- This historic track was hastily built in January 1851 to provide settlers with a route over the Port Hills. A road to Sumner was supposed to have been completed before the arrival of the "First Four Ships", but lack of funds stalled its completion until 1857. From Bridle Path Road, Lyttelton, the track climbs steeply up the scrubby face passing several benches where you can rest your legs, and imagine the early settlers lugging their belongings over the hill to the swampland below. At the Summit Road there is a shelter then the track descends gradually into the Heathcote Valley through scattered eucalyptus and pine groves.
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