Summit Road

Summit Road, a narrow scenic drive in New Zealand

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

The road is sealed. It’s 27.3km (16.96 miles) long and runs along the rims of various extinct volcanoes that make up Banks Peninsula. The construction of the road started in the 1930’s. Do be aware it is a bit narrow, twisty and a little scary when you meet a stock truck or wandering camper van.

The road climbs up several summits between 300 and 500 meters above sea level. It’s pretty narrow in parts and runs from Sumner Road to Gebbies Pass Road. 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.



NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.