the same way or via the Scarborough Bluffs Track back to Sumner.

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