Designed as flood retention ponds, the Matuku Lakes offer a pleasant and peaceful circuit walk in a wetland environment.
Start: Ferrymead Park Drive
Finish: Same as starting point
Distance: 1.7 km
Time: 20 minutes
Toilets: Ferrymead Park Drive, next to playing fields
Dogs: Under effective control
Start and finish on Ferrymead Park Drive and meander around the Matuku Lakes on this gentle loop walk that utilises the various paths in Ferrymead Park.
The lakes were originally designed as a flood retention pond and aspirationally named for the Australasian bittern, or Matuku, which hopefully will return one day to Christchurch's wetlands.
Wear sturdy shoes when the weather has been wet as the track is likely to get muddy. Please keep dogs under control to avoid disturbing nesting birds.