Millbrook Reserve Walk

Millbrook Reserve, officially opened in 1924, is a hidden treasure trove of native and formal gardens situated just over the river from Little Hagley Park.

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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Start: Millbrook Reserve car park, Rossall Street.

Finish: Same as starting point.

Distance: 400m.

Time: 15 minutes return.

Dogs: On leash only.

Access: The main path is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.


From the car park, head into this small but stunning reserve and make your way past formal gardens full of azaleas and rhododendrons. Stop to check out the Abel Tasman memorial and then continue on through a dark canopy of native trees and shrubs. 

From here make your way back but this time take the river path that begins near the pergola and follow it along the river until you arrive back by the car park where you began. Take care as this path can be muddy and slippery when wet and is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

For a longer walk, instead of turning back at the end of the reserve, cross the historic Helmores Lane Bridge and take a left into Little Hagley Park. From here follow the river along to the next footbridge which will take you back to the Millbrook Reserve car park. 


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