Rapaki Track

This is one of the most popular tracks on the Port Hills for walkers, runners and mountain-bikers. It offers fantastic views from the top over Lyttelton Harbour.

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

car park at top of track

Start: Junction of Rapaki Road and Centaurus Road, Hillsborough.

Finish: Rapaki Track car park, Summit Road.

Distance: 3.5km.

Time: 45 minutes one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.

Parking: Parking is available in the wider area. In busy times try parking at Hansen Park or Fifield Terrace and warm up with a stroll along the Heathcote River before tackling the Rapaki Track. 


Start at the junction of Rapaki Road and Centaurus Road. Walk up Rapaki Road until you reach the signage for Rapaki Track.

The track gradually climbs, offering pleasant views into the valley below. In the mid-section it flattens, then climbs again at a good gradient to the Rapaki Track car park on Summit Road.

At this point the car park marks the end of vehicle access along the Summit Road and is a popular spot to rest and take in the views of Lyttelton Harbour and the volcanic peaks and ridges of Banks Peninsula. Alternatively, a 10 minute walk up to the summit of Mt Vernon is well worthwhile. 

From here you can return the same way or create a longer loop walk by returning via Huntsbury Track. You may also like to tackle a section of the Crater Rim Walkway in either direction from this point.

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