Leithfield & Amberley Walks
Walkways are abundant around here. You can walk for miles on Amberley and Leithfield Beaches and enjoy views stretching from Christchurch to the Kaikoura ranges on a clear day. The Kowai Walking track (2-3 hours) can be accessed from the Leithfield Beach car park. You'll stroll down the Kowai River to the coastal lagoon and beach spit – an awesome opportunity for bird watchers.
Mount Grey (Maukatere) is a great place to get some fresh air. It has two picnic areas each with tables and toilets and a variety of walks – some with 360° panoramic views.
Mt Grey (Maukatere) – Walks & Picnic Areas
Covering 1,700 hectares, the forest has two picturesque picnic areas at little Lake Janet and the Grey River, both with picnic tables and toilets. Look out for native clematis vines with their eye-catching treetop display of white flowers during spring. There is a variety of native bird life including piwakawaka(fantail), korimako (bellbird), silvereye, and tititipounamu (rifleman). Introduced species present include chaffinch, red poll, blackbird and song thrush.
How to get there:
Mt Grey/Maukatere Forest is 15kms west of Amberley. At Amberley take Douglas Road. This road branches off the main road to Broomfield becoming Cramptons Bush Road after the Brodies Road intersection.
Vehicle access is limited to forest roads between Lake Janet and the Grey River Picnic Area. Watch for heavy vehicles and logging trucks through these privately owned forests. Please call Rayonier NZ Ltd, 03 310 7612 or 027 480 9279 prior to visiting the area. An answer-phone will inform you whether the gate is locked or not.
Kowai River Walk
An attractive and locally made walk leading from Leithfield down the Kowai River to the coastal lagoon and beach spit. Plenty of bird life. Then a short stroll along the beach to the Leithfield Beach car park.
Amberley Domain Walkway & Picnic Area
This is another project completed by the Amberley Lions. Initially starting with a picnic area it quickly expanded into incorporating a recreational walkway.
Amberley Beach Walkway
The Amberley Lions helped to build this walkway, stages 1 & 2 of 3 are now completed. The walkway is wheelchair and pushchair friendly as the ground is flat and easy to walk.