Sister City walks

A choice of easy, accessible walks connect small botanical collections representing six of Christchurch's sister cities: Adelaide (South Australia), Christchurch (England), Gansu Province (China), Kurashiki (Japan), Seattle (USA), and Songpa-Gu (Korea).

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

People walking on track

There are several short 15 minute walks that explore the reserve and wander beside the ponds or through the Sister City areas. These tracks can be linked up for a longer perimeter walk which would take about an hour.

Some tracks are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Start Main car park, Halswell Quarry, Kennedys Bush Road
Finish Same as the starting point
Time 15 minutes to 1 hour return
Toilets Located in the main car park area and Findlay's picnic area
Dogs Must be kept on a leash

Sister City Gardens

The Sister City gardens project has seen the development of botanical collections that represent the landscape of our Sister Cities, as well as our own region here in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The landscaping of the gardens was carefully planned after extensive consultation with each of the Sister Cities. Each botanical collection has 1,000 square metres of land suiting the diverse plant types from around each Sister City region. The plants selected for each area are all natives of their respective regions.

Groundwork started in early 1999 and the first trees were ceremoniously planted in June that year. There are seats and sculptures to be enjoyed throughout the park while the gardens develop and become more established over time.

Map Listing


While we do our best to ensure information is correct and regularly updated, errors in the data and its completeness may occur. The walks that we are promoting are represented by interactive, selectable lines - we cannot verify the accuracy of any tracks displayed on the underlying base map.

All users should be aware that changes in the environment can happen quickly such as slips, rockfalls, or access across private land and may not be represented immediately on the mapping provided. Take note of signs on the ground. Be aware of safety in the outdoors and be suitably prepared for your walk.