Waimakariri Walkway

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Waimakariri WalkwayStart: Heyders Road, Spencerville.

Finish: Waimakariri River mouth.

Distance:  4.5 km.

Time: 1 hour one way.

Dogs allowed: On leash only. Dogs prohibited in the lagoon and on the beach north of Heyders Road.

Toilets: Located at Spencer Park and at the end of the track (portaloo).


The Waimakariri Walkway starts opposite the beach car park on Heyders Road but you can also pick it up opposite the horse trailer car park.

The wide trail is well marked, with encouraging kilometre indicators. It travels between Brooklands Lagoon and the beach along the back of the sand dunes, and is sandy underfoot much of the way.

There are several points where you can access the beach. The end of the track passes through pine forest then finishes on the beach near the mouth of the lagoon. Please take care here because of uneven surfaces and watch for windfalls in the pine forest area.

Return the same way or via the beach. 

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