Heathcote River Trail

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, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Start: Corner of Cashmere and Ferniehurst Street, Cashmere

Finish: Before the Ferry Road roundabout

Dogs: On leash

Shared use: Yes


Follow the Heathcote River from the base of the Port Hills all the way out to the sea. The river meanders through numerous parks and reserves making it an attractive walk or ride through the eastern city. 

Create a walk out of your favourite or local section or set a challenge to complete the entire length. 

Many sections are shared use so watch out for cyclists who might be sharing the path with you.

A couple of areas require you to walk on grass verge next to quiet roads, do take care and watch out for traffic in these sections.

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