The Groynes

The Groynes' waterways and tracks are a great place to take the family. There are lots of walking tracks, fishing spots, picnic areas and a large dog exercise park.

Groynes; photographer Aaron Campell. Access

Access to the Groynes is from Johns Road.  

Metroinfo(external link) has up-to-date bus information.

Picnics and play

Picnic areas and free barbeques are dotted throughout the park. View the map [PDF, 659 KB] for bookable picnic areas or bbqs. Please remember to take your rubbish home with you.

There are multiple playgrounds throughout the Groynes including a flying fox, see-saw, slides and swings.


During the weekend you can hire a boat(external link) and go out on the recreation lake. There are pedal boats, aqua bikes, single and double canoes to choose from. Open 10.30am to 4pm, located next to the play and picnic area.


There are two permanent courses; white (1.9 km) yellow (2.6 km).

Purchase a map for $4 from the Rosebank Cafe (near the entrance to the Groynes Park) or download from the local orienteering club(external link).


The small lakes and waterways provide great trout fishing opportunities for children. Anglers can fish in the fishing and recreation lakes all year. 

The streams in the park are closed to fishing during spawning (April to October).  All anglers need to have a fishing licence available online from Fish and Game New Zealand(external link). Licenses for children under 12 years old are free.

Gates and opening hours

Gates open from 7am to 7pm.  During daylight saving months, gates are open from 7am to 9pm. Gate closures are administered by ADT security. A callout fee will be charged to release vehicles.


There is a large off-leash exercise park for dogs. Dogs can be walked on the Otukaikino Track on lead, only for the purposes of accessing the Dog Park. Dogs are not permitted anywhere else in The Groynes park.


There are three walking tracks:

  • Otukaikino Track
  • Island River Loop
  • Waimairi Walkway. 

Or you can just wander around the lakes and rivers at your leisure.