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Witch Hill

A scenic reserve at the top of Rapaki Track on the Port hills above Christchurch. Described by James Cowan as looking like 'a fanciful fairy fort'.
Meaning of place name
Known to Māori as Te Upoko o Kurī meaning the dog’s head, the canine profile of this craggy knoll is quite recognisable from Lyttelton Harbour. Europeans possibly named it Witch Hill because of the tapu traditionally associated with the area. A newspaper report from 1859 records Witch Hill as being a location for one of the beacons used to guide ships into Lytellton Harbur

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