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 All track in the park are open, except for the Albert Terrace Valley track in the gorge where it is assessed there is still risk from rockfall.

Accessing the climbing wall

The track to access the climbing wall can be picked up a few metres after entering the bush off the end of Albert Terrace. Head up the slope to the right and travel through the pine trees before descending just beyond the climbing wall.

Temporary closure Albert Terrace

A film set is being built on the land off the end of Albert Terrace. Access to the park from Albert Terrace will be closed from time to time due to filming from late May 2016 until July. Closure times will be signposted beforehand. We appologise for the inconvenience.

Hillsborough Terrace carpark

The gates to the main carpark are locked at 7pm each night. Please remove vehicles before 7pm..


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Mount Vernon: After the quake...

View down into Lyttleton Harbour from the Summit Road above Mount Vernon Park.Warm greetings to all our friends who use and enjoy Mount Vernon Park.

People should be aware that there is still danger from rockfall in parts the park, particularly in the valley bottoms where there are steep rocks above. So plan your trip accordingly and keep moving on susceptible parts of the tracks.

We have had several significant aftershocks this year, just as a reminder that all is still not calm below. And remember the fault which caused the big February 22 earthquake of 2011 occurs at depth under the upper slopes of the park. 

As a change from the main valley track try walking the Marette Taylor track which runs along the hillside above the valley. That was made by our volunteer group in 2012 when much of the park was closed due to ongoing risk from aftershocks. Marette Taylor was an industrious local personality who was instrumental in getting Mount Vernon Park bought and established in the 1980s.