Tūhaitara Coastal Park

A block of coastal land between the Ashley / Rakahuri and Waimakariri Rivers north of Christchurch.

Tutaepatu Lagoon • By matthew. Licence: cc by-nc-nd.

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.

Pegasus Bay near Brooklands Lagoon • By matthew.


  • 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.

The basics

  • 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.

Visitor information

Te Tai Kōhaka
1 Woodend Beach Road
Woodend Beach

+64 3 313 1768​
Full contact details

6 square kilometres
ID 8520

About this place

Added 1 April 2013 by matthewmatthew. No revisions.
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