Regional Parks during Alert Level 2
During Alert Level 2, your Regional Parks remain open for those in the local area to use for recreation. Please continue to keep a two-metre distance from people who are not in your bubble.
Further information about recreational activities that are permitted under Level 2 can be found on the government's covid website(external link).
Due to recent flooding and high winds, restrictions are in place in these areas of the Waimakariri River Regional Park:
- Te Ruakaakaa
- Whites Crossing
- Kaiapoi Island (the trail bike hub is open and accessible via Taylors Road)
- McLeans Forest
- Baynons Break
Cyanobacteria detected at Smiths Stream in the Waimakariri River Regional Park
Environment Canterbury advises that floating detached cyanobacteria mats have been detected in the Smiths Stream.
This area is popular with dog walkers in the Kaiapoi Island area of the Waimakariri River Regional Park.
If consumed by a dog, cyanobacteria can be deadly. We advise all dog walkers to not allow their dogs into or near Smiths Stream and the community should avoid contact with water in the stream.
The Waimakariri River Regional Park covers 15,000 hectares of river and river's edge land so we've broken it down in to several park areas that cater for activities ranging from mountain biking, picnicking, horse riding, walking, gamebird hunting, fishing and more.
Please check notices and events for the latest information.
Prior to European settlement the Waimakariri River was a vast and unconstrained braided river that frequently overflowed surrounding land, including through the site of present day Christchurch.
Over the past 150 years, people have worked to contain the mighty river and prevent it from overflowing into Christchurch, and neighbouring towns and properties. The Waimakariri River Regional Park was originally created as a way of managing the Environment Canterbury-owned river protection land along the length of the Waimakariri River.
McLeans Forest is a section of the Waimakariri River Regional Park popular with mountain bikers of all ages, walkers and runners
West Melton Forest
A 350-hectare forest ideal for recreational horse riders, horse-carriage driving, walkers and runners.
Popular for motocross, whitebaiting, fishing, mountain biking, picnicking, swimming, kayaking and jet boating.
Discover a saltmarsh near the Styx River nature reserve for relaxing walks or a spot of bird watching.
A valuable natural recreation area to relax, go horse riding, walking, picnicking and fishing.
Picnic while watching anglers and whitebaiters. A wheelchair access and blind anglers' fishing platform is provided.
Stroll through a sizeable freshwater swamp to find regenerating native plants and bird life. Cycle or walk between McLeans Forest and Brooklands.
The Willows is a great spot for walking, cycling, and fishing near the Waimakariri River.
Following the development of The Willows for non-motorised recreation, trail bikers are encouraged to use Weedons Forest.