Crater Rim - Rapaki to Sign of the Kiwi

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

top of rapaki track

Start: Rapaki Track, Port Hills.

Finish: Sign of the Kiwi, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Distance: 4km.

Time: 1 hour one way.

Toilets: Located at the Sign of the Kiwi.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.

Description:

From the car park at the top of Rapaki Track, the walkway climbs steeply through tussock grassland to the top of Mt Vernon. Some of the best views on the Port Hills are enjoyed from this summit. The track then makes its way down to the Summit Road.

The next section of track traverses through Scott Reserve which is heavily wooded with exotic pines and a pleasant section to be in on a hot windy day. The track exits the forest to traverse through more tussock before reaching the entrance to Sugarloaf Reserve on the harbour side of the ridge. From this point it's best to take Mitchells Track which takes you through native bush before descending to Dyers Pass and the Sign of the Kiwi tea rooms.

Continue to next section: Sign of the Kiwi to Sign of the Bellbird

Go back to: Bridle Path to Rapaki

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