Boardwalk to Childrens Bay

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

Children's BayStart: Akaroa Recreation Ground, just past the boat compound.

Finish: Ōtāhuahua/Children's Bay.

Distance: 500 m.

Time: 10 minutes one way.

Dogs: Prohibited.

Toilets: Akaroa Recreation Ground.


Start the walk just past the boat compound at the Akaroa Recreation Ground and follow the boardwalk along the coast.

The boardwalk ends on the narrow, gravel Children's Bay Road. Turn left onto Children's Bay Road and follow along the coast. While this road is quiet, please take care if you encounter vehicles.

Cross the white bridge and you will find a spot to look out over Children's Bay to the Akaroa township opposite.

For more walks in this area, check out the Rod Donald Trust Banks Peninsula website(external link).

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