Let's hike together to get these marvellous views! Because when you reach the Mt Vernon summit (462 m from the sea level) on your foot it tastes the best! The hike is approx. 8 kms long and will take maximum 3.5 hrs depending on our pace and photo breaks. We'll take the most interesting way up and down with many lookouts and we'll also walk through sheep pasture. I will record our hike, take pictures of you and make a small memorable movie like this: https://www.relive.cc/view/vevYVJBE4JO I am going to share the movie with you! Let's talk together about what we see around us! There are topics as Christchurch, its history, landscape, earthquake, conservation, turism and how everything changes and develops here. We tackle all of them. I have both local and traveler experience because I have traveled both North and South Islands first and altogether spent about a year exploring, hiking and traveling in this fascinating country. Then I settled down in Christchurch and explored my second home thoroughly.
I am a fitness instructor who has fallen in love with natural moving and being outdoors. Hiking has been my passion for 5 years. I walked Port Hills many times until I have found the most diverse combination of paths which climb up and go down for people who love hiking and aerial views. I am also interested in the nature, history and geology and I need to understand the context of the landscape I see around.
Tea or water according to the weather
Hiking poles for 2 people and First Aid Kit
I'll lead you through the bush in Mt Vernon Reserve up to the Summit Rd with the option of the side track with the plane table. We'll go farther up the Mt Vernon Summit (462 m) where we'll have the panoramic view of the city, surrounding Port Hills, the Lyttelton Harbour, Bank Peninsula with its highest peak Mt Herbert, the Alps in the distance and even Kaikoura if the visibility is excellent. We'll get back via a different track and make a loop
Be ready for several short steep climbs, meeting sheep, changing weather conditions from scorching in the valley to chilly wind on the top, one jump over the little stream and breathtaking views the whole time.
Panorama view of Port Hills and more