Matuku Lakes Loop Track

Designed as flood retention ponds, the Matuku Lakes offer a pleasant and peaceful circuit walk in a wetland environment.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

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Matuku Lakes lookout

Start: Ferrymead Park Drive.

Finish: Same as starting point.

Distance: 1.7 km.

Time: 20 minutes return.

Toilets: Ferrymead Park Drive, next to playing fields.

Dogs: Under effective control.


Start and finish on Ferrymead Park Drive and meander around the Matuku Lakes on this gentle loop walk that utilises the various paths in Ferrymead Park.

The lakes were originally designed as a flood retention pond and aspirationally named for the Australasian bittern, or Matuku, which hopefully will return one day to Christchurch's wetlands.

Wear sturdy shoes when the weather has been wet as the track is likely to get muddy. Please keep dogs under control to avoid disturbing nesting birds. 

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