Stretching from the Waimakariri River to the Ashley River the Tūhaitara Coastal Park covers an area of 700 ha along 10.5km of coastline that is under the management of the Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust.
This Park is a special environment that offers ecological, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for all who visit.
PEGASUS BAY WALKWAY
The Pegasus Bay Walkway links Kaiapoi with Kairaki Beach, then proceeds to Woodend Beach and runs behind the sand dunes to Waikuku Beach through the Tūhaitara Coastal Park. It is well sign posted and you can start at either end or at intermediate points along the 15km route, as detailed below.
KAIAPOI – KAIRAKI (PEGASUS BAY WALKWAY)
Access: From Charles Street, Kaiapoi, follow the stop bank, crossing over stiles. Alternatively start at Pines/Kairaki Beach.
Viewing: Mountains, Waimakariri River, forest, wetland.
KAIRAKI – WOODEND (PEGASUS BAY WALKWAY)
Time/Distance: 5.5km. Access: Pines/Kairaki Beach or Woodend Beach.
Viewing: Forest, waterway.
WOODEND - WAIKUKU
Time/Distance: 5km. Access: From Woodend beach through the Woodend Beach Holiday Park, or from Waikuku, Bridge Street. Viewing: Forest, beach settlement, beach.
Access: Woodend Beach, Waikuku Beach from Kiwi Avenue, or from Pegasus Town, Tiritirimoana Drive (see sign for Northern Pegasus Bay).
Viewing: Beach, pine forest, lagoon, mountains, beach settlements.
TE KŌHANGA WETLANDS, PEGASUS TOWN
Te Kōhanga is the 97 hectare recreation and conservation area of Pegasus. Enjoy a range of natural habitats of native plants and animals. This is a two way shared track.
Access: Pegasus Main Street, Te Kōhanga Drive, Tiritirimoana Drive. Viewing: Wetlands.
Time/Distance: 1.8 km one way.
Access: Pegasus Town, from corner of Pegasus Boulevard and Infinity Drive.
Viewing: Mountains, golf course, information platforms about runanga, links to Kaiapoi Pa.
The Pegasus Bay Walkway connects with the Raven Quay Loop at Kaiapoi and the Rakahuri Trail at Waikuku Beach. For an alternative to the walking only track on the Pegasus Bay Walkway between Woodend and Waikuku, follow the signs at Woodend to the Tutaepatu Trail to Waikuku.
Whilst on the Tutaepatu Trail you can turn off at Pegasus and travel 500m to the Te Kōhanga Wetlands, or go further into the town for coffee and lunch, and ride the Kaitiritiri Ridge for a better view.
The Tutaepatu Trail at Waikuku links with the Rakahuri Trail. Take a short bike/walk through the Waikuku Beach settlement to the Ashley Estuary and stop bank.