I thought about doing this pleasant section of the Crater Rim Track in the Port Hills above Christchurch when we visited nearby Gibraltar Rock. Coopers Knob (573m) is the highest point in the Port Hills and provides excellent views over Lyttelton Harbour to the north-east. Starting at historic Sign of the Bellbird, there are patches of native bush along the way, as well as other worthy viewpoints.
The route is fairly easy going, being mostly flat or undulating with just a few steep sections. Track notes at the end.
Crater Rim Track – Sign of the Bellbird to Coopers Knob: The Scenery
There’s a small parking areas at either end. The track is marked the whole way, and mostly flat / undulating, so not difficult. There are a couple of areas where you can leave the track for a bit to get extra views. We started at the Sign of the Bellbird historic site, and walked to Coopers Knob and back in about 2.5 hours or so.