Canterbury Picnic Spots
A comprehensive Guide to Picnic Spots in Canterbury New Zealand
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Leave all gates as you found them, if you leave rubbish it becomes someone elses problem as it spoils the landscape
"only take pictures, only leave footprints".
Banks Peninsula a very popular resort town, lots of activities in and about the town which has a distinct french character.
E 172 58.42971 S 43 48.40214
84km from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula safe swimming.
5km south-cast of Amberley and 51km north of Christchurch.
E 172 46.86431 S 43 10.42035
In Amberley Township just off State Highway I, 47km north of Christchurch. Sealed highway to Amberley from Christchurch and turn west at Amber ley Hall. Well signposted.
E 172 43.255 S 43 8.957
The township is 737 metres above sea level and 153km from Christchurch to the northwest. It is on the Canterbury side of the main divide of the Southern Alps. Road access to Arthur's Pass from Christchurch is via State Highway 73 and is well sign-posted. The Trans Alpine Train travels daily check bus services from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass and the West Coast.
E 171 34.00115 S 42 56.62051
Situated in Ashburton Township, there are entrances on all sides of the reserve, but the main car park and pedestrian entrances are in West Street, Ashburton. E 171 45.195 S 43 53.958
Ashgrove Terrace Christchurch
1km east of the Williams Street Bridge in Kaiapoi and 19km north of Christchurch, on the banks of the Kaiapoi River.
ASHLEY GORGE DOMAIN
Ashley Gorge Domain is a delightful riverside place on the upper reaches of the Ashley River, 10km north of Oxford, and 64km from Christchurch. From Christchurch to Rangiora and on to Loburn. Then head west following the well sign posted directions to Ashley Gorge. Travel through the gorge by road to view Lees Valley a reasonably rough road for a car, but one can drive out via Okuku Pass to North Loburn. There are a couple of fords involved
E 172 13.35119 S 43 13.82233
BALMORAL STATE FOREST
Balmoral State Forest picnic area lies on the banks of the Hurunui River and alongside State Highway 7, 12km north of (he township of Waikari and 90km north of Christchurch. Sheltered in a pleasant area of pines.
In Christchurch on the lower valley slopes and valley floor between Moncks Bay and Monks Spur. Entrance adjacent to Main Road, Moncks Bay opposite Sea Cadets Training Ship. 10km from Cathedral Square via Worcester Street, Barbadoes Street, Ferry Road and Main Road Redcliffs.
E 172 44.20882 S 43 34.12874
7km west of Rakaia township and 76km south west of Christchurch. Via State Highway 1 from Christchurch to Rakaia then turn west along Barrhill Road for 16.5km. A small settlement of a few holiday homes and a small church origionaly intended as the "Village" for a local farm. There are spectacular views from high over the mid Rakaia River.
E 171 50.65075 S 43 40.43978
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens provide a haven of lawns, trees, plants and ponds in the heart of Christchurch City, 1km from Cathedral Square. Covering 30 hectares and adjacent to Hagley Park (148 hectares), the gardens have something for everyone. From The Square in the city centre travel north along Colombo Street to Armagh Street. Turn left into Armagh Street and continue on to the 'Gardens' carpark. Alternative parking off Hagley Avenue.
Banks Peninsula 45km from Christchurch along Slate Highway 75. At the foot of Lake Forsyth. Travel on the Christchurch-Akaroa highway through Motukarara. The Birdlings Flat turnoff is on your right just before Lake Forsyth. A must visit for stone or pebble collectors, watch the surf as it can catch the unwary. Do not attempt to drive your car on the shingle stick to the formed roads.
E 172 41.74160 S 43 49.44014
Banks Peninsular 39km from Christchurch, on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. The beach may be approached by the main road around the harbour sealed to Purau, then by 4km of unsealed road direct to the beach. Well worth a visit to see the fauna and rock formations of this small bay.
E 172 46.98354 S 43 37.07491
CANTERBURY PIONEER WOMENS MEMORIAL
Summit Road at the top of the Bridle Path 8.5km from the Sign of the Kiwi travelling east or 6.5km from the Evans Pass Road and Summit Road intersection travelling west. Prior to the formation of the Sumner Road and the Lyttelton Rail Tunnel the only access to Christchurch was via this path or ship over the Sumner Bar.
CASS BAY (motukauatirahi)
Approximately 15km from Christchurch. From Christchurch via the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road.
E 172 41.69912 S 43 36.23140
CAVE STREAM SCENIC RESERVE
Bounded by Broken River and State Highway 73, it is Christchurch via Springfield .107km from Christchurch Travel west along State Highway 73 approximately 600m from the Broken River Bridge, then a sharp right hand turn at the rise of the following hill, to the parking area.
E171 44.54317 S 43 11.80235
CHAMBERLAINS FORD Old Bridge Road
Chamberlain's Ford Domain is situated on the Selwyn River 32km south of Christchurch and 13km north of Leeston on the Leeston-Lincoln road. From Christchurch travel via Shands or Springs Road towards Leeston. As you cross the Selwyn River the main picnic area can be seen on your right. Access is a further 700 metres on.
E 172 22.49202 S 43 41.32517
Main North Road Hurunui
Teddington Purau Rd Banks Peninsular 35 kms from Christchurch. Drive through the Lyttelton Road tunnel and follow Governors Bay Road to Charteris Bay. Or alternatively drive over Dyers Pass Road down into Governors Bay. Turn right into Governors Bay Road and follow to Charteris Bay.
E 172 41.92059 S 43 38.79980
CHEVIOT HILLS DOMAIN
Cheviot, 122km north of Christchurch, by State Highway 1. Once the home of "Ready Money Robinson" stood in this reserve. It was destroyed by fire some years ago, but the foundations may still be seen. It is well planted with many fine specimens of English trees. There is an attractive cricket ground and many sheltered spots for a break. Turn right off State Highway 1 at the southern end of Cheviot Township. Sealed highway followed by 1 km of shingle road to the domain. Only a few minutes from the main road. Well worth planning your visit do see the spring flowers.
E 173 16.62889 S 42 49.53974
Banks Peninsular 30km from Christchurch, on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. From Christchurch via either the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road. From the main harbour road do not approach the beach via Athol Terrace as this is private land and gated. Access is via the public track off Marine Drive above the jetty. Final access to the beach is via 420 metres of walking track, not sign-posted.
E 172 42.62032 S 43 37.86734
COES FORD Pannetts Road
From Christchurch travel south via Springs Rd. Coes Ford is well signposted from here as you travel via Collins, Days and Pannetts Roads to the picnic area
E 172 24.54607 S 43 41.70858
COOPERS CREEK Mountain Road, Oxford Forest
State Highway 72 From Christchurch travel north on to the motorway and follow the signs to Oxford. Travel through the township and follow the signs to Coopers Creek. Pass through Coopers Creek and on to the carpark, which is signposted. 62km north west of Christchurch and foothills of the Puketeraki Range or 8km west of Oxford. From Christchurch to Oxford. Continue along the main road through the township to Woodside Road. Turn right, then 6km to the creek. Cross the bridge and turn to the right; the car park is 1km at the end of the road. (Unsealed roads.)
