Crater Rim Walks
Nicole Elwood’s parents are the inspiration behind her venture, Crater Rim Walks.
For years they organised guided Sunday walks and have passed that knowledge on to their daughter, who now offers daily walks sharing panoramic views, picturesque bays and quaint little coffee spots. Her team of local guides offer a personal but expert service, enabling visitors to explore off the beaten track. There are four walks to choose from, each taking you to the Crater Rim on the top of the Port Hills, surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano. This affords amazing views of the rugged Pacific coastline stretching across Pegasus Bay to the often snow-capped Southern Alps, as well as the picturesque Lyttelton harbour and wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Each walk offers something different, so walkers can experience a fantastic walk for a single day or extend the experience for up to four days. “Each day showcases our beautiful backyard and we aim to make sure our guests have a fantastic day in every way,” Nicole says.