Up to date track information and guidelines on how you can stay safe while enjoying your outdoor experience.

Last updated 30/09/2021

Track Warning Dates
Port Hills and Banks Peninsula walkways It is now lambing season. Please leash your dogs on all tracks at all times. Sheep are easily disturbed by dogs. Until mid-November
Coastal Cliffs Walkway Exposed steep cliff edges in places. Tracks can be slippery especially when wet. Please ensure children are well supervised. Ongoing
Godley Head Track Partially closed including historic gun emplacements, toilets and car park. A marked pole route after Boulder Bay links to the car park road where it will rejoin the track. Please check for changes on the DOC website(external link) or call the DOC Visitor Centre 03 379 4082. Ongoing
Bottle Lake Forest Track diversions are in place for logging operations. Please follow all ground signage. Check area map for logging locations. From June 17 
Okuti Valley Track This track is closed for lambing season. Reopening mid-November

Closed tracks

Some tracks and reserves remain closed due to significant rockfall risk identified after the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011. Specialist contractors may be rolling and deconstructing rocks in these areas.

Obey any closure or warning signs. 

If you are mountain biking, please check the MTB track status page.

Open tracks

Just as much care should be taken with open tracks as hazards are not always immediately obvious.

Hazard indicators include signs of rocks having moved, cracks and slumping of the ground or rock debris at the base of cliffs. 

Walkers are advised to remain well clear of the tops and bottoms of coastal cliffs, bluffs and rocky outcrops.

In or immediately after high winds, avoid walking in dense tree covered areas and be aware of the danger of falling branches.

If you are walking or cycling in the Port Hills, consider where you would go if there was an earthquake.

In general, ridges are safer than gullies, and rocky bluffs and cliff edges should be avoided.

Dogs

There are different rules in different parts of the hills depending on season and impact on wildlife. 

Your dog must be under effective control (when you call, it comes immediately) at all times. If you are unable to do this then you must leash your dog at all times.

Information about dogs is shown on each individual walking track page.

Farm animals

You may come across sheep and cattle on some tracks.

Do not approach, chase or touch animals you see and give them a chance to get out of your way.

Use gates provided and leave gates as you find them.

If you see livestock, leash your dog immediately.

Hunting is not allowed in the Port Hills.

Firearms are strictly prohibited.

Fires are not permitted anywhere on the hills.

There is a significant fire risk during summer and even discarded cigarettes can start a fire.

If you see a fire, call 111 immediately.

Even though our parks are close to the city, please remember to observe all the safety guidelines around walking and biking in more remote areas(external link).