Matuku Lakes Loop Track

Designed as flood retention ponds, the Matuku Lakes offer a pleasant and peaceful circuit walk in a wetland environment.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Matuku Lakes lookout

Start: Ferrymead Park Drive.

Finish: Same as starting point.

Distance: 1.7 km.

Time: 20 minutes return.

Toilets: Ferrymead Park Drive, next to playing fields.

Dogs: Under effective control.


Start and finish on Ferrymead Park Drive and meander around the Matuku Lakes on this gentle loop walk that utilises the various paths in Ferrymead Park.

The lakes were originally designed as a flood retention pond and aspirationally named for the Australasian bittern, or Matuku, which hopefully will return one day to Christchurch's wetlands.

Wear sturdy shoes when the weather has been wet as the track is likely to get muddy. Please keep dogs under control to avoid disturbing nesting birds. 

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