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From the car park on Arowhenua Road (about 100 m from the bridge), pass through the gate on the stopbank and turn left. 

This track winds along the bank of the river on the grassy terrain of the stopbanks. Though the walk is along the river, it is not in view most of the time. Willows block your view from the river on your right.

On your left, there is an open pasture at first. This allows you to see the mountains in the distance. The track is between the willows and the pasture for quite some time until you turn north and cross a bridge onto another stopbank.

This time, you will be closer to the river. 

At Halstead Road, take the right stopbank instead of the left. The left stopbank ends abruptly further down. The right one continues to Tengawai bridge.

You will walk by Parr’s waterwheel, which is part of Heritage New Zealand, before arriving at the small town of Pleasant Point.

You may see people fishing or swimming along this part of the river.

You can either return the same way for a long trip, or arrange for pick up at the end of the walk.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 3 hour walk
        • Distance: 11 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: Unknown
        • Toilets: There are toilets at Pleasant Point (the end of the walk).
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of mountains in the distance. The river is also a popular fishing and swimming location.

  • Track Quality

    This track is a long but flat grassy walkway.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    It is possible to take a bus from Timaru to Temuka. From there, it is a 45 minute walk to the start of the walk.

  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Head north from Timaru on SH1. After 15 km, turn left onto Arowhenua Rd. There is a car park after 100 m. This is the start of the walk.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in the town of Pleasant Point, at the end of the walk, or the nearby town of Temuka, about a 4 minute drive from the start of the walk.

  • Area & Track History

    Along this walk is the town of Pleasant Point, known for glassblowing, taxidermy, blacksmithing and custard squares. Māori rock art can also be found in the area. There are also vineyards nearby.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Opihi Walkway

Here is the map for Opihi 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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