Major Hornbrook Track

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.


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.