E 172 6.47599 S 43 16.98858
CORSAIR BAY (Motukauatiiti)
Governors Bay Road 14km from Christchurch on the north side of Lyttelton Harbour. From Christchurch via Lyttelton Road Tunnel, and turn right towards inner harbour and Governor's Bay; or via Dyers Pass Road, Sign of the Takahe, Sign of the Kiwi, and turn left towards Lyttelton at the bottom of the descent just before Governor's Bay. A very popular swimming spot in summer.
E 172 41.77881 S 43 36.64743
3km north west of Belfast on the banks of the Waimakariri River. 14km north of Christchurch. Via Main North Road from Christchurch to Belfast, turn left into Coutts Island Road at the start of the motorway. 3km on scaled road, then tracks down to the riverbed.
E 172 37.51333 S 43 25.65849
112km west of Christchurch, beside State Highway 73, just on top of the Craigieburn Cutting.
E 171 44.82122 S 43 8.68055
DEANS BUSH Christchurch
Kahu Road Access: From the city centre travel west down Riccarton Road, turn right into Straven Road and left at the next set of lights into Kahu Road and travel 250m to Riccarton House and Deans Bush.
DIAMOND HARBOUR (Te Waipapa) — STODDART'S POINT
Teddington Purau Road Banks Peninsular 35 kms from Christchurch drive through the Lyttelton Road tunnel and follow the Governors Bay Road around the bays to Diamond Harbour. Alternatively drive over Dyers Pass and go right following Governors Bay Road around to Diamond Harbour. Alternatively, leave your car at Lyttelton and catch the Diamond Harbour Ferry across the harbour.
E 172 43.44759 S 43 37.41843
On the Leeston -Dunsandel road, in the Dunsandel township approximately 46km south of Christchurch.
E 172 11.85225 S 43 39.70146
Akaroa Harbour 74km from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula, en route to Akaroa. From Christchurch 10km before reaching Akaroa take the Akaroa-Christchurch highway. Duvauchelle is at the head of the Akaroa Harbour on the main road.
E 172 56.06528 S 43 45.57455
EDMONDS GARDEN Ferry Road Christchurch
Situated near the corner of Ferry Road and Aldwins Road the Gardens are on the "town" side of this intersection next to the Mobil service station, which is built on the factory site.
ELLANGOWAN SCENIC RESERVE
A hilltop bush reserve on the east coast of Banks Peninsula, 6km from Akaroa. 90km from Christchurch. From Christchurch to Akaroa via State Highway 75. Turn off 1km before Akaroa township up the Long Bay Road to reach the Summit Road (both sealed) then I km down the Hickory Bay Road (unsealed) from the cabstand intersection.
E 173 1.82923 S 43 47.79986
Flea Bay Akaroa A little known bay near Akaroa the second night on the Banks Penninsular track. Remains can be seem of earthworks on the south side of the bay. Take the Lighthouse Road up Almers Hill out of Akaroa, this is a very steep but sealed road up to a shingle road when the grade flattens. This trip should not be attempted in a 2wd in wet weather.
E 173 0.276 S 43 52.098
FRENCH FARM BAY Wainui Main Road Banks Peninsular
Travel on Akaroa Road to the Barry's Bay, turn right into Wainui Main Road and travel 2 kms.
Located by the Okuku River near Mt Thomas, about 52km from Christchurch fox's Creek is a rugged, mountain stream, picnic spot with a stand of native bush. water, swimming and trout fishing are provided by the Okuku River. The last few kilometres are on a shingle road with a gate (near the picnic site), which must be closed after passing.
E 172 23.54590 S 43 8.86917
FRENCH FARM FORESHORE
On Banks Peninsula to the west of Akaroa Harbour, 3km south of Barry's Bay and 74km south-cast of Christchurch. State Highway 75 from Christchurch to Barry's Bay; then turn south towards Wainui. Sealed roads.
E 172 54.83454 S 43 46.66455
GLENTUI PICNIC AREA Glentui
Travel north to Rangiora, Ashley, and then follow the road towards Oxford and Ashley Forest. After 23 km turn right into the unsealed Glentui Bush Road and travel to the end.
E 172 16.23281 S 43 12.82320
GLENTUNNEL HOLIDAY PARK Glentunnel
From Christchurch travel west on State Highway 73 to Darfield. Turn left at the signpost and continue on to Coalgate and Glentunnel. Upon reaching Glentunnel turn left opposite the General Store.
E 171 56.19027 S 43 28.98339
On the Selwyn River, 60km west of Christchurch. Glentunnel Domain is an easy drive from Christchurch on State Highway 73 to Darfield, and then on to Glentunnel.
E 171 56.19027 S 43 28.98339
GODLEY HEAD FARM PARK AND WALKWAY Godley Head Road
Godley Head Farm Park is located 20km by road, south east of Christchurch. The land forms the northern headland at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. Access to the Farm Park is by car from either Lyttelton or Sumner to the junction of the Sumner Summit and Evans Pass roads. At this point Godley Head is signposted and is a further 6km. Access to the Walkway is also available from Taylor's Mistake via Boulder Bay (see Taylor's Mistake entry). The 3 1/2 hour circular walk from the carpark to the heads, Taylors Mistake and the summit is moderately difficult, but superb for its variety of seascapes. The military installations are open, but the lighthouse access closed. You may also visit Taylor battery closer to Boulder Bay Take a torch to visit the Gunnery installations on the Head. The Guns were removed in the 1950's however the concrete emplacements are well preserved. This includes the ammunition storage rooms below ground level.
E 172 46.99635 S 43 35.55208
North Canterbury, 123km north of Christchurch, 8km south east of Cheviot. Travel the Main North Highway to Cheviot, turn right at the signpost McQueen Road and travel 8km to Gore Bay. State Highway 1 from Christchurch to Cheviot then 8km from Cheviot to Gore Bay along the Gore Bay Road. You can vary your route by returning along the coast via Port Robinson, the Hurunui-Port Robinson Road, and rejoining State Highway 1 1km north of Domett. The eroded Clay cliffs at the southern end of the beach are well worth a visit.
E 173 18.62753 S 42 51.63312
GOVERNORS BAY AND SAGE RESERVE
14 km from Christchurch, on the north side of Lyttelton Harbour. Sage Reserve A coastal hillside reserve with a remnant kanuka stand. Located 1km south of the Governors Bay wharf, Governors Bay may be reached from Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road, the Sign of the Takahe, and the Sign of the Kiwi. If time permits take the walk along the foreshore to Allandale
E 172 39.25760 S 43 37.60163
GREY RIVER (MT GREY)
Within Ashley State Forest, 50km from Christchurch. From Christchurch, travel via State Highway 72 to Rangiora (27km) then 2km north across the Ashley River. First turn right past Ashley River Bridge, then second turn left. Signposted lo Ashley State Forest. Sealed road to the forest headquarters. Final 15km on a metalled road to the Grey River. Due to forest fire danger, a permit may be required to enter the forest. Obtainable from the forest headquarters, Ashley.
E 172 29.38551 S 43 10.05906
GROYNES Johns Road Christchurch
An extensive man-made picnic area adjacent to the south branch of the Waimakariri River, on Johns Road. It is 12km from the centre of Christchurch and less than 2km from the Main North Road at Belfast. The Waimairi Walkway extends from the Groynes to Darroch Street in Belfast. Brochure available, published by the Department of Lands and Survey. Road access to the Groynes is from Johns Road near its northern end. From central Christchurch take the Main North Road out of Christchurch and turn left into Johns Road at Belfast. Residents in the western suburbs of Christchurch may find it easier to take the Russley Road-Johns Road route.
