Take a walk through the dunes, the beach and the estuary. There are great views and interesting birdlife.

park bench by beachStart: Rockinghorse Road, Southshore.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 1.5km.

Time: 20 minutes.

Dogs: Check the maps on-site to see where you must keep dogs on leash and where they can be under effective control.

Toilets: Located at the end of Rockinghorse Road.

Description:

From Rockinghorse Road walk past the information panel and toilet and start along the Southshore Spit dune loop track. This wanders through the coastal duneland out towards the beach before swinging around to the estuary side of the spit.

Take a short detour to a seat at the edge of the estuary and enjoy the wonderful birdlife and views across to Redcliffs and back to Christchurch. On a clear day you can see the mountains in the distance.

When you're ready, head back to the dune loop track and follow it back to Rockinghorse Road.