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Discover Christchurch’s Port Hills This Spring

It’s fair to say that ‘spring is our thing’ here in Christchurch. No one does spring quite like us. 

It’s not just the daffodils and the blossoms or the open blue skies. Oh no, it’s so much more than that.

We are a city in bloom – new bars, restaurants, attractions and businesses opening every week. People who embrace new growth and new beginnings and some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals you’ll ever meet.

Our Port Hills are one of the city’s gems, and in spring there’s no better place to explore. So here’s your Port Hills checklist for this spring:

Puff up Rapaki

It’s the track that everybody raves about, but the one you may not have been to yourself. Discover the Rapaki Track nestled in the Port Hills at the top you’re greeted with beautiful views of Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch city. There are plenty of short tracks around the Summit Road that lead to gorgeous sunsets, so take a blanket and some snacks if you’re into chasing the sunset!

Find your zen at the Sign of the Takahe

Another spot to explore is the Sign of the Takahe which boasts panoramic views of the city at the Cashmere Hill lookout. On a clear day there’s no better place to sit in the warm sun with a coffee in hand. The Sign of the Takahe is also a historic building, made from tools and materials that were locally sourced in Canterbury almost 70 years ago.

Explore the tracks at Victoria Park

Not far up the road is Victoria Park which boasts nine walking tracks, a playground and a designated dog park. It’s the perfect location to explore and a great spot to picnic with family and friends.

Get the blood pumping at Christchurch Adventure Park

Christchurch Adventure Park is the place to be if you’re hungry for adventure. Zipline down the valley or mountain bike through the trails, which are suited for both beginners and experts.

Give something back

Try something new and make a positive difference to the environment by volunteering in the Port Hills. Christchurch City Council, along with several community organisations are running regular working bees and planting days throughout September, October and November, visit the council website for more details.

Explore it all

From walking tracks to adventure parks, explore your beautiful backyard this spring – there’s something for everyone.

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