Bridle Path

There are a number of trails in the vicinity of the historic Bridle Path with gondola, bus and walk combinations possible. Take a picnic and soak in the views of Lyttelton and Christchurch.

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Visit

Access

The main access points to the Bridle Path and nearby tracks are from: the gondola car park in Heathcote, Barnett Park car park, the Summit Road, and Evans Pass Road.

Some car parking is available at either end of the closed section of Summit Road.

Metroinfo(external link) have bus routes connecting with the gondola terminal and Lyttelton.

Toilets

Facilities at both top and bottom of gondola.

Dogs

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

History

The Bridle Path was the route that the early European settlers took from Lyttelton to Christchurch. The route extends from Lyttelton up to the Summit Road, and then down to the Heathcote Valley. 

A steep track, it was hastily formed in 1850 as path to traverse on horseback (as the name suggests) before the Summit Road was completed in 1857.

Read more about the history of Bridle Path(external link).

Walks and tracks

Bike(external link)walk, drive or combine with bus and gondola(external link) options to reach the crater rim of Lyttelton Harbour.

Mountain biking

Bridle Path is a shared use track with walkers, runners and mountain bikers. Riding downhill is a smooth and fast descent, control your speed and give way to those on foot.

There are also great mountain bike tracks in the area surrounding Bridle Path.

Try Greenwood Park Track with its short but challenging technical sections, or, if you're after something a bit shorter, head to the John Britten Track, Mt Pleasant Track or Castle Rock Track.

Walking tracks

Bridle Path is a wonderful and varied environment for walking. Find your perfect track below: