Things to do  |  23 Dec 2019

Want a walk you can do with the whole family over the holidays? Check out these walks that are wheelchair, pram and dog-friendly.

Tawhairaunui Trail

Head to hills for an adventure on the Tawhairaunui Trail in Victoria Park.

It’s an easy 20 minute return walk through a wooded area with boardwalks and viewing platforms.

Spot the tawhairaunui or red beech tree. Zig-zag up through native plantings to cross Vic Park Road and finish at the Visitor Centre.

Suitable for strollers and dogs on leash or dogs can be let off their leash at the Victoria Park Dog Park.

Styx Mill Conservation Reserve

Do one or both of the Panako and Hussey View walks through this suburban wetland.

These gentle walks are great for strollers and toddlers, while still offering loads to see – spot wetland birds in the lake, follow the river and wander under a dense native canopy.

Take your dog as well, they are allowed around the walkways on a leash and can be let off in the onsite dog park.

Styx Mill Conservation Reserve offers some great gentle walks for the whole family.

City Promenade

If the city is more of your thing, start from the hospital end of Oxford Terrace – the east side of the river is a board paved path perfect for everyone to share.

The promenade takes you past The Terrace and Riverside Market where you can stop for lunch of feed the tuna and eels by the river.

It continues through Victoria Square and finishes by Margaret Mahy Playground.

Great for strollers and dogs on a leash.

Mona Vale Walk

The beautiful heritage gardens and buildings provide the ideal atmosphere for a peaceful stroll.

Walk along the river and enjoy colourful seasonal flora and woodland plantings, particularly the rose and iris gardens.

The lawns offer plenty of picnic options if you pack your own lunch.

Suitable for strollers and dogs on leash.

Estuary Edge Walk

A pleasant walk along the edge of the Estuary.

Lovely hill and water views as well as plenty of wetland birds to spot.

A new boardwalk forms the first half of the walk and takes you over salt marsh.

Once off the boardwalk, walk through pine forest and past South Brighton Park and the yacht club.

Suitable for strollers, but take care if its raining and dogs on leash.

Travis Wetland Walk

Ōruapaeroa-Travis Wetland is the last large freshwater wetland in Christchurch and an important habitat for many native plants and birds.

The easy walking track forms a circuit and is made up of wide gravel pathways and boardwalks.

Viewing areas at the Bird Hide and Stout Tower are a fun way to do a bit of bird watching.

Suitable for strollers, but dogs, cycles and scooters are prohibited for protection of the wetland.

Coastal Path Lyttelton

An adventure around the Lyttelton bays is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.  But this one, you will need a terrain stroller.

The path connects Magazine, Corsair and Cass Bays while offering spectacular view of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour, Ōtamahua/Quail Island and Charteris Bay.

Visit Magazine Bay for the Torpedo Boat Museum, Corsair Bay for the regenerating forest track and pirate themed playground, and Cass Bay for great coastal views and a flying fox.

Continue into Pony Point Reserve, a circuit track with picnic spots and native plantings.

Some tracks are closed, and watched out for signage.

Suitable for all terrain buggies and dogs on leash.