Waimakariri Walkway

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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Waimakariri WalkwayStart: Heyders Road, Spencerville.

Finish: Waimakariri River mouth.

Distance:  4.5 km.

Time: 1 hour one way.

Dogs allowed: On leash only. Dogs prohibited in the lagoon and on the beach north of Heyders Road.

Toilets: Located at Spencer Park and at the end of the track (portaloo).


The Waimakariri Walkway starts opposite the beach car park on Heyders Road but you can also pick it up opposite the horse trailer car park.

The wide trail is well marked, with encouraging kilometre indicators. It travels between Brooklands Lagoon and the beach along the back of the sand dunes, and is sandy underfoot much of the way.

There are several points where you can access the beach. The end of the track passes through pine forest then finishes on the beach near the mouth of the lagoon. Please take care here because of uneven surfaces and watch for windfalls in the pine forest area.

Return the same way or via the beach. 

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