Gibraltar rock guide
==the cj way++
The CJ way Guide to Gibraltar Rock
AT A GLANCE
Incredibly shaped rock/hill that looks like a Pyramid!
Port Hills, Christchurch
5-40 minutes from parking
Best time to visit: sunset
Jandals/sandals suitable (unless walking up Gibraltar)
WHERE IS THIS EXACTLY?
Coordinates of Gibraltar Rock: -43.660352, 172.614072
Coordinates of parking: -43.660785, 172.620805
You will see Gibraltar Rock long before you arrive in the designated car park. Once parked, walk North for a few minutes until you reach the farmer’s gate. We find this view gives the best pyramid shape!
best time to visit?
Sunset! And especially in February and October where the sun will set right behind Gibraltar rock.
cj travel tips
Since you park in the same car park as you would for Coopers Knob, you can visit both while you are there (and decide which is better for sunrise/sunset based on the clouds).To read our the CJ Way to Coopers Knob, click here.
Arrive early enough and you can climb Gibraltar rock, which takes approx. 40 minutes from the car park. This gives an amazing view of Christchurch city.
cj photography tips
If visiting in February or October, try and arrive early so you can capture a sunstar when the setting sun first goes behind Gibraltar rock. Higher F stops give greater star bursts, so wait until the sun is partially blocked and experiment between F/14 and F/20.
We preferred our sunset shot before the sun had actually set as the surrounding tussocks turned super golden in the late sunlight.
what we found useful to pack
In addition to the usuals (camera gear, suitable clothing, water and food, first aid, etc. we found the following items useful: