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Spencer Park Walk

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Spencer Park became a domain in 1933 and was named after the first Domain Board chairman. It has an exciting walk through wild wetlands and along an South Island East coast beach. Spencer Park is very popular beach for swimming and having a pick nick with the family, and it is only 15k from the heart of Christchurch.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 9 kms
        • Time needed: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: Leash only
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Spencer Park is a great place for a family day trip or a weekend stay at the holiday park next door.
    It has sheltered picnic areas, wetland walks, animal area, children’s adventure playground, paddling pool, bird lookout platforms, and many short and long walks. You can wander along the bird sanctuary of Brooklands Lagoon, explore the sand dune coast on horseback, go fishing, or cycle the mountain bike tracks.

  • Track Quality

    Sandy track around Brookland lagoon then on to a beach walk back to the car

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Route number: 48 to Kainga (no Sunday service).

  • Water

    Dogs are not permitted in Brooklands Lagoon
    Toilets in the carpark

  • Driving Instructions

    Find your way north on to the Main high way 74. When you drive through Belfast shopping centre you have 1.7 Ks left to the next turn off.
    Don’t drive on to the main motor way, turn to the right and stay on main Rd North for 1.1 Ks. over to the right is Spencerville Rd.
    Drive down Spencerville for 3.9 Ks, turn right on to Styx.
    Drive 330 Mt and turn left on to Heyders Rd, 1.6 Ks will see you at the end of the Rd.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    11 Km to christchurch

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Spencer Park Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Start, Spencer Park walk

Start from the end of the carpark, the sign over by the tree will show you the way to the left.
Walk up and over the sandy bank, there is a look out on your right at the top of the sandy hill drop down the sandy bank and through the trees and on to the turnoff. Follow the sign to the right.

Point 2: Rabbit

The track is an open and sandy with very little protection from the sun.
On a very windy day, you could have a problem with the sand blowing off the top of the sand hills and into your face and eyes, so take a pair of sun glasses with you.
There are marked tracks on your right hand side cutting over to the main beach; if you decide to change your mind and cut the walk short take one of these tracks over the sand dunes and onto the beach then walk back to the car
The small pine plantation is very enjoyable to walk through, we were lucky to see the odd rabbit in among the pines

Point 3: Waimakariri River

Out on the point was very interesting, we were there on a Saturday so the river was very busy.
Old sailing ships, jet ski and speed boats. We found a table and chairs just for us. We watched the boats zoom buy while we had our lunch.

Point 4: Plenty of Sea Birds

The walk back was not that interesting, a flock of sea birds on the beach to start with, washed up shells, dead crabs, fish and lots of sea weed.
We had the whole beach to our self’s, it took one hour to walk back to the car park at a very slow pace

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Contact info

Spencerville Road, Spencer Park, Picnic Area & Playground 110 Heyders Road, Bottle Lake, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

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