City Promenade

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

Unite Against Covid-19, visit

Start: Christchurch Hospital

Finish: Barbadoes Street end of Margaret Mahy Playground

Distance: 2km

Time: 30 minutes

Dogs: On lead

Shared Use: Yes

Acccessible: Yes


Once primarily for vehicles, Oxford Terrace, on the east side of the river has become a broad, paved area for everyone to share. Pedestrians and cyclists now have priority along the 2km expanse.

Starting from the hospital end of Oxford Terrace, follow the river past the national memorial to the victims of the Canterbury Earthquake. The promenade then crosses Cambridge Terrace and heads up The Terrace where you can find many bars and restaurants. Be sure to head down to the river using the access points to spot some eels before continuing along the terrace. The path then leads into Victoria Square, a historic marketplace and popular spot for events. The Town Hall sits across the river and you can enjoy the Ferrier Fountain, shaped like dandelions, and the Bowker Fountain, the first illuminated electric fountain in Australasia.  Continuing along the path, you will eventually arrive at the famous Margaret Mahy playground, a wonderland for children. For a longer walk, cross the river and take the Te Ara Trail all the way out to the estuary.

Find out more about the City Promenade from Ōtākaro Limited.(external link)

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