Sugarloaf/ Te Heru o Kahukura (the headcomb of Kahukura) is a Port Hills landmark. The peak is topped by a 120m television transmission tower. Three tracks high on its slopes can be linked to create an excellent loop.
Start: The Sign of the Kiwi, Dyers Pass Road, Port Hills.
Finish: Same as the starting point.
Time: 1 hour circuit.
Toilets: Located at the Sign of the Kiwi.
Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.
Mitchells Track (part of the Crater Rim Walkway) is one of the most accessible bush walks from the city. The track starts across Dyers Pass Road from the Sign of the Kiwi. A short distance up take a right turn and sidle Sugarloaf on its Lyttelton Harbour side. The track passes through a diverse forest dominated by mahoe, five finger, tree fuchsia and kanuka. Several open rock outcrops offer broad views across the harbour.
When you arrive at a signposted junction, choose Cedrics Track. The path heads northwest as it climbs and sidles Sugarloaf through tussock grassland. There are stunning views overlooking the city and Pegasus Bay. Cross the Sugarloaf car park to resume the walk and descend to the Sign of the Kiwi.
Another option is to return to the Sign of the Kiwi through native bush on the Lyttelton Harbour side of Sugarloaf via Gilpins Track. Pick up Gilpins Track a short distance along Cedrics Track after turning off Mitchells Track.