River Walks

Mike Kean Walkway
Time/Distance: 1km one way
Grade: Short Walk

Access:

Cones Road, Ashley Picnic Ground, before the Ashley Bridge. Or the car park at the end of East Belt.

Description:

A lovely little amble alongside the river. Dedicated to walking only. Take a picnic and enjoy the spoils of the river and mountain views.

Tarapiroe Walkway
Time/Distance: 1.4km one way
Grade: Short Walk

Access:

Cones Road, North Side of the Ashley Bridge.

Description:

Link up to the Ashley Village. pop in and have lunch at the local establishment.

Kaiapoi Island Lookout
Time/Distance: 2.5km one way
Grade: Short Walk

Access:

From Raven Quay

Description:

Viewing platform where the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers meet.

Kaiapoi Island Trail
Time/Distance: 18km of Trails
Grade: Half Day Walk | Full Day Walk

Access:

There are two entrances Raven Quay and Wrights Road.

Description:

There are 18 km of two way shared trails.

Viewing: Braided River, birdlife, willow forest, ponds.

Pegasus Trail
Time/Distance: 15.5km one way
Grade: Half Day Walk

Access:

Currently closed from Woodend Beach to Pines Beach/Kairaki

Kaiapoi
Pines/Kairaki Beach
Pegasus
Woodend Beach
Waikuku Beach

Description:

The Pegasus Trail links Kaiapoi with Waikuku Beach. There are three parts to this trail and each part is separated by roads.

Presently signage is being constructed to aid you on your journey from one part to the next.

Taranaki Walkway
Time/Distance: 1km one way
Grade: Short Walk

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.

Description:

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).

Rakahuri Trail
Time/Distance: 13km one way
Grade: Half Day Walk

Access:

Waikuku Beach at the end Park Terrace, Stop Bank or East Belt, Rangiora where there is parking and an information board with maps of walks and rides.

Description:

The Rakahuri Trail is a fun, two way shared trail that runs alongside the Ashley/Rakahuri River. Within the trail there is a dedicated mountain bike park which has areas of one way riding, offering you the freedom of knowing you have the trail to yourself.  Enjoy the twists, turns and moguls. A great ride for the family and individual. This trail is being continually developed and maintained by North Canterbury Cycling with  ECan.

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.