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Christchurch offers stunning sunsets and tranquil camping right on its doorstep. Photo: Dennis Radermacher
1.5km from Evans Pass
30-45min from Evans Pass
The Crater Rim Walkway begins from Summit Road near Mt Vernon. For quick access to the gun emplacements, park at Evans Pass and take the Mt Pleasant Bluffs Track
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Mt Pleasant, Tauhinu-Korokio Scenic Reserve, Christchurch

Since moving to Christchurch, the Port Hills have been hardly more than a place to exercise in preparation for the ‘real deal’ out in the backcountry.

A little while ago, with a storm battering the mountains, we walked the Crater Rim Walkway. It offers surprisingly varied terrain with stunning views to Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch City and the Southern Alps. Just 45min into our trip and 50m from the Mt Pleasant Gun Emplacements (from the Evans Pass end of the walkway) we discovered a nice, flat spot in Tauhinu-korokio Scenic Reserve with an amazing view.

With our tent set, we enjoyed the sunset on a short yet rewarding overnight trip right on our doorstep.