Okuti 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, 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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Okuti Track

Start: Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve, Okuti Valley Road, Little River.

Finish: Near Hilltop Tavern.

Distance: 7 km.

Time: 2 hours one way.

Dogs: Prohibited.


This is a shared use track for both bikers and walkers.

From Okuti Valley Reserve it’s a steady uphill climb following a 4WD track through farmland to a saddle. The saddle offers amazing view towards Kaitorete Spit and further west towards Mt Sinclair and Mt Fitzgerald on the Te Ara Pātaka Summit Walkway.

The track then takes a much gentler descent towards its end near the Hilltop Tavern.

Numerous gates have to be opened and closed along the route, please close all gates behind you.

The track is well marked, but open and exposed for its entire length, so it’s advisable to save your trip for a day with good weather and good visibility.

The track is closed for lambing mid-July to mid-November each year.

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