The Groynes recreational park is directly opposite our Holiday park.
The Groynes derives its name from large concrete blocks, made from concrete filled woolsacks, jutting into the Otukaikino Creek. The Otukaikino, once the south branch of the Waimakariri River, was separated from the main branch during the course of major works in the 1930’s.
The Groynes is a great place for families with walking tracks, picnic areas and a dog exercise park. The main walking track is the Waimairi Walkway (5km return), providing a great opportunity for lovers of nature, walkers and athletes to escape the noise of the central city.
Picnic areas and free barbeques make it a popular spot for gatherings of friends and family.
The lakes and waterways provide both recreational activities and habitat for wildlife such as trout and waterfowl. A suspension bridge crosses the river to a lake used by the Christchurch Model Yacht Club. Trout fishing is permitted but you need to obtain a fishing licence from a sports shop or from Fish and Game New Zealand. For safety reasons, a no fishing zone exists in the main picnic area.
There are usually many varieties of duck in residence, such as mallard, paradise, grey teal, brown teal and New Zealand scaup. Other birdlife evident includes kingfishers, quail, pukeko, finches, fantails, and swallows.
Along with the waterbirds, the waterways are also home to trout and other fish.
Within and around the Groynes habitat restoration is ongoing enabling more native wildlife to become resident in the area.
The reserve has examples of common and rare native grasses, shrubs and other wetland plants. New plantings continue to contribute to and maintain the park’s historical features, and enhance the ecology and provide native habitat and ecological interest.