E 172 35.93753 S 43 26.96281
Located in Central Christchurch, Hagley Park is divided into two sections! (North and South) by Riccarton Avenue. It is within 1km of Cathedral Square.
Halswell Domain is a pleasant public domain on State Highway 75, on the Christchurch side of Halswell Township. Travelling from Christchurch city it is just 2km past the south west boundary of the city, 8km from Cathedral Square. From Christchurch City access is via Lincoln Road and State Highway 75.
126km north of Christchurch via State Highways 1 and 7. Turn off to Hanmer Springs from the Lewis Pass Road (State Highway 7), crossing the Waiau Ferry Bridge to reach the Hanmer basin. A popular spot with hot springs being one of the main attractions.
E 172 50.07989 S 42 31.51778
Jollies Pass Road the pass is recommended 4wd only, Jacks pass for 2wd. It is well worth the trip and perhaps heading for Island saddle with a visit to Lake Tennyson on the way. A number of walks leave this area and they range from the easy Dog Stream Track (1/2 hour) or Woodland Walk (3/4 hour) to the longer tramp to Mt Isabel (5 hours). A well grassed and maintained picnic area has been developed behind the local Information Centre, (which is open 364 days) and is sheltered. Magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and forest can be enjoyed when you visit this picnic spot.
HANMER FOREST PARK
The Hanmer Forest Park Information Centre picnic area is on Jollies Pass Road, 1km from Hanmer township, or 137km north of Christchurch. From Christchurch take State Highway 1 to the Waipara River, then State Highway 7 to the Hanmer Springs turn-off and then a few kilometres to Hanmer Township.
126km north of Christchurch via State Highways 1 and 7. Turn off to Hanmer Springs from the Lewis Pass Road (State Highway 7), crossing the Waiau Ferry Bridge to reach the Hanmer basin. The picnic area is on the banks of the Hanmer River 8km from Hanmer Springs. A shingle turn-off road at the road bridge for a short distance from the main road. There is also a rough track down to the banks of the Waiau River.
HANMER SPRINGS — DOG STREAM
134km north of Christchurch, via State Highway 1 to the Waipara River, and then State Highway 7 until the Hanmer turn-off. For picnicking, vehicles are best parked at the end of Bath Street, with a short walk to the stream. When approaching Hanmer Township from State Highway 7, Bath Street is on your right.
HANMER SPRINGS DOMAIN
Hanmer is 134km north of Christchurch. The Domain is on the corner of Jacks Pass Road and Argelins Road, and is less than a kilometre from the Hanmer Post Office. From Christchurch take State Highway 1 to the Waipara River, Then State Highway 7 to the Hanmer Springs turn-off, and a few kilometres to Hanmer Township. Turn left at the Hanmer Post Office.
Hawdon River is located near Arthur's Pass Park Board Shelter, approximately 140km west of Christchurch. Drive to the site from the West Coast Road (State Highway 73), about 5km past Cass. Cross Mt White Bridge, then make a left hand turn and drive about 2km to the shelter. E 171 44.94803 S 42 59.22082
Christchurch 28km, on Banks Peninsula, on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. From Christchurch via the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road, through Governors Bay and Teddington. Beach access is via a 300 metre-walking track from the main road above Charteris Bay.
E 172 42.62980 S 43 38.22108
HAY SCENIC RESERVE Pigeon Bay Road
5.5K To Duvauchelle Christchurch 76k 6km south of Pigeon Bay township on Banks Peninsula and 76km from Christchurch. From Christchurch, travel via State Highway 75 to the Hilltop Junction and down the Pigeon Bay Road until 6km From Pigeon Bay. Alternative route via Governors Bay following the coastal road to Pigeon Bay, then 6km further south along the Pigeon Bay Road. Signposted at entrance.
E 172 53.92518 S 43 42.11177
HIGHBANK POWER STATION
On the Rakaia River, north east of Methven (via Rakaia, Methven is 92km from Christchurch). Travel from Christchurch to Methven, then from Methven on Highway 72. Take a north eastern deviation down Barkers Road.
E 171 44.29085 S 43 34.41554
On Banks Peninsula, 71km from Christchurch via Little River. 58km via Birdlings Flat when route is open. From Christchurch, State Highway 75 to Little River; then Okuti Valley Road, Te Oka Bay Road and Magnet Bay Road. Alternatively, State Highway 75 to Birdlings Flat then, if Lake Forsyth outlet is closed, you can drive to Bossu Road, Te Oka Bay Road and Magnet Bay Road. Either way you have 1km of walking track through private property, from Magnet Bay to Hikuraki Bay. Once you leave State Highway 75, most of the route is shingle, steep and at times rough.
E 172 44.44532 S 43 50.31597
HOON HAY PARK
In Christchurch, by the Summit Road on outer crater rim at head of Hoon Hay Valley. 1.6km south of the Sign of the Kiwi and 11.6km from Cathedral Square via Colombo Street, Dyers Pass Road, and Summit Road. Immediately south of Marley's Hill (which has Post Office radio telephone aerials on summit). Via Summit Road. Cars may enter and park on the grass within the reserve. Pedestrian access via walking track from the Sign of the Kiwi or from end of Worsley's Road via Worsley's Track (5.2km).
E 172 38.12320 S 43 37.09052
HORSESHOE LAKE RESERVE
Burwood, Christchurch, 5km from Square. Adjacent to Shirley Golf Course. From Horseshoe Lake Road and Lake Terrace Road. Pedestrian access off New Brighton Road and Liggins Street.
HORORATA RESERVE Hororata
58k from Christchurch travel west on State Highway 73 to Aylesbury and then turn left into Bealey Road and travel on to Hororata. The domain is located on your right as you travel from the township towards the Golf Course, (signposted)
E 171 56.72320 S 43 32.26409
HURUNUI DOMAIN/BALMORAL RECREATION AREA
Hurunui River, Balmoral Forest
From Christchurch travel north through Amberley and take the Lewis Pass turn off at Waipara Junction. Travel through the Weka Pass and on to the Hurunui River. This spot is located on the northern side of the Hurunui River. Turn left 500 metres after crossing the Hurunui River Bridge. Access to the river is 400 metres further on from the picnic and camping area.
E 172 43.74162 S 42 52.63043
113km from Christchurch below where the Hurunui River forks into the North and South branches. State Highway 1 to Waipara from Christchurch. State Highway 7 to Waikari turnoff. Follow main road from Waikari to Hawarden to Horsley Downs, then take the Waitohi Gorge Road to the Lake Sumner Road. The gorge is approximately 30km from the Waitohi River Bridge, the latter on an unsealed, narrow road.
HURUNUI RIVER MOUTH Domett
114km north of Christchurch from Christchurch travel north to Domett on State Highway 1 and then turn right (east) along 8km of good sealed road followed by 1km of unsealed road.
E 173 16.68672 S 42 54.42489
This 12-hectare park lies between Greers Road and Ham Road, Christchurch, and has the Waimairi Stream as its north eastern boundary. It is easily accessible to residents in the north western part of the city and is about 6km from Cathedral Square. Access is available from either Greers Road or Ham Road a short distance north east of Memorial Avenue.
Summit Road 6k To Godley Head Located on the Summit Road 13 kilometres from the Sign of the Kiwi or 2 kilometres from the Evans Pass Road intersection. An interesting stand of regenerating native bush.
