• 1 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch


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Trip Code: SOG7842

Port Hills - The Crater Rim challenge Trip highlights

  • Traverse a combination of some the best walks on offer in the Port Hills
  • Dramatic views across Lyttelton Harbour and Banks Peninsula
  • Incredible scenery of Pegasus Bay and the Southern Alps from Godley Head
  • Walk through native bush while descending to Dyers Pass for stunning photo opportunities
  • Join together with the group for a celebratory dinner

A full day challenge combining some of the Port Hills most popular tracks. Stunning views from Godley Head, Evans Pass, the Bridle Track and Mt Vernon where the summit ridge offers 360 degree views. The last section descends through the Scott and Sugarloaf Reserves to reach the final destination at Dyers Pass for photographs before arriving at Sign of the Kiwi.


Todays' challenge begins in Christchurch CBD where your transfer departs at 8am sharp. On arrival at Taylor's Mistake car park, the group will convene before setting away across the beach. The track to Godley Head hugs the coastline and overlooks some steep cliffs. The track ascends, allowing expansive views out to Pegasus Bay in the north and the majestic Southern Alps beyond. Continue around the peninsula passing a WW2 coastal defence battery to Breeze Col and continue on a narrow undulating trail above Lyttleton Harbour to Evans Pass. Here the track climbs up a grassy ridge past gun emplacements and then sidles under impressive rocky cliffs to pass Mount Cavendish and reach the Bridle Track. Continuing westwards along the crater rim towards Castle Rocks and Tors Reserve, around the slope of Witch Hill to the top of the Rapaki Track, a well known 4WD route popular with local walkers and runners. The final section climbs steeply to the top of Mt Vernon where the summit ridge clearly shows the volcanic origins of the Port Hills and rewards with 360 degree views. The track descends to the Summit Road, traverses through the Scott and Sugarloaf Reserves to reach our final destination at Dyers Pass and Sign of the Kiwi.

Meals:  L,D



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


  • Transfer from Christchurch CBD to Taylor's Mistake Car park (starting point)
  • Transfer from Sign of the Kiwi Cafe to Christchurch CBD
  • Private support vehicle
  • Professional qualified adventure guides
  • Packed lunch
  • Snacks
  • Celebratory group dinner
  • Route map

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Christchurch
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks/snacks
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own drink bottle or hydration system)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips



A moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete this walk. If you are not a regular walker we suggest you begin a daily walking regime 6-8 weeks before departure, gradually increasing the distance you walk, carrying a backpack. Staircase or hill-climbing is strongly recommended to increase endurance and leg strength. We recommend you wear hiking boots, which provide firm ankle support. You should wear these at least once a week during your training so that they are well broken-in before your trip.

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Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed 1 Day Crater Rim Challenge trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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