Boardwalk, Ōtukaikino Reserve

Image: Sarah Mankelow | DOC


This short, easy track loops around a wetland - with interpretation panels as well it's a great option for kids.

Track overview

1.2 km loop

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Ōtukaikino is a 13 ha freshwater wetland reserve within Christchurch that is being restored as a living memorial.

The flat track is suitable for strollers. It loops around the wetland, with interpretation panels to view and pleasant places to sit along the way. As the track goes across ponds and there is a nearby stream, young children must be supervised at all times.

Ducks and pūkeko can be seen. As the wetland is a 'Wāi Tapu' site picnicking is allowed only in the paddock next to the car park, where there is also a toilet. This area is suitable for wheelchairs.

Getting there

Ōtukaikino wetland is on the outskirts of Christchurch City, by the northern suburb of Belfast. The entrance is off Main North Road, between Chaneys Corner and the Belfast end of the Northern Motorway.

The gate to the reserve will close at 6 pm until summer.

Know before you go

Due to earthquake damage, the boardwalk is often closed due to flooding. However, there is an alternative track around the wetland that can still be walked. 


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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