he scenic route starts at the Groynes Reserve Photo credit Christchurch City Council

Open day for new walking track

by Mike Isle

Three Christchurch walking tracks have been merged to create a scenic 22km loop, and people can experience it for themselves during The Breeze Walking Festival 2019.

Walkers who want to see what the Otukaikino Waimakariri area has to offer can join rangers from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council and The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust on Saturday, September 28 at 8.30am for a guided six-hour walk.

Space is limited and bookings are essential.

Starting at the Groynes Reserve, walkers will follow the Otukaikino Stream to the Waimakariri River on an adventure on Christchurch’s northern edge.

Environment Canterbury parks team leader James Page said this network of tracks represented a great recreational asset.

“It is a positive example of what can be achieved when the public and private sector come together to create something valuable for the community,” Page said.

“The loop is close to the city and has some important biodiversity areas for Canterbury.”

The loop can be walked in parts with entries at The Groynes, Dickey’s Road, Otukaikino Bridge, Te Rauakaaka, Otukaikino confluence, White’s Crossing, Templar’s Island, Clearwater Resort and Roto Kohatu Reserve.

Christchurch City Council ranger Robbie Hewson requested that walkers were respectful of the conditions.

“We’d like people to be mindful that the track through the Isaac Conservation Park is on private land that may be grazed, so may be closed from time to time for farming operations and that dogs are not permitted on this section of track,” Hewson said.

Booking for the guided tour is essential. Contact robbie.hewson@ccc.govt.nz or call on 027 459 2891.