Waimakariri Walkway

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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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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