Summit Road Walkway

Summit Road Walkway

Banks Peninsula



2 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

494 Walking

11 Banks Peninsula



Time: 4 hr 30 min - 5 hr one way Note: Closed for lambing August - October

This track goes from Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve to Port Levy Saddle.

Drive to Hilltop on the Akaroa Highway then turn onto the Summit Road for 2 km to a small parking area at Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve.

Alternatively, drive to Little River, turn north-east onto Western Valley Road towards Port Levy until you reach the Port Levy carpark.

As the track-ends are some distance apart, the easiest way to do this walk is to split into two groups walking in opposite directions, swapping car keys halfway.

The track follows the crater rim, with magnificent views of Banks Peninsula.

It passes through Whatarangi, Mt Sinclair and Mt Fitzgerald Scenic Reserves, forest remnants featuring tōtara, kahikatea, mātai.

Most of the track is in open country and is very exposed so be prepared for all weather conditions. There is little water along the way so take plenty with you.

The Port Levy end connects with a track that heads west along the ridges to the Mt Herbert Walkway and the Packhorse Hut This section of track takes about 2 hours to where it connects with the Mt Herbert Walkway. Refer to Mt Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki and Sign of Packhorse scenic reserve sections.

Note: the open land at the Hilltop end of the walkway is private property. Walkway users must exit via Montgomery Park Scenic Reserve.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyBanks Peninsula


  • Walking
  • Free



Helen and Ogi's avatar

Helen and Ogi

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A great walk to get a slice of Banks Peninsula scenery, views into all the major bays. A good idea is to have one group start at Port Saddle, the other at the Summit Saddle and swap keys halfway for a great 1/2 day walk.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mattias Thorm's avatar

Mattias Thorm


Ranking: 8/10

A road with great views of the different bays of Banks Peninsula. You shouldn't drive there if you don't like tricky roads.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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