E 172 44.22587 S 43 35.34655
Ranfurly Street, Kaiapoi, 20km north of Christchurch. Northern motorway from Christchurch to Kaiapoi, northern off-ramp onto Smith Street then left to Ranfurly Street.
Kaiapoi River, adjacent to Charles Street in Kaiapoi, 20km north of Christchurch. Northern motorway from Christchurch to Kaiapoi; south off-ramp onto Ohoka Road; then Williams Street to Charles Street.
KAIK-ONUKU (The Kaik) Akaroa
5km beyond Akaroa on Banks Peninsula and 88km from Christchurch. From Christchurch, State Highway 75 to Akaroa. Then follow the signs from Akaroa township along the unsealed road to the Kaik-Onuku. An interesting church and meeting house in the bay.
E 172 56.33675 S 43 50.12664
KAITUNA VALLEY SCENIC RESERVE Kaituna Valley Road
Travel on the Christchurch-Akaroa Highway 75 through Tai Tapu and Motukarara. Kaituna Valley is signposted from the highway Turn left into Kaituna Valley Road from State Highway 75 and then proceed 5km to car park.
E 172 41.66560 S 43 43.71596
KAIRAKI / PINES
22km north of Christchurch on the northern bank of the Waimakariri River mouth. From Christchurch, pass through Kaiapoi, turn right into Beach Road, which goes directly to The Pines; turn right at The Pines for Kairaki.
E 172 42.35335 S 43 23.08841
KENNEDY'S BUSH/SIGN OF THE BELLBIRD
In Christchurch, by Summit Road on outer crater rim at head of Kennedy's Bush Valley. Approximately 4.4km from the Square via Colombo Street, Dyers Pass Road and Summit Road. Via Summit Road. Car parking area opposite the Sign of the Bellbird overlooks Lyttelton Harbour. Pedestrian access is via walking track from the Sign of the Kiwi or via Kennedy's Bush track from Halswell at foot of hills (4.5km).
E 172 37.53810 S 43 37.95811
On Kowai Bush Road 5.2km north of Springfield, and 73km from Christchurch. From Christchurch proceed along State Highway 73 (towards Arthur's Pass) until reaching Springfield where you turn right into Kowai Bush Road.
E 171 55.15153 S 43 17.71201
One of several small lakes in the Ashburton Gorge area, between the headquarters of the Rangitata and south branch Ashburton Rivers. From Christchurch via Mt Somers State Highway 72 then 19km unsealed road through the Ashburton Gorge. There is a boat ramp at the western end of the lake.
E 171 3.28215 S 43 36.87900
One of several small lakes in the area between the headquarters of the Rangitata and South Branch Ashburton Rivers. 146km from Christchurch. Take State Highway 72 from Christchurch via Mt Somers. 20km unsealed road through the Ashburton Gorge. Very popular for windsurfing
E 171 2.62665 S 43 36.22501
Parallel to the Rakaia River near its confluence with the Wilberforce and Harper Rivers, 107km from Christchurch. From Christchurch via State Highway 72 to Windwhistle, then sealed and metal roads to Lake Coleridge, 110km. Or via State Highway 73 from Christchurch to Lake Lyndon and metal road to Lake Coleridge. Or via Gorge Road from Methven to Windwhistle and on to Lake Coleridge.
E 171 35.09483 S 43 20.64252
LAKE FORSYTH — CATONS BAY
Along State Highway 75, near Little River, on Banks Peninsula. 50km from Christchurch. From Christchurch, State Highway 75 towards Little River. Turn off into the picnic area marked by signpost.
E 172 45.56871 S 43 47.26742
125km west of Christchurch near State Highway 73, heading towards Arthur's Pass. Leave State Highway 73 on reaching Lake Grassmere, by turning into a track at the East End of the lake and proceeding along the margin.
E 172 45.56871 S 43 47.26742
Situated between the Rakaia and Ashburton Rivers and near the headwaters of the two. 42km from Mt Somers. Christchurch-Darfield-Mt Somers-Lake Heron, 159km. Via Mt Somers from Christchurch then Ashburton Gorge. Turn right at Hakatere.
171 10.15641 S 43 28.86201
In the Ashley State Forest 20km from the forest headquarters on a metalled road and 40km from Christchurch. From Christchurch via State Highway 72 to Rangiora (27km) then 2km north across the Ashley River. First turn to right past Ashley River Bridge then second turn to the left. Signposted to Ashley State Forest. Sealed road to the forest headquarters. Due to forest fire danger, check to see if a permit is required to enter the forest. Obtainable from the forest headquarters, Ashley.
E 172 32.80157 S 43 8.11833
3km west of Porters Pass, and on the West Side of State Highway 73. 89km west of Christchurch. Via State Highway 73 from Christchurch to Lake Lyndon.
E 171 42.03145 S 43 18.12657
On the East Side of State Highway 73, in the vicinity of the Craigieburn Range. 56km north-west of Sheffield 115km west of Christchurch. Travelling west towards Arthur's Pass from Christchurch, Lake Pearson is beside State Highway 73.
E 171 47.17823 S 43 5.51092
Lake to the north of the Orinoco Range and south of Lake Sumner. 122km north west of Christchurch via Hawarden. From Christchurch, State Highway 1 to Waipara, then State Highway 7 to Waikari turnoff. Follow the main road from Waikari to Hawarden to Horsley Downs, and then take the Waitohi Gorge Road to the Lake Sumner Road. Follow Lake Sumner Road to Lake Taylor. Rough shingle road for 35km with several small fords negotiable for most vehicles in favourable conditions. Four-wheel-drive vehicle required beyond Lake Taylor.
E 172 14.82049 S 42 46.61174
Adjacent to Lake Ellesmere the Lakeside Domain is 9km from Leeston and 53km south of Christchurch. Travel to Leeston from Christchurch on sealed surfaces, the Leeston Lake Road, Harts Road, and Timberyard Road to the Lakeside Domain.
E 172 20.17555 S 43 49.03215
LE BONS BAY Beach
Le Bons Bay Road Christchurch 93k on Banks Peninsula 10k To Akaroa Travel along the Akaroa Road State Highway 75 to the Hilltop and travel left along the Summit Road 22 kms to Le Bons Bay Road. 10 kms down a steep sealed road to the bay.
E 173 3.50053 S 43 45.63929
45km from Christchurch in the main street of Leeston. . From Christchurch, via Shands Road or Springs Road; and via Lincoln-Leeston road.
E 172 18.15322 S 43 45.87730
47km north of Christchurch, towards Amberley. Take Main North Road (State Highway 1) out of Christchurch until you reach Leithfield Service Station. Turn right at this point and travel 2km to the beach.
E 172 45.43119 S 43 12.63987
LEWIS PASS — SCENIC RESERVE
Situated on State Highway 7, 190km from Christchurch, stretching from the Boyle Bridge to the Lewis Pass summit.
E 172 24.18122 S 42 22.75949
LIFFEY DOMAIN Kildare Terrace, Lincoln
Liffey Domain is situated in Lincoln township approximately 20km from Christchurch. via Springs Road to Lincoln.
E 172 28 934 S43 38.222
LITTLE AKALOA Banks Peninsula,
79km from Christchurch, Little Akaloa is a seaside picnic spot in a small farming community. Access is by sealed highway via Little River and the Hilltop, and then about 10km along the Summit Road (left at Hilltop), and 6km descent to Little Akaloa. There is an alternative route via Diamond Harbour and Pigeon Bay.
