Pūharakekenui/Styx River

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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

The Pūharakekenui/Styx River spans 24.8km and travels through a series of reserves before reaching the Waimakariri River.

There are plenty of recreational activities available along the Pūharakekenui/Styx River such as walking tracks, playgrounds, feature art works and even kayaking between Janet Stewart Reserve and Brooklands Lagoon. Try a family picnic by the banks of the river under the ambient birdsong of korimako/bellbirds and riroriro/grey warblers.

Styx Mill Conservation Reserve is a large wetland reserve well worth visiting. There are walking tracks, picnic tables by a stunning lake and a dedicated dog park on site.

For more information about the Styx catchment, visit the Styx Purakunui Living Laboratory Trust(external link) website.