Te Ahu Pātiki

Te Ahu Pātiki is 500ha of iconic land including the summits of Mt Herbert/ Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley, the two highest points in the Christchurch/Ōtautahi district.

Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust purchased this substantial block and brought it into public ownership on 1 July 2021. We are the interim owners of the land and are working closely with our partners Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc and Orton Bradley Park regarding the future ownership and management of the new Te Ahu Pātiki park.  The partnership has begun with the signing of a MOU  regarding the future ownership and management of the new Te Ahu Pātiki park outlining key governance, conservation and management principles.

The Trust gives a huge thank you to the park Foundation Sponsors who collectively donated $952,593 toward the purchase and set up of the park. (Note this is $935,928 net of platform and credit card fees). We continue to accepting donations and all funds raised go towards setting up the new park and its future management. We thank The Press and Stuff for supporting our campaign and for the many excellent articles they have published about Te Ahu Pātiki.

Te Ahu Pātiki will now become:

  • a highly visible landscape transforming to native forest,
  • a biodiversity hotspot completing a 1700ha network of continuous protection,
  • a stunning recreational asset for walking, biking and climbing,
  • a protected catchment from summit to sea – ki uta ki tai
  • secure public  access on the Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway linking Christchurch to Akaroa

The land is to be protected in perpetuity with a conservation covenant and managed to facilitate natural regeneration of native forest. Income from the carbon sequestered in this forest will fund the management in time to come. You will be able to watch this highly visible landscape transform from mainly gorse to native forest over the years, a process assisted by the withdrawal of grazing animals from the land and the extensive seed sources already on the block in both old growth and already regenerating areas.


Protecting this land in conjunction with securing public access helps realise the 100 year-old vision of the early conservationist Christchurch MP Harry Ell and the modern vision of Whaka-Ora – the Lyttelton/Whakaraupō catchment management plan.

View a location map to see where Te Ahu Patiki is.

View our visual journey – beautiful images of Te Ahu Pātiki.

Watch our video explaining this project and its relation to the Trust and to Te Ara Pātaka.

Download the Te Ahu Patiki project leaflet.

Read our  more detailed Te Ahu Pātiki project prospectus.

View the TV 1 News interview HERE



Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke have mana whenua over this area and are partners in the project.

We are delighted to announce neighbouring Orton Bradley Park as a major project partner pledging a substantial contribution toward the purchase of Te Ahu Pátiki, and offering to manage and the land.

Orton Bradley Park occupies 600ha immediately below Te Ahu Pátiki. It operates a model farm park with walking tracks, camping areas and an outdoor education centre, acting as a natural gateway to Te Ahu Pátiki above.

Above  – Mt Bradley towers over the Orton Bradley Park Outdoor Education and Camping Centre.

Harry Ell Memorial Summit Road Trust is our initial donor.

Christchurch Foundation are providing our fundraising platform.

Read letters of support  from many other agencies and community organisations here.

Achievements to Date

July 1 2021 – The Trust becomes the owner of the main Te Ahu Patiki block of land. See our Press Release here.

June 10 2021 – The Trust, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc and Orton Bradley Park sign an MOU regarding our intentions to work together to shape the future of the Park.

May 26 2021 – The Press and Stuff launch the Buy the Hill campaign to assist with our fundraising and raise the balance of funds needed for the purchase on the same day! We send a huge thank you to them for this incredible support.

May 17 2021 – We meet with QEII CEO who signs a letter indicating that QEII are willing to be the covenanting agency for the park.

March 2021 – Many thanks to The Press/StuffBay Harbour News (p19)  and Nicola Toki on Radio NZ for featuring our story. We have now raised $382,000 with more donations coming in thanks to this publicity.

February 2021 – We are half way through our fundraising campaign and have raised $350,000 -so over our half way mark!

October 2020 – Public launch of Te Ahu Pātiki project and fundraising campaign at Eruption Bar on October 29.

October 2020 – We sign a Sale and Purchase agreement ensuring the land will transfer into our ownership on 1 July 2021.

Picture below: Loudon Farm owners Philip King and Sarah-Lovell Smith with Rod Donald Trustees Maureen McCloy and Cynthia Roberts signing the documents.

April 2020 – During lockdown we reach agreement in principle on a Zoom meeting with Philip King and Sarah Lovell-Smith, landowners of Loudon Farm that we have a shared aim to create a conservation park on the upper 500ha

November 2016 – Te Ara Pātaka formally opens. Over 100 people climbed Mt Herbert/Te Ahu Pātiki for the event opened by Philip King.

December 2014 – We first met with Philip King and Sarah Lovell-Smith to discuss securing long term public access on important walking tracks that crossed their private land. We acknowledged their generosity in allowing the public to walk across their land for many years on the Summit Walkway (now known as Te Ara Pātaka) and on tracks connecting up from Orton Bradley Park.