A riverside walk, a bubbling spring and a destination playground are all features of Styx River Esplanade Reserve in Redwood Springs.
One of the best examples of active springs can be seen in the Styx River Esplanade Reserve. The spring bubbles up in a pool about three metres wide. A feature has been made of the pool, with seating and a sculptural canopy reflecting flax fronds waving in the wind.
The reserve is located on the north side of Redwood Springs subdivision on Willowview Drive. There are multiple walking access points along Willowview Drive but no formal car park. Park on the roadside.
Take the 125 bus Redwood/Westlake; nearest bus stop is at Grimseys Road or Farquhars Rd.
A large playground and picnic area is near the east end of the reserve.
A walking track follows along the river’s edge from the playground to the springs area, past ponds and through native plantings. Allow approximately 40 minutes return.
Dogs allowed under effective control but prohibited on and within one metre of the playground.