Park areas CLOSED due to flooding: 13 November 2018
Kaiapoi Island and Baynons Brake remain closed following the flooding on Friday 9 November. All other areas are open, however cautions remain in place for some areas (such as the trail bike tracks upstream of Haul Road) that have had water on them, due to potential hazards like washouts.

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.