Southbridge, Lincoln, Leeston

Discover a broad range of native bird and wildlife and historical landmarks on these easy walking tracks. Highlights include Coopers Lagoon, Lake Ellesmere and Birdlings Flat. 

Coopers Lagoon

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Starting point: McEvedys Road, near Southbridge

Key highlights:

  • Walk through a wetland reserve and wild coastline
  • Expect to see abundant birdlife and classic wetland flora

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Harts Creek

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Time to complete: 40 minutes return
Starting point:
 Reserve car park, which is accessible from the lakeside domain off Lower Lake Road

Key highlights:

  • Walk through native bush
  • View wooded swamp, Lake Ellesmere and native flaxes in flower during summer
  • The walkway ends at the Bird Hide

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Lincoln Historical Walk

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Time to complete: 45 minutes (short walk) 1 hour and 30 minutes (extended walk)
Starting point:
 Liffey Cottage, James Street, Lincoln

Key highlights:

  • See historical landmarks around the township of Lincoln

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Little River Rail Trail

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Time to complete: 6 sections, totalling 48.5km (sections range from 3.5km - 13km each)

Starting point:

  • Section 1: Shands Road, Hornby
  • Section 2: Birches Road - Trices Road intersection, Prebbleton
  • Section 3: Edward Street, Lincoln
  • Section 4: Park Road, Ahuriri Reserve
  • Section 5: Motukarara
  • Section 6: Birdlings Flat

Key highlights:

  • See the changing landscape with one thousand years of human history
  • Pass by rural areas and townships
  • Natural scenery includes lakes, ancient volcanoes, rivers and natural vegetation

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