E 172 59612 S 43 40.494
LITTLE OKAINS BAY
Banks Peninsula, 87km from Christchurch. Sealed roads from Christchurch to the Hilltop (State Highway 75) then the Summit Road and Okains Road to Okains Bay. From Okains Bay you get beach access by walking 1km of farm vehicle track. It is an easy, pleasant walk. A further 1/2km walk will take in Little Bay.
E 173 3.735 S 43 41.849
LITTLE PORT COOPER
43km from Christchurch on Banks Peninsula, on south side of Lyttelton Harbour. From Christchurch via either the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road; through Governors Bay, to Purau; then by 4km of unsealed road to Camp Bay. Access to Little Port Cooper beach is by 4km of walking track, on private land, for which permission is required from the owner — either of two houses on the property. Fire restrictions must be observed.
E 172 48.98392 S 43 36.77055
LITTLE RIVER DOMAIN Little River
In the township of Little River on Banks Peninsula, at the head of Lake Forsyth. 55km south east of Christchurch. The domain is on the main road at the Memorial Gates in Little River township on State Highway 75 travelling from Christchurch.
E 172 47.962 S 43 45.932
Via Road Tunnel or Sumner or Governors Bay
42km north of Christchurch or 11 km north of Rangiora. From Christchurch travel north to Rangiora; cross the Ashley River and follow the signs to Loburn.
E 172 32.475 S 43 15.322
Long Bay Otanerito
Take the long bay road from Akaroa past the cabstand, on a relitively steep road down to the bay. There is a short walk through bush to the beach across private land. The bay contains the Hinewai Reserve and is the last day on the Banks Penninsular Track.
E 173 3 .289 S43 50.202
117km west of Christchurch on State Highway 73 (Christchurch-Arthur's Pass). Opposite Flock Hill Station's homestead gate, just before Lake Pearson. State Highway 73 from Christchurch.
S 171 45.78937 S 43 7.86195
MARSHLANDS DOMAIN Prestons Road
Travelling north along Marshlands Road turn right in to Prestons Road. The Marshlands Domain is 500 metres on the right.
North end of Mayfield township. Christchurch to Mayfield via Rakaia 92km, via Darfield 134km, via Tinwald 120km. Via State Highway 72 just north of Mayfield Tavern.
E 171 24.86242 S 43 49.24530
MCLEANS ISLAND RECREATION AREA
Turn into McLeans Island Road off Russley Road about 2km from Christchurch Airport. Orana Wildlife Park is 9km on the left. It is well signposted.
E 172 28.49446 S 43 27.89955
Situated on State Highway 77. 93km west of Christchurch and 34km north west of Ashburton. State Highway 1 to Rakaia from Christchurch, then follow signposts west to Methven via Barrhill or Marawiti.
E 171 37.71858 S 43 38.25631
From the Rangitata Diversion spillway to Holmes Road Methven a distance of Approx 10km
MILLBROOK RESERVE Carlton Mill
This small reserve lies on the northern bank of the Avon River between Helmores Lane and Rossall Street. It is just over 2km from Cathedral Square and within walking distance of North Hagley Park. Access is available from both Rossall Street and Helmores Lane, but from a parking and safety point of view the latter is to be preferred. The Rossall Street access is on the corner of a narrow one-way traffic street and can only be approached by car from Carlton Mill Road.
MONTGOMERY PARK SCENIC RESERVE Akaroa
The marked entrance is just a few hundred metres north east along the Summit Road from the Hilltop road junction on State Highway 75 (64km from Christchurch) on Banks Peninsula. From Christchurch via State Highway 75 on Banks Peninsula to Hilltop Junction. Then a short distance along the Summit Road to the entrance.
E 172 52.02203 S 43 44.52906
MONA VALE Fendalton Road
From the city centre travel around Hagley Park to Fendalton Road. The entrance to Mona Vale is on your left as you head towards the airport on the banks of the Avon River, Fendalton Road, Christchurch, 3km from Cathedral Square. Enter from Fendalton Road, alongside the railway crossing. Exit into Irvine Street.
26km from Christchurch, on the main road to Akaroa (State Highway 75). From Christchurch travel on the main Akaroa highway (State Highway 75) to Motukarara Racecourse and Domain.
95km north of Christchurch at the mouth of the Motunau River. Via State Highway 1 from Christchurch to Motunau, then 14km south east to the coast. Well signposted,
MT CAVENDISH Summit Road
Park your car at the bottom terminus of the gondola then travel to the top of Mt Cavendish and take one of the walks available along the crown of the Port Hills.
MT SOMERS DOMAIN
On southern boundary of Mt Somers township, on the bank of the Ashburton River, 127km from Christchurch. From Christchurch off State Highway 72 on Hoods Road, opposite Mt Somers Tavern.
MT THOMAS FOREST Hayland Road, Mt Thomas
From Christchurch travel north to Rangiora and on to Loburn. From Loburn travel west towards the Ashley Gorge on Birch Hill Road. Just before the Grey River turn right to Mt Thomas and travel on Hayland Road.
MOUNT THOMAS BUSH
Mount Thomas Bush picnic spot is situated within Mount Thomas State Forest, 60km from Christchurch and 15km north of Oxford. From Christchurch access is via Rangiora and Loburn following the Ashley Gorge Road. Turn right just before the Carry River at the Mount Thomas Forest sign. From Oxford follow the road north past Ashley Gorge. Turn left after the Carry River at the Mount Thomas Forest sign.
MT WHITE STATION ROAD
140km west of Christchurch on the main road to Arthur's Pass (State Highway 73). State Highway 73 out of Christchurch until you reach Mt White Station Road on your right. Along Mt White Station Road you take the left fork and the road ends at the picnic area.
NEW BRIGHTON BEACH
8km east of Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Via Worcester Street to Woodham Road, then turn right. Turn left into Pages Road and follow the road to New Brighton.
NAPE NAPE RESERVE Blyth Road
From Christchurch take State Highway 1 to 10km past Motunau. Turn right and follow the signs for 23km, via Blythe Valley. Unsealed for 18km and includes crossing the Blythe riverbed which is dry except in rainy periods. Strictly no vehicles in the bush reserve as the gate into the reserve is locked against traffic. Access by foot to the reserve and the beach. Well worth the trip to see the chalk formations in the area
E 173 14.947 S 42 56.611
NICHOLSON PARK Scarborough Road
Travel east from the city centre via Ferry and Main Roads. In Sumner follow The Esplanade and Scarborough Road up the hill. Taylors Mistake Road, Scarborough, Christchurch, 13km from Cathedral Square. This has to be the park with the best view in the country
OKAINS BAY Okains Bay Road
Christchurch 86k. Travel along the Akaroa Road to the Hilltop. Turn left at the Hilltop junction and follow the Summit Road 22 kms to Okains Bay. A steep narrow sealed road takes you down into this historic bay.
E 173 3.735 S 43 41.849
OKAINS BAY BEACH
85km from Christchurch on Banks Peninsula. Take the main route to Akaroa (State Highway 75) to the Hilltop (63km). Bear left along the Summit Road and follow signs for Okains Bay for 22km. Good sealed roads throughout.
81km north west of Christchurch. From Loburn, 42km from Christchurch, follow signs to North Loburn then White Rock, on to Okuku Pass. Follow Okuku Pass Road into Dobsons Road until reaching the river.
