Coronavirus – What you need to know

The reserves are open to visitors. Spending time outdoors in nature is more important than ever.

Level 2 update – SRS Reserves
We have reactivated our safety plan for level 2. Here is a reminder of the key points.
  • The reserves are open to visitors. Spending time outdoors in nature is more important than ever in anxious times.
  • Please keep a 2m distance from other walkers.
  • Wash your hands before and after visiting. We recommend bringing some hand sanitiser with you so you can wash your hands after touching gates and other surfaces.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and do not touch your face
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Keep a record of when you have visited

Please get out and about and enjoy our reserves. Spending time in nature has so many benefits. There are a range of different walks from open tussock grassland to dense native bush.

At Ohinetahi Reserve and Linda Woods Reserve, you may walk your dog. They must be on a short lead at all times. Please clean up any mess and remove from the reserve. Dogs are not permitted at Omahu Bush.


The Summit Road Society (Inc.), formed in 1948, aims to further the vision of Harry Ell, by working to enhance, preserve and protect the nature, beauty and open character of the hills of Banks Peninsula for people to enjoy.

Many cities around the world are instantly recognisable from the mountains or hills that provide a backdrop to the urban environment. So it is with Christchurch, New Zealand, but surely nowhere in the world are the local hills more accessible, more friendly, or more widely used than those that lie between Christchurch and its port at Lyttelton. These hills are known as the Port Hills.

They are part of, and form the western flank of a large, volcanically derived peninsula, known as Banks Peninsula. The Summit Road which provides such easy access around the Port Hills of Christchurch owes much to the vision and drive of one man, H.G. (Harry) Ell. It was his idea to involve the public in the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural assets by ensuring that they had access to the area. To this end he developed the concept of a highway together with walking tracks along the summit of the Port Hills, with rest houses spaced at intervals, and, in the early years of last century he worked unceasingly to achieve his aim. He overcame political difficulties and incredible financial constraints, and had laid the foundations for the Summit Road and its rest houses by the time of his death in 1934.

Christchurch is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The green highlight is where the Port Hills lie, the Summit Road spans their entire length (35km/21.75mls).