Ōtukaikino Track

Stretch your legs on this flat leisurely walk that connects Roto Kohatu Reserve to The Groynes and beyond.

Start Darroch Street, Belfast
Finish Roto Kohatu Reserve
Distance 8.9km
Time 2.5 hours one way
Toilets 3 locations throughout the main Groynes car park and picnic areas
Dogs On a leash on the track. Dogs are prohibited elsewhere in The Groynes except at the designated dog park
Description

The track is divided into four sections and linear walks can be created around these to suit individual needs. The main entry points are Darroch Street Reserve, The Groynes dog park, Clearwater Resort and Roto Kohatu Reserve.

Starting from Darroch Street, the track makes its way through the countryside before coming to the dog park in The Groynes. Be aware that because of the popularity of the park there may be dogs loose on the walking track.

Follow the track as it passes through the various picnic areas of the leafy and peaceful Groynes. Take a snack to break up the walk and enjoy watching the river meander through the park. Continue on the track as it takes you past a number of stunning lakes and through to Clearwater Resort. Take care crossing the road and walking through the car park. 

From Clearwater Resort, the track passes through dense bush and newly planted native shrubs until it meets the river again. Continue past farmland and follow the river until the track veers off towards the glistening lakes of Roto Kohatu. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery, this popular recreational area hosts a number of water sport enthusiasts using jet skis and motorboats on any given day.

Once past the lakes, head up a small hill to finish off in Roto Kohatu Reserve. The car park is a short walk down to the right. 

Note: From Isaacs Conservation Reserve to Dickeys Road forms a section of the Ōtukaikino Waimakariri Track.