Waimairi Walkway

The Waimairi Walkway is a 2km walk in the riverside and rural landscape around the Groynes and Belfast.

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

Waimariri Walkway Groynes; photographer Aaron Campbell. Start: Groynes car park, off Johns Road (SH 1).

Finish: Darroch street reserve.

Distance: 2km.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

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

Dogs: Prohibited. There is a designated dog exercise park within The Groynes. 


The Waimairi Walkway is a flat walk in a riverside and rural landscape. 

The walk begins at the entrance to the Groynes on Groynes drive and travels along the outside of the park beneath the new motorway before diverging off into the countryside.

Passing through Darroch Street Reserve, the walk meets the Otukaikino Track and a circuit back through to the Groynes can be made for a 5km walk. 

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