OKUTI VALLEY SCENIC RESERVE Okuti Valley Road
The Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve is located 59 kilometres from Christchurch in the bush of Banks Peninsula. 50km from Christchurch, near Little River, on Banks Peninsula. Okuti Valley is 3km from Little River. Turn right off State Highway 75, into Okuti Valley Road, shortly before reaching Little River.
ONAWE PENINSULA Onawe Flat Road
73 km from Christchurch travel to Duvauchelle. As you enter Duvauchelle turn right at the hotel onto Onawe Flat Road. Onawe Peninsula carpark is 2 kilometres further on, the last 1 kilometre being unsealed. It is the dominant peninsula in Akaroa Harbour, 5km from Hilltop on State Highway 75 and 10km from Akaroa. This area must be treated with respect. The Pa was besieged in 1832 a cannibal feast was held on the beach at Barry’s Bay where a number of the defenders were eaten. Spectular rock formations as you approach the Pa site. Many of the earthworks are clearly visible.
E 172 55.58770 S 43 46.24925
ORTON BRADLEY PARK
Located at Charteris Bay, Banks Peninsula, Orton Bradley Park is a spacious picnic area with 150 species of mature exotic trees and a winding stream. 26km from Christchurch. Access is good on sealed roads through Governors Bay and Teddington from Christchurch. Entrance to the park is opposite the Charteris Bay tennis courts.
E 172 42.261 S 43 39.208
OTEPATOTU SCENIC RESERVE Summit Road Akaroa
Situated on the Summit Road above Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. 87km from Christchurch. Travelling via State Highway 75 from Christchurch, access is either along the Summit Road (sealed) from the Hilltop, or from the roads to the East bays from Akaroa. The reserve is signposted and is the starting point for 2 very good short walks toward Lavericks Peak 755m.
E 173 0.95982 S 43 45.05164
OSBORNE PARK Doyleston
Location 43km from Christchurch, in Doyleston, just 2km from Leeston. From Christchurch travel south by cither Shands or Springs Road to Ellesmere Junction Road; then to Doyleston on the Leeston-Lincoln Road; turn right at Drain Road in Doyleston and the park entrance is 1km away, on the left, across a bridge.
E 172 18.96128 S 43 44.92083
PEACOCKS GALLOP Christchurch
Between Shag Rock and Gollan Point Sumner. This reserve is chained car parking across the main Road it can be hired from the city council for weddings. This and Shag Rock close by are popular for wedding photos
PEARSON PARK Oxford Township
Travel north from Christchurch on to the motorway. Take the Tram Road turnoff to Oxford. Pearson Park is in the main street of Oxford.
PEARSON PARK RESERVE — Oxford Township
In Oxford, 55km north west of Christchurch. State Highway 72 to Oxford from Christchurch. Turn right into Bay Road. Entrance to the park is 200 metres on the right.
E 172 11.31548 S 43 17.76995
PIGEON BAY DOMAIN Pigeon Bay
76km from Christchurch off State Highway 75, on Banks Peninsula. From Christchurch, access is via State Highway 75 to the Hilltop (63km). Bear left and follow signs to Pigeon Bay (shingle road). Or travel from Christchurch via the coastal road through Governor's Bay, Diamond Harbour, and Port Levy. The road from Port Levy to Pigeon Bay is unsealed, narrow, and steep in places.
E 172 53.979 S 43 41.172
A quiet streamside picnic area near Taylors Stream in Alford State Forest, 8km from Staveley and 104km from Christchurch. Access is by sealed road. State Highway 72 to Winterslow Road (signposted), 3km north east of Staveley. Winterslow Road is shingle and passes through two gates to the picnic area, 4V2km from Highway 72, at the old homestead site and stream.
E 171 27 27.166 S 43 36.244
15km south east of Diamond Harbour and 45km from Christchurch on Banks Peninsula. From Christchurch via either the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road, then the main road around Lyttelton Harbour to Purau and a further II km over a steep hill to Port Levy. Well signposted. Last few kilometres unsealed. Also access from Little River and Pigeon Bay.
E 172 49.23772 S 43 38.94719
13km from Christchurch, at Prebbleton. Travel from Christchurch to Prebbleton along Springs Road; turn left at the hotel into Tossill Road, where the domain is located.
E 172 31.018 S43 35.299
Located 40km from Christchurch, near Little River on Banks Peninsula, Prices Valley is a picturesque picnic area with native bush and a stream. Access is good via the Christchurch to Akaroa highway (State Highway 75). Turn left before Little River for the final 5km to Prices Valley.
E 172 42.63754 S 43 46.06204
PUNTING ON THE AVON RIVER
Start at the Worcester Street Bridge behind the old Chamber of Commerce Building, and ride by punt down the river past the Christchurch Town Hall to turn at the Edmonds Band Rotunda
PURAU BAY Teddington Purau Road
34km from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula, on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. From Christchurch via either the Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road and then the main road around Lyttelton Harbour to Purau. Sealed highways.
QUAIL ISLAND Lyttelton Harbour
Access by boat only. By ferry service from Lyttelton. Ten minutes' walk from jetty to Swimmers Beach. Do the circuit track and visit the Tall Ships Graveyard at the south of the island (13 wrecks)
E 171 41.992 S 43 37.836
RAKAIA GORGE BRIDGE
88km west of Christchurch, near Mt Hutt. From Christchurch, sealed roads all the way via State Highway 73 to Darfield; and then left to join State Highway 72 to Rakaia Gorge. The Rakaia Walkway starts from this point. Toilet facilities are available, walk or 4wd down to the river flats.
E 171 39.395 S43 31.049
60 kms south of Christchurch. Travel through to Leeston and Southbridge, then south on Jollies Road to Rakaia Huts.
E 172 14.27720 S 43 53.12184
RAPAKI BAY Rapaki Road
Drive through the Lyttelton Road tunnel right around Governors Bay Road to Rapaki Road, turn left and enter the beach area, or drive over Dyers Pass Road. Turn left at the bottom and drive around to Rapaki Road.
E 172 40.892 S 43 36.413
RISINGHOLME PARK Cholomondely Avenue
Situated at the Fifield Terrace end of Cholomondely Avenue. Cholomondely Avenue runs off Opawa Road as you drive towards Lyttelton.
SCARBOROUGH PARK The Esplanade, Sumner
From the centre of Christchurch travel east along Ferry Road. This becomes Main Road at Ferrymead. Follow Main Road until it meets the Esplanade in Sumner. The Park is right by the Clock tower and is a sheltered spot with a good childrens playground and pool.
E 172 46.150 S 43 34.408
In Christchurch, on hill tops overlooking Huntsbury, north east of Sugar Loaf Reserve. Adjacent to Summit Road, 12.2km from Cathedral Square via Colombo Street, Dyers Pass Road, and Summit Road.Rapaki Maori Reserve, including Taukahara bush, occupies land south of the reserves. Via Summit Road or Huntsbury Road (Dry Bush Track). Pedestrian access via Crater Rim Walkway from Sugar Loaf Reserve.
110km from Christchurch. Sharplin Falls is a Scenic Reserve adjoining Afford State Forest in the Staveley area of Ashburton County. By good sealed roads to Staveley via either Darfield or Rakaia, and thence to the parking area 3km from the Staveley Hall. A foot track crosses Bowyer’s Stream by Walkway Bridge and provides a round trip to the rapids and falls.
