Styx River Conservation Reserve

A riverside walk, a bubbling spring and a destination playground are all features of Styx River Conservation Reserve in Redwood Springs.

Redwood Springs.



The reserve runs along Willowview Drive on the north side of Redwood Springs subdivision.

Getting there

There are multiple walking access points along Willowview Drive but no formal car park. Parking is on the roadside.

Find up-to-date bus information on metro info(external link).


There are no toilets at this reserve. The nearest is located in Murchison Park, a short walk or drive away.

There are a number of tables available for picnicking.


Dogs are allowed to be exercised off-leash in the reserve but must be under effective control and responsive to voice commands.

Please be courteous around other visitors to the park sharing the space.

Dogs are prohibited from being on and within one metre of the playground.

Find more parks you can visit with your dog.


Active springs

One of the best examples of active springs can be seen in the Styx River Conservation Reserve.

The spring bubbles up in a pool about three metres wide - sit awhile on the tiered seating and relax to the tranquil sound of bubbling water.

A feature has been made of the pool with a sculptural canopy reflecting flax fronds waving in the wind.


A large playground and picnic area are near the east end of the reserve.

The wooden playground boasts a double flying fox, multi-play structure, roundabout, balancing logs, rope bridge, swings and more.

There are also stony and smooth tracks looping the playground for biking or running around.

Natural environment

The Styx River Conservation Reserve forms a section of a much larger green corridor associated with the Styx River. The long-term goal is to create a walkway from source to sea, connecting the Styx sites. 

This stretch of the river holds two aquatic habitats; the main river with its strong flows and the gentle spring-heads adjacent. With these varied habitats, the biodiversity in the area is high. The main river is home to longfin and shortfin eels, common bullies and brown trout. The shallow springs house a number of native snails and crustaceans. 

Native plants in the area include ferns, sedges, rushes, pohuehue vine and cabbage trees. There are also two locally rare species – a fern (Blechnum chambersii) and a carex (Carex maorica).

There are around 34 species of bird that use the corridor for living and breeding, at least half of which are native species such as the South Island fantail, NZ scaup, pukeko and white faced heron.

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust(external link) monitors, researches and helps to develop Styx sites. Get involved in environmental monitoring(external link).

Bookable spaces

There are two bookable picnic spaces at the Styx River Conservation Reserve.

To help you make your booking you can:

When you're ready to check availability and make a booking, contact us.

Please be aware that if you are arranging a publicly advertised gathering of more than 50 people you may need an event permit.

 Map of bookable areas [PDF, 1020 KB]


A walking track follows along the river’s edge from the playground to the springs area, past ponds and through native plantings.

Allow approximately 30 minutes to explore and return.

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.