Major Hornbrook Track

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

people enjoying the view from top of track

Start: Cavendish Saddle, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Ross Terrace, Lyttelton.

Distance: 1km.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.

Description:

In the 1850s, publican and run holder Major Alfred Hornbrook, formed much of this track to access Lyttelton from his home in Mt Pleasant.

From the layby at Cavendish Saddle, cross the cattle grid and pick up Major Hornbrook Track heading downhill towards Lyttelton. The track leads you under rocky bluffs before descending through a field of boulders and regenerating bush in Major Hornbrook Reserve. Continue on until the track joins Ross Terrace.

Turn left onto Ross Terrace and continue across Cornwall Road. Turn right at Canterbury Road which will take you straight down to London Street and the heart of the town.

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