Witch Hill Peak

Witch Hill Peak

In addition to the outstanding view, there is a surprise waiting on the peak of Upoko-o-Kurī / Witch Hill, with a large stone seat facing towards Christchurch. This is a war memorial to New Zealand Wimbledon tennis champion, Anthony Wilding and others, including two local Māori (Lyttlton facing side of the memorial) who died in WWI. The monument also includes a poem by famous English WWI poet Rupert Brooke, who also died at Gallipoli, ‘The Dead‘.

Anthony Wilding was the first tennis player to win major titles on grass, clay and hard court (wood) in a single year (1913), and apparently the first tennis superstar!

The monument was destroyed during the Christchurch earthquake of 2012 but is fully restored, explaining why it looks quite new.

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