Bowenvale Valley Track

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

port hils

A great walk with plenty of variety and sweeping views over the Canterbury Plains.

Start: The car park at the end of Bowenvale Avenue, Cashmere.

Finish: Bowenvale car park, Summit Road.

Time: One hour one way.

Toilets: Located at Victoria Park.

Dogs: Must  be kept on a leash.

Shared Use: Partially – between Bowenvale Ave and just past the Hidden Valley Track turnoff the track is shared with cyclists and the occasional maintenance vehicle.


This walk starts at the end of Bowenvale Avenue where there is plenty of parking. The track starts off as a vehicle track heading up the valley. Watch out for mountain bikers and maintenance vehicles along this section.

Not long after passing the Hidden Valley Track turnoff, the Bowenvale Valley Track becomes a walking only track with cyclists prohibited from here until Summit Road.

Further up the valley, the walking track winds its way through open tussock where it finishes in Bowenvale car park on Summit Road.

Return the same way or create a circuit via Cedrics, Thomsons, and Latters Spur Tracks – on a clear day there are stunning views out over the Canterbury Plains all the way to the Southern Alps and of Pegasus Bay out to the Kaikoura Ranges. 

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