Christchurch Coastal & Waterway Walks

Pack a picnic and enjoy a great variety of coastal and wetland walks around the city of Christchurch. Highlights include stunning coastal scenery and many opportunities to view a vast range of wildlife.

Taylors Mistake - Godley Head

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Duration of walk: 7km, 3 hour round trip
Start location: There is a car park at the end of Godley Head Road and also at Taylors Mistake beach. 

Key Highlights:

  • One of Christchurch's iconic walks due to the beautiful ocean, harbour and city views.
  • Historic military buildings remain and can be explored.
  • Very well maintained track but can be steap in parts.

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Map of Walkway


Otamahua / Quail Island

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Duration of walk: 2 hours 30 minutes return
Start location: Quail Island is located within Lyttelton Harbour and can be accessed only by boat. There are ferry’s running daily in the summer months from Lyttelton.

Key Highlights:

  • Walkway with interpretive panels explaining the history of the island
  • Magnificent views
  • Activities for children
  • Calm water for swimming and paddling in the warmer months.

More information

Map of Quail Island

Book a ferry to Quail Island


Travis Wetland

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Duration of walk: The loop is approximately 4k and will take 1 hour to complete.
Start location: The main car park and access is located at the end of Beach Road or there is also an alternative entrance on Mairehau Road.

Key Highlights:

  • A special place to view wildlife, with over 50 species of birds, indigenous skinks, native shortfin eels/tuna and the Canterbury mudfish/kowaro.
  • Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs as it is a good gravelled path.

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Map of Travis Wetland


Pegasus Track

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Duration of walk: The track is 1km in length and 2km return. Approximately 1 hour total.
Start location: There is a car park in Larnarch Street, follow the wide gravelled track.

Key Highlights:

  • Well-made track climbs onto the crest of dunes offering good views of the shoreline.
  • There's toilets and children's playground by Waimari Surf Life Saving club at the end of the track.

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