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“The quakes may damage but the beauty remains”
Review of Port Hills

Port Hills
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“The quakes may damage but the beauty remains”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

If your looking for a view that nature cannot take away then visit the port hills and take in its splender. There are plenty of tracks and the landscape remains the same... Quakes or no quakes this area is a must for all who visit the area

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“Fantastic way to get away from it all in a matter of minutes”
Reviewed May 18, 2009

The Port Hills form a back drop to Christchurch city (they lie between the city and the port of Lyttelton - hence the name...)
You can easily drive up into them from the end of Colombo St, (which runs through the central city) and then take the scenic drive along the Summit Road all the way to Godley Head and spectacular views out over the Pacific Ocean.
Or, if you are after a more active excursion, hike or mountain bike into the hills via one of the many tracks that lead up from the city. Brochures outlining the various routes are available from any City Council offices or libraries. Mt Vernon Farm Park has several good tracks.
The Crater Rim walkway runs along the top of the hills and you can access it easily from the top of the Gondola, if you want to skip the uphill trek!
Wherever you go on the Port Hills, you will be rewarded by spectacular views across the city to the Southern Alps and the ocean. Most of the hills are covered in grassland and tussock, but there are pockets of native forest (bush) which are worth exploring too.
A nice one-hour circuit walk for the moderately fit is around Sugarloaf, the hill on which the city's radio and tv antennas are located. You start across the road from The Sign of the Kiwi tearooms, which can be reached by driving up Dyers Pass Rd from the bottom of Colombo St. This walk takes you through bush, with views of Lytellton Harbour and then around the city-side you have great views of the sea, mountains and city. It is suitable for children - although there are a couple of steep drops so keep them in view. The track is muddy after rain, and there are a couple of short steep sections, but it is mostly rolling/flat. An ice-cream at the historic Sign of the Kiwi afterwards is a great reward! Very quaint arts and crafts interior is worth checking out.

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