Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River

Heathcote near Centaurus Road 13resize

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

Snaking through Christchurch, the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River passes through a number of suburbs such as Hoon Hay, Cashmere and Opawa before draining into the Avon/Heathcote estuary/ihutai in Ferrymead. 

There are numerous walking tracks and attractive reserves alongside the river that provide great local recreation opportunities. Ngā Puna Wai also has a great walk that runs along the Heathcote River.

Visit the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network(external link) for more ecological information and ways to get involved with keeping Christchurch rivers clean.