Pareora River Walk

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Start your walk by hopping over the style next to the sign for the walk. The first part of this walk is through grassy terrain. The train is narrow and usually overgrown. 

Once you are under the trees, the track widens and becomes beaten earth and tree roots instead of grass. In some areas, trees remain in the middle of the path. However, the track is wide enough that they are easy to avoid. The trees themselves are quite thin.

Because the track is of beaten earth, it can be muddy in the winter and after rain. The surface of the track is also uneven. It is best to keep an eye on your feet ever so often.

The track runs near the river. The sound from the speed of the water truly creates a serene atmosphere.

From the walk, the banks of the river are visible. You will see limestone rocks on either side of the river, their white and grey color a contrast to the earthy colours around. 

You will reach the dam in about 40 minutes. It is a small dam and can easily be walked over. Though it is possible to swim in the river, it is not recommended to swim near the dam.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1.3 hour walk
        • Distance: Unknown
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: The track can be muddy in the winter.
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track is an easy walk along the Pareora River to the Pareora Dam and back.

  • Track Quality

    The track is well trodden but has an uneven surface. It is a. combination of grassy terrain and beaten earth and tree roots.

  • Hazards

    Tree roots along the track

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Head South on SH1 from Timaru for 13 km. Turn right onto Pareora River Rd and continue straight for 12 km. Turn left to continue on Pareora River Rd and drive another 5 km. Turn right onto Evans Crossing Rd. The walk starts on the northern side of the river. (There is a sign).

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby


  • Area & Track History

    The area and track have no significant history.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Pareora River Walk

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