Take the opportunity to enjoy a tramping experience on the city's doorstep.

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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

Around half of the 150 hectare Ohinetahi Bush Reserve suffered damage from the 2017 Port Hills fires. Take particular care in these areas.  



Summit Road or Governors Bay


Dogs are prohibited in Ohinetahi Bush Reserve and on its tracks.


Facilities available at Sign of the Bellbird and Governors Bay Hall.

Summit Road Society

The 150 hectare Ohinetahi Bush Reserve is managed by the Summit Road Society, an organisation devoted to caring for and protecting Port Hills reserves.

There is plenty of information about the area as well as a detailed map on the Summit Road Society website(external link).

If you're interested in volunteering in Ohinetahi or one of the Summit Road Society's other reserves, check out the available volunteering opportunities(external link).


The terrain is steep and most tracks are narrow, requiring reasonable fitness and sure-footedness. Tramping boots are recommended.

The tracks in Ohinetahi are managed by the Summit Road Society(external link), find a new favourite below: