The Groynes' waterways and tracks are a great place to take the family. There are lots of walking, fishing, picnic areas and a large dog exercise park.

Groynes Visitor information

Things to do

There are two walking tracks. A short riverside loop track and a longer walkway through farmland and orchards.  Picnic areas [PDF 1.4 MB] and free barbeques are dotted throughout the park. Please remember to take your rubbish home with you.


The small lakes and waterways provide great trout fishing opportunities for children. Anglers can fish in the fishing and recreation lakes all year. The streams in the park are closed to fishing during spawning (April to October).  All anglers need to have a fishing licence available online from Fish and Game New Zealand. Licenses for children under 12 years old are free.

Getting there

The park entrance is on Groynes Drive, off Johns Road (State Highway 1). Metroinfo has up-to-date bus information.

Gates and opening hours

Gates open from 7am–7pm.  During daylight saving months, gates are open from 7am–9pm. Gate closures are administered by ADT security. A callout fee will be charged to release vehicles.


There is a large off-leash exercise park  for dogs. Dogs are not permitted anywhere else in The Groynes park. You can take yout dog on a lead on the Waimari walkway [PDF 4.4MB].