E 171 25.06689 S 43 37.57808
SIGN OF THE KIWI/CORONATION HILL
In Christchurch, adjacent to Sugar Loaf Hill, south of intersection of Summit Road and Dyers Pass Road. 10km from Cathedral Square via Colombo Street and Dyers Pass Road. Via Summit or Dyers Pass Road. Car park opposite Sign of Kiwi overlooks Cashmere Valley. Pedestrian access via H. G. Ell track from Sign of Takahe through Victoria Park and Skellerup Plantation. Walking tracks link with Crater Rim Walkway to the north and track to south leads around Coronation Hill and on to Hoon Hay Park.
E 172 38.703 S 43 36.396
SIGN OF THE TAKAHE/CRACROFT HILL RESERVE
This historic building and hill reserve is situated between Dyers Pass Road and Hackthorne Road in the Cashmere suburb, Christchurch. It is 6km from Cathedral Square via Colombo Street and Dyers Pass Road and 1.3km from the Victoria Park stone rotunda. Via Dyers Pass or Hackthorne Road. Kerbside parking.
E 172 38.129 S 43 34.882
SIGN OF THE BELLBIRD Summit Road
Travel up Dyers Pass Road to the Sign of the Kiwi then take the Summit Road to the south for 4.5 kilometres. The Sign of the Bellbird is located right opposite the carpark.
E 172 37.54182 S 43 37.95812
St James Street, Southbridge, approximately 53km from Christchurch. The normal sealed routes are followed from Christchurch, eg. Shands or Springs Roads to the Leeston-Lincoln Road; on lo Leeston; then by the Leeston-Southbridge Road to Southbridge.
E 172 15.523 S 43 48.634
SOUTH New Brighton PARK
Halsey Street, South Brighton, Christchurch, 14km from Cathedral Square. Enter from Halsey Street, off Estuary Road.
E172 44.05654 S 43 31.57134
SPENCER PARK Spencerville Road/Lower Styx Road
Spencer Park is a seaside picnic and camping resort about 14km north of Christchurch and adjacent to Spencerville. From the city, take Marshland Road and turn right at Lower Styx Road. At Spencerville, turn right into Heyders Road and the park is a short distance along to the right. An alternative route is via Chaney’s corner and Spencerville Road. Both routes are on sealed roads.
E 172 42.237 S 43 25.799
On the Ellesmere Junction Road I km south of Springston township and 27km south of Christchurch. From Christchurch travel south on scaled surfaces by either Springs or Shands Road to the Ellesmere Junction Road. Then proceed through Springston to the Domain on your right.
E 172 25.69558 S 43 38.57669
SPRINGSTON SOUTH DOMAIN
Springston South Domain is a pleasant picnic area adjacent to the Selwyn Huts near the mouth of the Selwyn River. The Domain lies some 13km south of Lincoln and 32km from Christchurch. Access is good on sealed roads via Prebbleton, Lincoln, College and Springston South. Directions are well signposted.
E 172 26.21492S 43 41.12824
ST ANNES LAGOON Main North Road Cheviot
Travel along the Main North Highway to Cheviot. Travel north 3 km to St Anne’s Lagoon. 500 metre entrance is unsealed A great place for a lunch break. Clean Toilet facilities at Cheviot. Doc have installed a toilet onsite. Lots of birdlife on the lagoon a great spot for a break. No Camping.
E 173 15.990 S 42 46.765
ST JAMES PARK St James Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch.
Enter from St James Avenue.
ST JAMES WALKWAY Lewis Pass
Sealed highway — State Highway 7.
E 172 24.07876 S 42 22.80756
Located on the Waipara River near Amberley, North Canterbury. Total distance from Christchurch is about 59km. From Christchurch access is via State Highway 1 to Amberley (48km) left to Broomficld (5km). Follow Mt Brown Road to Ram Paddock Road, then first turn right down Stringer's Road to the bridge.
E 172 40.075 S43 3.763
STEWARTS GULLY South Bank - Waimakariri River
Travel down Old Main North Road (Not the motorway north) to the Stewart’s Gully turnoff (signposted). Turn right to Stewart’s Gully. 5km north-cast of Belfast, 18km north of Christchurch.
E 172 40.60066S 43 24.06120
34km south of Christchurch, 11km north of Leeston at the Irwell Church 'corner on the main Leeston-Lincoln road. From Christchurch travel south by either Shands or Springs Road to Ellesmere Junction Road. Then to the Irwell Church Corner on the Leeston-Lincoln road. Turn left at the Irwell Church and the Park entrance is 100 metres from the corner.
12km east of Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Via Ferry Road around the Estuary. Follow the signposts to Sumner.
SYLVIA FLATS Lewis Pass
Just off state highway 7 past Boyle village this little known spot has a hot spring excavated from the hillside. Be warned this is very bad for sandflies but well worth a stop to break a journey
E 172 23.068 S 42 29.911
TAI TAPU DOMAIN Old Tai Tapu Road
East beyond Tai Tapu, off the Old Tai Tapu Road, 15km from Christchurch. From Christchurch to Tai Tapu and further down the Old Tai Tapu Road, entering through the War Memorial Gates.
On the sea coast approximately 16km south of Leeston and 71km south of Christchurch. From Christchurch is obtained by travelling south along either Springs or Shands Roads to the Ellesmere Junction Road and on to Leeston by the Leeston -Lincoln road. From Leeston via the Leeston-Lake Road, Harts Road and Lower Lake Road to Taumutu. Approximately 5km of Lower Lake Road is not sealed.
E 172 21.56147 S 43 51.28642
TAYLORS MISTAKE RESERVE Taylors Mistake
Travel to the suburb of Sumner from the city via Ferry Road. At the foot of the hills Scarborough Road and then Taylors Mistake Road will take you the 3.5 kilometres to the beach and reserve 16km from Christchurch.
E 172 46.49340 S 43 34.93010
80km from Christchurch on Banks Peninsula, 2km before reaching Akaroa. Via State Highway 75 heading towards Akaroa from Christchurch. Turn at signpost to Takamatua Bay, then 250 metres of sealed road lo the beach.
E 172 58.23274 S 43 46.87129
Templeton, 14km from Christchurch. Travel lo Templeton, 13km from Christchurch on the Main South Road (State Highway 1). Turn right into Kirk Road and travel 1km lo the Domain.
TE OKA BAY Te Oka Bay Road
Leave the Christchurch-Akaroa highway at Little River and follow the sign to Te Oka. Follow this road to the Te Oka Bay Road turnoff. It is 10 kilometres to Te Oka Bay from here.
E 172 47.062 S 43 50.910
56km north of Christchurch, via Amberley. From Christchurch, State Highway I to Amberley (48km); turn right into Amberley Beach Road; then left into Double Corner Road cross the Waipara River.
E 172 47.32645 S 43 6.99975
THE TORS RESERVE Summit Road
Located on the Summit Road 7 kilometres to the east of the Sign of the Kiwi. Stunning views from the path above Cass Bay.
E 172 41.44611 S 43 35.56380
10km from Cathedral Square on Marine Parade, North Beach, Christchurch. Enter from Marine Parade. Cnr Marine Parade and Bowhill Road Situated on the eastern side of Christchurch over the road from the seashore. Travel north along Marine Parade from the New Brighton Shopping Centre.
