Walk through mixed tawhai/podocarp forest on this short, easy walk - with a picnic area nearby this is a good option for children.

Track overview

1.7 km loop

Walking and tramping

1 hr return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


A fine example of the diverse native forest once found on the Canterbury Plains, the walk passes through mixed tawhai/podocarp forest, including black beech, rimu, kahikatea, and mataī.

For the first 400 m the track climbs up to a look-out over the Grey River. It is then relatively flat as it leads back to the road. After crossing the road the track loops back to come out at the road again by the picnic area.

Getting there

The track starts at the Grey River picnic area.

From Amberley, follow Douglas Road, then Cramptons Bush Road until the road reaches the Lake Janet picnic area (17 km from Amberley). Turn left into Mount Grey Road, then right into Okuku Road to reach the Grey River picnic area (3.5 km from the the Lake Janet picnic area).


  • Just before the picnic area is a concrete ford over the Grey River – it may become impassable after heavy rain. 
  • The ford is only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles. We strongly recommend you park before the ford and cross on foot.
  • These roads pass through a commercial forest and may be closed at times. For the latest road conditions, phone Rayonier NZ Ltd, +64 3 310 7612.
  • Be aware of heavy vehicles and logging trucks on the roads.


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
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