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Summit Road

Summit Road is a very challenging drive in the Port Hills, a mountain range of hills in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The road is asphalted. It’s 15km long and runs along the rims of various extinct volcanoes that make up Banks Peninsula. The contruction of the road started in 1930’s.

The road climbs up several summits between 300 and 500 metres above sea level. It’s pretty narrow in some sections. Summit Rd was closed after the earthquakes under Section 46 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act due to the significant risk of rockfall. Nearby tracks on park land were also closed. But some sections are open again.


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