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Walking tour- Packhorse Hut from Chrsitchurch

Walking tour- Packhorse Hut from Chrsitchurch

A guided scenic drive & day walk to Packhorse Hut - Visiting 4 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.


NZ$ 349.00

Per Person


  • Visit the four historic “rest houses”- Sign of the Takahe, Sign of the Kiwi, Sign of the Bellbird &

  • cenic drive over the Port Hills & Summit Road overlooking Christchurch and Lyttleton Harbour.

  • Picnic style lunch included.

  • Transport with A/C.

  • Local guide.


Full Description

This tour starts by driving up the Port Hills through the affluent suburb of Cashmere, to our first stop at the “Sign of the Takahe” (The first historic rest house).

Continuing 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, we stop at the third rest house the “Sign of the Bellbird” for morning tea.

From the Sign of the Bellbird, it’s a short but very scenic drive to Gebbie’s Pass at the southern end of Lyttelton Harbour.

Our walk begins at Gebbie’s Pass, passing through open farmland before heading into pine forests. After 45mins the track breaks out of the trees and into open tussock grasslands affording beautiful views of Lyttelton Harbour and Quail Island.

Along the way, we pass by volcanic rock formations named the “Remarkable Dykes” before reaching the historic Packhorse Hut. Your guide will prepare lunch at the hut. After lunch, you will have plenty of time to explore the area around the hut and get some photos before returning to Gebbies Pass.

From Gebbie’s Pass, we 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 on Rolleston Ave, in the city centre.


Transport - Hotel Pick-up avilable

Morning tea & Lunch

Local guide

Hot drinks

Meeting Point

Directly from your hotel- any accommodation within 3.5 km’s of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps

 Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps 

Princess Margarate Hospital meeting location (free all day parking) – See on Google maps 

Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 48 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 349.00

Per Person

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