In Christchurch, adjacent Dyers Pass Road and Summit Road. Area south of Victoria Park including north face of Sugar Loaf Hill, Car park by Summit Road below Thomson bush/memorial. Road off Summit Road leads up to car park on Sugar Loaf Hill. Vehicular access to summit (496m above sea level) restricted to B.C.N.Z. personnel. Pedestrian access through Victoria Park and from the Sign of the Kiwi via Cedric's Track.
TIKAO BAY Wainui Main Road
76km from Christchurch to the west of Akaroa Harbour. 5km south of Barry's Bay. State Highway 75 to Barry's Bay from Christchurch, then south towards Wainui. A further 700m of sealed road direct to the beach which has steep grades. Alt Route from Christchurch, State Highway 75 to Little River; then Okuti Valley Road and Te Oka Bay Road, which are steep, winding and at times bumpy and unsealed. Beach access is by foot for 50 metres across private land.
E 172 55.005 S 43 47.766
Tumbledown Bay is on Banks Peninsula, 70km from Christchurch. Access is via State Highway 75 (Christchurch to Akaroa) turn right just before Little River into Okuti Valley Road and then Te Oka Bay Road. There is then a very steep climb and descent, and Tumbledown Bay is immediately before Te Oka Bay. Some of the road is unsealed and corrugated. There is roadside parking only and a walk of approximately 1 km across cattle paddocks to the beach.
E 172 46.11224 S 43 51.43178
3'/2km south of Ashburton, 88km south of Christchurch. Just south of Ashburton and Tinwald on State Highway 1. At the Saleyards' corner (start-finish of 70km speed limit) turn towards the hills over railway and follow road around bend — approximately 400 metres to main entrance. VICTORIA PARK Dyers Pass Road CHRISTCHURCHTravel to the Sign of the Takahe. From there travel up Victoria Park Road and through Elizabeth Park to Victoria Park. Enter from Dyers Pass Road, just beyond the Sign of the Takahe.
E 172 38.71586 S 43 35.51277
VICTORIA PARK — RANGIORA
27km from Christchurch, on the corner of Percival and Queen Streets, Rangiora, adjacent to the main shopping area. From Christchurch there is a choice of scaled highways. Best access is from State Highway 1, turn left at the Woodend Hotel; or exit from the motorway section of State Highway 1 via Southbrook to Rangiora.
VIEW HILL SCENIC RESERVE
I0 km from Oxford township near Coopers Creek, 76km from Christchurch. 8km along scaled road to Coopers Creek via Oxford from Christchurch. Travel to crossroads at end of seal (2km west of Coopers Creek) and continue straight ahead for 2km (gravel) to New Road. Entrance 1km up road behind deer farm.
E172 4.14848 S 43 17.87206
121km north of Christchurch. State Highway 7 from Christchurch to Waiau. Turn off at "Red Post Corner", 3km north of Culverden and a further 19km to Waiau. Well sign posted.
E 173 2.76907 S 42 39.12007
WAIKUKU BEACH DOMAIN
34km north of Christchurch, off State Highway 1. State Highway 1 to Waikuku, and then turn right to Waikuku Beach Domain, 4km.
E 172 43.28291S 43 17.38222
77km from Christchurch, off State Highway 75, on Banks Peninsula, opposite Akaroa. State Highway 75 to Barry's Bay and proceed for 8km on winding scaled road until you reach Wainui Beach and Domain.
E 172 54.220 S 43 49.002
WAIMAKARIRI GORGE Waimakariri Gorge Road
12km south west of Oxford, 8km north of Sheffield. From Christchurch travel west down Yaldhurst Road. Take the old West Coast Road Stale Highway 73 to Sheffield, then State Highway 72 to the Gorge — 69km from Christchurch. Or State Highway 72 through Oxford — 67km from Christchurch.
E 172 3.033 S 43 21.611
WAITOHI GORGE RESERVE
In the Waitohi Gorge, north west of Hawarden, 96km from Christchurch and 16km from Hawarden. State Highway 1 to Waipara from Christchurch; then State Highway 7 to Waikari turnoff. Follow the main road through Waikari to Hawarden to Horsley Downs; then take the Lake Sumner Road to the gorge. This is just before the Black Hut Bridge heading into the hills.
E 172 31.751 S 42 51.376
WALTHAM PARK AND LIDO POOL
Corner of Waltham and Wilsons Roads, St Martins, Christchurch. Via Moorhouse Avenue and Waltham Road, 4km from Cathedral Square.
22km from Cathedral Square, on the Main South Road (State Highway 1). Enter from Maddisons Road, Weedons.
WEST MELTON DOMAIN
23km from Christchurch, on the Main West Road (State Highway 73). From Christchurch, turn left into Rolleston Road at West Melton, and travel 200 metres to the Domain.
4km north of Little River on Banks Peninsula. 60km from Christchurch. State Highway 75 to Little River from Christchurch; then lake the Port Levy road into Western Valley (unsealed road).
E 172 47.894 S 43 44.982
WITCH HILL RESERVE Summit Road
Travel along the Summit Road on the crown of the Port Hills. Witch Hill Reserve is 5 kilometres from the Sign of the Kiwi in an easterly direction towards Evans Pass.
E 172 40.64318 S 43 35.65611
WHITECLIFFS (SOUTH MALVERN) DOMAIN
64km west of Christchurch near Glentunnel From Christchurch, Slate Highway 73 to Darfield on to Glentunnel. Then lake Riversleigh Road to Whitecliffs. The Domain is on your left, a little past Whitecliffs.
E 171 53.70664 S 43 27.68527
WHITECLIFFS RESERVE Hartleys Road, Whitecliffs
From Christchurch travel west on State Highway 73 to Darfield. Continue through Coalgate in a westerly direction. The Whitecliffs settlement is past Glentunnel and the reserve is found by turning right just before the one-lane bridge after the local settlement.
27km from Cathedral Square, at the end of Thompsons Road, on the banks of the Waimakariri River. Proceed along the Old West Coast Road from Christchurch until you reach Thompsons Road, Take this road to the river.
WAIHORA PARK Park Road - Motukarara
Travel on the Christchurch-Akaroa highway through Tai Tapu. Turnoff down Duckpond Rd, at the signpost on the highway showing Waihora Park is well signposted from this point
E 172 34.78432 S 43 43.78635
WOODHAM PARK Woodham Road
Located next to the Wilding Park tennis complex. The park entrance is off Woodham Road between Avonside Drive and Gloucester Street.
WOODEND BEACH DOMAIN
34km north of Christchurch, off State Highway 1. From Christchurch turn right to Woodend Beach, off State Highway 8km to the Domain.
E 172 42.37385 S 43 20.37734
35km from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula, on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. Part of Purau. From Christchurch either Lyttelton Road Tunnel or Dyers Pass Road. The beach may be approached by the main road around the harbour sealed to Purau, then by I km of unsealed road. Primary access could be by boat, there being good launching facilities at Purau, the large bay of which Wreck Bay is a part.
Entrance on Old West Coast Road, near the Main West Coast Rd turn-off. a lovely little park with lots of native plantings, and now a meandering stream through it and little bridges - a delightful spot.
Travel past Yaldhurst township, turn to right down Old West Coast Road, entrance is on the left only a few hundred metres along.
11 km from Cathedral Square, School Road, Yaldhurst. State Highway 73 from Christchurch. Turn right near Yaldhurst Hotel to get into School Road, and the Domain. There are several tennis courts here, new toilets, and extended playground area.