Te Karoro Karoro-Southshore Spit

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

Start Rockinghorse Road, Southshore
Finish Rockinghorse Road, Southshore
Distance 1.5 km
Time 20 minutes return
Toilets Located at the end of Rockinghorse Road
Dogs Check the maps on-site to see where you must keep dogs on leash and where they can be under effective control

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.

Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link)(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.