Tūhaitara Coastal Park
A block of coastal land between the Ashley / Rakahuri and Waimakariri Rivers north of Christchurch.
This park was established as a result of a Ngāi Tahu settlement with the Crown. It is a recreational reserve managed by a local trust. The land is largely pine forest, but includes the large Tūtaepatu Lagoon, and is undergoing extensive revegetation work.
- 5km Tūtaepatu Trail (walk/run/cycle)
- 10.5km Pegasus Walkway (walk/run/cycle/horses)
How to get there
Access the park from road ends at:
- Reid Memorial Avenue at The Pines Beach
- Woodend Beach Road, Woodend Beach
- Te Kohanga Drive, Pegasus
- Bridge Street or Kiwi Avenue, Waikuku Beach
Where to stay
Holiday parks are located at Kairaki, Woodend Beach, and Waikuku Beach.
- Entrance fee: no fees.
- Pets: dogs on leash permitted except at the lagoon. They may be taken on the Tūtaepatu Trail.
- Vehicles: bicycles and horses are permitted in some areas.
- Overnight camping is prohibited.
- Coastal seas may be unsafe for swimming. Surf patrols operate seasonally at Waikuku Beach, Woodend Beach.
- Active forestry occurs in the park. Forestry operations are indicated by signage.
Te Tai Kōhaka
1 Woodend Beach Road
+64 3 313 1768
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|6 square kilometres|