The Sign of the Takahe is one of the historic rest houses on the Summit Road along the crest of the Port Hills. The road and rest houses were built on the initiative of politician and conservationist Harry Ell in the 1930s. The Sign of the Takahe later became an elegant restaurant and venue for private functions. The Summit Road was badly affected by falling rocks in the February 2011 earthquake, and the eastern part remained closed in 2014.
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