This is one combination of many possible walks in the Port Hills on the outskirts of Christchurch. This one takes you from the edge of town in Cashmere Hills to the Crater Rim through regenerating bush, then on the Sugarloaf Circuit with views over Governors Bay to the east, and the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch to the west. You could have food and coffee at one of the historic cafes at either end of the Harry Ells Track: Sign of the Takahe and Sign of the Kiwi.
It’s a pretty easygoing walk for the most part. Track notes at the end.
Harry Ells Track & Sugarloaf Circuit: The Scenery
You start at Sign of the Takahe and pick up the Harry Ells Track a little up Dwyers Pass Road. Follow this obvious track until you reach the Sign of the Kiwi. From there the Sugarloaf Circuit is signposted. You can get more information on walks in the area from the Christchurch City Council website.