The Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park offers both mountain bike trails and walks that meander along the side of the braided Ashley Rakahuri River. Jump on your bike, tie up your shoe laces, or grab a picnic and togs, check out the bird life and enjoy the spoils of this park.
The Rakahuri Trail is a fun, two way shared trail with dedicated areas of one way riding, offering you the freedom of knowing you have the trail to yourself. Within the Trail is a dedicated mountain bike park which is continually developed and maintained by the North Canterbury Cycling along side of ECAN. The Trail is also home to the Rakahuri Rage.
Viewing: Pine forest blocks, mixed stands of exotic trees including willows and poplar, and pockets of native vegetation that are gradually being restored and enhanced. Ashley River and Ashley Estuary.
Distance: 1.2 km one way
Access: Park Terrace at Waikuku Beach. Follow the stop bank around the lagoon over the floodgate and look for signs down on the right. The Taranaki Walkway crosses the Rakahuri Trail at a small bridge. Keep on left track to get to stop bank. Turn left and take stop bank back to start or retrace your foot steps.
Viewing: Ashley River and mouth, Ashley Estuary. This area is a significant breeding area of migratory birds and is the spawning ground of whitebait (inanga).
A lovely little amble alongside the river. Dedicated to walking only. Take a picnic and enjoy the spoils of the river and mountain views.
Distance:1km one way.
Distance: 1.4km one way. Link up to the Ashley Village. Pop in and have lunch at the local establishment.
Access: Cones Road, North Side of the Ashley Bridge.
Getting more out of your trails:
The Rakahuri Trail links up with Pegasus Trail for walking and the Tūtaepatu Trail at Waikuku for both walking and biking. From Rangiora, it links with either the Passchendaele Memorial Path to Kaiapoi or the Rangiora Woodend Path to Woodend (both require using on- road facilities to access them). Stop for refreshments and a look around Rangiora before you head off. You can also cycle or walk further up the Rakahuri Trial to cross the Ashley bridge for the Tarapiroe Trail linking to the Ashley Village for a meal at the pub.