Waimate Reserve & Bush Walks

Waimate offers some stunning walking tracks through reserve and bush areas catering for different fitness levels. Tracks range from 1 to 3 hours in duration with highlights including waterfalls, stream crossings and peaceful bush setting.

Knottingley Park Track

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Duration of walk: 1 hour loop
Start location: Knottingley Park off Waihao Back Road

Key Highlights:

  • Arboretum of over 3,000 trees
  • Replica of early bush hut
  • Children's playground

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Studholmes Bush

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Duration of walk: 1 to 3 hours
Start location: Carpark at entrance to Waimate Gorge, Highway 82

Key Highlights:

  • Four linking tracks of various fitness levels
  • Great views of Waimate plain, hills and coast
  • Waterfall and old railway line

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Kelcey's Bush

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Duration of walk: 20 minutes to 1 hour return
Start location: Carpark at the end of Upper Mill Road

Key Highlights:

  • A 10 minute gentle climb to pretty waterfall
  • Walk meanders along valley stream with numerous stream crossings
  • Track finishes at Waimate's original water intake

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Gunn's Bush

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Duration of walk: 1.5 hours loop track
Start location: Off Lower Hook Road, at Gunn's Bush Camp, 13km NW of Waimate township

Key Highlights:

  • River valley walk
  • Native bush including totara, moss hangs from trees

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