Ōpāwaho River Track

Follow the edge of the estuary past an important wildlife area to finish by Tunnel Road.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Ōpāwaho River TrackStart: Ferrymead Park Drive near Ferrymead Golf.

Finish: Tunnel Road.

Distance: 1.5 km.

Time: 20 minutes one way.

Toilets: Off Ferrymead Park Drive, near the playing fields.

Dogs: On leash only.


This track follows the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote estuary edge through Ferrymead Park, passing an important wildlife area managed by Forest and Bird.

A flat and gentle walk, keep an eye out for the wetland birds that inhabit the area as you pass through.

Be sure to keep dogs on a lead while walking this track as playful dogs who chase birds can affect the bird's success in breeding and nutrition.

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