Bridle Path

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

Start: Car park at the foot of the Gondola, Heathcote

Finish: Bridle Path Road, Lyttelton

Distance: 2.4km

Time: 1 hour one way

Toilets: Lyttelton

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash


The trail starts in Heathcote at the car park between the Gondola and the Lyttelton tunnel portal. Be prepared for a good workout as it is a steep walk but the views from the summit are well worth the effort.

As you walk up you will see what remains of Castle Rock to the west and the massive boulders strewn down the hillside in the Christchurch earthquakes. There are a number of memorial seats on the way up and a stone shelter at the top to commemorate the pioneer women of Canterbury.

Pause at the Summit Road to enjoy the panoramic view over Lyttelton Harbour with Banks Peninsula's highest peak, Mt Herbert (Te Ahu Pataki) rising above the small settlement of Diamond Harbour.

From here you can head back the same way, pick up the Crater Rim Walkway in either direction or continue on to Lyttelton. The track to Lyttelton descends steeply before joining up with Bridle Path Road. On Saturdays you can visit the popular Lyttelton Farmers Market. Catch the 28 Bus back through the tunnel to Heathcote near the Bridle Path car park.

An alternative walk is to catch the Gondola up to Mt Cavendish and walk down.

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