Sister City walks

A choice of easy, accessible walks connect small botanical collections representing six of Christchurch's sister cities: Adelaide (South Australia), Christchurch (England), Gansu Province (China), Kurashiki (Japan), Seattle (USA), and Songpa-Gu (Korea).

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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People walking on track

There are several short 15 minute walks that explore the reserve and wander beside the ponds or through the Sister City areas. These tracks can be linked up for a longer perimeter walk which would take about an hour.

Some tracks are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Start Main car park, Halswell Quarry, Kennedys Bush Road
Finish Same as the starting point
Time 15 minutes to 1 hour return
Toilets Located in the main car park area and Findlay's picnic area
Dogs Must be kept on a leash

Sister City Gardens

The Sister City gardens project has seen the development of botanical collections that represent the landscape of our Sister Cities, as well as our own region here in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The landscaping of the gardens was carefully planned after extensive consultation with each of the Sister Cities. Each botanical collection has 1,000 square metres of land suiting the diverse plant types from around each Sister City region. The plants selected for each area are all natives of their respective regions.

Groundwork started in early 1999 and the first trees were ceremoniously planted in June that year. There are seats and sculptures to be enjoyed throughout the park while the gardens develop and become more established over time.

Map Listing

Disclaimer

While we do our best to ensure information is correct and regularly updated, errors in the data and its completeness may occur. The walks that we are promoting are represented by interactive, selectable lines - we cannot verify the accuracy of any tracks displayed on the underlying base map.

All users should be aware that changes in the environment can happen quickly such as slips, rockfalls, or access across private land and may not be represented immediately on the mapping provided. Take note of signs on the ground. Be aware of safety in the outdoors and be suitably prepared for your walk.