Hagley River Walk

A dog and cycle friendly alternative to the Botanic Gardens River Walk, this trail follows the Avon around the Gardens on the Hagley Park bank.

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

Punters on the River Avon

Start: Armagh Street car park, Rolleston Ave.

Finish: Same as starting point.

Distance: 2.8km.

Time: 30 - 40 minutes one way.

Dogs: Effective control.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Toilets: Located in several places along the route including the Armagh Street carparks and the Woodland Bridge.


Start in the Armagh Street car park and follow the riverside path, passing the entrance to the Botanic Gardens and heading further into Hagley Park.  

Further along the trail, enter the Kate Sheppard Memorial Walk dedicated to New Zealand's most famous suffragette who won women the right to vote in 1893. In Spring, the walkway bursts with camellias of all varieties and colours, the symbol of women's suffrage in New Zealand. 

Continuing along the river trail you will walk through the Pinetum which has existed since before the Second World War. The collection has matured into a handsome expanse of conifers including cultivars of cedar, cypress, fir, larch, juniper and spruce. 

The next garden to see is the Woodland Garden where colourful primulas bloom in Spring time and other woodland plants such as hosta and iris thrive. Following on is the Daffodil Woodland, another bright treat for Spring where daffodils have been grown since 1933. When the season finishes, pink campion and cow parsley flower. 

At the hospital, cross the bridge and turn left bringing the trail past the front gates of the Botanic Gardens. Continue along the path past the attractive Gothic Revival Canterbury Museum building, built in 1870 and past the front of Christ College who house their own stunning collection of heritage buildings from all different eras. 

 Once past the school, turn left and cross the Armagh Street bridge. Follow the meandering river back to the car park where you started.

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