Top walking and biking areas
Anytime of the year is a great time to dust off the walking shoes, hop on that bike and enjoy the great outdoors of the Waimakariri.

Ryde FallsRYDE FALLS, Oxford Forest Conservation Area 

Choose from day walks, overnight tramps or mountain biking (permitted on the Wharfedale Track only). There are two main walkways that get you to the beautiful Ryde Falls:

Wharfedale Track

This long, easy graded track was used as a stock route in the 1890s and now provides access for trampers. The Wharfedale Hut is a basic 10-bunk hut, sited on the true right of Dobson Stream. This track is also popular with mountain bikers.

Coopers Creek to Ryde Falls Track

This well formed track initially crosses cleared private land with views of the plains and surrounding hills. It enters the beech forest and finally descends to Coopers Creek to view the five tier Ryde Falls. Return the same way.

View Hill to Ryde Falls Track

Turn off the Wharfedale Track about 20 minutes into the forest from the car park. Descend to Coopers Creek to view Ryde Falls. 

RAKAHURI Mountain Bike Trail

Recently extended, the Rakahuri Trail now allows riders to bike from Rangiora almost all the way to Waikuku Beach along a dedicated 8.7km track that is deemed suitable for all ages. You can enter and exit the track along various locations and car parking and new picnic areas have been established along the trail.  A great starter for kids learning mountain biking.

This area can be combined with further rides on to Waikuku Beach, Tuhaitara Coastal Park and Pegasus.

Rakahuri Map

Glentui ForestGLENTUI Loop Track Nature Trail

From the Glentui picnic area this track descends to the Glentui River then climbs a ridge on the other side. It links first with the Bypass Track, then the Richardson Track before returning to the picnic area - approx 1 hr return & great for the whole family.

You can also hit the Glentui Waterfall Track which is signposted from the Glentui picnic area.  This easy walk leads to a lookout providing an impressive view of a beautiful waterfall on the Glentui River.

Kaiapoi River at Night AC PMRKAIAPOI River Walks and Cycleways

A fun and interesting way to explore Kaiapoi - 'North Canterbury's River Town' - is by cycle or on foot.  You can choose the length of your ride or walk, along the riverbank and across the Kaiapoi River Bridges.

Kaiapoi Island

Kaiapoi Island is the most popular access point to the lower reaches of the Waimakariri River Regional Park.The main entrance to the Kaiapoi Island is at Wrights road, off the old Main North Road Bridge. 

Environment Canterbury have put together a handy guide available for download.


Mt Thomas signMOUNT THOMAS Conservation Area

Mt Thomas Forest Conservation Area is an excellent area for day trips, with two picturesque picnic areas and several walking tracks around the two main summits, Mt Thomas (1023m) and Mt Richardson (1047m)..

Wooded Gully Picnic Area is the starting point for walks ranging from one-hour family walks to a full-day traverse of the area.

Kereru Track, Forest Track, Red Pine Track & Wooded Gully Track

Access for all walks is from the Wooded Gully camping and picnic area which is located at the end of Hayland Road. Hayland Road is reached off the Oxford to Loburn Road, near to the Garry River.  Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness.

Detailed panels are located at the start of each track or a copy of the Foothills forests brochure is available from the Department of Conservation or Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Tuhaitara2TUHAITARA Coastal Park & Tutaepatu Trail

Tūhaitara Coastal Park can be accessed from Kairaki, The Pines Beach, Woodend Beach, Pegasus Town and Waikuku Beach. There is hard surface parking at all of the beach car parks and access to the walking and cycling trails.

Environment Canterbury recently prepared a fantastic video on the park which features Greg Byrnes explaining why the park is so important and all the species the park is home too.

The Tutaepatu Trail linking Woodend Beach, Pegasus Town and Waikuku Beach is accessible by wheel chair and pram and the trail is compacted fine aggregate. There is ramp access onto the lookout at Tutaepatu lagoon.