Pūharakekenui/Styx River

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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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The Pūharakekenui/Styx River spans 24.8km and travels through a series of reserves before reaching the Waimakariri River.

There are plenty of recreational activities available along the Pūharakekenui/Styx River such as walking tracks, playgrounds, feature art works and even kayaking between Janet Stewart Reserve and Brooklands Lagoon. Try a family picnic by the banks of the river under the ambient birdsong of korimako/bellbirds and riroriro/grey warblers.

Styx Mill Conservation Reserve is a large wetland reserve well worth visiting. There are walking tracks, picnic tables by a stunning lake and a dedicated dog park on site.

For more information about the Styx catchment, visit the Styx Purakunui Living Laboratory Trust(external link) website.