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Strickes
Rotorua District, New Zealand1,573 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Well worth the time go go up and see the scenery below.

We visited a few weeks ago November 2020 and the hills are stunning, fist time we have been to Christchurch. They are quite a backdrop to Christchurch and even at this time of the year they are very dry looking. Wind and heat? Can only imagine what the heat of summer will bring.
Written November 28, 2020
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand2,456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Port Hills
The big hill that you see near Christchurch city!
 
There are heaps of amazing walking and mountain biking tracks that line the Port Hills; Rapaki, Godley Head, Halswell Quarry, Bridal Path, Victoria Park, Kennedy’s Bush, Harry Ell…
 
Amazing views from the top. 

The Gondola is found on the top too.
 
Highly recommend a visit to the top, where you drive, walk, hike, run or ride as the views are outstanding.
Written May 25, 2022
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gkolanchick
Kittery Point, ME112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Couple hours before we needed to be at the airport so drove out Main Rd and turned on Mt Pleasant. Windy narrow unguarded road all the way to Godley Head but didn’t encounter another car the whole way. Beautiful morning views out over the Pacific. Wandered down a couple tracks among the sheep. Great last adventure before returning to Auckland.
Written February 12, 2020
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Dana S
Sydney, Australia318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Started our day with a lovely breakfast in Sumner then headed for Summit Road. Amazing views and so many walking options. We chose the Godley Head Track. After we went to where the gondola station was and also Lyttleton Port. If you have a car as we did just head for Summit Road and you’ll find lots of options. We didn’t have a plan but loved figuring it out on the way.
Written March 8, 2020
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PatMacnz64
Omokoroa Beach, New Zealand520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
Every time I visit Christchurch I make it a must to take a drive up and around the port hills to take in the great views of chch and the surrounding area, it is a great place to watch both sunsets and sunrises and its a great drive over into governors bay and Lyttleton.
Written March 11, 2014
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LPM
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
We took the gondola up without realising there was a road to the top! The ride was interesting but not really all that scenic so the car would have been the cheaper option as we had travelled in gondolas elsewhere. Good walks from the gondola station around the top to see the views.
Written March 12, 2018
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Siobhan G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
The Port Hills are the remains of an ancient volcano, with fantastic lofty ridge walks and mountain bike tracks, to keep you busy for days. The views across the Pacific ocean to Kaikoura in one direction and Banks Peninsula towards Akaroa in the other, will take your breath away. A new cafe on the Summit Rd, near the top of Mt Pleasant Rd is a great place to sit looking out to sea. We also loved the views and surprisingly good value gift shop at the top of the Gondola. A great area to hang out and keep returning too!
Written February 4, 2018
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This is a lovely easy way to see the lay of the land. The Port Hills enfold Christchurch to the South-East and look back to the Southern Alps across the Canterbury Plains. This is one of Christchurch's many playgrounds, really, a drawcard for cyclists, motorists, walkers, history buffs and plants people. There's heaps to do for all sorts of interest and ability levels. From Victoria Park you could walk the Rapaki Track all the way round to Rapaki, a little settlement on Lytellton Harbour, where there is a marae. You could have tea and tiny cakes at The Sign of The Kiwi on the way. You could go biking on the trails at Mt Vernon or the CHCH Adventure Park off Worsley's Spur. You could cruise around the old hill suburb of Cashmere and admire the early Christchurch domestic architecture - much of it in the Arts and Crafts style and many of them with lovely gardens.

Although the Hills are so close to the city - just follow your nose to the end of Colombo St and there you are! You can get a bus up to Victoria Park - it's really surprising that within a few minutes you can be in wilderness with fabulous views to mountain and sea and (on a good day and in the right spot) not another person anywhere near.
Written August 6, 2018
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Rewikiwi
New Zealand154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
If you have a car go for a drive around the peninsula but take the time to go around the port Hills as they will give you great views of all of Canterbury and the Lyttelton Harbour and Governors bay.
Written August 22, 2015
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seetheworld010
Sedona, AZ1,114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
No roads, no one told us, wasted an afternoon if someone had mentioned it when we asked for directions. I'm sure it is nice but we never saw the road.
Written February 18, 2015
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