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Christchurch, Styx Conservation Reserve, activities & things to do nearby

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@Styx Mill Conservation Reserve

Discover an urban oasis a large conservation reserve nestled in an urban setting. Visiting The Groynes or Willowbank Wildlife Reserve nearby is Styx Conservation Reserve with its resident birdlife and regenerating native plants.

  • There are 10 species of native fish to look out for in the Styx River
  • Viewing platform on the Panako Walkway
  • Walks flat easy firm tracks

Picnic tables, gravel paths following the Styx River with small islands and ducks.
There is a adjacent dog park. Within the reserve dogs are not allowed. The wetland reserve is a metropolitan park and an important corridor for birds.



The reserve is rubbish free with the policy of carry your own rubbish with you in and out. There are rubbish bins in the car parks. The toilets are located in the Hussey Road car park area.

The reserve is a rubbish-free park so you won’t find (m)any rubbish bins. There are some toilets, but they are on the Husseys Road side and might take some effort to get to, depending where you park.

@Styx Mill Conservation Reserve
@Styx Mill Conservation Reserve

Access to Styx Conservation Reserve, Christchurch

Styx Mill Reserve is near Northwood and has entrances off both Styx Mill Road and Husseys Road. There is plenty of car parking at both entrances.

Gates and opening hours

  • Daylight savings 7am to 9pm
  • Rest of the year 7am to 7pm
  • Ring Christchurch City Council on 0800 800 169 or 941 8999 to release locked in vehicles, at owner’s expense.

Dogs in Styx Conservation Reserve

A fenced dog exercise area allows dogs to run off the lead.

Dogs must be on a lead on the walking tracks.


Bikes are prohibited from Styx Mill Reserve.


Public toilets are available near the Husseys Road car park.


What to do nearby Styx Conservation Reserve, Christchurch?

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry, New Zealand
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry, New Zealand
Rose Garden arches at the Botanical Gardens in Chrictchurch, New Zealand
Rose Garden arches at the Botanical Gardens in Chrictchurch, New Zealand

Styx Conservation Reserve is part of a network of parks and reserves for locals and visitors to explore Christchurch’s outdoor spaces:

For more holiday inspiration check out Things to do in Christchurch places to visit, attractions, activities & heritage.


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