Today, the Port Hills are easily accessible by road, but once they were a barrier to European settlement in Christchurch. Arriving in the natural harbours of Lyttleton, they faced volcanic remnants roughly 12 million years old. The 3- to 5-hundred-metre-high summits now provide the most beautiful views over Christchurch and the coastal landscape.
Take the Dyers Pass to the Port Hills and from there navigate to the Bridle Path road, the pass used by the first settlers. From here, take the Christchurch Gondola up to the summit of Mount Cavendish to reach the highest point of view in the region.