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Waihi River Walkway

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The Waihi River Walkway first goes along one side of the river bank and then continues back on the other side. From the War Memorial on Talbot Street, follow the mostly-straight track until you find the river. 

The beginning of the track is also right beside a dog exercise area, if you have your pet with you and want to take a detour. Afterwards, you will have to keep your dog on a leash until you reach Todd Park.

When you reach the river, head left to walk alongside it. There are a number of smaller paths that you can choose from along the way, but they eventually rejoin the walkway’s track. All paths generally follow the direction of the river.

Cross Wilson St and you will soon reach the Crown Hotel’s (or Heritage Hotel’s) car park. There you will find a sign to continue along the walkway.

Once you reach the traffic bridge on SH79, walk across the grass to make your way back along the river bank. The walk ends when you reach the pedestrian bridge at Wilson St.

Rhododendron flower and flowering cherries, amongst other plants, are lovely to look at along this walk.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minute walk
        • Distance: 2-2.5 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation:None
        • Wet Feet: The track is in a flood-prone area.
        • Toilets: There are toilets where the track meets Wilson St.
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash. There are also 2 dog exercise areas on this track.
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This walk is through native vegetation. It also passes a playground, 2 dog parks and a skatepark.

  • Track Quality

    This is an easy undulating track with a mixture of gravelled sections and grassy sections, as well as footpaths.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water

    Drinking water is available in Geraldine.

  • Driving Instructions

    Geraldine is located on SH79, 30 minutes north of Timaru. This walk starts on Talbot Street (near the intersection with Geraldine-Fairlie Hwy) across from the Library and Service Centre.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Geraldine.

  • Area & Track History

    In the 1800s, Geraldine’s main sources of commerce were for timber milling and the numerous sheep runs in the area. These sources contributed to the town’s growth.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Waihi River Walkway

Here is the map for Waihi River Walkway showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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