Kaiapoi Walks

A fun and interesting way to explore Kaiapoi, ‘North Canterbury’s river town’, is by cycle or on foot. You can choose the route and length of your ride or walk, along the riverbank and across the Kaiapoi river bridges.

Kaiapoi Lakes

Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Northen end of Kaiapoi past Kaiapoi Golf Course
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: Kaiapoi Lakes is a perfect place for picnics, bird watching and walking. The immediate and surrounding areas are of high significance to Maori and European history.
Facilities: dogs not permitted, picnic friendly, tables and seats

Silverstream Reserve

Duration: 45minutes
Location:
Silverstream Reserve is located in a rural setting near the settlement of Clarkville. East - 85 & 155 South Eyre Road, Eyrewell; West - 431 Heywards Road, Clarkville
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: The Reserve is split into two similar-sized areas, east and west, and is characterised by large pastoral landscapes and the clear, spring-fed Silverstream that meanders through the landscape. This will allow walkers to enjoy the tranquil environment, enhanced flora and fauna and sparkling clear stream. This walkway also provides keen fishing people with direct stream access to a long-time favourite spot.
Facilities: dogs are allowed on a leash, an off-road car park is located on South Eyre Road

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.

Raven Quay Loop

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
Description of Walk: Starting at Raven Quay, head west east along the stop bank, dropping down to Wai-ora bridge and crossing Railway Reserve. From Monopoli’s pond the track follows the edge of the river past the jet boat ramp up to Smiths Stream. From here you can either access the Smiths Stream loop or return through the willow forest, meeting up with the same track again under the motorway bridge, taking you back to Raven Quay
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Facilities: dogs are allowed under control, picnic friendly, tables and seats, swimming in places
Important information: wheelchair friendly. Mountain bikes allowed.

Kaiapoi River Lookout

Duration: 1 hour
Location: Begins at Courtenay Lake and NCF Reserve, just past the entrance to the Courtenay Stream as it joins the Kaiapoi River.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: The Nature Walk, in the Poynter’s Nature Reserve was badly affected by the Canterbury Earthquakes and is closed however you can walk to the Look Out and see many types of native plants and birds can be viewed.
Facilities: dogs are allowed under control, picnic friendly, tables and seats, swimming in places
Important information: Licensed game bird shooters can shoot at PoyntersKaiapoi Pa - Ngai Tahu Historic Site

Located on Preeces Road, access off State Highway 1, just north of Woodend. The Kaiapoi Pa is a significantly important site for local Ngai Tahu Maori, as this was once a working Pa and was the centre of trade for the South Island - watch this video produced by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Today the site is a green field of low mounds with a monument and viewing platform.