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, 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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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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