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The Groynes Reserve, Christchurch activities and things to do

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Family fun at The Groynes with a diverse range of activities. Enjoy fishing at The Groynes or take a paddle boat out on the lake. Family and friends will enjoy the various walking tracks and picnic spots.

The Groynes is free entry (Christchurch City local government reserve).

On holiday with your furry friend? The Groynes has a large dog exercise area.


The Groynes @Christchurch City Council

Kids at play in The Groynes, Christchurch

There are several playgrounds throughout the Groynes with various equipment suitable for toddlers up to teenagers willing try out anything. The Groynes flying fox is popular. For smaller visitors near the boat shed is a see-saw, slides and swings. There are rope swings and safe slides.

Boating at The Groynes, Christchurch

During the weekend you can hire a boat  and paddle around the lake. There are pedal boats, aqua bikes, single and double canoes to choose from. Open 10.30am to 4pm, located next to the play and picnic area.

How are your navigation skills, challenge family and friends with an orientation course at The Groynes. There are two permanent courses; white (1.9 km) yellow (2.6 km). Purchase a map for $4 from the Rosebank Cafe, (near the entrance to the Groynes Park) or download from the local orienteering club.
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Fishing at The Groynes, Christchurch

The small lakes and waterways provide great trout fishing opportunities for children. Anglers can fish in the fishing and recreation lakes all year. The streams in the park are closed to fishing during spawning (April to October). All anglers need to have a fishing licence available online from Fish and Game New Zealand. Licenses for children under 12 years old are free.

Enjoy one of three dedicated walking tracks:

  • The Otukaikino Track – a long walk running from Belfast to Roto Kohatu lakes via the Groynes and Clearwater Resort.
  • Island River Loop – a shorter loop through patches of dense, attractive bush.
  • Waimairi Walkway – runs from the Groynes into farmland and alongside the new motorway.


Access to the Groynes is from Johns Road.

Metroinfo has up-to-date bus information.

Gates and opening hours

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


There is a large off-leash exercise park for dogs.

Dogs are not permitted anywhere else in the Groynes except if passing through on the Otukaikino Track where they must be on a leash.


Cherry blossom at Hagely Park Christchurch, NZ
Cherry blossom at Hagely Park Christchurch, NZ

The Groynes is a great place to visit in combination with the nearby Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

The Groynes is part of a network of parks and reserves for locals and visitors to explore Christchurch’s outdoor spaces.

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And enjoy the town and country vibe that it is Christchurch.


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