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Port Hills Webcam, Castle Rock Christchurch

 Oceania, New Zealand, Christchurch

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The Port Hills form the northern rim of the ancient Lyttelton volcano, separating the port of Lyttelton from the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand. The volcanic crater is one of two from which Banks Peninsula (Horomaka) was originally formed over 12 million years ago, the Port Hills range running approximately east-west and rising to summits of between 350 and 500 metres above sea level. The range is notable for its significant geological, environmental and recreational importance.

Several suburbs of Christchurch extend onto the northern slopes of the Port Hills, including Cashmere, Heathcote Valley and Sumner. Other parts of the hills are used for farming and forestry, as well as a significant number of scenic reserves created for recreational and conservation purposes, following an initiative by Christchurch councillor Harry Ell at the turn of the 20th century. In 1948 the Summit Road Scenic Society was formed to continue development and maintenance of the reserves.

The hills are an important recreation area for Christchurch residents, with several public parks and reserves, including tracks for mountain biking and walking. A gondola lift to the top of Mount Cavendish was opened in 1992, providing convenient access to the summit and a major tourist attraction for the Canterbury area.

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