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PARKS IN HALSWELL

 

There are a number of large parks in Halswell.  These are Quarry Park, Westlake Park, the Halswell Domain, and Curletts Reserve.  As Halswell develops, more green spaces will be put aside as water retention basins which are important for preventing flooding in the Heathcote catchment when it rains heavily.  Many of our parks and green spaces have lakes and creeks in them.  

As well as these there are numerous smaller parks and playgrounds in the area.


Quarry ParkQuarry Park

Our biggest park is Halswell Quarry Park which can be accessed from Kennedys Bush and Cashmere Rds at the base of the hill.

As the name suggests, the Park was once the site of a quarry from which Halswell Stone was mined and used in a variety of ways and places around Christchurch.  The quarry had a long life – opening in the 1860s and not closing until the 1990s when it was made into the Park that we have today.

The park provides wonderful opportunities for walking, mountain biking and picnicking and has a series of Sister Cities Gardens.

More information can be found HERE along with a brochure and map of on the park.

 

The Rim Track

The Rim Track begins behind the quarry buildings, leading in a gentle loop, anticlockwise around the quarry. The track climbs around the back of the quarry, and a platform at the top of the quarry provides views of the space and the rock structures. Descending from here, the track winds through native plantings alongside hillside housing before the Kennedys Bush Track to the Sign of the Bellbird leads off to the right.

Passing under a row of pines, the track descends into the old orchard at the eastern side of the quarry.

 

The Crocodile Track

This is a shared mountain bike/walking track that can be used to close off a loop with Kennedys Bush Rd or for access from the quarry to the Kennedys Bush Track.  The Road/Quarry/Crocodile loop takes around an hour to walk.  The Crocodile begins near the dog exercise area in the quarry and ends at the beginning of the Kennedys Bush Track at the top of Kennedys Bush Rd.

 

Kennedys Bush Track to the Summit Rd

This track can be accessed from the top of Kennedys Bush Rd or from tracks going up from Halswell Quarry Park.  It takes about 1-1.5 hours to walk from the top of the road to the Summit Road from where you will find tracks in several directions to places further afield.

 

Friends of Halswell Quarry Park

Friends of Halswell Quarry Park is a group with over 35 foundation members including local residents, Sister City committee members and Halswell Lions, who have all contributed to help establish the park. Groups such as this benefit the Council in bringing together various interested parties, promoting the values of the park, assisting rangers with its day-to-day care, as well as raising funds and helping to look after new plantings.

Interested?  Contact; Dave Adamson, President Friends of Halswell Quarry Park

36a Mackenzie Avenue

Christchurch 8023

Email: dacb@clear.net.nz

 


 

Westlake ParkWestlake Wharf

Westlake park can be accessed from a range of streets - Westlake Dr, Wales St, Arkwright Tce, Chilwell Pl, Brigham Dr, Marquess Ave and Wigram Rd.  There are two lakes in the park developed after the gravel pit on this site closed.   A wide range of birds can be sighted at the lakes, which have refuge islands on them for birds to roost and breed. 

Westlake lies on the flyway between Lake Ellesmere and the estuary/ Te Ihutai and can occasionally be used as a stopping point for interesting species. Royal spoonbills have been spotted roosting on the islands in the Lake. Both lakes take about 15 minutes to walk around. They also have a healthy population of short-finned eels and possibly rudd and perch.

The park also provides fields for Cricket, Soccer and Rugby, has play equipment for children and is the site of a number of community gatherings.

 


 

Halswell DomainHalswell Domain

Found in Halswell Rd, the Domain provides facilities for Scouts, Rugby League, Soccer, Softball and Cricket to name a few.  It is also the home of the Model Engineers, who run large model trains etc at the weekends.

 


 

Curletts Reserve

Curletts Reserve is situated behind Aidanfield and can be accessed from Templetons Rd, Wigram Rd and Curletts Rd

Curletts Reserve is unexpectedly spacious, with a track alongside the headwaters of the Heathcote River, and another track which circles the pond of the Wigram Retention Basin.

Extensive native plantings have become well established, with fantails and bellbirds along the river, and ducks, scaup, seagulls, and black swans commonly found in the pond area.

The main river track follows poles as it weaves a track along the river, crossing two footbridges. Eventually the broad track follows the river around to Curletts Road.

There is an easy trail around the pond, which has two islands with a wide range of birds, and extensive plantings of toetoe and sedges make the views across the pond very attractive.

 

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