Okuti Track

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

Okuti Track

Start: Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve, Okuti Valley Road, Little River.

Finish: Near Hilltop Tavern.

Distance: 7 km.

Time: 2 hours one way.

Dogs: Prohibited.


This is a shared use track for both bikers and walkers.

From Okuti Valley Reserve it’s a steady uphill climb following a 4WD track through farmland to a saddle. The saddle offers amazing view towards Kaitorete Spit and further west towards Mt Sinclair and Mt Fitzgerald on the Te Ara Pātaka Summit Walkway.

The track then takes a much gentler descent towards its end near the Hilltop Tavern.

Numerous gates have to be opened and closed along the route, please close all gates behind you.

The track is well marked, but open and exposed for its entire length, so it’s advisable to save your trip for a day with good weather and good visibility.

The track is closed for lambing mid-July to mid-November each year.

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