You'd think a city with a trail called the Bridle path as one of its major attractions would be horse friendly - not really. Just 3 parks (including Baynons Brake in Waimakariri) to ride, but you can go to the beaches. There are no restrictions on riding at the beach, but of course you should use common sense when beaches are busy
Riders should be aware that:
- The beach is used by vehicles north of Heyders Road to the Waimakariri River
- Dogs may be off their leash
- Kite boarding, kite surfing, and land yachting occurs in some areas of the beach.
- A horse float park is available at Seafield Park, and at the beach end of Heyders Road, and Bottle Lake Forest.
Spencer Park, Brooklands Lagoon & Seafield Park
These areas all link up and also link to the Bottle Lake Forest area.
Spencer Park is 81 ha, Seafield Park is 78ha
A horse float park is available at Seafield Park, and at the beach end of Heyders Road, and Bottle Lake Forest. Well sign posted*
Open 8.00 am to 7.00pm (till 9pm summer time)
Bottle Lake Forest Park
Bottle Lake Forest Park is situated approximately 10 km north east of central Christchurch, adjacent to the coast.
The main entrance and car park for Bottle Lake Forest is from Waitikiri Drive, off Burwood Road, via either Marshlands or Burwood.
There is also access from Spencer Park, and from North Shore along the Southern Pegasus Bay Track.