Corners of Waimakariri – Rangiora’s Matawai Park

Matawai Park is a much-appreciated asset to the southern part of Rangiora.  Located between King, William and Percival Streets, it was previously waste land, piled with spoil from the excavations produced by the reconstruction of Percival Street.

About thirty years ago, former Borough Councillor Dudley Franklin had the vision and energy to get this park started.

What we find now is a microcosm of Canterbury’s flora from the mountains to the sea, with plant communities including tussock grassland, beech forest, wetlands, podocarp forests and coastal communities.  Logically, the mountain communities are at the western, King Street, entrance and the lowland and coastal communities at the Percival Street end.

It has multiple entrances so it is is easy to pass through it in the course of a walk and the Matawai Park Advisory Group has worked with the Council to provide information boards, picnic tables and a barbecue.

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