Ōtukaikino 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, 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

Couple walking Otukaikino Track

Start: Darroch Street, Belfast.

Finish: Roto Kohatu Reserve.

Time: 2.5 hours one way.

Toilets: 3 locations throughout the main Groynes car park and picnic areas.

Dogs: On a leash on the track. Dogs are prohibited elsewhere in The Groynes except at the designated dog park.


The track is divided into four sections and linear walks can be created around these to suit individual needs. The main entry points are Darroch Street Reserve, The Groynes dog park, Clearwater Resort and Roto Kohatu Reserve. 

Starting from Darroch Street, the track makes its way through the countryside before coming to the dog park in The Groynes. Be aware that because of the popularity of the park there may be dogs loose on the walking track.

Follow the track as it passes through the various picnic areas of the leafy and peaceful Groynes - take a snack to break up the walk and enjoy watching the river meander through the park. Continue on the track as it takes you past a number of stunning lakes and through to Clearwater Resort. Take care crossing the road and walking through the car park. 

From Clearwater Resort, the track passes through denser bush and newly planted native shrubs until it meets the river again. Continue past farmland and follow the river until the track veers off towards the glistening lakes of Roto Kohatu. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery, this popular recreational area hosts a number of water sport enthusiasts using jet skis and motor boats on any given day.

Once past the lakes, head up a small hill to finish off in Roto Kohatu Reserve. The car park is a short walk down to the right. 

* From Isaacs Conservation Reserve to Dickeys Road forms a section of the Ōtukaikino Waimakariri Track.


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