Tawhairaunui Trail

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

person on lookout

Start: Victoria Park Dog Park, Port Hills.

Finish: Victoria Park Visitor Centre.

Distance: 1km.

Time: 20 minutes return.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Toilets: Located at Victoria Park.

Dogs: Must be kept on a leash.

Description:

From the car park at the dog exercise park, follow the path through a wooded area with boardwalks and two viewing platforms 

The second viewing platform is shaded by a large red beech tree – Tawhairaunui is its Māori name.

Zig zag up through native plantings to cross Victoria Park Road and head down to finish at the Visitor Centre.  

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