Crater Rim - Evans Pass to Bridle Path

This section of the Crater Rim Walkway has something for everyone - beautiful views, open tussock land, historic gun emplacements and even a refreshment stop.

Family on Crater Rim above Evans Pass

Start Evans Pass, Port Hills
Finish Bridle Path car park, Summit Road
Distance 5.3 km
Time 3 hours one way
Dogs Must be kept on a leash

From Evans Pass, walk carefully west along the Summit Road a short distance before picking up the Crater Rim Walkway on your left. Follow the marked trail as it climbs up on the Lyttelton Harbour side to the historic WWII gun emplacements.

There are fantastic views along here out over the harbour and towards Godley Head. Continue along the formed track as it meanders up across the open tussock of Greenwood Reserve, heading towards the television masts at the top of Cavendish Reserve.

Descend slowly to the Cavendish Saddle but note that the nearby Cavendish Bluffs sidetrack is closed due to the serious danger of rockfall. The nearby Gondola Top Station with food and refreshments is just a short detour away. From here, follow the track south along the edge of the volcanic crater rim as it drops down to the Bridle Path car park.

You can choose to finish the walk here, continue along the next section of the Crater Rim Walkway or descend via the Bridle Path to either Lyttelton or Heathcote Valley.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.