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Last reviewed: Tue, 14 May 2013

Horseshoe Lake Reserve

Horseshoe Lake Reserve shelter.

Visitor information

Due to severe earthquake damage and poor water quality all tracks, boardwalks and toilets are closed until further notice. The dog park off Broomfield Terrace is still operational.

Main car park and access is located at the corner of Lake Terrace Road and Horseshoe Lake Road.

Metroinfo has up to date bus information.

About the reserve

Horseshoe Lake Reserve is an important wetlands resource and a key element in the drainage of the surrounding residential areas.

The walkway is the major recreational facility within the reserve and offers a close glimpse of a preserved wilderness wetland habitat.

An area designed specifically for dogs is adjacent to the horse grazing area on Broomfield Terrace. Similar to the one at the Groynes, the park features good fencing, several litter bins, seating and drinking water for dogs. The Dog Control Policy Map 06 - Horseshoe Lake Reserve [PDF 4.73MB] has more information.

The stretch of water now called Horseshoe Lake was probably once a meandering arm of the Otakaro (Avon) River, cut off when the main current found a more direct route to the sea. There are plenty of ducks to see and feed and it is a good place for boating and eeling.

As surrounding wetlands gradually disappear, Horseshoe Lake Reserve stands as a reminder of a once common land type.


Traditional wetland species predominate at Horseshoe Lake. Eels, perch and trout inhabit the water whilst pukeko, ducks of all descriptions, kingfishers and numerous woodland birds can all be seen at various times. 

Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Next review: Thursday, 14 November 2013

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