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Packhorse Hut Guided Day Walk

Breathe in the fresh air on this guided walk along the Packhorse Track in the Port Hills, visiting all 4 of the historic rest houses.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration
Duration
8 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
11
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Christchurch
What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A full-day small-group walking tour from Gebbies Pass along the Packhorse Track in the Port Hills
  • Visit all four historic rest houses – Sign of the Takahe, Sign of the Kiwi, Sign of the Bellbird & Sign of the Packhorse
  • A picnic lunch served at Packhorse Hut, plus morning & afternoon tea
  • The services of a passionate & friendly guide, so you can learn about the history of the region
  • Transport to Gebbie's Pass onboard a comfortable & airconditioned minibus
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Christchurch CBD accommodation or a central meeting place (Canterbury Museum, Princess Margarate Hospital or Lyttleton Port)
What to Expect

Visit all four historic stone "rest houses" that were once part of a grand walking experience from Christchurch to Akaroa. This exceptional day walk is one of Christchurch's best-kept secrets.

 

This tour starts by driving up the Port Hills through the affluent suburb of Cashmere, to the first stop at the “Sign of the Takahe” (the first historic rest house). Then, you'll continue to the “Sign of the Kiwi” where you will get uninterrupted views of Christchurch and your first glimpse of Lyttelton Harbour.

 

Heading south along summit road and out of the city you'll stop at the third rest house the “Sign of the Bellbird” for morning tea. From there, it’s a short but very scenic drive to Gebbies Pass at the southern end of Lyttelton Harbour.

 

Your walk begins at Gebbies Pass, first traversing through open farmland before heading into pine forests. After 45 min the track breaks out of the trees and into open tussock grasslands affording beautiful views of Lyttelton Harbour and Quail Island. Along the way, you'll pass by a volcanic rock formation named the Remarkable Dykes before reaching the historic Packhorse Hut, where your guide will prepare lunch.

 

With full bellies and replenished energy levels, you will have plenty of time to explore the area around the hut and get some photos before returning to Gebbies Pass. From Gebbies Pass, you'll return via the scenic coastal road passing through Governors Bay before heading back over the Port Hills, past the Sign of the Kiwi and on to Christchurch.

 

Your guide will drop you back at your accommodation or the Canterbury Museum in the city centre.

 

Where we Visit:

  • Port Hills
  • Sign of the Takahe rest house
  • Sign of the Kiwi rest house
  • Sign of the Bellbird rest house
  • Sign of the Packhorse rest house
  • Gebbies Pass
  • Governors Bay
Frequently Asked Questions

The walk is approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 Mi) on well-formed tracks and takes most groups 3-4 hrs of walking.

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The maximum group size for this trip is 11 people.

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Yes, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

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Yes, the Operator does a pick-up from Lyttleton Port for cruise ship passengers.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • A tour may be cancelled by The Operator because of but not limited to the following reasons: Bad/un-suitable weather conditions, natural disasters, road closures, availability of staff, political or social unrest
  • The Operator is not responsible for clients’ travel insurance
  • The Operator is not responsible for clients’ medical insurance
  • The Operator is not responsible for participants’ personal belongings at any time

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation of a confirmed booking will incur the following fees:

  • Cancellations made more than 14 days in advance will receive a 100% refund less the $50 non-refundable booking fee
  • Cancellations made between 7-14 days prior to the scheduled tour date will receive an 80% refund less the $50 non-refundable booking fee
  • Cancellations made more than 24 hrs in advance but less than 7 days before the scheduled tour date will receive a 50% refund less the $50 non-refundable booking fee
  • Cancellations made with less than 24hrs notice are not provided with a refund

Postponements/transfers are at the discretion of The Operator, subject to availability of places on the requested tour date and the availability of staff.

  • A transfer fee of $50 per participant will be applied.
  • Transfer/postponement schedule:
    • Postponements/transfers made more than 14 days in advance – Available
    • Postponements/transfers made between 7-14 days prior to the scheduled tour date – Available upon request and approval by Adventure By Nature
    • Postponements/transfers made more than 24hrs hrs in advance but less than 7 days before the scheduled tour date – Available by request and approval by The Operator for Day trips only
    • Cancellations made with less than 24hrs notice are not provided with a refund – Unavailable

Pickup Locations
  • Canterbury Museum (Christchurch City Center)
  • Lyttleton Port (Shore Excursion pick-up)
  • Princess Margaret Hospital (free all day parking)
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