For panoramic views of Christchurch and its surrounds, you can't beat a drive along the Summit Road. The Summit Road was ... More
Summit Road (The)
For panoramic views of Christchurch and its surrounds, you can't beat a drive along the Summit Road. The Summit Road was constructed by Harry G Eli who, at the turn of last century, envisioned a road for travelers from Godley Head to Akaroa Harbor. These days the road is more driven than hiked, but you will see many cyclists and walkers along the way. Others explore the mountain bike trails and walkways accessible from the road. There are a number of historic landmarks along the way, in particular the Sign of the Bellbird, the Sign of the Kiwi, and the Sign of the Takeha. These are all rest houses created by Eli so travelers had somewhere dry to stay at night. If planning to drive, pick up the Port Hills Drive map from the Visitors Centre. They also have information on buses and bus tours that travel along the Summit Road.
High on the Port Hills, at the junction of the Christchurch Lyttelton Harbour road and the scenic Summit Road, near
Victoria Park, sits the curiously named, quaint, stone building, Sign of the Kiwi. Opened in 1917 as a tearoom ...
Bordered by the graceful Avon River, the Botanic Gardens truly reflects Christchurch's reputation as the garden city. It boasts the
finest single collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand, with spectacular year round displays and more than ...
The magnificent Hagley Park, where the Christchurch folk walk, jog and play, covers 161 hectares of the inner city. Almost
every sporting activity imaginable is played here, from petanque to New Zealand's national game, rugby. In summer, outdoor concerts ...