Lyttelton Rail Tunnel and the Bridle Path Walk

Heathcote and Lyttelton
Heathcote Valley, Canterbury
One of the greatest engineering achievements in colonial New Zealand was the Lyttelton tunnel, which linked Christchurch with its port. The tunnel was driven under the Port Hills in the 1860s and opened in 1867. The stone portal of the tunnel at the Heathcote end can be seen near the base of the Bridle Path. This historic track, used by the first pioneers, is a fine walk. A memorial at its summit commemorates the pioneer women of Canterbury.

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  • Heathcote Portal - Lyttelton Tunnel
    Heathcote Portal - Lyttelton Tunnel
  • Lyttelton Rail Tunnel
    Lyttelton Rail Tunnel
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