Ngaio Point Coastal Track

Great for active families. Take good walking shoes and allow some extra time to explore the beaches.

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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Ngaio Point

Start: Monarch Drive layby, Ngaio Point subdivision.

Finish: Same as starting point.

Time: 1 hour return.

Toilets: Akaroa.

Dogs: On a leash.


The walk starts at a gate near the layby in Monarch Drive, just off the main Christchurch–Akaroa highway. Go through the wire gate and follow the track carefully downhill, watching for slippery clay patches.

A fork to the left will take you to Archdalls beach (15 minutes return), which is sandy at low tide and good for swimming.

The main track continues around the Ngaio Point headland through native bush with great views of Onawe Peninsula. The track will take you down to Bayview Beach, which can be under water up to two hours either side of high tide. You can continue by scrambling over the rocks or return the same way.

If you continue, cross the beach and take the wooden steps up to the track, which climbs steeply up to Bayview Crescent. Turn left and follow the road to Upper Bayview Reserve. From here the track leads you through the reserve to SH 75. Cross the wooden stile and walk carefully along the roadside a short distance back to Monarch Drive.

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