Ōtukaikino Track

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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Couple walking Otukaikino Track

Start: Darroch Street, Belfast.

Finish: Roto Kohatu Reserve.

Time: 2.5 hours one way.

Toilets: 3 locations throughout the main Groynes car park and picnic areas.

Dogs: On a leash on the track. Dogs are prohibited elsewhere in The Groynes except at the designated dog park.


The track is divided into four sections and linear walks can be created around these to suit individual needs. The main entry points are Darroch Street Reserve, The Groynes dog park, Clearwater Resort and Roto Kohatu Reserve. 

Starting from Darroch Street, the track makes its way through the countryside before coming to the dog park in The Groynes. Be aware that because of the popularity of the park there may be dogs loose on the walking track.

Follow the track as it passes through the various picnic areas of the leafy and peaceful Groynes - take a snack to break up the walk and enjoy watching the river meander through the park. Continue on the track as it takes you past a number of stunning lakes and through to Clearwater Resort. Take care crossing the road and walking through the car park. 

From Clearwater Resort, the track passes through denser bush and newly planted native shrubs until it meets the river again. Continue past farmland and follow the river until the track veers off towards the glistening lakes of Roto Kohatu. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery, this popular recreational area hosts a number of water sport enthusiasts using jet skis and motor boats on any given day.

Once past the lakes, head up a small hill to finish off in Roto Kohatu Reserve. The car park is a short walk down to the right. 

* From Isaacs Conservation Reserve to Dickeys Road forms a section of the Ōtukaikino Waimakariri Track.


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