Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River

Heathcote near Centaurus Road 13resize

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, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Snaking through Christchurch, the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River passes through a number of suburbs such as Hoon Hay, Cashmere and Opawa before draining into the Avon/Heathcote estuary/ihutai in Ferrymead. 

There are numerous walking tracks and attractive reserves alongside the river that provide great local recreation opportunities. Ngā Puna Wai also has a great walk that runs along the Heathcote River.

Visit the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network(external link) for more ecological information and ways to get involved with keeping Christchurch rivers clean.