Captain Thomas Track

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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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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