Parks & Reserves

Southland District has many wonderful parks to spend some time in, from the beautiful Ivon Wilson Park on the outskirts of Te Anau to Dunsdale Reserve in Central Southland.

The Fiordland and Rakiura National Parks cover a large percentage of Southland District. These areas are nationally owned and managed by the Department of Conservation.

Council owns about 1250 hectares of reserves, including 34 sportsfields, 36 playgrounds, 38 tennis/netball courts and three skateboard facilities.

The District Wide Reserve Management Plan 2003 covers almost all of the reserves in the district and looks at issues such as planting, rubbish, buildings and access in all of the Council's wards.

Walking Tracks

There are also several walking tracks, from the easy to challenging. For more information, a brochure "A Selection of Southland's short walks" has been created by Venture Southland and is available at various locations throughout Southland.

Below is a selection of available walks, including those accessible to people using wheelchairs.

Mavora Lakes

Track

Details

South Mavora Track 2-3 hours one way
Kiwi Burn Loop Track 3 hours return

Piano Flat

 Track

 Details

Ngahere Ara Track 30 minutes return
Piano Flat Loop Track 1 hour return
Waikaia River Track 4 hours return

Glenure Allan Reserve

 Track

 Details

Loop Track of Reserve 10 minutes return

Waikaka Way Walkway

 Track

 Details

 Waikaka Way Walkway  45 minutes return

  

Dunsdale Reserve

 Track

 Details

 Forks Flat Track

1 hour return

Wheelchair accessible for part of track to waterfall

Forest Hill Scenic Reserve

 Track

 Details

 Derek Turnbull Track  2 hours one way
Loop Track 1 hour return

Kamahi/Edendale Scenic Reserve

 Track

 Details

 Short Loop Track  15 minutes return
Long Loop Track 30 minutes return

Seaward Downs Scenic Reserve

 Track

 Details

 Loop Track  40 minutes return

Kingswood Bush Scenic Reserve Woodlands

 Track

 Details

 Kingswood Bush Track  20 minutes return

Borland Nature Walk

 Track

 Details

 Loop Track of Walk

40 minutes return

Wheelchair accessible for part of the track to swing bridge

Tuatapere Scenic Reserve

 Track

 Details

 Loop Track

35 minutes return

Wheelchair accessible

Alex McKenzie Park and Arboretum

 Track

 Details

 Arboretum Walk  20 minutes return

 Roundhill

 Track

 Details

 Long Hilly Track   2 hours 15 minutes return

Mores Scenic Reserve - Riverton

 Track

 Details

 Hilltop Lookout Track  20 minutes return
 Mores Lookout Track  45 minutes return
 Kings Track  20 minutes return
 Mores Coastal Loop Track  2 hours return

Taramea Bay Walkway - Riverton

 Track

 Details

 Taramea Bay Walkway  Up to 2 hours

 Waituna Viewing Shelter

 Track

 Details

 Waituna Viewing Shelter  Wheelchair accessible

Waipapa Point

 Track

 Details

 Tararua Acre Cemetery  15 minutes return

Waipohatu Recreation Area

 Track

 Details

 Loop Track

1 hour return

Wheelchair accessible

 Waipohatu Waterfall Track  3 hours return

Slope Point

 Track

 Details

 Slope Point Walk  20 minutes return

Waikawa

 Track

 Details

 The Old Coach Road  20 minutes return
 George Aitken Walk  20 minutes return

Curio Bay

 Track

 Details

 Petrified Forest Walk

10 minutes return

Wheelchair accessible for part of track

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