Tracks

Packhorse Hut

Te Ara Pātaka
Te Ara Pātaka
Track 2 – 3 days. Easy/medium. One way.
This track between Gebbies Pass and Hilltop was once surveyed as part of the Banks Peninsula Summit Road, although never constructed. Farm and tussocklands, expansive views, and remnant tōtara forest.
Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach
Mount Herbert: Kaituna Valley approach
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
A gentle climb to an historic hut, and onward to Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki (919m).
Mount Herbert: Gebbies Pass approach
Mount Herbert: Gebbies Pass approach
Track 1 – 2 days. Easy. Return by the same track.
A lengthy route along the Crater Rim, past the Remarkable Dykes and the Sign of the Packhorse to Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki (919m).
Packhorse Hut Track
Packhorse Hut Track
Track 0 – 2 days. Easy. Return by the same track.
A gentle climb to the historic "Sign of the Packhorse" hut beneath Mount Bradley on Banks Peninsula. Views of the Port Hills and the head of Lyttelton Harbour.
Gebbies Pass - Sign of the Packhorse
Gebbies Pass - Sign of the Packhorse
Track 0 – 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
An easy walk in to the historic Sign of the Packhorse Hut on Banks Peninsula. Closed for lambing August-October.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.