Mt Herbert Walkay on Banks Peninsula: an ideal place for a winter hike

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Distance 18 km
Ascent 900 m
Estimated time 7 hours return
Hiked on 11th July 2019
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Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki is the highest peak on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. It’s proximity to Christchurch makes it an ideal spot for a day trip. The peak used to be covered in an ancient forest but that didn’t go very well with farming needs for open, grassy areas. Nowadays it’s all covered in grass and gorse.

Typical sight of trails around Mt Herbert: gorse and sheep

There are quite a few ways how to reach Mt Herbert. One of the most pleasant ones is to get to Lyttelton, take a ferry across to Diamond Harbour and follow Herbert Walkway all the way to the top and back. That’s what we did.

Chilling is an essential part of tramping

We joined up the trial on a small beach at Stoddart Point. The trail followed a small stream in a shady and bushy valley. Soon we crossed the main road and entered a farm land. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The ascent is only very gradual and I didn’t even had a chance to notice and we had great views across Lyttelton Harbour.

It took us about 3 hours to reach the top of Mt Herbert. There isn’t any shade and it’s exposed to elements so I wouldn’t recommend to hike it on sunny days. I can imagine that it gets really hot up there. After we reached the top, we descended to a three-wall Mt Herbert Shelter to have a lunch. The shelter is located on the Western slopes of Mt Herbert and it’s a very nice place to have a break.

View from the top towards the ocean

From the shelter, we decided to follow the trail do Diamond Harbour the same way as we came up. Just to keep it simple and easy. More interesting would surely be to take a path along Te Wharau stream but we’d have to walk 5km along the road to finish the loop or have transport sorted which we didn’t. Stoddard Point is a lovely place to hang out – ideal after a day in the hills.

Stoddart Point in Diamond Harbour


Total distance: 18002 m
Max elevation: 916 m
Min elevation: 10 m
Download file: GPX-hikingisgood-com-nz-canterbury-mt_herbert.gpx

About the Author

I lived a pretty ordinary life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job, and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so, in 2014, I left my home country (Czechia) to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more. I lived in a few countries before settling in New Zealand.

4 Comments on "Mt Herbert Walkay on Banks Peninsula: an ideal place for a winter hike"

  1. Jon Moake | 7.3.2023 at 14:43 | Reply

    Mt Herbert is THE classic Banks Peninsula Tramp. If you are a tramper and you live in Christchurch/Canterbury you need to visit. Fantastic views of Lyttelton and the Canterbury Plains.

    • I know right! I’ve been there many times but I never mind going up again 🙂

  2. Hi Michael do you know if the Mt Herbert track will be open today. Says online could be closed for lambing as I know lots of lambs are about at the moment, but my friend hiked it 2 weeks ago mid-late August.

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