Opihi Walkway

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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 about this walk

  • 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

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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