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.

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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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people siting near to sugarloaf station

Start: The Sign of the Kiwi, Dyers Pass Road, Port Hills.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 2.4km.

Time: One hour return.

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.