it’s the Bridle Path Walk. it’s real easy to get to, just two city buses from Riccarton to the Christchurch Gondola base on Mt Cavendish. And really all it is, is a walk up and over to the town of Lyttleton, have a coffee, then walk back.
It’s only 5km return walk but it’s a decent cardio workout and gets those butt, core and leg muscles working from minute 1. Gord Michaux would have approved. The walk is up up up 1100ft/350m to the summit ridge, then down down down the same distance into Lyttleton. After the caffeine hit, return the way you came.
Very efficient hike and some fantastic views (when the clouds lifted) as well as being able to see at close quarters, the earthquake damage to the mountain along the trail. I met one lady doing the return hike as I was coming down into Lyttleton. It transpired she is in training for the Everest Base Camp trek this November – a great coincidence. She’ll be fine on that Namche hill if she continues doing this walk daily!