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Lyttelton Enchantment

DESCRIPTION:

Visit the hip, character-filled village of Lyttelton, and hike up through Urumau Reserve on the prominent lava flow ridge that borders Lyttelton township to the east.  Enjoy stunning vistas down on the Lyttelton Harbour and beyond.  This area is teaming with history, and another of the best walks in Christchurch with several interesting historic sites to visit.  A reasonable level of fitness is required for this walk as it is a moderately challenging climb uphill to the Gun Emplacements, a good physical and mental challenge, but well worth the effort for the 360° views at the top. The walk back down into the village is a lovely contrast through the trees. Your guide will fill you in on the history of this lovely area, and if you are lucky enough to be in Lyttelton on a Saturday you will also experience the Lyttelton Farmers Market. On a full day walk the afternoon is complete with a picnic lunch and an easier walk around the coastal track to include Cass Bay and Corsair Bay.

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Picturesque & scenic port town of Lyttelton
  • Stunning Harbor views
  • Mt Pleasant Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery Battery
  • 360° vistas back over Christchurch and the Southern Alps
  • Excellent hike for your fitness
  • Full day walk includes a stop at a local village cafe
  • Lyttelton Farmers Market (Saturdays only)
DISTANCE / ELEVATION
This walk covers 8-12 km depending on it you opt for the half day or the full day. It is a reasonably challenging climb, and the highest point is 420m / 1378 feet.
FITNESS LEVEL:
A reasonable level of fitness is required as the track winds uphill for the first 45 minutes. Your guide will ensure there are plenty of rest stops so you can catch your breath and admire the view. The track involves navigating over and around some rocks.  If you have any concerns please get in touch with your guide beforehand, or for a less challenging walk check out our Path of the Gods.
WHAT'S INCLUDED:
  • Personal guided walking tour for small groups of up to 10 (private tours available)
  • Transport from the CBD to the start of the walk in a private vehicle (approx 30mins)
  • Return hotel transfers within 5km of CBD
  • Hot drink at a local cafe
  • Light morning/afternoon tea
  • Complimentary stainless steel water
  • Gourmet Picnic Lunch (full-day walk only)
  • Walking sticks and a day bag provided
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots (sneakers are fine)
  • Comfortable clothes depending on the season (shorts/leggings and a t-shirt)
  • A warm layer of clothing and a jacket
  • Sunblock and a sun hat

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