Get Outdoors Head to the hills - best hill walks

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous adventure, there's something for every energy level. Discover some of what Christchurch has on offer!

Ahuriri - Crater Rim: Sign of the Bellbird

Distance: 8 km (approx. 3 hours)

Difficulty: Medium

Start point: Sign of the Bellbird or Summit Road

Why we love it:

  • Stunning views over the city to the Southern Alps.
  • Ahuriri Reserve is a small pocket of bush tucked away on the Plains side of the ridge - it has a selection of great old native trees.

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Godley Head Coastal Walk

Distance: 7km (approx. 3 hours round trip)

Difficulty: Easy - Medium

Start point: Taylors Mistake car park or Godley Heads car park

Why we love it:

  • This is one Instagram worthy track – with spectacular ocean views it is hard not to stop to appreciate the beauty.
  • This walkway passes WW2 military buildings.

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Bowenvale Valley

Distance: 3km (approx. 1-2 hours)

Difficulty: Medium

Start point: End of Bowenvale Ave

Why we love it:

  • This track is super accessible and well signposted.
  • Walking in the beautiful hill and leaving the city behind you it is a great after work walk!

More info.

Photo credit @welsh.wanderer [Instagram]

Victoria Park - Harry Ell

Distance: 4km (approx. 2 hours)

Difficulty: medium

Start point: Victoria Park Visitor Centre, Port Hills

Why we love it

  • Undulating but not overly steep.
  • Beautiful views across the city to the Southern Alps.
  • To return head back the same way or link up with Thomsons Track or Bowenvale Valley Track to get back to Victoria Park.

More info.

Photo credit @cara.25 [Instagram]

Bridle Path

Bridle Path

Distance: 3km  (approx. 1.5-2 hours)

Difficulty: Hard

Start point: Carpark at the bottom of the gondola

Why we love it:

  • The historic walkway was originally constructed in 1850. It was the foot route across the Port Hills for Canterbury's first European settlers.
  • This walk is a great workout and offers stunning views of Christchurch and Lyttelton.

More info.

Photo credit @taralouiseryan [Instagram]

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.